LASER, ELECTROLYSIS AND SKIN CARE
Trans-friendly, non rushed, and considerate service at this pleasant, relaxed clinic which offers a wide range of laser and skin treatments from a well-qualified team. Bulk session discounts.
Brighton Laser and Skin Clinic
56a Marine Parade
Tel. 01273 686869
Sarah Williams-Walker, part of the team above, does tattoo removal, hair removal, thread vein removal, repairing sun damage, chemical peels, skin rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, dealing with acne scarring, and more.
Beauty Secrets Salon & Spa
65 Western Road
Tel. 01273 822476
Trans-friendly service offering a wide range of cosmetic and beauty treatments, including hair removal and facial peels, and spa services.
Laser and intense pulsed light hair removal, fillers, botox, massage - friendly and easy to talk to.
66-67 St George's Road
Tel. 01273 694411
Private laser clinic within the dermatology department of the the Royal Free Hospital, London, open to those without referral.
Royal Free Hospital
Tel. 020 7435 7521
HAIR AND BEAUTY
A natural-looking wig is probably your best investment. Trendco has a fine range of quality, stylish wigs and knowledgeable staff who fit them in privacy. Expect to pay around £100 upwards. This store is used to catering for women who have suffered hair loss, often through illness. Appointment advisable Monday-Friday, essential Saturday.
114-116 Western Road
Tel. 01273 778516
If your own hair is suitable for styling in a feminine way, trans women can check out
71-72 Trafalgar Street
Tel. 01273 693833 or 01273 819538
Ian, the proprietor, is courteous and welcoming to trans clients. This spacious salon in Brighton's North Laine area offers high-quality cutting and colouring at competitive prices.
Excellent products but fairly expensive, so perhaps best to buy just a few key items here. Studio Sculpt SPF 15 foundation is particularly effective. Ask the helpful staff for advice.
6 Dukes Lane
Tel. 0870 192 5155
High Street chemists
If you don't want to spend so much, the Boots No 7 range of cosmetics (and cheaper Boots No 17 aimed at younger people) is extensive, well priced and good quality, available at Boots branches.
L'Oreal, Rimmel and Maybelline are keenly priced and good-quality cosmetic brands, available at most chemists including Boots and Superdrug.
If you're really on a budget, check out items such as moisturisers, eye shadows and nail varnish at Poundland, 99p Stores, supermarkets and clothes shop chains such as H&M.
SHOES AND CLOTHING
For clothing in Brighton, H&M store in Western Road has 18+ sizes, Marks & Spencer clothes are generously cut so you won't feel short-changed on size, and of course local charity shops have excellent bargains. Just as examples, check out the British Heart Foundation shop at 19 London Road, Oxfam at 146A North St, Shelter at 93 Western Road, Barnados at 50 West St, and the cluster of charity shops in George Street, Hove.
153 Western Road
Keenly priced, many styles go up to size 9, and they have extra wide fittings.
Sadly the Brighton branch of this shop for taller women closed at the start of 2013 but their online site is well designed and you can visit their flagship store in Chiltern Street, London (just off Baker Street, use Baker Street tube). They sell shoes and boots up to size 11, trousers and jeans up to 38in long leg, and top and dress sizes go up to 24, with longer arm and body lengths.
Chiltern Street has several other shoe shops selling stylish larger sizes, up to size 11, including Crispins Shoes http://www.crispinsshoes.com at 28-30 Chiltern St, Totallylargeshoes.co.uk at 39 Chiltern St, and Magnus http://www.magnusshoes.com/ at 44 Chiltern St, so it's worth a special visit to this area.
A service that may be useful to some trans men, making a more masculine appearance possible
Trans-friendly lesbian pub offering a welcoming atmosphere, pool table and theatre entertainment upstairs. Regular meeting place for Clare Project after drop-ins. Look for our group from about 5.45-8.30pm (except on the first Tuesday of each month) – table with the Clare Bear.
4 Princes Street,
Tel. 01273 570028
Yes, that's us. Just to remind you we're Brighton's support and social group for transgendered people, meeting weekly. Counsellor (subsidised fee) available on booking, plus monthly speech therapy classes. Monthly meal out (Clare's Meet&Eat). Check out our Home link here, or at the top left of this page.