You might have noticed we have added a few new salons to our elite group, and we are super pleased that the uber stylish LAC+CO from Toronto asked to join us and bring our designer label hair to Canada. They have a similar ethos to ourselves in their work ethics and do not compromise on quality or price.
Having trained back in March, we caught up with their stylist and Extension Specialist, Thuy to find out more about their work and Canadian style.
What an amazing class with an award winning celebrity hair extensionist @inanchlondon. Thank you for sharing all your tips and secrets. Can’t wait to show my clients the best hair extension quality @goldclasshair and technique. And a special thanks to @tonypham_555 for sending me to London to learn from the best. #hairstylist #hairextensionist #torontohairstylist #lacandco
1) Tell us about your typical hair extension client? Our typical hair extension client is after length and volume. We have a wide range of clients and we get excited helping them get the right look.
2) Which celeb is the most requested hair icon your clients want to emulate?
We get this a lot, from Shay Mitchell, JLO, Gigi or Bella Hadid and Kaia Jordan Gerber. Some great hair icons for us to re-create with hair extensions.
3) What hair care tip do you share with your extension clients for better maintenance?
I advise clients not to blow-dry their hair when it is wet. They must comb carefully holding the hair and extensions near the head so the extensions stay secure and being mindful of the bonds. Once the hair is 80% dry, then they can blow-dry it. The hair has a beautiful effect when left dry naturally. Not using unnecessary heat on your hair and the extension hair will reduce the potential damage to your hair.
4) Tell us about the style of your salon and your ethos.
LAC+CO creates enhanced natural beauty; we offer hair and beauty services. “The only way you’re leaving Lac + Co is with healthy, shiny, silky strands.” Yep book your flights now.
5) What made you want to work with Gold Class Hair?
Gold Class Hair has great quality and achieves the natural look that we want.
6) Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you like doing on your day off? Who inspires you? Which celeb do you want to do the hair of?
I spend a lot of time with my family, especially with my beautiful daughter. She is almost two!
I’m inspired by Anh Cotran from LA… and of course, our very own Tony Pham from LAC+CO. It would be a dream to do JLO’s hair!
7) What do you think is different about Canadian hairdressing to us Brits?
Canadians are definitely less experimental. They are more classy and natural, with slight personal interpretations.
8) If we are to visit you guys, tell us the best spots to visit in Toronto?
Best new hotel to stay at is Broadview Hotel…Soto Soto and Josos for restaurant options. Just don’t forget to call by us at LAC+CO too!
Follow their work on Instagram here to see more of their work.
We are proud to announce we will be exhibiting at the world’s biggest & best hair exhibition, Salon International 2017, now that we’re in October.
We will continue to look for more Elite Salons to join our family around the UK and the rest of the world. With only a handful of carefully selected salons currently with us, our philosophy focuses on “quality over quantity” awarding Gold Class accreditation to salons that meet our strict criteria in the professional application, tailored client aftercare and our “healthy hair days” regime. Read more on our website or come and chat to the team on the stand.
Although Gold Class certification is by application only, we are now offering our world-class hair extensions equipment and tools to all professional extensionists. Choose from Application Workstation, Application Machine, Removal Tools, Bond Cutters, Brushes and our complete Aftercare Range – all vigorously trialed and tested by our founder Inanch Emir. These will be available to purchase at Salon International for the first time and with a great discount available at the show only!
“A hair extensions artist can only be as good as the quality of the tools they use.”
Meet the lady herself Inanch Emir on Sunday 15th October at Stand N191. She will be judging the Hairdressers Journal Extension Specialist of the Year competition at lunchtime and will be available to meet and greet during the rest of the day. You can ask her yourself any questions about the Gold Class brand, the hair, the equipment and what really puts Gold Class on a different level.
GOLD CLASS GIVEAWAY
We’re giving away one of our beautiful Hair Extension Workstations worth £780 complete with delivery to anywhere in the UK.
Simply head to our stand N191 at Salon International London Excel and drop your business card into the gold box to be in with a chance to win this amazing prize. The winner will be drawn on Monday 16th October at 4pm LIVE on our Gold Class Instagram feed!
If it’s not in your diary then it’s 14-16 October at ExCel London and you can find us at Stand No. N191. We hope to see you there!
Giveaway Terms & Conditions:
– Winner will be picked at random by Gold Class Managing Director Joe Emir LIVE on the Gold Class Instagram feed.
– All entries MUST submit business cards with full salon name, email address and address so we can get in touch to organise delivery.
– UK salon & stylists entries only for delivery in UK only.
– No cash alternatives will be offered.
– In the event of a dispute, Gold Class Hair Ltd decision shall be final.
We love awards season and Cannes Film Festival is definitely one of our favourites. So we thought we would share with you our five favourite looks straight from the red carpet.
Kendall turned heads in her stunning La Perla couture, complimented by her simple yet sophisticated slick-back-bun. Complete this look with Gold Class Argon Oil to keep stray hairs in check.
Thylane was not afraid of fly-aways, opting for an easily maintained beach wave look. Beach waves look great with ombré as it emphasises the different shades and layers in the hair. See our range of ombré clip-in hair extension shades, and talk to your extensionist about recreating this look.
Hailey’s blunt bob is so sleek on and on trend. Mixing blonde hues like our …. give a more natural look whilst the extensions help to hold the shape and thickness of the lob on the shoulders.
Sara Sampaio adopted a traditional red carpet chic look which beams class. Clip-in hair extensions can also recreate this look beautifully by adding volume and shape.
Check her Instagram feed for even more great looks from Cannes here.
We love braids as you can dress them up or down and look great at any occasion, whether that’s on the red carpet or basking in the sun. Emily opted for the messy braid look, completed with a black bow to complement her gorgeous gown.
Some of these looks can easily be mastered by yourself, but if in doubt, consult your stylist or ask your extensionist for a free colour match, fitting and styling at one of our elite salons.
We are so excited to announce the release of our brand new professional brush to add to our aftercare range for blow-drying hair extensions.The Gold Class Soft Touch Italian Professional Blow Dry Brush, is an essential addition to your brush collection. Made in Italy exclusively for Gold Class, it features a wooden handle with a rubberised coating for ultimate comfort and easy gripping. The firm and heat-resistant Boar Bristles smoothes even the thickest of hair and with different bristle heights allowing an easy glide over the hair extension bonds, it is ideal for de-tangling mid-length and long hair whilst adding amazing shine.
The Gold Class Soft Touch Italian Blow Dry Brush also offers the correct amount of tension for total control when styling. What’s more, the brush comes with a retractable hair sectioning pin to help assist with blow drys, perfect for reaching the roots to clean and evenly distribute the natural oils.
‘But what is so different about this brush?’ I hear you cry…
“We advise all our extension clients to brush their hair at least once a day to prevent tangles and keep their own hair and extensions looking healthy. Using the right blow dry brush for hair extensions is also extremely important and we are delighted to have introduced this brush to our aftercare range that gives you a smoother and shinier long-lasting finish.” Inanch Emir, Founder of Gold Class hair extensions
Created by Gold Class founder Inanch Emir from our flagship Salon Inanch London who explains more about the look for the first shoot “We have concentrated on creating the most natural look for each of the models through a choice of colours and manageable lengths to use extensions to give added volume. This gives a sense of healthy hair, which is very important to our clients & us.”
The second installment continues to showcase the natural beauty and quality of the hair extensions in the uber glamorous surroundings of the historic Cliveden House.
Amidst the opulence of this historic venue and luxury hotel; Inanch was keen to develop the collection with the addition of two models and to incorporate the spring summer trends. Manageable lengths with added volume give a sense of healthy hair to each of the models.
“Creating updo’s with plenty of volume and texture shows the wearability of our extensions and how expert application can allow for this so extension wearers can have fun with their hair. Working with the hair to create natural-looking waves either for an effortless day or for evening glamour; the Gold Class extension’s quality of hair shines through.”
Choose your favourite look for the collection here.
Earlier this year, our founder Inanch took a trip to Southern India to check on the production of our beautiful hair extensions. As you know, we are very precious about our hair quality from the authenticity, ethicality, pure quality and colour – this is our Gold Class Standard and it’s good for us to see this with our own eyes regularly.
Our hair is hand-picked throughout the process. From the moment the hair is selected at the Temple, right through the processing to create the hair extensions. Working in small bundles allows the team to continually check the hair quality and create the best hair extensions possible. This process takes more time, but as they say “good things come to those who wait” and we promise it’s worth waiting for. We asked Inanch to tell us more about the hair and the process.
“The hair is Indian Temple hair ethically sourced by our representative there who understands our requirement to have the very best quality hair. We pay a high price for this but like with anything you need to start with the best raw materials – as our partners in India say: “Good raw hair is as important to us as only the best and freshest food are to a gourmet chef”. The hair is virgin remi which means that it has not been chemically treated to damage the hair cuticles and is collected in its original ponytail when cut from the donor. This ensures that the hair is the right way up with the cuticles all running in the same direction & this is so important to maintain throughout the process to prevent matting.
“Watching the ladies in the factory caring for the hair was wonderful. Working in small batches they work completely to order so we were able to witness the full process from conditioning, discolouring and removing henna stains through to the removal of weaker hair before colouring. Blondes are well known to take longer to create and this can take up to 2 weeks as we need to ensure the hair is not damaged from over bleaching. The Indian’s favourite remedy Coconut Oil is used here to repair the hair and restore moisture. The ladies showed us how they work with the hair to ensure the colour is perfect throughout each strand, re-arranging the bundles regularly and even holding out the ends to ensure the hair takes the colour evenly. Testing the hair’s elasticity at this stage is also crucial to preserve the healthy hair for our extensions.”
“Brushing the hair is a complete art there and they work so fast! It’s known as hackling and the hair is regularly hackled throughout the process to keep the hair tidy, in the same way, I tell my clients to brush their extensions at least twice a day!”
We are extremely proud of our hair process, custom making the hair in small batches to order. This is where we differ from many other extension brands who bulk process the hair which can lead to inconsistencies and a reduction in quality. It also allows us to reserve the best hair for our salons and clients and we are happy not to over-process the whole operation so that you know this hair is very special and exclusive at only a handful of select salons around the UK.
Regrettably there was no time for sightseeing, but at least there’s a reason to go back regularly and see this wonderful country.
We are proud to announce ourselves as sponsors for the six regional Hair & Beauty Awards 2016. Designed to showcase the nation’s appreciation for the service hair and beauty professionals provide – not to mention the looks and lives they transform – the awards will cover England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and London. We’ll be at each event too with Inanch herself taking to the stage to present the ‘Hair Extensions Specialist of the Year’ award to each regional winner.
As the winner of London’s Hair Extension Specialist of the Year award at the back end of last year; Inanch knows just how special this is as the nominees are voted for the general public before going through to the final stages and being judged. With over 20 year experience in the industry and other multiple awards under her belt, Inanch is perfectly placed to be part of the judging panel and also handing over the trophies.
Boasting over 20 categories per region, speaking of the sponsorship Inanch said “We aim to find the crème de la crème in the hair industry and will look to add them to our elite group of select hair extension salons in the UK.” So if you are a top UK salon and want to register your interest to be a Gold Class salon now, read about what it takes to be a select salon and send your application off to start the process.
The English Hair & Beauty Awards are first on 20th March 2016 in Manchester, closely followed by the remaining five award ceremonies at locations to be confirmed throughout the year. For further information on the Hair & Beauty Awards visit their website and link through to your region to find out about the nomination process and get involved.
Good luck and we hope to see you at the award ceremonies!
You already know Daniel Galvin is an Elite-10 salon but we wanted to have a joint launch party and share exactly why they have chosen to work with us at an exclusive press event. We didn’t want you to miss out too so here are the evening’s highlights….
We took over the lower ground floor of the flagship Daniel Galvin salon in Marylebone with over 50 guests joining as Stephen Nurse, Operations Director for Daniel Galvin, introduced Inanch Emir & Rebecca Lennon (Daniel Galvin’s Principle Extensionist) to talk about Gold Class extensions and what makes our brand a class above the rest. The audience included trade & consumer press, bloggers, personalities and members of our other Elite-10 salons; listening on as Inanch talked about her passion for hair extensions and why she started Gold Class. Becky (Rebecca Lennon) talked about her client type and how she can use extensions with her team to create natural looking hair – at the heart of what Daniel Galvin are all about. Alongside their questions, Inanch and Becky had prepared four models to discuss their looks and benefits of extensions to each:
Ianthe – with only around 25 strands of Gold Class to help keep the volume of her on trend lob which she had for a couple of months.
Laura – full head of warm blondes new in that afternoon and so natural everyone thinks it’s her own hair which is perfect for her modelling work.
Anastasia – likes her length at 50cm and full head of extensions curled.
Beth – full head for ‘new to extensions’ Beth who can’t stop swooshing her hair.
Right on cue Michelle Heaton pulled out her Gold Class brush in her handbag to prove the point about caring for your hair extensions. The models joined in to share their top tips of caring for extensions too #SimplyGoldClass. Journalists were then invited to see the hair and equipment up close and to mingle with the team to ask their most burning questions whilst enjoying nibbles and some fizz. We also had our latest products there – more hair care essentials and some new hues – more to follow on these soon.
You did miss a rare opportunity as Inanch herself modelled our Silky Hair Days cap beautifully and the team at Stages Hair Design from Bristol brought along a beautiful Gold Class cake for everyone to share. #nomnom
Watch the exclusive Gold Class treatment VT we shared at the beginning of the evening here
Credit: Andy Barnes Photography
2015 was a fantastic year for Gold Class as we highlighted in our earlier blog and we predict that this year is going to be even better and we want to share with you some of our exciting projects for the year ahead!!
First of all we’ve headed to India where our superior quality hair is sourced for a tour of our partner’s factory and to check the whole production process. A full report to follow next month.
Later this month we’ll be celebrating the launch of Gold Class at our Elite 10 salon Daniel Galvin where all our lovely Gold Class salons are joining us alongside press and celebrities at their flagship salon in George Street. This promises to be a great evening and don’t worry we will share some snaps with you over on Instagram.
We have some new products coming too that we’ve been working on throughout 2015 to perfect them before launching this year: a new state-of-the-art hair application machine, a blow-dry brush specifically designed for hair extensions and a full Gold Class wetline range formulated to care for your Gold Class extensions.
We also have a new and improved digital microscope for our stylists to share your hair and scalp analysis with you straight to your tablet or phone during your initial consultations.
Last but not least, there are more hair colours already in production! The most beautiful platinum blonde – a huge trend for 2016 so you have better get in with your Gold Class select salon now for a consultation and get it pre-ordered! We also have 9 new ombré’s coming for Spring – you will just love these and if you can’t tell we are super excited!
We don’t stop there and will keep you updated on more exciting happenings with Gold Class. So have you done your #HairResolutions yet? Looking for some trend tips for the year ahead then read up on this in last week’s blog.
A new year gives us more confidence to try something new with your hair. If a whole new transformation is not your thing, and you just want to know the trends to try; then we’ve got it covered for you. Claire and Alison from our elite-10 salon Blo Bar shared their top three trend predication for 2016 with us.
1) Keeping you tresses looking their best has always been our motto but this year really is the year to be giving your locks some TLC. Healthy Hair Days is so now. Head to your nearest Gold Class elite salon and for a consultation and your personal hair prescription. Thick healthy hair is what you need to create, so the girls recommend that if your hair is long and straggly, then perhaps it’s time for a chop and some Gold Class hair extensions to give it the right look.
2) Knots and to pull this off well they suggest you need plenty of hair. Any excuse for a hair extensions! Plaits are still around but it’s all about putting a twist on them. “Wear them tighter, stronger and bolder” say the girls.
3) Embellish your ‘do with big metallic clips and we’ve found you some gorgeous one’s to get your accessories box going here.
Thanks to Claire & Alison from Blo Bar for their #hairspiration and give them a follow as the head off to LFW again next month.