First… a little history…..
Vixen & Blush opened its Clapham salon in late 2011 (now closed). At this time Sarah (founder of Vixen & Blush) was working alone and within a year had grown her hopes and dreams into a reality – natural-looking hair extensions and a super supportive and happy client base! Along came Danielle Pink, wonder woman, and together Sarah and Danielle had many happy clients and lots of personal referrals that soon the boutique salon became overwhelmed and Vixen & Blush needed to open a second premises. Vixen & Blush Shoreditch was opened by Sarah in March 2014, with Danielle remaining in Clapham. This salon also quickly became a bustling hair extensions mecca with a larger team of 4 stylists. Next was to be Danielle’s move to Central London. Vixen & Blush Central opened in May 2015 and Danielle built her team of 4 stylists here and said goodbye to our little cute salon where it all started! Vixen & Blush Central and Vixen & Blush Shoreditch are now two salons that we are so proud of where we know we get to do one of the best jobs in the world which is to make hair dreams come true!
Sarah McKenna (Founder of Vixen & Blush) Sarah’s background is slightly out of the ordinary. Having graduated from University College Dublin in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) in biochemistry Sarah followed a regular career path into a large pharmaceutical company. However, on moving to the UK in 2008 Sarah decided to finally pursue her passion for hair and hair extensions and leave her first career behind. At this time, the hair extensions industry was infiltrated by cheap imported factory-made hair from China and India where salons were offered quick and easy application methods without any focus on safety or quality. Sarah was passionate about developing new and improved techniques in hair extensions so that she could achieve truly natural-looking results for clients who were increasingly frustrated by the offering available at the time. It was a labour of love – Sarah spent 5 years researching and developing techniques and travelled the world to find the best quality Virgin hair to import in to the UK. Vixen & Blush now comprises of 2 well-established hair extensions salons in London and Sarah continues to innovate and constantly looks at ways to improve further. With a large client base across the salons and now online, Sarah is guided by what clients want, in her pursuit of perfection.
Danielle Pink (Manager of Vixen & Blush Central and Head Trainer) With her 10 years experience in hairdressing Danielle joined Vixen & Blush in 2013 and has been instrumental in growing the brand from its humble beginnings in Clapham. Originally from Kent, Danielle developed her expertise in all things hair while working at a well-established salon, and later moved to London to further her training. Danielle’s love of hair extensions began 8 years ago when she discovered how working with hair extensions could extend her creativity with hair and offer her clients the chance to get the hair they always wanted. She was immediately hooked! Danielle joined Team Vixen when it was just a team of 2 and is the ‘Blush’ in Vixen & Blush.. Loved by all clients, her boundless energy creates a sense of excitement and trust in all those who come to the Central salon for their transformations. Danielle is known for being a perfectionist and for taking pride in her work. She now enjoys leading her own team in the Central salon and passing on her knowledge, enthusiasm and standards in hair care to the rest of Team Vixen.
Jessica Patching (Manager of Vixen & Blush Shoreditch and Lead Colourist) One of the most exciting days in the history of Vixen & Blush was when Jess decided to join Team Vixen. Jess has a career history that is truly impressive and is testament to the fact that she is one of the most talented and intelligent stylists you could meet. Jess is originally from Northampton where she started her career in hair. She unsurprisingly rose to the top in her first salon and by the age of 23 was managing a team of 30 staff in her role as Artistic Director. From this impressive start, Jess moved to London and spent 7 years as a Session Stylist. She established a reputation quickly in this tough fashion/hair world and has worked with some remarkable brands such as Tom Ford, i-D magazine, Hunger magazine and Bumble and Bumble. Jess came to know Vixen & Blush around this time and felt that the emerging area of good-quality hair extensions was somewhere where she could find even more of a creative outlet. Jess is now happy back in the salon environment heading up her team in Vixen & Blush Shoreditch. Jess is most in demand by those seeking a colour change + extensions transformation in one sitting!! There is nothing that Jess loves more!
Jamie (Client Relations Manager) Jamie joined Team Vixen to help with Client Relations and make our diary management and client communication better than ever! Jamie loves using a minimum of 3 electronic devices at once and 2 phones. It is always entertaining to witness this smooth operator in action! An Islington girl through and through she loves all things hair extensions and is absolutely brilliant at helping many first timers have confidence in taking the leap and visiting us for a consultation. Jamie gets to know all The Vixens and is often the first port of call for anyone needing extra advice once they have had their hair fitted. This girl is cool, calm and collected and Team Vixen would be lost without her!
Kylie (Senior Stylist, Vixen & Blush Central) Kylie is from ‘Up North’ and came to London 3 years ago to further her already well-established career. She has 12 years experience in conventional hairdressing including as Principle Stylist in Saks and Salon Manager leading a large team. Having previously worked at a specialist hair extensions salon in London, we were all delighted when Kylie decided to join Team Vixen. In the history of Vixen & Blush, this blonde has gone down as the fastest learner! Kylie was able to perfect the Vixen & Blush way in no time and quickly became a stylist-in-demand at Vixen & Blush Central! Kylie’s cutting skills are her most noticeable technical attribute (among many!). In addition to this Kylie is seen by her clients as extremely professional, efficient and approachable. Kylie enjoys long hair transformations the most and will always jumps at the chance to do a full head of 22″ hair!
Sam (Senior Stylist, Vixen & Blush Shoreditch) Sam is an Essex Girl so has a natural affinity for big hair! Being a long-standing member of Team Vixen, Sam is the first person to call on when you need an energiser bunny on your side. Although a talented stylist, Sam knew she wanted to pursue a career in the specialist field of hair extensions from a young age. Sam earned a promotion to Senior Stylist within her first year at Vixen & Blush because it was immediately obvious that she was dedicated to getting results for her clients and was committed to the Vixen & Blush way of going that extra mile to achieve natural-looking hair. Sam is a great presence in the salon and is loved by all the Shoreditch clients.
Jessi (Senior Stylist, Vixen & Blush Central) Jessi joined Team Vixen within a few days of moving to the UK from Australia! Having gotten used to the weather (just about), Jessi is a fantastic addition to our team as she brings along a new creativity, especially to big colour changes. Jessi has 10 years experience as a stylist in Australia and has amassed a huge catalogue of skills (which includes body piercing (we don’t do that at Vixen, don’t worry!!). Jessi is a very confident stylist who immediately makes her clients feel at ease. Along with her background in conventional hairdressing Jessi has many years experience with hair extensions and has brought even more knowledge to our specialist team. Jessi’s favourite service is a huge colour change followed by hair extensions – a full on transformation gets her creative energy flowing!
Andrina (Stylist, Vixen & Blush Central) A much loved member of Team Vixen, Drina is at the centre of Vixen & Blush Central as she has a special skill in custom-making hair for clients. Drina started her career in hair dressing as a stylist but found herself drawn to hair extensions having become in demand as a freelance hair extensionist and building her own loyal client base. When she joined Team Vixen she wanted to further her skills in specialist hair extensions and soon surpassed even her own expectations. A highly skilled individual with a never ending can-do attitude, Drina makes every day flow at Vixen & Blush Central.
Ellie (Stylist, Vixen and Blush Shoreditch) Ellie is a stylist from Sussex who has moved to London to further her career in hairdressing. On joining Team Vixen we were all impressed with Ellie’s technical skill in highlighting hair and learned more about the very strict training in her first salon! Ellie now brings this discipline to her new role as a stylist in our specialist hair extensions salon and is committed to achieving excellence in client care. Ellie is calm and confident and is a growing talent in Team Vixen.