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  1. 2 points
    TOBaldy

    Hair Piece to SMP

    Hi guys My story.. I have been researching SMP for quite some time now. Currently I wear a hairpiece and have been since 1996. while it looks completely natural (90%) of the time BUT I have had enough of the wigs/tapes/glue and always worrying that someone will notice. I certainly do notice and have been called out once or twice over the last 20 years. So now I really do want to get rid of it now and have wanted to over the last few years. So much so that I have told all my close friends about my hair. I was toying with the idea of just shaving it but I think a hair line always frames the face better..So I have been looking at SMP. What I am seeing is alot of good results and some painfully bad ones as well, My other concern is that I am in professional role at work with a number of staff. The last thing I want is to do is, have it look unnatural and have my team lose respect for me. My plan is to shave my head (whatever is left) have two sessions and then return to work. This way it looks like I have just shaved my head.. I am interested to hear from other folks who have made this transition. I did post in the Toronto meet up thread as well..would be awesome if I could meet someone who has had this done.. TOBlady!
  2. 2 points
    ed@hishairclinic.com

    In ten years time

    Hi Jumping Jack. The starting point for a practitioner performing a touch up is to study the degree of fading, as Lt Col. Kojak said for some there is almost none at all. For those clients a liberal sprinkling is all that is needed, sometimes using a slightly darker pigment to refresh. You would be amazed at how a very short touch up can make a dramatic improvement to an old SMP that looked OK before anyway. For clients who have experienced a greater degree of fading, due to sun exposure or lifestyle choices, Then the job is to refresh with new work scattered evenly but always keeping to a minimum, less is definitely more. The helmet effect you describe just does not happen. It is not a repeat of the original experience, you can be confident your practitioner will understand what is required.
  3. 2 points
    ed@hishairclinic.com

    Alex Beresford

    I hear what you are saying Rich007, not everyone wants to share the fact that they have had SMP. But Alex is a very cool dude, being in the pubic eye he had to make a bolder choice than most to go for SMP. For me, he has embraced it in a way that is to be admired. He certainly sets a positive example for anyone looking for ways to "own" their SMP.
  4. 2 points
    Lt.Col Kojak Slaphead III

    Hair Piece to SMP

    I did "hair system" to SMP and I must admit the SMP is more realistic, and I am a norwood 7.5 if such a thing exists. My SMP required 3 treatments (and 1 touch up) in order to cover a very large area and create a tapered look down to my ears and neck. I used to buy custom systems from america and spend hours trying different tapes and glues to get a realistic hairline. Until it got wet or after a few months the colour would change slightly and no longer match my existing hair. Just shaving my head was an enormous weight lifted off my shoulders. People who never used those hair systems have no idea how much stress and anxiety they induce. I had hair systems for about 10 years, much of that time was miserable. Even if you never go through with SMP I highly recommend just shaving the dome, go on holiday somewhere hot, get a tan, and you will look and feel 10 times better. I used to post on the hairlosshelp forum, not sure if it's still around. But it was a really depressing place with loads of guys trapped in the hair system lifestyle looking for a way out, that was before HIS existed though.
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    ed@hishairclinic.com

    Hair Piece to SMP

    My personal brush with systems was some years back, a girlfriends airline executive father wore one. I never knew. Nor did his family. The story broke when my girlfriends 20 year old brother walked into his parents bedroom to see his dad sitting on the edge of the bed with his hair in his hands. Shocking and embarrassing for all concerned, and for the brother the first hint that his own hair might be at risk. Because of work her dad still wears that ever more ridiculous and age in appropriate accessory.
  7. 1 point
    TOBaldy

    Hairpiece to smp

    @William1 , I am in the exact same position..I am nearing 50 and people comment on my hair and how much I have. It can't last forever I am however going to take 2 weeks off from work and return to work after my second session. I am trying to lose some weight before I do this @OnTheFenceAgain thanks for the reassurance!
  8. 1 point
    Even if we never wore a hair system I think most can empathize with your situation. Of all the transformations possible; bald to transplant; bald to hair system; hair system to bald; hair system to transplant... etc. Moving from a hair system to SMP is the one that comes with it's own built in story. "I cut my hair". People will be a little shocked, especially men losing their hair who, if they were not aware yours was a system, will have been envious and now mystified. But not suspicious. Hair systems can be amazing but they definitely have a shelf life beyond which the wearer becomes a hater of the restrictions. If you are ready to move on from the system then do it, whether you go for SMP or not. After the initial shock it will be a liberating experience.
  9. 1 point
    ed@hishairclinic.com

    Alex Beresford

    Vinnydiesel makes an important point... people just do not see it. There are testimonies on here from people whose own friends and family did not notice. David1963, a regular contributor, tells a story where his dermatologist, during an examination of his scalp, recommended he allow his hair to grow. Alex is not the first person in the public eye to be treated by HIS. From footballers (soccer players if you prefer) to actors. Nothing has yet prompted the cat to leave the bag. I doubt Alex, our favourite weatherman, will do it either. Both in the US and UK we have had regular press and TV coverage yet it remains as far from wider public consciousness as ever.
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    Vinnydiesel

    Alex Beresford

    another point that we've spoken about on and off is the fact that SMP has been around over 10 years now but has, and will continue to be, a secret weapon to hair loss no matter the exposure. Why? Because the average person who has hair, will never fixate on someone's "shaved" head and question whether or not it's tattoo'd on unless you have a botched SMP or a super straight hairline that looks unnatural.
  12. 1 point
    Lt.Col Kojak Slaphead III

    In ten years time

    If you look after it the fading is extremely slow long term. I'm not even convinced I am experiencing long term fading. My treatment is identical now compared to my last session in Feb 2014. I fully expect it will hold up 10 years from now but keep in mind I'm not doing roofing in the summer in Texas. But if a touch up is required then so long as the technician uses a very light touch he should be able to do small enough dots that they will contrast nicely against the older lighter dots.
  13. 1 point
    The second treatment has really darkened things up and filled in the density. Loving the new look! Looks even better in person. I'm actually most liking the 24-72 hours after shave timetable the most. The SMP mixes well with my existing hair, which I suppose I still kind of have a lot of, and gives the entire area a much darker showing, but without having any major 2D/3D mixing issues. Similar to how people use SMP for increased density / scalp coloring in otherwise long hair, I think.
  14. 1 point
    4 days post SMP #2, 4 hours after no-guard buzz
  15. 1 point
    Vinnydiesel

    Toronto clinic

    Hey pal, Welcome to the forum and congrats on taking the first step in SMP! Check out my progress thread here: Where abouts are you in Toronto? If time permits, I have no problems meeting up for a quick chat and help answer any questions/concerns you may have. Vin
  16. 1 point
    ed@hishairclinic.com

    Sorry for the downtime

    Happy Monday everyone. Our apologies to anybody who had their Sunday in any way inconvenienced by the absence of this forum. It went down and the alerts didn't go off. So it was not picked up by technical until today. All tickety boo now. Welcome back.
  17. 1 point
    JCVD

    saving for smp jason blog

    Looks fantastic! Congrats!
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    I have watched this video..I have seen his channel a few times and he is annoying AF! I have no clue how some of these YTers have so many subscribers make all this money ANYWAY I digress.. I dont understand why when he had such a good result the first time why he went and had it done again..She really messed up his head absolute nightmare! I have been following his series on this and he is on his 5th or 6th session to remove it..Like everyone says, look painful!
  20. 1 point
    jason27

    saving for smp jason blog

    Washes and shaved enjoy the pics
  21. 1 point
    jason27

    In ten years time

    I'm sure they redo the dots that are faded In the same place just had my touch up after 3 years and they do go over dots you got that have faded a bit.