Lilac Hair Loving / The Photoshoot, part 1.


All Hair by Mark Henare @ LoveHair, assisted by Mya Henare / Make-up by Abbie Gardiner / Photography by Karen Ishiguro.






This is why I went blonde, because I wanted to eventually go a very light lilac. It all began a couple years ago when I’d gotten it into my head that I wanted pastel pink dip-dye hair. From there the pastel hair options grew, and I eventually became set on lilac hair. It was this picture I saw on pinterest that I took to my hairdresser Mark, asking him if such a thing was possible for me. Yes, he said. He’s since admitted he had immediately regretted telling me he could do it, because he remembered how much work it would take. I have extremely thick, long and dark hair that has previously been coloured. It took him 14 hours to take my hair blonde. So basically, Mark is a saint. And he makes a great coffee. He’s just opened up his own salon at 35 Broadway, Newmarket called LoveHair (09 529-5115) – I can’t recommend him enough, he’s been my hairdresser for 5 years now, and all my friends go to him, so if you need your hair did, that’s where you should go, forreals.

Being so excited about the prospect of an extreme hair change I gathered my A-team together, photographer Karen Ishiguro & make-up artist Abbie Gardiner to take a few shots of my new look. It was kind of funny, I felt like I was throwing a party for my hair. I guess I was. Here are the results, with Mark giving us a run-down of the products and techniques used for each hair look.

Mark Henare on Hair Look 1 : To prep the hair we used Miracle Filler and Precious Oil from Pureology. On DRY hair we sprayed Pureology Thickening Mist, and a generous amount of L’Oreal Volume Riche mousse from roots to ends, and blast dried the mix into the hair until absolutely dry. We then used a 1 inch curling styling tong by Richard Kavanagh to give us a full wave (HOT TIP : The curling tong actually is the perfect tool for curls/waves and gives a far better result than doing the same with ceramic straightening irons). To finish, I used an all purpose (Brushing out) brush (Mason Pearson if you can get one) preferably something with NATURAL bristles as this gives a better finish to the look. To give a bit more polish I then used the Pureology Miracle oil and a little Infinium to finish off the look.

Hair Look 2We used a little back brushing at the top panel of the head, using our ‘brushing out’ brush again to smooth the hair back. We used L’Oreal Bouncy Wax to give the hair a slicked back look. At the back we used some L’Oreal Horizon Fix to give it a natural texture finish with some slight frizz, to contrast the slicked-back-smooth look at the front.

Hair Look 3 & 4Look 3 and 4 are similar looks. The hair was brushed back with the ‘brushing-out’ brush and some L’Oreal Bouncy wax. We then put the hair into a slight french twist and secured with bobby pins. We left the lengths out to give a faux fringe, or a faux pixie look. In Look 4 the only thing we changed was that we straightened the lengths with GHD straightening irons and finished with L’Oreal Spray Gloss. I think these final two looks are perfect if you’re wanting a cool, new or different look for a night out. I’m sure it will inspire and excite your friends. Yes, it is a bit different but VERY COOL. So I hope you try out at least one, if not all of these looks, and go out & have some fun with it……

What I’m wearing : Look 1, outfit 1 : Ruby Valerie pleat dress / boohoo cross ring / glassons spike bracelet. Look 1, outfit 2iloveugly bucket / boohoo chain / glassons stacking rings  Look 2 : RUBY Round midnight dress / COACH sunglasses from sunglass hutLook 3: Liam Ruffle Sleeve Shift / Glassons studs. Look 4:  boohoo lilac jumper / boohoo triangle necklace / MIU MIU sunglasses from sunglass hut.

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10 Responses to Lilac Hair Loving / The Photoshoot, part 1.

  1. jennahq April 29, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    you are so effin cool – i LOVE your hair.

  2. moanaleilua April 29, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Totally digging the lilac…

  3. madicattt April 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    I was wondering if this was where you were going to go with the blonde and it looks amazing! Cue hair envy. Big time.

  4. LeotaTime April 29, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    WOW. You look amazing chick

  5. Brooke April 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Yuuusss!! Looks fn amazing!!

  6. catandtonicnz April 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Love this! I wondered if that was why you’d gone blonde. I’m too chicken to do anything more than dip dye my ends – though they have been various shades of pink, purple, and turquoise over the past year or so. Maybe one day… x

  7. summersnakedplate April 29, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    Well deserving of the A team status all-round – love!

  8. jess April 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    I Love these!! the hair, photographs, everything! Well done team. Also cool to read about the process too 🙂 I hope you dont mind Lani but id love to draw one of the photos, their inspiring!


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