London’s first ever ‘vegan’ cut and colour has arrived at Karine Jackson Hair & Beauty in Covent Garden. The Resident sent one of the team try out the new service…
Words: Madeleine Howell
London already has a number of brilliant vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, from Nama Foods in Notting Hill – where the menu is also entirely raw – to The Waiting Room in Deptford, which also does vegan cocktails. At the same time, the PETA Vegan Fashion Awards celebrate the very best in animal-free clothing and accessories. Last year, the winner of best stylish ‘vegan handbag’ went to Vivienne Westwood for her Jungle faux-crocodile bag. Celebrities embracing a vegan lifestyle include Natalie Portman, Ellie Goulding and Alicia Silverstone.
It stands to reason that as well as food and fashion, the vegan ethic should extend to hair and beauty. Cue Karine Jackson’s vegan hairdressing service, which uses vegan-friendly brands
It stands to reason that as well as food and fashion, the ethic should extend to hair and beauty. Cue Karine Jackson’s vegan hairdressing service, which use vegan-friendly brands such as Organic Colour Systems, which display the PETA cruelty-free and vegan logos and also sponsor Greenpeace. They are low in ammonia, and since they are made in Hampshire, also boast a low carbon footprint. Other eco-friendly products used include Unite, which is also completely vegan and paraben-free. The fact that they leave the hair soft and glossy is an added bonus.
Karine Jackson herself is a former London Hairdresser of the Year, with clients including Rachel McDowall (Mamma Mia) and BBC presenter and renowned eco-journalist Lucy Siegle. As well as ethical values, her salon is up-to-date with new trends such as the Swirl technique, where two colours are mixed together and ‘swirled’ around the head to create a bespoke, unique colour that is as subtle or as bold as the client prefers. ‘For summer, I love a mix of rose blonde and gold shades, as it’s still light and seasonal, but soft,’ she says.
My stylist was the outgoing, personable New Zealand-born Style Director Alasdair Thomson, who took real care to understand exactly what colour would work for me. We opted for a ‘lived-in’ balayage – a freehand highlighting technique which tapers down the hair without obvious roots or regrowth. Although my colouring was subtle, Karine Jackson is the current holder of the Most Wanted Hair Trend Award, and also excels at creating ice-white blondes, bright pinks and denim blues.
As part of the vegan service, clients also can request fully vegan complimentary snacks and drinks, with the option of almond milk in tea and coffee. This August, Karine Jackson’s annual colour festival will celebrate naturally derived ingredients and raise money for the Little Princess Trust Charity with gin cocktails and with prizes including Dermalogica facials to be won.
So sit back with a clear conscience, flick through a magazine or two, and enjoy.