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easy pin ups

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This article is brought by Ashley Taylor of Greg Malloy Hairdressing Penrith. This month she talks through pinning up hair and quick and easy solutions for getting your hair up.

Early this year I wrote about the upcoming hairstyles and touched on the pin up looks that are going to be hot this year. Whilst plaits and tousled hair are in this spring we will see much hair tied up as it is not yet quite bright or warm enough to release our locks! Getting your hair up and looking fashionable is now not as hard as it once was. As the current fashion is messy and unstructured  this makes our lives easier.

One way to pin is to twist sections at the side and then secure with pins at the base of the neck. This can be easily done with one section each side or you could take numerous smaller sections to build a more detailed look. This is good for hair that is wavy/curly.

A simple pleat can be created by gathering your hair in a ponytail at the back of your neck in your hands and twisting it upwards until you have a sausage shaped piece of hair running vertically up the back of your head. Then you hold the hair in place whilst putting pins in horizontally across the pleat into the crease. Any hair left at the top of the roll can be fanned out to give a soft look. You can also buy decorative crocodile type clips that will hold the entire roll without the need for grips. This look is ideal for all ages.

A great way to secure a pin-up is to start with a ponytail. Then place pieces of the ponytail in little rolls and pin or scrunch sections and pin for a rougher effect. A really good way to secure the ponytail is to use a small elastic hairband (although I often use horse plaiting bands as they are stronger!) and pop two Kirby grips on it. Gather the hair into a ponytail and whilst holding it pop the Kirby grip into the base of the ponytail then wrap the elastic around the ponytail whist keeping your thumb on top of the inserted grip you must do at least one rotation around then pop the remaining grip into the base of the ponytail also. This is a more secure way than the traditional method and often gives an instant facelift!! A really current trend for the younger generation this spring is the top knot which would start with a secure ponytail and then twist the ponytail and wrap it around its own base and pin it. This season the higher this is placed the better!!!

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winter style

This month’s article is brought to you by Ashley Taylor, Director at Greg Malloy Hairdressing in Penrith.

 

Colder weather brings a change of mood and quite often a big change of image! This season the hottest hairstyles are rustic and natural and are in the main part low maintenance which is good news in today’s fast paced and busy world. The biggest hit in my view is the long shaggy/wavy bob nicknamed “The Lob” and was inspired by Jerry Hall’s most recent haircut. The great thing with this style is it is very universal and suits a variety of ages as it doesn’t go below the shoulders which is often a large no, no for many older ladies. It is best worn wavy and with textured layers and is nice with or without a fringe. Ladies with oval, oblong, square, and diamond shaped faces will suit this cut the best and this means it is very versatile. You need to instruct your stylist to cut a blunt shoulder length bob and add long layers and then style it with a wand or curlers. Finally add a spritz of shine spray and tousle with your fingers.

Another option that is popular for naturally curly ladies is a shorter curly bob. It is a little reminiscent of the eighties but it is a popular and current look. This gives the curls a chance to do their thing and provides an easily maintained look full of bounce and body.

 

 


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festival hair!

This month Greg Malloy Hairdressing will be hosting the first dedicated Hairdressing facility at Kendal Calling and with this in mind Greg Malloy reflects on what Britain’s festival clientele will be demanding and looking at the festival fashions of 2014!

The first rule of festivals is make sure your hair is washed the night before as whether or not you intend to do your hair yourself or pop to the hair tent it needs not to be too freshly washed for most of the popular hair styles. Experiment with hair accessories before the main event to see what suits. It may be head scarves/garlands/head band or feathers.

This year plaits are massively popular and a great option for day 1 of your festival. If left in overnight then removed you will have a boho wavy look for the next phase of the festival! There are some really interesting plaiting techniques and many wind all around the head in halo effects which are novel and hip! The fishtail plait over one shoulder is always popular. Anything too neat is out so bear that in mind.

Rainbow hair is the biggest festival trend this year and it is often coupled with plaits. This is achieved either by pre-lightening then using semi-colours in pastel shades that will last 6-8 washes or by using hair chalks which any hairdressing stand will be offering. These are great as they only last a few washes but you can get very creative with them!

Garlands are always popular but many find them too clumpy so an alternative is loose flowers woven into hair using a twisting or plaiting technique. Another popular look for the more edgy, grungy festival goer is to have feathers put into their hair.

Unless you have paid for upgraded washing facilities you will feel dirty so remember that hair up will last better and get less dirty during the festival and that dry shampoo is your best friend at a festival!

Those of you heading off to Kendal do not fear as we will offer all of the above so there is little excuse to look anything but on trend at Kendal this year!!

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Bronde and Balayage Highlights

Bronde not blonde!!

This month Stylist and Colourist Ashley Taylor from Greg Malloy Hairdressing Penrith talks us through the latest colouring trend.

This season we are still seeing all the celebs sporting “Bronde” hair dos. This is the perfect balance between brown and blonde and is a colour that suits all age ranges. It is more flattering to those with medium to dark skin tone and is a much better option than the previous trend for overly dark hair. This look compliments the skin tone and gives a natural sun kissed look whilst maintaining shine and depth in the darker areas. This look is achieved by using Balayage highlighting techniques and mixing it with a touch of Ombre colour. This technique replaces the foil highlight and makes the hair lighter only in the areas which would ordinarily be tinted by the sunlight. It means that it grows out much more naturally and is therefore less maintenance. It is a less uniform look and this technique can be used with other colours (reds/browns)

It is derived from the French word for sweep and that is exactly what it is. Sweeps of colour hand painted through your hair!

So if you fancy achieving the current red carpet colour ask for a stylist who can apply Balayage highlights and get the look.

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new for 2014!

Be on trend for 2014!

 

This month directors of Greg Malloy Hairdressing, Greg Malloy and Ashley Taylor give you their take on the upcoming hair trends for 2014.

Firstly I think many of you have reduced the use of straighteners and I know in salon we have used them much less in the latter part of 2013. This is good as it will lessen the damage to your hair and improve the quality and condition of your hair. The great news is waves are in and they are to be tousled; even dare I say slightly frizzy! Think mermaids! The best way to achieve this look is to ensure you have asked your hairdresser to add layering to your hair to give it movement and body and then blow-dry it quite roughly and then use product to get the desired look. The key to this is not to use too much product and get the one that works for you. A good way to maintain this look is to plait your hair overnight and then you will wake up with the right effect.

This leads me to the next look. 2014 hair is going to have the bohemian look, plaits and twists and loose hair. Last year I touched on hair ornamentation but this year it is going to get bigger and bolder. Valentino and Dolce and Gabana have heavily featured hair accessories in their summer collections with flowers, coins and material scarves all woven into their messy updos and wavy long haired models. Much like ladies accessorise an outfit with the right handbag you will now see that concept extend to the head wear.

The ever popular bob will still feature heavily bit will be worn wavy and messy or uber sleek and tucked behind the ears. Leading fashion houses Chanel and Dior have seen their models sashaying down the catwalk with a wet look bob sleek and shiny and invariably tucked behind one or both ears. This is a striking look for those who have good facial shape with nice eye contour. Middle partings known as “model partings” are in fashion again and can be seen on every major catwalk this season.

Finally for those who chose to ties their hair back frequently the hype is all about the low ponytail. This is secured as low as is possible in the nape of the neck and again this is suitable either messy and soft or super sleek!

Hopefully this will give you something to consider when planning your look for the next 12 months. Check out the Greg Malloy gallery for an example of these looks.


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Hot Hair!!!

This month’s article comes from senior Greg Malloy stylist Ashley Taylor. Ashley is a vastly experienced stylist who is extremely enthusiastic about colouring hair and the colour trends and techniques. She is looking at what is in, what is out and what is coming!!

The summer has seen the ombre colouring technique being at the forefront of fashion. With celebs such as Rita Ora and Beyonce all competing for the best ombre look it has hit the salons in a big way. For me it looks better on light to medium based natural colour and needs to be done cleverly using a blend of three to four shades to achieve the most classical look. It does however get confused with the “dip dye” which tends to be one colour directly into another with no blend and an obvious transition line. This has been popular with the younger generation but we are now seeing an end to that as we move into the colder months and the richer colours. The dip dye will still feature but it will be with vibrant fashion colours and not blondes or natural looking shades. Ombre colouring will fade out also but for me has been an interesting trend.

Who knew that dirty dark roots that most of us would have two years since been embarrassed to have would become the height of fashion!! Personally I love the way the hairdressing industry has been so compliant with the recession!!!

Now we are going to enter a very colourful stage in hair fashion. This month L’Oreal launches their Hair Chalk range that will feature massively in the national press and various advertising campaigns. Having got to grips with this product already I can see the attraction. It lasts 2-4 washes and goes on all hair colours to give bright fashion colours. So you can have wacky coloured strands in your hair for special events and it really is just like accessorizing your hair in much the same way as you would paint nails!!! It takes anywhere between 5-15 mins and salon costs will vary but around £15-£25 would be the expected cost and the great potential I see is that you can do it yourself and on friends at home! It is also a retail product so I expect to see it on many Christmas lists! Having a teenage daughter myself it is a relief to know that this is a temporary product that will be less damaging, less expensive and lots of fun.

Other brands will be sure to follow but for now I think it will spice up hair nicely for Xmas parties and special events and equally for those who fancy being a bit reckless for about 48hours! I have many clients who I am sure would like to shock their friends with a sneaky purple or pink streak!!

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