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The walk to the ring has begun and I simply view it as another chapter in my hair battle that has stretched from 1984 to present. I wore hair for over 25 years, was a transplant guinea pig three times, transitioned to lace hair "systems" and now I'm looking to take things in a whole different direction. Suffice it to say I have experienced all the varying emotions expressed by others on this forum and it all began when I left for military college in 1980 with a full head of thick hair! By my sophomore year my cystic acne was out of control on my back and I became one of the first US patients to take Accutane upon its approval. They prescribed it in very high doses for six months, which was certainly no fun with all the side effects! By the time graduation rolled around I had diffuse thinning throughout my head, which was one of the horrible Accutane side effects. Feeling utterly distraught to put it mildly, within a couple of years I was going for hair consultations because it was not at all fashionable to shave ones head at that time. Kojak was the only guy that could get away with that then and I did not want to be him! By 1987 I was wearing hair with some kind of archaic hook system. Even then I wanted to be able to take the animal off my head to shower and sleep and only wore it to bed when entertaining a female guest (or she was entertaining me)! I hated it from the start but we learned to live with each other. Amazingly the hair went undetected and I kept those vixen female guests at bay with the old PTSD story to not touch my head. I became a hair savant and even my future wife had no clue until I finally told her. I did learn a hard lesson about hair attachments while on my honeymoon when I made the fateful decision to body surf after a Bermuda hurricane. Who does that?!? I think you all know how that turned out!! Needless to say my new bride and I wound up combing the beach looking for a washed up rat. To this day I imagine it washing up on the beach somewhere scaring some unsuspecting kids! As I’ve mentioned I hated the hair and when I transitioned to a fully taped (I refused glue) hair system it made the whole process easier and when my suit came off it often came off! My collection of baseball hats is huge because that was/is my go to around my house, going to the gym, doing yard work and even going to family events when I did not feel like putting the hair on. My identity as an executive, Canali wearing suite guy, was completed with hair and that was all in my head! This thought process drove me to seek a way out of taped on hair which led me to the biggest hair mistake in my sordid hair tale! A sales guy at the hair clinic I frequented began working for a transplant surgeon. It was early in the era coming out of plugs and techniques were still being perfected for high yield strips. Three procedures later and I was left with a very recessed and fairly natural hairline, however, not near enough coverage and a lovely smiley face scar in the back of my head..ugh! This was in the late 90’s so I threw my hands up literally and continued to tape on my hair. Fast forward to today and I’m an open minded, tatted up, gym rat, reaching for a new solution to an old problem. A few months ago I took a clipper to my head and about a month later I wet shaved. The scar bothers me because it looks like a white stripe across the back of my head but I am comfortable with the shaved head. What totally sold me on SMP is when my girlfriend dotted the scar with an eyeliner (her idea) and in my eyes it nearly disappeared! I can’t thank forum members enough for answering my questions/concerns and telling their stories. BSB has become an awesome friend; who has guided me up to this day and not one person on this forum ignored my emails! The pics below show my front hairline, my mocked up broken hairline about 3/8 in front of my tp hair. Also my scar and a pic of the scar dotted with the eyeliner. The scar is skin color, completely flat and has been treated with Retin A. Keep in mind that this is a tale told by and idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.