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Naomi Pelkiewicz

Jul 28

BINTM Visit Hession Hairdressing

We had an exciting week at Hession Hairdressing in between shooting for VIP Magazine and U Magazine, along with Tara visiting Manchester as a part of the L’Oreal ID Artistic Team and Laura working on the Miss Ireland show as a part of the Great Lengths Extensions Artistic Team. The week finished up with the arrival of some special guests with the lovely Holly Carpenter. Holly as many of you will know is a top Irish model, a former Miss Ireland and currently competing in Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model TV show.

The series features a group of young female contestants who live together in a house for several weeks while taking part in challenges, photo shoots and meetings with members of the modelling industry. Holly is certainly keeping good company with the current judging panel consisting of Elle Macpherson, Tyson Beckford, and fashion designer, pop star, model, and former X Factor Judge Dannii Minogue.

We were delighted to have Holly visit us for hair & visit the BUFF Make Up Suite last week along with her model pals Naomi Pelkiewicz, Saffron Williams and Sophie Ellson.


Marian and Tara with their model

Jul 17

Hession Hairdressing wins 3rd place at L’Oreal Colour Trophy

It has been such an exciting week! The L’Oreal Colour Trophy finals took place this week at the Convention Centre and if that’s not exciting enough, the awards were presented by Bressie. We certainly like to keep good company! We were honoured and thrilled to be in the presence of such an amazing calibre of industry professionals and yes Hession Hairdressing Clontarf came 3rd on the night, so we are VERY HAPPY! A huge congratulations to Tara and Marian on their stunning entry.

For those of you not familiar with the L’Oreal Colour Trophy Awards, it uniquely combines fashion, inspiration, creativity and turns hairdressing into a spectacular and breathtaking show and this week we were delighted to have 2 teams feature in the final. Elaine Farrelly and Sharon Delee represented our Drumcondra salon and did an outstanding job. So much hard work goes into creating the looks, the hair prep, the styling, it is a huge undertaking and we hope to share their look and top tips with you over the coming days!

Marian O’Meara and Tara Smartt represented Clontarf and we were so excited and proud to see the girls awarded 3rd prize on the night. It is wonderful to have such phenomenal talent on our team and we are looking forward to next year already!



Tara Smartt

Jul 07

My Month: Tara Smartt from our Clontarf Salon!


Over the coming months we are hoping to introduce you to our team members and hear about their daily life at the salons and indeed what they have going on! This week we are meeting Tara Smartt from the Clontarf salon to hear what’s going on for her this month.

‘It’s been a whirlwind month with loads of exciting projects to work on with Hession and BUFF Makeup, from awards show to magazine shoots with some of Ireland’s brightest and beautiful. I’m just back from a 3 day shoot in Portugal where I worked with the amazing photographer Lili Forberg and the superb Paula Callan for BUFF Make Up and did the hair for our gorgeous model that we’ll be sharing with you over the coming weeks! 

Myself and my team mate Marion also qualified for the  L’Oreal Colour Trophy Awards which has set the benchmark in British and Irish hairdressing honours for the past 58 years. A huge amount of work and thought went into our entry and it’s always nerve-wracking waiting for a judgement, we were thrilled to make it to the final which will be held later this month.

I will also be travelling to Manchester later this month with L’Oreal as part of the ID Artistic Team for their Autumn/Winter Catwalk show case. Getting the chance to be part of the ID Artistic Team is an amazing opportunity as the team is handpicked by top professionals to showcase some of the best and most creative hairdressers with an eye for the latest catwalk looks. It’s an honour to be chosen and a wonderful opportunity to flex my creative muscles outside the salon. It’s a busy busy month!

Tara is based at our Clontarf salon  Tel 01 8330110


Emma at Hession

May 09

Guest Blog by Emma Henderson from

Here at we want to keep up to date with what’s hot and what’s not, this week our guest blogger, the lovely and super talented Emma Henderson from award winning Irish beauty blog is going to fill us in on how to update our Make Up look for Spring/Summer!

Lightening Up: Changing Your Makeup As Well As Your Hair Colour, For Spring 

Alexa may have bid farewell to her ombred locks, but I’m not ready to say buh-bye to balayage just yet. As we head into the warmer weather (well, a girl can dream) I’ll be going even lighter through the ends of my hair – and that means making a few tweaks to my make up routine, as well.

When my hair was a deep brunette all over, I favoured a more polished look and could wear bolder and richer tones. As well as being several shades lighter, my current style is grungier, and calls for a less-is-more kind of approach.

Lighten Up

For eyes, I’ve been choosing taupes and browns over greys and blacks, for a toned down smokey eye. I swear by the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, €40, which has 12 chic neutral shades in a mix of mattes and shimmers.


Urban Decay Naked 2


Ace Base

Obviously my foundation shade didn’t change because my hair did, but I’ve switched from a medium-to-full coverage base to ones with a lighter and more natural effect.  I’ve also ditched the mattes in favour of a more luminous finish. Current favourites include Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream, €29, and Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream, €33.50.

Peachy Keen

With lighter hair, I find that blusher shades in peach and coral are more flattering than rosier hues – not to mention bang on trend – and give skin a youthful, healthy glow. Buff Makeup’s powder blusher in Big O, €21.50, is the perfect shade (and handily, I can pick it up from Hessions while I’m having my hair done!).


Buff Blush- Big O €21.50

Lip Service

With everything else pared back and toned down, I still like to rock a bit of colour on my lips. Anything goes but orange is the colour of the season, and it’s a surprisingly wearable one to boot. MAC’s new (limited edition) Fashion Sets collection includes a lipstick (€18), cream lipglass (€17.50) and lip pencil (€15.50) in Ablaze, a gorgeous suits-everyone orangey-apricot shade.


Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream,Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream, MAC Lipstick


If you’re considering a colour change I hope that helps – don’t hesitate to tweet me @fluffyblog if you have any questions or would like to know more!

Emma xo

Pictured in Hession Hairdressing, Clontarf

May 03

Guest Blog by Lorna Weightman from – 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 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


Anto Murphy got his hair shaved and dyed ahead of Clontarfs Shave, Wax or Dye Fundraiser recently!

May 01

Clontarf Shave Wax or Dye in aid of Irish Cancer Society

Last Saturday we took part in a super fundraiser organised by  Clontarf locals Anto and his sister Carmel Murphy! Clontarf’s Shave, Wax or Dye event was organised to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society and before the big night we  had Anto visit the salon to get his hair ‘shaved and coloured’!


Anto Murphy got his hair shaved and dyed ahead of Clontarfs Shave, Wax or Dye Fundraiser recently!

A huge success the fundraiser took place at Harry Byrne’s in Clontarf last weekend and it was a night filled up fun, entertainment and a lot of laughter. We had the pleasure and challenge of shaving a lot of heads and our friends at Great Lengths Extensions provided us with pink hair to make sure everyone could participate with ‘Pink your hair to show you care’ on the night! A huge congratulations to everyone involved, we’ll be laughing for weeks to come, the best type of medicine! With Hession Love x

Great Lengths Pink Hair Extensions for the ladies on the night!

The Big Shave at the Clontarf Shave, Wax or Dye night for the Irish Cancer Society

Our own Sharon Delee goes for the shave…





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


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!


Pictured in Hession Hairdressing, Clontarf

Apr 24

Guest Blog by Lorna Weightman from

So we have decided to bring you  a series of guest blogs with a host beauty and fashion lovers to tackle the all important issues of what to wear, what’s hot and what’s not here at and first up is one of Ireland’s leading fashion commentators based between Dublin and London Ms Lorna Weightman!

Lorna pictured in Hession Hairdressing, Clontarf

To Cut or Not to Cut?

Why is it that we ladies change our minds as often as we do? Without sounding too clichéd I am over-influenced by popular culture, even though I pioneer individual style, I know it’s silly isn’t it? Back in January, I was so excited to get Great Lengths hair extensions. The longer the better. I wanted long flowing locks, so I could embrace my inner Cheryl Cole. I got them in, just in time for fashion week, went off to London, had a great time, only to find out that the shorter cut was now in Vogue. Oh dear. How could I not have known this. The bob is back and in force.

Nicole Richie

I’m now on a daily trawl all over pinterest looking for hair inspiration and to see if I should take the plunge myself and cut almost a foot off my own hair. Now, look, I’m no Karlie Kloss to look at, but I think I can just about rock this look. Eventually. But it’s the scissors that scare me. The girl’s on America’s Next Top Model have nothing on me and my tears in hair salons.

Cutting my hair is kind of similar to me breaking up with a pair of well worn, but loved pair of shoes. I love them, but I have worn them to death and it’s time for them to go to the place where shoes go to die, i.e. the bin. My long hair has been a constant feature my whole life. If I cut it, I’ll look different and right now I can’t see myself with a shorter bob. So I tried the websites where you can upload a picture of yourself, and superimpose hair styles onto your image. This exercise did not go as well as planned, and in one instance, my hair looked more like “Sponge Bob” than “Katie Holmes bob”. So short of trying on a wig, I am no closer to visualising what I might look like.

But change is good, and it’s about time I made the cut. So this week, the extensions are coming out, and I am off to Hessions for a colour and a cut, just in time for a photoshoot for the Metro UK next week in London who have picked me as a stylish person to profile! So stay tuned for my next blog post when you can see the finished look!!!

With Luscious Locks Love,

Lorna xxx


Mar 04


We were delighted to work with the team at Cari’s Closet, Malahide recently on their shoot for their Spring Summer Collection with photographer extraordinaire Barry McCall, a good friend of Hession Hairdressing and who works with us regularly on our own campaigns! Catherine Condell styled the stunning shoot and Nicole Cuddy painted picture perfect faces for BUFF Make-Up and between all the madness Xpose dropped by to film glamorous red carpet looks with Courtney Smith and give viewers the low down on hair and make-up. All in a day’s work!

Check out the video