If you’ve spent any serious time researching scalp micropigmentation, the chances are you’ve stumbled upon Ranbir’s name at some stage. And for good reason. Ranbir Rai-Watson is credited with inventing the first viable scalp micropigmentation technique, a process that has been emulated and adapted by clinics worldwide and served close to 100,000 men and women suffering with hair loss.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Ranbir for more than six years, since I first learned about the industry in 2009 following a meeting with Ranbir and brother-in-law Ian Watson. During this time, as both a marketing consultant for the company, and later as an independent observer, I have seen Ranbir’s fledgling business, HIS Hair Clinic, grow continually from a house converted into an SMP clinic in Birmingham, and consolidate its position as the world’s most widely recognised scalp micropigmentation brand.
How did it all begin?
The full story of how scalp micropigmentation came to be is told in the following article:
- An introduction to scalp micropigmentation
In 2001, Ian Watson lost his brother to cancer. The stress this placed on Ian, his sister-in-law Ranbir, and the rest of the family caused Ian to develop stress-related alopecia. After searching the market for a solution and finding nothing satisfactory, Ranbir started to develop a basic hair tattoo technique to replicate hair on Ian’s scalp.
Following a successful treatment in 2002, the world’s first scalp micropigmentation procedure, Ian and Ranbir realised the commercial opportunity they had created and flew to Australia to develop skills in permanent make-up, paramedical tattooing and artistic tattooing. Following four years of development, including the creation of completely bespoke equipment and consumables, the first service was offered to the general public in 2006.
Introducing Hair Loss For Women
While running HIS Hair Clinic Ranbir became an expert in all aspects of hair loss, and developed a wealth of knowledge on the most effective hair loss solutions available. While fully aware of male hair loss patterns and the emotional effects going bald can have on a man’s confidence, being a woman who has personally suffered with hair loss, she also understands the psychological effects many women suffer too.
One of the main purposes of setting up HIS Hair Clinic was to treat and assist men affected by alopecia and male pattern baldness, however over the years Ranbir has also seen a huge increase in the number of female clients who needed help. This led to the development of Hair Loss For Women, a dedicated portal and advice service for female clients. The ethos and fundamentals of the business are the same as the male-led clinic, but Ranbir says that women feel more confident in attending a female-focused service.
Her new service provides advice around the following products:
- Herbal remedies
- Platelet rich plasma treatments (PRP)
- Low level laser therapy (LLLT)
- Derma rollers
- Minoxidil lotions
The HIS Hair Clinic training academy
Ranbir has a strong background of education with a BA (hons) and an MA in education, combined with a teaching degree and years of teaching and training experience.
Ranbir, therefore, was in an ideal position to develop the HIS Hair Clinic training academy for new technicians. From writing the training course materials to the provision of practical training, and the development of an in-house training team, the scope and capacity of the academy grew beyond all expectations. More recently, this expansion has enabled the academy to accept external candidates for the first time.
What does the future hold?
HIS Hair Clinic remains the world’s most respected scalp micropigmentation company, and Ranbir is committed to further advancing the growth of her company with co-Founder Ian. Ranbir is also working hard to grow Hair Loss For Women, and ensure that all trainees going through her academy receive the best training experience.
One thing is for certain. Ranbir remains one of the most committed and passionate entrepreneurs in the business. Hundreds of technicians around the world have either been taught by Ranbir, or have emulated her technique, and thousands of men and women have benefitted directly or indirectly from her innovation. Without a doubt, Ranbir deserves a lot of respect and recognition for what she has achieved.