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Scalp micropigmentation options in London
Second only to New York, the city of London is a global centre for scalp micropigmentation and offers more choice for prospective clients than almost anywhere else.
Clients who undergo scalp micropigmentation in London are not exclusively British, not by a long shot. Served by three major airports with more combined air traffic than any other city on earth, men and women travel from all over the world to have their treatments in the UK capital.
The United Kingdom is the birthplace of modern scalp micropigmentation. Although the earliest treatments took place in the second city of Birmingham, London has always been an important market for a large number of providers in the industry. As well as boasting a population almost 7 times greater than any other UK city, London is home to the world famous Harley Street, a globally recognised centre of private cosmetic excellence. Many of the world’s leading hair transplant surgeons are based in London, and the city provides some of the most desirable commercial real estate in the world.
Which clinics are based in London?
In no particular order, these are the most recommended and popular scalp micropigmentation clinics located inside the M25 London Orbital:
- Appear Natural (West Wickham)
- Scalp Culture (West Wickham)
- HIS Hair Clinic (Harley Street)
- Skalp Clinic (Harley Street)
- Velvet Pigmentation Clinic (Shoreditch)
- Vinci Hair Clinic (Harley Street)
What are the alternatives?
Within a reasonable striking distance of London, there are two clinics you should definitely check out. One is based North of the city, and the other on the south coast:
- Scalp Micro UK (Hertfordshire)
- Velvet Pigmentation Clinic (East Sussex)
How do London clinics stack up against the best?
Very favourably. In fact, some clinics in London are undeniably world class. Standards are extremely high, and cleanliness and hygiene are tightly regulated.
What prices can you expect?
London has long held a reputation for being expensive. Even small purchases like dinner for two or a can of Coca-Cola always seem to cost more in the city. Everything tends to be a little more expensive, largely due to the higher cost of doing business. There is even something called the ‘London weighting‘, an allowance paid to those in certain professions to offset the additional cost of living in London versus other parts of the UK.
That said, the majority of scalp micropigmentation clinics charge the same in London as anywhere else in the UK. Refer to our cost calculator for more information, but as a general guide you can expect to pay around £1800-3000 for a standard 3 session full head procedure, just the same as you would in Birmingham or Manchester.
Introducing South London scalp micropigmentation expert Ollie Hughes
If you’re based in London, are considering scalp micropigmentation and have done your research, the chances are you’ve come across Ollie Hughes’ name already.
Those outside the London area, or the less diligent researchers, could be forgiven for not recognising his name however, as Ollie has never been one to shout too loudly about his own abilities. What you may not realise, is that Ollie Hughes is one of the UK’s most experienced and talented technicians. When you dig a little deeper and examine his portfolio in more detail, his world class pedigree becomes all the more obvious.
Ollie cut his teeth as a scalp micropigmentation technician on Harley Street, a globally recognised centre of excellence for all manner of private cosmetic procedures. Working for one of the world’s best known scalp micropigmentation clinics, Ollie’s flair for creating the most natural looking hairlines set him apart. He has always been notorious for his consistent perfectionism and high quality, and found himself in-demand very early in his career.
As his skills developed, he also became a highly effective trainer and taught the art of scalp micropigmentation to others with the same rigour and passion as he delivers his own procedures.
After leaving his previous employment in 2015 to pursue his own interests, Ollie returned to the industry, this time at the helm of Appear Natural, the aptly named clinic that he owns and manages himself.
I believe that having personal experience of hair loss, as either a male or female technician, enables a greater level of empathy and understanding with those suffering from the same. This is certainly true of Ollie Hughes. After noticing from a relatively young age that his hair was gradually getting thinner, Ollie’s entry point to the scalp micropigmentation industry was actually as a client. After falling in love with the concept and realising the impact that his procedure had on his own wellbeing and confidence, Ollie trained as a technician and his career was underway.
The individual approach
One of the advantages of scalp micropigmentation is the fact that the outcome can be adjusted to suit the needs of each situation. Ollie is passionate about customising the approach for each individual client, and feels that this individual approach is sometimes missing at other clinics.
I understand why people are still sceptical about scalp micropigmentation. Unfortunately there is a great deal of bad practice in the industry, even from those who claim to be the best. Practitioners need better training and more understanding of how to create a realistic hairline. Among large, fast expanding companies, a consistent level of quality is impossible to maintain. At Appear Natural I can offer experience and artistic talent, compounded with an obsessive attention to detail. Time and time again, I am able to prove that in the right hands this treatment is beautifully seamless and essentially natural.
Following this philosophy, clients of Appear Natural can expect a highly customised experience. There are no ‘off the peg’ options. Instead, every aspect of the procedure from the frontal hairline style to the side profiles, density and pigment shade are fully tailored to the clients own requirements and preferences. This level of flexibility should not be taken for granted – it takes a skilled technician to adapt their technique in this way, and Ollie has proven himself more than capable.
Natural is key
Although Ollie is careful to fulfil his clients requests as closely as possible, he confesses to having a definite preference towards ultra-natural styles.
At Appear Natural you won’t find many ultra-defined hairlines or sharp side profiles, in fact this preference is one of the reasons why his company is named as such. Ollie Hughes has mastered the art of the natural hairline, and all his procedures are biased towards a softer, less aggressive appearance. For the client who wants their treatment to go unnoticed, Ollie’s approach is ideal.
How to contact Ollie Hughes
New scalp micropigmentation clinic opens in Knightsbridge, Central London
Location is important when it comes to choosing a scalp micropigmentation provider. Locations don’t get any more exclusive than a Knightsbridge address in the heart of central London.
Velvet Pigmentation Clinic, one of the most reputable and respected scalp micropigmentation clinics, has opened a new clinic within Fadiluxe, a luxury barber located on Park Close. Adding to their existing clinic on Norfolk Square in Brighton, Velvet Pigmentation Clinic is responding to significant demand from clients for a second location in the city of London.
Lead Technician Eve Pleavin is one of a very small number of technicians worldwide to offer both permanent scalp micropigmentation, and shorter duration tricopigmentation procedures. The two techniques are compared in this article, but essentially means that clients can choose how long they want their new look to last for.
Eve Pleavin is known for producing some of the best results in the business, and enjoys a significant number of personal recommendations and referrals.
Home to some of the world’s most iconic brands such as Harvey Nichols and Harrods, Knightsbridge has a lot to offer the travelling client. However, one of the greatest advantages for clients considering scalp micropigmentation in central London is the ease of accessibility. Few cities anywhere in the world provide transport links quite like the UK capital.
Using the London Underground tube network, Knightsbridge is just a few stops on the Piccadilly Line from Kings Cross, providing rail access to all London airports and to the rest of the United Kingdom. Knightsbridge is also easily reached from Paddington, Victoria and Marylebone stations, enabling easy travel from anywhere in the UK.
Location and contact
Velvet Pigmentation Clinic
Shop 2, Park Close
Finishing Touches Group introduces MicropigMANtation at glitzy Mayfair launch party
ABOVE: Dawn Forshaw, Finishing Touches Group CEO with partner Matthew Iulo, Founder of Scalp Micro USA.
A new and exciting contender in scalp micropigmentation, the Finishing Touches Group introduced their MicropigMANtation concept at a glamorous launch event at Mahiki, an uber-trendy private venue in the heart of London’s Mayfair district.
Twinned with the MicropigMANtation launch was the introduction of another great innovation, Meso4Men, a scalp preparation process for those about to undergo scalp micropigmentation. Based on traditional mesotherapy techniques with a modern twist, Meso4Men promises better results for clients by improving the health and condition of the scalp ‘canvas’ prior to the procedure.
The MicropigMANtation project is supported by Matthew Iulo, FTG trainer, Founder of Scalp Micro USA and one of the world’s most respected scalp micropigmentation technicians, and international male grooming ambassador, barber to the stars and co-Founder of Scalp Micro UK, Daniel Johnson.
Daniel flies all over the world to create bespoke and intricate hairlines and styles for his clients. He understands how going bald can affect the style options available to men, and believes that scalp micropigmentation is an excellent solution for those concerned about thinning hair, including many of his sporting and celebrity clients. He was so impressed by the FTG MicropigMANtation system and Meso4Men that he is now training himself and has set up his own scalp centre to offer the scalp micropigmentation solution.
MicropigMANtation and Meso4Men are the latest additions to the FTG cosmetic, aesthetic and medical tattooing and mesotherapy training portfolio. The treatment is offered by tricologists, doctors, technicians and barbers, and the number of providers is growing by the day.
Finishing Touches Group is a major trainer, innovator and distributor in the semi-permanent makeup and paramedical micropigmentation industries. The launch of MicropigMANtation is likely, over time, to greatly increase the number of trained technicians in the UK and in major markets like the United States. This can only serve to improve accessibility and the range of choices available to the consumer.
We wish FTG the best of luck in their new endeavour, and we’ll watch their progress over the coming months with great interest and anticipation as they launch their scalp micropigmentation service in London and nationwide.
For more information call Finishing Touches Group on +44 (0)1444 414744 or visit www.micropigmantation.com.