Microblading My Scalp For Balding

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Microblading My Scalp For Balding
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  • - [Zach] Have you ever done a little hidden picture?
  • - [Rodney] I haven't.
  • - I'm not suggesting you draw a dick on my head,
  • but you could and it would look like hair.
  • - I mean, you just put that idea in my head, so, you know.
  • (upbeat music)
  • - Today, I'm changing the thing I hate most about myself.
  • Today, I am, how do I start this video? (laughs)
  • I'm losing my hair.
  • Yeah.
  • It's taken me a long time to accept that I'm losing my hair,
  • and then after that, to figure out
  • what do I wanna do about it?
  • If doing something about it is
  • somehow admitting weakness or defeat.
  • I kind of first realized that my hair
  • was thinning and receding four years ago.
  • Maybe five.
  • Unsurprisingly, it coincided with
  • when I started being in videos.
  • Seeing myself on camera more, and more, and more,
  • and I started going, wait a second.
  • That's not what I look like, right?
  • Wait, is that what I look like?
  • Over the last couple years,
  • once I realized that it was going, I tried a lot of things.
  • I tried creams, I tried supplements,
  • I tried different haircuts.
  • - Let's start with the hair, skin, nail vitamins.
  • Let's do the minoxidil.
  • - I had first had this swell of enthusiasm.
  • I'm like, I'm gonna take this head-on,
  • I'm gonna figure out how to style my hair,
  • I'm gonna fix this, I'm gonna save it,
  • and over time I found that even my best efforts
  • weren't enough to hide it.
  • So then I tried being like, you know what, screw it.
  • I don't care, I don't care.
  • I'm not gonna let this affect me.
  • And that was even worse. (laughs)
  • Turns out not giving a shit about how you look
  • means that you're going to look like you don't give a shit.
  • Maggie doesn't care about it,
  • my friends don't care about it,
  • the world is like, yeah, you're losing your hair, so what?
  • But it's something that I care about.
  • Every single day, I think about it multiple times a day,
  • and it just is so distracting,
  • it's so destructive, and it's painful.
  • It's all I can think about sometimes.
  • I just can't stand it anymore.
  • So I've decided that it's time to do something about it.
  • (energetic music)
  • - This is Barber Surgeons Guild.
  • I like to define it as a medical men's grooming lounge
  • where we specialize in high-end haircuts,
  • straight razor hot towel shaves,
  • and then we have a full-on medical speakeasy
  • where we do hair restoration.
  • - Hair treatments, hair regeneration therapy,
  • and then various laser services as well.
  • - Medical speakeasy?
  • So this is like an underground.
  • - Well, when you walk in,
  • it looks just like barber shop.
  • - Men just didn't feel comfortable
  • going to a hair loss center.
  • There's nothing cool about it.
  • It's always like admitting defeat
  • if you go somewhere like that.
  • We want to create this concept
  • that is just somewhere that men want to be.
  • - You mentioned restoration surgery pretty early on,
  • and I was like, no.
  • - So when I was looking at Barber Surgeons Guild,
  • because of the robotic technology that they had,
  • that's when I knew that that would
  • put his hair concerns at rest,
  • because your concern was surgery,
  • and your other concern was scarring.
  • - A lot of people, they just don't know
  • all the things that are out there.
  • See those plugs, you know, no one does that anymore.
  • There are these amazing new services and treatments.
  • - We're hoping that someone could
  • help make some content about it,
  • and educate the world.
  • - All righty, so here we go.
  • I'm gonna do a follicle analysis.
  • - [Zach] Follicle analysis?
  • - Yeah, we're gonna take a microscopic
  • image of your follicles to determine
  • the stage in which they're essentially dying.
  • Or shrinking. - (laughs) Oh fuck.
  • (laughing)
  • - So what areas kinda bother you the most?
  • - (sighs) The two thing that bother me
  • are just the thinness of the scalp
  • and then the receding in the front.
  • It just is not the shape that I want it to be more.
  • It's gone back.
  • It's like the ocean is taken the sand back with it.
  • - So let's start here in the front like you were mentioning.
  • Oh, beautiful, so hit capture there.
  • So hit capture, capture.
  • - Ooh, that looks thick, look at all that hair.
  • - Here, this is what we would call the donor hair.
  • Just for comparison.
  • - Oh, oh wow, that's so much hair.
  • - There is hair in different stages.
  • So you have some thicker, kinda healthier hair,
  • so you see the thickness and
  • the diameter of these hairs, right?
  • And then you look at around the hair.
  • So this one's a little thinner,
  • for example. - Yeah.
  • And then there are these little wispies.
  • - These little fine, wisped, even thinner.
  • So you have hair that is kinda,
  • for lack of a better word, dying in differing stages.
  • So you're getting thinner, and thinner,
  • and thinner, and thinner.
  • - Hair loss, what happens is the hairs become miniaturized.
  • The hairs start as thick hairs,
  • and then they become thinner, and thinner, and thinner,
  • finer, miniaturized hairs.
  • - As the hair is miniaturizing,
  • that's when you can still
  • do something about it and bring it back.
  • Once it's gone, it's gone.
  • - Yes. - Right.
  • - About a month ago, I started on finasteride,
  • which is supposed to take the really thin hairs
  • and make them thick and lively again.
  • I actually, I think I have more hairs that I thought I did.
  • I thought they were all gone.
  • They're there, they're just thin and dying.
  • Over these videos, I'm gonna be
  • doing a round of two procedures.
  • First, I'm gonna be doing what they call a camouflage,
  • where they're basically gonna
  • tattoo my scalp in between my hair,
  • and that's gonna make it so that it doesn't look so thin,
  • so that when you look down at my hair you go,
  • oh, that's some thick hair.
  • - And then we'll be doing robotic hair restoration
  • for the hairline to create more
  • density and fullness up front.
  • All this area where you can sorta see scalp through here
  • kinda in the mid-scalp through the crown,
  • we're gonna pigment this,
  • and this is just gonna immediately
  • you won't see anything back here.
  • - So I always thought that I
  • needed restoration in the middle,
  • but the hairs are there, we just need to
  • bring 'em back. - We need to bring 'em back,
  • make them healthier, throw a little bit
  • of that scalp camo in there, call it a day.
  • It's gonna look perfect.
  • (energetic music)
  • (Zach exhales)
  • - So we are getting ready to do the first procedure.
  • This is kind of surreal and weird feeling.
  • I've been so in video production mode
  • that I kinda forgot that this is
  • a real medical procedure we're doing.
  • Oh man.
  • - Come on in, how's it going, man?
  • - [Zach] Good.
  • - You ready?
  • - Yeah. - [Man] Let's do this.
  • (Zach sighs)
  • - Get you comfortable in this chair.
  • - Okay, oh, oh it's like I'm
  • going to sleep on a fancy airplane.
  • So you're gonna be numbing my head?
  • - [Justin] Yes, I'm gonna be numbing your head.
  • Which we don't always do for this, but...
  • - I told them off camera that I'm a little bitch
  • and that I would like the numbing, please.
  • This is-- - [Justin] This is
  • medical grade laughing gas. - Laughing gas.
  • Nitrous oxide.
  • We call it the Hookah because that's what everyone calls it.
  • - Cheers.
  • - [Justin] Take five or six deep breaths,
  • so all the way in, deep breath,
  • fill your lungs up and exhale back into the tube.
  • (trippy music)
  • - Yeah.
  • - [Justin] There you go, you feel a little bit?
  • - Oh, fuck.
  • - So it doesn't-- - Oh, wow.
  • - Hold on to that feeling.
  • - Oh my god, whoa, that one really got me.
  • (laughing)
  • Oh my god. - The sound of buzzing.
  • - Oh, I feel that it kinda painful
  • but it's not really that painful because the laughing.
  • Whoa.
  • I haven't been this high this early since college.
  • (laughing)
  • I definitely felt a little bliss.
  • Am I nuts, or my voice sound crazy?
  • Whoa.
  • I'm not crazy, right?
  • This looks like R.O.B. from Super Smash Bros.
  • Oh, now I can feel that it's numb.
  • Have you ever gotten a procedure on your gums?
  • That numb feeling, you're like,
  • oh, I'm aware of the presence of numbness.
  • It feels like you're wearing a hat
  • or something, like a helmet.
  • - Yeah.
  • Do you remember basically the
  • first thing I ever said to you?
  • - You came in and then you showed me
  • a picture of yourself in college,
  • and you said, "I have hair,
  • "I just don't know what happened to it."
  • And then you showed me that picture,
  • and then I said, "Oh, this is when you were losing hair."
  • - Yeah, that blew my mind.
  • I'm like, "Look how robust my hair was," and he was like,
  • "No, it had -- - [David] Look how
  • high your hair was. - [Zach] Already started
  • - When you notice hair thinning,
  • when you can start seeing between the hairs,
  • that means you've already lost 50% of those hairs.
  • So when we're talking about male-pattern hair loss,
  • it's called androgenetic alopecia.
  • - As I understand it, it's you have so much testosterone
  • that it blocks the hair from growing.
  • - You're basically more manly than other men.
  • - Okay, that's what I thought.
  • - And your hair just can't handle it.
  • - I can feel you pulling my head,
  • but I can't feel anything on my head.
  • - That's a good thing.
  • - I'm just gonna pretend I'm wearing a hat.
  • - If you've had the nitrous there,
  • even though you don't feel anything,
  • you can play with it as much as you want.
  • Pretend like you're back in college.
  • - All right, Rodney. (laughs)
  • - We're doing little bit of skin dye,
  • so it's sort of similar to a tattoo but not quite
  • because it's very surface level.
  • - [Zach] It's like when girls get
  • microblading in their eyebrows.
  • It's not permanent, but it fills it in.
  • Same idea.
  • - [Greg] It'll give you the appearance of more hair
  • without having to use some more of your donor hair.
  • (needle buzzes)
  • - [Zach] Oh that doesn't hurt at all.
  • It kinda just feels like a bumblebee
  • is trying to give me kisses.
  • - [Rodney] A bumblebee.
  • - Yeah, 'cause of the buzzing.
  • My hair is thin and if it's
  • brushed the wrong way, you can see the scalp.
  • - [Justin] The camouflage is something that
  • will just get rid of that shine
  • anywhere throughout here if the hair
  • is parted or it gets wet.
  • - [Zach] So you're intentionally doing
  • something of a random--
  • - [Rodney] A random pattern.
  • - [Zach] Yeah, well, how come?
  • - [Rodney] 'Cause if you do try to make it too perfect,
  • it just looks unperfect.
  • - We use a different ink that's not normal tattoo ink.
  • This is a vegan-based, biocompatible ink,
  • which means eventually your body breaks it down.
  • So eventually it'll kinda fade over time,
  • which is good 'cause you might decide
  • to change your hair cut style,
  • your hair color, who knows.
  • - [Keith] Whoa.
  • - [Zach] Just like that, already?
  • - [Eugene] That's amazing.
  • - [Keith] That's really cool.
  • As he combs it over, it just looks
  • like you got a full head of hair.
  • That part is just so much more thick.
  • - Hey, here's a question for ya.
  • You said that you do random dots up there, right?
  • Have you ever done a little hidden picture?
  • - I haven't.
  • - I'm not suggesting you draw a dick on my head,
  • but you could and it would look like hair.
  • - I mean, you just put that idea in my head, so, you know.
  • (upbeat music)
  • - So we're more than halfway through?
  • - Yes.
  • - I've just been here, I've been crushing emails.
  • I just finished a phone call with Eugene.
  • This is a totally non-intrusive thing.
  • It's not painful at all.
  • Once you comb it over, there's no dots.
  • - [Ned] Whoa.
  • - [Rodney] It's the camo portion of it.
  • That's why it's scalp camouflage.
  • - And then right now these dots are darker,
  • but in a day or two they're gonna
  • get a little more faded. - Yes.
  • I don't want you to wash your hair just for two days.
  • - To be honest, this morning, I kinda got nervous again,
  • and I'm like, do I really wanna do this?
  • This is happening?
  • And now I'm like, fuck yeah, this is awesome.
  • - [Justin] Takes on average about three sessions
  • over the course of a month.
  • - [Greg] We do it a little bit at a time
  • to kinda gradually create that volume and coverage.
  • - After the procedure, what's the recovery look like?
  • - No recovery with that.
  • - No recovery.
  • - Literally, you can't wash your hair for 48 hours.
  • That's the recovery.
  • - So I could be on camera after that--
  • - You could do this on a lunch break.
  • - Wow.
  • - Actually, your hair would look better when you go back.
  • - Yeah. (laughs)
  • - All done.
  • - All done?
  • - Yes, sir.
  • - Eh, how's it look?
  • (upbeat music)
  • Whoa.
  • Whoa-ho-ho-oh.
  • Wow.
  • That's cool.
  • I'm not even high anymore.
  • That's just normal reaction.
  • Wow, you did such a good job over here
  • that now I'm like, we gotta take care of this.
  • - [Keith] It looks so much thicker.
  • - That's crazy, just one session.
  • So much of what we've been doing together
  • has been working with my fears.
  • I wanna get to a place where I'm
  • excited about my hair instead of anxious.
  • My hair can be a part of my expression.
  • It can be something that I have fun with,
  • or something I can decide I don't give a fuck about.
  • So now this is huge because I can
  • style my hair the way that I do,
  • but I don't have to worry about the transparency.
  • I haven't been excited by my hair in ever.
  • I'm excited right now.
  • And this is just the beginning.
  • We're gonna do one more of this,
  • and then (snaps fingers) I'm going to meet Chappie.
  • Hello, Zachary.
  • I am waiting for you.
  • (energetic music)
  • When you think of hair restoration,
  • you think of the horrible plugs or toupees from the '70s.
  • Oh my wow.
  • Now the robot stuff begins.
  • Whoa.
  • Give me your worst, Chappie.
  • (upbeat music)
  • But can you tag tryguys.com so people know
  • where they can get the hottest merch in the be-game?
  • That's not even laughing gas.
  • That's just me being an asshole.

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