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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.

 

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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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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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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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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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Try our top selling product Bamboo Shine Shampoo and Bamboo Shine Conditioner. Free from parabens and sulfates it truly makes hair shiny and sleek. Samples available from the salon so please ask your stylist to try it!!!


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Hair Care

Make sure to nourish your hair today in preparation for the summer! A treatment or two at this time of the year is advisable, especially if you have your hair chemically lightened. Hair masques are a good way to nourish dehydrated ends. Ask your hairdresser for advice on which will suit your hair type as picking the wrong one can have a detrimental effect on your locks! Give your hair a treat today.

I recommend Alterna masques (from £25) or a more cost effective alternative is L’Oreal Mythic hair masque (£16) For deeper cleanse place a plastic cap over your head after application and leave it on for 15mins before rinsing.

Good Luck,

Greg x