Hair extensions in London

Shannel recognised her passion for hair extensions at an early age whilst working with her mother as an apprentice, and explored further training with top London institutions and wig makers to work towards creating a truly unique hair enhancement style. Her artistic vision has made her a master of hair enhancement, especially when working with fragile hair.

Shannel is a medically trained, certified trichologist. She holds a diploma in Medicine and Medical Biosciences and a HND in Structural Molecular Biology. Shannel is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and the Royal Society of Biology.

Shannel believes that your hair shouldn’t be changed, but simply enhanced.  So if you’re looking for that ‘PERFECT HAIR’  you need to be sitting in Shannel’s chair.  Shannel says ‘your hair speaks volumes about you, it should say “look at me” without becoming a parody of what perfect hair should be’.

TV work hair extensions

Made In Chelsea

The Biggest Loser

This Morning

Britain’s Next Top Model

Media hair extensions

The Daily Mail

Company Magazine

Black Hair Magazine

Reveal Magazine

Films hair extensions

Batman Begins

Warhorse

Northern Soul

Skyfall

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My Work Process

I always, always press for a consultation. It’s integral to the way I work. I actually have a fear of hairdressers! I don’t even trust anyone to trim my hair… those straggly ends will remain just in case someone cuts off half an inch more than I have explicitly specified.

I know I’m not on my own in feeling like this, so during the consultation I make sure I’m extremely clear on what exactly my clients want. I’ve been doing hair for so long now, that as soon as I see someone I can instantly see what the future holds if they trust me enough to put their hair in my hands – pun intended. The idea is to marry my vision and my client’s hopes so that we can come up with something that we are both happy with.

During the consultation, I’m watching the way your hair moves, gauging your personality and your mannerisms. This all helps me reinforce whatever vision I may have for your hair. I get an idea of your lifestyle, your hair care regime and then get down to budget so we can create something we both we will be ecstatic about.

Mission & Vision

The vision I had when I founded Secret Extensions was to provide a trusted authority on hair extensions, hair repair and hair replacement services. The aim was to combine trichological studies with practical knowledge and provide real hair enhancement and hair repair solutions based on science rather than sensationalism.

Shannel’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive bespoke hair treatments possible to make a genuine difference to your natural hair alongside natural looking hair extensions, hair weaves and hair replacement units that are 100% safe for long term wear. Our goal is to offer superior quality hair at a fair price and an unrivalled experience during your time with us. We are constantly developing new techniques and hair enhancement solutions to satisfy our client’s needs so that they can have the best hair, not just on the day they leave the salon, but for days, weeks even months after.

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My Work Process

I always, always press for a consultation. It’s integral to the way I work. I actually have a fear of hairdressers! I don’t even trust anyone to trim my hair… those straggly ends will remain just in case someone cuts off half an inch more than I have explicitly specified.

I know I’m not on my own in feeling like this, so during the consultation I make sure I’m extremely clear on what exactly my clients want. I’ve been doing hair for so long now, that as soon as I see someone I can instantly see what the future holds if they trust me enough to put their hair in my hands – pun intended. The idea is to marry my vision and my client’s hopes so that we can come up with something that we are both happy with.

During the consultation, I’m watching the way your hair moves, gauging your personality and your mannerisms. This all helps me reinforce whatever vision I may have for your hair. I get an idea of your lifestyle, your hair care regime and then get down to budget so we can create something we both we will be ecstatic about.

Mission & Vision

The vision I had when I founded Secret Extensions was to provide a trusted authority on hair extensions, hair repair and hair replacement services. The aim was to combine trichological studies with practical knowledge and provide real hair enhancement and hair repair solutions based on science rather than sensationalism.

Shannel’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive bespoke hair treatments possible to make a genuine difference to your natural hair alongside natural looking hair extensions, hair weaves and hair replacement units that are 100% safe for long term wear. Our goal is to offer superior quality hair at a fair price and an unrivalled experience during your time with us. We are constantly developing new techniques and hair enhancement solutions to satisfy our client’s needs so that they can have the best hair, not just on the day they leave the salon, but for days, weeks even months after.

Favourite Hair Extension + Hair Weave Projects

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Batman: The Dark Knight

I got a call from the Errol Douglas salon. It was a hair extension emergency! For some reason, an actress’ hair extensions working on the latest Batman movie had gone green and needed to be replaced by that afternoon. I guzzled down my coffee and hopped in a cab. Upon arrival I recognised the actress, Beatrice Rosen, sitting with a predictably sullen face. 

The hair had to be styled in a simple up-do for a scene in which she made an entrance as Bruce Wayne’s partner, so it had to be discreet. I took her and her make-up artist to Michael Ratajczaks (the go-to place for Spanish hair) where we oohed and aahed over a selection of blondes. We then hot-footed it back to the salon with the lovely Beatrice cheering up along the way. I worked on her hair for about 7 hours and the results were beautiful. I got a phonecall a couple of days later to say that they had seen the first edits and the hair looked great!

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This Morning w/ Richard & Judy

I was invited to add hair extensions to a set member of This Morning in an attempt to prove that hair extensions are not naff, stringy looking hair additions and in fact can be subtle and realistic-looking. The show was due to go live at 11:30am which meant we had to open the salon at 5am much to everyone’s dismay. So I turn up 4:57am bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, literally rubbing my hands together in excitement. At this point, a cameraman asked me why the hell I was so happy! “I’ve just had two double espressos!” I chirped. With a deadpan expression, he asked “Did those espressos have cocaine in them?!”… For the sanity of the crew I decided I had better dial down my exuberance.

Hours later we were winging our way to the studios and I was ready to have my work presented to the world. The panel; Liz Jones and Vanessa Feltz, were having their make up done and ready to give their verdict on my work. Vanessa of course loved what I had done and pronounced extensions were a fun way to change your look and said they were a great distraction from her “wobbly bits”. Liz Jones on the other hand, declared that “hair extensions are for narcissists!”.  I’ve since learned Liz Jones is somewhat controversial (phew!)…  I got stuck into the free white wine!

Warhorse – Steven Speilberg

About a year ago, a make-up artist I had previously collaborated with called me out of the blue and asked if I’d ever put hair extension on horses. I wasn’t sure I’d heard right… of course I hadn’t! She then asked if she could ask me a crazy question. I actually looked at the phone, if that wasn’t a crazy question…what was? Turns out the project was to add hair extensions to nine horses for a movie called War Horse.

The problem was that all the horses consistently needed to have long, flowing, magnificent manes, however, nothing they had attached so far was staying in place for the duration of filming. Days later I was stood on a bucket next to a bored horse tying in extensions. Four days later, nine horses had beautiful manes worthy of a Steven Spielberg adventure. It was certainly something different, and yes, I was very happy to return to humans!

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