Peter Marcus Hairdressing Hairdressers in Manchester 2014-10-31T09:15:28Z http://www.petermarcus.co.uk/feed/atom/ Jenni <![CDATA[Hair styles for Christmas 2014]]> http://www.petermarcus.co.uk/?p=2139 2014-10-31T09:15:20Z 2014-10-31T09:15:28Z hair styles for Christmas 2014

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Four of our favourite hair styles for Christmas 2014

With so many events over the festive period there are a huge amount of outfits to plan and hairstyles to co-ordinate. Family parties, work events and of course, New Years Eve, your hair will have to be looking its best.

At Peter Marcus Christmas is one of our favourite times of the year, mainly because we get to experiment with different party looks for our clients, from plaits to waves, every customer wants a look tailored to their needs.

centre parted waves 2We have chosen 4 of our favourite styles for the 2014 party season:

Centre parted waves

A classic all year round, a statement centre parting paired with relaxed natural looking waves would be perfect for any occasion this Christmas. Popular amongst a range of different celebrities this style gives an effortless ‘I woke up like this’ look leaving people wondering if you have naturally tousled locks.

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Sleek ponytail

Structured, sleek and stylish -perfect for the festive season. A tightly pulled back pony, parted however you like with the hair smoothed down and fastened high or low. Getting this look right isn’t easy.  To achieve this look in the salon we use products to create a high shine, a dedicated grooming hair brush and an eye for detail. Paired with a cocktail dress and a bold lip colour, this is a sophisicated look.

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High volume blowdry

You can never go wrong with a traditional blow dry however, give it that Christmas sparkle and ask for a little more volume than usual. We think that any length, cut or colour would suit this style plus this versatile look can be styled into a messy or poker straight fashion depending on what you would like.

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Undone updo

All up, half down, high, low, plaits, curls, waves there are a lot of variations on an undone updo. A messy updo is perfect for events when you want to feel glamorous but not too dressed up. Even if you’re not sure exactly what style you would like one of our trained stylists will be able to create the perfect updo for you.

If you’ve already decided on the style you want we will be happy to create it for you however, if you are unsure our highly trained stylists will be able to decide what would suit you best.

Our Christmas bookings are being taken up quickly so if you want one of our stylists to create your party hair you will need to book as soon as possible. To book an appointment please call us on 0161 834 1422 or use our online booking form.

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Jenni <![CDATA[Take a look inside our new Selfridges salon…]]> http://www.petermarcus.co.uk/?p=2155 2014-10-16T15:44:31Z 2014-10-16T15:39:47Z Our brand new Selfridges salon in the Beauty Basement at Exchange Square has been open for two weeks now. We hope many of you have a had chance to come and visit, and perhaps even have a cut or blow dry. If you haven’t seen it yet, we wanted to share these piccys with you. […]

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Our brand new Selfridges salon in the Beauty Basement at Exchange Square has been open for two weeks now.

We hope many of you have a had chance to come and visit, and perhaps even have a cut or blow dry. If you haven’t seen it yet, we wanted to share these piccys with you.

We’re really proud of the salon and think it fits in well with all the other beauty bars, counters and set-ups at Selfridges. We’ve got a comfortable and stylish waiting area, six styling stations, two backwash units and numerous display areas featuring all the products we recommend and use on our clients. You can even purchase your favourite hair care items at the Selfridges salon, just as you would in our Peter Street studio.

So, what do you think?

Come and see us soon. You won’t miss us; we’re straight in front of you when you come off the escalator on to the beauty floor.

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Jenni <![CDATA[New Selfridges hair salon for Peter Marcus]]> http://www.petermarcus.co.uk/?p=2109 2014-10-10T09:50:59Z 2014-09-22T10:09:06Z The Peter Marcus Selfridges hair salon will have an initial five month tenancy from October 2014 to February 2015.

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Selfridges hair salonWe are so excited to be setting up a second home in Selfridges Exchange Square from the start of October!

The new Selfridges hair salon follows our highly successful pop-up blow-dry bar at the retail giant earlier this year.  Throughout May and June the Peter Marcus team were housed on the top floor of the Manchester department store, offering customers blow-dry and curl styling.  The latest venture is building on this success, this time with a full range of salon services.

We’ve enjoyed a long relationship with Selfridges, having styled numerous in-house fashion shows for them, and we’re thrilled to be working with them once more.  It’s a really exciting opportunity for us to offer our expertise to Selfridges customers, who we know demand the very best.

Following the ethos of ‘the best’, we will be exclusively using the new Matrix COLORINSIDER™ technology at the Selfridges hair salon.  The no ammonia, permanent hair colour offers high-definition colour with a shade palette including vibrant reds and rich browns.  Cutting, styling and other hair treatments will also be available.

The 300 square foot salon will be nestled in the new Beauty & Fashion Jewellery Hall, located in the Selfridges basement, amongst many other luxury brands.  The interior design of the Peter Marcus salon will feature our own branding but will of course be in-keeping with the classic Selfridges theme, to ensure continuity across the store.  Three stylists and two assistants will be on hand at all times to offer top class styling to Selfridges customers.

The Peter Marcus Selfridges hair salon will have an initial five month tenancy from October 2014 to February 2015.

For bookings and enquiries, please continue to contact our Peter Street salon on 0161 834 1422 or email enquiries@petermarcus.co.uk.

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Jenni <![CDATA[Why we don’t recommend home hair colour]]> http://www.petermarcus.co.uk/?p=2123 2014-10-10T09:50:25Z 2014-09-10T11:57:06Z Do you use home hair colour out of a box? Do so at your own risk. Leave it to the professionals for perfect results everytime without any of the nasty side effects.

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home hair colourDo you use home hair colour out of a box?  Do so at your own risk.

We’re not into scaremongering, but many home hair colour boxes just aren’t safe.  Many come with information that describe some common side effcts but often these can be just the tip of the iceberg.  We’ve come across the following advice via ModernSalon.com that details some of the lesser know side effects to home hair colour kits:

Blistering: The chemical cocktails in typical hair dyes can lead to blisters on various parts of the body. The scalp and hairline are most commonly affected, of course, because that’s where the dye rests on the skin. But it’s also possible to develop blisters on the face, neck and elsewhere. Chemicals easily penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream, producing effects in apparently unrelated areas of the body.

Rash: A severe rash is not only potentially scarring, but it can also indicate an allergic reaction. When the offending hair dye has worked through the system and the rash begins to heal, rubbing in some natural aloe vera gel can prevent or reduce the appearance of scars.

Swelling: Puffy face and eyes are a clear warning sign that the body is rejecting something foreign; chemical-based hair dye has been known to cause this reaction in many people. In a worst case scenario, the swelling of soft tissue could make it hard to breathe or swallow, a life-threatening situation.

Itchy, dry scalp: While not likely to land anyone in the hospital, achieving a particular hair colour doesn’t need to come at the cost of skin irritation.

Thinning hair: Chemical hair dyes are known to cause thinning hair and hair loss. Look for more hair than usual falling out in the shower or after brushing.

Liver enzymes: The most serious of all adverse reactions, elevated liver enzymes are a silent danger – they’re undetectable unless a doctor conducts a blood test. Elevated enzymes can result when the liver goes into overdrive trying to filter toxins like those found in most boxed hair dyes from the bloodstream.

Frighteningly, some of these side effects may take days or even weeks to develop causing many user not to suspect their home hair colour to be the problem.  Our advice?  If you experience any of the above symptoms, stop using chemical hair dye immediately.

For perfect results every time, without any of the nasty side effects, use a professional hair salon.  At Peter Marcus we have experienced colourists who will take the time to colour-match our vast range of colouring products to your skin tone.  Application is carried out to industry standards and we use only the best, fully approved products throughout the salon.  Don’t take the risk; book an appointment with the Peter Marcus team today.  Call us on 0161 834 1422 or use the booking form on our website.

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Jenni <![CDATA[Matrix Opti.Smooth]]> http://www.petermarcus.co.uk/?p=2077 2014-09-01T13:32:34Z 2014-08-20T11:18:52Z Matrix Opti.Smooth is a permanent chemical hair straightening treatment, and in our opinion, is the best on the market!

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Opti-Smooth-CollectionFrizzy hair is torture and in extreme cases can require special treatment.  Frizz appears in curly and wavy hair and is caused by a lack of hydration.  For anyone who suffers with frizzy hair, even the slightest hint of moisture can send their hair into frizz frenzy!  Rainy days are a particularly miserable experience, and living in Manchester, we have many of them!

But hot and sunny weather can also have a detrimental effect on frizzy hair as the sun, harsh sand grains and cholrine from the holiday pool can all dry out and strip hair of moisture.

It can be a losing battle trying to tame frizzy hair yourself, and often a professional treatment is the only answer.

We recommend Matrix Opti.Smooth.  It’s a permanent chemical hair straightening treatment, and in our opinion, is the best on the market.  The one-off treatment usually costs £250 but we’re currently offering it at a special price of £200!

This technique provides three services: Heat Straightening (sleek, perfectly straight hair), Cold Smoothing (smooth natural looking hair with movement) or 3D Curl (enhanced, smooth curls full of shine).  The results are immediately visible and hair looks healthy and glossy.  Hair is more manageable and those frizzy, undefined locks are now bursting with definition and smoothness, whether it’s raining outside or not.  You can still wear your hair curly, even after the straightening treatment; using a curling iron you can still achieve beautiful curls that are now smooth and defined.  The treatment is not recommended for home use.  For the best results, we advise that you visit the salon and take advantage of the £50 saving and let one of our highly experienced team of professional stylists restore your hair.

If you want to enjoy smooth, straight hair, book in for you FREE Matrix Opti.Smooth consultation with Peter Marcus today.  And remember, our limited time only reduced price of £200 for the treatment.  Call us on 0161 834 1422 or contact us via our website.  Alternatively, pop into our salon on Peter Street.

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newsdesk <![CDATA[Wedding hairstyles 2014]]> http://www.petermarcus.co.uk/?p=2049 2014-08-06T13:56:28Z 2014-08-04T11:46:36Z The popular wedding hairstyle for 2014 is the braid. With so many different types of braid to go for, from the bohemia loose and messy braid to a highly styled and sleek fishtail, there is one to suit everyone....

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Summer is the time for weddings. Being the perfect guest sometimes involves a lot of time: the a new dress, the right shoes and a beautiful hairstyle. This season’s popular wedding hair style is the braid.  With so many different types of braid to go for, from the bohemia loose and messy braid to a highly styled and sleek fishtail, there is one to suit everyone.  Here is a pick of our favourite braids:

Wedding hairstyles 2014

  • A braid crown is elegant and comfortable. It is the hairstyle most used by celebrities on the red carpet.  Just need to separate your hair in two sections and braid them into two. Next, pull one braid up over your head and pin it. Repeat on the opposite side, positioning the second braid behind the first.

 

Wedding hairstyles 2014

  • A messy braid gives a casual style and you can make a lot of combinations. A simple option is to lace two or three little braids around your head and curl the hair.    Or if you prefer, just put your messy braid on one side.

 

Wedding hairstyles 2014

  • Fishtail braid, the french style. This variety requires a bit more time if your hair is long. The first step is dividing your hair into two large sections. Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of each section and overlap in the middle. Repeat until all the hair is used.

 

Wedding hairstyles 2014

  • Accessories brightening up any hairstyle. A fashionable accessory for braids is the plastic flower. It has become a star item this year. You can add as many as you like to create different looks to the classic braid.

 

 

Picking the right braid to match your wedding outfitis one thing, but mastering the up-do yourself is another.  Take the stress out of preparing your look for the next wedding  – you are invited to by letting us do the hard work for you.  Our talented team of stylists can create the perfect braid to have you wedding-ready in no time at all – leaving you longer to assemble the rest of your outfit!

If you need some advice about wedding hairstyles 2014, don’t hesitate to contact us on 0161 834 1422.  If you prefer, you can make an appointment through our online form and visit us at the Peter Street salon.

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Adele <![CDATA[A new champion]]> http://www.petermarcus.co.uk/?p=2027 2014-08-06T13:52:57Z 2014-07-21T15:09:11Z This month we welcomed a new member to the Peter Marcus family.  Andrea joins us from her home-town of Kildare, Ireland – however hairdressing isn’t her only passion.. While it may look like butter wouldn’t melt, Andrea actually has a long and successful history in the boxing ring!  At just eleven years old, she became the […]

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This month we welcomed a new member to the Peter Marcus family.  Andrea joins us from her home-town of Kildare, Ireland – however hairdressing isn’t her only passion..

While it may look like butter wouldn’t melt, Andrea actually has a long and successful history in the boxing ring!  At just eleven years old, she became the first Irish national champion to come out of her local boxing club, making history and earning herself a lifelong title.  In 2010, Andrea travelled to the National Stadium in Dublin to compete in the Girls 1 44kg Final, beating her opponent 6-1 and securing victory for St. Brigid’s boxing club.  Her performance was so impressive, that her coach has used the match footage to teach other youngsters at the club ever since!

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It was a momentous occasion for the club, which had only been newly formed.  The coaches were unsure about whether any of the students would be ready to compete so early on, however Andrea proved them wrong, working her way up to the final and taking home the gold for Kildare.

However, Andrea has now put down her boxing gloves and decided that her future lies in styling.  She’s starting her journey with us at the Peter Street salon, and we’re sure that her spark and determination will get her a long way in the industry.  We’re delighted that she’s with us, and are proud to have a sporting champion on the team!

To make an appointment at our salon in Manchester city centre, use our booking form or call us on 0161 834 1422.

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Adele <![CDATA[Goodbye Selfridges!]]> http://www.petermarcus.co.uk/?p=1983 2014-06-18T14:35:54Z 2014-06-19T10:35:29Z Our time at Selfridges is now over, and the team at Peter Marcus wanted to take some time to thank everyone who called into our pop up blow dry bar over the last month. Since taking up our spot on the top floor of the Exchange Square store at the beginning of May, we’ve had so many […]

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Our time at Selfridges is now over, and the team at Peter Marcus wanted to take some time to thank everyone who called into our pop up blow dry bar over the last month. Since taking up our spot on the top floor of the Exchange Square store at the beginning of May, we’ve had so many friendly faces come in and get dolled up by our expert stylists. In fact, so many of you loved our blow dry bar that Selfridges even asked us to stay an extra week!

Our stylists were on hand for over a month, offering a 30 minute no wash service, with no appointment necessary. This made our city centre blow dry bar ideal if you needed a mini-makeover before a night out – or if you got caught in a Manchester downpour before an important meeting!

We’d particularly like to take the time to thank bloggers, SweetieSal and A-Listed, who both wrote glowing reviews about our styling bar, and everyone who posted pictures of your finished style on Twitter – we loved seeing your selfies and we hope to see you all in the salon soon!

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 Clockwise from top right: @nadine_callan, @franslager, and @annasmolovyk from @lavidamagazine

To speak to make an appointment at our Peter Street salon, use our booking form or call us on 0161 834 1422.

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Adele <![CDATA[Jetting off with Matrix…]]> http://www.petermarcus.co.uk/?p=1954 2014-06-09T10:21:24Z 2014-06-09T10:21:24Z It’s been a crazy few months for the Peter Marcus team – especially for one of our co-owners, Marcus Shamim. Marcus is a proud member of the Matrix Global Ambassador Team, meaning that his incredible styling talent is recognised across the world.  Following on from his exciting trip to Iceland at the beginning of the […]

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marcus shamim matrix ambassador manchesterIt’s been a crazy few months for the Peter Marcus team – especially for one of our co-owners, Marcus Shamim.

Marcus is a proud member of the Matrix Global Ambassador Team, meaning that his incredible styling talent is recognised across the world.  Following on from his exciting trip to Iceland at the beginning of the year where he took part in the Matrix National Conference, he then flew out to New York to work with the brand.  But there’s no rest for the wicked, and only days after landing back in Manchester, Marcus is back on the road again.  And this time he’s headed to Bulgaria!

Marcus will be jet-setting off with the rest of the Matrix Global Ambassador Team, performing in hair shows and taking part in educational demonstrations.  The team is comprised of some of the most in-demand and cutting-edge hairdressers in the industry, who act as educators to stylists across the globe, sharing their creative vision and innovative techniques.

Both Marcus and Peter (a member of the Matrix Guest Team) feel honoured to work with Matrix, and to call Peter Marcus a Matrix Signature Salon.  The brand offers such a great range of products (many of which we frequently use in the salon) and getting to travel across the world showing others how to use them to create the best looks possible is a dream come true.

Marcus sets off on the 15th June, and is spending a week with the Matrix team, so will be unavailable for appointments during this time.  However please use our enquiry form or call us on 0161 834 1422 to book an appointment or consultation with any of our other talented stylists.

If you’re looking for a style to help you stand out from the crowd on a big night out, we’re also pleased to announce that our time at Selfridges Exchange Square has been extended!  The pop up blow dry bar will now be open until 18th June – so get your glad rags on and come and visit us on the third floor for a hair pick-me-up!

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newsdesk <![CDATA[How to choose a hair style for your face shape]]> http://www.petermarcus.co.uk/?p=1930 2014-05-27T11:59:08Z 2014-05-27T11:59:08Z If you’re looking to mix things up and try a new style, but are lacking inspiration, examining your face can be a good place to start. The shape of your face can make a big difference to the way a certain cut or style looks. For example a bob worn by someone with a round […]

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girl-237871_1280If you’re looking to mix things up and try a new style, but are lacking inspiration, examining your face can be a good place to start. The shape of your face can make a big difference to the way a certain cut or style looks. For example a bob worn by someone with a round face will look completely different to the exact same style worn by someone with a square face.

Here we’ll give you some useful tips which may provide you with some hair inspiration for your face shape. However remember when it comes to hair, the possibilities are endless – if you love a style and wear it with confidence, it’s sure to look good, no matter what!

  • Round faces, characterized by curved lines and a round chin, look great with asymmetrical hairstyles. Features that brake the symmetry of the face, such as a side parting, layered cut or long sweeping fringe, will frame your soft features and add a bit of edge to your look.
  • Square faces are said to be very photogenic due to the prominent jawline. The right haircut on square face can emphasise this unique facial structure – for example, a classic angled long bob. This style is cut shorter at the back and longer at the front, which frames the face without widening it.  If you prefer longer locks, soft waves with a centre parting also suit square faces.
  • Heart-shaped faces, also known as inverted triangle shaped faces, are wider at the brow and narrow at the chin. A blunt wispy fringe looks great on heart shaped faces, drawing attention towards the eyes. Or for a gorgeous way to show off those high cheek bones, why not try a pixie cut?
  • Oval faces are probably the most versatile face shape, with all lengths working with this shape. However, whatever the length, waves or curls will always work best for oval faces. Straight hair can pull the face down, making it seem longer, so try adding some body and texture with a curling wand or sea salt spray.

Regardless your face shape, don’t feel afraid of trying a new look! Our stylists are always on hand to give you useful advice and to help you find your perfect hairstyle. We can also offer styling tips and recommend the right products to help you achieve a salon finish at home. Give us a call on 0161 834 1422 or pop into the salon on Peter Street, Manchester.

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