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Bridal Look by Emma Farrell Make Up

Aug 26

Bridal Make-Up Tutorial with Emma Farrell

You’ll see we recently posted a new Bridal make-up tutorial on with the super Emma Farrell and thought you might like to have a step by step guide to follow and accompany the video!

Bridal Look by Emma Farrell Make Up

Starting with the eyes: Use Pebbles Eyeshadow  as a base, with Urban Eyeshadow all over the lid. Clubbing Eyeshadow adds the perfect pop of sparkle on the centre of the eyelid. Heffner Eyeshadow for extra definition along with perfection eyeshadow on the inner corner of the eye and underneath the brow bone.

Use the gel Black Eyeliner along the lash line, flicking your line upwards and outwards to lift and elongate the eye. To make your eyes appear nice and large Emma recommends using the White Eyeliner Pencil on the waterline to open them up.

Apply a gorgeous set of natural yet fluffy false eyelashes to really set off the look, also applying mascara on over the lashes as it helps to bind the natural lash to the artificial one and gives a much cleaner and more natural look to the lashes.

Face: Once you have finished the eyes clean up underneath the eyes to remove any fall-out from the eyeshadow. This is Emma’s top tip for wedding make-up as the camera picks up everything!

Use the BUFF Camera Ready Primer to smooth out the skin and prepare it for the base. Apply HD Foundation in light motions with a brush. If you buff this into the skin well it gives the appearance of an airbrush finish. Once you have applied the foundation conceal underneath the eyes and any blemishes and to set your flawless face, a light dusting of the BUFF Dual Powder is recommended.


Contour the cheeks, jaw and nose for a slimming look. The flash from the camera can leave your face looking very flat, so this step is not to be skipped for Bridal Make-up! Highlight above the cheek bones with the Mineral Icing Sugar, this gives a gorgeous dewy glow. Don’t forget your Melba blusher for a fresh hint of colour.

Lips: Finish the look off with a gorgeous natural pink lip look, Emma pencilled in the outline and centre of the lips with lip liner then applied BUFF Nibble Lip-gloss which is perfect on most skin tones.

If you try this look yourself we would love to hear from you and how you get on.

Debs look h 264 HD - YouTube

Aug 08

BUFF Make-Up ‘Debs Makeup’ get the look with Tara O’Farrell

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Jul 17

Top Tips for Extensions Care

We regularly suffer from hair envy as we look at long, luscious celebrity tresses, silky smooth, glossy and not a split end in sight! Well we can all feel that bit better in knowing many of them fake it! Everyone from Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson to Britney Spears and Selina Gomez are all sporting hair extensions on a daily basis. Hair extensions, clip in extensions, hair pieces have all become the must have accessory to change your look in an instant. They are used not only for added length but also by people with fine hair to add thickness and volume to their hair.

Professionally attached extensions are the options chosen by celebrities to get the looks we all want to attain. If you seek out an experienced hair extensionist you will be able to get the looks you really want, here at Hession Hairdressing we use Great Lengths Hair Extensions.  Superior quality, this 100% real human hair is 100% ethical and 100% traceable! With celebrity users including Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, Demi Lovato and Kate Beckinsale it’s nice to know you can avail of Hollywood glamour and celebrity tresses!


Do not shampoo for two days after your Great Lengths application. When shampooing, always wash your hair with your head back, not tilted forward. Never dry with a scrubbing action, instead wrap a towel to absorb the excess moisture. When allowing your hair to “air dry,” Great Lengths recommends that the attachment sites be dried with a blow dryer to prevent the bonds from remaining wet for an extended period of time. Always use the Great Lengths Anti-tap Formula after every wet treatment.  The Anti-tap Formula is designed to neutralize irregularities in your water source and/or to protect the keratin bond polymers from chlorine, saltwater and other solutions not compatible with a proper pH. To prevent premature bond breakdown always saturate your hair with water and apply Great Lengths Anti-tap Formula prior to swimming, exercising, using a sauna or any activity that creates moisture in your hair for an extended period of time. Immediately after such activities, shampoo thoroughly, condition, apply the Anti-tap Formula and blow-dry the bonds. Brush your hair three times a day with the recommended Great Lengths brush. Unlike many extension systems, regular and thorough brushing is recommended for Great Lengths extensions. Beginning at the nape, brush row by row, scalp to ends. Always pull your hair into a soft ponytail while sleeping as it will prevent tangling


Kerastase Specifique 3 step system

Jun 24

Fine hair that looks flat and balding??

People often want to try home care products that encourage hair growth especially in fine hair; they aren’t an instant quick fix and generally require ongoing use.  The scalp gets tighter as you get older and the hair bulb becomes weaker and as such you really do need to adapt your hair care regime to suit. Kerastase have a fantastic Spécifique range that has a full regimen for fuller, thicker hair, the shampoo Bain Stimuliste GL stimulates the growth of hair already there;  Densi Recharge makes the hair swell to look thicker and full of body  while their Lotion Densitive GL  helps maintain hair thickness adding texture and substance.


When it comes to adding volume make sure and use a good volumising shampoo and conditioner when washing your hair using the conditioner only through the ends! Kérastase Bain Volume active is a volumising hair bath that provides strength and vitality to fine, limp hair.

Blow drying your hair will make the hair look fuller rather than letting it dry naturally. Apply volumising mousse and start to dry your hair upside down so you can generate immediate root lift for additional volume. For maximum oomph, lift sections of hair toward the sky as you blow-dry, directing hot air toward your scalp. This “cooks” the roots and dries them in an upright and lifted position. Tip: Avoid heavy conditioners, hairsprays and styling products that will just weigh your hair down after all your hard work. Another tip is to invest in some Velcro rollers, they’re easy to use and don’t damage the hair.



Batiste Tavel Size Original Blush Tropical €1.49 each

Jun 19

Fail Safe Desk to Dancefloor Tips!

We are frequently asked what to do to get you looking dance floor ready after a day in the office so we thought we would share our tuppence worth with you! Dry shampoo is a great cheat product if your hair has gone flat and is looking a bit lifeless; just spritz the roots for an instant lift! The travel sized Batiste (€1.49) dry shampoo is perfect handbag size.

It will have your hair feeling fresh and smelling good in seconds. Kirby Grips and hair elastics are also handbag essentials if going from office to party. Tie hair up in a loose, messy bun for an on trend look that also disguises that unmanageable hair. If you have got the length, a braid or fishtail plait is a chic look that will wear well throughout the long evenings. Use the Kirby grips to pin down flyaway hairs, lumps and bumps and fringes that are past their sell by date.






Gwyneth Paltrow

Jun 11

Shine On! – Paul’s Guide To Celeb Worthy Tresses

Shiny, A-lister hair is the top of every girl’s wish list yet in reality most of us are sporting dull and lack lustre locks. Whilst the lucky celebrities have personal hairdressers to help them achieve a glossy mane, us mere mortals have to bear the cross ourselves so Paul Hession has given us some quick and easy tips for injecting radiance to your hair that even Gwyneth Paltrow would be jealous of!  Use a deep conditioning masque weekly to lock in moisture and add natural vitality to the hair shaft. Colour treated and highlighted hair gets easily damaged from the chemical abuse of colourants so opt for a product, such as Kerastase Chroma Riche Masque (€35.50), which will protect and enhance your colour for extra shine.

How you blow-dry and style your hair can also affect how silky it looks. For a gorgeous poker straight look like Gwyneth Paltrow the secret is to section by section, angle the hairdryer down the shaft whilst blow-drying, to flatten and smooth each strand, and finish each section with a blast of cool air to lock in the shine. For those with naturally curly hair, rinse off hair with cold water before drying to minimise frizz and then sparingly mist damp hair with a lightweight shine enhancing spray such as Redken Colour Extend Shine Rich (€25.50) and blow-dry hair using a diffuser attachment on a low heat setting to encourage natural, defined curls.

Finally, style your hair as normal and add some extra gloss to your do with celebrity favourite L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hair Spray (€7.99). Looking like a star has never been so easy!

Luscious Locks this Summer

Jun 06

We’ve been waiting for the sun…Summer Sun Hair care

We have been waiting, pray, hoping for sunshine for so long and now that it’s here we nearly don’t know what to do with ourselves! Well we are going to make sure you can tick hair care off your list with a few tips to keep your hair looking good in the soaring temperatures!

Luscious Locks this Summer

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Conditioner is like water to hair so it is important to ramp up your conditioning duties during the summer months make sure to schedule conditioning treatments at least once a week! It is also important to drink plenty of liquids to keep roots and strands flush with fluids.  Water will also keep your skin soft and plump.  While it’s tempting to drink ice cold alcoholic drinks keep in mind that they can dehydrate skin and strands!

Split ends- be gone! Be religious about trims this summer, as the sun robs moisture from your tresses, it is important to have our ends trimmed every 4-6 weeks during the summer months! Frizzy hair is often the result of too much sun time to keep those ends healthy with regular trims!

Back off Heat! If you normally use hot styling tools, try and give your hair a rest during the summer months and let hair air dry whenever possible! Use this as an opportunity to create a ‘Boho’ look by braiding damp hair to create beautiful waves! If you just can’t live without those trusty hair straighteners make sure to use a leave-in conditioner designed to protect your hair against the heat!

Cover up! Whether you are in sunny Spain or just chilling in the back garden, hanging out in the sun without protection for your hair and scalp is the worst thing you can do. Use leave in hair products with SPF protection or cover up in style with a sassy floppy straw hat, the perfect accessory for any beach outfit!

Summer Sun Hats for protection!


So head out into the sun, and show off those glossy locks and don’t forget your SPF!!

Hession Hair Salon 2013 Hairstyle 3 - YouTube

Mar 13


If you are looking to brighten your locks after a long winter, see what colour specialist Sharon Delee has to say about the Ombre technique.

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Hession Hair Salon 2013. 2nd hairstyles - YouTube

Mar 13


Tara Smartt takes us through some steps to create an upstyle regularly sported by Kate Middleton and a top knot bun very popular with Kim Kardashian and J Lo.

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Hession Hair salon 2013 Hairstyle 1 - YouTube

Mar 13


Do you want to learn a bit more about Great Lengths Hair Extensions? See how it’s done here with our in house expert Laura Francis

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