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  1. 4 points
    I have fun with this one: "I have loads of grey hairs" "I'm a Buddhist" "I go to the gym a lot and it's just easier this way..." "I love Vin Diesel movies" "I lost a bet" "It makes me more aerodynamic" "Because I'm bald and I had a tattoo to replicate real hair" "Why do you ask? Don't you like it?" Some people ask you this because they already know you've had something done, well I've 2 people ask me that in 7 years. And those 2 people would have only said something else to try and annoy me if I had a full head of long hair! I think, for me, you'll feel much better with HIS when you accept that you might get called out at any minute – and so what if you do! I think I've only had 2 people ask me that because I went with a high hairline. (I'm aware this might sound like strange advice from someone who has been asking in the forum about tattoo removal photos!)
  2. 2 points
    If it was me I would tell them you are balding, which is the truth, the shaved head makes it look fuller then it actually is. I shave my head with a blade and people always say how much have you lost because they can't tell. I tell them a lot. I don't have SMP, I'm interested, but the fact is I'm older and you lose hair. It's how you carry yourself. Just be proud and positive and people don't really care. If I get this I will tell people I have still lost my hair, maybe it's the light, and I look like I have more hair then last time. But I fully expect most people won't care.
  3. 2 points
    I wet shave usually 2 times a week. My smp doesn't need matched just if you leave it more than 3 days you can see your hair through it. If you wet shave it's matched so there is no smp original hair 'step' first pic is 3 days second 1
  4. 2 points
    Don't sweat on it too much hairisgoingaway, the difference between having it match three days length and freshly shaved is in reality not that much... However having said that I would definitely go in, if proceeding with the treatment, to the practitioner with three days hair length and ask him/her to match with that. Then you can foil shave at night so that the next day you will have eight hours growth which with the amount of stubble you appear to have will solve the mental gymnastics you are giving yourself over this. In fact I would recommend you have a variety of shades in your treatment, maybe a 36, 34, 30. But really, if you are happy having your hair shaved short then having smp will just add volume and reinforce what you have.
  5. 1 point
    maxb

    DIY SMP?

    The cost of SMP treatment is $2000+ or so, plus the expense and inconvenience of travel. However, I noticed that one can buy SMP equipment for 1/4 of that (which includes everything, plus tutorials) Machines used to do semi-permanent makeup on eyebrows are even cheaper ($50 including needles, but no ink). From what I can tell, these machines are basically identical: they push a disposable needle out many times per second, but perhaps the thickness of the needle is different -- I don't know (For eyebrows, they sometimes use many needles arranged into a line that they call a "microblade", but I think a single needle is also an option) Granted, a practitioner might have a heck of a lot of experience, but what one lacks in experience he can make up in caution -- start with a single dot to test for allergies and dot thickness and stretch out the process over many more sessions. Has anyone here looked into that?
  6. 1 point
    naehair

    DIY SMP?

    hey yoyo, they say leopards don't change there spots, clearly doesn't apply in your case you say that diy smp ers are devoid of intelligence and diy smp is stupid & absurd, then after seeing ian and ranbir good work, you decide to go elsewhere and get not I but 2 procedures done, did you not see it was not going to end well after the 1st procedure ?. most diy smp ers would realise after a few dots that it was time to go back to the drawing board I'm not on here to promote diy smp, HIS are very good at what they do and most people would prefer the expertise and guarantee that they provide. however the op asked the question, can you diy smp, and of course it can be done , but results will vary depending on your knowledge and skill levels [ same can be said about some so called specialists who carry out smp, as you found out yourself
  7. 1 point
    yoyo

    DIY SMP?

    Clearly we are dealing with a neanderthal!! .I have had treatment done you have not !!! I have seen this clinic flourish ,why ? Because they are good at their job and are genuinely trying to help with a caring ethos without monetary gain being the driving force!! I know as Ian helped me out personally.. In its current form I cannot comment but in its former years as a leading specialist in this field they were great and totally accomodating.. You have the audacity to come here anonymously and try and discredit those around including HIS with your ridiculous DIY SMP rant .. Come on do a favour max and do a DIY SMP on your head for us to see and have a good chuckle!! Evidently u don't have an artistic streak within you .. Stop undermining a founding organisation that has helped tens of thousands+ around the globe with a debilitating condition .. It irks me terribly when internet warriors like u come on board without experiencing this treatment firsthand and try and discredit this treatment!!!
  8. 1 point
    maxb

    DIY SMP?

    This sounds like yet another zero-information post where you try to make up for lack of content with rudeness and loudness. So do you know anything about SMP other than how to sit in a chair? What specific failures in my plan (posted in detail above) do you see? If you had started slowly (with a few dots), as I proposed, you would have noticed any allergic reactions early on. One could even argue that your being covered in "leopard spots" was due to NOT going the DIY route.
  9. 1 point
    first one looks like a guy in his 50's , the seconds in his 40's.
  10. 1 point
    I would say the best thing I did was being open and honest with everyone I was getting it done or if they asked People definitely asked me in the first 7-10 days. As the SMP is darker during during this stage All I can say is I wish the was around when I was 20 but so so happy I’ve got it done at 38!
  11. 1 point
    Gigantor Cat

    DIY SMP?

    I'd love to see this and think the OP should do it. I'm in for a good laugh.
  12. 1 point
    gm68

    Fue with Smp

    Thanks, really appreciate the feedback. And it's good to hear about the longevity of the treatment.
  13. 1 point
    yoyo

    Fue with Smp

    Well ,I have not seen ranbir and Ian for a few years now but from knowing them for so many years from treating me with the original SMP with ,they are the ones to trust with your head and SMP.. It's a pity I can't get hold of Ian as I would like to see this combined treatment of fue with SMP firsthand..I do hope either ranbir or Ian contacts me .. If you are thinking of getting this treat done with His ,I definitely would recommend them. . I'm not too sure who the main practitioners are in His today but I'm sure they must be very qualified as his were the original Innovators in this treatment.. My head has barely faded so I don't think I will need another top up !!
  14. 1 point
    gm68

    Fue with Smp

    As someone deliberating on this, it's good to hear from an early SMPer who is still happy with their decision. The SMP+FUE option looks really interesting (although perhaps not for me.....) Having read this forum 10 pages in I have come across a few posts from guys who have had issues contacting HIS and/or poor response to queries. I understand that these issues are supposed to have been rectified, would need to be convinced about this before going ahead.....
  15. 1 point
    naehair

    DIY SMP?

    it can be done, I've done it and very happy with results. it's great to save a few $£, but the best thing is being in control of your own destiny
  16. 1 point
    ed@hishairclinic.com

    DIY SMP?

    The two people that started HIS, Ian and Ranbir, spent 5 years developing the equipment, the pigments and the techniques... before they opened the doors on their first clinic. It has been a story of development ever since. This entire industry was created by them. Some self-taught practitioners, who usually now claim to have invented it themselves, actually started out turning people's heads blue in hotel rooms (they didn't start out with their own clinic). There is much that can go wrong if you do not have the training/experience or access to the right equipment, including those vital pigments. But all the best to you... just saying that when you say to yourself "what could possibly go wrong?" - it's a much more complicated answer than you think.
  17. 1 point
    PermanentVacation

    DIY SMP?

    this will not end well.
  18. 1 point
    maxb

    DIY SMP?

    I'm on the fence about SMP: My hair is visible only when it's long enough to be easily felt, so I'm probably not a good candidate. But if I were to do it, I'd do it super-carefully: 1. buy ink with known non-cancerogenic ingredients (or make it myself) and try different dilution levels. 2. practice on some inanimate objects 3. put a single dot on my knee-cap 4. wait X weeks, see if I'm happy. Otherwise go back to #3 and try different needles or technique 5. put a single dot on my scalp and wait X weeks. 6. put 10 dots (all far apart) and wait X weeks 7. put 100 dots (all far apart) and wait X weeks 8. put 1000 dots (all far apart) and wait X weeks 9. put 1000 dots (all far apart) and wait X weeks 10. put 1000 dots (all far apart) The overall process would take 6X weeks (X should probably be 2-4) and a few hours of my own labor. I have about 5 square inches of recession (3000 mm^2). This would cover it at 1 dot per mm^2, which is my natural density where I still have hair. I also have diffuse thinning on top, in addition to the recession, but it doesn't seem to be noticeable, when my hair is trimmed at #1 or below yet, so I would wait on addressing that.
  19. 1 point
    PermanentVacation

    Caster Oil

    Bio oil is good although it's not a moisturiser or niva sensitive alcohol free if you want moisturising
  20. 1 point
    PermanentVacation

    DIY SMP?

    It's like getting your washing machine fixed. The bolt to fix it may be 50p but knowing where to put it will cost £80. Somethings you just can't skimp on, you are paying for experience.
  21. 1 point
    Hi, thanks for the reply. I was thinking slightly darker, not much darker. Good point though.... Not sure how darker dots would be applied on top of my existing hair? As for your two other options, well just shaving and being bald is an option, and to be fair probably the best option for guys who don't mind being bald. But I'm not one of those guys.... and SMP looks like a far better option..... which is why I'm here "System"? No. Not ever. Period.
  22. 1 point
    I tell them I have horrible curly hair that is thinning. You must be surprised by how many people don’t understand balding. The ignorance level is huge. They think you bald even though u see ttoo
  23. 1 point
    JCVD

    3 session in 2 weeks?

    I would personally wait a month for the smp to settle before going for a third session. After two weeks I can still feel the tiny microscopic scabs on the top of my head that are slightly rough to the touch.
  24. 1 point
    gm68

    Light brown hair and unevenly greying

    It's done the job for over 10 years now, it's not too stressful (I don't re-apply every day) but it's a bit of a PITA. It's good enough I guess for me to be pretty confident and in 10 years I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times someone has noticed. Only once do I recall an individual actually making a comment about whether my hair was real, which I just laughed off. Maybe I just surround myself with polite people though Anyway I don't care what anyone thinks so long as I'm happy with my appearance, and it will be the same with SMP if I end up going down that route. I don't regret going down the concealer route but my wife has commented a couple of times over the last few months that it's not working just as well as my hair is getting a bit too thin now. I was starting to feel the same before she said this and that's why I've re-started my research. Things have come on a bit in 10 years and I think SMP has the potential to deliver a future free of the current regime, where windy days aren't a concern and where I can get cracking with some of the various activities that I'd like to try but have been unable to.... and all without being (or at least appearing to be) bald Couldn't get away with a baseball cap JCVD, wouldn't look right in the office
  25. 1 point
    Those concealer pictures are very impressive on how much it hid your hair loss and still looked fairly realistic. My only trick was to wear a baseball cap which was I essentially considered my $20 wig.
  26. 1 point
    SMPler

    Should I or shouldn't I?

    Shave that off, man. It looks terrible to be honest. A few thin strains combed to the front along with Toppik. That can not be the solution for you. Get a SMP and forget about all your hair problems.
  27. 1 point
    Scarredup5

    Luck with Scar creams?

    What the hell happened to the scar repair section of this site??? Years ago this section would get dozens of posts everyday, I've watched off and on over the past year go from minimal posts to zero in the past 6 weeks. This is very unfortunate as this site was an excellent resource for us "scarred" brothers to research and discuss solutions to this life problem. Hopefully more of the old posters will chime in help bring this section back to life.
  28. 1 point
    damien

    MY Scalp Micro Pigmentation Horror Story

    To Harryj I bumped this thread because Raphael has a story people should read, but it was posted on the forum at a time when far fewer people were members of this forum. We also make reference to Raphaels case on our site, so thought it best for people to see it
  29. 0 points
    We resolved Raphaels issue in the end, but I don't have access to any photos unfortunately. I'll ask when I next see Ian to see if he can shed any light on his progress.