Where to start, I could probably write a book about this but I’ll keep it as brief as possible. I started losing my hair when I was 18/19, which was probably the worst time for a young guy as I was dealing with the typical pressures of fitting in, being cool and chasing girls!
I didn’t notice anything at first until my teacher walked over to me and asked me to bend my head forward and then he started laughing telling me that I was going bald. In retrospect, I thought it was quite cruel for an adult to say that to someone, particularly someone in a position of responsibility. At the time I refused to believe him until later on in the evening when I looked closely in the mirror. I started to notice that there were patches of hair missing and when I combed my hair backwards, it was even more apparent. That awful, stomach churning feeling begun to sink in.
I was the loud, athletic and confident type of guy during high school but the reality of going bald, on top of recently ending a relationship had a hugely negative impact on my self-confidence. I quickly became quiet, meek and soft spoken. I tried hard not to be noticed as my ego couldn’t handle the streams of comments on my receding hairline. I remember going to the barber to get my head shaved and when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, I looked at the mirror and I remember seeing large patches of just skin where my hair used to be. There was no hiding it now that my baldness was accelerating at an alarmingly fast pace.
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Years passed and I was still struggling mentally to come to terms with my baldness. It made me become emotional, mentally fragile and most of all, I was unhappy. I tried various things to try to overcome those negative feelings but I always arrived at the same destination of sadness. A turning point came where I was sick and tired of feeling sorry for myself and I wanted to change. At this point I had a huge protruding gut, round face and balding head. I looked like the World of Warcraft character from South Park. Okay, not as bad as that but I was bad by normal standards. I started watching fitness videos on YouTube and reading various articles on how to improve myself. I started running 4-5 times a week and hitting the gym 3 times per week. I ate healthy, read books and played sports often with friends. I started going out more and socializing and by a few months I had lost nearly 3 stone. I started to look more like my former athletic self and started feeling more confident.
Time went on and I realised that being bald wasn’t as bad as what I first thought. I was fortunate enough to have a nicely shaped head and things in life were going great for me. Having said that, being bald still bothered me and made me feel and look older than I was. I wanted to look and feel my best and I felt that this one part of my life was lacking and there was nothing I could do about it.
It wasn’t until I started browsing through forums that I discovered articles about SMP. I was sceptical at first until I read more and more about it. For weeks I debated with myself about going for the treatment. I had accepted being bald but at the same time, I knew deep down that I longed to have my hair back and the level of confidence that I once had.
I can’t remember the last time I was this nervous walking into the clinic as I was scared that I would be unlucky and end up with a botched-up head. I couldn’t have been more wrong. After reading so many different reviews, I knew that I only wanted to be treated by Paul Clark or Simon Lane. They had the highest positive reviews in the SMP industry and there were reasons why. I chose to have mine done by Paul and it was one of the best decisions ever. To give you a better understanding, nearly half of the top part of my head was missing hair so there was a lot of work to be done. I had 3 sessions done and by the 3rd session I looked at the mirror and saw a new me. My former younger self with a full set of hair was staring back at me. Granted it was a shaven look but the effects of going from bald to having a youthful hairline was awe inspiring. I couldn’t stop smiling and that feeling of happiness was overwhelming. Paul’s work on me was flawless! I went for a mix between a jagged and feathered hairline. It looked so natural that I couldn’t tell where the SMP started to where my real hair follicles were.
A year on, post SMP and I still get new people that I meet and from work asking me to grow my hair out. That’s how you know that the job had been done right. I honestly couldn’t think of anyone better to work on my head than Paul or Simon. They really are the best in the business and it’s not just because of their skills. It’s their honestly, caring personalities and their genuine need of wanting to help people with baldness. You know that when they work on you, they will take their time to put in the detail and add realism to it and you’ll end up in the end feeling how you should be all the time…. And that is happy. Having recently been to Brandwood Clinic, I can say for certain that it’s the best place to go if you really wish to change how you feel about being bald. Their transparency, honesty and great customer service is what sets them apart from everywhere else and I’m sure to be a lifetime member.