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  2. Looks fantastic.It looks just like real hair. Congrats! I myself went to Birmingham about two months ago and had the female practitioner help me sort out the smp work that I had in Toronto which was unfinished. Mine looks very compatible to yours as the practitioner at His Birmingham is very talented and laid in the correct density with a suitable shade to eliminate the patchiness that I had. I now have peace of mind and can look in the mirror with pride. I will only get my work done in Birmingham at HIS when a touch up is needed in the future and I highly recommend this place to anyone that is suffering with hair loss. Cheers!.
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  4. Thread is a year old today. Definitely a happier man than I was 12 months ago
  5. Light brown hair and unevenly greying

    That’s the question I’ve been asked the most “why do you shave your hair off, when you’ve got a full head” I respond with, grey curly hair isn’t for me 😆 that also brings me on to shine... In my head, I’m like, why would you want a bald shiny head when you appear to have a good head of hair ! wet shave, rotary or foil my head still shines like a mirror, so I have to use PTR everyday!!
  6. Just to add, last weekend I was chatting to a friend who is some years younger than me and almost completely bald (he keeps his remaining hair very short and sometimes shaves it). After a few minutes the discussion somehow got onto hair and he went into a bit of a rant as to why I shaved my head when clearly I had enough hair to grow it out. I tried to convince him that it really was thinning and also greying, and that shaving it 'cured' both issues. He seemed unconvinced . That's why I'm glad I had SMP (not to 'fool' people - whatever that means - but to maintain the confidence I had when I had hair and even when using concealers at the start).
  7. First thing, yes, I'm 100% glad I did it, just as much as I was at the start. The minor inconveniences of daily shaving and shine management are not really significant compared to the benefit of having a 'hairline'. Mind you, after the pain of the concealer routine anything would be an improvement Must say I haven't had an issue with the shaved look. I admit I was reluctant to shave to the bone at first, but I genuinely really like it and was actually quite surprised how much and how quickly I liked it given that it was probably my biggest concern prior to having the SMP. Shaving takes 10-15 minutes for my beard and probably another 5-10 minutes for my head, using a Braun Series 3 foil shaver. But I'm a bit picky and like it done right - if I was less fussy I could probably do it a bit more quickly. But would be interested in any good alternatives to reduce this time. I'm going to be honest and say the shine has been more of a concern to me. I am currently managing this by quickly rinsing my head before foil shaving, and after shaving just wiping it with a dryish towel. This seems to keep it pretty much under control without having to use any mattifying products, on a regular basis at least (may use some PTR for special occasions ). I've abandoned wet shaving for now since this seems to leave my head really shiny and it takes a few days to get back to normal. My SMP looks best under natural light in my opinion, however it still looks a bit too light under some indoor lighting conditions. I'll probably plan to go back to HIS for my free top up session around February. I'm off on another week's sunshine holiday at the end of the month and still haven't decided what to do about sun protection. I'm convinced that the last sunscreen I used contributed to the increase in shine that has never gone totally back to where it was previously. May just wear a baseball hat although I'd like to try a different brand of sunscreen and see if there is any difference. Also the top of my head is still a little whiter than my forehead, hence a just about visible 'line' where the SMP is a bit lower than where the concealers were.
  8. Light brown hair and unevenly greying

    My opinion on smp is (and I’ve had it for around 2 years now) it’s less hassle for me just shaving everyday than styling my hair to cover my receding parts (Nw 3 high hairline, no hair loss on crown area). But the killer for me is shine! Something that never entered my head. Yes there are products to reduce it, but these don’t last all day. I’ve never been able to accept it and just get on with it. (Wish I could, then smp for me would be 💯) I think the problem for me, stems from looking in the mirror before smp, at a “full head of hair” to full shaved off shiny head.. it’s hard to get used to, where as if someone is already bald or wet shaving their head... they are already used to the look...
  9. Light brown hair and unevenly greying

    The question is, are you glad you did it? And is the maintenance ( daily shave, anti shine ) worth it and less hassle than fibers ? Currently I sprinkle about 10p of fibers on in the morning and a scoot of cheap hairspray and can then cycle to work ( rain and sweat ) and still pull off ( I think) a Norwood 3 on a Norwood 5 head. Would the extra hassle of SMP be worth it ?
  10. Light brown hair and unevenly greying

    Shine on my head is no different whether I wet or rotary shave. PTR is great when first applied but does where off within a few hours... 2 years on, I’m still using it daily as I’ve yet to fine a better solution
  11. Well it's lightened some more and is once again slightly too light to my eyes under bathroom lighting Still some shine issues too. All being managed. Although I've not found a permanent routine yet, still experimenting. I like the wet shave but it leaves a bad shine. Foil shave much less so but I think my Braun Series 3 is starting to struggle after 8 months.....
  12. I tried some of this today after a wet shave. A little of it did not have a significant impact on the shine. Applying more turned my head white & patchy Aw well, at least it wasn't expensive. Back to foil shaving I guess, and there's always the PTR if I feel the need.
  13. I am between my second and third treatment. I have three moles on my head that I keep cutting. Or I keep cutting my head trying to avoid cutting them! I want to get them removed and am wondering if it would be best to do this before my third and, hopefully, final treatment. If so, how long should I wait for the removal spots to heal before the third and last session? Thanks in advance!
  14. Sunblock / sunscreen

    Thanks baldy-locks, will have a look at that one too. By the way the shine wasn't the only undesirable outcome following my summer holiday, I believe there was a bit of fading too. The third session has rectified that so I won't want it to happen again
  15. Yea really pleased, as you say blend is much better and shine level seems to be similar to post 2nd session now. Will see how it goes over the next few months then make a call on what to do. There are a couple of minor tweaks I might still like to do, so I'll probably end up doing the 4th session (especially since it's free), but will leave it until new year.
  16. Sunblock / sunscreen

    Try this GM68... I used it in Greece this year... it doesn’t dull shine, but it’s really dry-touch on the skin like I’ve said before, only thing to dull shine is PTR or to some extent MoM
  17. Light brown hair and unevenly greying

    Looking good mate. Blend looks spot on 👍🏻
  18. Sunblock / sunscreen

    Following session 3 the shine seems to have receded further and seems to be quite close to where I was before my holiday in the summer - even immediately after washing my head. Just back from Austria where we had summer-like temperatures and sunshine - but being unable to use sunblock so soon after my 3rd session I just wore a baseball hat. Off for a week in the Canaries at the end of November and may just do same. Although it's possible I could be tempted to experiment with an alternative sunblock or two, not sure yet.... it's not so much for walking about in the sun, it's more for swimming - where a hat is inconvenient/impractical.....
  19. Here are some photos post session 3. Taken today, so 12 days after the session. And more or less straight after a foil shave and shower (in that order). I took these in same bathroom lighting as before, although they seem to have come out a bit darker (not especially easy, this taking good photos of your own head business). I think this is my least favourite lighting - to me SMP has always looked better outside (but I wanted to show the less flattering lighting condition, and anyway it's raining today ).
  20. No scrubbing or alcohol on head ?

    Because skin is porous and some solvents, presumably including alcohol, can penetrate it. Also as I understand it HIS pigments are inserted less deep in the skin than traditional tattoos.
  21. Will get some up, may be a bit of a delay though, off on my travels again tomorrow - going off radar for another bit. Also my head is still patchy reddish and the new treatment is still quite dark. The pics will look better once it settles - for my first two sessions that was at about 5 days.
  22. Anyone in Stoke-on-Trent

    Hi, Considering the procedure would like to meet someone in Stoke-on-Trent or surrounding area who has had the treatment, I've previously had a hair transplant and so would be really interested to meet someone in a similar position. Tony
  23. Light brown hair and unevenly greying

    Interested to see some pics mate
  24. Quick summary of my 3rd session today at HIS Birmingham. On arrival was informed that my practitioner (Ranbir) was sick! Was offered an alternative practitioner (happy to use name if allowed but perhaps not relevant). Was mildly concerned, but having travelled for the session I wasn't exactly going to refuse Started by chatting about the fading/shine that happened over the course of my holiday during the summer. Not sure we identified any particular cause of the fading, although I think there was a feeling that the shine may have been caused by the mosturising effect of the sunblock. He didn't think my head was very shiny, but that may have been because I foil-shaved last night after washing, which may have removed some of the shine. He recommended Loreal anti-shine gel moisturiser as a cheaper alternative to PTR, if needed to manage the shine. With the above in mind I may be more inclined to use a hat during my next sunshine holiday, currently scheduled for the end of November..... So on to session #3, which we both agreed definitely needed done. The plan was to first of all break up the hairline a bit more with a few light dots. For this the shade used was 58 (same as the lighter shade used during session #2). The same shade was also used to add density immediately behind the hairline. Further back shade 46 was used to fill in the area between two dark patches of actual thick hair on either side - this shade was very slightly darker than the darker shade used in session #2, and was used all the way back to the horseshoe. Finally blending was done into the sides/rear and some pale patches on the sides were bolstered up. My practitioner thought a 4th session may possibly be needed for the finishing touches, but that all in all it looked much more 'finished' after today's session. Let's see what it looks like when it settles - the good news is that any 4th session will only cost the price of a cheap flight
  25. sorry but this company is a scam, you even mention the toronto clinic and the issues toronto clients are facing they stop responding immediately. Complete BS. Zero acknowledgement of what happened, zero ownership of their fault in the issues with the sole canadian location and i'm sure several pissed off clients like myself who got a terrible SMP from Practitioner who's name started with S. Absolutely no effort on their part to rectify it for us via refund or through a free touch up with a more experienced technician. DO NOT use this company for your SMP, simply put. I understand they may have great practitioners in the UK etc.. But bottom line is if they're willing to scam customers like this in one country, they absolutely will do so in another. Can't even get a call or email back from them. Why even promise us the free one year warranty touch up session if you're going to absolutely ghost us?
  26. From where I am located in Canada I have to travel to get my smp procedure done. I made a huge mistake originally going to Toronto to get my procedure done when I should have just went to Birmingham in the first place where the the skill level of the practitioner is at its highest. The recent procedure that I had done at the Birmingham His by the talented skilled practitioner was night and day compared to the inferior work I had done at the Toronto His. I was very relieved and very stress free after leaving the appointment in Birmingham. It cost me a little more to get my smp done by travelling to the United Kingdom but it was definitely worth every penny in the end.
  27. Soften Hairline Pics

    It's been almost 7 years since my first sesh, how time flies. Well I have aged since then and want to soften up my hairline and have a more natural look. Have you guys softened your hairline after SMP? Please share your photos, experiences, and advice. Thank you!
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