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  1. Progress update: Month 8.5 It's taken me ages to update this blog - life's been really busy (but great) and it's hard to get some good 'head shots' but I've managed to find the time (and a parental photographer) over Christmas Pics attached so you can see for yourself how things have developed. In summary, I'm 100% happy with the front of the head and the temples - I think they've filled in really nicely (and after watching some old family videos over the festive season, I didn't realise how much it was thinning there). The crown of my head: well it's a huge improvement considering I was practically bald there. I'm much, much happier with it, but not 100% happy. I don't think that has so much to do with the surgery itself, but I guess I wouldn't grow my hair much longer as it definitely still looks thinner there. But to have gone from basically bald on the crown to 'with hair' is amazing and I think this is all about managing expectations: I was never going to achieve a thick crown and it's SO much more of an improvement - plus I can feel it in my self confidence. At this point, I'm 8.5 months in so I hope to see the crown get a little thicker over the coming couple of months, but equally I'm not expecting miracles. If this were the final result after 12 months, I'd be about 85% satisfied overall I'd say. If I were richer I'd probably opt for another transplant to thicken it up a little more, but even at this stage I'm happy enough with it to probably not spend any more money on it. But it's too soon to talk / think about that - let's see what happens in the next few months. Will update again a few more months down the line!
  2. Thanks mate, appreciate that! All is turning out well now though - the next update will have far more positive news! 💪
  3. Thanks for your kind words! I did wonder if it was a blood circulation thing (as I don't think mine is great) but I think over the next couple of months things will begin thickening up a bit 👍
  4. I didn't - I wasn't sure what that was until I googled it! I did have Scalp Micropigmentation about a year and a half ago, but that was only really noticeable when I had a very short skinhead, so the 'thinner' areas of my scalp do tend to look a bit darker
  5. Month 5 (plus a week): Progress is happening… I think? Sorry for the slow update. Over the last couple of months I’ve had a tricky personal time - work became a hard place to be, I applied for a thousand other jobs, found out the person I've been dating was also dating most of London, and I was made homeless and moved around between sofas and hostels every night. Then everything came together. I was offered a fantastic role back in Spain. I quit my job, moved away from London, mailed the ex a dog turd (joke!), and now I'm gearing up to move to a wonderful apartment back over there next week with a fresh start. I don’t know if some of my recent stresses have had some sort of impact on the hair growth. During the toughest moments, I didn’t cut my hair and while I’ve found my temples were looking fantastic, the growth on the crown isn’t matching the surrounding area, but there IS growth there. In talking to a mate about it, he said ‘You have to remember that you were basically bald on the top before!’ and he’s right, compared to what it was before, it’s looking great! But I know it won’t be a full and thick head of hair and I’m OK with that, just to have more coverage is sufficient progression and I’m pleased with how it’s coming along. Last week, I cut my hair as I usually do, and it’s looking great as a short look. I’ve added some pictures below - of the donor area, of each temple and from the top down with light shining directly onto the scalp. You’ll also see a pic or two I took WITHOUT light shining directly on the head and you’ll see it looks a lot darker and fuller. So my hair is looking very different depending on where the picture is taken. There’s no upkeep though - I’m still using the Sebamed shampoo and I still ‘pat’ my hair dry rather than rubbing it. I’ll soon experiment with a slightly longer style but for now I feel more confident with my usual shorter style. Aside from that (and taking finasteride and using Regaine when I can), I'm not doing anything different than pre-operation. 6 month update to come next month and I'm hoping for a bit more development on the crown, though I'm perfectly happy with the temples. 😎 The donor area: Directly from above: Temple 1: Temple 2: Without light directly on the head:
  6. Thank you - I appreciate you saying that. I'm sure I'll see more in the next few months. Can I ask - what do you mean by your 'added assistance from a new routine'?
  7. Progress update, Month 4: A mixture of emotions Today, Saturday 17th August is exactly 4 months from my operation and I’ve added some pics so you can see how things are progressing…. From now on, things should begin to grow – no more of this resting phase situation. In summary, I can see things developing and progress being made. I’m pretty happy with how the temples are looking, but pretty disappointed so far in the crown area. I’ve tried growing my hair a little bit longer but the crown still seems pretty clearly different to the rest of the head so I’m still keeping the hair short. In a couple more months I plan to begin to grow it a little longer for a better look at how things are developing… I recently came back from a sunny summer holiday and made sure to always keep my head out of the sun. I wore a hat the entire time I was in the sun – I don’t know if that was really necessary but I figured I wouldn’t bother risking getting any sort of sunburn on the head. I guess the problem with looking at the head everyday is that you don’t really notice improvements. I mean day-by-day, I’m not really spotting much changing but I guess when you compare this to my ‘before’ photos, then there’s been a lot of progression. This week I saw a mate who I hadn’t seen in, maybe three weeks and one of the first things he said was “wow, your hair is coming along nicely!” I was also with my family last week (on holiday) who hadn’t seen me in a month or so, and they said the same thing. Both these bits of feedback are from sources I don’t think would say something for the sake of it, but there are still a few people who say “your hair looks fantastic!” just because they know that’s what you want to hear. Sort of like when someone says “wow you’re looking really slim!” because they know I’m on a diet but actually I still look like a hippo. When talking with my mum about the hair she commented that there IS coverage all over the crown and she’s right – but there always WAS coverage there but just very fine ‘baby’ hairs and I don’t feel like much has changed. When I touch it, that’s still what I’m feeling: soft hairs rather than thick hairs – but I think that will come with time. I guess hair is like money – you’ll always want more than you have. I definitely have an awkward ring around the back of my head where my head mixes from transplanted area > native area where no grafts were taken (thick ring) > donor area, and part of the reason I'm keeping my hair short is I don't like how this looks. I think I'll be able to hide it eventually but at this point I'm thinking another transplant would help thin out that 'ring' and increase the density on the top. But it's too early to be thinking about that just yet. In terms of my hair-care routine, it’s very simple now: Still a daily wash with the Sebamed shampoo, usually after exercising (currently in transition from hippo form) When I dry the hair I don’t rub it hard still, but this is more out of habit and the fact my hair is really short so it dries quickly when I just pat it I take the finasteride pill each day and use Regaine twice (usually) or once if I forget / am lazy I still don’t scratch the head if it’s itchy with a fingernail And as mentioned, I keep it out the sun, even when I’m just out and about in London I’ve noticed a couple of white spots on the head which I believe is a good sign of the hairs coming through, and I’ve felt the odd sharp pain in the crown area – I don’t really know if that’s me imagining it or whether it’s just a little reminder that growth is happening. I really don’t think much about the donor site – I keep my hair quite short at the back still but I don’t think it looks like I’ve had surgery and I’m so tall that people can’t really see the back of my head anyway. So in summary: Temples = doing well. Crown = hoping for the same, but less impressed so far. Haircare and daily life = easy. Hair confidence: improving. Body confidence: hippo.
  8. Thanks mate! I'm pleased to see something happening at this early stage and I'm looking forward to seeing what'll happen in the next few months!!
  9. Wow, cracking eye for a hairline - I want you on my pub quiz team! Ideally I'll morph directly into Adam Levine....and lose 20 lbs! No flaking or redness really - I think the donor area is still a bit red but nothing noticable. The donor area itches as well as the recipient area - but it's not something that bothers me. Usually after a shower / hairwash it doesn't itch so maybe it's just dead skin cells begging to be washed away....
  10. At the moment I don’t - just the shampoo. But I probably will when the hair is a bit longer. Something to strengthen / thicken the hairs maybe...
  11. Thanks, I agree - it's slowly taking shape... At the end, I still plan to keep my hair short but not shaved like it is now. Something like the picture below is what I'm aiming for...!
  12. Progress Update - 3 months: Let it groooow I haven't updated much in the last month as in all honesty, the hair transplant has been at the back of my mind, which is a really good thing. The hair requires so little 'maintenance' that I'm fully back to just going about my normal life / exercise routine. There are a few things I make sure to do though: I always wear a cap in the sun - I think Dr D said 'no sun exposure for 2 months' but there's no need to really get it in the sun anyway so I'm going to keep it out for another month still. Lots of research I've seen says to wait 4 months and that's fine with me, I don't really want a sunburnt head in any month. I still wash the hair with the gentle Sebamed shampoo everyday, and I've just bought the 'anti-hairloss' version to try out. I've been in the hair restoration game long enough to know that shampoos do little more than reset the pH balance of your scalp / nourish the hair but I'll give it a shot anyway as it says it can help blood circulation on the scalp I find it's a little itchy sometimes - maybe some of those new hairs coming though? I try to just gently rub it with the pad of my finger rather than using my nails (not that I have any nails left after Stranger Things Season 3 ) As per usual, still using Regaine 2 x per day, and taking my cut-up into quarters Proscar pill each day Apart from that, life with my head is as per usual Muzzafer told me not to shave the recipient area with a hair trimmer as the trimmer can yank out some of the hairs if it's not properly oiled. I bought a new shaver recently and decided to just go ahead gently with the hair, even though I was a couple of weeks off three months. It created a far more even look and I really don't think it would have done any damage at all. I'm going to keep shaving for the next few weeks, hopefully as I see some of the new hairs begin to sprout, then I'll let it all grow in together (trying to avoid too much of an ugly ducking phase!) In terms of how it's growing...it's hard to say. As I see and touch it everyday, I see very little growth but I'm with my parents this weekend who told me they see a real difference and that the crown of my head is "covered in hair though it's soft 'baby' hair for now". If I run my hand over my head, I can feel different lengths and textures, so something is definitely happening up there, though I wasn't expecting much to begin growing just yet. However, from the 3 / 4 month mark, I'm hoping to start seeing something happening! I really don't pay any attention to my donor area, though I'm pleased with how this looks. The only thing I'm currently not keen on is the difference in hair density on the back of my head - the donor area is now slightly thinner (but I'm happy with all the hair there) - then there's a 'ring' of thicker, natural hair above that, then you get to the recipient area. I hope this all kind of evens out in the end (especially when I get a decent haircut) but if not then at least I can extract those thicker hairs for another transplant if I want. Some pictures below - FYI I know there's a red spot on the crown of my head. I think it's always been there but has been feeling a bit sensitive lately - think I caught it with the shaver (hope you weren't eating when you read that!) Donor area, feat. The Ring Looking to the left Looking for chocolate biscuits Looking down The Crown feat. the artist formally known as The Spot Close up
  13. All's coming along well! I don't think the head has really changed in the last few weeks, though I think I've seen a little growth beginning, only a couple of hairs though. Next week will be the 12-week mark so I'll get some new pics taken this weekend and I'll put a fuller update online! 👍