JayCee

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Hey guys,

 

After loosing my hair since the age of 16 and never imagining that at the age of 41 that I would be able to regain a hairline, I paid my deposit for my SMP first session to happen in Birmingham at the end of next week !

 

I am CRAZY excited and honestly can't wait for the day to come! My second session is booked for the week after.

 

One thing that seems to be agreed is that the shorter my natural hair is (sides and some at back), the better the transition between the areas will be. For years I've used clippers without any guard and have fairly light coloured hair, but it still leaves it a reasonable length that I can feel.

 

Am I better going for an electric shaver and if so any recommendations ? I don't mind wet shaving but use a vintage DE razor for my face so - guess I'm less likely to nick myself with the first option !

 

Cheers,

 

Jay :)

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I've never wet shaved since SMP – too much of a nuisance, and the look is too severe. I bought a Phillips wet/dry rotary first, and used it for a couple of months. But then I listened to many recommendations on here and tried the Braun wet/dry which ended up working much better for me. It shaves closer, faster, and with far less effort. I was able to return the Norelco rotary.

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Thanks guys ....

 

The last shaver I bought was quite a few years ago - a Philips Philishave HS8460 Coolskin with Refill & Charge Station. I still had it in the cupboard so have pulled it out this morning and it works it works perfectly still. I gave up on it because it was rubbish on my face and took an eternity - it just wasn't worth even trying to shave with it.

 

Just for the heck of it I tried it on my face again and it was the same - useless lol.

 

I wondered whether it would be good enough for my head though so decided to give it a go.

 

For more years than I can remember I've used clippers without a guard, but never in my life have I actually shaved it completely smooth. I guess it's always been that psychological thing that having just a tiny bit of growth makes me fell like I'm at least not entirely bald. Who was I trying to kid lol !!

 

I know it's 10 days until my first session, but figured that if I'm going to have to go smooth for the treatment (and after) I might as well bite the bullet and start now. So I did a last pass with the clippers and tried the Philips on it.

 

The electric razor (although useless for my face) works fantastically on my head - it's a stunning shave !

 

What's more, I actually love the feeling of it being uniform all over my head rather than smooth (ish) on the top and the rest a horseshoe.

 

It's made me even more excited now as it looks way better uniform and with my new "hair" I just can't imagine how I am going to feel after so many years.

 

One thing that has actually made me think though, is what remains of my hair is now barely visible - I can hardly notice the follicles at all.

 

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Does this mean that the clinic would treat it as if I was completely bald and I would effectively start with a blank canvas rather than sticking with what remains ?

 

I know the clinic will set me straight on everything on the day and make sure it's all fine - I'm just curious to know what u guys think.

 

Hope that all makes some sort of sense lol (and sorry for all the questions!)

 

Cheers,

 

Jay :)

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Hey guys !

 

Well it's time for session 1 !

 

Just had a sudden thought tho .... is it ok for me to wet shave in the morning before heading to the clinic ? I was thinking if I had a decent wet shave like normal, that it would give me the most amount of time before it started to look weird lol.

 

I should have asked .... not sure whether they need more stubble than a wet shave to gauge where hair is etc ?

 

Cheers,

 

Jay :)

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Hey guys ..... so first session done !!!

 

The whole experience was amazing - thankyou HISHair and thankyou to my incredible practitioner !

 

Update on wet shaving before session one .....

 

Although it seems that for most people wet shaving is fine before the first session, it turned out to be a bad plan for my head. My hair is fine and light coloured - so after wet shaving it literally gave the practitioner very little to gauge colour matching and boundary definition for blending areas.

 

As a result it was decided to go with quite a light tone for the first session to play things very safe. On my next session I will let my hair grow out some, to help them dial in perfectly with what is best.

 

Having said that .... even with a light tone I was stunned with the results. I could have cried looking in the mirror afterwards.

 

The session wasn't really painful at all, although accept that it isn't pain free and that for some it may be a little uncomfortable - but nothing unbearable in the slightest. It was odd for me, as for whatever strange reason (my head is wired up wrong I think), I actually found some areas on my head made me smile and laugh - must be a ticklish type thing !

 

The whole process was easy and seemed to pass really quickly. Afterwards my head didn't feel sore - maybe a little like it had caught the sun but nothing too bad.

 

On the way back from the clinic, I stopped at the services petrol station and grabbed some food - I didn't feel out of place or conscious about my head it was settling already, so literally walked straight into the shop with no hat or anything.

 

By 3-4 hours after the session, my head was so normal that I went to a Harvester restaurant and didn't feel conscious of my head in the slightest - no one could know at all it was so natural and without any redness - RESULT!!

 

As I say it's noticeable to me that I have "hair" but it's still VERY mild in terms of the density and pigmentation depth. The follicle dots are slightly larger still - so know that as they settle it will probably be even less visible but it's all part of the plan!

 

I just can't wait for the second treatment when it will go darker and denser !! I think I will also ask for a lower hairline too as it's a little high at the moment I think.

 

Yay !!

 

Cheers,

 

Jay :)

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