HAIR-RAIS­ING TAT­TOO

Cape Argus - - METRO - Lance Wit­ten

SCALP mi­cropig­men­ta­tion (SMP) is a med­i­cal­grade tat­too to give the ap­pear­ance of stub­ble on one’s scalp. Whether it’s from afar or close up, the re­sults are im­pres­sive – it looks as nat­u­ral as it would had you sim­ply cropped your hair very close to the skin.

While there are many prac­ti­tion­ers in the Western Cape, you should be cau­tious when choos­ing the pro­ce­dure.

Brand­wood Clinic in De Waterkant has the only reg­is­tered and ac­cred­ited SMP prac­ti­tion­ers, and co-founders James Han­nah and Kim Jessop take their busi­ness se­ri­ously. They have been op­er­at­ing for a num­ber of years, but only opened their clinic in Napier Street last month.

Jessop said they stud­ied at Brand­wood Clinic in the UK, and still ad­here to the same strin­gent guide­lines and stan­dards set by their in­ter­na­tional part­ners.

Per­ma­nent make-up and tat­too artists of­ten claim to be adept at SMP, but Jessop warned that, as there is no reg­u­la­tory body in South Africa to over­see the pro­ce­dures and prac­ti­tion­ers, clients could be left dis­ap­pointed, if not per­ma­nently scarred, with no re­course.

The pro­ce­dure isn’t cheap, but the re­sults are in­cred­i­ble.

Han­nah has had his head done. He’s even de­signed a scar in his hair­line so it looks even more nat­u­ral.

The pro­ce­dure takes be­tween three and four ses­sions of two to four hours each, and ev­ery con­sid­er­a­tion is taken into ac­count dur­ing an in-depth ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion.

It costs be­tween R7 000 and R34 000, but an in­di­vid­ual, obli­ga­tion-free con­sul­ta­tion is rec­om­mended as there is no blan­ket so­lu­tion for those suf­fer­ing from hair loss.

Hes­sop and Han­nah are pas­sion­ate about what they do. It’s a labour of love, and it shines through in their in­ter­ac­tions with all who walk through their doors.

Visit www.brand­wood­clinic.com/capetown/ for more in­for­ma­tion. |

GIL­BERT­SON | AN­DRÉ

ALISTAIR be­fore and af­ter SMP.

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