Spotlight – Donna Brennan

We caught up with Donna Brennan, owner of Studio One Hair & Beauty and winner of our Great Lengths Ireland 2015/16 Bridal Creation Award…

Tell us about your self your experience and your salon?

Hi I’m Donna Brennan, proprietor of Studio One Hair & Beauty. I’m 27 and I have been hairdressing 12 years this year. I have had my salon for six years, and I’m very lucky to have five very talented ladies working alongside me in the salon.

I began my career with an apprenticeship with a local salon in my hometown whilst also completing a NVQ in hairdressing at Southern Regional College Newry. I have always been fond of the competitive side of hairdressing and I received Silver and Bronze awards in the Northern Ireland Hairdressing Championships in 2008, and then went onto represent my college in L’Oreal Academy London for UK Student Of The Year in 2009. I took 1st place, which gave the title of UK Student Of The Year 2009.

This has opened many doors for me, and I have been part of the judging panel for UK Student Of the Year and have had the privilege of working alongside my Idol Mr Andrew Barton. I also had the privilege of working and training alongside Andrew in his Covent Garden Salon.

This year was my first year to get back into competing again since I opened my salon six years ago, so I decided to take on the challenge of the Great Lengths Ireland Awards. I am absolutely delighted and over the moon to have taken 1st place in the Bridal Creation category. It is onwards and upwards for Studio One.


What was the inspiration behind your winning Great Lengths Awards entry?

Inspiration behind my Bridal Creation came from my own personal love for bridal hair.

I keep a very close eye on the international catwalks for bridal inspiration. The particular look I choose for my ‘Bridal Creation’ entry was a mix of two different looks, which I thought gelled very well together – vintage-meets-modern. I just kept everything very clean cut!

How long have you been working with Great Lengths?

This is our third year working with Great Lengths! What can I say, we absolutely love the brand and it’s just getting bigger and better for us all the time.

What’s your most requested Hair Extensions looks and why?

Our most requested hair extensions looks would be for added length and volume as every girl wants big hair.


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