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  1. 3 points
    Saw my name mentioned in another thread, so thought I’d add a recent pic with the family dog.
  2. 2 points
    Just go with your gut. if you don't you'll always wonder its like a breath of fresh air no more stressing over hair
  3. 2 points
    JCVD

    Why want SMP take

    Some people can get this treatment completed in 3 sessions and every individual is different. I myself have not been one of the lucky ones to get my treatment completed in 3 sessions. I feel that it comes down to your immune system and how well it takes the pigment and also the level of skill of the practitioner who performs your procedure.
  4. 2 points
    Somebody mentioned my name? About to turn 65. Just added a new pic to my Zang post in the American forum. Happy new year, Ed and all.
  5. 2 points
    Hi DrDre, I'm a newbie on this forum, but my humble opinion is the faded smp's do not look bad at all. If anything, it may lend itself to natural aging of the scalp. You may be more concerned because you are likely a young man, and it is a personal opinion of course. Thanks for your posts.
  6. 2 points
    On my experience of my smp. I can go about 4 days without shaving. When lazy a week. My other replies in threads have photos showing not shaving for a few days It looks best a few hours after a wet shave but I haven't had a word said to me after even a few days. As for people who you tell. Be wary only for sure tell people on a need to know. My wife and my mother knows along with 2 friends. My children didn't even notice. I'm in a circle of people who have no problem ripping anyone to shreads over something. A another factor to think about is after a period of time people get used to what you look like and forget what you used to look and it all gets accepted if that makes sense. I had some hair and probably went to His very naive and on a wing and a prayer with not much or hardly any research. I didn't over think it and kinda just said f**k it and done it. It was such a good time in my life and I hope anyone else thinking about smp with his has the experience I have had. There is somethings I would have done differently looking back but all in all it was life changing for me
  7. 2 points
    Hi gm68. One piece of advice I can give you from my own experience is, shave your head short and get used to that before going straight to smp. From my own experience, I have suffered from a receding hairline from my 20’s (now early 40’s) and managed to keep my hair long enough on top to conceal this (apart from swimming etc)... everyone thought I’d got a full head of hair, but for me I hated it and decided to go down the smp route what I’m trying to tell you is, I walked into a clinic with a good head of hair and left a couple of hours later with it shaved to the bone and it was a massive shock, massive... I had my hairline lowered which now means I have to shave everyday or twice a day because of the 2d / 3d effect. 9 months on I’m just about used to it and I’m now shaving everyday against the grain!! Be under no illusions smp only really works when hair is shave to the bone and I can be an extreme look for someone not used to it, like I was sorry for waffling on
  8. 2 points
    If you shave daily you will not feel or see a difference at all.
  9. 2 points
    When shaved wet. There is no difference in the sides and top of mine. I have my head felt up on a few occasions and nobody has batted an eyelid. But 100% the sides of my head and where I still have hair feels exactly the same when wet shaved. Non issue in my opinion:) i regular get lazy and don't shave for days and still is all ok
  10. 1 point
    It might, by increasing the blood supply to the region, accelerate the processes involved but I imagine the effect would be negligible. Might be worth considering reducing your intake for the two weeks after treatment.
  11. 1 point
    Well it looks like I'm off to Brum in March........ Very much hope I've done the right thing
  12. 1 point
    Lt.Col Kojak Slaphead III

    Why want SMP take

    I remember there was one guy on the old forum who needed something like 8-10 sessions his fading was so bad. But they eventually got it in the end.
  13. 1 point
    Well I had my skype consulation earlier today with Ian. Very useful and interesting 45-minute discussion. Interestingly the first question he asked (having looked at my photos) was do I want to keep my hair the same length as it is now. When I said absolutely not he more or less said good, because you can't (which I knew anyway). However he suggested that a grade zero (with clippers) would be doable. I'll be pretty happy if I can get away with that. His suggestions were either to use a lighter shade and blend with existing hair, or go a little darker and continue the SMP down into the sides/back. Which mirrors my own thoughts... my preference being the latter but would be TBD on the day. We discussed costs and when payments are due. And waiting times which surprisingly may be as little as 4-6 weeks. Also any alterations involving partial removal and how they could be done. On scheduling of sessions, I was interested to hear that the clinic is open 6 days a week, so scheduling sessions on Saturdays is a possibility. I'd have to have a think about whether this would be beneficial to me. Anyway he said a week off work could be sufficient with two sessions on Saturdays and a return to work on the Monday after the second session. Not sure if that may be too soon but he thought it would be fine. But that it wouldn't be a good idea to go back to work between first and second sessions. We had a very interesting chat about practitioners which altered my original thoughts on this somewhat, although I don't think I have completely put this issue to bed yet. As someone posted on another thread, it seems that Ian and Ranbir do still do treatments themselves and indeed have trained many of the other practitioners. With this in mind maybe having treatments with Ian himself might be a safe bet! I mentioned the communications issues that some guys on the forum seemed to be having with HIS and he said that they had been having some issues with managing their US clinics, and these are now being managed by another clinic over there. Not something for UK clients to worry about? After the consult I received a treatment plan and quote via email. I'm now going away for some serious consideration of all the stuff I have coming up in and out of work over the next few months. After this I may put out a few feelers to HIS about availability around suitable dates. And I suppose at some point I'll have to decide if this is something I want to move forward with or not
  14. 1 point
    I have written directly to this poster asking them to confirm their details so I can authenticate these claims. However, the account was set up at the same time as another which posted a topic asking for recommendations to a clinic in Toronto... which this poster replied to suggesting one. It has always been a frustrating part of the job, policing the competition when they look to use our forum to undermine what we do. It used to be much more common, when some of the names that have become established were a little more "cowboy" in their approach.
  15. 1 point
    Thanks pv, and completely agree. So you think I should raise the hairline a bit? I'm ok to do that since my 'hairline' (with concealer) is a bit higher. Re keeping it light, I was thinking about going with my natural hair colour or maybe even slightly darker (and blend it down into the sides/back). My concern being that it could otherwise end up invisible in bright light. I know that I need to be careful about going too dark. Anyway I think I'm getting a decent idea of what I want now. I'm slightly concerned about exactly who I let loose on my head, but I don't think we are allowed to discuss practitioners on the forum? Although I'm guessing it would be Birmingham or Manchester? Time to do a consultation I think.
  16. 1 point
    The only advantage having a hair before smp is that it's easier to bluff people once you have your smp As they don't know where your hair line was previously for sure Smp is a level above a grade A in my opinion. Wet shaven mine is flawless and 3 days in. So much so I've almost forgot I have it. Whether you have a hairline or not makes no difference. Have a look at my pics in other threads my hairline was shot to bits before and His done a fantastic job with a broken hairline. @gm68 just go for it, keep the hairline higher and a bit receded and light and you can't go wrong. If it's higher you can always bring it down looking forward for when ever you pull the trigger. Do it for yourself. You only start living your life when you stop caring what people think.
  17. 1 point
    gm68

    Light brown hair and unevenly greying

    I'm rubbish with this but had a go at receding it slightly myself:
  18. 1 point
    Well I've no problem posting it and I assume it's ok to do so, so here it is. Couple of things to note: - It's an older pic. Still haven't received the new one even though they were sent right after each other. - You're right about the hairline. The pic below has a decently soft hairline, but it's a bit 'too good', i.e. not mature enough for my age! I would go for a higher, or perhaps just more receded, hairline.
  19. 1 point
    baldy-locks

    Light brown hair and unevenly greying

    Post it if you can... good luck if you decide to go ahead.. just remember to go with a sensible hairline 👍🏻
  20. 1 point
    Ok, this is maybe a bit off topic, hopefully it's ok to post. Two months ago I stopped using this drug after 10 years' continuous use (having decided that my current fin/concealer routine is definitely coming to an end no matter what my next step turns out to be). Since then I've noticed a few things. Almost imediately I noticed an intermittent very light headache / slight sensitivity to light. As well as very occasional slight light-headedness. These symptoms have lasted for a number of weeks although they are more or less gone now. It's also become apparent that I was having one admittedly very minor sexual side effect while on fin, which is no longer the case since stopping the drug. Following the observations above, I did a little online research and found that although the exact scope of side effects from fin doesn't appear to have been fully documented, there were certainly other guys who had similar symptoms when both using and after stopping using fin. I was also interested to read about some guys who had no symptoms after years on fin, then suddenly had sometimes quite severe physical, sexual or even mental issues. For a considerable time a few years ago I had number of strange symptoms, for example gastro-intestinal cramps, bowel issues, testicular aches. All of these symtoms were apparently experienced by some guys on online forums as side effects from fin, however I didn't consider this possibility at the time (since I'd already been on fin for a number of years with no real issues). In November 2017 I went to see my GP who did some tests which came out normal. Since then these issues have completely or almost completely gone (and before I stopped taking fin). Bottom line: I don't think that this drug is as innocuous as was thought in 2008, and I'm becoming very glad that something has happened to get me off it!
  21. 1 point
    I thought Ranbir and Ian were off empire building. I didn't think they were still hands on. Is it cheeky to ask how Ian's much anticipated the/SMP combo is looking ?
  22. 1 point
    gm68

    Light brown hair and unevenly greying

    Thanks for the comments b-l, and I think there's a lot of truth in this! We do tend to get caught up in what others think of us, when truth is most of the time they are not thinking about us at all.... actually I think my 10-year experience with concealers backs that up I remember at school though I used to hate getting a haircut since there were always kids that would make some silly comment (for whatever reason I never really understood). Actually about 20 years ago I worked with one person like that. Everyone else in the office found it profoundly irritating and several told the guy to his face, not that it made any difference. Thankfully no one like that to worry about these days. Two years ago I had a basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer) removed from the side of my nose and had to go into work with a huge ugly blood-sodden dressing on it. As you can imagine I got a few comments about that. A difference then was that I was straight up with people about what I'd had done, after which no more was said. It was also interesting how many people surprisingly never said anything at all. I think pv is right, once we're happy that SMP is the right way forward for us, we have to just go for it and sod everyone else. Think I'll wait until I see my virtual SMP pics and then think about doing a skype consultation. Happy new year and here's to a potentially very interesting 2019
  23. 1 point
    Regarding shaving it off first and getting used to it: My idea was to walk in with hair (comb over shall we say) & leave with shaved head & nobody will be none the wiser. For me it was just a massive shock & one that took a long time to get used to. But for someone already shaving their head it’s probably less of a shock this is just how I felt by the way and with regards shaving after smp, like I said I shave everyday cos I’ve still got thick hair on to (but not in the places I want it lol) and any more than a day you can start to see the difference between 2d / 3d plus I like it to look clean all the time I do know someone who’s had the treatment done and they were an nw7 (no hair on top, just back and sides) and when clean shaven it looks spot on, but I’ve also seen them after a few days un-shaven and it looks weird... but each to their own and he’s been quite open about the fact he’s had smp
  24. 1 point
    I wet shave (against the grain) on top because I still have some hair (nw3) and it’s quite dark, but use a rotary on the sides & back because I was more grey. So I have a smooth top with sand paper feel to the back & sides. Couple of people have rubbed my the top of my head and said “ooh very smooth” and that was that. Very few people know I’ve got SMP and I’ve never been called out... yet
  25. 1 point
    The equaliser

    0.5 Guard?

    Babyliss men istubble is what I use...theres no 0.5 but a 0.6 and 0.4 which is the one I use and always have since having smp..perfect for me.
  26. 1 point
    Hope everyone's had a good Christmas! I sent not one but two photos for 'Virtual SMP'. Hope that is ok. And I hope that the results can help me become more comfortable with the 'cropped' look!
  27. 1 point
    Here are additional photos from Dec 2018
  28. 1 point
    coloradonative1986

    Any Recommendations

    Hi All, Its been 3 months since 3rd session. What do you all think? I’m thinking of going back to get a more feathered look, especially on my left side. Also, just wondering if it looks too much like a helmet? I do like the job but thinking maybe a few changes could make it look more natural. I would appreciate ya’lls input. Thank you :-)
  29. 1 point
    Just stopped in on a whim seven years after having smp...still rocking the look. Smp still looks fresh and no one ever knows its a tattoo unless I tell them. always around for coffee or drinks in case anyones ever interested on how well this look ages on. Im still digging smp and glad i did this treatment. happy holidays guys and thanks for your fine efforts. JB
  30. 1 point
    This is right now coming up to my 5th year. It's also me being lazy and I haven't wet shaved in a week So you can see my hair through the smp. My point is that mine has not faded and I don't think I want it topped up for a while the top pic is in strong light you can see my hair and the smp.
  31. 1 point
    Thanks Ed, I've trawled through bald ego's posts and seen his pics, including the one before treatment (I think he said he removed all but one 'before' pics). If I can get SMP results like his I'll be one happy camper (once I've got myself comfortable with the step change in appearance). What I really enjoyed reading though was how the improvement in his appearance caused him to take more care of himself in so many other areas, e.g. physical fitness, diet, etc.
  32. 1 point
    Gigantor Cat

    DIY SMP?

    Maybe its against the rules, but still waiting for a picture of your DIY. Not going to hold my breath though
  33. 1 point
    first one looks like a guy in his 50's , the seconds in his 40's.
  34. 1 point
    Redman

    MY FIRST SESSION

    Hi Guys this is my first post on here since i had my treatments in the Manchester clinic. I am 55 years old and had the old plug hair transplant procedure back in the late 80s. ( big mistake but hey young and foolish back then and no internet lol ) Had been looking into smp with his for quite a while mainly to camouflage my scar area! Anyway here are some pics of my before my 1st session in Manchester. Will upload photo's of my first session results shortly.
  35. 1 point
    yoyo

    What's happened to the social media updates?

    Hi , I'm what you call the first generation His devotees.I had mine done 10 years ago and have had a couple of top ups in between.Last top up was around 4 years ago when I wanted my hairline to be be totally feathered as it was too sharp as I'm white. For Asian or black then you can get away with a more square hairline. The hairline did not look natural to me and Ranbir and Ian who did my initial treatment did not offer the feathered look which His now do. I think it was down to a great tattooist #### Clarke ? who was a professional tattooist before he joined His to offer that at His. I had to laser NY hairline off from London Harley street clinic and #### gave me a new feathered hairline . Overall it has lasted all of 10 years and I don't think I need another top up for a few more years or maybe never again. . I think then the ink was meant to last ,I'm not sure about the ink they use today. . I hope that helps. I must add Ian and Ranbir are total professionals and are there to help. I also have to mention before I went to His 10 years ago I went to another practioner not His and destroyed my scalp with massive dots that Ranbir had to disguise and use her skill to give me that Natural look . Even today I really do suggest that you check out who you are going to get your treatment with as there are many charlatans who will destroy your look. Please tread carefully. ,I would gladly go back to His if I needed further treatment
  36. 1 point
    load

    Head shine

    I advise you to use talc
  37. 1 point
    SMPler

    Getting caught out

    Never been caught out either. I am a NW 5-6 myself. After my treatment I now have a similar hairline like the HIS testimonial in the attached photo (I don't like the NW 0 straight and sharp hairline look. A broken and feathered hairline and some receding always looks best IMO, especially when you're not in your 20's anymore). Nobody ever wondered or gave me a stare or something. The only thing some of my colleagues and pals said was something like "Oh, you shaved your head? Looks good, man". And that was it.
  38. 1 point
    I removed my pictures a while ago for privacy reasons, but it still looks good 4 years on. I wouldn't say I went dark all over, my treatment tapers lighter down towards the temple, ears and neckline with the same ink (30) mainly by difference of needle pressure. I'm not blonde though, more of a mousey brown, and I'm not sure I've seen a blonde treatment that looks convincing. It's more a case of blondes needing to recreate light brown hair stubble for their SMP to work. Blonde stubble is basically invisible.
  39. 1 point
    Redman

    MY FIRST SESSION

    Here's some pics i took today as best i could in natural outdoor light. This is 7 days after my second treatment! Will upload more pics that i took inside shortly.
  40. 1 point
    Redman

    MY FIRST SESSION

    And here's the photie's i took fresh today! 1 / 10 / 17 exactly 5 days after my 2nd Session. Really pleased but also really worried about it fading a lot?! My scar at the back of my head needs to settle down more and obviously will probably fade more so just so anxious to see how that appears? Although i am going to have to go for a 3rd session. Just really worried about my Scar being reasonably camouflaged? and also the plug scars on the top of my head! Hope the quality of the photo's are ok? Would love some feedback ?
  41. 1 point
    Second session done today with Danny at manchester. What a talented top bloke he is. I am forever in his debt for the work he has done to my hair and cannot recommend him enough. Great banter and his work is spot on. Im looking forward to goin to a mates stag doo on sat and sporting a "full head of hair look" few pics to follow, head is still raw as only done a few hours ago so will post some more pics when redness has settled down. I ended up drawing the hairline in which i mastered in the week ive had from my first session with lots of trail and error lol! And dropped to shade 22
  42. 1 point
    Next week at the second session i am going to ask Danny to lower the hairline slightly mebbies around 5mm if that and bring the side profiles in ever so slightly then i will be 100% happy with the hairline and looking forward to getting the density next week. Happy customer here and if anybody is sitting on the fence with this treatment crack on and get it booked. Best thing you will do Something along the lines of this....
  43. 1 point
    These where taken about 4 hrs after the session so still quite red but overall happy with the results
  44. 1 point
    This is the sort of hairline i would like from a previous HIS hair customer i found on youtube vids, any recommendations of hairline pics that my suit my head is much appreciated before my treatment on monday
  45. 1 point
    Before pics side view
  46. 1 point
    That looks really good from the rear mate. Not many can pull off that hair length but certainly from the rear it looks good in these photos.
  47. 1 point
    Just washed and shaved down with balding clippers. Here's a couple of photos of the back. One indoors, one outside in the garden on a bright sunny morning. The strip where the FUE scars were is looking great. Almost invisible so hopefully the pigment holds. When I say almost invisible - it probably is invisible to anyone else, just that I know where they were so I obviously scrutinise it really closely. Looking at the pics I don't think I can get away with that length as the thin crown is still visible. I think I'll drop it down to a face shaver in a few days once it is fully healed to avoid pulling off any scabs.
  48. 1 point
    Cheers for the info Damien. Certainly not going to start panicking yet. Could be a lot worse and have faded completely. All in all it's looking brilliant for the 1st session. As far as pigment shades go this is what I had always thought... I thought the pigment was selected primarily based on your hair colour rather than hair length. Obviously there is little difference in the appearance of a wet shaved scalp and a foil / rotary shavered scalp. In the case where people went for a longer hair length the pigment would still be the same. The treatment would still work as the smp would simply add extra density in this case but if shaved down would be the same as a properly shaved scalp. Is that kind of right or completely wrong?
  49. 1 point
    Cheers man. For now anyway. Been losing it for nearly 10 years now and been on propecia for last 4 years with decent results. Stopped it recently so what's left might all dissapear in the next few months as well!
  50. 1 point
    Here’s a few photos taken during the treatment. The first 2 show the FUE scarring being treated. You can even see a difference between these 2 photos. The first was taken immediately after the FUE scars have been treated and it still looks quite dotty. The second was taken towards the end of the session and you can already see that its starting to settle and look natural.