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Jul 26

Hession Hairdressing Unveils Newly Designed Salon in Drumcondra

Exciting news hits Drumcondra as our new and improved Hession Hairdressing salon opens it’s doors. The newly designed salon is both luxurious and modern with a distinctly international high gloss feel, you won’t find anything like it around!! Chic grey tones paired with soft greens and cool Carrera marble create a modern but relaxing atmosphere.

 

 

It’s the simple touches such as the backlit full wall mirror, streamlined surfaces and mixed metallic accents that create Hession Hairdressing Drumcondra’s effortlessly cool style. Pop in to check it out!

With the fab Kari Rocca behind the interiors, it is clear both comfort and style are at the forefront of the new Drumcondra salon. A particular highlight of the new salon is the addition of a secluded back wash room which is the perfect relaxation zone to slip away from the outside world for a little while. Hidden away behind black sliding glass doors, this exclusive area is a real treat for the senses with six reclining massage chairs, ambient music and individual lighting for each basin which can be tailored to each client’s preference.

Another noteworthy addition to Hession Hairdressing Drumcondra revamp is the exclusive BUFF Make-up Suite on the upper level of the salon, this is the flagship salon to award winning Irish range, BUFF Make-Up. In keeping with the ground floor, this private space oozes elegance with Instagram worthy marble surfaces and gold finishes creating a polished and more feminine look. Flatlays and selfies galore! The room is separated from the hustle of bustle of the busy salon by smoked glass doors creating a quiet boutique like space perfect for private group bookings both corporate and looking for a more intimate and personalised experience.

Jun 29

5 Easy Summer Braids

Summer is in full swing with this fabulous weather and we all strive to be stylish with as little effort as possible. Braids are a style that come back every year with hundreds of variations to delve in and out of. Messy or tidy, they can make any girl look put together in no time. Any hair type or colour works with braids. Styled the right way, braids also work for all ages from kids to working women so don’t be afraid to let your wild side free.

1. Half up beach braid

We love this idea of a messy look for everyday wear. It’s really wearable to the shops or the beach. You can get so creative with this type of braid. There’s just no wrong way to go about it, the messier the better. Perfect if you have naturally wavy hair otherwise curl loosely with a curling wand and you’re good to go.

 

2. Curly Halo half up braid

This is a really cute look for summer office vibes. The halo braid takes the hair away from your face while the curls give a messy, undone look. Always work neat and tidy until you’re finished then don’t hold back at the end to give it some volume. This could work on short or long hair.

 

3. Side messy fish tail braid

Work, chilling with friends, shopping trips. This look is so easy to pull off. It can work as a regular braid or a fish tail. Again, the looser the better to give this look the edge over a tight braid. Wind swept is the way to go this summer to make us believe that we’re all beach babes without necessarily being at the beach.

 

4. Side braid with messy bun

Wedding season is here and this is a great variation of a braid for a wedding guest. It’s relatively easy to pull off yourself so why not give it a go. Hair that is not so fresh is a lot easier to work with as there’s some grip and texture. Teamed with a few head flowers and an elegant jumpsuit, this could be the perfect look for a romantic ceremony.

5. Double pony braids

The perfect summer going out look. Experimenting is the aim of the game when it comes to braids and summer is the time to try out every style. This could also work as a festival look with glitter down the centre and the braids pulled out. There’s no right or wrong. Get an extra pair of hands to help make it as fun as possible. You have the best of both worlds with the ponytails along with the braids on top.

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!

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!

 

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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.

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, Styleisle.ie
Pictured in Hession Hairdressing, Clontarf

May 03

Guest Blog by Lorna Weightman from styleisle.ie – The big reveal!

As promised, here is an update from the lovely Lorna Weightman and her gorgeous new hair! If you missed Lorna’s recent blog post you can check it out here 

At HessionHairdressing.com we are huge fans of Lorna’s new look, but don’t take our word for it, read all about the big cut!

 

The Final Look!

 

So its official, I have short hair! Taking the step to firstly, have my extensions removed, to then chopping the locks to my shoulders, was a pretty big adventure for me who has had long hair since I could say the word “fashion”.

But thankfully, I was in very safe hands. Taking time over the right shade is so important when it comes to colour, and Kelly worked her magic to lighten my colour just a little – in time for the summer months. I always like to have a lighter shade to catch some rays. Then Tara did the chop, but don’t worry, it was not traumatic at all (ANTM didn’t get a re run in the salon). We decided on a mix between Alexa Chung and Fearne Cotton – with some layers to add texture and restore the feel and look of my style. I also went to a whole new level of brave by cutting in a subtle fringe which is long enough to pin back if I want to.

I’m delighted with the new look, already my hair feels so much healthier and the shine is coming back. As well as looking good, it is so easy to manage and style, and Tara recommended I use dry shampoo to give it that “messy bob” look. I’m not exactly a low maintenance kind of girl, but I don’t like any kind of stress when it comes to my hair.

The end result, is a choppy long bob, for which I have received endless compliments over the last week! Who knows, maybe I’ll just keep it like this?

With Luscious Locks Love,

Lorna xxx

 

Lisa Cannon pictured at the 2013 VIP Style Awards wearing Suzanne Neville

Apr 28

Hair & Make Up for VIP Style Award Ladies

With Kathryn Thomas taking home the most coveted accolade on the night at the VIP Style Awards, we still had a bevy of beauties to pamper and preen and put together the perfect dream team for hair and make up and with many visiting us in our Clontarf salon and our BUFF Make Up Suite they were able to move effortlessly between hair and make up so there was no rushing around the place to get organised for the big night!

First up was nominee, the gorgeous Lisa Cannon from Xpose, TV. Lisa wore a dress by Suzanne Neville and looked sensational in the figure hugging gown and old school glamour was order of the day for her hair and make up. There was a fantastic reaction to her overall look on the night!

Lisa Cannon pictured at the 2013 VIP Style Awards wearing Suzanne Neville

Another lady hot to trot on the night was Clontarf local and all round beauty Ms Holly Carpenter who took to the red carpet in a Louise Kennedy creation. Effortlessly chic, Holly looked beautiful!

 

Holly Carpenter ready for the VIP Style Awards

We haven’t yet managed to get our hands of Alison and Thalia separately just yet but we will post as soon as we do! Model and TV presenter, Alison Canavan a nominee on the night, looked spectacular, elegant, sophisticated and stylish the look was perfectly chic, simply stunning! Model Thalia Heffernan, also a nominee wore a striking and sparkling gown from Cari’s Closet and pulled it superbly, right on trend, youthful and looked a million dollars!

Alison Canavan and Thalia Heffernan pictured at the VIP Style Awards

An honour to work with such a fantastic group of ultra stylish ladies! Until next….

With Hession Love

xxx

Kathryn Thomas pictured on the Red Carpet at the VIP Style Awards 2013, Kathryn went on to be crowed the Most Stylist Woman!

Apr 27

Kathryn Thomas Wins VIP Style Awards

Wow, what a busy 24 hours! As many of you will already know, the VIP style awards took place at the new and über glamorous Marker Hotel in Dublin. It’s a highlight in the social calender for many of Ireland’s most beautiful and famous faces and this year the style was second to none! We were lucky enough to have our artistic team ready for action and to tend to the tresses of some of the gorgeous ladies in advance of the big night and we had the honour of working with a regular friend and client of Hessions, Kathryn Thomas who was awarded the top prize on the night and voted the main VIP Style Award! And we can’t think of a more worthy winner. Kathryn wore a stunning dress by Lya Solis, hair by Hession Hairdressing and make up by BUFF Make Up! Congratulations Kathryn!

Kathryn Thomas pictured on the Red Carpet at the VIP Style Awards 2013, Kathryn went on to be crowed the winner!