Saturday, 17 January 2015

Men's Hair Trends 2015

It’s that time of year again:  what are the men’s hair trends 2015 going to be? We’ve looked at the latest runways and street style from the world’s most fashionable cities, these are our predictions for the top new hairstyles for men in 2015. Remember guys: trends for men evolve at a pace that you can keep up with. Therefore, the barbering trend of 2014 will continue and new looks will be variations of current styles.

Side Parting

We’ve talked about the side parting before but it will continue to dominate in 2015. To add a side parting is to get the effect of an undercut without shaving, and this hipster, vintage, or preppy hairstyle can be styled matte, shiny, messy, wavy, or up high.

For something different, try parting hair on the opposite side. One may be noticeably better, depending on if you have a ‘good side.’ Hair can be stubborn when it comes to change so use a little extra product while hair is trained to lie flat in a different direction than usual.

Messy, Tousled Styles

In reaction to the every hair in place slick trend, loose, messy styles are growing in popularity. They can be worn with same side parting or undercut you’re already wearing, just let the finished product have some texture and wildness. This works for every hair type and is a good way to add volume to fine or thin hair.

The Mop

Styles are all about reacting to what came before (see skinny jeans after years of baggy ones). The opposite of the slick look is hair worn loose and down in fringe. This isn’t school boy Justin Bieber (for the record, that style has never been recommended by us) but vintage inspired style that can be styled messy for that rocker cool look.  Think Paolo Nutini!

It is a perfect style for curly or wavy hair. For fine hair, try adding some salt spray for hold and texture. This is a hairstyle rather than a specific cut so wear hair down some days, with a side part on others.

Long Hair

While longer hair isn’t for everyone, wearing hair long is becoming more common. The man bun has a lot to do with this, replacing the questionable ponytails of the past. Long hair doesn’t have to be really long, and of course won’t be when you first start growing it out. Often, anything chin length and longer can be cool.  However, be sure to keep going for trims, though you won’t need them as frequently as with short hair. Unkempt hair looks lazy and unintentional compared to groomed and cared for long hair.
When hair is even longer, conditioning is a must. Add it to your shower routine early on while growing hair long to make sure locks are as strong as healthy as can be.

To chat about any of 2015’s most fashionable male styles, pop into the salon, visit our Facebook page or call us on 0191 511 0288.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Our Top 5 Women's Styles for 2015

As the bitter cold of winter sets in, we thinks it's the perfect time to heat things up with a new look. This season is all about texture, from fuzzy jumpers to new layers in our hair. Here are the top five styles to try out in the new year.

The Edgy Pixie

This season the usually sweet pixie cut gets a makeover with shaved sides, spikes, and tons of texture. This look can be rebellious and feminine at the same time (just like Kristen Stewart) and really accentuate the profile of your cheekbones, neck, and jawline.

My styling tip: Spray a volumising mist (like L’Oreal Professionnel Volume Architect) on your damp hair and then blow dry it in multiple directions using your fingers. Finish by working a light wax throughout your hair and parting it on one side and flipping it over in the opposite direction.

The Ruffled Petite Cut

Say goodbye to those stick straight angled bobs! This season is all about short, defined waves (like Sienna Miller's) that effortlessly frame your face, or peek out from underneath your favourite hat.

My styling tip:  Blow dry your hair in an outward direction with your fingers instead of a brush. Then, use a polishing wax (such as L’Oreal Professionnel Metallic Gloss) to define and separate each tendril and style as you wish.

The Modern Farrah Fawcett

This popular cut takes inspiration from the 1970s beauty icon, but is still completely current. The shoulder-length feathery layers will work with or without a fringe like Taylor Swift’s and complement all face shapes.

My styling tip:  Spray a volumising mist on your roots, then blow-dry your hair forward with your fingers until it is completely dry. Using a round brush, smooth the hair in multiple directions (up, down, left and right), then finish with a light hairspray.

The Blunt Midi Cut

Though texture is trending, this blunt mid-length style is having a major moment, too. It has absolutely no layers, just a straight across cut with a bit of feathering at the ends, and works best on those with an oval face shape.

My styling tip:  Apply straightening balm on wet hair then create a long middle part all the way to the top of the head. Dry it with a paddle brush until the hair is shiny and straight, apply a serum all over and blow dry it again with the same brush until hair it is straight without volume.

Full Graduated Layers

Instead of the been there, done that, mermaid waves that we usually see on the red carpet, starlets like Megan Fox are opting for shorter, more graduated waves that fall just below the collar bone. This looks has natural volume and an effortlessly easy, yet sexy vibe.

My styling tip: Use a volumising spray and frizz control cream and twist your hair into a diffuser until it is dry. Use your fingers to frame tendrils around the face and finish by adding serum on the hair framing your face. Perfect!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas Gift Sets

The recurring dilemma of 'what to buy at Christmas' is upon us. We’ve window shopped since early October and with just a few days to Christmas, it’s time to make sure that we’ve got all of the gifts sorted for the big day.   With this in mind, the team at Reds have devised a wonderful hamper of pamper, with presents to suit all price ranges.

For the ladies this winter, Elemis brings us a delightful range of gift sets in the Christmas Collection - all of the dermatologist tested technology of Elemis, but in pretty festive gift kits. We love the ‘Ultimate Gift of Pro-Collagen’ gift set- the little black dress of a gift. The Pro-Collagen range has sky-rocketed in popularity over the past couple of years, and with the glowing complexions of Cheryl Cole and Sienna Miller as success stories, it’s not hard to see why. It’s the ultimate skincare package in this range (and it comes very highly commended), and it’s a great way to sneak in some of that celebrity acclaimed Pro-Collagen Marine Cream with some more treats for the lady in your life.

GHD have also managed to get their collection out in time for Christmas, much to the delight of straight-hair enthusiasts. Named the Rose Gold Collection, this limited edition kit features the ghd Classic styler in beautiful rose gold.  For that extra gift appeal, these little wonders are sold with a ghd hairdryer - a perfect present for anyone with wily, winter tresses.

As for the guys, of course, Elemis provide an extensive male skincare range but what if the man in question isn’t the moisturising type? Well, as an alternative this year, we bring you the wet-shave. A ritual that is proving to be hugely popular, the men who’ve experienced the difference of a professional shave return to the salon time and time again.  Using a traditional cut throat razor to shave, our fully trained barbers use hot towels to fully open hair follicles and provide a relaxing facial accompanied by Sky Sports- what more could a man ask for?

With a huge range of products and services on offer, it’s often difficult to choose that perfect present.  No fear- our Christmas Gift Vouchers could be the ideal gift for those who want to provide their loved one with the freedom to choose that perfect product or treatment.

But, if you’re still unsure about what to choose, feel free to pop in and have a coffee with one of my team. Our fully trained staff can talk you through any of our products or services, meaning that you’re guaranteed to provide your loved one with a gift they’ll adore.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Our Summer Kerastase Offer

Kerastase Travel Kits are brand new and they're ready for your holidays this season. So, whether you love your Bain Satin 2, Chroma Riche or Oleo Relax there is a perfect travel pack for you!

Each kit contains a 100ml 'Bain' shampoo and 75ml 'Masque' conditioner, all kept in a gorgeously sophisticated pouch which has enough room left in it for a couple of extra hair-ties and bits.

So, when you buy any three Kerastase products, you'll receive one of these great kits- they're airline friendly and conform to new regulations on the amount of liquid you are allowed in your hand luggage. Perfect!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Offering A-Grade Advice

We're thrilled to announce that we've several new Kérastase Ambassadors in salon.

After weeks of extensive training, our newly-qualified team will be fully equipped to offer clients the very best in haircare advice from the premium haircare brand on the market.

If you have any questions about your specific hair concerns, feel free to pop into the salon for a chat- there will always be an Ambassador available!

Introducing HD Make Up

HD Brows are branching out into makeup, and not just with the odd product. The company calls it a ‘capsule collection for red carpet glamour’, but the extensive range of foundations, primers, liners, eye & brow palettes, lip colours, brushes, and so on looks anything but ‘capsule’ to us!

Developed with makeup artist Francesca Neil, who’s toured with Girls Aloud and is a veteran on tv shows like X Factor, Strictly and Britain’s Got Talent, this is “hard-working makeup; it was developed to make you look amazing under even the most challenging circumstances.

The Reds beauty team call it ‘Red Carpet’ makeup because that is the look that the range seems to be going for: movie star perfection that holds up under the glare of any spotlight. It is glamorous but the shades are natural and flattering. HD Brows have produced a makeup to help women create a seriously enhanced version of themselves.

A lot of these products have been road-tested for two years by the company’s celeb clients (among them One Direction, who -whisper it- use the Brow Colourfix wands “to fill out little patches in their stubble”). The foundation is currently used on the ‘Splash’ contestants, “because it won’t come off in the pool.” Hard-wearing indeed.

Despite its long-wearing credentials (and, frankly, to my surprise), the makeup isn’t thick and cakey, but feather-light and easy to blend, with Nicola calling it Tom Ford quality at Benefit prices.  

We’ve just received the full range in salon, not long after the HD Brows team have used it to prep some of Hollywood’s great and gorgeous for the Oscars red carpet. Need we say more?

Makeup by HD Brows, priced £9 - £32.50, is available at Reds and Harvey Nichols department stores.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Colour Trophy Regional Finalists

After weeks of deliberation, practise runs and artboards filled of different ideas, we’re delighted to have performed so well at this year’s L’Oreal Colour Trophy.  Competing with 35 other salons, both our male and female looks won much acclaim from the judges in Leeds.  Amelia and Brooke’s male concept performed particularly well, with their curly-topped look finishing in the top four!

Having wowed the judges with last year’s pastel pink offering, our ladies’ look was dramatically different, leaving subtlety behind with a vibrant blonde shade.  It’s a look that our team were eager to try with Georgia, our salon assistant turned Colour Trophy model, so, after much discussion, the local girl had her look upgraded to a gorgeous rich blonde by Greg and the colour team at Reds.

Although Georgia  hadn’t been particularly daring with her hair before, she was quick to describe it as really fresh and modern.  She certainly loves the style, and tells me she’s going to keep my new shade of hair for a while. All of the Reds customers think her new hairstyle looks fab and that the shade of blonde really suits her – I’ve even encouraged her to keep it like this!

Susan x