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
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.
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.
The gorgeous Anna Daly has long been a friend of the Hession Hairdressing team and a regular at our salons so we were thrilled to hear Anna was nominated the Woman’s Way Celeb Mum of the Year. We were lucky enough to be asked to do Anna’s hair along with our BUFF Make Up team for her cover shoot recently and wow how amazing did she look and a new mom for the second time!
We had the pleasure of teaming up with the super crew at Xpose Magazine and the TV3 show lately as they took four super ladies on a wonderful journey of self exploration when it came to revamping their hair and make up look according to their age category! We put together our artistic hair team and the fabulous BUFF Make Up team and you can see the results of the first big reveal for those in their 20’s features in the June issue on shelf now!
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!
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!
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!
So head out into the sun, and show off those glossy locks and don’t forget your SPF!!
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