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Xpose Magazine Make Overs

Sep 09

Decades of Beauty with Xpose Magazine

It’s been a busy few weeks here at Hession Hairdressing and our artistic team have been out on shoots the length and breath of the country! As always we like to share some of the great work that has featured and first up this month is the gorgeous Decades of Beauty make over featured in Xpose magazine. We were thrilled to look after 4 wonderful candidates for Xpose magazine during the summer and delighted to see another decade featured recently in the magazine. With the hair make over courtesy of Paul and our gorgeous BUFF Make Up featured, the final result was stunning!

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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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.


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


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!



Jul 10

Irish Tatler August – The Mock Crop


Who has picked up their new issue of Irish Tatler Magazine, full to the brim of super features?? We are loving their ‘Hair Do’ feature working the high summer hair trends to the max with a series of catwalk inspired looks and even more thrilled to have been asked to give you the low down on one, so check out the mock crop from us to you!



Butter LONDON Pub Sign Black

Jul 07

Butter LONDON arrives at Hession Hairdressing

We are constantly looking for new products to bring to our clients and we are very excited about our latest addition!

Synonymous with all things rock and roll and fashion, beauty brand butter LONDON® is recognised around the world for superb, unexpected colour and long-lasting, high-performing products and it is available in salon now. Famed for pioneering carcinogen-free nail care and creating exceptional nail lacquer colours each season alongside the world’s top fashion designers, butter LONDON® is the “go-to” brand for high-fashion beauty. Nails are a fashion accessory and can have a huge impact on an outfit, so getting them right is crucial and now you can purchase butter LONDON from Hesson Hairdressing in Drumcondra and Clontarf and we will be launching it online over the coming weeks!

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


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.