Shop Talk II

  • Shimmer me this - Kevin Murphy looked to skincare for the solution to bland blonds. “I wanted to create something that brought a light, healthy shine to hair, so I looked at high-end skincare ingredients that create luminous skin. To develop SHIMMER.ME BLONDE (€24) I used mica, a silicate crystal often used for glowing skin. These reflective qualities act like thousands of tiny mirrors on your hair that reflects light and even out the appearance of the colour, giving a uniform shine to even the dullest and lifeless blonde hair. I used a silver pearlescent pigment along with a lavender colour enhanced mica to further enhance the effect on blonde tones.” This leave-in treatment is sulphate and paraben-free and goes on working for 24 hours.
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  • À la carte - The colour combinations are endless with L’Oréal’s new #Colourfulhair range. Eight shades can be worn alone, blended or mixed with the clear variant for a more subtle approach. The launch is being supported with a clever colour technique menu that’s sure to perk clients’ interest.


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  • Walk this way - The Become The Bride menu from Great Lengths features the most coveted bridal hairstyles for SS/17, from up-dos and braids to waves, using their human hair extensions, and this year’s collection is backed up by a new website section dedicated to inspiring brides with themes, looks and a timeline to help them plan their bridal hair journey from the first consultation, through to the big day. Check out their online video tutorials at


  • Winning ways - Hat tip to the Hot Tools 32mm Extra Long 24k Gold Curling Iron which scooped the Best Curling Tongs/Wand award at the 2017 Hair Awards Super 60 awards. Sometimes bigger is better.


  • Numbers game - Did you know that the motor in Dyson’s Supersonic Professional Edition hairdryer spins over 10 times faster than a jet engine? And that since launching in Ireland last June, each one will have dried over 1,870 heads of hair. A magnetic concentrator delivers airflow as wide as your brush and intelligent heat control ensures hair is perfectly protected.


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  • Staying power - Grey isn’t going away any time soon but it isn’t a one shade fits all approach. With that in mind, Osmo have added three grey shades to their Ikon colour range: Light Aluminium, Medium Graphite and Dark Anthracite. Micro-Connective Technology allows for lower ammonia content to significantly improve hair conditioning, longer-lasting colour clarity and multidimensional shine.


  • News just in - YS Park Combs allow the stylist to work quickly while still being gentle on hair and now they are available in Ireland. Comfortable, tactile and durable, they can withstand heat up to 428°F.