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  1. Thread is a year old today. Definitely a happier man than I was 12 months ago
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.....
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.....
  9. 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 ).
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. Nope. It genuinely didn't - not before my holiday anyway (see earlier posts).
  14. Yea I'm not overly concerned about the cost of touch-ups, although I'd hope not to be back within 2 years! I agree, I have 2 session left to get it the way I want it, within the orignal quoted cost. I think it will be fine. By the way the shine doesn't seem to be going away any further.
  15. Hi Genetics, Thanks, yea it's good advice not to over-analyse etc, and I think I need to point out that despite my earlier posts I'm not actually worrying about this. Looking at some of your other posts it seems you aren't terribly thilled with your SMP, just want to point out that's not where I'm at, or (I believe) where I'm headed. I'm still very happy with this and don't regret for a moment the decision to go ahead with it. That said, I think I have experienced a tiny bit of what you are describing, yes the dots do look more prominent at the start and become less so over a couple of months. But mine still look great, especially in outdoor light. I do think it's bit light overall, particularly in some indoor lighting conditions, but hey I've only had two sessions and we'll see what comes out of the third one next month. And one thing I'm very sure of, it looks a whole lot better than a bald scalp! I do now shave every night before bed though and I think it looks best immediately after shaving. Even then though I can still see the bits where I have thicker hair, which is why I suggest that the job isn't finished yet I've tried wet shaving too and quite like the smooth feel afterwards (it's quicker too). The shine thing took me a bit by surprise but I now feel I may be heading back more or less to where I was before my holiday. And there's always PTR if I'm really concerned, which currently I am not. (Where this leaves me with the sunblock situ though I've no idea). On the basis of your experience I may not be rushing for too many top ups..... but I really don't obsess about this like I did with my previous concealer routine...... the SMP looks perfectly natural in my opinion and everyone is used to my new look now and no one scrutinises it. It wouldn't be an overstatement to say I'm very thankful that this has liberated me from the concealer routine