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We Won!!!!

So grateful to everyone who has played a part in our success. We have been announced not only as Cumbrias leading 5 star salon but 5star salon of the year 2019 in the whole of the North West.

Proud and overjoyed!

Thanks.

Greg and all the team.

 

 

 

 

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North West Beauty Industry Awards Finalist !!!

To all those who have come through our doors and given us a recommendation to a friend or colleague and to all those who have nominated us, THANKYOU  !!

We love our job and what it brings to us to meet so many wonderful people. We truly are blessed to have such lovely clients.

 

Thanks

Greg and Ashley and all the team. xx


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Hair Trends Summer 2019

Long Hair is back this summer and ladies are swaying towards the natural tousled look once more. Placing the straighteners to one side ladies are now digging out their diffusers and ripping off their nozzles (on the end of the hairdryer!) in search of a natural textured and bouncy look. The curled look does emit a youthful glow to many ladies and curls are often an image associated with energy and youth.

Clients truly are demanding the wash and go image once more and hair is either naturally dried or rough dried and loosely tonged. Length wise we are now going just around the shoulder area for the flexibility of the summer updos.

Where we are short we are edgy short with many women opting for a little razor work here and there! Under shaves and one sided shaves are much more prevalent this summer and its a great way to keep length, stay cool and look trendy!

Colour wise….Silver is thankfully finally on the decrease and the look this summer is the sandy, aztec blonde image and clients are wanting the more natural blonde nordic tones that give more beige tones and warmth and this is now overtaking the ashen/silver blondes requested much of last year. I might add this is more achievable longer lasting and in the majority probably kinder to the hair so a positive change of trend as far as I’ Continue reading


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Wedding Preparations

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The beauty of living and working in such a stunning location is that there is an absence of  a “wedding season.” Loving couples are constantly tying the knot at the many exquisite hotels in the Lake District. A majority of my happy couples do not hail from Cumbria and are travelling with their nearest and dearest to enjoy a wonderful day celebrating their relationship. This is a glorious treat for everyone involved to spend time in the picturesque Lakes, however planning for what is the most magical day of your life is made extremely hard when dealing with so many unknowns. Who is the best supplier for cakes, hair, makeup, flowers etc. ? This is a huge issue as unreliable or unsatisfactory service in these areas threatens to ruin your big day.

Many Hotels do have dedicated wedding coordinators who are often a great source of information. Many hotels offer recommendations in their brochures. I would urge you to discuss your requirements with the staff as well as read the marketing material and always bear in mind that the bigger the marketing advert does not always correlate to the best service for you!

My advice is ask the suppliers you find first to recommend other professionals. I have worked this area for over twelve years and last year completed over 120 weddings! For this reason I always am brutally honest about who I will vouch for with regards other suppliers as I want the best for my customers. Also it always creates a much more relaxed friendly atmosphere if the suppliers are familiar with each other,used to working together and compliment each other. For example I work with many photographers and can recommend them based on your personality. I even know how each like to arrange the room and can save them having to do it when they get there. Makeup artists and myself work well together and with many we have a system that works well and keeps everything ticking away in a relaxed manner! All of the suppliers have seen it all and are aware of each others strengths and can help guide you to find a “fit” for your requirements.

Planning is such a major part of the process and I can’t stress enough the importance of drawing on the “locals” knowledge. Plus, if you get all the pieces in the right place, the suppliers are all professionals in their field and the day will run smoothly!

Happy Planning!

Ashley x


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Bridal Hair

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This article is brought by Ashley Taylor of Greg Malloy Hairdressing Penrith. This month she talks through bridal Hair and the many choices brides face preparing for their big day.

This season has exploded with weddings in the Lake District and people are coming from far and wide to marry in Cumbria’s beautiful churches and exquisite hotels. This year yet again there is a shift in bridal hair design. For years I have had numerous brides recreating the Kate Middleton wedding style which was simple and elegant, however not always compatible with Cumbrian weather! This year the move is more towards “hair up” and this for me is much more suited both the weather and the busy and often stressful situation of a wedding day.

Brides need to consider where photos are being taken, if outside will you want to be panicking about your hair flying around in the breeze? Are you commuting from one venue to another which again can affect the longevity of the hairdo? Is there a veil and are you going to wear it all day or not? Many of my past and future brides venture onto a boat as part of their day. This is lovely …but…you may look like you have been dragged through a bush by tea-time!

Then there is the dress. The neckline will dictate the hairstyle and a brides physical attributes will also affect this. For example a bride with a nice slim neck and shoulder line will want to wear her hair up to accentuate these features. You can soften the look with dropped pieces of hair around the face and neck. Smaller brides may want hair placed higher on their head with detail at the top to lengthen their whole image.

This year there is a move towards hair braids and hair twists. This is a much softer and more bohemian look and works really well for people who prefer less structured looks and a more natural approach to their image. I think this works well with flowers in hair and even ribbon/material woven through the hair. Many with this look will opt for detailed clips/flowers or flatter less bulky headpieces as this image doesn’t always work with large tiaras which are more suited to more classical bridal styles. I would always advise a practice as it really puts a bride at ease to know what she is having and also to check tour initial hair plans are suited to you, your dress and plans for the day. As with dress hunting, people have ideas of hairstyles that don’t work when sampled! Brides often end up having a style that they didn’t think they would as tastes change once you start experimenting with styles and this is why a practice is very important. It is important to get it right for you as you will have to view these pictures for years to come and want to know that you won’t wince at your choice of style after a few anniversaries!


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Wedding hair preparations.

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Brides spend much time deliberating over the special hairstyle for their big day. However once the decision is made we need to think about how best to prepare our hair to make it look its most shiny, bouncy and healthy.

I always advise a small trim about a fortnight before the wedding. This refreshes ends and revitalises the hair.

If a brides hair is coloured and dry i would advise a treatment. This normally can be achieved by using a deep conditioner for a few weeks leading up to the wedding day. However brides need to not use it the wash before their wedding hair up as it may look greasy and be too soft!

I advise most brides not to have their hair freshly washed for their wedding hair as grips slip from the hair more easily and the hair can often be too soft to manipulate into style.