Online forums for hair-loss-related topics have gained great momentum. Though we have been frequently asked to offer one, and though we have strongly considered doing so for quite some time, Good Look Ink has no immediate plans to do so.
Hair loss forums have two primary uses: Education and Support.
Education: GLI has always been in favor of providing information to any person who needs guidance in exploring their options for dealing with hair loss.
The philosophy of Good Look Ink has always been extremely pro-information and pro-education. For this purpose, all prospective clients are fully educated and prepared for their decision and for their procedure by one of the Good Look Ink consultants. All GLI consultants started out as GLI clients, and following their life-changing procedures, pursued a career in helping others in similar circumstances.
A Word on Transparency:
Good Look Ink has been admittedly close-mouthed about the specific proprietary details of our procedure. This is not to surround SMP with a shroud of mystique. Instead, it is because of our belief that, particularly in the largely unregulated industry of hair replication, a little bit of information is extremely dangerous. On first glance, hair replication pigmentation does not appear very complex tattooed dots, right? Not the case. And failure to understand the many variables in SMP can result in problems that are difficult to conceal or remedy.
In actuality, there is a tremendous amount of knowledge, research, and training built into each Good Look Ink procedure:
From dermatological preparation of the scalp to pre-treating of hair transplant scars,
From surgical magnification and lighting to q-switched laser diffusion,
From custom color selection and blending to specialized hairline design,
The layers of complexity in the knowledge built into each Good Look Ink procedure cannot be overstated.
That being said, our website now reflects more specific information about many aspects of our procedures, as well as a clear picture of why the Scalp Micropigmentation procedure is, by far, the most advanced in the industry. Any remaining questions will always be answered in an open and timely manner by GLI consultant.
The Good Look Ink position is to sincerely give kudos to any provider of Hair Replication or SMP treatments who is truly striving to improve results. This is because of our firm belief that Cosmetic Hair Replication is the first truly good option for those who are experiencing hair loss.
Our vision at Good Look Ink is that in the near future, Hair Replication will be an excellent, permanent solution to hair loss that is well established and totally free of social stigma.
Which brings us to the second purpose for Hair Loss Forums:
Support: There is no question that Hair Loss can be truly traumatic, and that most of the solutions that have previously been available also come with a certain degree of additional trauma. For this reason, it is not surprising that those who are suffering reach out to others who are having a similar experience. While there is often a great deal of help and common ground to be found in forums, unfortunately, it is also true that misery loves company. Far too often, peer support turns into ranting, negativity, and even mud-slinging. A forum is in no way the correct environment to address emotional trauma.
Support gone wrong: As mentioned, the stance of Good Look Ink is and always will be that we will not engage in negativity or disparaging remarks with regard to any SMP provider. Our view is that mud-slinging on forums provides an environment that is the opposite of healing. By hosting these long rants, the unfortunate result is actually counter-productive. Rather than helping hair loss sufferers to feel good about SMP as a viable solution, the result is simply a general loss of confidence in SMP in general. Rather than providing solutions, mudslinging forums can prevent many from being able to finally get help and find a solution.
What defines a successful Hair Replication Result? We believe that success is measured by the ability of the hair loss sufferer to move forward and to not have to think about hair loss ever again. Do we encourage our thousands of satisfied clients to go onto forums to defend us against mud-slinging? No. And, we never will. We want them to enjoy a life free from hair loss concerns. Success equals freedom, not commiseration.
There is actually a great deal of positive feedback for GLI to be found online. But, let’s address the recurring negative themes, and respond to any concerns. Let’s address them all individually:
Forum Quote: “Artificial results”
Forum quote: “I looked at pics on there website and it just looks like they pics are taken with heads shaved, then afters are clearly taken with their real own hair grown out. this is a scam obviously”
In response to the allegations that the hair in our after pictures is real, all we can say is, “Thank you!”. While we agree that the illusion is pretty amazing, it is actually our work, and our after pictures were most often taken either the same day as their Good Look Ink procedure, or else on the following morning.
Forum Quote: “Corrupt Ownership and Hard Sales Philosophy:”
Forum quote: “Looks like the Good Look Ink owner Darrin A Gerr had his house foreclosed…this guy doesn’t pay his bills now he’s trying to suck money out of innocent men with this garbage.”
While the relevance of this quote to hair loss help is certainly questionable, the fact is that Darrin Gerr, despite being featured in many of the GLI videos, is no longer the owner of Good Look Ink. However, new ownership aside, this again underscores the negative, non-helpful offerings of hair loss forums. No person at GLI is trying to victimize or steal from innocent men. The level of ethics, honesty, customer service, and professional excellence at GLI is beyond compare and above reproach.
Good Look Ink does not employ hard sales techniques. In actuality, GLI actually turns business down on a regular basis from clients if we feel that it is unethical for us to provide service for any reason. If, for example, we feel that we will be unable to meet client expectations, or if we sense that a client is overly apprehensive about their procedure, then we will not proceed, and all monies are immediately refunded in full. This approach is, by definition, the opposite of hard sales.
Forum quote: “Is it really true that the CEO of GLI is having his removed cause it turned blue? That’s awful and if that’s truly the case then I don’t see why anyone in the world would go there. Hate to say it but if I were you I would be a bit worried and consider having your ink removed via laser. GLI should be shut down. They always reminded me of used car salesman.”
Again, why are statements such as these helpful to those who need relief from hair loss stress? This provides another example of the non-helpful non-truths that are frequently bred in the forum environment. Darrin’s head is not blue. He has never received laser treatments. These statements are patently false. However, they do provide an excellent segue into the next topic.
Forum Quote: “Scalp Micro-Pigmentation will turn your head blue:”
There are many posts regarding this on topic on hair loss forums. This claim is the most effective of all mud-slinging techniques.
The reality is that Good Look Ink has unsurpassed experience and expertise in pigmentation of the scalp. For this reason, our current results are by far the most color-fast in the industry. There are many factors that affect pigment color, both structural and environmental. It is critical to understand, customize, and control each of these factors in order to provide a color-fast result. For more on this topic please read GOOD LOOK INK PIGMENTS-color-fast
In addition to providing the best results, Good Look Ink provides unparalleled services in color correction, adaptation, and diffusion to any person who has experienced a hair replication result from any provider that they consider to be unsatisfactory. Good Look Ink has never refused to give service to any client who has required help. Please read GLI Pigments laser-able and customizable.
Forum Quote: “Scalp Micro-Pigmentation will not provide a good long-term result:”
Forum quote: “The problem is that most tattoos look like crap when you get older. How gross these will dots look in 15-20 years is something you would want to consider. I’d imagine they would look ok for a few years, and I’m sure most of the photos they would show you are of people who recently had the procedure done. I doubt it will look anything like that in 10-15 years.”
Scalp Micropigmentation is not a tattoo. It is not implemented using the same method, nor does it employee the same pigments or technique. Tattoos are prone to migration because they are not applied with the procedural safeguards that are built into the Good Look Ink pigmentation process. Factors such as needle depth, size, speed, and angle, as well as unstable pigment selection and excessive alcohol consumption (to name a few) will all play a role in pigment integrity and migration. A Scalp Micro-Pigmentation procedure is not a tattoo. It is far more advanced and produces results with far more integrity. For more on this topic, please read GOOD LOOK INK PIGMENTS, non-migratory
Forum Quote: “Any positive feedback on a forum must come from an undercover GLI employee:”
Forum quote: “Good Look Ink employees/owners come on these forums and pose as interested clients or satisfied GLI clients. If you are former client and post negative info about GLI, a new user profile pop up very quickly and begins asking you questions to try and find out who you are. Then that person pretend to be a client as well, and then tells how great their experience was at Good Look Ink. “Stanelyn” is perfect example of fake poster who work at GLI. He or she claimed they would report back with photos, never did.”
Once again, this statement has no bearing, but is slinging mud and inspires a lack of confidence in SMP to anyone seeking help. “Stanelyn” is actually one of our clients (he sent us a link to some of his posts in forums). His video testimonial is featured in our video gallery. We certainly are not in the business of tracking anyone with pop-up profiles. We are far too busy providing excellent results to care about the identity of an angry forum poster.