Interview with Laurie Nicoll – Founder of Lacquered + Stripped
This week we caught up with Laurie Nicoll – Founder of Lacquered + Stripped, to talk about how she came up with the idea of creating an eco-friendly and vegan salon in London and why it’s important to spread the message.
For those who haven’t been to Lacquered + Stripped can you tell us more about it?
Lacquered + Stripped is an eco-friendly and vegan salon. Focusing predominantly on beauty and nail services, although we do have a fabulous hair stylist who uses the space too.
We would love to know where the idea of opening a sustainable salon came about?
I’ve worked in the beauty industry for many years and realised how much waste salons produce. I wanted to open a salon that not only reduced its waste but actually contributed towards a better planet.
It’s great you offer vegan and sustainable services to salons looking to become more sustainable salon, do tell us more?
The best place to start is with the products used. Most big brands have not only a huge carbon footprint but also test on animals. Don’t just check the brand, check the umbrella company. It’s best to try and use local brands. Research is key!
Do you have any plans to open any more salons?
The dream is to have a few around the UK. We’ll be looking at doing pop ups around London soon.
Is there anything new you’re working on that you can share?
We are just about to launch our membership! We’re very excited as it’s been a long time coming. We’ll be offering lots of perks to our members as well as free bubbly.
If you had a free day in London to do whatever you want, no limits, where would you go?
Well I’m a massive foodie so it would start with Breakfast at The Gate in Marylebone Village for their amazing vegan pancakes, followed by lunch and drinks at Farmacy in Westbourne Grove and finishing off with dinner at Gauthier Soho. Food is the key to my happiness!