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My not so good smp story so far

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Here's my story with smp, which isn't a good one unfortunately. First session practitioner told me I should go a darker shade because it fades a lot, which made sense at the time as I had read about this on here. So we used a darker shade thinking it would fade and match my natural light gray stubble when shaved. Unfortunately when I got home after my first session I noticed I had a lot of bigger dots which looked darker compared to the rest of the small dots, probably because of the size and the grey outline they had. So the smaller dots did fade a lot and looked better (although they're still a bit dark but that's the least of my concerns), the big ones however started to look worse even though they did also fade a bit. Grey outline turned blue.

 

For my second session I asked for a lighter shade, everything worked out well and it kinda blended with the small dots from the first session. However, the bigger dots still looked a lot darker and clustered due to the outline. So I went back for my third session and since the bigger dots were still very noticeable, we again went for a darker shade hoping it would camouflage them. But to no avail, top of my head is a lot darker now compared to the sides/back so at the moment I have to grow out my hair 4-5 days to kinda match the color. If I shave my head it's like I have a really weird fade, it's very dark on top and super light below. You can also still see the clusters due to the blue-ish outlines and bigger dot size.

 

And as if that isn't bad enough, went to work and someone asked me why I had black dots tatooed all over my head. She said you can spot it easily (even from a distance) because of the blow outs from the needle going in too deep. I assume she meant the bigger/blue outlined dots. So the whole idea of smp for me was having something that looks like hair and not like a tattoo, unfortunately mine looks more like a tattoo in some places and definately not like hair which makes it easy to spot. Yes, if you're 3-4 metres away it looks like hair but that's about it.

 

So obviously I feel like a train wreck right now, considering quitting my job and I feel a laser removal treatment is my only option now. My confidence went from already low to nothing in just a few weeks. After looking forward to this for quite some time and seeing how it looked and changed other people's lives, for me this is feeling even worse than losing my hair over the years. And, even apart from the financial aspect, this feels like one of the worst decisions I have made in my life.

 

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Hi Aboot!

Sorry to hear about you problems. But all what I can say is, do not give up!! It seems, that your head needs more than 3 treatments - 4 , better 5 treatments, because of your strong fading! The lady has recognized that the dark (blue) dots, because your head has no density at all. Believe me, with a great density no one would see it. And the dark dots on your head will still fading ...! A laser removal you also can start after 5 treatments - makes no difference. After my second treatment I also got panic like you now, because of strong fading and the front has had also much darker dots. But after my 3rd and final treatment everything was perfect! 

Look at mine:

 


 

 

 

 

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sorry to hear about your experience buddy.  The pigment does seem a bit blu-ish, which makes me think that this was NOT done at a HIS clinic.  Wherever you got this done at, I would escalate to their management and have the situation rectified.  It has less to do with the size of the dot, than for the fact that it appears the ink used isn't the same ones used for SMP.  

Best of luck man and I know it's easier said than done, but it's not the end of the world and the situation can, and will be resolved.  

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Yes, it was in fact done by a HIS practitioner. It might indeed need some more density (picture was taken with flash so it probably looks worse than it is).

My main concern however are the blue outlined dots. They really seem to draw attention and I'm afraid you'll continue to see them even after 2 or 3 more sessions, which would be a waste of money if I have to get it lasered away again. If it wasn't for this I'd just happily sit it out and watch it fade over time, even though I also have my doubts it will fade that much (natural hair/stubble is really light).

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Hi Aboot, after 3 sessions it should have more density than what you are currently sporting from my own experience and my 2 pals who also have had smp, and also from other examples on here it’s pretty evident. 

Did you have the same tech for all your procedures ? 

Which HIS clinic did you go to ?

Hope you get it fixed up dude

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I shaved the sides and back of my head today and more density won't be a solution. The top already looks denser due to it being more dark, like I said it's like I have a weird fade buzz cut right now because my natural hair and stubble is a lot lighter the first days after a shave.

I don't really see how this can be fixed with more sessions unfortunately.

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Just to confirm "a His practitioner " or a recognised HIS clinic ? In about 8 years in this forum I haven't seen results like this which could mean you have a unique Constitution, or HIS have let their standards slip on you

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Wow, I'm scheduled to have SMP but this makes me want to cancel my appointment! Are you SURE this was a HIS clinic procedure or a "HIS practitioner"?? Which location? Please clarify. This is not good work. Sorry you're going through this. At least have the peace of mind that lasers can make it all go away. 

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At this stage I can share that I was previously told by Aboot in a PM that he was treated in Belgium and by HIS HQ yesterday that there is no record of the email address he is using. So I was surprised to read the post that says he was treated by one our technicians. I have written to Aboot to ask for clarification.

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Sorry people, I'm not trying to scare anyone away from this and in fact I still believe this is one of the best things you can do when dealing with hair loss.

Unfortunately it hasn't worked out for me and I guess I'm just one of the very few unlucky ones. If I can start over with a clean slate/head I might even consider having it done again, but only if someone could 100% guarantee it won't look like it does now.

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Update on this: I've just had my first laser session today. Had a test patch done a few weeks ago, they tried different settings to see what's best to remove the deepest and darkest/biggest dots. So looking in the mirror now, it's still red obviously but I can see the biggest/darkest dots are almost gone already. Thank god for smp ink!

I'll give it a few weeks to heal now and think about whether I will have another laser session to remove the rest of my (good) smp or get another treatment from a different practitioner in Paris which has been offered to me by my current practitioner. I'm happy to say I haven't been let down, even though it's been a rough couple of weeks for me now.

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