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"For her own hair salon, McKenna wanted to source the highest-quality virgin (unprocessed) hair possible, so went to extreme efforts to visit the places and people who could do so ethically.
Eight years later, she not only fits the most gorgeous, true-to-colour hair extensions in her own salons but distributes the hair to hand-picked specialists as The London Hair Lab.
And still, she’s the only UK customer who works with her single-source Russian supplier. “We have visited every year. Their collection team travels to rural areas to collect donated hair and we know the routes and locations.
“The hair is paid for and is a vital part of the local economy. Younger people can sell their hair and make money to help their families.”
To choose the best hair extensions as a consumer, McKenna believes the safest bet is always heading to a trained professional with knowledge to share. It’s the reason she has made The London Hair Lab a salon-only extension brand.
In fact, partnered salons need a minimum of three expert stylists offering hair extension services in the salon before she will consider sharing the hair. “These salons invest the time and money in training the staff and also have a critical mass of regular clients, so they properly hone their skills. Doing hair extensions once a month in a village salon is not enough to become proficient.”
And, as an added bonus, it puts no strain on her ethically-sourced supply.
As well as her Central and Shoreditch-based Vixen & Blush salons, The London Hair Lab’s hair is only fitted by hair prodigies and prestigious salons — Samantha Cusick, Daniel Granger, Hari’s, Hershesons, and Leo Bancroft, to name but a few.
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Founded by London's leading bespoke hair extensions expert, Vixen & Blush, The London Hair Lab was born out of a requirement and missing piece in the industry for the highest quality hair extensions for prestigious hair salons.
The brand's founder, Sarah McKenna, advises that that are various options to choose from when it comes to lengthening your hair and each is dependent on the individual's needs, hair type and look they are wanting to achieve. At The London Hair Lab, they provide highest quality hair through five different methods.
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Operating from their Hoxton and Mayfair outlets, the London Hair Lab produces extensions that can only be handled by their own hairstylists or fellow industry professionals. As a result, any customer using their products can expect nothing but the highest quality of treatment. Virgin hair from Russia is used to create richly coloured extensions that come in five different forms; clip in pieces, I-Tip Hair (micro ring method), Flat Tip Hair (micro bond method), Invisible Tape Hair (tape method) and weft hair designed for the LA Weave method. Disciples of the London Hair Lab include Samantha Cusick, Daniel Granger, Hari’s, Hershesons and Leo Bancroft salons.
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The reason I chose The London Hair Lab's invisible tape-in extensions specifically is because, unlike many other brands, the tape at the top of the extension is hidden beneath a thin layer of hair, making them nearly impossible to spot. Cooke explained that this is particularly important for people with lighter hair colours, because the tape is more easily seen on these shades than on darker roots.
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The team here are experts in balayage and ‘invisible’ tape hair extensions by The London Hair Lab, but ultimately, their goal is to create wearable, workable styles that are inspired by their clients rather than by contrived, forecasted trends.
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Hair extensions have a reputation. From footballer’s wives to fake-looking weaves, the industry has had to fight its corner for years in order to be taken seriously by beauty circles.
But in 2015 that all changed, explains Irish entrepreneur Sarah McKenna, who co-founded wholesale hair extension business The London Hair Lab in May 2018, with business partner Danielle Pink.
A completely separate business, McKenna is also the owner of cult hair extensions salon chain Vixen & Blush, which today boasts 27k followers on Instagram.
We spoke to the experts at London Hair Lab, the hair extension brand responsible for Zoe Sugg’s 2019 hair transformation about everything there is to know about wedding hair extensions, and even sent a member of the Confetti team along to try the extensions for themselves – read on for all the vital information, and to see how we go on trialing London Hair Lab extensions.
The London Hair Lab
Extension specialist salon Vixen & Blush has been the name of the lips of the beauty elite for years. But now the super-cool brand has launched its own extensions range, guaranteed to have us all talking. Introducing The London Hair Lab, a high-end, high-quality extensions offering for the equally exclusive hairdresser. Already used by the like os Samantha Cusick, Daniel Granger and Hershesons, the products are made from the highest-quality Russian hair. The London Hair Lab is available in five popular methods of hair extensions, in a range of lengths and shades.
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The hairstylists responsible for her killer new look were Samantha Cusick and Adam Cooke and Samantha's Notting Hill salon. Adam shared a snap of Zoe's hair on his Instagram page too, writing: "So yesterday we did the ultimate hair transformation for mega babe @zoesugg and we are obsessed. @samantha.cusick worked her magic with Zoe’s colour, and then we used @thelondonhairlab tape extensions to give her the ultimate long hair goals"