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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:16 pm
by Sadie
Thats fantastic for you Leona. I dont know if many women can afford 3.5K per year just on a volumiser from Lucinda Ellery, excluding the trips down to London (if they arent from there).

I'm having a hard time fitting the 20 odd extensions in i get done from there every 6 weeks. I was there last week having them re-fitted and looking at their stupid price list for cut and blow dry, re-styling, cutting "natural" hair and then "extension styling". Of course the staff are friendly, but to be very honest, if other places did synthetic hair extensions that were NOT bonded on (im looking into Mark Glenns as i think he does them...and apparently i read he was Lucindas ex husband...anyway) point is - i wouldnt go to Lucindas. Over-rated and celeb/rich and london centric.

Just my two pence worth.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:24 am
by Leona Macleod
First of all where did you get that figure from Sadie? You sure we go to the same Lucinda Ellery? My annual cost is no more than a year's visits to a hair salon for a colour cut and blow, yet my hair now is fantastic compared to how it was when I first went to her Hammersmith studio, full of body and bounce, very thick yet totally natural looking. It looks better than it did when I had a full head of my own hair!! I couldn't be happier. Actually in one sentence Sadie you talk of your visits to Lucinda for your extensions, then in the next you say you wouldn't go there. Confused me a little.

As for the cost, this is London, and for me I'm happy to say over and over again that this studio is the best. You get what you pay for in this world, and anyone on a budget must of course work within it, but if you have the funds put by, or if your local NHS are happy to support you through your PCT, I'd say go to Lucinda's first every time to anyone. Actually I think the studio can do finance too if anyone needs it, but you'd have to ask them that, I'm not totally sure. In my view anyone that criticises a price list is not really criticising the service, but more just saying that it's too much for them. This is fine, as I say, we all have budgets to work within, but be big enough to admit that, not just criticise a specialist's skills if it's really their prices you've got an issue with.

This place is outside the congestion zone and 2 mins walk from the nearest tube, so as London's finest goes, Lucinda has got quite a prime location really too. Talking of extensions, have you looked at the Celebrity Gallery on their dot com website and seen just a few of the big names that trust her studio, complete with before and after photos? Impressed me anyway!

Finally to respond to Nicky07...Lucinda's hairloss website is a very good place to start your research. If cost isn't the same issue for you then I'd say here is your best benchmark. They've even got videos on the site showing you what they do (and I see they've now added the Ten Years Younger highlights too). As to does it hurt, no way. Feels odd for the first few days, but only because they use bonded extensions to fix it in place at scalp level, and you need to adjust to the feel of the bonds. I'd say it's a bit like when you have a filling in a tooth, or an extraction. For the first day or two your tongue can't stop touching it as it feels different, but then you quickly forget about it. As soon as you start having showers in it and using your shampoo and conditioner on it, or, say, going swimming in it, you'll feel it's as much a part of you as any other bit of your body. Well I do anyway, sorry but can only speak as I find.

Not once have I ever regretted booking my first appointment, so while others might knock Lucinda, as is their prerogative, this lady never will. Her team changed my life for the better, so how do you put a price on that?! Talking of which, should I be invoicing Lucinda now for all this glowing PR? I'd better not risk it, as I know I'm one of hundreds, it's just that I happen to have read the letters on this forum and felt compelled to say my piece in response. I just hope I've helped to balance the scales a little more fairly for anyone taking their first steps in seeking help.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:56 am
by ScaredSAlly
Would I recomend Wattz

The answer is totally 100% yes .. Christine who owns teh salon and deals with the hair loss people herself is an angel she listens, uses the best quality hair, is patient and drops her prices for hair loss people. Having been a Lucinda Ellery client I found the hair qualtiy poor .. it was thick and course and it took the girl seven hours to do a few extensions ! my head was in pain and I PERSONALLY was not happy with LE one bit .... she charged £50 for an intial consultation which I think is bull if you have a hair loss issue then you are desperate why pay for her then to proceed to tell me that I didnt have alopecia (desptie it being diagnosed by a professional dermatolgist) and that she has psoraisis .. I wouldnt go there if you paid me and I know a lot of people on other boards who agree.. Wattz may be in Kent but she has compasion and great skill and her prices are far better than LE ... in fact she does a whole head of extensions on me, dyes my natural hair, styles it etc in under three hours compared to seven and not in pain I would say go to her first ... failing that I would recommend Bloomsbury and Graham.

I am glad some people have had a good experience with LE .. but I would not step back in there if someone held a gun to my head

PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:37 pm
by Sadie
>>First of all where did you get that figure from Sadie?

Oooh from the studio manager at LE. Now, next question...

>>You sure we go to the same Lucinda Ellery?

Yes, we sure do.

Again, i am glad YOUR personal experience is great. The only reason i go to LE is because they do synthetic hair extensions which are NOT glued on. As a woman of a particular faith i cant go for human hair extensions. And yes, they are VERY costly, but there is money to be made out of hair loss ;)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:45 pm
by Sadie
>>I am glad some people have had a good experience with LE .. but I would not step back in there if someone held a gun to my head

Hey SS - been meaning to mail you to ask how your extensions are going. Are you still doing fine with them?

I'm at the stage where i may need to upgrade to a "system" - i'll give it a few months. My hair is thinning badly.

Also, i hope to move from London early next year and i cant be doing with going to LE from where i move to. I remember reading an article in the Guardian with LE where she said (this being 2005 or earlier, cant remember) that she were going to be opening salons in the north. Perhaps she got enough "celeb" clients to keep her going down here ;)

Anyhoos, Wattz is too far from where i reside in London, so i'm hedging my hope on Graham at Bloomsbury wigs :)

Hope you're doing well x

Ten Years Young Bald Lady

PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:56 am
by Leona Macleod
OK I'll bow out gracefully now. Clearly there are those that have issues with certain companies and those that don't. Lucinda Ellery will always get my custom, along with the many hundreds of other clients that go to them completely satisfied, celebs and non celebs alike. There are, it would appear from everyone's comments, plenty of options out there for us all, depending on geographical location and budget, but one last point I'd like to mention is that I have just had a positive response from my local PCT, so I for one will be going nowhere else now but Lucinda's as before, as it was apparently her company's excellent reputation in this field that swayed them to favour my request. To me that means they MUST be good, so I'm just sorry that some people's experiences cause them to disagree. C'est la vie! Good luck to everyone out there wherever else you decide is for you. Leona signing out of this forum, bye for now to everyone.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:43 pm
by Sadie
Bye Leona. Just 3 posts to come and tell us how great Lucindas is (!) No wonder some people on hair forums get suss with newbie posters promoting a certain place and then vanishing for good.

Ten Years Younger - Bald Lady

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:06 am
by Leona Macleod
OK I'm still here, but I only wanted to leave the forum because I can't add anything else of benefit to anyone. Sorry Sadie if you feel "suss" about me because I'm a "newbie poster" who can't see the point in saying the same thing over and over again. I put my story to the forum in the first place only because I like what Lucinda's team has done for me, and also what my local PCT is going to do now to help me. Everyone seemed to be giving the place a hard time so I joined in to chip in my four penneth in praise of them. Can't see what possible extra benefit I can give to this forum. It all started after a Channel 4 episode of Ten Years Younger back in mid June, and it's now September and we're all still writing about who's good and who's bad. Said my piece, and if it's been of help to anyone then great, I'm delighted. If all I've done is fuelled suspicions in you Sadie then I'm sorry, and I think that's as good a reason as any why I should bow out and leave you to carry on arguing the toss. If all people that challenge someone else's opinion with counter opinion based on first hand experience are to be treated as suspicious, then what's the point of having a forum. I'm not "vanishing for good" at all, I'm staying right here and I'll continue to read other forums, and contribute to them too if I feel I have anything to give. This particular forum seems to have lost its point now, so as they say on Dragons Den, "I'm out".

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 6:13 am
by Sadie
I was at Lucindas over the weekend having my hair extensions re-fitted (i should be moving over to another salon soon once they get my hair extension colour match) and even there the assistant cutting my hair was advising me AGAINST the volumiser given how costly it is and how much maintenance is required. Sure you can get it on the NHS, but i am surprised still that their own staff would tell me not to go there and look for hair pieces elsewhere!!!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:49 am
by ScaredSAlly
Sadie the staff when I went there were also advising me againts certian things in fact two of them were dissing LE as a someone who is just out for your money... but as the other lady said she is happy so as long as whoever wears teh system is ok with it then good for them, persoanly I agree I cant see how it wouldnt cause long term damage ie traction alopecia.... I would and will shave my scalp first rather than do that

Hope you are well Sadie ... are yuo still seeing the lovely Graham ?

PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:55 pm
by Kate22
Hi Scared Sally, would you recommend Wattz international? Have you had a system done there? What kind of system is it?
To everyone on this forum I would NEVER recommend anyone to go to Lucinda Ellery. I saw her 6 months ago, xhe charges £50 for a consultation, however in my consultation she did not discuss my hair once. But told me she felt that I had a bad ‘aura’ (she is into crystals and auras) and therefore would not help me. However she did take my £50. Plus she would charge between 1,500 to £2,000 for the hair volumiser to be fitted and £90 and hour for maintenance and she said that it would take 3 hours for every maintenance session. In terms of companies offering the volumiser she is by far the most expensive company out there and completely coocko!

PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:03 am
by icklekitty
One of my colleagues told me today that she's going to Lucinda Ellery to get cosmetic extensions "cos she does the celebrities". She's going to be spending £500 there. Makes me mad, because I actually need hair and have nowhere near that amount of money!

PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:17 pm
by ScaredSAlly
£500 for extensions !!! thats ludicrous !!! I spend £300 adn that is for MILLIONS of them plus a cut and colour !!!!!

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:59 pm
by Sadie
Definitely ludicrious Sally, but when i only got 20-25 extensions done i went away with £125 less in my pocket. Lucinda is expensive, even for synthetic extensions. I'm glad i moved away from hair extensions. She's harldy ever in the salon the times i have been and seems to leave her son in charge who hasn't been empathetic to my hair loss. Family run business if you ask me!

PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:16 am
by ScaredSAlly
Hey Sadie

Are you still with Bloomsbury hon ?