Archive for the ‘Tips and Advice’ Category

May 02

Our Stand Out Hair Looks from the Met Gala 2017

From the outfits to the hair styles the Met Gala has always been one of our most looked forward to fashion events at Hession Hairdressing. We love seeing our favourite celebrities throwing caution to the wind and taking some serious risks with their hair styles! Check out some of our top picks from last nights event below – how many would you be brave enough to try??

 

Lily Collins

We’re loving this edgy gothic look on the usually sweet as pie Lily Collins. Short, blunt and super striking – top marks from us!

Kate Hudson

W’re so glad to see Kate mixing things up a bit this year, ditching her famous golden  locks for a cool ice blonde!

Rita Ora

This elfin look on Rita Ora is ultimate hair goals! If we were Rita we’d burn the extensions and stick with this super flattering pixie cut!

Stella Maxwell

Stella is doing us Irish ladies proud with this flawless look. This romantic up-do oozes  elegance and sophistication!

Rose Byrne

We love a risk taker and Rose is just that with these brushed out curls. She pulls off this ‘1920’s flapper’ look like a complete pro!

Kylie Jenner

Sometimes less is more and this is definitely the case with Kylie’s simple but chic platinum blonde bob. Kylie’s hair is understated yet polished and lets her  showstopping dress do all the talking!

Apr 11

How to Get the Most Out of Your Hair Colour!

Get the most from your hair colour with our top tips! 

Whether you’re blonde, brunette or redhead, coloured hair always requires extra care to keep it looking vibrant and fresh. Follow our top tips below  to get the most out of your colour!

 

TIPS FOR BLONDES 1. Firstly when colouring your hair blonde always have it done professionally in a salon. 2. Deep condition often. If you’ve lightened your hair to be blonde and want to avoid it looking dry,        use a deep conditioning treatment at least weekly to keep your hair hydrated. 3. Invest in a purple shampoo to prevent your hair colour from turning brassy which often happens with other shampoos that aren’t specifically formulated for blonde hair. 4. Get regular trims, blonde hair is more prone to breakage so you need to look after it.

 

 

TIPS FOR BRUNETTES 1. For beautiful shiny brunette hair whether coloured or natural, it is important that you keep it healthy. 2. Use professional products to maintain your hair in as they are specifically designed for your hair needs, and trim hair regularly. 3. Start by selecting the right shampoo and conditioner with the help of an expert in the salon. We recommend Kevin Murphy products and the Kerastase range. 4. When colouring your hair choosing a shade of brown that will suit your skin tone is the most important factor. Establish with your colourist whether to opt for a cool toned brown or a warm brown. Adding some highlights and lowlights underneath the hair will give it texture and multi tonal colour to soften your all over brunette colour.

 

 

 

 

TIPS FOR REDHEADS 1. This hair colour can be tricky to get right so if you’re not blessed with natural copper locks have a professional in a salon do it for you. 2. Wash your hair with sulfate-free, colour-safe shampoo and conditioner and rinse your hair with cool water to protect your hair from heat damage and add extra shine. 3. Use thermal protectant when heat styling your hair. This will dramatically reduce brittle and split ends. 4. Avoid the sun when possible – it’s always best to wear a hat in sunny weather and consider using a UV protectant spray for your hair. 5. Have a colour refresh service done in salon in between your root touch ups to keep your colour looking vibrant.

Jan 11

The Hottest Hair Looks from The Golden Globes 2017

It’s that time of year once again, awards season has kicked off and we’re glued to the red carpet for top notch hair and beauty inspiration! There were so many fabulous hair styles at this weeks Golden Globes it’s so hard to pick our favourites but here are a few that caught our eye!

 

Brie Larson

Brie’s gorgeous Hollywood waves are classic and timeless! We’ve seen a huge increase in demand for this style for Debs and special occasions and we can see why. We’re loving this sleek glossy look on Brie!

Emma Stone

Emma Stone’s undone up do was a firm favourite at the Golden Globes. This style looks so effortless and utterly elegant. We can see this becoming a popular look for bridesmaids in 2017.

Lily Collins

An up-do with  height and braids? What’s not to love?! This unusual style is eye catching and adds some edge to an otherwise very feminine look.

Ruth Negga

Our list would not be complete without Irish beauty Ruth Negga. Not everyone can pull off a cropped style like Ruth but she absolutely rocks it! Slick, minimalist and modern, this look is a total winner for us!

 

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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

HESSIONS PRESENTS GOLD FEVER HAIR EXTENSIONS!

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 www.hessionhairdressing.com.

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Aug 22

HAIR REPAIR WITH HESSIONS

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!

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Aug 13

GET THE LOOK WITH HESSIONS- SELENA GOMEZ

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 buffmakeup.com!