London Fashion Week, some incredible doo’s!!

LONDON FASHION WEEK – TRENDS TO WATCH AUTUMN / WINTER 2014

The light bulbs on the backstage mirrors have been switched off and the spray, gel and texturising products packed away for another season.

Backstage for Autumn/Winter 2014 season saw a variety of looks crafted by the L’Oréal Professionnel hair teams.

These are the top trends we spotted behind the catwalk:

STRAIGHT ‘N’ NARROW

“It’s time to get your straightening irons out again,” declared stylist Luke Hersheson on the first day of London Fashion Week at Daks.

And he wasn’t wrong. Straightening irons could be found emanating heat from countless backstage styling tables, proving especially popular for sleek, low ponies.

At Michael van der Ham, Luke dubbed the look ‘The New Straight’.  The difference between 90s straight and 2014 sleek is believability: “It’s less obvious and more like silky, well-conditioned hair,” said Luke.

PARTING SHOT

Wave goodbye to the central parting, the sectioning of the season was the low side part.

“It’s masculine, boyish hair that emerged at New York Fashion Week,” stylist Anthony Turner revealed. “A low side parting conveys strength.”

Both Anthony and Luke played up their low side part looks at Peter Pilotto and Jonathan Saunders respectively with generous amounts of L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART A-Head Glue Structurising Fibre Gel.

Anthony said: “The high-shine makes the head look aerodynamic.”

SHOW PONY

There was the dishevelled bun at Erdem, double knot at J. JS Lee, but the low pony undoubtedly dominated tied back looks.

Sitting at the nape of the neck – and generally secured with black elastic – the low pony was seen at Jonathan Saunders, Peter Pilotto and J. W. Anderson.

Bringing the pony low means less of a swing down the runway. While some were pristine and minimalist, others had a lived-in feel, with stylist Kathryn Dartnell pulling out hair from the ponies at Central Saint Martins for a homemade vibe.

HAIR ACCESSORISING

Ranging from the obvious sparkling tiara through to the not-so-obvious coat collar, finishing touches went further than a spray of Infinium hairspray…

Stylist Ali Pirzadeh topped off his dishevelled teen prom princesses at Ashish with glitzy tiaras, while Luke Hersheson framed ponytails at Roksanda Ilincic with elegant elasticated headbands in tones like navy and berry to complement the collection.

Anthony Turner championed the coat collar: “There’s been a lot of tucking hair into coat collars and roll necks and pulling random bits out – think girl in a hurry.”

REPEAT PRODUCT

It was a case of spot the L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART PLI this season, which made an appearance at virtually every backstage.

Stylist Anthony Turner crowned the translucent setting spray his key product.

Proving the power of texture in creating A/W14 looks, backstages used Tecni.ART PLI by the boxload to prep the hair for shape memory and hold.

Anthony created his own mega-matte potion at J.W. Anderson, mixing Tecni.ART PLI with Tecni.ART FULL VOLUME EXTRA mousse to encourage a fluffy, erratic finish.

 

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Hair Fashion Show

Thursday 19 January

An Evening with NVQ Level 3 Hair Showcase Event

Wow, that was a long and eventful day!

In order to work towards one of our level 3 modules we decided to put on event that would allow us to also showcase our talent’s and ideas to employers, family members and other influential members of the industry.  So we joined together with the Culinary Arts students at Highland’s College Academy Restaurant who provided an amazing 3 course meal for all the attendees. But before all that happened we had to decide on what we actually wanted to do, who our models were going to be and design and implement a plan that will allow us to achieve our vision.

We had two models to work our magic on.  The first had to show a theme, of our own choosing, and the second was an Avant-Garde look.  We worked on our models in the afternoon to get them all looking fantastic and ready to be photographed and ‘displayed’ for when all the invited guests arrived.  In-between styling the hair I managed to go mad with the camera and took some behind the scenes pictures so everyone could see what we actually get up to.  Everyone was hard at work I promise.

Our models then ‘displayed’ themselves around the bar area for when the guests arrived so they could all have a quick sneaky peak at all the work that has gone into making them look fab.  The guests were then seated and then I was ‘nominated’ (aaahhhh!!!!) to give the formal introduction to all the guests and welcome them to the evening.

Once that was over (breathe a sigh of relief) we went back into our working area and applied the finishing touches to our models and ordered them pizza!!  Well we weren’t allowed any of the 3 course meal that was being prepared.

Once the dinner was devoured I then got ‘nominated’ (again!) to give a formal thank you to all the culinary arts students who helped to prepare, make and serve the food to all the attendees.  As far as I’m aware there were no glass breakages or spilt plates!  When the plates had been cleared away we then had to present our models and give a little intro into who we were, why we wanted to do the NVQ level 3 and what inspired us to choose the styles for our models.

Again I was ‘nominated’ to go first!  Maybe it’s my shy and retiring personality that is causing this to happen!.    As my models walked around the tables to show off my creations my little speech went like this:

My name is Amie and I work at Hair FX2.  I have been there nearly 4 years and I passed my level 2 NVQ, at Highlands College, nearly 2 years ago.

I wanted to carry on and do my NVQ Level 3 in order to challenge myself and to gain further qualifications.

I was looking forward to doing this evening as I love doing wedding and prom hair and this gave me the opportunity to push myself further and to see how creative I could be.  I took inspiration for Jess Lora’s hair from Halloween and my love of the colour orange and merged the two.

Connie Huelin’s hair inspiration came from a photo that my friend sent  challenging me to do the flower style, so I adapted it to make it more of a front feature.

I’d also like to personally thank Jess Bull for doing the make up on both my models and it really bought the whole look together and she did a fantastic job.

Finally I (that’s me again!) had to give all the formal thank you’s to everyone who helped make the evening possible and to thank everyone for coming along.

And then it was over!!

 

Hope you enjoy my backstage photos :-)

 

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Best grooming gifts for guys

 

With a vast array of potential gifts out there, men’s grooming gifts are a great way to treat the man in your life. With Christmas just around the corner, be sure to check out our wide range of men’s grooming products, they make the perfect gifts! Here are some of the best we currently have for sale:

Pur Blaireau Mens Shave Brush

This luxurious shaving brush, made out of badger hair, is a great gift for any occasion and is essential for any wet shave. It has the capacity to retain water, gives a smooth sensation on the face, whilst at the same time, being very durable. Any man will be thrilled to receive this shave brush as a gift.

 

Wahl Groomsman Endurance Cordless Grooming Kit

The Wahl Groomsman Endurance Cordless Grooming Kit is a great gift for any man. This immaculate grooming kit is ideal for removing body and facial hair and will allow him to stay well-groomed and looking fresh. With high carbon steel blades that stay sharper for longer, you will be sure to get your moneys worth with this grooming kit. At only £14.95, it truly is a perfect gift for your loved one.

 

Wahl Hygienic Nasal Trimmer Essentials

Are you tired of looking at you partners nasty nose hair? If you are, then the Wahl Hygienic Nasal Trimmer will be the perfect gift. Gently hint at the subject by giving him the gift of a nasal trimmer. The Wahl Hygienic Nasal Trimmer removes those unwanted hairs quickly, efficiently and with no pain. At only £12.00 it is truly a great way to get  rid of those pesky nose hairs.

  

Wahl Deluxe Trimmer Gift Set

The Wahl Deluxe Trimmer Gift Set is the perfect gift to give to any man this Christmas. It is designed for moustaches, sideburns and for cutting design lines into hair. As the winter takes a hold, many men grow beards for extra warmth. This makes the Wahl Deluxe Trimmer a perfect addition to any man’s grooming arsenal. In addition, this set also includes Wahl Academy Moisturiser to re-hydrate the skin. At only £18, the Wahl Deluxe Trimmer Gift Set is truly a great gift for any occasion.

Can you think of any more great grooming gifts for men?

 

How to prepare for this year’s Christmas party

It’s officially that time of year again; Christmas is on the horizon, which means the year’s parties are set to begin.

Whether you’re going to one or more this year, you’re going to need to figure out how to make sure you look your best. Of course, your work’s Christmas party will call for a very different look to your family’s, but the essentials will all remain the same.

If you’re beginning to stress out about what to wear, how to do your hair and what kind of makeup to choose, check out these top tips for preparing for your Christmas party:

 

1) Choose your colour scheme

There are loads of Christmassy colours that you can choose from at this time of year, from oxblood to pale pink. You’ll need to know what colour you want to go with to make finding your dress and styling your hair and makeup around it easier. So sit down and really think about what colour you think would go best.  

2) Devote a day to shopping

The only way you’re going to be able to find the ideal dress for your party is if you put in some real time in to choosing it. You’ll need a good few hours (at least!), in which time you’ll be able to visit all of your favourite clothes stores to pick the top dress for your figure. Don’t forget to buy your shoes and accessories as well! 

If you’ll be going to more than one party this season, you’ll need to decide whether you want to re-use the same outfit or spend extra on one for each event.  

3) Select your makeup

Makeup is often the thing that pulls your outfit together properly, as it can give you the look you’re going for. Want to look sexy and sultry? Choose cat eye flicks for your eyeliner. Prefer something more subdued? Go for subtle smokey eyes. Want to really stand out from the crowd? Get your red lipstick on! 

Your makeup will tie in well with your colour scheme too – pick lipstick and eyeshadow that matches it and you’ll be on to a winner.

 4) Figure out your hairstyle

Your hair is the final part of your outfit, as it’s what will make the biggest statement. A bad hairdo can easily let an amazing outfit down, so you’ve got to think big for your party.  

Here are some popular hairstyles for Christmas parties:

 

Wavy hair 

You can achieve this look by using rollers or hair straighteners, or you could use one of the many hair products we have available. These products can help your hair to achieve a natural-looking wave that will make you the belle of the ball.

 

Curly Hair