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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
We have been long time fans of the gorgeous Holly Carpenter and lucky to call her a friend of the salon. Recently Holly did a stunning shoot with VIP Magazine after competing in Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model and we were on hand to tend to the famous tresses at the plush Marker Hotel. Holly is a natural beauty and on the day her hair reflected the same. We went for natural looks and girl next door pony tail, loose tumbling waves and a sleek low bun…all looks very achievable at home! Holly also sported BUFF Make Up with make up artist Lara Ford on hand.
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.
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!
MY MONTH AHEAD TARA SMARTT, HESSION HAIRDRESSING CLONTARF
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
Here at HessionHairdressing.com 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 www.fluffandfripperies.com 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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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!
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!
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,
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’!
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
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!
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!
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!
An honour to work with such a fantastic group of ultra stylish ladies! Until next….
With Hession Love
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!