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Birmingham technicians Paul Clark and Simon Lane are back in the game
World famous scalp micropigmentation specialists launch exciting new venture at Brandwood Clinic in Solihull, Birmingham.
Paul Clark and Simon Lane are two of the world’s leading technicians with both reputation and history on their side. The duo have an impressive CV, having performed over 7,000 treatments in under five years. They are also credited with training many of the industry’s current technicians.
Brand new procedures
In their six-month sabbatical, the scalp specialists attained professional qualifications and looked at numerous methods of improving the procedures and styles available. The results of this work include a revolutionary 3D texturing effect. As Paul explains:
We’ve always been motivated by taking micro pigmentation to the next level, in terms of both customer care and technique. The 3D effect is one that many people have tried to conquer and we now believe we are able to bring that to the market.
They have enhanced their reputation as industry innovators by developing a brand new hairline. The Feathered Hairline is exclusive to Brandwood Clinic and features a softer approach to the duo’s previous market-leading ‘jagged hairline’ technique.
We believe it’s a more natural look’ Simon commented, ‘it’ll suit a lot more people.
If you want a three dimensional appearance using scalp micropigmentation, this is about as good as it gets
History on their side
Paul and Simon began their career with HIS Hair Clinic at the dawn of scalp micropigmentation, helping it to become established. Indeed Paul was the world’s first full-time technician, starting his career in 2010. Simon followed soon after, having been treated by Paul and recognising the benefits that the treatment could bring to others.
Their early work and innovation was noted for its authenticity and the two were widely in demand from clients across the world. They have excelled in the profession, working in Harley Street, Manchester and Los Angeles as well as at home in Birmingham.
This reputation led them to treat celebrities in the world of professional sport, music, TV, art and film. They are now looking forward to welcoming clients old and new to their new state-of-the-art facilities.
This really is the next level’ Simon told us. ‘We were always keen to raise standards in the industry and bring it into wider renown. We’re fully committed to doing that at Brandwood.
Top left: Paul Clark gets to work. Top right: The trademark ‘feathered’ hairline offered by the team at Brandwood Clinic. Bottom: Simon Lane begins a clients second treatment session.
Innovation is essential
Simon and Paul were generally known for their innovative approach, one which led to the launch of procedures to treat scars and alopecia. Within a few years of working together they introduced the jagged hairline, instantly transforming the realistic look available from scalp micro pigmentation. Paul recalls a recent conversation with a client who told him that his wife was unaware that he was suffering from hair loss. ‘He said that she was always telling him to grow it out a bit as he has such a lovely, full head of hair’.
Simon’s history of hair loss, devices, transplants and deep scarring gives him unequalled empathy with his clients and a heart-rending reason to be driven to excel. They followed the jagged hairline by launching a feathered style, one that can only be attempted by the most experienced practitioners.
Changing lives every day
Brandwood Clinic’s motto is ‘changing lives every day’, one that Simon and Paul feel committed to.
We see it all the time’ Simon said. ‘In the forums or in the clinic, people are on a journey to cope with and deal with their hair loss issues.
It’s most prevalent with alopecia’ added Paul. ‘We firmly believe that no treatment is more effective for areata and totalis than scalp micropigmentation and it’s an instant result. Everyone we see with alopecia is astounded at the results and it has certainly become an area of speciality for us.
In making the leap forward the duo were keen to progress, putting customers at the centre of their thinking.
‘We needed a facility that matched our ambition and passion for scalp micropigmentation’ Paul noted. ‘The best way to do that was to work with other disciplines within a newly built facility and that’s what we’ve achieved at Brandwood’.
Alongside scalp work the Clinic also offers non-invasive cosmetic treatments such as semi-permanent make-up and radio frequency/cavitation procedures. Complementing the offering is a full health-screening service with a range of tests available including food intolerance testing and numerous screenings not routinely offered by the NHS.
The addition of these facilities means that the clinic is equipped to the highest standards. Seamless flooring and washing facilities in the treatment areas ensure that the risk of bacteria is reduced, even the walls are painted with washable emulsion.
‘It is without doubt a major step up from our previous experiences’, Paul said.
’It’s been really useful to work alongside other professionals, those who are considered to be the best in their field’ Simon added. ‘I think we can only benefit from those associations and the entire industry will also come into greater focus’.
Paul agreed. ‘We want to de-mystify the process and make it more popular. There’s no point in standing still and doing the same thing over and over again. We all have to improve and think in different ways. Within Brandwood Clinic we’ll always be able to do that, to continually innovate and push the boundaries. It’s vital for the industry as a whole and we obviously want to lead that.’
Introducing Paul Clark, the world’s most experienced scalp micropigmentation technician
The name Paul Clark is synonymous with the scalp micropigmentation industry. He was the world’s first full time practitioner, and remains the most experienced technician in the business.
Based out of Brandwood Clinic in Solihull, to the south of the city of Birmingham, Paul has more than 6000 treatments to his name, spanning his 7 year career. Paul Clark is admired, not only by clients but also by industry peers. His ability as a technician is well documented, and aspiring technicians often use his hair replications as a benchmark when assessing the quality of their own work.
Back in 2009, Paul was working at Starbucks while he completed his tattoo apprenticeship, when he met Ian Watson of HIS Hair Clinic. A conversation ensued after Ian complimented Paul on his tattoos, following which, Paul ultimately became the first ever full time HIS Hair Clinic technician.
During his time at HIS Hair, Paul was instrumental in the development of several hairline creation techniques. These innovations would later become industry-standard processes to be found in every quality clinic around the world. The broken hairline and the jagged hairline, in common use now of course, were largely conceived during Paul’s time at Hagley Road.
Over time, Paul realised that a new challenge was needed to advance his career. He thoroughly enjoyed his time at HIS Hair Clinic, and the company had given him a platform to build his skillset and his reputation, but in late 2014 Paul decided to strike out on his own. Paul, with colleague Simon Lane and a small team of entrepreneurs, formed Brandwood Clinic in the suburb of Solihull, West Midlands.
Development work continued, manifesting in new feathered hairline options, a 3D scalp micropigmentation process and a unique rescue service for recipients of bad procedures. Paul also assisted the development of new pigments that are now used as standard during all Brandwood procedures.
Despite some scepticism, Paul was able to convince me that 3D scalp micropigmentation is actually a legitimate process, not just a phrase used by clinics for marketing. A few technicians may achieve a textured effect as a matter of course, but what Paul and Simon have brought to the table is a definite and deliberate process to create the appearance of real three dimensional stubble, quite an achievement when using nothing more than flat 2D pigmentation.
Paul has trained many technicians during his career, including some very successful individuals who have gone on to build great businesses and reputations of their own, and it’s a part of the job he always enjoyed. In October 2016, Brandwood Clinic launched an in-house training program for aspiring technicians. This enabled Paul to dive back into training, and he’s really enjoying this new challenge.
Paul has built a stellar reputation for himself through determination and hard work, and he has arguably become the world’s most requested technician. I asked Paul what he believes to be the main contributing factors to his phenomenal success:
All I care about is that the client is happy and the work I’ve done has a positive impact on their lives. I am here to help, so with that I give it my all with everyone, and nothing less. I am a perfectionist and an artist, so I feel that helps me a lot with my natural results.
I am very grateful to be here, doing my job and changing clients lives for the better. It really does fuel me, and makes me push myself to be the best for them, for Brandwood and my family.
What does the future hold?
Right now Paul is entirely focused on the delivery of great treatments and training. There are plans to create business opportunities for others under the Brandwood umbrella, and Paul will no doubt play a pivotal role in this new venture. Paul is also keen to delve into the world of tricopigmentation. The aim is to fully understand the tricopigmentation process and see what improvements can be made, with a view to further enhancing the treatment options available to Brandwood clients.
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