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Tatiana Karelina

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Tatiana Karelina
Born (1980-07-20) 20 July 1980 (age 43)
Kashin, Soviet Union
NationalityBritish, Russian

Tatiana Karelina (born 1980) is a Russian entrepreneur living in London, United Kingdom. She is the founder of Tatiana Karelina, a chain of self-named salons specialising in hair extensions with locations in Los Angeles, London and Manchester. She is credited for introducing the Micro Ring hair extension technique from the United States into the UK.

Early life[edit]

Karelina, was born to Soviet parents in Kashin, Russia, a rural agricultural area 250 km north-east of Moscow. In 2000, at the age of 20, Karelina left Kashin on a student's visa for the United States, where she spent the summer learning English. In 2002, she graduated from Tver State University with a degree in linguistics before moving to London, where she took an apprenticeship with Lucinda Ellery, a salon that specialised in hair loss and hair extensions.


In 2006, Karelina left Lucinda Ellery to set up Tatiana Hair Extensions from her 1-bedroom house in Barnet. Over the next few years, she built her reputation as one of the UK's premier hair extensionists by combining micro rings with high-quality Russian hair and her proprietary "strand-by-strand" colour blending technique. But it was on the back of the British Broadcasting company (BBC Three) documentary Jamelia: Whose Hair Is It Anyway? that she rose to prominence[citation needed][1] and at the height of the financial crisis Karelina took a leap of faith and set up her own salon in Kensington, England. Success quickly followed and she opened a second salon in Manchester in 2010. In 2011, Karelina was approached by Sky UK's Moscow correspondent, Amanda Walker to accompany her to Russia to film a documentary on the hair extension industry in Russia.[2] In 2015, Karelina rebranded from Tatiana Hair Extensions to Tatiana Karelina as a precursor for their entry into the United States. In February 2016, Karelina made her foray into session styling at the Felder Felder London Fashion Week show where she was credited with creating one of the most talked-about hairstyles of the week, the Unicorn Braid.[3] In October 2017, Karelina opened a salon in West Hollywood and her proximity to Hollywood enabled her to expand her celebrity clientele roster which now includes Ariana Grande,[4] Lindsay Lohan,[5] Stacey Solomon,[6] and Bianca Gascoigne,[7]

In Popular Culture[edit]

Karelina custom created Ariana Grande's signature ponytail worn during her 2019 Sweetener World Tour[8]

Emma Thompson in the 2016 Hollywood film The Meyerowitz Stories wore a custom hairpiece created by Karelina designed to give Emma the look of a dishevelled alcoholic. The Huffington Post ranked Emma's hairstyle number 4 in their article "19 Emma Thompson Hairstyles, Ranked".[9]

Emma Stone wore a reddish-brown Karelina ponytail in the 2019 Hollywood sequel Zombieland: Double Tap[10]


  1. ^ [1] Jamelia: Whose Hair Is It Anyway?
  2. ^ Walker, Amanda (14 April 2011). "'Virgin Slavic' Hair Meets Demand From West". News.sky.com. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  3. ^ Kirkova, Deni (17 March 2016). "Unicorn braids: How to recreate the unicorn plait or 3D French plait hair trend". metro.co.uk. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  4. ^ Cornelius, Sher (23 December 2019). "The secret behind Ariana Grande's party hair trick". standard. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  5. ^ Cronin, Meslissa (21 January 2014). "Her Hair Is Full Of Secrets: Lindsay's Hairstylist Reveals Lohan 'Partying Hard' In Recent Weeks". radoronline. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  6. ^ Kelly, Emma (21 April 2018). "Stacey Solomon goes all flower power as she attends Coachella with Lady Victoria Hervey". Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  7. ^ McGeorge, Alistair (12 January 2017). "Bianca Gascoigne wears real extensions made from 'virgin hair of Russian women". Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  8. ^ Cornelius, Sher (24 September 2019). "ES Tests: Tatiana Karelina hair extensions". standard. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  9. ^ Jacobs, Matthew (17 October 2017). "'19 Emma Thompson Hairstyles, Ranked". huffingtonpost.co.uk. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  10. ^ Bailey, Alissa (30 January 2019). "Why Emma Stone Had To Dye Her Red Hair Brown Before The Oscars". elle.com. Retrieved 30 January 2019.

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