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new year, new you!

Happy New Year to all our clients. I usually begin the year with an overview of what the many fashionistas in the hair world are predicting for hair trends in 2018. However I have decided to concentrate on what the demand of our clients has been so far this year!

Now this may differ greatly from the world of Vogue and Tatler but is probably, for most of us, a far more realistic notion of what we will see on the high streets in northern Britain and not what is on the catwalks of Paris and Milan. I don’t know about anyone else but quite often I look at these images and shows and think “who really wears their hair like that?!”

I do anticipate a move towards shorter ladies styles this year. This is compounded by the many clients already climbing into the stylists chairs at Greg Malloy Hairdressing and proclaiming to want “it all off, very short and out of my way!!!” This is quite unusual during the colder months. Quite expectedly the fades/ ombre looks are still popular and although the pastel colours are still prevalent customers are tending to be a little bolder so baby pink is becoming dusky or dirty pink!! This is a positive move as the more intense pastels are much easier to achieve and often to maintain.

In complete contrast to the ladies, the men are opting for leaving it a little longer. Dishevelled curtains topped with facial hair seem to be popular and almost a greasy look is the order of the day. Of course only for those who have the patience and perseverance to bother growing it!

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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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Look new with new look prize at Greg Malloy Hairdressing.

Greg Malloy is proud to announce we are partnered with clothing giant New Look in their current promotion. Lucky winners can receive a free wash and blow dry at our Penrith salon.

To claim your prize you follow instructions on your winning voucher and make sure to quote that you are a new look winner upon booking your free treatment.

Happy shopping and we look forward to welcoming our winners!!

 


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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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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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Weddings!!

I am now knee deep in wedding season and would like to wish all the best to my brides this week. I have a few wedding tips and trends to share this week based on my recent wedding hair experiences.

Jewelry is becoming much more popular and I am increasingly pinning in necklaces (as something old or borrowed) and broaches. This weekend I worked with some fabulous headlaces designed to sit at the temples, they were very Kim Kardashian and looked beautiful and very original.

Also my top tip for hair accessories is to try your local haberdashery store to find buttons that can be easily looped onto grips and popped into wedding hair. They will have a selection and they are much cheaper than other shops that sell wedding hair accessories!!

I hope this gives prospective brides some inspiration. Happy wedding planning!!!