Known for jaw-dropping transformations and the famous No Mirror Challenge, discover the Northamptonshire salon with a mission to inspire confidence in each client.
Wellingborough is home to the Q.L, a beauty lounge dedicated to restoring self-confidence back to its clientele through a range of cosmetic treatments and hair and beauty services. With a motto adorned on the walls of the lounge that reads, ‘Dedicated to inspire, encourage and raise the spirit… one guest at a time’ Q.L is a friendly and professional space built from a highly skilled team of therapists and practitioners. Short for Quattro Lounge, Q.L offers a range of specialist services including microblading, hair extensions, manicures, pedicures, hair replacement and more.
Based in the Diana’s Fitness club, the lounge is run by owner Lu Buckley, who opened Q.L with a mission to create a welcoming and diverse space by offering a concept that differs from other salons in Northamptonshire. “It’s just knowing all of the things that people are facing to make the environment different, but also enables you to do wacky of-the-wall colours, amazing transformations and things that no-one would really expect from a small place in Wellingborough,” said Lu. Inspired by her very creative background, Lu has qualified in hair, modular beauty, aesthetics, semi-permanent make-up, SMP, SMPU and finally went on to be an assessor and trainer. “It was one of my teachers that said, ‘Lu is very interested in her hairstyles, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she became a hairdresser’. I’ve been like that since a child. Starting off braiding my Barbie’s hair, then doing styles on myself, my mum and grandma, and it all evolved from there.”
Awarded Hair Salon of the Year, Hair Colourist of the Year and Brow Specialist of the Year in 2018 by the British Hair and Beauty Awards, the Q.L prides itself on the professional and unique services and treatments offered in its chic lounge. “I think it’s very, very important to be able to give something back to people. I love trying out new stuff, but also because you’re giving back confidence and restoring self-esteem for somebody.”
The Q.L is also home to the famous No Mirror Challenge, which allows each client to have a grand reveal at the end of their treatment, Lu added, “It doesn’t have to always be a drastic change from blonde to pink for example, part of the process is explaining that this is the kind of work I do and the boundaries that we can push.” The No Mirror Challenge is often accepted by clients having the specialist services offered at Q.L. Semi-permanent make-up is particularly popular among a range of clients, both male and female, “It’s a cosmetic procedure for people who want to enhance their natural looks, used for definition of the eyebrows or for ladies who have lost their sight and can’t apply eyeliner anymore, or just for an easier way of life. It might also be someone who is about to go through chemotherapy, or who suffers from Alopecia. It’s for everyone over the age of eighteen as long as they meet our medical requirements.”
Packed with personality, from the diverse team members to friendly clientele, Q.L is an indulgent salon that keeps the treatment of its clients at the heart of what they do. “There isn’t a day that I don’t jump out of bed in excitement, but equally the guests are excited as well. The most important thing is the guests, how they feel and how it transforms them, not necessarily on the aesthetics side of it but also giving them that boost of confidence.”