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A Question of Stubble

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Hi guys, still considering having the micro pigmentation procedure. Curious about something…

 

Right now I have decent hair coverage on the sides and temples, along with some hair from transplants on top. My hair is normally dark, but as I grow older it’s going grey. Right now my hair has a kind of “salt & pepper” look as the grey & dark share scalp space.

 

What I’m curious about is after the procedure if any of you with some hair, can get away with a bit of stubble, as in not shaving right down close all the time. In my mind, this could make the treatment look more realistic. When I have shaved my head, I’ve found not all the hairs grow back at the same rate, so there is some variation in the stubble length. Even grey hair stubble with the dark dots from the micro pigmentation, could continue to convey the salt & pepper look, with the roughness of the stubble looking very real. 

 

Of course, I’m only imagining this, not having had the procedure yet. Anyone here who can relate to this, hopefully someone who’s gone thru the procedure already & can give me an informed experiential response. I’d be most appreciative of you taking the time, to share your thoughts, experience & even pics. 

 

 

 

Thank you kindly.

 

 

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You can get away with stubble and the number of days depends on the rate of hair growth plus where the SMP is placed.  My procedure is at the front so about 24 hours of stubble is undetectable until you can see the texture difference when standing close.  After 3 treatments, my shaving schedule is early in the morning which is good until the next morning otherwise I get self conscious as I can see the difference in the mirror.  Sounds like your hair growth may allow a few days of stubble.

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It is going to depend on the individual for sure. I took the plunge two months ago starting with just the strip scar in the back and then finally getting the whole head done as I just didn't want to miss out on this - SMP is truly THE solution to MPB. Not a cure but holy crap I wish this was around twenty five years ago as I know it would have prevented me from getting butchered on account of my pathetic vanity.

 

As for my SMP I struggled a bit with the results at first because to me the front 160 degrees looked great but the back was a horror show with the scarring. I think he put decent coverage of ink on the scar although maybe it did fade some but either way I could not live with the comedic hideousness of the back when shaved down or with minimal growth. Some scars just can't be adequately hidden by SMP alone and mine is one of them. I'm older, pushing 50, and also have some grey and I actually like the way the stubble on top looks - I went with a pretty mature hairline that stayed in bounds behind the transplants and I buzz it down to 2mm and I'm good for at least a day, maybe two before to my eye it starts looking a bit odd. This actually works well for me because of the scarring issue which I could not let stand. That scarring had the potential to draw way too many eyes of strangers and would absolutely have become the subject of constant conversation among non-strangers and I'm not living with that under any circumstances. My solution is not for everyone but it seems to work for me so far:

 

After trying to grow out the very back of the horseshoe over the scars and then buzzing varying lengths up against the grain the only thing that actually gave adequate coverage looked like a nearly full on skullet which is a terrible look and would draw bad attention all by itself. I was just going to grow everything out and put the hat back on 24/7 when I decided to try varying lengths in the back again but this time going in a down direction with the grain. And it seems to have worked for my purposes. I settled on a 4mm guard length and buzz down daily although every other day would probably be fine - the final effect is a very close "trim" I guess is the best word (although sloppy buzz might be an adequate description too) that doesn't add any bulk or alter the shape of my head but yet gives "adequate" scar coverage when combined with the SMP. I say adequate because I can still see that something happened there but its not enough to draw stares. I even had family over the last weekend and they didn't notice anything. There is still a horseshoe effect in the back but it is minimized relative to the skullet look I had been dealing with. On the sides I go one guard width in from the front hairline at 2mm up against the grain followed by one guard width beyond that at 4mm up against the grain and I end up with a sort of fade attempt to the situation I have in the back. I use a Panasonic ER-GB40 that can be adjusted in 0.5mm increments and has a guard width of about 1.25 inches. In the end I think it all blends together reasonably for what I'm dealing with. I know the regimen sounds complicated but this is what I have to do to live with what I have. This is not a look for everyone and if you are in your 20's or 30's or want to be a player it is likely that this won't work for you so either deal with the scars and all that comes with them being exposed or get a wig.

 

I've been experimenting at work - taking the hat off at various times of day to see what happens in doses and no one has even looked at my head when I have it off. I've been out to dinner hatless with family, out and about in my neighborhood and in stores and no funny looks yet. And believe me, after living with plugs for over 20 years I know what certain looks mean when directed at your head. Hopefully the MPB and HT nightmare is over for me, time will tell - kind of late in the game but I wasn't going to sit by and let the youngsters have all the fun getting their heads tattooed. And by the way for anyone who remembers my first posting - the tech was able to virtually eliminate the green dot tattoo that Dr. Frankenstein the scalp reduction surgeon gave me way back when so that he could mark where my hair line was at the time of that awful procedure. He just used a few dots of flesh colored ink before applying SMP over it - less than thirty seconds and that stupid thing that had been haunting me all these years was gone.

 

So to answer your question in a very long and round about way - stubble can work and in some cases can be used to advantage, particularly if you've got a situation as F'd up as mine.

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