Kennaland has been many things to many hairdos – a studio in a disused theatre, a speakeasy saloon above the Cat and Mutton pub, a hard-to-find grooming spot in a London Fields bunker, and its latest incarnation – a one-stop beauty spot on a former carwash site. Its new home, within the Monohaus development, is an experiment in luring hip tech heads and City start ups to its one and two bed studios by offering quirky perks such as POPfit, a fitness studio headed up by the actor-turned entrepreneur Kate Hudson, and The London Dolls, which offers eyelash extensions. Kennaland’s new pad is bigger, brighter and greener than its former subterranean site. A lush moss wall greets clients as they walk in, while snazzy wooden panels soften the industrial interior and screen out the sidewalk-gawpers. The glass of wine was a welcome afternoon indulgence, though other beverages are offered. During the cut, newbie stylist Phoebe handled my frizz-prone mane with efficiency, friendly chatter came easy and my fringe was snipped with unrivaled precision. Plus, anyone with bangs will be pleased to hear you can return for a free fringe trim. Although I didn’t leave with the natural curl definition others have teased out with a diffuser and product, I did spy perfectly blow dried barnets in the large oval mirrors so flyaway free locks are achievable. Kennaland uses Evo products, which are sulphate and paraben free, smell divine and leave your hair with that just-cut silky soft feel. Refillable products are on their way, which is good to know if you’re trying to reduce your plastic footprint. For all its moves, Kennaland remains a solid choice: its easy going stylists are clearly experienced, the playlist (a mixture of reggae and acoustic tunes on our visit) keeps the vibe relaxed and thankfully, you don’t need to be able to afford an apartment here to have your hair done.
143 Mare St
|Opening hours:||Open 10am-8pm Tue, Fri; 10am-late Wed, Thur; 9am-6pm Sat; 10am-4pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Hackney Central Overground|
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I recently had my colour with Sophia and a hair cut with Francesca. I couldn't be happier. The colour and cut is exactly what I wanted. The colour was the perfect peachy tone that I had desired for such a long time but yet no one could quite get it right. Sophia nailed it. Francesca showed me some tips so I could style my wavy hair easy and quickly at home, I only wanted. Little bit cut of (trying to grow it) she listend and advised me what would be the best for my hair type and face shape. I love my hair!! The atomopshere is really friendly and chilled. Kennaland you rock!
After spending a lot of time in pretentious upmarket hair salons it is refreshing to enter the warm friendly relaxed hang out that is Kennaland. Excellent coffee, dog and baby friendly and I always leave with amazing hair. Thank you!
The worst blonde I have ever had.
It was more of a very unflattering yellow.
Absolutely distraught as it was just before my wedding.
Starting married life feeling so upset with my hair and not feeling like me.
I just can't get used to it. Its going to take so long to grow out.
I'm so very disappointed
I've been coming to Kennaland for about a year now. My stylist Fran moved here from another salon and I followed her. Kennaland has a relaxed atmosphere with a great interior. The staff are all friendly which makes every visit a pleasant experience.
Kennaland is as good as a hairdressers gets. I've been having my hair cut with Danielle for 6 years and am always delighted with her cuts. I had my hair coloured with Sophia in the summer and four months on am still really enjoying the colour she gave me. The staff are incredibly friendly, stylish and down to earth (an increasingly rare combination in Hackney). And they make great coffee. I've never discussed where I'm going on holiday with anyone, ever. And the true testament to client-handling skill, Kennaland recently cut my two daughters' hair without a tear or wriggle in sight. If my review could glow, it would.
I have been going to Kennaland for about 3 years. I started with Kenna and now use the delightful (non graffiti artist) Banksy and couldn't be happier. I recommend them to all my friends, with about 6 visiting and being similarly seduced by the quality, ambience, good chat and brilliant hair cuts. Hairdressers are for life not just for Christmas.
Love the new place it's relaxed an old school feel with a modern twist. Good atmosphere and most of all you leave with a brilliant haircut lovely colour and feeling great. Thanks Guys
Way overpriced. My haircut took 45 mins, and was just a straight trim, no layers but cost £60. The stylist advised me that the look I wanted was too short so she left it a bit longer than I wanted and as a result once I had washed and styled it myself at home I wasn't happy. Three weeks later I had to go to another hairdresser to get it cut again,. Huge waste of money.