Absolutely Gorgeous Sthlm at the Salon International in London

A bit more than two weeks ago I attended the “Salon International” in London that is held every year and shows the latest within the hair industry. It was a great inspiring experience and I was very happy this year it was focused on hair ups, since that is what we mostly do when we do wedding hair styling. I stayed most of the time at the Babyliss Pro stand watching Patrick Cameron, who is really famous for updo’s and his work is really amazing and inspiring.

What about the hair trends? What’s really in at the moment is long and “sexy” hair with the focus on that the hair shouldn’t be too perfect. Isn’t that great? Suits perfect for us people with busy schedules, right? Curls are also in, but again with the focus on the natural hair look, not too perfect. To sum up, what is trendy now is  the vintage hair look, braids, waves, lots of texture (sexy hair) and long hair upstyled so it looks like a bob!

My days in London was very intensive but very inspiring. I saw new interesting products that I would like to incorporate, met lots of other hairdressers, bought the bridal book by Patrick Cameron and also a few different tools for hair ups from him. I am really excited to start using all the hair techniques, tools and ideas I got from the Salon International and of course looking forward to the next Salon International.

Until next time,

Catrin Söderdahl, Professional Hair and Make Up Artist, Barcelona & Stockholm

Wedding Hair trends / Bröllopstrender 2013

In this blog post I wanted to share with you the three trendiest bridal hair styles for 2013. I hope it can give you some inspiration. Remember if your hair isn’t long or thick enough for the hairstyle you want, you can easily put some clip in extensions for the day.

For more tips and to get advice on what style would suit you on your big day, please contact us to book a consultation!

I den här blog posten vill jag dela med mig de tre trendigaste brud frisyrerna för 2013. Jag hoppas att det kan ge dig lite inspiration. Kom ihåg om ditt hår inte är tillräckligt långt eller tjockt för den hår stil du hade tänkt dig, så kan man lätt ordna det med några clip in extensions för dagen. För mer tips och råd vad som skulle passa just dig på din stora dag, kontakta oss gärna för att boka en konsultation!

Buns! Knutar!

This is a style that will never go out of fashion and there are so many varieties!

Det här är en frisyr som aldrig kommer bli omodern och det finns så många olika sätt att variera den!

Braids / Flätor

Braids are a beautiful way of making your hairstyle looking more interesting, elegant and fun! All kinds of braids are trendy for Bridal season 2013.
Flätor ar ett vackert satt att få din frisyr att se mer intressant, elegant och ungdomlig ut! Alla slags flätningar ar trendigt for bröllops säsongen 2013.

Hair accessories / Hår smycken

To add a hair accessory to your wedding hairstyle is not only trendy, it just makes your gorgeous hairstyle stand out even more! Flowers, pearls, vintage, glittery or bohemian there are so much to choose from.
Att lägga till ett hår smycke till din brud uppsättning är inte bara trendigt, den får din vackra frisyr att utmärkas ännu mer. Blommor, pärlor, vintage, glitter det finns så mycket att välja emellan.

Catrin Söderdahl, Hair & Make Up Artist, Stockholm & Barcelona

Summer Wedding Inspiration – Hairstyling

Are you getting married this summer and not really sure how to wear your hair? In today’s post we’ll be sharing a few tips on different summer wedding hair styles and talk about the 5 hottest wedding hair styling trends for this summer.

1 – Back to braids

This summer we’ll be seeing a lot of braids in the hair styling. The whole hair can be braided or then just have a part of your hair with a smaller braid.

2. Big glamourous waves

Big curls and big waves are hot this summer. Here you’ll have two examples on how to add a “curly”  and glamourous look to your wedding hair do.

3. Sleek and classical wedding look

You cannot go wrong with a sleek and classical wedding hair style. We’ll be seeing quite a lot of these kinds of wedding hair do’s this summer.

4. Flower or other hair accessory is a must

This summer a flower or another small detail to decorate your hair is a must both for the bride and other wedding guests.

5. Big buns

Big buns are really in for this year and it can be all from low and classic to high and elegant.

All images from http://hairstyletrendsfor.com

Have a lovely summer and happy summer weddings to everyone!

Catrin Söderdahl

Professional Hair & Make Up Artist, Barcelona

Wedding Inspiration and my 3-top Wedding Magazines

To get my inspiration and ideas for innovation for wedding hair and make-up styling, I read a lot of different wedding blogs but I do also like the traditional wedding paper magazine.
In this blog post I will give you my three-top wedding magazines that I am very fond of.

Everytime I go to the UK, I buy the magazine Wedding Ideas. As the title speak for itself, this magazine is full of wedding ideas and gives me a lot inspiration and ideas about different wedding styles for both hair and make-up. Are you looking for concrete wedding tips? Then you should check out  their nice blog– find out more http://blog.weddingideasmag.com/

Another wedding magazine which I really like is the leading Nordic Wedding Magazine Bröllops Magasinet. This magazine is full of wedding tips and tricks and it can be found in all Nordic languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish). If you visit their online magazine version, I highly recommend their web TV with practical wedding tips.

My third recommendation for wedding reading is the US wedding Magazine The Knot. Their section “Wedding Planning” is really complete and they have a lot of beautiful images and videos for pure wedding inspiration.

Do you have any favourite wedding reading and wedding magazine you would like to share with us? Please comment on the post or send us an e-mail to info@absolutelygorgeousbcn.com

Have an inspiring spring!
Catrin Söderdahl,
Hair & Make-up Artist, Barcelona

5 Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Hair & Skin

Christmas is around the corner and it is time to go Christmas shopping. That is why, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to 5 Christmas gift ideas for hair & skin products that are good for you especially now in the winter.

1. Argan oil, rich in vitamin E

When I got a bottle of Argan oil, from one of my clients, my first thought was that this oil would be too greasy for my skin and not do well. But I was so wrong. The Argan Oil, which is 100% natural made of organic oil, does not leave your skin oily at all and it feels great. Actually, now I cannot live without it! The Argan Oil has lots of vitamin E and an interesting detail is that the Berber women in the south of Morocco use it as a beauty and anti ageing agent for their skin, body and hair.

2. Bare minerals starter kit to look tanned also in winter

The Bare Minerals Kit is another “must-have” product. For example, the make-up powder feels great on your skin and it is totally natural. It is easy to use and gives a very natural look. Bare minerals offers a start kit that includes everything you need, brushes, foundation and including a video with instructions on how to apply the make-up. I am especially a great fan of the terracotta sun powder that gives you a sun-tanned glow also during the winter.

3. For hair care: Bed Head’s ”Dumb Blonde” hair mask.

This hair mask from Bed Head is obviously not only for blond hair and it is not only a hair mask, it can be used as a conditioner as well. The “Dumb Blonde” is a great moisturizer without making your hair heavy. You could for example, leave it in for just 10 minutes about once a week and your hair will feel lovely and soft. Extra plus it smells really nice! For more info: http://www.tigihaircare.com

4. A low-budget but a great and multi-use gift – Vaseline for soft lips and soft hands

Vaseline is another of my “must haves” and I always carry it with me. I cannot live without Vaseline, especially in the winter since I hate having dry lips. I also use it on my hands or feet when they are really dry. Put it on just before going to bed and leave it on over night. It is a cheap beauty treatment trick that works great. Find out more: http://vaseline.com/

5. Safe card gift: Luxury ”Body butter” from Body Shop

You might have heard already about the Body Butters from Body Shop. There are lots of tempting scents such as Coconut, Papaya, Sweet Lemon, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Strawberry, and Vanilla etc. The body butter works for different skin types and leaves your skin very soft. It moisturizes your body for 24 hours and the butter absorbs easily.  This is a great Christmas gift and you cannot go wrong with this option. See more: www.bodyshop.com

Image from http://msdbelleza.com

P.S My personal favourite is papaya

Happy Healthy X-mas Shopping!

Catrin Söderdahl, Hair & Make-up Artist Barcelona