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  1. Hi, I am here to tell my story about hair loss and the SMP treatments that I received at the Birmingham Clinic which started 2 years ago with Andra Dascalu. I started losing my hair in my third year at university when I was 23, I knew quite early, even though it wasn't apparent to other people that I was going to loose my hair and that it was going to change the way I looked and felt about myself. My hair loss became the biggest thing in my life, it really affected my confidence and I felt as if the future had been stolen from me. I remember feeling at the time that I didn't want to have my life anymore, if I didnt look good and feel good then there was no way the future could be bright. I knew that it would make me more introverted, less confident, less outspoken and too self conscious to be around my friends. I felt like my hair became a symbol that I wasn't meant to acheive anything and that it proved I didn't fit in with the people that I admired. When I thought of one of my friends saying "god you are going bald dude" it made me shudder and still does. I cannot express enough how I let it get in the way of everything going on in my life, I became self-conscious around my family, began to depend alot emotionally on my girlfriend at the time whilst not really being there for her because this problem was consuming me completely. One of the worst things about losing your hair is the gradual process, checking it in the mirror everyday and catching your hair in a certain light giving you the signs of future baldness. Sometimes I would look in the mirror obsessively and get so worked up that it would ruin my week and send me into a deep depression. I became vacant with my girlfriend and family and for so long it made my daily existence so anxious. I thought that my girlfriend would leave me, I would have no confidence to attract a girl I actually liked and that it would make me the but of jokes socially and amongst my family. I also used to think that I would rather have my hair than a degree or a house or even my girlfriend, I became truly obsessed and couldn't get past the trauma. I tried beta sitosterol, saw palmetto certain types of amino acids, caffeine shampoo and head massages but nothing really helped and if anything I think the stress of maintaining this routine might have been counter productive. SMP I got to the point where I wanted a fresh start and was about to start a new job - I didnt want anybody to know that I was losing my hair because I thought it might affect me professionally. So before I started the new job I went to the Birmingham clinic and decided to go for the treatment and reinvent myself with what would look like a short buzzed cut (hopefully) but with a strong hair line at least. I decided to go for it in September 2015. I was really scared going in, I thought that it wouldnt look convincing and that maybe it would just look ridiculous and artificial. My practitioner was Andra Dascalu and she was amazing, so kind and friendly and we talked about documentaries, yoga, spiritualism and what we were up to in life. The procedure was generally painless apart from certain areas of the scalp. The first session must have lasted about three hours and when I first saw it I thought wow! I was a little worried as the dots were quite large but I was told that they would settle down when the skin had stopped swellling. Over the next couple of days I just kept myself to myself and cared for the tattoo as I was told, after the tattoo had settled down I really started to love it. I remember looking in the mirror and feeling relief and joy and like I had gotten something back, I really loved that it just appeared as though as was shaving it close by choice and that I could grow hair if I wanted. The tattoo faded slightly over the next few weeks (which is totally normal) and I had to get two other top up sessions, these top ups gave an even more natural look to my hair and made the look even more convincing. I had let myself get pretty out of shape due to several factors, but the tattoo actually got me back in the gym and made me beleive I could make something of myself again that I could be proud of. Taking this bold step has started a generally positive chain reaction of getting back into shape, dressing better, being more confident and being more optimistic about the future and my own life. I was able to transition without anyone really noticing as for the last year of my hair loss I was living abroad and nobody I knew saw me when my hair loss was really obvious. I have told everyone close to me and they cannot beleive that it isnt real. One of the major bonuses of having this done is that it stops the endless checking of your hair in the mirror, it gives you stability, you look the same everyday and you look like you have hair which is massive. I myself cant tell unless I get really close up where my 'real' hair begins and the tattoo ends. Before I got the treatment I watched all the videos on youtube and went in for a consultation. I decided that it looked great for people even with a light skin tone like me and that I was going to do it. I would say to anyone thinking about it that they shouldn't worry that it wont look natural becuase it will, the practitioners are experts and they really know what they are doing. I have had this SMP tattoo for over two years and people have rubbed my head and not even they suspect a thing, it really is like having really short but full head of hair. In my opinion getting SMP isnt a way for you to hide who you are but it is a way of surviving and staying who you are.
  2. Hi all, just want to post in some of my experience before, during and after my SMP sessions with Andra in the Birmingham HIS clinic. First and foremost such an easy organisation to deal with, sympathetic to the issue in hand and very supportive during the process. I probably took a year of thinking and research to come to a decision but so glad I had it done. The desired results will be different depeding on your situation. But here is my story. So going thin and receeding from an early age but having longer hair for a few years until it worked no more! I didn't want to tell many people and wanted the changes to be small to start with. Skin types will react in a different way but immediately after the first session I was surprised. My head was red in places and there were some visible dots. I stayed out of view for the rest of that day and most of the second day but by the end of the second day the redness had pretty much gone and the dots not really visible unless really close. From day 3 I carried on as normal but didn't cut the hair again for a few more days. For the second session Andra increased the density and we change the hairline to be a little lower which worked for me. After the second treatment I kept a low profile for a day but everything seemed to heal up a bit faster so by the afternoon of day 2 I was pretty much back to normal. I have since gone back for a 3rd treatment as I was not quite brave enough with the hairline so have changed that slightly other I must say I am so happy and relieved that I have done this. There appeared to be many companies offering the service. I made my decision on the forums, reviews and pictures. Hopefully my story and pictures will help someone else. If anyone has questions please let me know. I am not online often but will get back eventually. Otherwise enjoy the photos.
  3. I have just read another post from another happy customer from the Birmingham clinic. I am absolutely delighted with the results and after further reading on hair transplants would consider this a better solution as long as you don't mind the very short hair look. For years I have been very self conscious of the horse shoe shape at the back of my head making me look at least ten years older. I chose HIS after looking at several providers on the web. The fact that they were the first to carry out the procedure and because they were able to offer a 12 month interest free finance deal on the bulk of the cost won me over. On arrival I met a lad who was training but had previously had the treatment so I was able to look at his head which I could not believe was not a real head of hair - I literally could not tell where the amp started or ended ! Even so I was still astonished at the end of the session as I suddenly had a proper hair line. The treatment involved mild pain and moderate discomfort due to sneezing fits! (sorry Andra!!) but I was assured this was normal for many patients. One week later I returned for my second session which was really to allow extra dots to be filled in between the ones from the previous week thus giving more density. During that week I was told by my Dad to start growing my hair again as he thought I was unnecessarily shaving my head! Only 1 person asked if I had changed or done anything different- and this is the beauty of this treatment it changes your look and your confidence without a drastic change that would be totally spotted (so it is worth getting done before you lose too much hair!) I was happy with the look after two treatments but I did feel that I could add to the density so I had a third treatment. I have attached a load of images to give an idea of the progression. Andra you clearly love your job- thanks for your expert eye and all your effort !
  4. Hey forum, haven't posted in a while but id like to begin by expressing how huge of an impact SMP has had on my life and my confidence. It has made the whole hairloss experience so much easier. Obviously i miss having hair but this is the next best thing. I am going to be booking my fourth treatment soon and have realized XXXX is no longer working at HIS and am a little sceptical about using a different practitioner. I am sure the new practitioner is a master of his art like XXXX was but i am only worried about a practitioner working on another practitioners previous work and how the blending will be. please let me know of anyones experiences!
  5. Hi guys, I'm considering getting the smp treatment from my local HIShair clinic in Birmingham and was wondering if anyone has been to the Birmingham office?i keep reading on this forum that Damon is the best guy you need to see in The London clinic if you want the best natural looking broken hair line and fading. I don't mind travelling to London if I have to for the best job but just need to know your thoughts and if it's worth me going there instead of staying at my local clinic in Birmingham. Thanks
  6. Hi guys, for those of you who have been shaving your heads for the last few years to disguise baldness, thinning hair, receding hairline or general hairloss, this in my opinion, is the solution for you. I decided to shave my head completely over 15 years ago, having suffered from a receding hairline from an early age. Despite trying many different lotions and potions, nothing really worked and therefore resigned myself to the fact that I would have to put up with this "shaving your head because your going bald look" for the rest of my life! That is however until one day I came across an article in the local paper about HIStudio. In the 2 weeks that followed, I kept thinking about the ad and although the wife had recycled that particular paper, after a quick search on the net, I was able to obtain a phone number for HIStudio through their website. I called in for a no obligation - friendly consultation and the rest is as they say, "history". Since receiving the treatment, I have gained so much more confidence, having even forgotten (aswell as friends and family) what I previously looked like. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the HIStudio treatment to all you men out there facing any kind of hair loss issues, so give it some thought, book your consultation and GO FOR IT!