Archive for the ‘Beauty’ Category

May 02

Our Stand Out Hair Looks from the Met Gala 2017

From the outfits to the hair styles the Met Gala has always been one of our most looked forward to fashion events at Hession Hairdressing. We love seeing our favourite celebrities throwing caution to the wind and taking some serious risks with their hair styles! Check out some of our top picks from last nights event below – how many would you be brave enough to try??


Lily Collins

We’re loving this edgy gothic look on the usually sweet as pie Lily Collins. Short, blunt and super striking – top marks from us!

Kate Hudson

W’re so glad to see Kate mixing things up a bit this year, ditching her famous golden  locks for a cool ice blonde!

Rita Ora

This elfin look on Rita Ora is ultimate hair goals! If we were Rita we’d burn the extensions and stick with this super flattering pixie cut!

Stella Maxwell

Stella is doing us Irish ladies proud with this flawless look. This romantic up-do oozes  elegance and sophistication!

Rose Byrne

We love a risk taker and Rose is just that with these brushed out curls. She pulls off this ‘1920’s flapper’ look like a complete pro!

Kylie Jenner

Sometimes less is more and this is definitely the case with Kylie’s simple but chic platinum blonde bob. Kylie’s hair is understated yet polished and lets her  showstopping dress do all the talking!

Apr 11

How to Get the Most Out of Your Hair Colour!

Get the most from your hair colour with our top tips! 

Whether you’re blonde, brunette or redhead, coloured hair always requires extra care to keep it looking vibrant and fresh. Follow our top tips below  to get the most out of your colour!


TIPS FOR BLONDES 1. Firstly when colouring your hair blonde always have it done professionally in a salon. 2. Deep condition often. If you’ve lightened your hair to be blonde and want to avoid it looking dry,        use a deep conditioning treatment at least weekly to keep your hair hydrated. 3. Invest in a purple shampoo to prevent your hair colour from turning brassy which often happens with other shampoos that aren’t specifically formulated for blonde hair. 4. Get regular trims, blonde hair is more prone to breakage so you need to look after it.



TIPS FOR BRUNETTES 1. For beautiful shiny brunette hair whether coloured or natural, it is important that you keep it healthy. 2. Use professional products to maintain your hair in as they are specifically designed for your hair needs, and trim hair regularly. 3. Start by selecting the right shampoo and conditioner with the help of an expert in the salon. We recommend Kevin Murphy products and the Kerastase range. 4. When colouring your hair choosing a shade of brown that will suit your skin tone is the most important factor. Establish with your colourist whether to opt for a cool toned brown or a warm brown. Adding some highlights and lowlights underneath the hair will give it texture and multi tonal colour to soften your all over brunette colour.





TIPS FOR REDHEADS 1. This hair colour can be tricky to get right so if you’re not blessed with natural copper locks have a professional in a salon do it for you. 2. Wash your hair with sulfate-free, colour-safe shampoo and conditioner and rinse your hair with cool water to protect your hair from heat damage and add extra shine. 3. Use thermal protectant when heat styling your hair. This will dramatically reduce brittle and split ends. 4. Avoid the sun when possible – it’s always best to wear a hat in sunny weather and consider using a UV protectant spray for your hair. 5. Have a colour refresh service done in salon in between your root touch ups to keep your colour looking vibrant.

Jan 11

The Hottest Hair Looks from The Golden Globes 2017

It’s that time of year once again, awards season has kicked off and we’re glued to the red carpet for top notch hair and beauty inspiration! There were so many fabulous hair styles at this weeks Golden Globes it’s so hard to pick our favourites but here are a few that caught our eye!


Brie Larson

Brie’s gorgeous Hollywood waves are classic and timeless! We’ve seen a huge increase in demand for this style for Debs and special occasions and we can see why. We’re loving this sleek glossy look on Brie!

Emma Stone

Emma Stone’s undone up do was a firm favourite at the Golden Globes. This style looks so effortless and utterly elegant. We can see this becoming a popular look for bridesmaids in 2017.

Lily Collins

An up-do with  height and braids? What’s not to love?! This unusual style is eye catching and adds some edge to an otherwise very feminine look.

Ruth Negga

Our list would not be complete without Irish beauty Ruth Negga. Not everyone can pull off a cropped style like Ruth but she absolutely rocks it! Slick, minimalist and modern, this look is a total winner for us!



Nov 07

Our favourite looks from last night’s EMA Awards

Last night’s European Music Awards took place in Rotterdam. Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber swept to victory in a ceremony that saw a tribute to the late singer Prince.

While we are delighted for the winners of the night, of course we were keeping a firm eye on what way attendees of the event were styling their hair and makeup for the night!

It is not unusual for a couple of crazy hairstyles to appear at the awards ceremony. It almost seems that when a music event takes place in Europe, it’s a licence to come up with the most unusual hairstyle one can think of. However, we’re happy to report that in fact most of the hairstyles (not necessarily the outfits!) were all very beautiful, classy and certainly one you can recreate at home.


Nina Dobrev

Nina hit the red carpet in a beautiful lavender halter dress. We loved the pairing of the purple smoky eye. However the neutral pink lip and low key face makeup ensured she looked natural rather than over the top. Her hairstyle was one that you could certainly pull off at home.

Due to her dramatic earrings and purple smoky eyes, Nina made the right decision in keeping her hairstyle simple. The classic centre part paired with sleek, shiny and glossy hair was the perfect ensemble for this outfit. Her hair looked simply healthy and neat!

Laura Whitmore

Of course we couldn’t forget to include our very own Irish beauty Laura Whitmore on our list. While we’re not 100% sure about the style of the dress we do love the autumnal colour and how Laura has perfectly matched this up with her lips and cheeks. A subtle smoky eye really makes her face pop.

Laura’s hair style is another classic look that you can recreate at home. With the flick of a curling wand or even some simple plaits, you’ve got beautiful curls at the ready!

Sonya Esman

Sonya turned up to the EMAs in a brown floral print dress, almost looking like she has just stepped out of a time machine having spent the past few days at Woodstock circa 1969. We think she can totally pull off this look!We love how her bold red lip takes centre stage for her makeup- almost a must when rocking such a colour.

Her hairstyle works perfectly with the hippy look her outfit is emulating. A comb here is your best friend! To recreate simply tie hair up into a ponytail, twist around so that hair is covering the bobbin and backcomb the tail (avoid over backcombing- a few brushes with the comb should be sufficient). Change your parting at the front to allow two pieces to hang down at the front and you’re ready to go!

We hope these looks have inspired your next hairstyle! We’d love to know what looks you were loving from last night.

Aug 30

Quick and Easy Festival Hairstyles for Electric Picnic


Break out your flower crowns, because festival season is well and truly upon us! And now that your suitcases are packed with your crop tops, sunnies, and clever graphic tees, it’s time to talk hair. We at Hessions Hairdressing have picked our fave styles for effortlessly cool festival styles you can do in a flash!

First up we have the undone braid -everyone knows that braids are always coolest when they’re messed up. We often spot this style on celebrities like Lea Michelle and Blake Lively. All you have to do to achieve the look is make a traditional French braid ( there are tonnes of tutorials on YouTube if you’re a newbie to braiding!), then pull it apart – don’t be too fragile with it, the more undone the better we say!  Secure it loosely at the ends while leaving some strands loose to add to your cool factor! The best thing about this style is that you don’t spend the day fixing your hair, the looser it gets the more it adds to the overall look!

Waves and curls are always a classic summer hairstyle and are an iconic Selena Gomez look. They’re the easiest because you can save time by letting your hair air dry after applying product, especially when you plan to be out in the sun all day.

To start, let your hair air-dry with a little detangling product to enhance your natural texture.  We love the entire Kerastase range! If your hair lacks a natural curl, spray a sea salt spray from roots to tips and roughly dry to build volume. Blow-dry the length of your hair while twisting sections with your fingers- make sure to aim the hairdryer downwards to avoid frizz! Once dry, wrap sections of hair around a wide barrelled curling tongs. Finally, make a deep side parting for futher ‘va va voom’ and finish with a spritz of hairspray.

Any festival goer worth their patterned wellies knows no fun festival hair style is complete without a bit of colour! For those unwilling to commit to the all over pastel hair colours rocking the celeb world, hair chalks are the perfect alternative! Add some playful rainbow streaks to brighten up your look or opt for a dip dye effect. Have some fun with it – that’s the beauty of temporary hair colour!

Finally, we have the classic high ponytail with floral accessories. No, it’s not a flower crown, in fact, it’s one better! Mostly because, once secured, the little flower pins will be harder to lose and a lot less annoying to wear all day.

To achieve this look, add some texturizing spray to your hair, pull into a high ponytail and secure with a hair tie. To hide the hair tie, take a strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around a few times then secure with a bobby pin. Finish the look off by attaching some small flowers in your hair.

BUFF Make-Up eye shadow Christmas gift set €30

Dec 17

Christmas gift ideas from Hession xxx







With Christmas literally just around the corner we at Hessions have put together a selection of gifts that are sure to suit just about everyone

For the mane attraction there are some fabulous gift sets from the ever popular Kérastase

This year Kérastase have five fabulous box sets , each one is customised to suit different hair types.


Kérastase Elixir Ultime Gold Oil Gift Set €56.60

Whether you are gifting or self-gifting this Kérastase Elixir Ultime Gold Oil Gift Set is the ultimate hair treat.

We all love a product a versatile and hardworking product and Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil certainly does it all. This gift set teams it up with the Elixir Bain Ultime heavenly shampoo.

Your free gift Kérastase Elixir Ultime Masque Uniquely formulated with precious oils leaving your hair hair nourished, luxuriously soft and smooth.


Kérastase Nutritive shampoo, conditioner and free Spray a Porter €45.45

Combine exceptional nourishment for Dry and Sensitised hair for that beachy look in the city.

This set contains exceptional nutrition shampoo for normal to dry hair. Nourishment from root to tip.  Soft, supple and light feeling hair.  Use in combination with Kérastase Lait Vital an incredibly light, exceptional conditioner for normal to dry hair.

Your free gift Kérastase Spray a Porter, tousled effect spray for sexy and texturised lengths.


Kérastase Resistance box set, bain de force shampoo and conditioner with free Glow Dry gel €45.45

Combine reconstruction for damaged and weakened hair with the blow-dry virtouse.

This set contains Kérastase Bain De Force, a reinforcing and resurfacing shampoo for weak and damaged hair.  Use with Kérastase Ciment Anti-usure a reinforcing and resurfacing treatment for damaged lengths and ends.  A

Your free gift Kérastase Forme Fatale, a voluptuous blow-dry-gel for long-lasting shape and body.



Kérastase Reflection gift set for coloured hair, shampoo conditioner and free Spray a Porter €45.45

Combine customised care for radiant, colour-treated hair with the beach effect look in the city.

This set contains Kérastase Bain Chroma Captive,  Colour Radiance protection for low to medium sensitised coloured hair. Use in combination with Kérastase Fondant Chroma Captive, a shine intensifying conditioner for colour-treated hair.

Your free gift Kérastase Spray a Porter, tousled effect spray for sexy and texturised lengths.


Kérastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal Fins & Lait Cristal Set €45.45

This set comes with the Kérastase Bain Cristal Fins, an ultra-foaming hair bath that washes away impurities and smooths your hair without weighing it down, teamed with the Kérastase Lait Cristal, a weightless conditioner that rebalances the hair fibre leaving ends smooth and polished. This is a totally dreamy gift set.

Your free gift Kérastase Forme Fatale, a voluptuous blow-dry-gel for long-lasting shape and body.


ButterLONDON Lips and Tips Gift Sets €27

Nail polish is created in a lab. Nail laquer is created on the runway.

These delectable gift sets contain a ButterLONDON nail laquer (RRP  €15) and a lippy (RRP €17) for in a presentation gift box for just €27. With six festive colour combinations to choose from you will be spoilt for choice!

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GHD Limited Edition ‘Wonderland’ €155

Limited edition GHD wonderland styler gift set. This enchanting styler, which shares all the features of the GHD V gold classic styler. Sparkling black plates and an iridescent finish glide effortlessly through your hair to make straightening on all hair types and lengths quick and easy. The GHD also features contoured edges designed to give you perfect curls and waves every time. Each styler is packed with handy features such as an extra long cord to allow for flexible styling, automatic sleep mode after 30 minutes without use and universal voltage, so you can use your styler anywhere in the world. The gift set is completed with two sectioning clips and a co-ordinating styler bag that unzips to become a heat-resistant mat – perfect for using at home or when travelling.


BUFF Make-Up eye shadow Christmas gift set €30

BUFF Make-Up eye shadows use only the very finest micro powders available. This allows the colours to be easily blended allowing you to create stunning eye looks and on top of that they are also super long lasting. This gift set features three superior quality eye shadows for you to create your perfect eye looks

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Hession Hairdressing Gift Vouchers

If you are totally undecided don’t forget you can always purchase a Hession Hairdressing Gift Voucher for any amount allowing your loved one to spend as they please across all of the ranges stocked at Hession Hairdressing for products and services.




 Happy shopping ….. !

Sleek low ponytail

Oct 16

Low Ponytails – One Style Three Ways

With the blustery autumn conditions awaiting us every time we step outstide the front door the perfect style solution is our perennial favourite the ponytail! With looks straight off the runways at Paris Fashion Week we look at low ponytails : one style three ways

Messy low ponytail

This style is ideal for the for the girl on the go as it is quick and easy. Its low maintainance look is totally on trend for the season as seen on the catwalks of Rachel Zoe, Oscar de la Renta and Lanvin. Make sure hair is full of texture by using volumising mousse before drying or hair putty worked through the end of the hair. Gather hair roughly without flattening out any uneven sections. Tie a low ponytail loosely and finish by teasing out a few loose strands to gently frame the face.

 Sleek low ponytail

This look means business, a slick style that looks uber-polished, perfect examples were seen gracing the runways of John Galliano and Chloe. Using a clean sharp centre parting or a classic side parting, sweep hair down into a neat ponytail at the nape of the neck.  Secure any loose ends with bobby pins. Use a hair straightener if needed to ensure the length of the ponytail is poker straight. Smooth over with a little serum or a tiny drop of Moroccan hair oil for extra shine and sleekness. For an even more polished look wrap a small section of hair around the ponytail, securing the end piece with a bobby pin. Finish off with a good spray of a firm hold hairspray to prevent any flyaways.

 Bouncy low ponytail

For the girly girl, this look really brings out your flirty feminine side with delightful examples at Moschino and Ralph Lauren. Preparation is key to achieve this look, divide hair into section and use big rollers, to achieve maximum volume. Gently backcomb hair at the crown before smoothing over the top and gathering into a low ponytail. Make sure there are some curls at the end of the ponytail for that bouncy look. Set with a generous spray of a light hairspray which will hold your style in place without preventing movement. To finish either look wrap a small section of hair around the elastic, securing the end piece with a bobby pin or tie a ribbon around it and you’re good to go!

Jean Pierre Braganza

Sep 16

London Fashion Week report from Lorna Weightman

As London Fashion Week got under way at the weekend, we were on the edge of our seats waiting to hear the latest on hair and make up trends, style, front row fans and backstage gossip! We had the gorgeous Lorna Weightman from StyleIsle on the ground in London to report back to you and here is her summary of the shows to date! 

‘Nobody was expecting the torrential rain that swept across London on day one of fashion week. Umbrellas were out in force, but little did we know that the rain would spark a trend. The LFW attendees rocked the top knot as they hobbled across the cobblestones at Somerset House, eager to escape the downpours, and keep their hair in one piece. The top knot with its slicked back hair and either rolled or plaited into the bun on the crown was the style of choice. Low maintenance and unaffected by the rain thanks to some pomade and a lot of hair spray. I joined the top knot army and have to say that even though the rest of me was soaking my hair stayed intact across the six shows I attended on day one. And that was just the street style trend, the Spring Summer catwalk was a different matter. Spring Summer has sparked a laid back hair revolution, as very few designers opted for up styles, most keeping to relaxed styles embodying the spirit of the warmer seasons.

To complement the romanticism of his collection, John Rocha opted for slick back long styles, “crimped” into a wave on his models. This look will be so easy to re-create next season with any kind of wave-making hair tool. The hair had a wet look to it, created using gel spray according to back stage reports which made the hair very structured.


Later in the day, Ashish went down the same route, but to pair up with the casual-street look of his collection, hair was down and wavy but oh my goodness was I not expecting coloured stripes! From black and yellow to monochrome, model’s hair was dyed in horizontal stripes, let’s just hope it washed out. Not your everyday hair look, but for emphasising the nature of a collection like this one, it was perfect.

Backstage at Jean Pierre Braganza, I observed the busy team of stylists were busy creating messy blow dries with middle partings, a simple approach you might say but perfectly aligned with the vibrant prints and complex structures JP likes to go for. On the catwalk billowing blow dries were the perfect choice.

The same goes for Markus Lupfer, whose general inspiration was a teenage girl’s bedroom; long flowing locks portrayed innocence and worked alongside the clashing floral prints in the collection. Antipodium’s salon show allowed me to get up close to look at hair, with one model stopping to pose for me! Beachy waves were the hot trend here, so make sure you invest in some salt spray for next season to get this look! The only designer I observed with an upstyle was Turkish designer, Bora Aksu (a personal favourite) whose loose french rolls spiralled down into a messy bun. Hair was then pulled out with combs to deconstruct a style that can look a little manicured. In line with the perfect summer look, Topshop didn’t over complicate their look on models like Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn whose long Ibiza-style hair was my hair pick of the week so far. Volume was a key factor and with a couple of large rollers, there’s no excuse for not being able to get this look in your own bedroom!

Lorna Weightman,
Xpose Magazine Make Overs

Sep 09

Decades of Beauty with Xpose Magazine

It’s been a busy few weeks here at Hession Hairdressing and our artistic team have been out on shoots the length and breath of the country! As always we like to share some of the great work that has featured and first up this month is the gorgeous Decades of Beauty make over featured in Xpose magazine. We were thrilled to look after 4 wonderful candidates for Xpose magazine during the summer and delighted to see another decade featured recently in the magazine. With the hair make over courtesy of Paul and our gorgeous BUFF Make Up featured, the final result was stunning!

Bridal Look by Emma Farrell Make Up

Aug 26

Bridal Make-Up Tutorial with Emma Farrell

You’ll see we recently posted a new Bridal make-up tutorial on with the super Emma Farrell and thought you might like to have a step by step guide to follow and accompany the video!

Bridal Look by Emma Farrell Make Up

Starting with the eyes: Use Pebbles Eyeshadow  as a base, with Urban Eyeshadow all over the lid. Clubbing Eyeshadow adds the perfect pop of sparkle on the centre of the eyelid. Heffner Eyeshadow for extra definition along with perfection eyeshadow on the inner corner of the eye and underneath the brow bone.

Use the gel Black Eyeliner along the lash line, flicking your line upwards and outwards to lift and elongate the eye. To make your eyes appear nice and large Emma recommends using the White Eyeliner Pencil on the waterline to open them up.

Apply a gorgeous set of natural yet fluffy false eyelashes to really set off the look, also applying mascara on over the lashes as it helps to bind the natural lash to the artificial one and gives a much cleaner and more natural look to the lashes.

Face: Once you have finished the eyes clean up underneath the eyes to remove any fall-out from the eyeshadow. This is Emma’s top tip for wedding make-up as the camera picks up everything!

Use the BUFF Camera Ready Primer to smooth out the skin and prepare it for the base. Apply HD Foundation in light motions with a brush. If you buff this into the skin well it gives the appearance of an airbrush finish. Once you have applied the foundation conceal underneath the eyes and any blemishes and to set your flawless face, a light dusting of the BUFF Dual Powder is recommended.


Contour the cheeks, jaw and nose for a slimming look. The flash from the camera can leave your face looking very flat, so this step is not to be skipped for Bridal Make-up! Highlight above the cheek bones with the Mineral Icing Sugar, this gives a gorgeous dewy glow. Don’t forget your Melba blusher for a fresh hint of colour.

Lips: Finish the look off with a gorgeous natural pink lip look, Emma pencilled in the outline and centre of the lips with lip liner then applied BUFF Nibble Lip-gloss which is perfect on most skin tones.

If you try this look yourself we would love to hear from you and how you get on.