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Bridal Hair Heroes

Let’s be honest, after the dress, hair and makeup are the most essential parts of your big day. I’d rather have my reception in a cardboard box than forego hair and makeup! I’d also gladly sell the groom for a good hair stylist.

Picking your hair guru for the big day can be somewhat daunting,  a lot depends on budget, your style and also how comfortable you feel on the day with the chosen one. You’ve got to be able to ask them to fix something if it needs to be. You know us Irish..

”Is everything okay?”

”Oh yes, yes, it’s fiiiiine. Thank you” as a crow lands on your nest hive head!

nest

Hair stylists usually get snapped up early, you need to be booking a good bit in advance to avoid disappointment.  You can start to Pinterest different hair that you love and then bring it with you. Do not be afraid to give them your overall idea or look and not just the hair idea. They should be able to tell you what’ll suit your face and that a Croydon facelift a la Michaela is not on trend.

Michaella McCollum Connolly in a Peruvian court

Nourishing and taking good care of your mane will also make your hair stylist’s job a million times easier on the day. Get a good colourist (tip: not sun-in!!), get it trimmed regularly, use treatments once a week. I recommend Nioxin for thin hair, it’s the dog’s b*llox for getting the hair to a healthier state

If you are thinking about getting extensions, please do some research on reputable salons, you do not want a bad job done on these. Email if you’d like a list 🙂

Here are my top bridal hairstylist picks for your dream hair:

Norma Jean – Di Milo Hair

Ah, it’s the wizard of the hair world. This Harry Potter hails from the DiMilo salon in Donnybrook. She’s a master in colour, cuts, up-styles and blowdries.

Norma Jean is very creative and she’ll get you the colour blend of your dreams. She recently won hairdresser of the year at the Image Awards – get her while you can!!! She’s sound as a pound too..

Hair by Joanne Kelly

Joanne is the bridal buddha, bringing brides years of joy and beautiful hair. If you are looking for years of experience with luscious sweeping locks. She is literally the Queen of the flowing curls. Joanne is highly sought-after, be sure to book quick!

Carla Rose

Carla Rose Hair is another extremely popular choice and is one to watch in my opinion. Carla features in a lot of editorial work and all of her brides manes seem to have a vintage look and they all manage to look effortlessly chic. Carla is also lethal at colouring, so if you need colour advice along with your do, then get on this lady ASAP.

Tori Keane

I worked with Tori at a wedding before, her pretty style and professionalism won me over. Tori is really strong at mixing it up with all kinds of hair styles and she’s also got a ridiculous amount of experience too to make sure you remain calm on the big day, so you don’t have to overdose on the ole Rescue Remedy on the big day.

Who have you booked or have you had any horror stories?

The Girl Pout Town x

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HD Brows Review – Avalon and the search for good brows..

Ah, the humble eyebrow, you don’t know how important you are. Ever come home for a night out and had to take your brows off with a baby wipe? Or sweated it off mid-dance in the nightclub, leaving you looking intrigued? Shaved off your brows?

I’ve long been a brow fan, but I haven’t always had great luck with my brows. HD Brows are the answer to all of your brow prayers,  whether it’s a monobrow, a wonky brow or a barely there brow, you too can have amazing brows. It’s all about the finding the balance between the Frida and the trannie look.

Frida

Trannie

Having overplucked my own brows on a quite a few occasions, including overplucking my right brow too far in and then making them too small. It totally distorted my face. At this time, ”filling in your brows” wasn’t really a thing, so I was pretty f*cked. After much perseverance and my eyebrows starting to resemble caterpillars, think Noel Gallagher, they slowly came back. I went from one extreme to the other, hardly ever touching them! Such a babe.

I began to get them tinted and waxed again and then I came across HD Brows and The Lash Lounge. What a find!

For those of you that don’t know – HD Brows is a 7 step system in shaping and designing your brow. This includes waxing, tinting, plucking, threading, trimming… Yep, all this for your brows! The brow shape is tailored to suit the shape of your face too and the correct colour tint.

Some people will get the ”HD Brow” look right away, others may need more time. The girls at the Lash Lounge will show you where you can pluck, where you need to grow and where to fill in order to help you achieve the brows you could only dream of.

There are a range of products you can buy too, including the ”Grow Baby Grow” serum that will stimulate the hair from the follicle. There are also brow palettes and pencils.. I find a quick sweep of the brow pencil and filling in the ends with some palette really makes my brows stand out. I have very small eyes and I find this technique pops my eye and gives me more to work with when doing eye makeup.

For any brides to be, bridesmaids, mother of the bride/groom or just anyone with a shitty brow, I strongly advise you to get your brows into brow rehab ASAP and have them looking their best for your big day or general life 😉

You can reach The Lash Lounge here on Facebook or on 085 779 2728. You can also check out the HD Brows website to find the nearest salon to you.

As a tip – take a piece of string or your eyeshadow brush when going to fill your brows.

1. Hold the brush/string against your nose and the corner of your nostril is where your brow should start.
2. Move the brush through your Iris in a clock like movement, whilst still against your nose and this is where your arch should be, where the brush cuts the Iris.
3. Rotate again with the end of your eye and your brow should start to ease off here.

Brow technique

As always, you can fill your eyebrows with just a normal bit of eyeshadow or Catrice do a brow filling duo compact too. It’s €4.49 and comes with two colours, a tweezers, and a little brush. The compact also has a mirror. You can buy this in Sam McCauleys.

I regularly go to get my brows as I don’t trust anyone else with them, my brows have come such a long way and they have altered from face, at least 35% less of a gargoyle.

My own brow evolution:

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Stay symmetrical bitches 😉
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