Paul Clark was born to be just about the world’s best and most innovative SMP practitioner.
I would put Simon Lane in the same bracket, however, he came into the industry at a later time in his life after overcoming great adversity and having the treatment himself. In sporting terms you can compare Simon to Jamie Vardy – getting to the top via the hard route later in life but completely smashing it when he did.
SMP should really stand for ‘Simon Meets Paul’ because the industry changed for the better when these two first worked together and now they have joined forces to create Brandwood Clinic.
You may think I have some involvement in the Clinic but I do not, I just want to tell you a bit about my story and why I am so passionate about Simon and Paul’s new venture. I have worked in the SMP industry myself and have had a full head treatment.
I started losing my hair in my early thirties and shaved it from that time. It didn’t bother me at first but unfortunately I had to have treatment for cancer and my hair loss was accelerated. When it grew back it was a bit patchy and had turned nearly white.
As I shaved everyday it wasn’t that noticeable but I did discover the SMP procedure and looked into it. When I saw a temporary role advertised at a leading SMP company in Birmingham I applied for, and got, the job.
What I found surprising was that the team I was working with had nobody who had hair loss or had had the treatment. We were talking to hundreds of men looking to book treatment and wanting advice and reassurance before going for a consultation. It made sense for me to have the treatment for the business and the company agreed with me. It was arranged that I would have my treatment with a newly trained practitioner who I was told was ready to go by the powers that be……how wrong they were. It was not the practitioner’s fault and I found out later that they were just not ready, senior staff had advised as much.
It was a disaster….( see photos attached ) extremely painful and a complete mess. I bit the bullet and kept to the company script by still advising clients how wonderful the treatment was and how it changed lives and how fantastic our practitioners were. I now regret this terribly but as I was working in the UK and all of the clients I was speaking to were in the USA, they would not be treated in England.
It was decided that my treatment was so bad it would have to be lasered off and I would have to wait maybe 6 months for corrective treatment…I was devastated. However, Paul and Simon got together and decided they could try and put it right if that was ok for me. They both discussed the way forward and Paul started the task of ‘fixing’ my head.