Permanent make-up business in Cowplain looks to grow

From left, general manager of Best Practice South Julie Worth, Lan Ong, Kelli Wiseman, Lee Ong and the Mayor of Havant Faith Ponsonby

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From left, general manager of Best Practice South Julie Worth, Lan Ong, Kelli Wiseman, Lee Ong and the Mayor of Havant Faith Ponsonby Picture: Sarah Standing (161424-8865)
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A make-up business is hoping to bust myths surrounding its procedures and to start a training school.

Hampshire Semi-Permanent Make Up was set up by husband and wife Lee and Lan Ong, from Cowplain, three years ago.

They have two bases, one on the first floor at Cowplain Family Practice in London Road, Cowplain and one at 3D Beauty Salon in London Road, Widley.

Lee said: ‘It is different from tattooing. It is made to look like make-up. Tattooing is seen as a macho thing, but it is not like that.

‘We always use numbing cream. People immediately think that it will be painful when they hear the word tattoo, but it’s not, we put them at ease.’

The clinic offers a range of treatments and can help people with a wide range of problems, including cancer and alopecia patients, who have suffered hair loss.

Lee said: ‘The message that we want to get out there is that we know there are a lot of people out there with problems with their hair growth who we can help.’

He said the salon has carried out treatments on wide range of people for a variety of reasons, from sports people who don’t want their make-up to run while they are sweating or swimming to elderly people who suffer from short-sightedness.

Mayor of Havant Faith Ponsonby visited the business on Monday and took a tour of the facilities, as well as seeing a live demonstration of their eyebrow techniques.

Lan, who is originally from Vietnam, got into permanent make-up through her family’s wedding business.

She now plans to start her own training school after seeing the response.

To get involved call 07450 254598.