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    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!

    Hair contouring: The individually-tailored beauty trend

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    First there was face contouring, made famous by the one and only Kim Kardashian, where darker and lighter shades of make up are applied to create shape and accent specific facial features. Then hair contouring followed and hair stylists never looked back.

    The secret to hair contouring is  identifying face shape. A professional hair stylist will do this for you during a consultation, as well as discussing what features you wish to accentuate. But here’s our guide to the different shapes if you’re looking in the mirror at home:

    Round face: The length and width of your face are about the same. Usually characterised by a shorter forehead and chin with a rounded jawline.

    Emma Stone and Cameron Diaz have classic round face shapes

    Square face: The length, width and jawline are just about equal in size. Characteristics are similar to those of the round face, with a sharper jawline.

    Angelina Jolie and Keira Knightley both have square face shapes

    Rectangular face: This face shape is longer than it is wide but with a more defined angular jawline and a broader forehead.

    Kristen Stewart has a classic rectangular face shape

    Oblong face: Your face is noticeably longer than wide, with a broad forehead, cheekbones and jaw line. The shape will roughly resemble a rectangle with softer corners.

    Cara Delevigne has a classic oblong face shape

     Heart shape: The face is defined by a wider forehead and a narrow pointed chin, similar in shape to an inverted triangle.

    Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon both have heart shaped faces

     Oval shape: Your face will resemble an egg shape. This is often considered the hourglass of face-shapes and is desirable due to its versatility.

     Beyoncé is well-known for her oval face shape

     Once you know your face shape, the detailed placement of colour and choice of complementary tones can work together to instantly make your face seem more defined and your favourite features emphasised. For example, for a round face it is common to strobe with light colour at the front and add darker colour to the back to soften the features.

    Contouring is fairly low maintenance and regrowth is much more manageable than block colour.

    All the stylists and colourists at Sinéad Kelly London are trained in hair contouring and know all the secrets to creating the perfect, personalised look. Ask them to show you in your next appointment: bit.ly/SKLcontact

    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.

    Our guide to Christmas Party Hair 2015

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    The Christmas festivities kicked off early this year, with houses trimmed in November and shops selling out of gifts before you can say the words Black Friday.

    Starting early isn’t all bad; it gives us more time to pick out our outfits for the Christmas Party and decide how we’re going to wear our hair.

    If you’re looking for a little inspiration, here’s the Sinéad Kelly London guide to the top 5 party styles of 2015

    1. The simple chignon

    A classic look for a classy evening. Partnered with a drop-waist dress and heeled boots this simple style is simply stunning.

     

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    Credit: pophaircuts

    1. The mermaid wave

    Perfect for those with long hair looking to create a glam, red carpet look. The mermaid curls are well loved by celebrities including Amanda Seyfried and Naomi Harris and it’s not hard to see why. Dare to wear your curls with a low V cut dress.

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    Credit: Bloglovin

    1. The plaited bun

    Sophisticated chic for those evenings filled with fizz and fancy canapés. Choose a thick or thin plait to wrap around a tight bun for a style that will see you into the early hours. A floor length dress with diamante stud earrings will complete this look.

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    Credit: Cosmopolitan

    1. The bushy ponytail

     Add the wow factor to your girl’s night out with the ultimate ponytail. Worn with a low back dress this volumised pony will stay in one place throughout the night, and away from your face on the dance floor.

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    Credit: pophaircuts

    5. The soft plait

    This hairstyle will look effortless but will guarantee to be noticed. Use all the hair in a soft hold down the middle to complement a high-necked dress or crisp long sleeved shirt

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     Get the look this December at Sinéad Kelly London in Barnes. Call to book your appointment at bit.ly/SKLcontact