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    Introducing A New Baby And A New Consultation Service

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    We have some happy news to share – Sinéad has given birth to a gorgeous baby boy. You can see the adorable new arrival, named Huxley, in the photo above.

    And as we know everyone likes looking at baby photos, here’s another picture of Huxley with his older brother, Tyler. Aren’t they adorable?

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    So what does that mean for the Sinéad Kelly London salon? It’s all positive news, don’t worry! Sinéad will now be available to advise you on hair makeovers and suggest new styles over the phone or by email from 1 September. If you need a change and don’t know quite what that is or if you’re unsure about a look and want an honest opinion about whether or not it will suit you, then you can book in with the boss herself.

    You’ll get one-on-one time to pick her brains about hair. It’s not every day that you get access to the owner of a salon and at other salons you have to pay through the nose for it, but there is no charge for this service.

    Are you intrigued? Let’s have a closer look at what the phone / email consultation  service is and the benefits to using it:

    WHAT IS IT?

    Simply email a recent photo to Sinéad, and she  will spend time researching styles that will suit you and consider cut and colour.

    She will take into consideration your face shape, current colour and how it will adapt to your lifestyle. You can do it from the comfort of your home at a time to suit you and sit back and relax while Sinéad does all the work – all you have to do is pick your favourite look

    Even better news is that it won’t cost you anything.  Tell the salon what you need in terms of cut and colour, pay a 30% deposit for that appointment and they’ll put you in touch with Sinéad. She’ll advise you which one of her team is best suited to make your vision come to life.

    HOW TO BOOK?

    Phone the salon on 020 8392 2444 or email info@sineadkellylondon.com and tell them what you’d like to do with your hair.

    BENEFITS?

    1)  Time – Most people spend time thinking about what they’re going to have done before booking a hair cut. You might flick through a few magazines, you might scroll through the side bar of Mail Online, and you might Google the sort of style that you like. But where does it end? You could spend hours searching for hair styles and find it difficult to decide which one to go for. Your decision has serious consequences as you have to walk around with it for weeks, so it isn’t something to be taken lightly.

    However, Sinéad will do all the work for you, leaving you time to tackle the other things on your To Do list.

    2) Confidence – When you’re making a decision, you need advice from the professionals and Sinéad is an expert when it comes to hair. She has been in the hairdressing industry for over 19 years, winning many prestigious awards along the way.

    In 2016, the salon won the L’Oreal colour Trophy London heats and the overall competition, after reaching the finals in previous years. You can rest assured that Sinéad will give you advice drawn from years of award winning work.

    Also, celebrities like Holly Willoughby trust Sinéad with their hair and their hair is part of their livelihood as you can’t have bad hair on TV.  Sinead knows how to work under pressure and deliver results.

    3) Comfort – You  don’t need to plough through lots of magazines or stress out over Google. The only thing you need to do is send Sinéad one photo. You can do it from the comfort of your own home, sit back and pour yourself a drink while Sinead does the work and then sends you some suitable styles or talks you through it on the phone. How easy is that?

    And just in case you need any more evidence that Sinéad knows her stuff when it comes to hair, just check out this photo of how she left the hospital after giving birth:

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    She achieved this look by braiding her hair just before she went into hospital, following the same technique we showed you in our Festival Hair blog post. After a couple of days in braids, she shook it out to look every inch the yummy mummy when she took her baby home. Beautiful!

     

    To book in for an expert consultation with Sinéad, call the salon on 020 8392 2444

    August 21, 2016

    How to create a Dutch milk braid

    Braids are the ultimate look to sport at a festival. Refreshingly low-maintenance, braids ooze boho chic and look great on all hair types. If you’re tired of always resorting to the tried and tested plait, try a Dutch milk braid, a cute way to keep hair under control.

    Follow our simple steps:

    1. Create a parting from ear to ear over the top of your head and clip the rest of the hair below it back.

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    1. Starting on one end, divide the hair into three strands. Cross the two outer strands into the centre picking up new stands of hair as you go, much like a sideways French braid. Continue doing this until you reach the other ear.

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    1. Once the hair is plaited to the end take two grips and attach the hair behind the ear firmly in place.

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    1. Curl the rest of the hair using tongs to create glamorous beach waves.IMG-20160511-WA0008IMG-20160511-WA0007

    How to create French braids with a fishtail plait

    With summer on the doorstep it’s time to find an up do that will keep you feeling cool and looking hot! This braid is a perfect way to pull your hair back while maintaining a classy and elegant look to match any summer occasion, from a quiet family BBQ to a weekend music festival.

    Here is our step-by-step guide to achieve a gorgeous French braid with fishtail plaits:

    1. Divide the hair into two sections with a centre parting from the forehead down to the nape of the neck. Clip away one side of the hair to ensure you have a clean section to work with.

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    1. Start with a section at the front of the hair and divide into three distinct strands. Cross the two outer strands into the centre picking up new stands of hair as you go.

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    1. Work this down the back of the head until the hair is fully plaited, having picked up all the hair from that half-section.

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    1. To turn the ends into a fishtail plait, split the remaining hair into two sections. Separate a half-inch strand of hair from the outside of the left section and without twisting the strand, pull this piece across the top of the left section over to the right section. Repeat from the right side of the ponytail. Continue these steps until just the ends are left.

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    1. Use small see-through bands leaving the ends out and, voila! Gorgeous braids!

    Fight the frizz

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    The change in weather and the never ending rain is a frizz-sufferers worst enemy.

    Until someone invents an umbrella that protects hair from moisture in the air as well as the rain, frizz will be a longstanding nightmare during and after a downpour.

    Hair that has suffered cuticle and protein structure damage is more prone to humidity-induced frizz. So hair that has become dry and damaged through heat and chemical treatments is not going to fare well in the rain.

    To avoid frizz creeping up when the heavens open, follow our tips to make sure your hair is full of moisture for all the right reasons.

    1. Avoid sulfate-based shampoos, which can strip hair of moisture. To help seal the cuticle, apply an intensively hydrating yet lightweight conditioner.
    1. Don’t rough dry your hair with a towel whenever it is wet. Blot dry instead, removing moisture without ruffling the cuticles.
    1. Start any style with heat protector.
    1. Blow dry until completely dry, with no remaining hint of moisture.
    1. Use anti-frizz serum and apply sparingly.
    1. Try using a spritz of hairspray as it will act as an extra barrier between your hair and the elements.
    1. Let hair cool completely before venturing outside. Alternatively, finish off your style using the cold setting on your hairdryer. This will ensure that hair cuticles lay flat, making it harder for water vapour to sneak its way in.
    1. Avoid touching your hair. As hair will already be porous from the humid surroundings, any contact with sweat and heat can push moisture into the hair shaft, raising the cuticles and encouraging frizz.
    1. If the weather forecast his looking miserable opt for an up do to reduce the chance of frizz ruining your look.

    Spring trends in hair and beauty

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    Pack away your scarf and gloves, it’s time to make the long-awaited transition into spring.

    Spring is often about new beginnings and fresh trends and it’s no different in the world of hair and beauty. But it’s not all curls and flower garlands.

    Here are some of our favourite spring trends to kick start the season.


    1. Hair accessories

    Tiaras have been appearing all over the catwalk. And although they add instant sparkle and glamour to your look, wearing a crown to work may be a little over the top. Ornate headbands or pretty barrette clips are a casual, office-friendly alternative to stay on trend.

    For those of you feeling a little more ambitious, gold thread woven into a soft up do creates a romantic, feminine look and is inspired by Alberta Ferretti during New York Fashion Week.

    1. High pony

    Super-smooth sleek hair is back with a vengeance in the form of the high ponytail. Also known as the facelift ponytail, both Balmain and Chanel showcased this look on the 2016 catwalk. Minimal make up and a deep red lipstick make for a fashion-forward spring look, while perfectly straight glossy locks divert from the soft-waves often seen in springtime. This style adds height and should be worn with confidence.

    3. Denim Hair

    This is a real thing and girls with longer locks are getting involved en masse this season. With a ranging scale of blues, usually from lighter in the root to darker at the tips, this hair colour trend is intended to match everyone’s favourite jean material. Watch out for it.

    1. Au Naturale

    Barely-there make up is here to stay and is a look worth embracing now the weather is (hopefully) getting warmer. Use a concealer to disguise any blemishes and dark under-eye areas, followed by a tinted moisturiser to even out your complexion. Choose a warm, cream blush for a subtle flush and use a muted, brownish tint to enhance the eyes’ natural contours. Finally, a tinted lip balm will give your lips a dewy, supple effect. Combine with natural waves or braids to complete the natural look while staying on trend

    5. Striking Blue

    Directly contradicting the natural make up trend, blue eye shadow is very much en vogue. Memories of unsuccessfully experimenting with mum’s make up in the 90s should not put you off. A splash of colour is guaranteed to instantly update your look. Keep the rest of your make up subtle and muted for a truly modern effect.

    Hair tips to see you through the big day

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    IMG-20151203-WA0079Christmas comes but once a year, and somehow between herding over excited children, getting the turkey in the oven and topping up a sea of empty glasses you need to look fabulous in thousands of obligatory family photos.

    But don’t worry, we’re here to help with our top tips to keep your hair looking perfect through the day and into the night, so you have one less thing to worry about this year.

     It all starts on Christmas Eve

    Once you’ve busied the children and laid out Santa’s mince pie, it’s time to turn attention to you. Tomorrow will be constant Christmas cheer, starting with the little ones up before dawn, and the chance of grabbing 20 minutes to create the perfect hairstyle is unlikely.

    Volume and shine

    If your hair is prone to fall flat take action by applying a little mousse to the roots after towel drying. If your hair is dry and damaged, a little serum at the ends will reduce appearance of splits and boost shine.

    Blowdry

    The number one rule for a perfect blowdry is to make sure hair is bone dry before you finish. Any residual moisture will just revert hair to the flat or frizzy state you’ve worked so hard to avoid. For best results blowdry your hair upside down using a diffuser – this makes the most of the natural body of your hair.

    Prepare the hair

    Spritz your hair all over, and underneath, with a lightweight setting spray or silicone based hairspray. Don’t be tempted to skip this step as although your hair may be lovely and silky to touch now, any style you put in it will be long gone by morning.

    Style

    The hottest look this season is for glamorous tumbling waves; flattering, sophisticated and forgiving on any colour.

    Start by sectioning you hair with big clips. For the best finish use ceramic or tourmaline curling tongs (which minimise damage and give a more consistent heat) to curl the entire length of the hair away from the face.

    When you’ve finished either run your fingers through the curls to break them up slightly or turn upside down and give hair a good shake for smaller curls and fuller volume. Give hair a final spritz of setting spray or hairspray and scrunch curls with your hands.

    Time for bed

    Before you go to sleep pull up hair into big loose swirls and secure with bobby pins. Then pop on a hair net before turning out the light.

    The Big Day

    Christmas morning starts early. Whip off the hair net and tease out the pins letting curls fall naturally, you can give it a final spray and very soft sweep with a natural bristle brush to give high shine. If at any point in the day you feel curls are falling, flip upside down, spritz and scrunch gently. Now you can get on with the more important things, like presents!

    Merry Christmas.

    Last Christmas appointments available at Sinéad Kelly London. Call to book your appointment at bit.ly/SKLcontact