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Hair At Home Master Class with Gary Kavanagh

Monday, 6 April 2009

How to get a beautiful blow dry for free at home, we have Hairstylist to the stars Gary Kavanagh to show you how!

Gary Kavanagh - Hair stylist to the stars
Gary Kavanagh is undoubtedly one of Irelands best known hairdressers. He works constantly in the world of fashion and creates many of the fab looks in our Glossy mags. He has worked with most of the Supermodels, like Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Christy Turlington, Sophie Dahl, and all of Irelands top models . Gary is regular face on our television screens, and is considered by many as the Master of "Make-overs ".
Gary is kept very busy, dividing his time between looking after his many clients at Peter Mark, and looking after the tresses of many of our best known celebrities.
Gary is constantly in demand by many of our visiting celebs, and has worked with them all, from Kylie, to Westlife, Girls Aloud, Denise van Outen, the list goes on. . . .Gary currently is based at Peter Mark as their Creative Director, and is responsible for the development of their up and coming young talent.

BEFORE you blowdry:
1. Proper shampooing technique - don't scrub
2. Conditioner - rinse rinse rinse!!
3. NEVER brush your hair when wet the hair will break
4. ALWAYS use a comb - wide tooth comb
5. Gently towel dry - pat dry

WHEN DAMP/towel dried...step by step:

1.) Should you turn your head over and blast with the hair dryer for volume.
Gary says "good idea, hair should not be soaking wet when you blowdry so you should take 50% of the wetness out. Also, good for volume, but depends on hair type"
2.)Section hair with sectioning clips - take nice neat sections
3.) The longer the hair the bigger the brush / shorter the hair the smaller the brush
4.) The aim is to push the hair around the brush with the nozzle of the hair dryer - the curl effect creates the body!

What are the best utensils? i.e. Brushes - size, metal etc..
Gary Says that "Round, ceramic brushes are the best - ceramic brushes are more efficient as they heat up really well and your hair gets heat from both sides.

An array of Products are available to help achieve that great salon blowdry: Shampoo - Bumble & Bumble Thickening Shampoo €23.50 (Peter Mark Salons Nationwide)
Spray - Bumble & Bumble prep Spray €19.00 (Peter Mark Salons Nationwide)
Tony & Guy - Refreshing Dry Shampoo €8.67 (Boots Pharmacy nationwide)
Tony & Guy - Finishing Shine Spray €10.49 (Boots Pharmacy nationwide)
Tony & Guy - Tame - it Serum €12.65 (Boots Pharmacy nationwide)
If using serum always start at the ends and don't use too much.
Aussie - Leave In Conditioner €6.20 (Boots Pharmacy nationwide)
Aussie - 3minute Miracle €6.99 (Boots Pharmacy nationwide)
Trevor Sorbie - mini mousse €2.49 (Boots Pharmacy nationwide)
Trevor Sorbie - mini straight smoothing balm €2.49 (Boots Pharmacy nationwide)