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October 2018

    Meghan Markle’s Best Looks

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    Is it just us, or is Meghan Markle making the Royal Family a million times more glamorous? Not only has she swept into Harry’s life and lit it up, but she mesmerises us with her effortlessly elegant style. She has a quietly confident air and grace to her, despite her new role being a world apart from how she grew up.

    Let’s have a closer look at how she does it!

     

    The Coats

    Meghan appreciates a classic Winter coat (as you can see above) and the way it can help a person to make a smart entrance. She often wears a wool coat with a large tie waist to highlight her slim shape or she’ll wear a coat with a high colour that’s sharp and tailored. Even on the day of her pregnancy announcement, at Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank, she sensibly opted to arrive in a coat in contrast to some guests who shivered in the heavy winds. If you want to be more like Meghan, you need to think about getting a smart coat.

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    The Trousers

    Meghan really suits trousers as she has very slender legs that can sometimes appear too bony when she wears a skirt. Trousers help her look more chic and elegant, especially if she wears them with her hair tied back in a tight bun.

     

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    Her features are very tiny, so tying her hair back emphasises her petite nose and the twinkle of mischief in her eye. With her trousers on and her hair up, Meghan can act the part of Princess for hours, even if she feels on the inside like she doesn’t know what she’s doing. Trousers and hair up is the ultimate power-dressing outfit   Embed from Getty Images

     

    The Pencil Skirts

    Notice that when Meghan does get her legs out, she wears high-waisted midi skirts. She has a gorgeous bottom, one that Pippa Middleton would be jealous of, and the high-waisted skirts show off her curves. She’s a big fan of leather and her high waisted leather pencil skirts are to die for. Quite often she wears her hair loose when she’s in a skirt as it softens her overall look. Whether it’s in smooth, glossy waves or in a loose chignon, when Meghan wears a feminine skirt, her hair looks looser and it makes her appear more womanly. Harry’s a lucky man.  

     
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    The Halterneck Dresses

     
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    Meghan has amazing arms, they’re super toned. On the occasions that call for her to wear a dress, she always shows her arms off. On her wedding day, the Stella McCartney dress that she wore to her evening reception cemented her position as a Princess.
     
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    Standing by Prince Harry’s side at the Invictus Games in Sydney, she wore a green halterneck dress. The green complemented her skin tone and the cut showed off her arms. Meghan knows her best features and dresses to show them off.  
     
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    Pregnancy Style

    There’s been no sense of Meghan dressing down now that she’s about to become a mum. Not many mums to be could pull off a £10,000 Oscar De La Renta Dress or wear killer stilletos like Meghan has been doing. In the early stages of pregnancy, her bump is tiny so she’s continuing to be herself for as long as possible. We admire that!
     
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    In terms of her hair, it’s certainly true that she’s glowing. In pregnancy, oestrogen levels increase during pregnancy, making what you have gorgeously thick, healthy and shiny.

    The kick side is that she may well experience post partum hair loss three to six  months after giving birth like most new mums.  This is because your hormones revert to normal and the hair that was supposed to fall out, but didn’t, comes out all at once. The trick to dealing with that is to care for your scalp, because that’s where the hair grows. Massage is key. She could spend two to three minutes massaging her hair in the shower. Also, it would help to take vitamin and mineral supplements especially, hyaluronic acid and spirulina supplements to promote hydration and mineralisation, leading to thicker, healthier hair.

     

    What we like about Meghan is that she doesn’t seem to let much bother her. She makes sure she looks immaculate and then she goes out with her man by her side and chats to the public. Then she goes out and does the same the next day. She has some style staples like her coats and her tapered trousers and she mixes it up with halternecks and pencil skirts. If you know what suits you, own it! If you don’t know what suits you – ask us! Salon owner Sinead is available for email consultations so you can use her 20 years of experience to work out what will look best on you.

    October 28, 2018

    Meet Senior Stylist Azzurra Chivaroli

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    We hope all our readers had a great summer? If you’ve visited recently, you’ll have seen that someone very special has had a promotion. Azzurra Chivaroli is now Sinéad Kelly London’s assistant manager. Well done Azzurra!

    Azzurra (pictured above) brings with her a loyal client base who trust her to make them look glamorous and feel pampered and looked after time and time again. Her dedication to her clients is impeccable and we can’t wait to give you the opportunity to experience it.

    As she’s studied art, she has a special talent for balayage – she’s got an eye for painting on the colour in just the right way. Another one of her talents is the blow dry especially if you want beachy waves that are soft and sexy. Here are a few examples of her work so you can see her handiwork for yourself.

     

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    In the salon, everyone’s happy when they leave Azzurra’s chair, especially those floating out onto the street with waves showing off the stunning colour mix. For those who haven’t had time to book in yet.  we’ve picked her brains to get her to share some of her knowledge and background with readers of this blog.

     

    How long have you been in the hair industry? Why did you decide on this career?

    I have been hairdressing for nearly a decade. Having originally studied art, hairdressing was a way of combining those creative techniques but in a practical way. I also love making women feel good about themselves, glamourous and beautiful. Everyone has the right to feel fabulous every now and then.

    What have been your biggest successes?

    One of my biggest achievements was making the transition from Rome to London. That was a great personal success. After managing an Italian salon in London, I felt it was time to break away and move into a salon that was more diverse. Also, I have completed various advanced colouring courses in Italy as well as London, learning from the industry’s best. I have also competed in hair competitions in Rome and creative shoots.

    What cuts / colours have you done on a client that you are proud of and why?

    I think its important to take pride in everything you do, but if I was to one in on one technique of colouring I am particularly proud of it would be my balayage. This technique is so popular today but so tricky to create. Being a freehand technique its notoriously difficult to make look seamless, but I guess that’s where my background in painting comes handy. Here are more examples:

     

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    Can you help a client to have more voluminous hair and how?
    Analysing a client’s hair texture and natural fall is key and ensuring the appropriate cut is executed. Using the correct products is important and making sure you don’t overload your hair with them. Ironically, less is more when it comes to volume.

     

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    Do you have any tips for clients wanting to blow dry their hair at home as well as you do it in the salon?
    Use the correct tools, when straightening hair use a paddle brush and when wanting a more voluminous wave use a round brush. However, hairdressers are masters of their craft so trying to ‘replicate’ the exact look at home is difficult…otherwise we would all be out of a job.  

    What is your favourite party hair up-do and why?

    I am a big fan of ‘messy’ hair ups. The more done but undone look as oppose to anything too set. A beautiful pulled out fishtail braid or shaggy chignon always looks effortless and can also make clients feel more glamorous and confident, as not all the hair is scraped back, creating a softness and romanticism to the whole look.

     

     

     

     

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    What knowledge can you pass on to clients wanting to fight the frizz in the cold, wet Autumn weather?

    Make sure hair is completely dry before leaving the house in colder months. Also, decant your favourite serum in a handbag-friendly size bottle and apply small amounts throughout the mid lengths and ends if your hair is particularly prone to frizz

     

    All the photos used above are by Azzurra Chivarloi. You can also find more examples of her work on the @sineadkellyLDN instagram feed.

    If this has inspired you to book in to benefit from her expertise and experience in real life, call the salon on 020 8392 2444

    October 8, 2018