the bald ego

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    the bald ego reacted to WestSide in New session with Zang, one year later   
    looks amazing such a difference you must be so happy!! truly happy for you!!
    thanks for sharing !!!
     
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    the bald ego got a reaction from ed@hishairclinic.com in New session with Zang, one year later   
    Saw my name mentioned in another thread, so thought I’d add a recent pic with the family dog.
     
     

     
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    the bald ego got a reaction from WestSide in New session with Zang, one year later   
    Grrrrrrrizzly, approaching my 3rd (or 4th?) year since SMP  Still would say it was the best decision ever.

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    the bald ego got a reaction from WestSide in New session with Zang, one year later   
    Thanks. I think Zang used 36 and 38, but I can’t recall for sure. 
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    the bald ego got a reaction from baldy-locks in Just about to get SMP (few questions)   
    I keep mine in an old salt shaker, and sprinkle a miniscule amount into one hand and then just rub it all over my scalp for a few seconds.
    That’s all it takes to get a fast, cheap, chemical-free no-shine scalp.
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    the bald ego got a reaction from baldy-locks in Just about to get SMP (few questions)   
    I keep mine in an old salt shaker, and sprinkle a miniscule amount into one hand and then just rub it all over my scalp for a few seconds.
    That’s all it takes to get a fast, cheap, chemical-free no-shine scalp.
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    the bald ego reacted to gm68 in Light brown hair and unevenly greying   
    I'm happy with the hairline for now. If/when I return for a third session I might ask for what bobobaldy suggested, i.e. slightly lower the middle with a light and sparse sprinkle.
    I'm seeing a slight reverse asymmetric look (opposite from first session - right temple is now higher). I might consider dropping a very few dots in there to correct that slightly.
    A little more density on top would still be good I think - although for the moment the look fits my 'thinning on top' story to some degree.
    All of that and maybe a sprinking of slightly darker dots on top?
    For now though I'm going to take the advice to hold off for a while before booking a third session. It looks pretty good as it is - no rush.
    In the meantime I'd genuinely welcome any comments thay may be helpful in advance of any third session.
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    the bald ego reacted to gm68 in Light brown hair and unevenly greying   
    Been thnking about the buzz cut look and found the photo below, taken just before I turned 40 and before I started using concealers. Back then I kept the sides at no.1 cut and top probably a no.3, and I shaved part of the front of the hairline since it was uneven. When I look at this now it just looks really bald and receded! The second pic is from a year or two later, with concealers.
    I'm trying to imagine myself something like the first pic, but with it buzzed right down and with a lower hairline. Might submit this pic as a 'virtual SMP' photo?


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    the bald ego reacted to gm68 in Opinion: After a certain age, SMP makes you look WORSE   
    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.
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    the bald ego reacted to ed@hishairclinic.com in Opinion: After a certain age, SMP makes you look WORSE   
    Its an important point I just made myself in another thread. That SMP, while we almost invariably do it to address issues around self-esteem, has a broadly positive effect on your whole life. It improves self-confidence which plays into how inspired we are to live up higher standards for ourselves. Bald Ego's testimony is echoed in so many other threads on here. 
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    the bald ego got a reaction from ed@hishairclinic.com in New session with Zang, one year later   
    Saw my name mentioned in another thread, so thought I’d add a recent pic with the family dog.
     
     

     
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    the bald ego got a reaction from Vinnydiesel in Opinion: After a certain age, SMP makes you look WORSE   
    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.
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    the bald ego got a reaction from ed@hishairclinic.com in New session with Zang, one year later   
    Saw my name mentioned in another thread, so thought I’d add a recent pic with the family dog.
     
     

     
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    the bald ego got a reaction from Vinnydiesel in Opinion: After a certain age, SMP makes you look WORSE   
    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.
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    the bald ego got a reaction from ed@hishairclinic.com in New session with Zang, one year later   
    Saw my name mentioned in another thread, so thought I’d add a recent pic with the family dog.
     
     

     
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    the bald ego reacted to Soctopus in 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



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    the bald ego reacted to DrDre in 7 Years since my first treatment - Update   
    Here are additional photos from Dec 2018
     




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    the bald ego reacted to SamT in 7 Years since my first treatment - Update   
    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.
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    the bald ego got a reaction from John77 in Laser for hairline adjustments?   
    I can't answer your question, but I have a suggestion.
     
    Do you you have room to lower your hairline just a small amount to get the softer edge that you want?
     
    It wouldn't take much lowering at all to make it sufficiently ragged to accomplish your simple goal. Probably lowering it by between just 0-3 mm (varied) would get the job done.
     
    The smallest correction should be enough to soften it, and it's sure easier and cheaper to add than to subtract.
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    the bald ego got a reaction from Ryan Seattle Star war in New session with Zang, one year later   
    Turning 64 next month.
    Almost two years after SMP... best thing ever...

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    the bald ego got a reaction from Ryan Seattle Star war in New session with Zang, one year later   
    Hey guys. I haven't logged into this forum for a while now, since the HIS Tapatalk portal seems to have permanently quit working.
     
    A year has zipped by since my SMP treatment in Los Angeles. Yesterday, I underwent a post-treatment session wih Zang, to make a few 'style' enhancements.
     
     
    MY FIRST YEAR WITH SMP
     
    For the newbies, I'll recap... I'm 63, fair-skinned, once blonde, now 75% gray, and a Norwood 7.
     
    When I did SMP last year, I had already been bald for over 40 years. And for that reason, the initial treatment approach was intentionally conservative.
     
    But, a remarkable thing happened over the course of the last year (thanks to SMP)... my self-confidence grew by leaps and bounds. Consequently, I started taking much better care of myself. New clothes; regular workouts; better skin care; sun damage treatment; healthier diet... basically everything has had a long-overdue overhaul.
     
     
    ZANG REVISITED
     
    I am a Zangaholic. It was so good to see him again yesterday, a year later. We had pre-discussed my session goal of pushing the limits of my SMP beyond conservatism.
     
    We agreed to:
    • revise my hairline (more 'broken' and less 'widow's peak')
    • reduce my 'recession' at the temples
    • blend pigment further down the sides and back
    • increase pigment density and volume
    • use a darker pigment shade overall
     
    As we started yesterday's session, I wondered (to myself) whether I should be leaving well enough alone. But Zang's enthusiasm about our approach put my mind at ease.
     
    My first sessions had not seemed painful at all. But yesterday was the extreme opposite. I grit my teeth in silence, so as not to have my pain become the focus of the session.
     
    It helped a lot to chat about 'life' with Zang for three hours while he worked – anyone who has ever sat in his chair can attest to Zang's gift of entertaining dialogue.
     
    Surprisingly, there were no photos yesterday – neither before nor after. We took about 20 minutes to pencil in our planned changes. From that point on, it was a focused work session without pause, with a high degree of artistic finesse by Zang.
     
    It wasn't until Zang suddenly pronounced, "OK, we're done," that I finally got to see the outcome. My reaction was pure ecstasy – Zang had flawlessly achieved every goal that we had set forth, and the overall effect was even greater than I had hoped for or expected.
     
    Now, 24 hours later, the redness has already vanished. The hairline is brilliant – total perfection. The temples are much less receded now... with better sculpting and integration. Plus, I can already see that the overall effect of the darker and increased (area and density) pigmentation were extremely worthwhile changes.
     
    I'll give it 1-4 weeks to settle in before posting any pics. But I'm actually more excited about these results than for any prior session. My degree of hair loss and graying – coupled with uncertainty by both Zang and myself about how conservative of an approach we should take – made my original and follow-up situations far more challenging than the norm.
     
    SMP has dramatically improved the quality of my life, and my happiness. And I can tell that with the work we did yesterday, my appearance is going to get even better thanks to this latest work. I looked in the mirror this morning, and can now say that I feel that I look like the guy I was meant to be, finally.
     
    I'm blown away, once more, by the SMP process. And by Zang, who is one of the nicest and most dedicated guys I've ever met. His SMP talent knows no bounds.
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    the bald ego got a reaction from John77 in 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!
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    the bald ego got a reaction from Ryan Seattle Star war in New session with Zang, one year later   
    Turning 64 next month.
    Almost two years after SMP... best thing ever...

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    the bald ego got a reaction from Ryan Seattle Star war in New session with Zang, one year later   
    Hey guys. I haven't logged into this forum for a while now, since the HIS Tapatalk portal seems to have permanently quit working.
     
    A year has zipped by since my SMP treatment in Los Angeles. Yesterday, I underwent a post-treatment session wih Zang, to make a few 'style' enhancements.
     
     
    MY FIRST YEAR WITH SMP
     
    For the newbies, I'll recap... I'm 63, fair-skinned, once blonde, now 75% gray, and a Norwood 7.
     
    When I did SMP last year, I had already been bald for over 40 years. And for that reason, the initial treatment approach was intentionally conservative.
     
    But, a remarkable thing happened over the course of the last year (thanks to SMP)... my self-confidence grew by leaps and bounds. Consequently, I started taking much better care of myself. New clothes; regular workouts; better skin care; sun damage treatment; healthier diet... basically everything has had a long-overdue overhaul.
     
     
    ZANG REVISITED
     
    I am a Zangaholic. It was so good to see him again yesterday, a year later. We had pre-discussed my session goal of pushing the limits of my SMP beyond conservatism.
     
    We agreed to:
    • revise my hairline (more 'broken' and less 'widow's peak')
    • reduce my 'recession' at the temples
    • blend pigment further down the sides and back
    • increase pigment density and volume
    • use a darker pigment shade overall
     
    As we started yesterday's session, I wondered (to myself) whether I should be leaving well enough alone. But Zang's enthusiasm about our approach put my mind at ease.
     
    My first sessions had not seemed painful at all. But yesterday was the extreme opposite. I grit my teeth in silence, so as not to have my pain become the focus of the session.
     
    It helped a lot to chat about 'life' with Zang for three hours while he worked – anyone who has ever sat in his chair can attest to Zang's gift of entertaining dialogue.
     
    Surprisingly, there were no photos yesterday – neither before nor after. We took about 20 minutes to pencil in our planned changes. From that point on, it was a focused work session without pause, with a high degree of artistic finesse by Zang.
     
    It wasn't until Zang suddenly pronounced, "OK, we're done," that I finally got to see the outcome. My reaction was pure ecstasy – Zang had flawlessly achieved every goal that we had set forth, and the overall effect was even greater than I had hoped for or expected.
     
    Now, 24 hours later, the redness has already vanished. The hairline is brilliant – total perfection. The temples are much less receded now... with better sculpting and integration. Plus, I can already see that the overall effect of the darker and increased (area and density) pigmentation were extremely worthwhile changes.
     
    I'll give it 1-4 weeks to settle in before posting any pics. But I'm actually more excited about these results than for any prior session. My degree of hair loss and graying – coupled with uncertainty by both Zang and myself about how conservative of an approach we should take – made my original and follow-up situations far more challenging than the norm.
     
    SMP has dramatically improved the quality of my life, and my happiness. And I can tell that with the work we did yesterday, my appearance is going to get even better thanks to this latest work. I looked in the mirror this morning, and can now say that I feel that I look like the guy I was meant to be, finally.
     
    I'm blown away, once more, by the SMP process. And by Zang, who is one of the nicest and most dedicated guys I've ever met. His SMP talent knows no bounds.
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    the bald ego got a reaction from Ryan Seattle Star war in MY FIRST SESSION   
    Per my own experience, you (the OP) seem right where you should be at this stage. My third session was a ‘power’ marathon to add lots of density, and make subtle refinements. Nearly a year after that, I did go back for a touch-up, and went one shade darker at that time. Approaching the end of my second year now, and it’s perfect. This is as much artistry as science. Yours looks good so far. We’ve all been impatient, but the best result comes from being slow and cautious.