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



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.
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


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!

It’s that time again…

It’s coming up to that time again where we prepare for numerous award entries and competitions and we couldn’t be more excited! Keen to retain the title won in 2013 when Brian was named Scottish Hairdresser of the Year at the British Hairdressing awards we’ve got our dates penned in our diary to work with the amazing photographer Andrew O’Toole on a two day shoot to create our collection for 2015 in London later this Spring.

Go Brian!

There is a business brain behind all of Brian’s creativity hence The Salon Magazine have asked Brian to be a regular contributor to their Business Blog – the most recent being on ‘The Importance of Awards.’

In the feature Brian explains what elements it takes to grow an award winning team; such as creativity, trend awareness and client focus. “This awareness comes from our art team regularly taking part in shows such as London Fashion Week where seasonal trends are constantly pushing boundaries and challenging conceptions”, says Brian.

Brian also discusses the significance of entering competitions and industry awards, taking into consideration which ones best reflect the work of the salon. With another blog post from Brian due to be featured this month and Gallagher & Horner nominated for a whole host of awards this season, there’s plenty to shout about!

Hair Magazine Feature

We’re excited to announce that we have taken part in Hair Magazine’s 5 days 5 ways editorial which will feature in their April edition. The feature includes a shoot where our multi award-winning Brian Gallagher recreated 5 of his favourite hair looks fresh from the catwalk. The looks included a totally wearable colourful fishtail plait, a more adventurous Bardot beehive and some seriously commercial loose waves and a faux bob. Each style was picked to ensure that readers could easily recreate the look at home and be ready for any occasion this spring! We can’t wait to see Brian’s work in print and look forward to future collaborations with Hair Magazine!

Colour Me Beautiful

This season at Gallagher & Horner we’ve had fun mixing up some stunning new tones to add to our extensive colour palette. New favourites of ours include Blush, Sage, Graphite, Ash, Burnt Orange and Indigo Blue. All very brave shades, each of which bring an element of ethereal vibrancy and nowness to your hair. If it’s something more subtle you are after, brunettes should opt for a mahogany mix, whilst blondes should go for either icy blonde or honey shades to keep bang on trend.

NYC Fashion Week

Fashion Week is the holy grail of hair inspiration! Whether this be on or off the catwalks, there’s amazing hair to be seen everywhere. New York Fashion week never fails to disappoint, this year featured genie braids, hat hair, bold blondes and bob cuts. A classic look to be seen on a lot of the runways was the simple low ponytail with subtle updates such as leather accessories or back brushed at the ends to create lively texture – an elusive nod to the 70s. Be fashion forward and try some of the amazing looks for yourself!


We <3 BAFTAs hair!

Another year of BAFTAs means another year of impressively beautiful hair. Hollywood’s hottest pulled out all of the stops for one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the film industry calendar.

With a lot of 70s inspired looks to be seen, there were plenty of sleek and straight styles, loose and side swept waves and effortlessly tousled locks. Contrastingly paired with smokey eyes and dark lashes – the Royal Opera House couldn’t have looked more glamorous.

Be inspired by our Hollywood honeys and try out their looks at Gallagher & Horner!

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