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How SMP can work with longer hair

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Hi guys,


This client makes a really interesting case study, especially for those who are considering keeping their hair a little longer after their SMP treatment. The process is ultimately the same, but the purpose of the treatment is very different.


Whereas with a regular shaven SMP approach the intention is to mimic real hair follicles, this longer hair approach means that it is impossible for the pigment dots to do that. Dots are 2D, longer hair is 3D. Instead, the dots lay a 'base' of hair underneath the longer hair, reducing the contrast in color between the hair and the scalp. Just like concealers, this creates a fuller, denser look.


For anyone interested in this approach, there are a couple of important considerations:


Your hair loss pattern must be compatible. In the example below you'll notice the client has a generalised diffuse pattern of hair loss. In other words, despite the fact that he's lost a significant amount of hair, his frontal hairline, side profiles and crown are still relatively intact. This is essential, as without these factors in place, this approach is not feasible. If you have a decent amount of hair at your crown and good overall coverage, this may be an option for you. If your hairline has started to recede but you meet the other criteria, this is still a possibility, but your hairline placement is restricted by the position of your existing hairline.


The second consideration is this - virtually any company in the world can shade your scalp regardless of their skill level, as long as they use the right pigments that won't turn blue (many do not). They can do this for you because lower quality work is essentially hidden beneath your real hair. The practice of 'getting away' with low quality treatments is widespread, with the companies delivering these services usually using the fact that you can keep your hair long as a selling point. However (and this is a biggie), when you inevitably continue to lose hair, your pigments MUST accurately replicate real hair follicles. Sooner or later you're going to have to shave it all off, and if the treatment you receive is sub-standard, you're storing up major problems for yourself in the future.


Approach the option of keeping your hair longer with caution. For some it is a viable and very agreeable approach, but it's not always possible and you must have one eye on your future at all times. If you're thinning in a diffuse pattern and are therefore eligible for this approach, you will almost certainly have less hair in the future, so your treatment needs to be good enough to allow for both scenarios.


Fire any questions below guys, so everyone can benefit from the discussion. Will be interesting to hear your thoughts. Photos 4, 5 and 6 are obviously 'before' shots, as per Tosspots request below.







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Here is another really interesting case study. This client is Anthony, a HIS employee who manages all of our IT systems.

I mentioned above that this approach is still possible, even if your hairline is receded, as long as you have some coverage around your crown area and throughout. Well, Anthony's case is borderline because of the hair loss around his crown, but he can still get away with it. In the future when his hair continues to be lost, he will have to shave his hair like most of us do, but because the treatment still looks like real hair follicles, this won't be a problem when the time comes.


The photos show his treatment in stages:


1. Before treatment

2. After his first session

3. After his second session

4. After his third session (front)

5. After his third session (side)

6. After his third session (top)


These photos were taken straight after each session, so a little redness can be seen.







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Both guys look excellent. I've met anthony before so glad to see his treatment has worked out!


The first guy has a really full look in the after photos but it looks like it's just after a session. Would be good to see how it looks once it's settled and the pigments shrink and fade if he pops back into the clinic . Apart from my crown being thinner I have about as much hair at the front / midscalp as him, possibly more but there's no way I could get away with that length without it being noticeable.

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sounds and looks encouraging, but curious how the first guy looked around his hairline after it settled? behind the hairline looks like the dots and hair blend nicely, wondering if the dots standing out at the hairline are because they have not settled.

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