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  1. 10 points
    Finished 3rd session in early 2015, still the best choice I have ever made in my life, I can honestly say I prefer this look over when I had hair lol, my girlfriend of over a year haven't even been able to spot it, and she touches my head every day! Honestly if your on the fence, this goes for the young people as well, get it done. Male pattern baldness have no cure, accept it, because you are fighting a battle that you are not going to win. Get fit, and get a tan and your good!
  2. 7 points

    Hair line is too dark.

    I jumped the gun on my initial thoughts. My hair is on point. After the 2nd session, the blending is flawless.
  3. 6 points
    I had mine in 2014 with a top up in '16 on the hairline. Mine In my opinion has got better over time. That's with about 3 days of not wet shaving
  4. 6 points

    Hairy Again

    Session 3 finally under my belt. Quite pleased with the results — Ian Dennis, the Houston practitioner, continues to be a master at what he does. Redness faded a lot quicker this time as he was really just adding in darker dots for variation and blending into the sides. I'm hoping I can let this grow 3 days now before it's noticeable and I need to shave. Of course, I could probably go a week and no one would notice — if this experience has taught me anything it's that people's eyes just want to see things that make sense, and the idea that part of my hair might be fake just doesn't compute. So, if anyone's on the fence for reasons of getting called out, you can put that fear to rest. One mid-session shot and a few pics from yesterday (these are only a few hours after shaving, for the most part). Those two pics in my car are taken right after each other; one with sunroof open and the other closed to show that even some lights will still totally make it disappear. I expect the same would happen on someone with a short buzz as well, though. I guess I'm off to go live my life now, I suppose. Hasn't really sunk in yet that going bald isn't something to worry about anymore, but I know that's to come.
  5. 5 points

    Doesn't last

    I have had mine from 2014. It hasn’t faded at all apart from original fading. Its half way into 2018 I may go to his just to have a check up but it’s more brecause of routine
  6. 5 points
    Hi, you are in my opinion the perfect candidate for it. You have a hair and a hairline that enables you to hide the treatment very well once done as you still would have a shadow on head and with the smp it won’t be as drastic a change. But a big enough change for it to have an awesome effect you could get away with a tiny bit of Growth good luck
  7. 4 points
    Saw my name mentioned in another thread, so thought I’d add a recent pic with the family dog.
  8. 4 points
    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
  9. 4 points
    I have fun with this one: "I have loads of grey hairs" "I'm a Buddhist" "I go to the gym a lot and it's just easier this way..." "I love Vin Diesel movies" "I lost a bet" "It makes me more aerodynamic" "Because I'm bald and I had a tattoo to replicate real hair" "Why do you ask? Don't you like it?" Some people ask you this because they already know you've had something done, well I've 2 people ask me that in 7 years. And those 2 people would have only said something else to try and annoy me if I had a full head of long hair! I think, for me, you'll feel much better with HIS when you accept that you might get called out at any minute – and so what if you do! I think I've only had 2 people ask me that because I went with a high hairline. (I'm aware this might sound like strange advice from someone who has been asking in the forum about tattoo removal photos!)
  10. 4 points
  11. 4 points

    Hairy Again

    Hey all, wanted to give an update: I actually went back for a session 4 in May; the treatment looked fine but my practitioner Ian in Houston saw some photos and thought we could go a little darker and still look natural. Very glad we did - it gave it even more texture, and still blends great whether its day 0 or day 2. Trying to think back to what I would have wanted to know pre-treatment... it really has been a seamless transition and no one's ever called me out. I've gotten a few "why do you shave your head, you have hair" which always makes me feel great. Honestly the best part is feeling like I can look sharp again, and that my appearance is intentional. It's so much better that I can talk about being "bald" and it's not awkward because it seems like I'm shaving on purpose. Some pic updates... these are just pics I've taken in everyday life that I grabbed off my phone. Lighting does definitely make a difference and there are a few lightings where it really doesn't show up well, but that would happen with a naturally shaved head too, I think. Good luck to @JohnathonNY and anyone else on the fence... you'll be glad you did
  12. 4 points
    My hair loss was extensive, similar to the OP’s. Initially, I opted for a higher hairline and temple recession for the same reasons that he stated. But after adjusting to my new look, I realized that I’d been overly cautious. So I went back for some further blending (i.e., integration) of a more-lowered hairline with far less age recession at the temples. The masterful artistry of my “up-for-a-challenge” practitioner made ALL the difference when pushing the limits of what was possible. Check out my temples to see some superb blending work by Zang. Bottom line: Don’t be overly afraid to tweak your results, bit by bit, in order to achieve your best ultimate result. There’s a very fine line between being too cautious and too bold; the trick is finding the right balance for you.
  13. 4 points

    He got called out!

    Read the comments..people are right..his hairline is too defined..though if I didn't know I probably would not have noticed... As a side topic, why is it that women can do all this shit, IE wear wigs (Amber Rose), get eyebrows tattooed and no one bats an eye but if men do it, people call it out!!!?? What actually inspired me to go the SMP route was a friend of mine had her eyebrows done and she was talking about it and telling everyone and all the girls were like "yeah I am gonna do that too..." including my wife. It was then that I decided to tell all my friends about my hairpiece and told them I was going to go the SMP route.. PS Someone in the comments wrote that Ricky Whittle had SMP. Is this true? I have seen pics where he has grown a mohawk. TBH I wanted to get SMP so my hair could look like his - lol!
  14. 4 points

    What does an SMP head feel like?

    Well I quickly realized that most people that comment on SMP don't actually know what they are talking about lol. Even if you have a little tiny stubble on top, it will feel like a full head of hair cause nobody at all touches our head with just their fingers, they would use their whole hand and therefore any stubble feel will feel like a full head of hair.
  15. 4 points

    Shoutout to the Toronto clinic

    Newbie from Toronto here. First of all, a big thank you to everyone who's contributed to this forum. You guys have made this experience so much easier on me. Cheers to you guys, and to HIS for hosting this forum. So far, I've had 3 sessions at the Toronto clinic. I'm light skinned, and roughly a norwood 6. My first 2 sessions came out super light, almost unnoticeable (after about a week), but I'm very pleased with the approach. I was afraid to go too dark, and too soon. I wanted my SMP to look as natural as possible, so getting that perfect shade meant the most to me. The practitioner recommended we try a shade 30 for my first session. And it actually looked decent for the first week, but then it slowly disappeared. Then came the 2nd session, and we dropped to shade 26. About 2-3 weeks later, it almost disappeared again (but not as bad as the first session). So if you looked close enough, you could still see some faint dots. Anyways, I wasn't concerned. I know from your guys' stories that this happens a lot. And then 5 days ago I had my 3rd session. We went down to a shade 20 or 21. This one seems to be holding up a lot better. Perhaps we finally found the perfect shade. I haven't shaved my head yet, so I'll have to throw up some pictures for you guys when I do. Obviously this last session will fade a lot in the coming months, but it's not a big deal. I rather go too slow than too fast. The bottom line is that SMP involves layers and layers of treatments. "Slow and steady" was the advice that was often given out here, and I'm glad I listened to you guys. My advice to the other guys on the fence is to take it slow, and take it easy - because HIS offers you their guarantee. They've already offered me my 4th session (free) since the first 2 had faded so much. So it's nothing I'm stressing over...HIS will get it right for you, as long as you're willing to put in the time. I know I'm in good hands with HIS. And by the way, the practitioner in Toronto is spot on. The guy knows what he's doing!
  16. 4 points
    Hey I can completely relate to your predicament. I wore a system most of my life at 50 decided was enough. All the problems you have mentioned above about the hassle of wearing one. And I had to contend with a botched hair transplant under the system. Thought long and hard trying to come up with all the scenarios that you are trying to come up with. Leaving the system on during the process, wearing a hat etc. I went in on Friday they shaved my head had the procedure done walked in on Saturday to a family get together. People were shocked that I had shaved a perfectly good head of "hair" I said I wanted to try something different. Did not hear a peep after that. It has been over 2 years the best decision I have ever made. You are over thinking it. Take enough days off so you can have 2 sessions done about 10 days before you go back to work. Patients will wait!!
  17. 4 points
    the bald ego

    Really want to do this but...

    A one-session approach would be foolish. The practitioner and client need to assess and adjust (over several sessions) the style, rate of fading, density, need for blending, etc., etc. Anyone who had been through the HIS protocol will appreciate and attest to the wisdom of a mindful and careful approach. Many here who’ve completed SMP also know that the final “look” that we achieved was an **evolving** perceptual process, with the greatest results attainable only by giving time to build upon prior work, live with each session’s progress for awhile, and then to make enhancements. Rebuilding your look should not be an instantaneous endeavor. To ’SickOfHidingIt’... if I were you, I’d first make a transition to a close-shaved style and let your co-workers and others get used to that new look. When you feel ready, then go for SMP. Alternately, some people who have your concerns end up taking a full ‘travel’ week off and knock out their first two sessions. Ordinarily, a third session is needed a month later to build density and make important refinements, but the first two sessions would interimly leave you quite passable as “not bald”. I used to wear a wig, and was a corporate executive. I hated the wig; it felt fake. More to the point, I felt fake. One day, I just said fukkit to whatever people want to think... I shaved my whole head to Ground Zero, and dumped my wig in a trash can. From a shaved look, SMP is a simple process. Many of us, including myself, have traveled some distance to get the best work done. >>> You can always find a way to do something really important. I was bald for over 40 years by the time I found SMP around 18 months ago. Finding an undetectable, sustainable, low-maintenance baldness “cure” has allowed me to feel physically good about myself for the first time in my whole adult life. The best thing is to do good things for yourself, rather than for others. Not good to live for what “they” might think. Keep your focus on the best end goal for you. Good luck!
  18. 4 points
  19. 4 points

    Hairy Again

    First day back at work — no comments made when I walked in, but of course it's hard to tell if they were just being polite or not. Got the confirmation I needed later in the day, though: one of my closer coworkers (also losing his hair a bit) walked right up and asked if I had shaved a bit closer than normal. We had a two minute conversation about the razor I use, him inspecting my head the whole time, and didn't seem to suspect a thing.
  20. 4 points

    Getting caught out

    Shaved Shadow. I agree, your description of yourself is very much like me. I would only show a horseshoe if I didn't shave for a day or so. I would often shave twice a day to avoid the horseshoe. The effect you say you would go for is exactly what I had hoped for; the shade of my eyebrows, for instance, because at present my SMP is much darker than them. Your also right in that concealer and tanning is not the way forward. The other night I saw a post going back to 2013 where the lad wasn't happy with his treatment and he went to the London clinic to successfully receive lazering to remove the sharp edges and to lighten the shading. I'm thinking I will contact hishair to seen if lazering would help me. I can't sort my SMP before I start work so I'm knackered there but at least there is some hope. Thanks for your replies and support.....discussing my worries does help.
  21. 3 points

    Request for SMP Mock-up

  22. 3 points
    First Session with the Mr. Zang. Was about 50% nervous 50% exited to get this done. Watched videos incessantly after putting forth the deposit and making the decision to plunge into this procedure. Zang is a total professional. Gave me two hairlines to choose from. Truly believes in what he does... and for good reason. He is an artist. I was bald as a cue ball just the other day. I now have a hairline. My wife hasn't even noticed yet but I can totally see the difference. I'm wondering how long it will take her to glance up and say something. The fact the she hasn't even noticed is a testament to Zang's craft. I haven't seen a hairline like this for 15 years and my horseshoe is almost gone. Will provide update pics after the 2nd session Shade 40 an 38 Hairline style: slightly receeded
  23. 3 points
    There won't be a mirror in the country that won't get looked in lol. Looking great. Congratulations
  24. 3 points

    SMP progress

    Mine hasn't changed in 5 years. Thats with a couple of days not shaving In my opinion it gets better over time.
  25. 3 points
    Yours is typical for a 3 session client bobobaldy. In just about all cases the third session would be chargeable if needed, but if you pay for a third session you trigger a free touch up anywhere within a year of the first treatment. The exception is In extreme, rare, cases where the client's system eats the pigment beyond the third session, HIS would see the client right and offer additional treatment so that the desired outcome is achieved.
  26. 3 points
    We are all the harshest judges. I've had my SMP for almost 5 years now and I've never been called out but I wouldn't say it looks 100% convincing to myself either, and I do use concealer at the hairline to improve the blending (considering getting my hairline redone but this is an ok solution). In fact it gets a bit annoying dealing with all the "why don't you grow your hair out?" "you would look good with X hairstyle" comments.
  27. 3 points
    Its important to distinguish between a bad SMP treatment with the wrong pigment, or technique, that can result in an outcome that is distinctly blue.. and a recognised visual illusion that can see even a real shaved head, or chin, appear to have a faint shade of blue in some lighting conditions.
  28. 3 points
    Hello all! I just wanted to share a funny story. My background is 3500 grafts FUE and now two sessions of SMP, the last one 10 days ago. I was at a party and was chatting with a group of people, one of which a hair dresser, and the subject of hair came up, surprise surprise. I actually told them my head was tatooed, but they wouldn’t believe me. I tried to convince them, they looked up close and felt my head but they wouldn’t believe that it wasnt just a shaved head. I’m not saying it’s undetectable, I can see my own scars and dots, but for people not familiar with it, it looks pretty damn natural ?
  29. 3 points
    Some clarification. As I understand it at the moment.. Aboot was treated by a practitioner in continental europe who does have a connection to HIS via a training course. But Aboot is not a HIS client. It is now a bank holiday weekend so clarity beyond this is unlikely before people get back to their desks on Tuesday.
  30. 3 points

    Doesn't last

    How??? I dread to think. But surely the question is why? @Trendy... get back in the swimming pool. The chlorine is only an issue during the healing phase. Your pigment is now settled and beyond reach. The exercise will do you good and you must miss it.
  31. 3 points
    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
  32. 3 points
    Getting smp was the best thing i did 5 years down the line its still looking good hope that helps mate get it done you wont look back
  33. 3 points
    Turning 64 next month. Almost two years after SMP... best thing ever...
  34. 3 points

    Where is the social media?

    Social media is the devil. I’d rather none. Less advertising about this the better. I don’t think it’s a service that takes well to social media All the info you need is in here. It’s the best place and usually Everyone is friendly :)
  35. 3 points

    What does an SMP head feel like?

    If a smp is done to a high standard it is pretty much undetectable. I have seen some of the video's on youtube on smp where a troll or assholes decide to make fun of the process and results even when the smp looks absolutely fantastic. Not everyone in life are assholes like this and rate people based on their looks. To get this procedure done it should always be done for yourself first of all and not to please others in my personal opinion. If it makes you happy f*ck what everyone else thinks about it!
  36. 3 points

    Hairy Again

    Quick shot at work... about a week out from the treatment, and this is with nearly 3 days growth. I can definitely notice the difference between top and sides if I'm looking for it at this length, but doesn't seem like anyone else can.
  37. 3 points

    What does an SMP head feel like?

    It is always head thing - before SMP and after SMP. We are individuals and therefore we react differently. I was always ashamed of my baldness and scars. And now with SMP, I feel like another person and I do not care at all, if someone recognize my SMP. I am absolutely sure, that for the public in some years the handling with SMP is normal as wigs in woman...!
  38. 3 points
    the bald ego

    Best clippers/shaver after SMP

    100% dry shaving. In fact, I make sure that I shave up **before** I shower, to get a more friction-free glide. Make sure that you clean your razor’s chamber of stubble after each use, and run it under hot water at least once a week. I use **slow** light passes of the razor head on my skin, and initially orient the length of the blades to get the longest contact patch of scalp. Then I turn the razor head 90° to pick up residual stubble. The reason I think that using pressure is inefficient, rather than letting the blades do their work, is that pushing the razor head into the skin may cause a poor hair contact angle and/or incorrect lift from the blade guard. Just guessing, but definitely relaxed, light, slow, and dry makes for the quickest and most comfy shave. It’s not a woodshop sanding project, haha!
  39. 3 points
    Andy Stewart


    I have had same many time but stick with his because Danny in Manchester is in my opinion the best there is.
  40. 3 points
    Sananthony is correct, IMO. I’m a Norwood 7, and yet the tiny amount of stubble on top is still able to provide enough scratchiness so that any casual “head rub” is perceived as real.
  41. 3 points
    I have one on my left side at the front. Nobody has ever said anything about mine that I can remember. I can’t say if having it is good or bad. I don’t think it has made any difference to mine. Just preference maybe
  42. 3 points

    Really want to do this but...

    This is such great advice from all of you! I appreciate it so much. I was somehow under the impression that immediately after the first session, up until a second or third session, I would appear very thin on top compared to my sides. I understand it will fade but what you are describing sounds like it's no big deal. I will carefully plan my work schedule around this and go for it. Likely in May or June. I am and have always been a very confident guy in everything I do, but this hair loss thing (starting at 14 years old) has always my Achilles heel. I believe SMP is my answer, and now feel comfortable in my decision to proceed. Thanks all for that boost of courage!
  43. 3 points
    Listen the practitioner, go light And not defined. Small dots and don’t go below where you’d have hair. But the practitioner will steer you right. I’d a small fake scar added to seem more authentic. Plus chicks dig Scars :-/ dont itch it and wait the proper time before shaving washing etc. I think you’ll be surprised how good you’ll look. Good luck. You have the perfect nut for it, very similar to me when I had my smp in Birmingham mine turned out pretty good in my opinion. keep us updated.
  44. 3 points

    Toronto His Clinic

    Hey JCVD, I recently had my third session in Toronto. My first two sessions were very light, like you, but I'm actually pretty thankful for that. Easy does it, right? I like the fact that the practitioner went light, and since the first session we've been going darker and darker ever since. I'm light skinned, so we started with a 30 shade, then the second was a 26, and this last one we went down to 21 or 20. We'll see how it fades this time around...I'm 5 days post third session right now (and haven't shaved yet), but we're getting closer to the finish line. The practitioner even noticed himself how faded my SMP was after the first 2 sessions, so he said not to worry about my 4th sessions (since it's guaranteed). That's why I love HIS, they got your back!
  45. 3 points

    Hairy Again

    Thanks all. Ivor - my gf loves it; she claims she didn't mind my balding head before, but who knows how she really felt. I think what she likes most is that I like it, though, and am no longer emotionally affected by hair loss. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to get "you look great!" comments now from her and others and actually believe them. We'll see about roomie's gf; I'm quite close with her and trust her so I'm not concerned. Plus, unlike a hair piece or something else, SMP doesn't feel like something that would be a huge problem if the secret got out. There's no stigma against it, and since the result is so good, it's almost like someone finding out your front teeth are fake or something like that— no big deal. Still, I am going to ask her to keep it quiet. Just a pic sitting in my bed... mix of warm indoor and natural sunlight
  46. 3 points

    Really want to do this but...

    It's pretty much all been said here, but I too was extremely concerned about coworkers noticing my transition from totally just fuzzy/bad hairline on top to walking in with a shaved head and a perfect hairline. The thing is, though, there's a psychological effect at play - people don't know this treatment exists, so they can't fathom the idea that some of your hair might be "fake," so whatever they see they just accept "that's just how his hair looks when shaved." People also don't store a working memory of what people's hairline looks like, or even what a bald vs. shaved with hair head looks like, so it's all the same to them. People who have seen me every day for years haven't been able to notice. Even after session 1 I still looked like I had a hairline and was had just shaved very recently. The follow on sessions add darkness so it looks like you you maybe shaved 36 hours ago, and it's more noticeable, but you will still fool everyone that you have a full head of hair as long as you keep it shaved down. You'll just have to have a story as for why you decided to shave. Good luck!
  47. 3 points

    Hairy Again

    Thanks - (hopefully not a full 10 years younger, then I'd be 14 haha, but I know what you mean!) Shaved for the first time today; I was a bit nervous again going into work and being called out because it seems like SUCH a huge difference to me, but not a peep. Just goes to show how much people are paying attention. I do think I've crossed the chasm, though, into new people I meet now categorizing me as "shaved head" vs. bald. Curious if the average age people guess I am has dramatically gone down... I usually get low thirties, so I'll have to ask some new folks and see what they think. Really impossible to tell from these photos, but the top is still a bit darker from the sides directly after shaving. I know people have talked about "blending down" the sides so it still looks spot on right after shaving, so that'll hopefully be a part of my session 3. Now I'm 16 hours out from shaving, though, and the blend is almost perfect. First two are taken in natural light indoors, second two are in harsh bathroom mirror light. After session 1 my new hair didn't show up at all in that same harsh bathroom light, so there's definitely been an improvement made.
  48. 3 points


    Seems like you're debating wether to choose SMP of transplant. Please note that I haven't gone through with SMP myself yet, but I have had a FUE transplant, and based on my experience I would highly recommend you to remove this as an option. Like you I like the minimalist side of things, and in my experience a HT is as far from it as possible. Also note that I have what most people would consider a 'successful' transplant. Unless you already have 'almost' a full head of hair, a transplant will look way to thin so you will have to maintain it with products like Toppik. This means that humid weather, caps, hoodies, people touching your hair, leaning against cushions, walls, swimming etc constantly will be on your mind since it will ruin the Toppik and expose your thinning hair. Getting a HT will increase the amount of time spent worrying about your hair, not decrease. This you will have to combine with hair styling products since each transplanted hair grows in a different direction. Moreover you can not expose your scalp to the sun for the first year, this turned out to be much more problematic than I expected, for instance, it's hard to wear a cap at social events such as parties, weddings etc. Not to mention the scarring left behind keeping you from having shorter than 5-7 mm buzz cut to cover it up. In short I cant help you with your questions, but I strongly suggest to at least limit your choices between embracing baldness and SMP. Hope this helps.
  49. 3 points

    Hairy Again

    First session is just a template, second will give you a more cohesive idea of what you are going to end up with. I would hold on for about ten weeks till you have the third session to allow for any fading to occur and also to give you time to adjust to any swings of thought you may have on what you want from this third session (and believe me, you will have swings, darker, lower etc). Personally I think you could definitely grab another ten millimetre of hairline at your second session. The density from this session will firm up your treatment and I would stress wait and live with two for two months before having the third. You can after you have three have the free top up towards the end of your warranty year to refresh with a darker shade if you feel you are still too light.
  50. 3 points

    Hair regrowth after SMP treatment

    I am NW7 with a very light light brown shadow (my hair is naturally fine). I have a few hundred stubborn remaining hairs in a very diffused pattern across the top of my head, looks crap grown out but I feel totally comfortable with three days stubble (as in the pic). The stubbly hairs although tiny catch the light and fool the eyes, it doesn't truly hold up to close inspection but passes what I call the arms length test, i.e. the distance most people get close to you. This of course is subjective to YOU and how comfortable you are in your own skin and with the decision to have/hide the treatment.