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Introducing Miami scalp micropigmentation technician, Seif Sidky
Rarely do I meet an individual with so much genuine passion for his craft. Of course we all want to make money, but from time to time I meet people for whom this business means so much more. Seif is undoubtedly one of those people, and I will watch his progress with great interest as he builds his scalp micropigmentation business in Miami.
I asked Seif to write a little about his entry to the industry, and his hopes for the future. The following narrative was authored by Seif Sidky, and published by Team Micro with his kind permission.
I first heard about scalp micropigmentation from a radio advertisement, of all things, made by a competitor of Scalp Aesthetics as I was driving one day.
I contacted the company and received a quote that included airfare and accommodation for one night. Like I do with everything, I decided to do some research and see if there were any local options available. I also decided against travelling for my procedure because I did not like the idea of flying to another state for just one treatment, as I was certain I would want follow-ups and touch-ups.
I quickly found out, mostly through Team Micro, that of the 3 major players in the industry, Scalp Aesthetics was the only one without a presence in Miami or the greater South Florida market (Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach), and so the gears in my entrepreneurial mind starting spinning when I read up on the Scalp Aesthetics expansion opportunities available.
I knew immediately I was a perfect candidate for the procedure and would eventually be my own “walking billboard”. When I initially started doing research, like most clients with hair loss problems, I was planning on keeping it discrete, but when I made the decision to enter the business, my outlook changed completely and decided I wouldn’t shut up about it – I am truly living the “Scalpa Life”!
The closest Scalp Aesthetics technician to me at the time was Jose Santiago up in Tampa, FL and it quickly became apparent that he was one of the best in the world. I did not hesitate to book with him, and I decided to start training and receive my treatments from Jose simultaneously. He is an amazing artist and has been a tremendous mentor and influence on me as an artist.
I was well aware that it was only a matter of time before other players would enter the South Florida market, so I made it a point to open my location as soon as possible. Within 2 months of when I first started discussions with Scalp Aesthetics CEO Bryce Cleveland, I opened my doors and have never looked back.
I never thought of myself as an artistic person, so soon after, I hired my first technician, Elliot. I honestly did not see myself as a great micropigmentologist – but to my pleasant surprise, I found myself producing results of which I am extremely proud, and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting clients and helping change their lives and boosting their confidence. This experience has brought out the “inner artist” in me I suppose, and it feels amazing.
As a consummate student, I found myself studying other technicians’ techniques from both sides of the Atlantic, and I was especially impressed by UK artists and their abilities to construct the perfectly natural-looking hairline. So, I practiced and practiced and practiced until I became very comfortable with the techniques.
This all culminated in receiving the award for Best Natural Hairline at the recent Scalp Micropigmentation Conference, which was a great honor for myself and for Elliot.
While my vision was already lit prior to the event, I must say the conference was like pouring gasoline on my vision – it is now officially on fire! I have plans to open a couple more locations in South Florida and a couple in the Middle East (locations to be disclosed soon)!
More than financial success, I measure the success of my business against my benchmark of a 100% rate of satisfied clients. Elliot and I made a commitment that we will never let a client leave without being 100% satisfied, regardless of whether it is 1 month, 6 month, or a whole year after receiving the procedure. Unlike other places that charge clients a per-session fee, and profit when a client has to keep coming back, our prices are inclusive and the service is guaranteed. I strongly believe in the notion of “quality over quantity”.
Introducing International Hairlines
International Hairlines was born in beautiful sunny South Florida with locations in Miami and several other Floridian cities.
Due to the lack of regulations in Florida, there have been too many practitioners who have entered into the business with zero or little training and are looking to make a quick buck by consistently botching clients’ scalps and, even worse, training others in one or two days.
There are literally only a handful of good SMP artists in South Florida. One day Seif was talking to an old friend of his, Shay Nissim, and expressed his dismay with the number of repairs and correction treatments he is having to perform on a weekly basis.
So after a few conversations, Shay decided to start a new international scalp micropigmentation brand that associates with some of the world’s best SMP artists; a brand which will be distinguished for unbelievable and undetectable results consistently; an integrity-driven company that will nurture new artists for the long term, and not just train them in a couple of days and leave them “out in the cold” to fend from themselves, as is with the current status quo in many cases.
And this problem is not unique or confined to Florida – it is prevalent around the world, as we later came to find out. But where there is a problem, there is an opportunity to build something special – something much better.
Unlike other major brands in the world of SMP, International Hairlines aims to create an inclusive community of integrity-driven SMP artists by providing world class training by experienced master artists, along with continued ongoing support to new artists.
IHL master artists have been hand-picked to represent International Hairlines because of their proven outstanding work in SMP, but also their innate desire to help others succeed. Master artists serve in the capacity of mentors, providing artistic support as well as business development advice to newer artists.
Furthermore, while other major brands work to shield the individual artists from the public in order to claim credit for their work, IHL offers a completely different approach. Each artist (based on merit) will have the ability and choice to put their own name on the IHL brand and logo. That way individual artists will shine and will receive full credit for their work and will not feel the need to “escape” from underneath the “veil” that masks those artists operating under those other major brands.
IHL’s newer artists have undergone intensive training from some of the world’s top training clinics, but also continue to receive training support for a minimum of six months by International Hairlines mentors. This ensures they are completely prepared to take on paying clients with full confidence in their abilities.
If you are a new artist or looking to enter the business, contact International Hairlines in Miami at [email protected].
The International Hairlines master artists consulting team currently consists of Seif Sidky (South Florida), David Hoffer (Southern California) and Brian Santora (New England), and are looking to add two more artists. Experienced artists with a proven record contact for inquiries regarding the mentorship program and compensation.
The name “International Hairlines” stems from their ability to accurately reproduce any type of hairline in a natural and undetectable manner. Whether it is a hard, sharp hairline, popular in the United States, or a softer, gradually receded hairline (more popular in Europe), widow’s peaks and every shape in between, they have practiced and perfected it all – hairlines from all around the world.
Since the hairline is literally in the forefront of scalp micropigmentation, IHL believe that if it lacks a natural appearance, the results will not look on par with our standards, so that is why they take great pride in their hairlines.
Aside from the hairline, IHL artists also pay very close attention to key factors such as blending, matching, feathering, density-building, texturing, scar concealment, etc… in order to produce those undetectable natural results.
Most practitioners have been trained to use one type of needle when performing scalp micropigmentation. Not IHL artists! They are trained to use different types of needles in order to achieve the optimal results. Not every skin type can be treated by one needle exclusively. The art and the experience rests in being able to determine when and where to utilize the many tools available at the artists’ disposal.
Striving for perfection, and nothing less
Every client that is treated by International Hairlines will not leave the final session of treatment without being 100% satisfied, as is their guarantee. Stellar reviews for all their artists is just the tip of the iceberg. From consultation to the final treatment, IHL pledge to always treat clients with courtesy and respect in a clean, comfortable, non-pretentious, and safe environment.
International Hairlines operates in the following cities:
- Boca Raton, FL
- Boston, MA
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Miami, FL
- Orange County, CA
- Palm Beach, FL
- Cairo, Egypt (Opening September 2017)