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Presenting ‘Lazarus’ by Brian Gallagher

Gallagher Horner’s co-founder Brian puts his heart and soul into every photographic collection, and none more so than his most recent, the British Hairdressing Award-nominated ‘Lazarus.’ Inspired by the influence of shadow and light on an image, Brian has created a 3D fusion of cuts and colours with an almost ethereal feel. Working with strategic colour placement enhanced by a kaleidoscope of paintbox brights, the hair takes on an other-worldly appearance inspired by the imaginings of modern day icon David Bowie.

HAIR BY: BRIAN GALLAGHER @ GALLAGHER HORNER HAIR
MAKE UP: CLARE READ
STYLING: DESIREE
PHOTO: ANDREW OTOOLE

Braid expectations

They’ve been around for a few seasons now but plaits are going from strength to strength. Thanks to a gaggle of A-listers, they’re now the updo of choice for holidays, festivals and parties – and the good news is that the possibilities are endless. We played around with braids for our award-nominated Irezumi collection (pictured) – there’s something so photogenic about the texture of plaited hair. Although simple schoolgirl plaits look super-cute on a day-to-day basis, for maximum impact you need to step up your braid game and go for something more intricate. The good news is that the internet is full of tutorials – some are more straightforward than others and, like so many things in life, the key to success is practice, practice, practice! Try adding in hair jewellery (asos and Claire’s have a good selection) or coloured sprays for a Instagram-worthy result. BHA5

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2016: The year of the curl

2016 is the year of the curl. Texture is getting bigger and bolder and if you were lucky enough to be born with naturally curly hair, then now is the time to embrace it (just check out Mica Arganaraz in the latest H&M campaign, pictured below).

While this trend might be all about enhancing your natural texture, there’s still a little work to be put in. Curly hair tends to be fairly coarse, which means that it can lose moisture more easily and dry out at the ends. To combat this, look for care products that are moisturising or frizz-taming; while some natural flyaways are inevitable, a full head of frizz isn’t high on most people’s wish lists.

When it comes to styling your curls, I always advise clients to avoid too much ‘fuss.’ The more you handle the hair, the more chance you stand of roughing up the cuticle and causing frizz. Use a towel to pat – rather than rub – hair to absorb excess moisture, then apply your choice of styling product generously to the mid-lengths and ends of the hair. Right now, I love L’Oreal Professionnel Dual Stylers Bouncy & Tender (picture below), which creates that soft, touchable finish you are aiming for – not a hint of 1980s ‘crunch!’

Use a diffuser attachment to disperse the airflow from your hairdryer and help lift and shape the curls rather than flatten them. Avoid brushes and combs and instead, use your fingers to coax hair into place, winding sections around your finger for more texture. Finally, use a little more product to add definition where needed. Voila – 2016’s biggest trend – nailed!

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Congratulations Thomas!

We are delighted to announce that Thomas Hunter Temperley has been promoted to Creative Director.
At Gallagher Horner, we believe that education and training are vital to the development of our team to ensure we offer our clients the best possible experience.
Thomas has undergone extensive training and development from the Salon Directors and L’Oreal Professionnel and also assists Artistic Director Brian at Photographic Shoots and London Fashion Week.

In other good news, Thomas has also won a place on the coveted L’Oreal Professionnel ID Artist programme which will see him travel the UK and Europe attending education seminars representing Gallagher Horner, working in partnership with L’Oreal Professionnel at the L’Oreal Colour Trophy and Spring/Summer Autumn/Winter Catwalk Showcase.
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Thomas says “Joining the award winning team at Gallagher Horner has been amazing. Brian and Mathew are truly inspirational and have supported and encouraged me all the way. Joining the L’Oreal Professionnel ID Artist programme will allow me to offer new on trend hairstyles to my clients while taking my creative hairdressing skills to the next level”.

Summer styling – sorted!

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Summer appears to have arrived – finally! Here at G & H, one of our favourite summer looks is the braid – and we’re not alone. It seems that the humble plait, in all it’s guises, is the go-to updo for some of the chicest A-listers. From simple side-swept versions (we blame Frozen’s Elsa!) to intricate fishtails, waterfalls and herringbones, braids are big news and can work for all age ranges and hair types. We love Jennifer Aniston’s braided look – ideal if you’re growing out a fringe – while Blake Lively looks as glam as ever with her red carpet style. If you’ve a special occasion coming up and fancy trying one of these looks for yourself, why not pop in for a consultation and we can discuss a style to suit you.

Gallagher & Horner at Graduate Fashion Week

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Well done to G&H’s Creative Stylist Thomas, who’s just back from a stint backstage at Graduate Fashion Week in London.

Assisting Hair Directors Andrea Daley and Lisa Rhead as part of the L’Oreal Professionel Portfolio Session Team, Thomas styled for catwalks East and West at the Old Truman Brewery in hipster-central Brick Lane. Fashionista favourite TecniArt was the product range responsible for all the stunning looks you see here. Awesome work Thomas!

Operation Gallagher

Summer hairstyles can be a challenge. With festivals and summer garden parties fast approaching, it’s difficult to know which style will be best for the occasion. You can play it safe with waves or try an intricate up do, sure to see your hair through from day to night. Or why not try an effortless braid, perfect for those in between wash days. Whatever the occasion, here at Gallagher & Horner we can make sure your hair’s summer ready.

Who wore it best at the Met Gala?

We were absolutely blown away by some of the looks showcased at the Met Gala in New York, which took place Monday 4th May. Not only were the outfits insatiable but also the hair really did impress. With high ponytails making appearances on Fall 2015 runways, Beyonce totally worked it with her cascading curls. Meanwhile Rhiannna stole the show with a jeweled headpiece and retro flicks, looking extremely elegant. To top it all off, Sarah Jessica Parker pushed the boat out with an amazing Japanese inspired headpiece, teamed with bold, jade eyes and simples tousled waves.

Best Celebrity Re-styles

Spring is often a time for style change and we’re loving what’s new from some of our favourite names in celeb land. From candy floss colours to short crops, Instagram has been the place for the grand reveal for hair changes and updates. Hilary Duff has gone for a granny grey hue, one of this season tipped colours. As well as this Cheryl is rocking the choppy bob with a cherry red going through and meanwhile Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera have gone back to black for a more natural appeal. Which look will you try next?

Time for Change

Make sure your hair is on trend by booking in for a complimentary consultation with our team of colour specialists and creative stylists. Whether you’re looking for a subtle update or to make a bold statement, our team can create a bespoke look tailored to you. It’s time to step into Spring!

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