Leading SMP Clinic in UK - HD Hairlines is always striving to improve. Improve the team standards, the quality of the ink and equipment we use, and the skills and processes in place. This ensures that every customer has a better experience and walks out with a new lease on life and confidence to match their HD hairline.
The Owner and Leading SMP Artist Craig Molyneux is responsible for our professional standards and high-quality training. Here's how he ended up in the SMP industry after years of working as a barber.
Craig Molyneux’s SMP Story
Craig Molyneux, our head technician, has had an eventful and exciting journey as an SMP expert over the last few years. From confusion and intrigue when he first saw a video of a hair tattoo in 2017, to SMP training and transitioning away from barber work to become the expert scalp micro pigmentation artist he is today. Let's take a look at the timeline to see how Craig Molyneux fared in the SMP world, and now with the bright, bold HD Hairlines.
Craig Molyneux first became aware of SMP and its potential as a future career by chance. He had been working as a barber for some time and was confident in his ability to cut hair. Things had become a little stale, and he was beginning to wonder what steps to take next - whether to try to open his own barbershop in the future or to stay where he was and where he had found great support from the team. He was sitting at lunchtime in 2017, scrolling through Instagram and eating his butties (as you do), when he came across a post about SMP that changed everything.
Fooling a team of barbers that work with hair every single day was like switching a light bulb on in Craig’s head. If they couldn’t tell that the tattoo wasn’t genuine hair, then there must be a market out there for an alternative to hair transplants.
The idea was born, and Craig knew it was time to make a change.
It took 6 months from that first glance at SMP on Instagram to Craig getting into the business himself. He knew he had to do some research and find the best way in. There was no point in quitting the barber shop and going in cold. When he found the SMP training he knew would get him started he traveled down to Birmingham for a week of SMP training with an established UK SMP company with a good reputation.
After this week, he took his newly learned skills and begin developing his own processes, techniques, and standards. Craig wants to be the best, so he’s looked at the best SMP artists out there, learning the finest bits from everywhere to create his own gold standard of SMP.
During 2018 he continued to use the barber shop where he had worked for a few years, working as an SMP artist on the days the shop was closed. He did this for around a year, growing a small loyal base of customers and spreading his name through word of mouth and a lot of hard work.
Craig Molyneux and SMP had a breakthrough year in 2019. He had honed his skills as an SMP artist in the barbershop, but he needed his own studio - a dedicated, clean space dedicated solely to hair tattoos. On Rodney Street in Liverpool's beautiful Georgian Quarter, he finally found his dream home. There is no better place to call home, than a suitable environment in which customers can revitalize their lives with accurate, professional hair tattoos that change their lives.