I researched the procedure for about 6 months before undergoing the treatment. I have probably seen almost every gallery photo on every SMP provider’s web site as well as looking at forums and results posted professionally by various clinics, and others submitted by people who have undergone the treatment and shared selfies of the results. This is a permanent procedure and I wanted to make sure it was right for me. The results I saw varied greatly and the at home ‘selfies’ scared me the most because, frankly, some were not natural results and some scalps looked like they just received a lick of blue paint.
Because of these varying results, I decided it was too risky and I abandoned the ‘project’ so to speak. It wasn’t until Damien, who runs the Scalp Guru Facebook group, showed his results from Brandwood Clinic that I decided to take a second look. There are few in the industry that have as much experience and knowledge as Damien so if he chose Brandwood then I wanted to know why.
I live in Australia and I had a Skype session with Paul Clark. My impression from that session was that this practitioner was highly skilled at his craft. Extremely passionate about his work. He made little attempt to sell his skills and in-fact he undersold himself which is why I felt more confident. A week later I made the appointment and I was taking the 24-hour long journey to Birmingham. After booking the session, flight and accommodation, anxiety started to set in and I started to think I was crazy. ‘What am I doing getting a tattoo on my head’ I would say to myself. There was a tipping point where I was actually going to cancel everything but I persisted and two weeks later I was nervously on a plane.
Once I arrived at the clinic, both practitioners Paul and Simon were not only a wealth of information and guidance but they were supportive because they understand that SMP can be an emotional turbulent journey. I felt that they had my back and were with me every step of the way. We mapped out a plan and Paul was meticulous in applying the pigment. Continuously stepping back so that he can see the results from different angles. I knew I was in good hands and I started to enjoy the sessions. His approach is conservative, with the main emphasis to be a result that is as most natural looking as possible and that’s what the result shows.
This is the most important thing for me, looking closely in the mirror I cannot tell that what is on my head is not hair and If I can’t tell no one else will. After returning home the best thing is that no one has commented on any change to my scalp. I have been slick bald for over 10 years and have shaved my head for about that long. The only comment I got yesterday was that I was unlike the bald guy next to me because if I wanted to I could grow my hair. This comment was from a person who has known me for over 12 years.
Tom’s second treatment
I came in for a touch up about a year after my initial treatment. Because I had lost my hair some years ago I was quite conservative on my first treatment, opting for a higher hairline as I really didn’t know what to expect. After I saw what Brandwood could do I was much more confident and for the second treatment wanted to make the hairline stronger at the front.
It was such a fantastic experience working with Paul who was with me every step of the way and supporting my choices whilst always giving his guidance. I felt completely confident and taken care of. I knew that I was in the hands of a master at his trade and I would end up with a completely natural finish. The finish is so natural that no one has ever made any comment about my head. Not the first time, which was quite striking but subtle at the front, not the second time, which was darker much stronger at the front. When I got home the second time I thought surely someone would make a comment, but apart from those who know I was going in for a second treatment (and they all admired it), no one has said anything. Which is, I believe, the greatest strength of Paul and Brandwood Clinic. They can produce such realistic results that even the owner can’t tell where your real hair ends and your treatment starts.
I was honoured and grateful to have such a skilled artist work on me. I would advise anyone who is thinking about it (I thought about it for over 6 months) to take the opportunity to be treated by a master of his art.
I have taken the time to record my experience because I want others who are in a similar situation to know what is possible from these guys and SMP in general. I have received no financial or any other benefit from my comments here. When my close friends ask me why I went all the way to England to get this done (and I have only told my close friends about this procedure) I say, with all the sincerity, because they are the best on the planet at what they do.
Tom’s first treatment
Tom’s updated treatment
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