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    Meet Stylist Gitanna Mullan



    All the members of the Sinéad Kelly London team bring something unique to the salon. Together, there’s a wealth of experience, creativity and personality which means you’ll always be able to find someone to best help you transform your look and the way you feel about yourself. Last month, we did a Q&A with Azzurra Chivaroli to get to know her and her history and that worked so well that we wanted to do the same with our Gitanna Mullan (above).

    In her time at the salon, Gitanna’s helped with the UK L’Oreal Colour Trophy win (spot her behind Sinéad in the pic below), she’s worked on a number of important shoots, she’s styled pop stars and VIP bloggers and she’s carried out client consultations alongside Sinéad. As a blonde herself, Gitanna knows how to help blondes and aspiring blondes be the best possible versions of themselves, she’s a whizz at colour in general and she has her finger firmly on the pulse of the newest trends.




    We picked her brains to get her to share some style tips with readers of this blog and to learn a bit about her background.


    Q: Where do you go to for inspiration about hair and new looks to try out?

    I’m always looking at what’s going on during London Fashion Week. I also follow lots of bloggers – see below!

    I do tell my clients that they should set trends rather than follow them by doing whats best from them and having confidence alongside that. That means I can give them a more personal touch, advising people based on what will suit them and making the whole experience bespoke. So we combine baby lights, lowlights, highlights, micro lights and Contour placements. We do lots of glazing and glossing to give shine and depth to the tones.

    Q: Do you look at any bloggers for style and trends?

    Eimear Varian Barry always gets it right. She has a unique sense of style and knows what she wants. I actually do her hair and really enjoy the creative process.



    The PixiWoo sisters – Sam and Nikki Chapman –  are also very inspirational. They are the original vloggers and their audience has grown with them. They just get better and better.

    Q: What are some of the best styles you’ve given clients recently? 

    Here are some of the styles that my satisfied clients have shared on Instagram. When a client posts a pic and is happy with what I’ve done its an amazing feeling.











    Q: How long have you been hairdressing?

    I started at a family business at the young age of 13, then two years later when I was just 15 I joined the Sinead Kelly London team. Sinead took me under her wing, mentored me and personally trained me. Every day I went to work, I learned so much from Sinead who’s had a long career at the top of the hair industry in both Dublin and London.

    I’ve been with Sinead for five years now and she’s getting me involved in doing consultations. My job is never boring and I love suggesting styles to clients and seeing their reaction at the end.


    Q: What has been the highlight of your career?

    I assisted Sara and Vas for the L’Oreal Colour trophy in 2016 where they went to lift up the award. We beat salons from London, then from the South East and then from the whole of the UK. Going on stage to collect the trophy, knowing that we’d beaten thousands of other UK salons was amazing.

    For our winning design, Vas watched the trends closely from London fashion week and sketched out some ideas, resulting in an electric blue bob. I learned so much about how to think outside the box and push boundaries. But thinking of the box was the first step, then we had to pull off a transformation from brunette to blue. This taught me the importance of forward planning and doing things step by step.


    Q: Your career has been in the fast lane since starting with Sinéad 5 years ago, you have done more than most people in the Industry has done in a decade. How do you overcome people judging your age when you first meet them in the salon or at events or shoots?

    The proof is in my work. I always make the client feel confident by having a thorough consultation, I’m always clear and only ever make promise I can keep when it comes to managing expectations. I am young but I’ve worked hard and I’m committed to learning more. I watch my mentor Sinéad, who is constantly learning herself, and I know that to stay the best I have to keep watching and learning.


    Q: If someone is thinking of going blonde and worried about the maintenace of the look, what would you suggest? 

    Don’t try to do it all at once. Give your colourist at least six months to a year if you want a big colour change. Going from dark to blonde should be done with care and ideally over a few visits to maintain the condition of the hair.

    If you do it slowly, you won’t need to worry about changing your wardrobe or make-up because your hair style has changed dramatically and old outfits no longer suit you. Evolve gradually into your new look.

    When its done, be prepared for the upkeep to keep on top of the roots – every four-six weeks is the commitment level needed to avoid colour bands and patchy colour.

    If you’re super worried, come in for bespoke hair. I did this white blonde on a client recently, which was a mix of several diferent colour techniques. It was a long process, but totally worth it to keep the hair fresh and flawless.



    Q: If someone is happy with a bold red colour and notices it starts to fade, what can they do to keep their hair shiny looking?

    It sounds odd, but wash your hair less frequently. Water fades hair colour. In fact, up to 80% of colour fade is due to water alone. Your hair absorbs water, and as your hair dries, the dye drains out with the water. Not only that, tap water contains a myriad of chemicals that interfere with the way your hair takes on and keeps colour.


    Q: If someone wants to try pink / green / blue or any other statement colour, what advice would you give them?

    You have to have blonde hair to make the color show up. It’s seems obvious, but having natural or fake blonde hair is your first step to going pastel. Putting the dye on natural blonde hair will give you a cool wash of color, but it won’t last long. For major results, you’ll want to bleach first.

    If you have red tones go in your skin, go for cooler shades like blue, green or lavender. If you’re very pale, warmer shades like pink and orange will look amazing.

    It’s very important to care for coloured hair properly. Use sulfate-free shampoo and strengthening conditioner — products containing keratin will help keep your hair super strong.


    Q:If someone is going out after work and doesn’t have time to style properly, what can they use that’s quick and easy? 

    If you’ve been working all day then its most likely your hair is flat after a day spent in the office, especially with all the heating that needs to be on at the moment. If you don’t fancy taking curling tongs into the office and hunting for a plug, how about a glam braid?

    Pull your hair around to one side and do a messy fishtail plait. Don’t worry about ends sticking out. Pull out some hair around the face to soften the look. Use a volumizing product on the hair left loose around the face for instant sexy glam.


    Hopefully this post has been useful? If you fancy booking in to use Gitanna’s skills, please call the salon on 020 8392 2444. You could also follow @gitannamullanhair on Instagram as well as @sineadkellyldn

    November 14, 2018

    Meghan Markle’s Best Looks


    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



    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.









    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:






    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.




    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

    Our Pre-Wedding Treatment Guide


    Are you lucky enough to be saying ‘I do’ anytime soon? Then you need to make sure your hair looks the best it can so you don’t look at the photos and say ‘I don’t like them.’

    The goal is to have the best hair day of your life on your wedding as it’s a time when all eyes will be on you as you walk down the aisle. Good hair is not an accident. Nobody magically wakes up with glossy, shiny hair without having done any preparatory work. This is actually positive news as it means the hair of your dreams is within reach…as long as you use the right products.

    Sinéad knows what she’s talking about as she’s been the bride before. She knows how important it is to look and feel your best. This is how she looked on her wedding day:







    This is Sinéad’s advice about what you can do to ensure your hair looks its best and you feel super special:


    Pre Wedding Colour Prep

    1) Choose a hair colour based on your skin tone

    For warm tones dark browns, warm browns, chestnuts, rich golden browns, auburn, warm gold and red highlights, and golden blonde shades will look best on you. Go for colours with a red orange or gold base. Avoid blue, violet, and ash based hair colors which will wash out your skin colour.

    For cool tones, try shiny raven-wing blacks, cool ash browns, or cool blondes in shades ranging from mink to platinum and icy white. Avoid gold, yellow, red, and bronze tones in hair colour.

    The best thing you can do is have a consultation with an expert as they will be able to tell you immediately what would most suit you. Sinéad herself has had 20 years experience in the hair industry as well as leading her team to win the prestigious UK L’Oréal Colour Trophy in 2016. Everyone can have access to her directly in email or skype consultations – just explain you want one when you call to book and the staff will talk you through it.


    2) Think about your eyes

    Eye colour can determine whether a hair colour looks good on your or not. Do you want your eyes to pop? Green and blue eyes might look great with reds, brown, or blonde, while dark eyes might look great with a contrasting colour.


    3) Strengthen the bonds of your hair


    Once you have chosen a colour, you can do some hands-on prep. If you’re going platinum blonde, you need to use a product that helps repair and strengthen the bonds in your hair fibere. Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 is your must-have product here.

    Comb a palmful of the cream through damp hair, leave on for as long as possible (overnight with a shower cap is best, but at least 30 minutes, if that’s all you have time for), then shampoo as usual. You’ll notice softer, shinier hair after one use, with less breakage after continued use.


    4) Book 2 weeks in advance

    You may think it would be best to get your colour done a few days before your big day but then what about room for error? If you leave a couple of weeks to manoeuvre, you’ll be more confident when you sit in the salon chair as there’s still time to change anything you don’t like. And because you’ve thought about it, the chances are everything will be ok like when you buy an umbrella and it doesn’t rain again for weeks.


    5) Give your hair a trim

    Dead ends turn into breakage once you transition hair colors, so this makes all the difference! It makes the style look really fresh, too.


    Pre Wedding Hair Treatments





    You will need to wash your hair after your salon visit and before the wedding so you need to find a shampoo that enhances your hair rather than clogging it up. If you went blonder, the best shampoo is L’Oreal Professional Shine Blonder shampoo as it has a purple element to brighten the hair and combat brassiness. The Kerastase chroma captive shampoo is also great for colour treated hair. It’s enriched with chelators, UV Filters and Vitamin E, so it helps fight the factors responsible for colour fading – including water particles  and oxidative aggressors. This powerful formula with Rice Bran Oil helps to emphasise light refraction.  The colour stays true and vibrant, while hair is left feeling nourished, supple with an intense shine.


    2) Deep Conditioning Treatment

    If you’ve coloured your hair you need to look after it. A deep conditioning treatment is vital. Go back to the Olpalex that you used to strengthen the hair before colouring and use it once a week. Ideally twice before your big day. Apply to damp hair, comb through, and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes at home before washing as normal. If you want to maximise the effect, leave it on overnight


    3) Heat Styling Serum


    Before you blow dry your hair, you need Kerastase Therapiste Serum. It instantly heals and seals the ends of the hair. Split ends appear reduced and it has a high heat protection of up to 230° so you can use straighteners / tongs without worry that your hair will split before the big day.


    Post Wedding Honeymoon Hair

    It’s important not to let things slide as soon as your big day ends. After getting in the best shape of your life for your big day, keep up the momentum and you’ll feel so much sexier on honeymoon. We know that it’s not always easy to look after hair while you’re away from home so we suggest going for a boho vibe.


    By day, braid your hair so that the sand, sea and sunbathing don’t affect it. Check out our recent post on braiding here.

    At night, shake out the braids and you’ll have beautiful beachy curls. To emphasise those curls, run your fingers through them and then spray lightly with L’Oréal Elnett hairspray so they’ll be more defined and last all night long, whatever you get up to.


    If you need any more advice, tweet @sineadkellyldn or call the salon on 020 8392 4444



    July 31, 2018

    How To Keep Hair Healthy On Summer Holidays

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    Has all the warm weather we’ve been having recently got you thinking about your summer holidays? Us too. Before we know it schools will have broken up and we’ll be bundling kids, partners and half the wardrobe onto a plane in search of some sunshine.

    Here’s our five-step guide to how you can keep your hair looking its best during your holiday.

    1. Pre-plan your colour

    Although it may be tempting to get your hair coloured just before you jet off, sun and swimming can accelerate the fading process. We recommend you get your hair coloured one week before you go so the dye has time to bond to your hair and you won’t have any nasty surprises – we all know someone who has had a green hair disaster.

    1. Keep your hair strong



    Strong sun, salt water and chlorine can be hard on your hair. To keep stressed-out locks from ruining your relaxation, take care of your hair before you go. Book in for a revolutionary Olaplex treatment in salon – this miracle product is proven to target hair strand structure, reconnecting bonds broken by colouring and daily life. It will give your hair the strength it needs to stand up to summer.

    1. Try a new holiday shade

    Shake things up with a temporary colour change while you’re away. One of our favourite quick wins is to run a little pastel colour through light hair for a soft, carefree colour lift. Have a look at the latest rose gold hair colour trend for inspiration.

    1. Protect against the rays



    You’d never forget to protect your skin, so why neglect your hair? Before you go, stock up on some products that will protect your hair from becoming dry and brittle through sun damage. Most hair sunscreens comes as a spritz which also add a lovely shine, plus you can get some that work on both hair and skin and smell amazing. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

    1. Get some TLC when you return

    Your hair is likely to grow quicker when you’re in the sunshine due to the increased vitamin D, which is linked to hair growth. So when you return home head down to the salon for some TLC including a Fusion Dose Kerastase treatment, aimed to give your hair all the nourishment it needs. Add a blow dry and you’ll be ready to show off your look, complete with tan, to your friends.





    July 26, 2018

    Pride London: Hair Colour Inspiration


    We were proud to be Londoners on Saturday 7th July as the Pride parade and celebration rocked the capital. As the main procession took place between Great Portland Street and Trafalgar Square in central London, everywhere around the city people were celebrating love in all its forms and it was a beautiful sight to witness.



    The salon staff got involved because the ethos of Sinead Kelly London is that Love is Love and that everyone is equal no matter their race, religion, gender or sexual preference. We also enjoy helping people to feel more glamorous and Pride a day where everyone makes an effort with their appearances as they feel free to show off their true personalities. Pride is a day to experiment without fear of judgement and we’re all for that. Here are some pics of the salon staff expressing themselves with colour:








    Pride is an uplifting and an exciting time and we loved seeing all the colours on the streets. It was inspirational for getting us to think about hair colour in a different way. We always look at hair trends, it’s how we created this iconic blue bob that won the L’Oréal colour trophy award beating thousands of salons from around the UK and won us an award at the World  L’Oréal Colour Trophy awards.




    So with this year’s Pride being bigger, bolder and brighter than ever, we checked out what was going on with the hair of our favourite gay icons and divas. These are the people that we think do colour best:


    Kylie Minogue



    She’s been in pop for 30 years and she’s gone through a lot of styles in that time – some awful and some fabulous! From having a dry perm sticking out of her hat on her first album cover to having a lovely healthy glossy blonde shoulder length style and then a darker blonde, she’s definitely experimented.

    Kylie is one of those people who gets better with age and that’s because she’s more comfortable with herself as she gets older and she knows what she likes more. We like how she’s toned down a platinum colour to a more manageable, but equally sexy,  strawberry blonde colour. You don’t always have to be the brightest blonde, it’s all about finding what suits you and luckily the Sinéad Kelly London team are experts at helping you find the right blonde for your skin tone and lifestyle.


    Ru Paul



    You couldn’t get more glam than Ru Paul’s drag race. When you wear striking make-up and put the effort into your face, its a lot easier to pull off outrageous and daring colours as people see that you’ve made an effort with your face and it looks like your hair complements that. Striking hair and no make-up is almost impossible to pull off as the hair will end up washing your face out.

    Ru is always someone that owns a look. The brighter, the more voluminous and the longer the better. When you’re confident with a new hair colour – and Ru changes hers often – it doesn’t matter what others think as long as you like it and then others end up liking it too because you ooze confidence.


    Lady Gaga



    Lady Gaga changes her hair colour practically every fortnight. She’s been multi-coloured, she’s been platinum, she’s been pink, red, green and blue and even an eye-catching shade of yellow. What’s her secret for making sure she doesn’t damage her hair? Well, one of her secrets is wigs – sometimes her hair is dyed and sometimes its a wig and the wigs are such high quality that you can’t tell. When it is her own hair, she’ll have used Olaplex to keep the hair glossy and healthy and she’ll have changed it slowly with the platinum being a middle stage between one colour and another.




    Madonna is the original Pop Queen and we love her for so many reasons – she sets trends, she doesn’t apologise for being herself and she’s controversial and proud of it. She worked her way up from nothing to being a multi-millionaire music icon and her cone bra and leotards continue to inspire modern day pop stars.

    With her hair, she’s often been blonde and in her early days she was always platinum. However, now she’s 60 this year (in August) she’s toned it down a bit and gone for a darker shade of blonde. This means her hair looks super shiny and its a look that works day to day, not just when she’s on stage. As she’s doing less and less performing she had to go for a more realistic everyday colour and she’s still blonde, which means she can easily add a pink or a blue colour or scrape it back to create different looks on stage. When you choose your hair colour, you have to be realistic about what you spend most of your time doing.


    So whose hair would you most like to copy? We hope you enjoyed Pride!

    July 9, 2018

    Love Island: How To Do Holiday Hair


    Are you watching Love Island? Each night, more than 3.4 million people watch live and more watch on catch up as a dozen hot and fiesty, fierce and frisky 20-somethings search for their ideal partner. Along the way they clearly know that they are on TV as they make their holiday villa a catwalk for strutting their stuff in a selection of new summer dresses and bikinis with different hair and make-up styles along the way.

    By day they sunbathe and by night they party and if you’ve ever been on a beach holiday you’ll know that its a constant battle to look good both day and night. Too much sun and salt water means its difficult to stay glamorous, so how do the Love Islanders do it? We’ve picked three  examples of styles that are easy for us all to copy to add some fast glamour to our holiday hair repetoire.

    Sunbathing Hair



    Megan’s a controversial character in the villa after she stole another contestant’s man but one thing you can’t fault is her braids. Boxer braids keep hair free from frizz and out of your face to keep you feeling cooler. When you take them out, your hair will be naturally curly giving you a bit of volume for your dinner and party look. Here’s how to do the braids yourself:

    STEP 1: As with most braided styles, this one is going to work best on day old or slightly greasy hair. If you have just washed your locks but still want to give it a try, start by adding some texture to your hair with a Texturising Spray.

    When you’ve worked that in to give your hair a bit of grip, split your locks with a centre parting all the way to the nape of your neck. Secure one side in a loose ponytail out of the way and brush the other out ready to plait.

    STEP 2: You’re basically going to be doing a French plait on each side – or a double Dutch braid if you’re more confident (that’s like a backwards Franch plait), so starting on your preferred side, split a section of hair at the very front into three and begin to braid.

    Then, every time you take a section from either the right or left, add in a section of the loose hair at the side, gradually braiding all the way down to the nape of the neck.

    STEP 3: You want to think about the shape of your braid as you plait and if you want the braid to really stand out, you’ll want to keep the braid really tight and position the centre of your plait in a slight arc following the shape of the ear.

    STEP 4: Once you reach the nape of your neck, switch to a normal plait and braid all the way down, securing with a band at the bottom. Then backcomb the tail at the bottom for a bit of volume, spritz the whole braid with a light mist of hairspray to secure and repeat the whole thing on the other side.


    Night Time Hair



    A sleek ponytail looks elegant and chic on all occasions but it also hides greasy hair and it makes you look less tired as it lifts the cheekbones. It actually looks best on hair that’s not freshly washed so that it holds better. You can copy contestant Georgia’s high sleek pony by:

    Step 1: Give your hair some texture. If your hair is freshly washed and a little too smooth, add some hairspray or dry shampoo to your hair for some texture. This will allow your ponytail to stay in place all day long.

    Step 2: Next, pull your hair up towards the crown of your head. Make sure you’re pulling your hair up, not back and don’t be afraid to go higher than you would normally!

    Step 3: Holding the ponytail in place with one hand, brush out any bumps with the other hand to ensure a smooth, sleek ponytail.

    Step 4: Once you have found the perfect ponytail placement (center of your head, visible from the front), it’s time to take your hair elastic and secure the pony into place.

    Step 5: To keep your ponytail looking chic and not like you just came from the gym, take a 1-inch section of hair from the underside of your ponytail and wrap it around the hair elastic. Secure the hair with a bobby pin to hide the elastic, pushing the bobby pin in on the underside of the hair elastic so everything is covered up.

    Step 6: For some added volume and texture, tease the ponytail with a fine-tooth comb, gently combing hair upwards and towards the front.


    All Occasion Hair



    Host Caroline Flack has nailed the hot weather hair with loose waves running through her classic bob. You can rock this style for day, embracing the salt that adds texture to the hair and then tong the hair to make the curls more defined at night-time. It’s always better to have short hair in hot weather as it’s much easier to style that hair that’s longer than shoulder length. To create all weather waves:

    Step 1 Section your hairSeparate a two-thirds section of hair and clip it up and out of the way, leaving the bottom third portion of your hair down.

    Step 2. Start curling. After spraying your hair with a heat protectant spray, take a 1- or 2-in section of hair and wrap it around the wand. Be sure to twist the hair as you wrap it – this gives an undone look to your strands when you unravel them — leaving the ends uncurled aka straight.

    Step 3 Tug on the coil. After leaving your hair on the wand for a few seconds, release the section of hair and immediately tug on the end of the curl to loosen it to prevent super-tight curls.

    Step 4. Continue to curl your hair in varying-sized sections. Alternate curling the sections in different directions (toward your face, away from your face) to create a messier texture. Also switch up the size of the sections to make your waves look more organic.

    Step 5. Leave the front pieces for last. Curl the face-framing sections of hair away from your face for a more flattering wave.

    Step 6. Finish with volume or texture spray. You can’t have beachy waves without a little texture. Spray your roots and strands with texturizing or volumizing spray to finish the look, and then break up your curls with your fingers (not a brush!) to tousle your waves.


    Happy Holidays from the Sinéad Kelly London team!

    June 29, 2018

    Inspiration From Celebrity And Blogger Dads


    With Father’s Day falling on 17 June, it’s good timing for a male-focused blog post. Men are paying more attention to their hair and fashion than ever before – there’s even a Men’s Fashion Week now which takes place between 8 – 11 June .And it’s important for women because when you look your best you want your partner to make an effort too!

    So let’s take a minute to celebrate the high-profile dads that set style inspirations at the same time as setting a good example to their children. There’s nothing more attractive than a good dad, except perhaps a good dad with exemplary style. Our top 5 dads of the moment are:


    Jamie Oliver



    He’s got 5 children but still maintains a youthful air. What we like about Jamie is that he keeps things simple. His food is all about letting high quality raw ingredients shine through and he keeps his hair long to flaunt that its in excellent condition. We do wonder if her borrows his wife Jools’ shampoo! Jamie has admitted on Instagram that he takes an interest in hair and does braids for his three daughters.

    Fashion-wise it’s all about dark washed jeans, shirts and converse – again keeping things simple. When you’ve got five children to run around after it’s almost essential to wear a hard-wearing fabric like denim.


    Father Of Daughters


    Perhaps the funniest father on Instagram, Simon has four daughters (including twins) and is happily married to midwife Clemmie. The grey hair may be showing in his beard but we like that – it shows that he’s lived a little. We like how his hair is long on top and short at the sides as this style is making a real comeback. You can show that you have hair but its easy to manage than long all over, which means valuable time saved in the mornings.

    Style-wise we’re too busy laughing at his Insta stories to pay that much attention to what he’s wearing but he’s amassed 853k Instagram followers so he must be doing something right.


    Liam Payne



    Dads can have tattoos too! Liam Payne might be a dad to one year old Bear with the gorgeous Cheryl Tweedy but he’s lost none of his swagger. His hair is short and easy to maintain – it looks like he spends more time grooming the facial hair than he does the hair on his head.

    We like the contrast of wearing preppy clothes with tattoos – it makes everyone look twice.


    Eddie Redmayne


    The Oscar winning actor became a father of two this year and it’s made him look more mature, in a good way. He may have some laughter lines but he’s had fun making memories. There’s lots of texture running through his hair, which helps hair that is naturally fine look more voluminous.

    Style wise, we rarely see Eddie out of a suit. Even when he’s dressed casually he looks smart. He has a look and he’s sticking to it and we admire that. It would feel un-natural to see Eddie in jeans and a scruffy shirt.


    David Beckham


    You can’t have an inspiring dad list and not include father of 4 Beckham. He’s had a lot of questionable hair cuts over the years but the grade 1 at the sides and long on top suits him. Using wax and spray to tease his hair upwards to create volume, Beckham oozes attitude. If you want other dads to look in the playground and think ‘he looks interesting’ then this is a style to choose but it’s not for anyone shy.

    Fashion-wise, we see Beckham in the front rows of men’s fashion week. He really cares about looking good and has a wardobe from Dior Homme and YSL to prove it. After having to wear a football kit to work for years, he likes to experiment. We think he looks best in something simple like a black t-shirt and jeans but then there’s no denying that he looked divine in a morning suit at the royal wedding. When you’re as fit as David is, all clothes look good.


    Which famous dad do you most admire? Have a lovely day celebrating the amazing men in your life and if you want to treat him to something special then book him in for a style consultation at the salon. He can even have a skype or email consultation with Sinéad herself and benefit from her 20 years of experience in the hair industry – just ask about it when you call to book and we’ll sort it out.


    Pictures: Instagram

    June 16, 2018

    Royal Wedding Bride And Guest How Tos


    The royal family has just become a lot more glamorous with the arrival of Meghan Markle. As 29 million Americans and 18 million Brits tuned in for the opulent, decadent but still personal wedding with some unique touches, it became clear that Meghan is a strong and sophisticated woman. Her new husband’s eyes filled with tears as she walked down the aisle, as impressed as we viewers were with the simple dress and relaxed hair style and the fact that she kept her make-up light to let her natural beauty shine through. Not many people could make such a low-key look work for such a major occasion.

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    And of course, then there was the second dress where she wasn’t afraid to show off her gorgeous figure. In the second outfit, she was every inch the glamorous TV star that we’ve gotten to know through her time in Suits. This look suited her more, in our opinion. With the big ceremony over and no longer having cameras follow her every move, she was free to relax and party with her new husband and all their friends. She might have also been annoyed that some of her hair had come loose throughout the wedding ceremony so the second hair style was a lot more chic and perfectly matched to her halterneck evening gown.  
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    Fancy copying the second do? Here’s how:    

    1) Start by parting your hair down the centre.  

    2) A couple inches back from the start of your parting, grab a 4-inch section of hair. Using a texturizing spray, spritz the bottom of the section from behind. Then use a teasing comb to backcomb the hair to create texture. Keep this very close to the roots.

     3) Repeat this process (section, spray, tease) with small sections until you reach your crown. Flip your hair back over and smooth out the top so that there’s no bumps (but don’t brush out the volume).   4) Scrape the rest of hair back into a pony tail low down at the back of your head  

    5) Spritz the length of your ponytail with a texturizing spray to add grip and texture, then twist it up into a bun. Using bobby pins that match your hair colour, pin the bun into place

    6) Finish by pulling out a few face-framing pieces in the front and you’re ready to be a Princess.     And let’s just take a minute to admire the make-up which was created by Daniel Martin, who met Meghan through Suits. He works regularly with Dior beauty and used Dior products for that soft, illuminous and peachy look that really suited the royal bride.  
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    Martin kept Markle’s skin fresh, with just a touch of concealer under her eyes. Her freckles were visible and her skin looked luminous. Her eyebrows and eyes were the main focus of the look. Martin swept a gray eyeshadow across her eyes and piled on the mascara, then filled-in her eyebrows with a warm brown powder to define them. Her cheeks had a subtle flush of peach color, while her lips were covered with a light pink shade. It appeared to be tapped on with a finger to give a stain-like effect instead of a wash of opaque color. It was actually a mix of two colours -Truly Kissable Lip Crayon in Sheer Chestnut Kiss from Honest Beauty Lipstick and Dior Lip Glow in 004 Coral.   lipstick_meghan_markle_8039.jpeg_north_663x_white   These are the eye products consisting of Dior Backstage Eye Palette in Warm Neutrals 001, the Diorshow On Stage Liner in 091 Matte Black, the Diorshow Iconic Mascara in 090 Black and Truly Lush Mascara from Honest Beauty:  makeup_yeux_meghan_markle_9119.jpeg_north_663x_white 
    It wasn’t just Meghan who was in the spotlight on the day as cameras followed every guests arrival from Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams to Victoria Beckham and Meghan’s Suits co-stars. Did you see anyone with a particularly perfect hair style? The Sinead Kelly London team have to hand the award for Most Elegant Guest to Amal Clooney who glowed in canary yellow next to Gorgeous George.  
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    Amal oozed old school Hollywood glamour with loose, neat waves that framed her face. Her hair looked super healthy and shiny and you could tell she felt comfortable. If you’re not a fan of up-dos, Amal’s look is easy to recreate and here’s how:

    1) Amal’s hair is full of volume, so if you need more volume blow dry your hair with a thickening / volume product for a glossier, more polished finish. Use a shine serum to ensure that it looks healthy.

    2) Separate your hair into square sections and start curling medium sized sections. Make sure you curl in the same direction! We recommend a one-inch barreled curling iron for a looser wave.
    Once you’ve curled your whole head, spray lightly with a medium hold hairspray to help keep the waves in place.

    3) Take a brush and fully comb through the curls. At first this will feel weird — after all, you’re ruining all your hard work — but trust that it will work. The goal is to unite all the individual curls into one smooth wave. If you find the curls separating at the bottom, backbrush underneath the hair and it should keep them in place

    4) Spray with a firm fix hairspray.

    May 23, 2018

    Festival Hair: How To Create The Looks at Home


    Summertime means festival time! It all kicked off with Coachella in the US in mid-April and now it’s the UK’s turn. From May onwards, most weekends of the year will involve some kind of festival and we cannot wait!

    We love the dancing, the being outside with friends, seeing some big bands live and letting ourselves relax and wind down. It’s so nice to get out of our everyday street clothes and swap them for something light and loose. Because comfort doesn’t have to mean compromising on style does it?

    If you’re anything like us, you may start to plan your festival outfit in advance and that includes the hair style. You may have the best clothes in the world but if your hair is greasy and uncared for then you won’t feel your best and that’s why the Sinéad Kelly London team is here to help. We’ve come up with three festival hair ideas that you can do yourself so you can look like you’ve just walked out of a five star hotel when really you’re staying in a tent.

    1. Side fishtail braids



    1. Prep hair with ghd heat protect spray with UV protection and ghd total volume foam to add texture.

    2. Blow dry hair using the ghd air® saharan gold hair dryer.

    3. Section off two side panels of hair and create two braids on either side of the head.

    4. Backcomb the top section of hair to add fullness and height using the ghd narrow dressing brush.

    5. Pull the top section of hair back to the crown area and create a fishtail braid.

    6. Run the ghd gold® styler in pure gold over the remaining hair to give a smooth, straight finish that contrasts the braids

    7. Add some hair rings sporadically throughout the braids to accessorise


    2. Loose bun with accessories 


    1. Prep hair with ghd heat protect spray with UV protection and ghd curl hold spray to add texture.

    2. Blow dry hair using the ghd air® saharan gold hair dryer.

    3. Loosely curl hair with the ghd curve® soft curl tong to add movement and texture.

    4. Pull hair into a mid-ponytail, leaving front sections loose for a soft finish. Secure with a hair elastic.

    5. Twist into a loose bun and secure with pins.

    6. Add a colourful headband as the finishing festival touch!


    3. Hair jewellery and tussled waves


    1. Spritz hair with the ghd curl hold spray and blow dry into the hair, twisting sections and drying up and down the length for texture using the ghd Saharan gold air hairdryer.

    2. Create a centre parting using the end of the ghd tail comb for precision.

    3. Use the ghd gold® styler in earth gold to create the loose waves in the hair. Start by pointing the styler downwards at the root and rotate half a turn away from the face.

    4. Glide the styler pushing downwards and release the styler just before the bottom of the hair for a straighter, more modern end.

    5. On the next section, repeat the technique, but this time rotate the styler towards the face.
    TIP: Changing the direction of the rotation creates a natural texture.

    6. Continue the technique throughout the hair working in sections, always alternating the direction and leaving ends straight.

    7. Once hair is cooled, dress out the hair with the ghd detangling comb.

    8. To finish the look, add a hair chain, securing with bobby pins and aligning with the temple.

    9. Spritz with ghd final fix hairspray to ensure the style lasts all evening.


    Which look’s your favourite? If you want any advice, just call the Sinéad Kelly London team on 020 8392 2444 or pop into the salon.

    May 3, 2018