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easy pin ups


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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hair help!

Tonight when you get out of the bath combat the damage from the past years styling by sticking a leave in conditioner/treatment on your hair and reach for a cup of tea/glass of wine and relax for 10 mins whilst it soaks into your hair!

Your hair will appreciate it as much as you appreciate 10 min rest and relaxation!

I recommend Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Intense Moisture Masque.

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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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hair tip!!

The best thing to promote your hair growth is massage!!! get your partner/friend anybody you can to gently massage your hair tonight to aid the stimulation of blood to your follicles. If you do this everyday you will definitely notice increased growth rate of your hair!!!!

Happy massaging!!!!

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childs hair!


Your advice this week comes from senior hairstylist Ashley Taylor from Greg Malloy Hairdressing Penrith.

Your child has smiled, laughed and eaten their way few the first stages of its wonderful life and now for another milestone…..the first haircut!!! This is a very daunting time for both child and parent. Up until now you have educated your wee one that strangers are to be avoided or at the very least treated with suspicion and that sharp objects such as scissors are a no go as they will hurt you. So It’s no surprise to learn that your child will probably be horrified at strangers wielding scissors coming towards them!!

The best way to have a positive first haircut is to play hairdressers at home. Get your child to enjoy hair brushing etc. spray water on their head and speak excitedly about hairstyles. You could also let them observe you getting your hair cut. Try not to use the word “cut” it sounds painful. Try telling them it’s a trim or a style. Always avoid attending a salon with a child that is starving or tired and if you can download a game or video onto a smart device it is a good tool to distract your child.

You could pop past the salon before the first trim and allow your child to pop in and say hello to avoid the salon feeling too alien on the first appointment. Try to brush the childs hair so it is free from knots as if the stylist hurts your child getting knots out it doesn’t bode well for the child allowing a trim to take place!!

It might be advisable to contact the salon to check how child friendly they are and enquire which stylists are most suitable. Some hairdressers I have worked alongside in the past dislike childs hairdressing so they will not be as patient as may be required! Some parents also find that they feel very uncomfortable taking a child in a busy salon full of clients if there is a risk the child will become distressed.

Above all never let the stylist begin a haircut on an already distressed child. Also do not restrain the child. You will terrify them and the psychological impact of having been restrained or heavy handled in a salon will mean that they will continue to fear any service on their hair.

At Greg Malloy Hairdressing  we will put those first locks in a container with the date and a record of the haircut for you to keep. We also offer a free first haircut to regular clients children and other salons may have similar offers so it’s worth asking!!

Good luck and if at all in doubt do what many parents do…..send the child with their Grandparents for their first haircut!!!