Archive for the ‘Tips and Advice’ Category


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.

Feb 23

Oscars Red Carpet Hair Predictions for 2016

The looks we predict for this seasons 88th Academy Awards

Red carpet award ceremonies often showcase gowns which reflect the trends of the season, but almost all of the hairstyles seen on the red carpet are time-honored classics. Whether it’s modern day celebrity rocking old Hollywood bombshell waves or popstars slicking back their tresses for a sleek look, hairstyles like these are an absolute red carpet staple. From braided updos and flowy waves, the Oscars inspire the most romantic hair looks for any glamorous evening you have planned. Here at Hessions, we predict the looks we will see on this seasons Oscars Red Carpet.

Retro Wavy Hair

Victory rolls, twenties marcel waves and classic set curls have been seen everywhere from the Gucci catwalk show to the Golden Globes – but nostalgic hair-dos never go out of style. Watch out for this on the Oscars Red Carpet 2016.

Braided Hair

Braided hair is definitely having a moment. Braiding made a comeback at the Celine 2016 catwalk in the form of a sleek ponytail. The look is quite tomboyish, but polished and modern. We think braids will be a prominent look on this year’s catwalk.

The Victoria’s Secret Wave


The unwritten formula for Victoria’s Secret hair is that it must be glossy, bouncy, full, soft, and long. The overall look is sexy yet not impossible to create. The hair at Victoria’s Secret looks real. This is set be a big look on this years Red Carpet catwalk.

Jan 14

Three Looks to Try in 2016

3 Hair Trends to Try in 2016 from Hessions Hairdressing

2016 is finally here and it’s time for a fresh start! For man y people it means making healthy changes and better lifestyle choices or to some it can mean experimenting with their look so why not try some fun new looks with your hair? At Hession Hairdressing we love sharing our tips and tricks of the trade so here are our predictions for hair trends 2016 and the looks you have to try!

Our first must try of 2016 has to be braids. Braids and plaits are taking the fashion and beauty world by storm this year! Celebrities such as the Hadid’s and the Kardashian’s have been seen rocking all types of braids. Braids have also been spotted as a key trend on this year’s runway. Here at Hessions we have the low down on how to achieve the perfect braid!

Look 1. The braid we have to opt for is the Pigtail braid that all the IT girls have been rocking. This look combines two of our favourite trends of 2016: braids and pigtails. For the same graphic effect, make two Dutch, or inside-out, braids, meaning you weave the sections under one another rather than over. Continue braiding all theway to the nape of the neck, then tie it off with a tiny elastic, letting the rest of the hair hang loose.

Look 2. Another look we are loving is the half up top knot or bun. This look is effortless, easy to do, and gets your hair out of your eyes without sacrificing length. All you have to do is add some bend to your hair with a curling wand (although your natural texture works fine, too), then pull backthe top section of hair, using the arches of your eyebrows as a guide for the width. Twist that section into a tight, messy knot right at the very top of your head and add a pin or two for extra insurance. Look 3. A final hair trend we are completely lovingfor 2016 is a sexy sleek high pony tail as seen throughout the Balmain fashion shows. To get the sleek shine in front, load up on the mousse before slicking it back into a tight pony at the crown of your head. Take a half-inch piece of hair from the tail and wrap it around your hair tie, pinning it underneath. Three super easy looks to create but will help you add a bit of excitement to your everyday look and it won’t break the bank!
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Mar 10


Here at Hessions, we only offer the best, be it in styling, products or innovation. That’s why we are proud to announce that we offer Gold Fever Hair Extensions!

Lovely Irish models Georgia Salpa and Rosanna Davison are two of many people raving about this fantastic hair brand. “I love Gold Fever hair so much.” said Georgia Salpa. “They are so natural looking and no one thinks I’m wearing extensions. Every time I style my hair it looks amazing”. Widely acclaimed as the original creators of hair extensions 25 years ago, the Gold Family have supplied premium ethically sourced hair to celebrities and stars all over the world including Whitney Houston, Lisa Marie Presley and many more.


Models Georgia Salpa & Rosanna Davison

The reason for all the excitement amongst hair extension devotees is that Gold Fever is completely unique in the industry. It is the only company in the world that has full ownership of its own supply chain, from sourcing to processing and delivery of the final product. Gold Fever has personal oversight of every aspect of the products creation allowing them to guarantee that their hair is the best ethically sourced hair on the planet. The new Gold Fever Protein Tips ™ also bring hair extension technology to the next level so the quality is, without doubt, beyond comparison.

Irish fashionistas have been quick to join the Gold rush. Some clients include Roz Purcell, Holly Carpenter, Stephanie Roche, TV3’s Xpose presenter Lisa Cannon, Sinead Duffy, Emma O’Driscall, Nikki Hayes, Roz Lipset, Danielle Lloyd, Nicola Hughes, Suzanne Jackson, Rebecca Maguire, Tiffany Stanley, Nikki Kavanagh,  RTE’s Blathnaid Tracey, Bewitched Star Sinead O’Carroll, Sara Kavanagh, Celtic Women Star Chloe Agnew,  Celia Holman Lee, Rebecca Maguire, Leigh Arnold & Cristiona Aston  just to name but a few!

As one of the salons invited to stock Gold Fever, Hessions are proud to recommend such a well rounded and high quality hair product. So don’t hesitate, get gorgeous natural looking hair by booking your appointment today by calling  Drumcondra 01 837 6265 or Clontarf: 01 833 0110 or visiting our website at

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Aug 22


We spend so much time in summer making sure that our skin is protected it can be easy to forget how fragile our hair can be. Exposure to sun, sea and chlorine can take its toll, and that’s before we add heat from hair dryers and flat irons. If you find your hair is brittle and damaged follow the following tips to revitalise your hair right before we head in to a new season.

Before we start it is important to remember that repairing damaged hair won’t happen overnight, but over time developing these tips will aim you down the road to recovery!

Mask it!

A hair mask is something we can deem unnecessary but using a conditioning treatment once a week is a great way to boost the strength of your hair.  A great option for damaged hair is Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense an exceptionally concentrated nourishing treatment for dry and sensitised hair. It is important to remember that not all deep conditioners are the same and you should find a deep conditioner that works with your hair type, one that won’t weigh your hair down or cause your hair to feel greasy.  If you are not sure make sure to ask your stylist next time you are in the salon and they will point you in the right direction!

Chop Chop!

Not all of us have a happy relationship with scissors, but if your tresses are damaged, your ends are brittle and splitting you know it’s time for a haircut! The good news is you don’t have to get it all chopped off, a healthy trim can transform your hair and will remove some of the damage making the repair process a little easier. If you are feeling brave, check out some bob inspiration below!

Bring it back to Life!

After returning from a week long holiday in the sun or from prolonged sun damage (in between the showers!) at home in Ireland may have left you with a dull tone to your hair colour. In order to restore your hair colour to its former glory the team at Hessions advises you to use products that are designed to lock in and protect colour. Shu Uemura Illuminating Shampoo and Conditioner are great for achieving that long lost glow you had before your holidays!


Aug 13


Selena Gomez has won numerous ‘best hair’ awards and she’s only 22! We thought we could give you the low down on how to re-create her signature look of effortless ‘beachy waves’ at home!

Wash your hair using a volume enhancing shampoo such as Kevin Murphy Plumping Wash-a thickening shampoo that leaves hair and scalp revitalised and refreshed. Let your hair air dry to enhance its natural texture. If you don’t have curly hair like Selena we advise using a Sea Salt Spray all over and blow drying to build some volume and waves to the hair.  Top Tip: Make sure to aim the hairdryer down to avoid frizz! Once the hair is dry, divide into sections and wrap around a curling wand. You can create loose waves by curling larger sections of the hair or you can opt for more defined curling the hair in smaller sections. When you have finished, run your fingers through the curls to create the look natural waves feel free to mess around with your hair as the more textured, the better!


When you have achieved the desired look, flip your head upside down and spray with Elnett Extra Strength Hair Spray to hold the look in place.Top tip: to add something extra to the look add a cute hair band of clip back sections using bobby pins!



Will you follow Selena’s lead and channel a little bit of summer right now? This look is perfect for Saturday shopping, Cinema dates or a chilled out day in the park! To get the low down on Selena’s make up look head over to!

central parting

Aug 06


Here at Hessions we always like to be one step ahead of the trend! So here is the low down of autumn’s 2014 hottest hair trends straight off the hottest catwalks! If you are in the mood for changing it up as we move from summer to autumn, look no further..

Go central- This Autumn it’s all about the central parting! Seen all over Stella Mc Cartney, Valentino and Balmain catwalks a central parting is an on trend look that you can’t go wrong with in 2014! To re create the just stepped off the catwalk look, keep hair looking perfect all day long with Elnett Supreme Hold Hair Spray, offering your hair style long lasting hold with a brilliant shine and a soft touch!



Colour change- This rich strawberry-blonde-come-auburn hair hue is to-dye-for. It looks great on porcelain skin tones and against green and blue eyes! If you decided to go lighter with your hair this summer, this subtle change will leave you bang on trend for the autumn months! Top Tip: You need to treat coloured hair with care, use a treatment once a weeksuch as Kérastase Elixir Ultime, a versatile nourishing oil that provides ultimate shine, softness and nourishment.

Blunt cut- Marc Jacobs introduced us to this fantastic look for autumn 2014. This cut is versatile as it looks great on long hair and also cut into a bob, you can also add an on trend fringe to add a funky twist to the look!  A blunt cut can be somewhat hard to maintain, using a serum is the perfect option to keep split ends at bay! The Ultimate Remedy Serum is a leave in cream which works to control frizz, hydrate and deeply nourish the hair leaving your locks feeling super shiny, soft and supple with a healthy radiance!

This autumn whether you choose a subtle change such as a center parting or  you feel  like a change such as an on trend blunt fringe make sure to pop into Hessions and one of our expert team members will look after all your hair care needs!


Jul 25


We all know what it feels like to have a make up melt down in the sun, streaky blusher and smudged mascara is not a good look! No need to worry-BUFF to the rescue! Keep reading for some top tips for looking good in the sun!


It’s all about the base- Primer is the most important complexion product. BUFF Camera Ready Primer (€26) will keep your make up in place ALL day, it minimises the appearance of fine lines, smoothes skin texture and keeps foundation in place. Choosing the right primer can make a huge difference to the appearance of your skin and can also bring out the best of your foundation!

Multi-purpose products are a must-  If you are travelling abroad you will want to travel light, multi purpose products such as BUFF Quatro Blush Shadow (€30) are essential for your make up bag! Each palette comes with four gorgeous pearlised shades to add a touch of shimmer wherever you please. They are multi-functional highly pigmented blush shadows can be used as eye shadow, blusher and a highlighter allowing you to create beautiful day and night summer looks!


Bronzed Goddess alert-  A holiday make up look isn’t complete without a beautiful bronzed glow, with many of us Irish ladies blessed with pale skin BUFF Make Up Bronzer compact (€30) provides a sunny disposition with a bronzer that works for all skin tones. It’s available in three flattering shades and each has a subtle shimmer that will leave skin looking effortlessly sun kissed and can also be used on the body for a gorgeous summer glow!

So there you have it! Whether you are holidaying abroad in a tropical location or having a weekend break at home you can head out looking sun kissed and not have to about any make up mishaps in the sun!


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Feb 27

How to create the perfect smokey cranberry eyes with Tara O’Farrell

How to create the perfect smokey eyes makeup look, what products to use and tips. BUFF Make Up video Tutorial with makeup artist Tara O’Farrell.

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