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  1. 8 points
    Finished 3rd session in early 2015, still the best choice I have ever made in my life, I can honestly say I prefer this look over when I had hair lol, my girlfriend of over a year haven't even been able to spot it, and she touches my head every day! Honestly if your on the fence, this goes for the young people as well, get it done. Male pattern baldness have no cure, accept it, because you are fighting a battle that you are not going to win. Get fit, and get a tan and your good!
  2. 6 points
    Soctopus

    Hairy Again

    Session 3 finally under my belt. Quite pleased with the results — Ian Dennis, the Houston practitioner, continues to be a master at what he does. Redness faded a lot quicker this time as he was really just adding in darker dots for variation and blending into the sides. I'm hoping I can let this grow 3 days now before it's noticeable and I need to shave. Of course, I could probably go a week and no one would notice — if this experience has taught me anything it's that people's eyes just want to see things that make sense, and the idea that part of my hair might be fake just doesn't compute. So, if anyone's on the fence for reasons of getting called out, you can put that fear to rest. One mid-session shot and a few pics from yesterday (these are only a few hours after shaving, for the most part). Those two pics in my car are taken right after each other; one with sunroof open and the other closed to show that even some lights will still totally make it disappear. I expect the same would happen on someone with a short buzz as well, though. I guess I'm off to go live my life now, I suppose. Hasn't really sunk in yet that going bald isn't something to worry about anymore, but I know that's to come.
  3. 5 points
    PermanentVacation

    Doesn't last

    I have had mine from 2014. It hasn’t faded at all apart from original fading. Its half way into 2018 I may go to his just to have a check up but it’s more brecause of routine
  4. 5 points
    Hi, you are in my opinion the perfect candidate for it. You have a hair and a hairline that enables you to hide the treatment very well once done as you still would have a shadow on head and with the smp it won’t be as drastic a change. But a big enough change for it to have an awesome effect you could get away with a tiny bit of Growth good luck
  5. 4 points
    My hair loss was extensive, similar to the OP’s. Initially, I opted for a higher hairline and temple recession for the same reasons that he stated. But after adjusting to my new look, I realized that I’d been overly cautious. So I went back for some further blending (i.e., integration) of a more-lowered hairline with far less age recession at the temples. The masterful artistry of my “up-for-a-challenge” practitioner made ALL the difference when pushing the limits of what was possible. Check out my temples to see some superb blending work by Zang. Bottom line: Don’t be overly afraid to tweak your results, bit by bit, in order to achieve your best ultimate result. There’s a very fine line between being too cautious and too bold; the trick is finding the right balance for you.
  6. 4 points
    TOBaldy

    He got called out!

    Read the comments..people are right..his hairline is too defined..though if I didn't know I probably would not have noticed... As a side topic, why is it that women can do all this shit, IE wear wigs (Amber Rose), get eyebrows tattooed and no one bats an eye but if men do it, people call it out!!!?? What actually inspired me to go the SMP route was a friend of mine had her eyebrows done and she was talking about it and telling everyone and all the girls were like "yeah I am gonna do that too..." including my wife. It was then that I decided to tell all my friends about my hairpiece and told them I was going to go the SMP route.. PS Someone in the comments wrote that Ricky Whittle had SMP. Is this true? I have seen pics where he has grown a mohawk. TBH I wanted to get SMP so my hair could look like his - lol!
  7. 4 points
    Sananthony

    What does an SMP head feel like?

    Well I quickly realized that most people that comment on SMP don't actually know what they are talking about lol. Even if you have a little tiny stubble on top, it will feel like a full head of hair cause nobody at all touches our head with just their fingers, they would use their whole hand and therefore any stubble feel will feel like a full head of hair.
  8. 4 points
    slapshot

    Shoutout to the Toronto clinic

    Newbie from Toronto here. First of all, a big thank you to everyone who's contributed to this forum. You guys have made this experience so much easier on me. Cheers to you guys, and to HIS for hosting this forum. So far, I've had 3 sessions at the Toronto clinic. I'm light skinned, and roughly a norwood 6. My first 2 sessions came out super light, almost unnoticeable (after about a week), but I'm very pleased with the approach. I was afraid to go too dark, and too soon. I wanted my SMP to look as natural as possible, so getting that perfect shade meant the most to me. The practitioner recommended we try a shade 30 for my first session. And it actually looked decent for the first week, but then it slowly disappeared. Then came the 2nd session, and we dropped to shade 26. About 2-3 weeks later, it almost disappeared again (but not as bad as the first session). So if you looked close enough, you could still see some faint dots. Anyways, I wasn't concerned. I know from your guys' stories that this happens a lot. And then 5 days ago I had my 3rd session. We went down to a shade 20 or 21. This one seems to be holding up a lot better. Perhaps we finally found the perfect shade. I haven't shaved my head yet, so I'll have to throw up some pictures for you guys when I do. Obviously this last session will fade a lot in the coming months, but it's not a big deal. I rather go too slow than too fast. The bottom line is that SMP involves layers and layers of treatments. "Slow and steady" was the advice that was often given out here, and I'm glad I listened to you guys. My advice to the other guys on the fence is to take it slow, and take it easy - because HIS offers you their guarantee. They've already offered me my 4th session (free) since the first 2 had faded so much. So it's nothing I'm stressing over...HIS will get it right for you, as long as you're willing to put in the time. I know I'm in good hands with HIS. And by the way, the practitioner in Toronto is spot on. The guy knows what he's doing!
  9. 4 points
    Hey I can completely relate to your predicament. I wore a system most of my life at 50 decided was enough. All the problems you have mentioned above about the hassle of wearing one. And I had to contend with a botched hair transplant under the system. Thought long and hard trying to come up with all the scenarios that you are trying to come up with. Leaving the system on during the process, wearing a hat etc. I went in on Friday they shaved my head had the procedure done walked in on Saturday to a family get together. People were shocked that I had shaved a perfectly good head of "hair" I said I wanted to try something different. Did not hear a peep after that. It has been over 2 years the best decision I have ever made. You are over thinking it. Take enough days off so you can have 2 sessions done about 10 days before you go back to work. Patients will wait!!
  10. 4 points
    the bald ego

    Really want to do this but...

    A one-session approach would be foolish. The practitioner and client need to assess and adjust (over several sessions) the style, rate of fading, density, need for blending, etc., etc. Anyone who had been through the HIS protocol will appreciate and attest to the wisdom of a mindful and careful approach. Many here who’ve completed SMP also know that the final “look” that we achieved was an **evolving** perceptual process, with the greatest results attainable only by giving time to build upon prior work, live with each session’s progress for awhile, and then to make enhancements. Rebuilding your look should not be an instantaneous endeavor. To ’SickOfHidingIt’... if I were you, I’d first make a transition to a close-shaved style and let your co-workers and others get used to that new look. When you feel ready, then go for SMP. Alternately, some people who have your concerns end up taking a full ‘travel’ week off and knock out their first two sessions. Ordinarily, a third session is needed a month later to build density and make important refinements, but the first two sessions would interimly leave you quite passable as “not bald”. I used to wear a wig, and was a corporate executive. I hated the wig; it felt fake. More to the point, I felt fake. One day, I just said fukkit to whatever people want to think... I shaved my whole head to Ground Zero, and dumped my wig in a trash can. From a shaved look, SMP is a simple process. Many of us, including myself, have traveled some distance to get the best work done. >>> You can always find a way to do something really important. I was bald for over 40 years by the time I found SMP around 18 months ago. Finding an undetectable, sustainable, low-maintenance baldness “cure” has allowed me to feel physically good about myself for the first time in my whole adult life. The best thing is to do good things for yourself, rather than for others. Not good to live for what “they” might think. Keep your focus on the best end goal for you. Good luck!
  11. 4 points
  12. 4 points
    Soctopus

    Hairy Again

    First day back at work — no comments made when I walked in, but of course it's hard to tell if they were just being polite or not. Got the confirmation I needed later in the day, though: one of my closer coworkers (also losing his hair a bit) walked right up and asked if I had shaved a bit closer than normal. We had a two minute conversation about the razor I use, him inspecting my head the whole time, and didn't seem to suspect a thing.
  13. 4 points
    Ivor

    Getting caught out

    Shaved Shadow. I agree, your description of yourself is very much like me. I would only show a horseshoe if I didn't shave for a day or so. I would often shave twice a day to avoid the horseshoe. The effect you say you would go for is exactly what I had hoped for; the shade of my eyebrows, for instance, because at present my SMP is much darker than them. Your also right in that concealer and tanning is not the way forward. The other night I saw a post going back to 2013 where the lad wasn't happy with his treatment and he went to the London clinic to successfully receive lazering to remove the sharp edges and to lighten the shading. I'm thinking I will contact hishair to seen if lazering would help me. I can't sort my SMP before I start work so I'm knackered there but at least there is some hope. Thanks for your replies and support.....discussing my worries does help.
  14. 3 points
    Getting smp was the best thing i did 5 years down the line its still looking good hope that helps mate get it done you wont look back
  15. 3 points
    I finally got in touch with his hair issue has been resolved. Just wished communication was a little better. Thanks Ed for helping me resolve this
  16. 3 points
    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.
  17. 3 points
    PermanentVacation

    Where is the social media?

    Social media is the devil. I’d rather none. Less advertising about this the better. I don’t think it’s a service that takes well to social media All the info you need is in here. It’s the best place and usually Everyone is friendly :)
  18. 3 points
    Everytime I read about people being called out, or see it in the media it's always someone with a really optimistic hairline and dark treatment. I haven't been called out in the 5 years I've had my work done. But my treatment is very light in sunlight and I have the temples that someone my age should have. If you do get called out, rather than look a fool by denying anything I think it's best to massage the truth and casually say you had some hairline work and just shaved down the rest to match it. If your friends, colleagues or family are that much a bunch of c**ts that they would still give you a hard time over it then just don't get it done but I think that signals a big problem in receiving basic respect from your social circle.
  19. 3 points
    JCVD

    What does an SMP head feel like?

    If a smp is done to a high standard it is pretty much undetectable. I have seen some of the video's on youtube on smp where a troll or assholes decide to make fun of the process and results even when the smp looks absolutely fantastic. Not everyone in life are assholes like this and rate people based on their looks. To get this procedure done it should always be done for yourself first of all and not to please others in my personal opinion. If it makes you happy f*ck what everyone else thinks about it!
  20. 3 points
    Soctopus

    Hairy Again

    Quick shot at work... about a week out from the treatment, and this is with nearly 3 days growth. I can definitely notice the difference between top and sides if I'm looking for it at this length, but doesn't seem like anyone else can.
  21. 3 points
    Trendy

    What does an SMP head feel like?

    It is always head thing - before SMP and after SMP. We are individuals and therefore we react differently. I was always ashamed of my baldness and scars. And now with SMP, I feel like another person and I do not care at all, if someone recognize my SMP. I am absolutely sure, that for the public in some years the handling with SMP is normal as wigs in woman...!
  22. 3 points
    Andy Stewart

    Poached

    I have had same many time but stick with his because Danny in Manchester is in my opinion the best there is.
  23. 3 points
    Sananthony is correct, IMO. I’m a Norwood 7, and yet the tiny amount of stubble on top is still able to provide enough scratchiness so that any casual “head rub” is perceived as real.
  24. 3 points
    I have one on my left side at the front. Nobody has ever said anything about mine that I can remember. I can’t say if having it is good or bad. I don’t think it has made any difference to mine. Just preference maybe
  25. 3 points
    SickOfHidingIt

    Really want to do this but...

    This is such great advice from all of you! I appreciate it so much. I was somehow under the impression that immediately after the first session, up until a second or third session, I would appear very thin on top compared to my sides. I understand it will fade but what you are describing sounds like it's no big deal. I will carefully plan my work schedule around this and go for it. Likely in May or June. I am and have always been a very confident guy in everything I do, but this hair loss thing (starting at 14 years old) has always my Achilles heel. I believe SMP is my answer, and now feel comfortable in my decision to proceed. Thanks all for that boost of courage!
  26. 3 points
    First Session with the Mr. Zang. Was about 50% nervous 50% exited to get this done. Watched videos incessantly after putting forth the deposit and making the decision to plunge into this procedure. Zang is a total professional. Gave me two hairlines to choose from. Truly believes in what he does... and for good reason. He is an artist. I was bald as a cue ball just the other day. I now have a hairline. My wife hasn't even noticed yet but I can totally see the difference. I'm wondering how long it will take her to glance up and say something. The fact the she hasn't even noticed is a testament to Zang's craft. I haven't seen a hairline like this for 15 years and my horseshoe is almost gone. Will provide update pics after the 2nd session Shade 40 an 38 Hairline style: slightly receeded
  27. 3 points
    slapshot

    Toronto His Clinic

    Hey JCVD, I recently had my third session in Toronto. My first two sessions were very light, like you, but I'm actually pretty thankful for that. Easy does it, right? I like the fact that the practitioner went light, and since the first session we've been going darker and darker ever since. I'm light skinned, so we started with a 30 shade, then the second was a 26, and this last one we went down to 21 or 20. We'll see how it fades this time around...I'm 5 days post third session right now (and haven't shaved yet), but we're getting closer to the finish line. The practitioner even noticed himself how faded my SMP was after the first 2 sessions, so he said not to worry about my 4th sessions (since it's guaranteed). That's why I love HIS, they got your back!
  28. 3 points
    Soctopus

    Hairy Again

    Thanks all. Ivor - my gf loves it; she claims she didn't mind my balding head before, but who knows how she really felt. I think what she likes most is that I like it, though, and am no longer emotionally affected by hair loss. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to get "you look great!" comments now from her and others and actually believe them. We'll see about roomie's gf; I'm quite close with her and trust her so I'm not concerned. Plus, unlike a hair piece or something else, SMP doesn't feel like something that would be a huge problem if the secret got out. There's no stigma against it, and since the result is so good, it's almost like someone finding out your front teeth are fake or something like that— no big deal. Still, I am going to ask her to keep it quiet. Just a pic sitting in my bed... mix of warm indoor and natural sunlight
  29. 3 points
    Soctopus

    Really want to do this but...

    It's pretty much all been said here, but I too was extremely concerned about coworkers noticing my transition from totally just fuzzy/bad hairline on top to walking in with a shaved head and a perfect hairline. The thing is, though, there's a psychological effect at play - people don't know this treatment exists, so they can't fathom the idea that some of your hair might be "fake," so whatever they see they just accept "that's just how his hair looks when shaved." People also don't store a working memory of what people's hairline looks like, or even what a bald vs. shaved with hair head looks like, so it's all the same to them. People who have seen me every day for years haven't been able to notice. Even after session 1 I still looked like I had a hairline and was had just shaved very recently. The follow on sessions add darkness so it looks like you you maybe shaved 36 hours ago, and it's more noticeable, but you will still fool everyone that you have a full head of hair as long as you keep it shaved down. You'll just have to have a story as for why you decided to shave. Good luck!
  30. 3 points
    Soctopus

    Hairy Again

    Thanks - (hopefully not a full 10 years younger, then I'd be 14 haha, but I know what you mean!) Shaved for the first time today; I was a bit nervous again going into work and being called out because it seems like SUCH a huge difference to me, but not a peep. Just goes to show how much people are paying attention. I do think I've crossed the chasm, though, into new people I meet now categorizing me as "shaved head" vs. bald. Curious if the average age people guess I am has dramatically gone down... I usually get low thirties, so I'll have to ask some new folks and see what they think. Really impossible to tell from these photos, but the top is still a bit darker from the sides directly after shaving. I know people have talked about "blending down" the sides so it still looks spot on right after shaving, so that'll hopefully be a part of my session 3. Now I'm 16 hours out from shaving, though, and the blend is almost perfect. First two are taken in natural light indoors, second two are in harsh bathroom mirror light. After session 1 my new hair didn't show up at all in that same harsh bathroom light, so there's definitely been an improvement made.
  31. 3 points
    Soctopus

    Hairy Again

    Thanks guys. Means a lot. Can't describe how awesome it feels just walking around the house hoping to see my reflection in something. My girlfriend keeps catching me just hanging out in front of the bathroom mirror. Here's a quick pic from a bit farther away
  32. 3 points
    SomeMagicalProcedure

    Questions

    Seems like you're debating wether to choose SMP of transplant. Please note that I haven't gone through with SMP myself yet, but I have had a FUE transplant, and based on my experience I would highly recommend you to remove this as an option. Like you I like the minimalist side of things, and in my experience a HT is as far from it as possible. Also note that I have what most people would consider a 'successful' transplant. Unless you already have 'almost' a full head of hair, a transplant will look way to thin so you will have to maintain it with products like Toppik. This means that humid weather, caps, hoodies, people touching your hair, leaning against cushions, walls, swimming etc constantly will be on your mind since it will ruin the Toppik and expose your thinning hair. Getting a HT will increase the amount of time spent worrying about your hair, not decrease. This you will have to combine with hair styling products since each transplanted hair grows in a different direction. Moreover you can not expose your scalp to the sun for the first year, this turned out to be much more problematic than I expected, for instance, it's hard to wear a cap at social events such as parties, weddings etc. Not to mention the scarring left behind keeping you from having shorter than 5-7 mm buzz cut to cover it up. In short I cant help you with your questions, but I strongly suggest to at least limit your choices between embracing baldness and SMP. Hope this helps.
  33. 3 points
    SHVD

    Hairy Again

    First session is just a template, second will give you a more cohesive idea of what you are going to end up with. I would hold on for about ten weeks till you have the third session to allow for any fading to occur and also to give you time to adjust to any swings of thought you may have on what you want from this third session (and believe me, you will have swings, darker, lower etc). Personally I think you could definitely grab another ten millimetre of hairline at your second session. The density from this session will firm up your treatment and I would stress wait and live with two for two months before having the third. You can after you have three have the free top up towards the end of your warranty year to refresh with a darker shade if you feel you are still too light.
  34. 3 points
    SHVD

    Hair regrowth after SMP treatment

    I am NW7 with a very light light brown shadow (my hair is naturally fine). I have a few hundred stubborn remaining hairs in a very diffused pattern across the top of my head, looks crap grown out but I feel totally comfortable with three days stubble (as in the pic). The stubbly hairs although tiny catch the light and fool the eyes, it doesn't truly hold up to close inspection but passes what I call the arms length test, i.e. the distance most people get close to you. This of course is subjective to YOU and how comfortable you are in your own skin and with the decision to have/hide the treatment.
  35. 2 points
    Looks fantastic. Great job, you had the perfect hair line for it. I wish I could of went back 20 years and told my younger self about HIS and smp. The amount of worry I put myself through over hair loss. This isn’t a cure but when done properly it’s pretty near perfection.
  36. 2 points
    ed@hishairclinic.com

    Doesn't last

    How??? I dread to think. But surely the question is why? @Trendy... get back in the swimming pool. The chlorine is only an issue during the healing phase. Your pigment is now settled and beyond reach. The exercise will do you good and you must miss it.
  37. 2 points
    Bigjule1111

    consultation

    I never stated any names .. so can u please tell me is there a reason y HIS has disappeared ? Am I doing something wrong ? Is there a back door phone number that I'm not aware of ? I paid a extra $1000 to get a 3rd service with 1 yr warranty.. I would like for his to oblige by it .. originally I was just going to just stay with the 2 treatments but I ponied up the ;extra $1000 for the 3rd and the 1 yr of warranty..
  38. 2 points
    SHVD

    Hairy Again

    Totally agree, you are right on the limit at three days growth, but it still kinda works. The top of your head 'dampened'. I really like your hairline, subtle yet enough, and the shade is spot on. ( what I have found is that you go through changes of heart about how much stubble you can run with, sometimes it has to be every day and a few weeks later, ah what the... two, three days hey! ) roll with it when that happens.
  39. 2 points
    bobdobbs

    What about ongoing hair loss?

    Im in a similar situation as you. I recently got my SMP so I have not receded any more, but they did full coverage of the top of my head anyway, so I am not too worried about it.
  40. 2 points
    bobobaldy

    Full heads of shaved hair

    Two great examples that you know are real. It doesn't seem like rocket science to recreate these looks but you rarely see SMP like that . Why?, In my opinion 1. Going way too dark 2. Having a hair "line" regardless of how receded. There needs to be an almost undetectable point where the hair starts and where it then becomes dense. Can only be achieved by reducing density gradually, subtly reducing colour, and having no line, just a general area the dots start. I've never seen anybody attempt the three peak hairline of the first example on this thread, yet it what most of us started off with.
  41. 2 points
    PassiveAggressive

    Head shine

    Peter Thomas Roth matte moisturizer is the way to go, brother. Hope this helps!
  42. 2 points
    JCVD

    What does an SMP head feel like?

    From a fresh shave the sides and back of your head will feel like the top of your head if you are even a a norwood 7. You are never 100 % percent bald with zero hair on top of your head and always will have finer stubble that you can feel.
  43. 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.
  44. 2 points
    Listen the practitioner, go light And not defined. Small dots and don’t go below where you’d have hair. But the practitioner will steer you right. I’d a small fake scar added to seem more authentic. Plus chicks dig Scars :-/ dont itch it and wait the proper time before shaving washing etc. I think you’ll be surprised how good you’ll look. Good luck. You have the perfect nut for it, very similar to me when I had my smp in Birmingham mine turned out pretty good in my opinion. keep us updated.
  45. 2 points
    This is how I did it, had the procedure done on Friday morning and went to work on Monday by then redness had disappeared and dots begin to shrink. Went to work people are shocked no hair but no one said a thing about the SMP, no funny looks. Then a week later on Friday did the second session. The only thing is you have to schedule two sessions about a week apart but not too far apart because otherwise ink starts to fade after first session.
  46. 2 points
    SHVD

    Hairy Again

    That looks good and if having it a little darker means you can get forty-eight hours between shaves, then perfect. Also by grabbing that extra bit of hairline, that's a single layer, which for me adds to the realism of the feathered hairline.
  47. 2 points
    Soctopus

    Hairy Again

    It's me again, ya boi Soctopus. Second session completed yesterday; really pleased with results. Houston practitioner and I did about 9am-2pm with a few 15 min breaks; I had faded a lot since the last session so he was putting on a lot of density. Got to give him a ton of credit for his talent and attention to detail. We brought the hairline down about a 1/4 of an inch, and are really going for that broken/subtle hairline look. I had a small scar from a basketball elbow years back right at the new hairline, so we left that in. Still fairly red, but it's definitely settling down compared to even this morning. Can't wait to shave... we've got an in-progress pic, hairline guides, and one right after. Took a pic in the airport bathroom that day when lighting helped with the redness, and last one I took just now.
  48. 2 points
    Soctopus

    Hairy Again

    Here's some shots now a week after session one. It's faded, but as far as I've been told that's all normal as this is really just the base layer to more density/darkness. These pics are after 2 days growth, so you can see the difference if you're looking. Luckily still feels fine to walk around with in public, though, cause it just looks like I'm still thinning on top. Unfortunately had to move my next appt. to the 19th due to a relative's funeral, so I guess it'll be really settled by the time I get session two.
  49. 2 points
    bobobaldy

    Getting caught out

    Personally I think the hairline is too defined. It's high enough for you to lower it with a gradually lighter shade and with the dots getting less concentrated, with a final sprinkling of random ones. The high hairline makes the contrast even more pronounced, you rarely seen a receded hairline so defined .
  50. 2 points
    JCVD

    Toronto His Clinic

    I believe that there is only one practitioner currently working in the Toronto His clinic at this time. I am really hoping that my third session heals well and does not fade like my first two sessions have. I must have looked in my mirror about a million times after noticing how much I faded after the second procedure. I agree that practitioners posting pictures of a procedure directly after the session has been completed is never what a session looks like once it has healed and I would always prefer to see healed pictures.