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    A Date with Dior

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    As Dior celebrates its 70th Anniversary the V&A puts on an exhibition that’s a feast for the eyes

    The Victoria & Albert Museum is one of my favourite in London, and not since the mesmerising Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition in 2015 have I been so excited to visit. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, the V&A’s latest offering certainly didn’t disappoint. So along I went with my close friend Lydia to see what it is all about. If you are going to get a membership to anything this year I would highly recommend one for the V&A; not only are you guaranteed instant and early access to any of the wonderful exhibitions they put on throughout the year, you also get access to the Members Room on the 5th floor (where you can enjoy a glass of wine and selection of nibbles with a view of South Kensington) and 10% off at the V&A store.

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    The fashion house Christian Dior was founded in 1947, shortly after the end of the Second World War, when designers started creating beautiful and extravagant garments away from the constraints of rationing and austerity. And boy, did the fashion house deliver. In its 70 years, the fashion house has had seven fashion designers who had a part in constructing its history: Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. All of which have left their individual mark on the brand but in-keeping with the classic and stunning silhouettes Dior has become famous for. If there is one word that defines Dior, whichever designer has been entrusted to represent the fashion house, it is Elegance.

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    I and Lydia sauntered in like kids in a couturier candy store and the moment you enter you are instantly greeted with an array of glamorous garments. To say it was a visual delight is selling it somewhat short. Each room you enter is loaded with stunning frocks; my favourites being those designed by Galliano but by no means insinuate the others were any less beautiful. So are we getting excited about fashion again? Are we yearning for the glamour, beauty and indulgence of the 1940s and 50s? For so long it seems to have been about how little you are wearing with the introduction of the Kardashians and the social media fame brigade.

    Now, I’m no prude but Dior exhibition aside, it certainly seems that the catwalk is beginning to focus on how to enhance and create new and interesting silhouettes (with designers like Iris Van Herpen, JW Anderson and Ashi Studio at the forefront of a new fashion movement) to titillate and bring back the joy of fashion; and less of stretching cut-out, viscose-like fabrics across bare flesh. Does that make me sound a bit pretentious? Probably, but hey, I for one am pleased fashion seems to be getting more creative.

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    As always, I digress. What more can I say about Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams apart from strongly suggesting you visit if you get the chance. With tickets selling fast a membership is certainly something to consider. We Londoners are lucky that we have so many museums and galleries that are completely free to visit and therefore think it’s important we support these institutions and make the most of them. Something I have made one of my 2019 goals, and what better way to start this years’ cultural and fashion journey than a date with Dior.

     

    Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is on at the V&A until September 2019

    You Oughta Know

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    How 90s/00s grunge, indie and rock are filtering back into 2019 fashion

    Ah, the late 90s/early 00s, an era I remember well having just celebrated my 35th birthday. It was a time when there was an influx of eager teenagers toddling off to university with a set of ideals and full of young ambition. University was more widely accessible than any other decade before it; and we we’re going to go and change the world (I studied Animation at university before entering hairdressing) with the help of the pop culture of the time.

    We had had the likes of Alanis Morisette, Muse, Oasis, Blur, Nirvana and Skunk Anansie to keep us suitably fired up and emote the angst we so enjoyed embracing. That, and according to our female inspirations we were going to verbally castrate any man that has wronged us through angry but dulcet tones. Our male counterparts were far more self indulged and allowed us to wallow comfortably in the world around us, scrutinising convention and desperately trying to set ourselves apart from the ‘norm’.

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    It wasn’t only the music we listened to but the programmes we watched on TV and film that further inspired us. Buffy the Vampire Slayer indicated girl power was rife (whilst remaining fashionably attired throughout every episode), Dawson’s Creek gave us a perception of love and was at a level of angst not even Party of 5 or My So-Called Life could compete with. It was so angst ridden we could barely understand what the characters were muttering about. And we loved it. Movies like Empire Records and pretty much anything written by Kevin Smith showed us a rebellion (albeit a sedate one) and ‘non conformist, don’t care’ attitude. But boy, did we really care what people thought of us.

    90sblog2You were defined by the genre of music you listened to, or the programmes you chose to watch and subsequently became part of that ‘tribe’. Whether you were a goth, skater, grunger, indie kid or the dreaded ‘emo’; you belonged to some sort of tribe. As humans we all want to feel like we ‘belong’ to something and this was made clear through what we wore and the hair styles we sported. It is this particular sub-genre of the 90s (the return of house music, warehouse clubbing and pill popping is a separate blog in itself and hasn’t quite filtered into fashion yet, although is certainly being executed) that is making a re-appearance in how we, in London, now style ourselves.

    Whether it is slouchy, rolled up, stone-washed jeans or ribbed over sized sweaters teamed with Doc Martens boots or Adidas trainers, 90s fashion is everywhere you look. It is in modern pop culture, a perfect example being the hilarious new Netflix series Sex Education; where it has been styled to appear set in the 90s yet has all the modern references and technology of 2019. From high street brands such as Zara and Urban Outfitters to the spring summer catwalk; with a nod to the 90s in both the Celine ready to wear collection and the Luis Vuitton ready to wear collection (which has opted for bolder prints and oversized jackets).

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    Make-up wasn’t contoured in order to create a ‘new face’ with the goal of looking like the perfect doll we now see on social media. My mind casts back to an Instagram post I recently saw of Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski for Vogue and I can safely say I struggled to identify who was who. Throw Dua Lipa into the photo and then I really would struggle on differentiating one conventional beauty from the other. Matte make-up was everywhere, slightly smudged eyeliner (thanks Alisha’s Attic) and earthy toned lipsticks to take women away from the glossy, perfect and groomed looks which could indicate too much interest in their appearance. It wasn’t only the women of the era but Placebo and My Chemical Romance introduced us men to an androgyny we gleefully embraced, smudged eyeliner connected us all. The more smudged the more angst-ridden.

    winonaAnd now to hair; being a hairdresser I should probably get around to addressing this. Young women weren’t afraid to cut off their hair to empower and represent their stance on femininity and feminism in the 90s. Winona Ryder and Natalie Imbruglia introduced us to a striking androgyny with the styles they wore proving that you can still stake claim to your femininity without conforming to long, ‘feminine’, hairstyles. It also represented a cool, relaxed vibe and hair was styled to look ‘undone’ and effortlessly nonchalant. These styles, teamed with a fringe (the shorter the fringe, the more alternative and rebellious) are more evident in fashion at the moment then since the 90s itself. Men’s hair was longer and purposefully unkempt. Where it now differs is the stark irony of having that ‘undone, slightly unkempt’ look when we are more into hair care and healthy, shiny locks then we have ever been. Amen to that!

    So although in style we might be emulating a 90s indie kid we are now washing our hair and creating the relaxed, tousled wave with the help of salt sprays and styling wands; not just leaving our natural grease to do the work. However, it does mean you can get away with hair that is nearing critical wash time with a douse of Dry Shampoo and a scarf wrapped around it in a bow (little style tip for when you want to put off washing your hair for one last day). We also contrast with the 90s when it comes to hair colour; far more natural tones are in with coffee coloured brunettes and sun-kissed golden blondes featuring heavily…we love the 90s but the 3 inch roots with over processed murky ‘crazy colour’ ends are now passé. It’s more about adopting the 90s highly emotionally sensitive, inner turmoil yet nonchalantly chilled vibe rather than looking like you walked straight out of Clueless.

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    However you choose to represent it, whether be it in hair or clothing, it is safe to say that 90s is definitely still in the air at the moment and I for one am thrilled. So thrilled I might go write a poem/song/sonnet about how society is being sucked into one giant black hole and we are all transient beings while I listen to Alanis and scribble profanities across imagery of ex boyfriends. Also, slouchy 90’s jeans are super comfortable.

     

    Love is in the hair!

    Show a little TLC to your hair this Valentine’s day with Smartbond.

    Smartbond can be used as a part of your colour service or as a stand-alone treatment which can be up kept at home using Smartbond number 3 as a weekly conditioning treatment.

    Smartbond is a hair strengthening service that protects bonds while colouring, highlighting and straightening.

    The Smartbond conditioner follows the in salon treatment to maintain the condition and strength of the hair at home for use on all hair types.

    Show your locks a little love and ask your stylist how Smartbond can help transform your hair.

    We have put together some hair inspo especially for this V. day.

    1:The Tousled Temptress

    Olivia Palermo and Chrissy Teigen are often seen sporting this beachy, relaxed wave that  embodies surfer girl next door look.

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    2: The Victoria ‘s Secret Voluminos Vamp

    Channel Lily Adridge and Candice Swanepoel and vamp up your curls to show off your wild side.

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    3: Sleek & Slinky.

    Team your LBD with a sleek blowdry, think Hailey Baldwin if going for the style of the moment- the glass bob or for longer styles go for a Kim Kardashian inspired sleek look.kim-kardashian-teen-choice-awards-20141 hailey-baldwin-bob-z

    Ask your stylist for tips on achieving these looks and about our in-salon smartbond treatment to keep hair in optimum condition.

    Pride London: Hair Colour Inspiration

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    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.

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    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:

     

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    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.

     

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    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

    Colour transformation with Vas Mikellides

    Vas Mikellides is Sinéad Kelly London’s Colour Expert. Qualified as a L’Oreal Colour Specialist he is at the top of his industry game, and there’s nothing he doesn’t know about achieving the perfect hair colour; from subtle highlights to radical colour changes he is paving the way for beautiful hair transformations.

    When Gitanna came to the salon looking to update her hair colour from a mixture of coppers and browns to a dramatic pearly blonde, we knew Vas was the man for the job. When you’re as passionate about colour as Vas is, it’s these types of clients that really excite you.

    Thanks to the introduction of OLAPLEX, the product taking the hairdressing world by storm, dramatic colour changes are now possible, without destroying the condition of the hair.

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    Q1: How do you start a big transformation like Gitanna’s?

    Vas: I start off with cleansing the hair to remove all the old colours, which will reveal the raw undercoat of the hair. Don’t be shocked when you come back to the basin with a colour Vivienne Westwood would think was a bit on the ‘orange’ side’; this is a vital process in achieving the colour you want.

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    Q2: Does this mean if you want to be icy blonde there will still be some warmth in the hair?

    Vas: This is where you can’t rush such a big change. The second stage was to apply back-to-back foils, covering every inch of hair but leaving the natural root. I added OLAPLEX into the mixture at this stage, to ensure we preserve the condition of the hair whilst lifting it the lightest colour possible.

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    Q3: So once the hair has lifted does that mean she’s now a platinum blonde?

    Vas: If only it was that easy! Once the foils have been rinsed I add OLAPLEX no.2 to the hair and leave it to do its magic while I select the toner. This will give Gitanna the really cool icy blonde colour that is bang on trend this season. L’Oreal Dialight is my first choice for any toning. Once the toner had been rinsed out I opted for Kerastase Bain Force Architect to shampoo and Ciment Anti-Usure as a conditioner as this system replaces the protein in the hair that may have been stripped in the lightening process.

    Q4: Won’t the hair feel dry and brittle after so much lightening?

    Vas: As stylists, this used to be our biggest fear when clients wanted such dramatic changes, however with the introduction of OLAPLEX and with good after care products this isn’t an issue anymore. It’s important to replace both moisture and protein after a big colour change so when drying the hair I used Kerastase Nectar Thermique to give it a real moisture boost.

    Q5: What about after care?

     Vas: There’s a reason it’s called ‘Platinum Blonde’…being such a high maintenance colour can be pricey. Always make sure you use good quality products and would definitely recommend a purple shampoo like L’Oreal Shine blonde to keep it from going brassy. Ensuring your roots are touched up will help keep the cost down; as less root means less product, time and money.

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    The L’Oreal colour specialist degree is the industry benchmark for hair colouring and delves into the science and technology behind hair colouring. Giving stylists the knowledge to achieve the desired results with greater colour accuracy and maintain the hair healthy condition.

    To book in your next colour with Vas, contact the salon bit.ly/SKLcontact

    Vas Executive Stylist