Hair Development UK

Highlighting best practice as a representative in The Parliamentary Review

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Hair Development UK is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Managing Director MarkBurns
MTTS and Creative Director
JanisLevy MTTS
Founded by pioneering hairdresser founding father
Stanley Levy MTTS, Hair Development is the UK’s longest-
established human-hair extension and replacement experts.
Famed for its heritage and innovative approach, the company
has worked alongside key figures within TV, film and theatre
and maintains family links with its founder to this day. Stanley’s
daughter and Hair Development’s Creative Director Janis Levy
explains more about how the company is evolving.
In the late 1950s, there was a hair salon called René of Knightsbridge, where
royalty and film stars went to be impeccably groomed. One of the salon’s stylists
was our founder Stanley: a boy from Hackney who began his career in SW1 and
was then sent by René to Paris to complete his apprenticeship. Sixty years later, we
honour the late Stanley Levy and thank him for being a fundamental part of the
industry that we all know and love.
Our origins
In 1960, Stanley, newly married to Irene, paid the equivalent of £5 to buy the wig-
making equipment from a shop in Aldgate called Adolph Cohen, that was closing
down. Armed with that equipment and the 1932 tome
The Art and Craft of
, which he had bought from an antique shop, Stanley opened his first
hair salon on Mile End Road in east London. Stanley bought up other shops along
Mile End Road, and he steadfastly remained in east London when other businesses
moved away because he would not take employment away from the locals.
»Managing Director:
MarkBurns MTTS
»Creative Director: Janis Levy
»Founded in 1960
»Located in London
»Services: The longest
established human-hair
extension and replacement
experts in the UK
»No. of employees: 12 full-
time, with reps around
Hair Development UK
Hair Development’s late
CEO Stanley Levy MTTS
Highlighting best practice
Hair Development has seen and been
through it all, from the bombed-
out buildings after the war, through
the lean years, to the resurgence
of life in the area as a result of the
2012 Olympics. With the current
regeneration, east London has
undoubtedly become the hub of
London life.
Over the decades, Stanley’s company
Hair Development remained in
the wings, all the while creating,
designing and manufacturing for the
industry, wholesale and retail. This
included his Miracle Graft range of
undetectable hair replacement, which
consists of a completely transparent
superfine skin-like membrane, into
which ethically sourced human
hairs are embedded one at a time,
resulting in a creation that replicates
hair growing from the scalp and is
absolutely undetectable even to the
naked eye.
Undetectable non-surgical hair
replacement is the only 100 per cent
safe route to restore hair loss.
There’s no business like show
We have been behind the most
impressive hair creations in British
theatre, TV and Hollywood movies.
Stanley designed and supplied the hair
for feature films including
Pirates of
the Caribbean
Lord of the Rings
and his work can also be found in the
Spitting Image
Strictly Come
Miss Piggy
, to name but
a few.
Stylists would order hair from Stanley
for artists, pop stars and film stars,
as well as countless TV and theatrical
shows. Hair Development has
always provided what is needed for
people who suffer hair loss through
chemotherapy or alopecia. For every
person, male, female or transitioning,
Hair Development has always been
here to care for everybody, wholesaling
and retailing acrosstheglobe.
The way ahead
Stanley was forever generous with his
advice to both start-ups and individuals,
advising them to cover all bases by
including every aspect of barbering,
styling and hair replacement. His advice
enabled barbers and stylists to keep
their clients for life. Hair Development
believes that once you have trained
with us in the art of hair replacement,
your clients won’t have to look
elsewhere when the inevitable happens
and their hair begins torecede.
Stanley had a wealth of knowledge
and made a point of helping anyone
and everyone who came to him for
advice. Throughout his career, he
remained aware of the transformative
power of hair, a belief transferred
to all who work in the company to
this day. Our brand-new Life After
the Beard training programme was
recently launched at ExCeL and
the NEC. Hair Development is the
longest established and most highly
The expert process
of non-surgical hair
has seen and
been through
it all, from the
buildings after
the war,
through the
lean years, to
the resurgence
of life in the
area as a result
of the 2012
respected hair replacement company
in the UK and recommended by the
Managing Director Mark Burns
MTTS and I have headed up a new
management structure, with both
of us having spent many years of
training under Stanley’s supervision
and expertise. Stanley did not work
alone and believed in the importance of
surrounding himself with a highly skilled
team who love their work. Having learnt
from the most knowledgeable of men –
one who was so respected, respectful,
fair, kind, generous, honest and ethical
– our outstanding team is well equipped
to provide the unparalleled service.
We are proud to launch the Legend SL,
a bespoke and instantly available system,
designed with fine French lace and 100
per cent Indian Remy hair, created and
named by Mark in honour of Stanley.
A new brand of extensions is soon to
be unveiled with the HD Elite and HD
Vogue ranges. We are also excited
by the promise of another location in
the UK, Hair Development hubs in Los
Angeles and Australia, and the Training
Academy at HDheadquarters.
Stan the Man
Hair is empowering and
transformative. Life enhancing. The
pioneering work of Stanley Levy served
to change people’s lives, and his
company, led by cousins and Directors
Mark and Janis, continues to do so.
Stanley always said that whether
you are contemplating this industry
or already working in the exciting,
creative world of hair, to have chosen
this career path is not only specialised,
but satisfying – knowing that you are
contributing to the wellbeing and
positive mental health of your clients.
Thank you to our beloved Stan the
Man, whose pursuit of perfection
made this industry such a wonderful
environment in which to work
As the UK emerges from the abyss
of the pandemic, Hair Development
thankfully remains steadfast and strong
in always providing the ultimate non-
surgical hair replacement. Together
with the rest of our beloved UK, we
look to the future with hope, with
security, and with glory.
We are proud to
launch the
Legend SL, a
bespoke and
available system,
designed with
fine French lace
and 100 per
cent Indian
Remy hair, that
was created and
named by Mark
in honour of
Life enhancing
transformation – before
and after

This article was sponsored by Hair Development UK. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy