MET Ball 2015

So many stunning dresses and hair styles to wake up from last night's MET Ball in NYC!

Many of the dresses paid tribute to the theme of their new exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass . Generally the hair styles were very sleek and paired down which complemented the very intricate dresses, many looking like works of art themselves. 

My favourite of the sleek hair styles:


These looks are very easy to re-create yourself. You can do these with towel dried hair or hair that's been blowdried straight but you won't need straighteners. Decide if you're slicking it right back or using a centre or side part. If having a parting use a fine-tooth comb to make it. Make sure it's perfectly straight - these are far from boho messy do's! I prefer to use mousse rather than gel, unless you want a very slick look...aka me in the 90's growing out a boy cut, sadly I can't find any photos :D

The key to securing them tightly is to tilt your head right back when tying the elastic. Even if you're creating a bun at the back it's good to secure it this way first, before pinning the bun into place. Then give a good spray with a hairspray like Bed Head's 'Hard Head' or good ol' Elnett strong hold. 

The other great thing about these sleek looks is that you can go as bold as you like with your make-up! They can be the basis for a really striking look. 

There were some other gorgeous styles at The MET last night. They were all still relatively simple and unfussy. These ones caught my eye most of all:

Lately I've been somewhat obsessed with the style Carey Mulligan wore last night. It's so simple and elegant. Again, quite easy to re-produce yourself. Leave a layer of smooth hair at the front and sides, across the forehead.  Behind this you need to do a few 'rows' of loose backcombing, remembering to spray the hair before you tease it. Very gently pull the top layer over the backcombing. Use a some product, a lightweight wax would do, to add texture and hold. Pin it into place in a small understated bun at the back.  Give a good spray to finish. 

For the full lo-down on the MET Ball see the post on Vogue.com

 

 

Gay Wedding Styled Shoot

We are a group of wedding suppliers planning a beautiful styled wedding photoshoot on 22nd April in Co. Wexford. We just want to create some excitement about the fabulous weddings that COULD happen if we all vote yes on 22nd May!

We're looking for two gay couples to be in the shoot because after all real love is so much more beautiful than fake model love! We're hoping this will be picked up by a print or online publication pre-referendum. So if you're civil partners, engaged or just a couple so in love you fancy doing a gorgeous shoot together please get in touch! Leanne Keaney Photographyhas kindly offered to frame a large print of the couple's choice and all photos will be theirs to own digitally too.

The following suppliers will make the couples look and feel wonderful on the day:
Leanne Keaney PhotographyLes Fleurs Artisan FloristDirty Fabulous,The Cake CupperyLouis CopelandSmyth and BarryThe Old Deanery Holiday CottagesEmma Farrell Creative Studios Claire Barry - Hair Stylist clairebarry.ie

If you're interested in taking part please get in touch -  info@clairebarry.ie or 0876809601

Thank you!


Wedding Hair Tips

Your Hair Type

If you have thick hair you’ll have the most options but if you have thinner hair and are open to using extensions then you’ll have just as many! Don’t go for a style that will make you look completely different. You want to look like the best possible version of YOU on your wedding day. Naturally thick curly hair will hold a down style well for the whole day but thin straight hair probably won’t. Your hair stylist will be able to tell you what will work and what won’t.

 

Condition

Give your hair it’s best chance to literally shine on your wedding day. In the six months before your big day I advise my clients to use a good salon shampoo and conditioner (Kérastase is a personal favourite). Hair treatments and masks are brilliant for hydrating dry locks. Melted Coconut Oil is a great natural product, which used once a week will really improve your hair’s condition. DO NOT use treatments the week coming up to your wedding, nor any heavy conditioners. Ideally wash your hair the day before with a very small amount of conditioner, however if you are prone to greasy hair, wash that morning, again with very little conditioner (that’ll make your stylist’s job easier!). 

The Dress

Your dress will guide you in choosing the right hair style. If you always imagined a certain wedding hair style, make sure that it will still work now that you’ve found ‘the dress’. Your stylist will be able to advise you on styles that suit different necklines, vintage era's, head pieces/veils etc.  Generally they'll help you with this process. 

The Trial

Have a phone consultation with your stylist first so that you both have a plan for the trial. Fill them in on your wedding style, hair type and what your dress is like. Between you, decide on at least two styles to try out. If time permits, it’s nice to try a third. My trials last a minimum of 2 hours, perhaps a little long but an informed decision is usually reached by the end! Wear nice make-up to your trial or even better have your make-up trial beforehand. Wear white (or similar colour to your dress) with a somewhat similar neckline. Bring your veil/headpiece if you have one. Don’t forget to have photos taken! If you’re not happy with the trial then don’t book the stylist for your wedding day. A trial is exactly that.

Cutting & Colouring

Have your hair cut one month before. If you’re very prone to split ends then have a tiny trim the week before your wedding. This is more important for brides who are wearing their hair down. If you colour your hair have it touched up 1-2 weeks before the wedding and maybe a final conditioning treatment too.

For inspiration: www.pinterest.com/clairebarryhair or call me for a chat, I love to discuss hair!

Lobs & Wobs

As award season nears a close I thought I should round-up the hottest trends on the red carpet. These are my favourites as well as what hair type they suit best.  It'd be great to hear your favourites and any questions you have about them.  I'd love to help you to re-create them with some DIY advice.  Of course if they're too complicated you can always call me to help in person! 

The Lob - It seems half of the women in Hollywood are sporting one these days.   To name a few; Olivia Palermo, Kim Kardashian, Emma Stone and Jessica Alba have all had their hair chopped at the shoulder.  This style suits women whose hair is fine to medium thickness and preferably straight.  I would love to try the lob but it didn't work out well for me back in the 90's!! (see below!)  I have very thick curly hair, so  the lob is definitely a no no, unless I styled it painstakingly every day....not gonna happen!

 

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For those with the right hair type (opposite of mine, clearly) the Lob is a fabulous style for a few reasons: 

  • It's not a huge commitment - you can grow hair long again quite quickly.  
  • It's still long enough to wear an up-do (well, some up-do's)
  • It oozes casual glamour - perfect for both day and evening wear
  • It can easily become a Wob! (Wavy Lob)  Adding waves of any size/shape will dramatically change the look.                     

The Centre Part

It's making a comeback....but not like this thankfully!  The centre part is a great way to elongate a round or square face and can also enhance your cheekbones.  It can be worn in a cool 70's way with volume on the crown behind the part or smooth and sleek. - either straight down or with a bun/up-style. At the Oscars Lady Gaga and Reese Witherspoon both rocked the centre part.  The centre part works best for everyday wear on women with fine and straight hair but for evening wear, curly heads can use it to enhance their waves and curls, like Solange Knowles at the                                                          Oscars.

Braids

I love braids - always have and always will....for better or worse.  My mother started french plaiting my hair when I was 5, she learned from the other Mum's at my tap dancing classes (yes, I was a jazz hands kinda kid).  When I was 12 I got sent home from school for going in with dread-style braids all over my head!  It wasn't till I started braiding my own hair that I realised what a handy a skill it was to have.....my friends realised pretty quickly and took full advantage...

It's great that braids made a comeback a few years back but I really thought the trend would start dying down soon. Quite the opposite...there's been a surge of them lately, both on the red carpet and the runways. The braided crown is particularly popular right now. It is such a great look and can be worn in so many ways - bohemian (great for brides), glamorous (Lupita Nyong'o at the SAG awards) or just plain dutch and gorgeous (Scarlett Johansson at The Avengers premiere).  I won't lie a braided crown is very hard to do on oneself but if you can convince a pal to learn, you'd be in luck! There are lots of good tutorials on Pinterest and youtube, including some easy versions you can do for yourself.  

Braids generally work best on thicker hair - if you braid very fine hair unfortunately you'll almost always see too much scalp...which isn't a great look.  Braids always, always, look better in blonde hair because you can see the detail better.  They're still gorgeous on brunettes and brondes but just not as dramatic. Less is more when it comes to braiding - going over the top can lead to some pretty awful looks...here's a few examples of what not to do! Who knew a self chocking braid had ever been done?! 

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Bye for now!  

Claire