How To: The Meghan Markle Updo

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Each time Meghan Markle has made a public appearance with fiancé Prince Harry, she’s opted for a chic bun, complete with a few strands left out in a fuss-free way. It has quickly become her signature look and so we decided to let our readers know how to recreate her look at home.

  1. This style is best suited to dirty hair, so the good news is you don’t have to start with an ambitious washing and drying regime. If your strands are too clean and soft, give them a quick once over with a dry shampoo or dry texture spray like Eleven Sea Salt Texture Spray over the root area and massage the product through.
  2. Then, lightly brush the product through to distribute the product evenly from mid-lengths to ends.
  3. To create the bun, tilt your head back and scrape your hair from the hairline back to the nape of your neck, securing it just below your crown area.
  4. Tie this up into a twisted knot and secure with bobby pins.
  5. An important part of this look is the shorter pieces framing the face, so loosen a few strands to get the modern edge that is required for this look.
  6. Finish with a finishing spray like KEVIN.MURPHY Session Spray fora firm, weightless lasting hold with natural fragrance oils and a UV shield for colour protection.

Trending: Mini Fringes

Move over curtain fringes! From the catwalk to the red carpet, mini fringes are now trending.

Oozing cool girl confidence, we’ve spotted them popping up in two big ways: sharp and blunt and uneven and wispy.

Blunt versions give a more angular look and work best on a heart-shaped face. Softer versions are the easier way into the trend, since the result isn’t as drastic, and suits most other face shapes.

No matter which way you go, the looks below will give you all the inspo you need.

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Trending: Curtain Fringes



The Bridget Bardot inspired fringe is trending. Worn by it-girls like Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller, their eye-grazing fringes sit somewhere between a classic fringe and a sweeping side fringe.


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The secret to the curtain fringe is that they have to flutter way below the eyebrows, giving them a flirtatious feel. If the curtain is cut too short, it’s going to look too 30’s inspired and it will fail in giving that sexy curtain look.

To achieve this look ask your stylist to take the fringe section quite deep and wide, which gives impact and emphasises the sexiness of this look. Also ask that they make the middle of the fringe shorter, angling longer towards the outside of the face. This gives that beautiful sweeping motion.

But be warned, this is a look the requires maintenance, as keeping your curtain fringe the right length will mean visiting your stylist every few weeks.

For those with a strong cowlick in the front, you can still maintain this look by using a small, round brush and blow-drying the cowlick in the complete opposite direction, so that it sits more flat on the face. Another way of maintaining the look is to make the hair appear soft and ethereal, not thick – so go easy on the hair product. Only use light-hold product or powder to give that light airiness to it.

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How To: Caring for Brightly Coloured Hair

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Given the continuing trend for brightly coloured locks, here’s our guide to keeping your colour looking vibrant and healthy.

Prevent Damage

Bright shades require a very light base hair colour, which usually means that your hair needs to be lightened. It’s important to maintain the health of your hair as much as possible before going bright. Super-porous, brittle hair does not hold onto colour well. So maintain the health of your hair and the longevity of your colour, by asking your stylist to use Olaplex when lightening your hair.  Olaplex is a protein bond builder which is added to the lightening mixture to avoid damage when lightening.


Each time you wash your hair colour can fade – especially when not using a colour protecting shampoo. Stretch out time between washes with a dry shampoo like Kérastase Powder Buff and when washing use a shampoo designed specifically for coloured hair like L’Oreal Vitamino Colour.

Pro tip: When washing your hair, use tepid to cool water. This helps to keep the hairshaft closed, meaning that you’r less likely to lose colour when you wash.


A heat protectant like Kérastase Ciment Thermique will help to maintain the health of your hair and the vibrancy of your colour. UV rays also fade hair colour. The Kérastase Soliel range is specifically designed for sun worshippers to protect the health of colour-treated heat-exposed hair.

Trending for Men: Beach Blonde


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Taking cue from male celebrities, the latest trend in male hair colour has arrived: bleached blonde. This new trend gives a vintage feel to contemporary styles reminiscent of the ’80s and ’90s, and makes a bold statement to any man willing to take the plunge. Thinking about going blonde? Read on to find out how to achieve your the best blonde for you.


1. Your professional Reds colourist is trained to find the right blonde for your skin tone and lighten your hair without creating permanent damage. With so many factors at play when lightening your hair, avoid a hair disaster and leave this job to the professionals.


2. If you’re feeling adventurous ask your Reds colourist for a bold, 90’s rock band look. If you’re looking for something a little softer ask your colourist for a more natural, sun-drenched colour.


3. To keep your colour from fading or going brassy, use a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner for blonde hair like L’Oréal Professionnel Shine Blonde or L’Oréal Professionnel Silver.


4. Maintain your hair health in between salon visits with a deep conditioning mask like Kérastase Masque Chroma Riche for dry, highlighted hair and Kevin Murphy’s nourishing and blonde enhancing Shimmer Me Blonde spray.


All products are available at Reds hair now. To book online click here or call us at 04-239 9479.

Instagram Hair Inspiration for 2017

From some of the coolest women on Instagram, we’ve picked out the hottest styles of the moment, to inspire your look in 2017.

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We love short bobs, especially when it’s styled into subtle tousled waves.


The bubble braid


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If you have long hair, this is the dream hairstyle. It’ll take some help, but create this look and feel cool forever.



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We love this perfect pony AND her gorgeous dip-dye.


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Wet look hair can look stunning, especially when paired with a pretty floral accessory.


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These curly beach waves are dreamy. 


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If you need a little inspiration for a shorter cut, this choppy bob is gorgeous.


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The va-va-voom, ultra curled look is predicted to make a comeback in 2017.


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Up for a challenge? Then Katherine Omerod’s creative braid may be the style for you . Braided styles are also ideal for humid summer weather.


The low ponytail


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Thought you couldn’t wear your short locks in an updo? Think again. Pandora shows you how to rock a low, casual ponytail with your bob like a pro.

History’s Most Iconic Engagement Rings

There have been many beautiful engagement rings worn by famous women throughout history.  Pippa Middleton’s wedding over the weekend inspired us to take a look at some of these beautiful rings and the women who wore them.

Mary of Burgundy


It is believed that the first diamond engagement ring was given by Archduke Maximilian of Austria when he proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring set with thin, flat pieces of diamonds in the shape of an “M.”

Joséphine de Beauharnais


As a symbol of his love for his wife-to-be Joséphine, Napoleon Bonaparte presented her with a diamond and sapphire engagement ring.  The gold ring is adorned with two pear-shaped stones – a blue sapphire and diamond that rest side by side facing opposite directions. The ring recently sold at auction for $949,000.

Queen Elizabeth


Queen Elizabeth II was presented with this 3 carat diamond solitaire engagement ring from Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, which came from his mother’s tiara. They married in 1947.

Jacqueline Kennedy


John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Kennedy with a diamond and emerald engagement ring.  The ring consisted of one 2.88-carat diamond mounted next to a 2.84-carat emerald with tapered baguettes. In 1962, a total weight of 0.66 carats of round diamonds and 1.46 carats of marquise diamonds were added to the ring.

Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married on January 14, 1954 in a judge’s chambers at San Francisco’s City Hall.  Marilyn did not have an engagement ring, however, wore this beautiful platinum eternity band set with 35 baguette-cut diamonds.

Grace Kelly


Prince Rainier III originally proposed to Grace Kelly with a Cartier eternity band of diamond and rubies. After a trip to Los Angeles, the Prince realized that all the actresses were wearing large diamond engagement rings.  He then promptly purchased this 10.47 emerald-cut diamond engagement ring by Cartier. Stunning!

Elizabeth Taylor


Richard Burton famously purchased a 69.42 carat pear-shaped diamond from Cartier for his wife Elizabeth Taylor.  The diamond was originally owned by Harriet Annenberg Ames. It was subsequently purchased at auction by Robert Kenmore, owner of the luxury brand Cartier for a then record $1,050,000. It is regarded as the world’s first million-dollar diamond.

Kim Kardashian


As you’d probably imagine, Kanye West proposed to KK in the most understated way possible, renting out a sports stadium, hiring a 50-piece orchestra and plastering his proposal on a scoreboard. Oh, and then there was the 15-carat, $5 million engagement ring he slipped on her finger.



Queen Bey’s $5.8 million dollar 18 carat diamond is the most expensive on our list. Set in platinum, it’s value has more than doubled since husband, Jay Z proposed in 2008. Yep, he put a very big ring on it.

Princess Diana and Duchess Katherine


And probably the most famous engagement ring of all time, the ring Prince Charles gave to Princess Diana in February 1981. The engagement ring consists of 14 solitaire diamonds elegantly surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-carat white gold. It was created by jeweler Garrard.

Years later, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with the same oval sapphire and diamond engagement ring that belonged to his mother, Princess Diana.  The proposal took place on a trip the two took to Kenya.  Prince William carried the ring around with him in his backpack for three weeks in Africa before he finally found the perfect moment to propose.