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Lockdown Locks !

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Many of you are undoubtedly avoiding all mirrors in the house and waking up in despair at your hair! You are not alone and in these unprecedented times rest assured there are many more imperative things such as health, family and happiness to worry about. That being said it has a major impact on our mental health if we feel a mess. There are some things we can do to ease the pain.

Firstly, you can treat you hair to time, care and attention you would ordinarily not be able to give. So try leaving your conditioner on a little longer to allow it to really soak through the cuticles of the hair shaft and penetrate properly to help repair damage. Maybe even using that deep conditioner/treatment that you have at the back of the shelf that you were given last xmas (or was it xmas before!)

Spend more time on a head massage when applying conditioner. Hairs food and nourishment is the blood supply, therefore massage draws blood to the surface and feeds the hair follicle. This means regular head massage can promote hair growth at a time where some may have issues due to the stress of our current situation. It ultimately is also relaxing and if you can persuade someone else to massage your scalp even better!!

Some people struggle with fragile and brittle areas of hair, particularly around the hairline. Often this is due to excessive styling of these areas and sometimes due to tying hair back into ponytails and such like. Being at home may mean that you can use hot hair tools less frequently and leave your hair down, both of which will help improve brittle areas.

Now covering those tell tale roots can be more challenging from home and unfortunately many of my clients are already in touch with news of their “home hair accidents”. If you feel up to trying to use styles that obscure your parting, this is the way to go. Using a zig zag parting can work well. To do this you use a pintail comb (or skewer?) start at the front of your hair on the parting line. Zig zag along the parting towards the crown then pull the comb up and divide the hair. This will give a little body across the parting and hide the root area. You could also try backcombing a little at the roots to help hide an obvious root.

Now if you absolutely can’t stand the line and feel desperate enough to reach for the box dye, (for me should be a last resort!) then hopefully you are aware of the depth of colour your stylist uses. The encouraging news is that the colour numbering system is universal for professional and non professional colours and whilst you may struggle to obtain the correct tone you can get fairly good match of depth. So the first number is the depth and lets you know how light or dark you are. I would advise you get someone to carefully apply to your root area only with a basting brush to avoid sticking it all over your hair.

Hopefully that’s of help. Next time I may be forced to explain the safest way to let your husband/son/daughter cut your fringe. Here’s hoping we will all be back under the care of professionals before that is necessary!

Stay Safe and embrace the roots, I am certain that this lockdown will inspire a future fashion!!!

Greg and Ashley.


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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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Wedding fayre

Please come and join our team of stylists at the newly refurbished Appleby Castle’s Wedding Fayre on Sunday March 20th 2016.

We will be offering free bridal trials during the day and there are many exciting exhibitors and a catwalk show.

Brides will also get the chance to win their dream wedding.

See you there.

Ashley x


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Merry Christmas

Thank you all for your continued support this year and I wish all our clients a very jolly Christmas.

I would like to thank my excellent team for all their hard work and dedication over the past year and I know that they will want me to pass on their best regards to you all.

I can now rest after what has been a hugely busy month. Have a good time and I will look forward to seeing you all in 2015.

Merry Christmas

Greg  x

 

 

 

 


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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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easy pin ups

topknot 

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!!!