How to Blow Dry Your Hair at Home for MAXIMUM Results

At my studio one of the most common problems I hear from my Clients is โ€œHow can I achieve a really smooth professional blow-dry at home.โ€

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So ladies in this weekโ€™s article I am going to give you a step by step guide of just how to get bouncy smooth and professional looking finish from home and this will be life changing when perfected!

1. Towel dry the hair off as much as possible. Gently add a leave in conditioner if you like from mid length to ends this will reduce tangles and protect the hair from heat of the hairdryer.

2. Roughly dry the hair until it is 80% dry just using your fingers.

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3. Section the hair in to two pieces. Make the top section a horseshoe section, this will be done last.

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4. Use a round ceramic brush as it will straighten and smooth out the hair for a glossy finish. Use your hairdryer on a medium heat to hot. Point the Hairdryer in a downward direction following the brush smoothing all the frizz downwards and away from the face. Remember that this is the underneath section and it doesnโ€™t have to be perfect.

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5. All your hard work should go on the horseshoe top section, lift the hair upwards in 1 inch small sections to create lift and volume pointing backwards away from your face. The trick here is getting right in to the roots using lots of tension to smooth out any curls or kinks. Once you tamed the roots, continue over and over until the ends are nice and smooth.

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6. Finally all the hair should be dry and smooth blast the hair with some cold air to close to cuticles and hold shape. For a final professional finish add some shine spray or serum just to the mid-length ends, remember a little goes a long way.

(If you have fine hair it might be best to not use any finishing products as it will pro-long the blow-dry)

7. Take a selfie! (If this post has helped you please Instagram/Tweet/Facebook share your pictures using the #hairfairyhacks)

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My Pro Tips!

Invest in a good hairdryer the more powerful the better! it will save you lots of time and help you achieve greatness!

Always use a Nozzle on your blow dryer without one your hair will have major frizz and not be cute, you need a nozzle to direct the heat and air on to the hair to make it smooth and shiny

Clean your hairbrushes and combs regularly as just like make up brushes they will hold bacteria and oils causing bad hair days

Always finish your blow-dry with a blast of cold air, it will set the hair in place and close the hair cuticles after using heat.

3 Hair Colour HACKS to Maximise Your Next Appointment

Getting your hair coloured can be a tricky process for a number of reasons and ladies Iโ€™m sure you can all relate to why!

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Here are some of my top tips when booking a hair colouring service.

Be Realistic

Being realistic is very important. If going from light to dark or vice versa, this could be a process and it might not happen all in one visit no matter how much you might want it to happen.

A good Colourist will tell you this may take some time and discuss the options to get you the look youโ€™re going for or if it is even possible.

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Bring Images

Things like Instagram/Pinterest can be a wonderful source of inspiration and ideas, but always ask yourself when you have an image to give to a Colourist

1. Do I have her hair texture?

2. Do I have her hair thickness?

3. Do I have her skin tone/ eye colour?

4. Do I style my hair daily?

5. Can I afford to maintain that hair colour?

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Image: Before and After of HairyFairy Client.

When booking the appointment

Make sure to have an idea of exactly what service you require for example.

If you book in for a semi-permanent colour but you want to go lighter all over, this means you really need a full head of highlights; just explain as best you can to the receptionist so can be sure that enough time is allocated to your service.

If you have a lot of hair, I mean lots! Pre-warn when booking so they have plenty of notice and they can be ready when you arrive.

Salons tend to be a far nicer experience earlier in the week like Monday to Thursday, so if you would like a relaxing quieter time in the chair book off peak times.

When going to your hair appointment please make sure your hair is as CLEAN as possible, preferably washed the day before is ideal, the more oily/dirty the hair, the less the Colourist can see the true colour of your hair, also it can effect processing time and how much lift you could get during the service.

Be 100% HONEST about your hair colour history as it is very crucial for the stylist when making decisions on going forward from the clients hair history, honesty is always the best policy.

Finally as a Colourist for many years I always adjust hair colour to the clientโ€™s skin tone, eye colour, lifestyle and texture. Try not wear a lot of make up or fake tan the day of your appointment so the Stylist can really see your true tones and shades so they can enhance your beauty to suit YOU best.

Relax during your appointment and trust your Colourist, they want you to leave looking amazeballs!

Mrs Cotter X

Every week I visit a very special Lady to me,  by the name of Mrs Cotter. I call to her home for the last number of years and I do her hair and her nails. 

We have been on quiet the journey together, I cannot even begin to tell you the absolute joy that I get from our visits every week.

Sometimes we have tea and I bring cake and we just have wonderful chats.

Mrs Cotter is a complete legend!  her outlook is so  positive,  she is such a modern thinker and so full of love and life. 

I just love making her feel glamorous,  I think its so important to always do in life what makes you feel good, forget about having no time or  money even if it is just having a relaxing bath or a daily walk, be kind and love yourself first!!!

That is something I have taken from our wonderful chats together no matter what age you are love yourself first and the rest will follow. 

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NYFW Hair inspiration S/S 16

This is one of my favourite times of year! eek!  New York Fashion Week! Ok ladies here are some of my personal favourites from all the shows I have been stalking! 

DVF - This is probably one of the most wearable looks, the hair is so girlie and full of volume and pinned up slightly on one side for a mega feminine soft look. Kendal Jenner rocks this look 

 I love how soft this look is and the make up is perfect for this look 

I love how soft this look is and the make up is perfect for this look 

GIVENCHY - Wow this show was so awesome!!! Riccardo Tisci blew my mind with his stunning Collection, I love how he really pushed the pace and boundaries as always. The hair was kept very simple clean slicked down with middle partings, very severe and striking. I loved the face jewels so much they looked so awesome and sparkled down the runway so so different!! 

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GIVENCHY 

 Straight and Sleek middle parting 

Straight and Sleek middle parting 

ALEXANDER WANG - again another one of my personal favourites I love the street style and the freedom of expression with the collection. 

The hair here was very un done , bedhead messy and lived in which totally complimented the collection 

 The middle parting strongly featured but not as defined more grungy messy hair 

The middle parting strongly featured but not as defined more grungy messy hair 

RACHEL ZOE - One of my favs! I love how she stays true to her Bohemian vibes every season with a little twist of trends  highly influencing her collection. The Hair at her presentation was very long wavy Boho inspired, extremely wearable for the every day girl. Rachel always delivers in my personal opinion the clothes are so wearable and relatable, in her own words ''I DIE ''! for fashion lol love her passion. 

 Boho Chic no one does it better than Rachel Zoe!

Boho Chic no one does it better than Rachel Zoe!

So Guys these were some of my favs from NYFW someday I will get to a show its a huge dream of mine.

I adore fashion and love watching what we will be rocking next season, we gotta stay ready ladies xxxx  let me know what shows did you guys enjoy during NYFW?? please comment bellow

until next time Peace Out! x Hairfairy x 

Shampoo/conditioner 101 TIGI PRO

Hi everyone hope your all having a great week so far! 

My product focus is Tigi's new professional range of shampoo and conditioners. 

These come in a twin pack special offer for โ‚ฌ20 euro a complete bargain for how brilliant they are. 

So  some knowledge about choosing the correct shampoo and conditioner for you! 

1. Your hair texture example dry, thick

2.have you got colour in your hair

3.have you any scalp or skin conditions ie Psoriasis or dandruff

4.do you use a lot of heat or styling products

when choosing the correct shampoo/conditioner ask yourself these questions as you will need to treat the issues above. 

The Tigi new line comes in packs for

1.moisture  

2.colour

3.repair

4.blonde  

They have made it very easy to choose the correct prescription for your hair.

I have tried and tested the coloured pack and have had fantastic results, it's kept my color fresh and vibrant gave me tons of shine and has conditioned my hair so well without being too heavy as my hair is very fine.  

it is so important to use the correct shampoo / conditioner for your hair type, as if you are using the wrong one you can develop a scalp issue or have very greasy dull lank hair.  

I hope this info has helped.  

These sets are available from Hairfairy Hq โ‚ฌ20  

 

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Getting Healthy Tresses this Spring 2015

Hey guys welcome to my blog, in this quick post I will share some of the best ways to getting your hair in  top Health after months of harsh winter weather that did nothing good for our hair!

1. Taking care of your  tresses requires frequent trims 6-8 weeks and conditioning ends every other day to prevent dry out and split ends .

2.Break bad habits of stress, smoking and bad food choices all of these bad habits can make your hair dull and lifeless and prone to breakage.

3.Use a natural fibre bristle brush, it is softer and more flexible, which means less damage to your hair. 

4.If you suffer from dreaded FRIZZ! after conditioning rinse your hair with cold or cool water this helps seal the cuticle on the hair shaft, making it harder for moisture to enter the hair follicle, which can cause frizz.

5. If you feel that you are using great hair products and go for regular trims and still your hair condition is quite poor, try some Hair skin and nails supplements ie Viviscal is a well known trusted brand that I have seen fantastic results from, Or taking a multivitamin sometimes we can be lacking in vital nutrients which are taking from your hair.

6.Try this last tip for a week or two and you will see dramatic improvements, DO NOT use the GHD or Curling iron, its always good to use heat only in moderation not daily as it totally dehydrates the hair and then causes breakage.

I hope these tips given you some food for thought. If anyone has any questions please feel free to comment below.

Love and Light 

Hairfairy x

Urban Decay Naked 3

Hi Dolls, a  couple of weeks ago I got the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette for My birthday.
I was delighted as I had wanted it for a long time and it had sold out in most stores upon its release.

This palette  has 12 neutral rose-hued gold shimmery shadows all really high pigments and I actually love every single shadow in this set, which is very unusual to love every shade!

I normally love matte shadows with no shimmer but I think Urban decay do shimmer eye shadows in a classy way,  not tacky with lumps of glitter.
Also this palette is really excellent for people with green eyes,  the tones just really make your eyes stand out, However I did use it recently on some clients and they ranged from brown to blue eyes and it was just as beautiful.
The shadows are really long lasting you will not have to touch up during the day and they are silky and lightweight.

If you are on the hunt for some new eyeshadows I truly recommend this palette and it will last you a lifetime! A brilliant investment for your make up collection.

Available from Debenhams.ie price โ‚ฌ44.00




Drawer liners!!!! Yes I am insane :)


Hi Dolls ok I know this is a bit of a random post, but lately I've been on a bit of a Spring cleaning rampage in my house.

So last weekend I did a massive clear out of my clothes and I reorganized  EVERYTHING! Including all my drawers. 
I had been really getting in to watching YoTube videos on storage and getting your closet organized,  in these videos I noticed lots of girls in the USA have scented drawer liners!
I have been looking for these in shops for ages and never found anywhere that sells them. 

So last Sunday I was at Merchants Market in East Wall Dublin with a friend and I found a man named PJ who owns a company called Gifts of the Imagination, and he was selling the most beautiful Drawer Liners. 
All available in different scents, colors and patterns on the fancy paper. 
They were very reasonably priced as I got a few sets some were gifts PJ gave me a great deal. 
I was delighted with them. PJ has lots of great gifts and all available online which I will link bellow. 

I have never seen these anywhere else and I put them in today and my clothes are smelling really gorgeous every time I open my drawers. 
All pricing is available on his website. 
http://www.giftsofimagination.com/drawer-liners    
I hope all you OCD clean freaks like me like this post! Xxxxxx 
Hairfairy

PS don't judge me 



Clarins Opalescence Spring Make Up Collection 2014


Clarins are celebrating the end of winter with a brand new collection called ''Opalescence''.
The focus of the collection is really fresh clean natural, soft make up as the weather turns milder for Spring 2014.
The Opalescence collection has many new gorgeous additions from new Coral lipsticks and cream blushers 
your sure to glow with radiance this spring. 



New Eclat Minute 
The make up base for a flawless complexion. Applied alone after your regular day care or mixed with foundation, every shade will light up the face.
Available in 3 shades .
1. Rose 2. Champagne 3. Peach 
This product leaves a veil of light on the skin that corrects and enhances. 
Quick and easy product to apply and gives a touch of coverage and leaves the skin feeling luminous and instantly restores the skins vitality,  freshness and suppleness.
A half make up, half skin care formula which illuminates the complexion.

RRP โ‚ฌ30.00










New Cream Blush 
Clarins has created 4 pink and coral shades for a soft yet vibrant look for Spring.
Its soft, melting texture sculpts, smoothes and colours to deliver a soft light natural look. 
These are fantastic as they can be used not just on the cheeks but can be used on the lips also to give them a touch of natural colour with a matte, slightly powdery finish.

RRP โ‚ฌ22.00 










Clarins Prodige Colour 11 
Gloss Prodige veils lips in light with a new coral tulip shade.
It leaves a layer of intense colour with a super glossy finish.Perfect for the girl who loves a super shiny lip its also available in a transparent version,  number 12 called Crystal
apply alone or over your regular lipstick to enhance and smooth the lips. 
This lip gloss is my go to lip product right now I love it!.

RRP โ‚ฌ18.50

Available from most Pharmacies and on counter in Brown Thomas



Valentines for the Man in your life



Tom Ford Noir Eau De Toilette 
This is one of my favorite mens fragrances, it just oozes that scent of a freshly shaven shower fresh 007 man! 
Tom Ford just does  fragrance so so well, I also adore his Make up collection it is super luxurious and it is a real treat for any man or woman.
Tom Ford has got some male ''Grooming'' products like tinted moisturiser and mud masks etc they are done very discreetly  to encourage men to look after there appearance without causing embarrassment. 

My description of Noir, it has Oriental and spicy notes of the original are now mixed with new elements such as spearmint, Italian lemon 
and pure citrus oils that give Noir Eau De Toilette a touch of coolness and freshness.
Tom Ford Eau De Toilette still has the undertone of depth that lays a sensual woody musky perfume base.
Check it out on counter in Brown Thomas.

  50ml RRP โ‚ฌ60.00
 100ml RRP โ‚ฌ84.00

Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip

Marissa Carter strikes again with another ground breaking new product in the Cocoa Brown range!

Introducing '' Chocolate Whip'' its an oil free body moisturiser that makes your golden tan last longer, makes skin more hydrated, and gives a more even gradual fade of your tan.
I have been putting this product to the test the last couple of weeks and the results were just FANTASTIC!

So being a major tan addict this product has been missing in my life! Normally my tan would wear off  patchy as I could never find a suitable body moisturiser.
I found that Chocolate Whip has been the only product that obsorbed fast and really left my skin feeling silky smooth and hydrated.
My tan is lasting way longer than usual, this product used in conjuction with the Cocoa Brown Tan, really gives bang to your buck!
Chocolate Whip is priced at such a reasonable โ‚ฌ7.99 and has made my bottle of Cocoa Brown Tan really stretch which I didn't think was even possible.

This is a brilliant product and is now my most favorite body moisturiser. Chocolate Whip also has a wonderful scent of Tahitian Gardenia and it  smells divine! really reminds me of holidays.
:)


2014 Hopes and Wishes

Hi guys, so I know I have totally and utterly left my blog alone for sooooo long, please forgive me!
2013 was a crazy busy awesome year.

Starting off by saying a massive thank you to each and every one of my Hairfairy clients, each and every single one of you ladies I adore, I am so so lucky to have the most loyal customers.
Heres to many more awesome hairstyles and glamour pusses for 2014!

So a year ago I began interning with Irish Brides Magazine, I was totally emerged in one of the most enjoyable jobs I have ever done!
Meeting with really awesome brands and sampling all the goodies for the future Brides to be and reporting back with my findings!
I was then given the honor of my title Beauty Assistant, which is featured in every magazine, I'm officially part of the team.
It was, for sure, one of my proudest moments EVER! It was always a dream of mine to work for a magazine and to be able to still do my creative job all day,  then  slotting in press events around my clients has worked out so well.

One thing I have come to realize is that I am super girlie
 Also, im such a people person, I love meeting all the new people at every event, Ive met some majorly inspiring women from brand owners to Bloggers its been a really great community.



So heres to 2014 peeps! Lets make it an epic adventure !

The G Hotel Galway

Hey dolls just back from an overnight stay at the G Hotel in Galway.
I had to blog about our stay! This hotel is absolutely stunning from the second you arrive it is pure luxury.

The staff on the front desk are so friendly and couldn't have done more to make sure we were settled in.
The deal we booked included overnight stay, full body massages and breakfast for 160.00 each with luxury king room.

The king room was stunning complete with huge bed and sofa living area to chill and watch TV
The room was amazing filled with awesome arty pics and unusual furniture in the shapes of hats as the hotel's decor was designed by Ireland's own Philip Treacy.
Its so unique, retro and uber chic!
They have a signature pink room that you can arrange to have afternoon tea
and champagne its so glamorous.

The Spa was just so fabulous everything was clean, crisp and relaxing the ambiance was stunning, it really made me switch off.
My full body massage was the best one I have ever had, I got to pick the oils and the room lighting, the therapists were so professional.

After the treatment we headed to the  Thermal Suite which again, is almost candlelight and very tranquil.Here there was a pool, sauna, jacuzzi etc.

My husband and I had dinner at the hotel which also was excellent, I am a coeliac and they had lots of options which is rare!!! Even a dessert, which was awesome!

I cannot rate the G Hotel enough I couldn't fault anything. We had a wonderful peaceful stay and left totally refreshed.

I think everyone needs a night here to recharge the batteries and you are in such caring hands, great to see a hotel of its scale really live up to the hype, its worth every cent.