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Model Shot - 2 Duo

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!


Create the Perfect Cranberry Eyes with Tara o Farrell_BUFF MAKEUP TUTORIAL - YouTube

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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Feb 03

How to create the perfect smokey eyes makeup look

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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Party season looks from Hession Hairdressing

Dec 16

Party season hairstyles from Hession

As the end of the year approaches one thing is for sure…Christmas and the party season is almost upon us!  Recently Hession hairdressing hosted a glam event to showcase some of the hottest hairstyles for Christmas and the holiday season. All our guests sipped on chilled bubbly and enjoyed delicious cake pops!

 First up is a plaited up do with a twist!

This is definitely one best left to the professionals, unless you are extremely talented! It features a side parting with braids running along the both side of the parting and then merging into an intertwined plait and braids along the hairline to frame the face.

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As you can see here is Paul Hession himself working alongside a member of Team Hession on this complex style.

At the nape of the neck the remaining hair is gathered into a low ponytail and the lengths are crimped to add texture and a thoroughly modern feel.

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In order to give this look a more sophisticated party look the top section of the hair was style into a number of twists which gave high glam lift and volume at the crown and then continued down to the nape of the neck where the fishtail plait begins.

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This pixie cut was blow dried smooth with lots of volume on top.  It was all brushed forwards and was then lightly tousled and set with hairspray.


 Volumised and texturised side bun

To create this dramatic look the lengths of the hair were crimpled to add texture. Next the whole head was gently backcombed section by section to add volume. Then a side parting was made and the hair was gently smoothed over, taking care not to loose the volume and tied in a low side ponytail. The hair was then pinned section by section back onto the head creating a loose bun effect. The idea is not to be too perfect…a little messy adds to the look!

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All looks were created by Paul and Team Hession Hairdressing, make up by BUFF Make Up

Makeup Tutorial_ How to look great for your Christmas Party with Tara O_Farrell - YouTube

Dec 13

How to look great for your Christmas Party with Tara O’Farrell

Some step by step tips from Tara O’Farrell showing you how arrive looking amazing to your Christmas party. Check out our video below, and remember to subscribe to our youtube channel.

Tutorial - How To Get the Autumn Winter Look_ Berry Lip and Neutral Eye - YouTube

Oct 10

How To Achieve The Autumn Winter Look Video: Berry Lips and Neutral eye

Autumn Winter Trend Berry lip and neutral eye make up Tutorial with Tara O’Farrell for BUFF Make Up Check out our video below, and remember to subscribe to our youtube channel.

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