The Art of the Brick Exhibition by Nathan Sawaya

At the beginning of March, we went to see the Art of the Brick exhibition by Nathan Sawaya at the Old Truman Brewery.  It’s in a great location to explore some of the quirkiest parts of London and has universal appeal.  His sculptures in some instances are conceptual, whereas others are excellent copies of real works of art.

Nathan Sawaya, a Canadian artist, practised law in New York City until he decided he’d had enough of the rat race.  In 2004, he left the firm he was working for, in pursuit of a more creative career and began using Lego as his medium.

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From a young age he had always been fascinated by Lego and now creates recognisable installations (from life-size dinosaurs to world-famous renaissance works) and sculptures referencing his own life experiences.


The Art of the Brick exhibition at The Old Truman Brewery is his first solo exhibition in the UK and is the first exhibition worldwide to feature installations made solely from Lego bricks.


The exhibition features over 80 sculptures created from more than a million individual pieces of Lego, with the more sophisticated pieces towards the end.  Nathan describes the grey sculpture below as his “worst nightmare”, as without his hands, he would be out of a job.


Each piece tells a different story, whether it be about early discoveries such as technology and the solar system, to Nathan’s own personal discovery and journey to becoming a critically acclaimed artist.

The exhibition is open until 1st April and is suitable for all ages.  We don’t want to give too much away, but if you do visit, let us know what you think in the comments!  There are so many galleries in Shoreditch, so why not make a day of it?



The Shu Uemura Muse Image Awards are back – and this year, better than ever!

Launched in 2013, the competition challenges all UK and Ireland hairdressers to create their very own Shu Uemura Art of Hair Muse, in the form of an on-trend avant-garde female styling look. We’ve been overwhelmed with the talented calibre of entrants we’ve seen over the years, which is why we’re so excited to see this year’s entries.


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The Muse Awards have been tipped as an unforgettable experience. Mentored by India Miller, Artistic Director for Charlie Miller Hairdressing, finalists from each region will be involved in a photo shoot, with the support of a creative team.

Here’s a little recap on the 2014 awards, and the final 3 looks:

Muse third place

Muse second place

Muse winner

Want to be involved?

Contact your Business Development Executive for more information on how to enter. Entries opened on Monday 2nd March, and you have until Friday 1st May 2015 to enter.  What will your muse be?

Are You Ready for London Fashion Week?

The first month of the year has already zoomed past us and we’ve had quite a jam-packed few weeks.

At the beginning of the month we collaborated with a team of stylists from Jonning & Riashi, who styled 30 models for London College of Fashion’s MA Menswear show at Men’s Fashion Week (exclusively with Shu Uemura Art of Hair of course).

High-profile models such as Sang Woo Kim were cast (he’s splashed across the pages of the glossies with Cara Delevingne for DKNY FYI) and we created a bit of a storm on social media.

If we weren’t excited for Fashion Week before, we certainly are now!

Take a look at what the team got up to below.


Then on 27th January, a London-based session stylist, our very own Rebecca Amoroso, led a team of stylists for the Busardi Spring/Summer 2015 haute-couture show in Paris.  Busardi, a prêt-à-couture label, is one of the oldest surviving couture houses in Thailand.  Every new collection brings a more delicate and ethereal feel, season upon season.

The theme of the show was “birds of paradise” and the models really do look out of this world!  Each design was delicately embroidered and embellished with lace and ostrich feathers in an array of über-luxe pastel shades from champagne to slate and blush pink to jade, with the occasional pop of saturated colour.


We’re certainly geared up for London Fashion Week now! Let us know what you think in the comments.

We’ve also got some more fabulous photos on instagram:

How-To: Layering Your Art of Style Products

So we’ve got some exciting innovations coming this year as part of our styling collection.

But before we spill the beans in a couple months’ time, we wanted to talk a little more about our ingenious styling range.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair styling products are renowned for giving stylists the ability to create anything from a glamourous curly blow-dry to avant-garde trend-led looks.

As you may know, all of our styling products are heat, UV and humidity resistant and can all be layered to create different effects and different looks whilst still maintaining a natural feel to the hair.

One of the many clever things about Art of Style products, is that if you ever use too much of one product, you can counteract it with another.  For example, Detail Master gives immense hold and shine whereas Essence Absolue moisturises and softens.  If the hair is too hard to manipulate, release the hair with Essence Absolue and restyle as normal.

Below are a few of our favourite Art of Style combinations.

Let us know how you use yours in the comments!

A soft natural-looking curl can be perfected using Kaze Wave and Cotton Uzu:


Step 1

Use a geisha comb to evenly apply Kaze Wave through natural or manufactured curls and blow-dry.

Step 2

Apply Cotton Uzu sparingly to the lengths of the hair to separate and define the curls

Create a super smooth glossy blow-dry with Satin Design & Essence Absolue:


Step 1

Mix 2-3 pumps of Satin Design and Essence Absolue together in palms and apply liberally to the lengths and ends

Step 2

Blow-dry to finish and use a hazelnut sized amount of Essence Absolue to nourish any visible dryness or tame flyaways

Slicked back, high hold ponytails can be achieved using Fiber Lift and Kengo Feather:


Step 1

Rub Fiber Lift into the roots and brush backwards

Step 2

Apply Kengo Feather to the hair and smooth with a tail comb and then blow-dry to set

NB – For extra shine spritz a little Detail Master on the hair!

Find your nearest Shu Uemura Art of Hair salon here:

New year, stronger you

With the New Year upon us, many see this as an opportunity to reinvent and rediscover themselves. At Shu Uemura Art of Hair – we believe that a New Year, means a stronger you. Given that we believe in sublime hair, we’ve handpicked a selection of four products that will nourish your hair back into good health – ready for the exciting year ahead.


(Left to right) Cleansing oil shampoo, Cleansing oil conditioner, Essence Absolue, Instant Replenisher

(Left to right) Cleansing oil shampoo, Cleansing oil conditioner, Essence Absolue, Instant Replenisher


Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Conditioner:

Designed for all hair types, this duo will leave your hair free of impurities, radiant, and airy to the touch. The Shampoo will gently cleanse the hair and scalp, and weightlessly restore the hair. The Cleansing Oil Conditioner will nourish and soften your hair, for effortless detangling, and dazzling shine.

Essence Absolue nourishing protective oil:

This award-winning leave-in oil will leave dry, coarse, damaged, or even coloured hair looking more radiant and feeling restored. This can be used on damp hair, and blow-dried in, and can also be used on dry hair. Blended with precious camellia oil, this product is the ultimate indulgence for your hair!

Instant Replenisher:

Finally, the Instant Replenisher revitalising serum boasts of a unique combination of magnolia oil and ceramide, which will leave your tresses looking repaired, smoothed, with dazzling radiance.  You can also indulge yourself to the Instant Beautification service in-salon.

We hope this has given you some hair inspiration, to pamper your hair to perfection in the New Year! You can find out more about our ranges at

On that note, we’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year, filled with exquisite hair…

Three Chic New Year’s Eve Eyeshadow Looks

As we’re all winding down for the Christmas holidays, deciding on that extra-special New Years Eve look can be tricky.

Here at Shu Uemura Art of Hair, we wanted to help take some of the pressure off, with some gorgeous eyeshadow looks to see you into the new year.

Our friends at Shu Uemura Art of Beauty have an extensive array of colours to suit every individual’s style – from the subtle every day neutral beiges and browns, to the out-there festival-inspired fuchsias and limes.

Below we’ve featured some gorgeous looks using Shu Uemura Art of Beauty eyeshadows along with a basic how-to for you to recreate the look at home.

For all of these looks, we recommend using a primer beforehand and our favourite is the Brightening UV under base mousse:


Look 1  


Step 1: Sweep across the lid with White 910, then use Light Blue 611 in the corners to accentuate the eye shape.

Step 2: Using Black 995, gently build up colour in the crease and along the lash line, staying as close to the lashes as possible.

Step 3: With an angled brush, apply Black 995 upwards on the outer corners to create a cat-eye look.

Step 4: Finally, use Dark Blue 696 to blend the darkest and lightest shades together.

Step 5: Finish with stretch xtreme precise finish waterproof mascara

Look 2


Step 1: Apply a thin line on the upper lash line by using lasting soft gel pencil in black (you can also use a fine brush and eyeshadow in shade Dark Black 997)

Step 2: Generously apply Light Beige 812 across the lid and up to the brow bone

Step 3: Apply Light Green 520 in the corners of the eye and blend to the middle

Step 4: Use Dark Green 595 over the top of the beige, but only up to the crease and blend

Step 5: Define the lower lashes using Dark Green 595 with a narrow brush

Step 6: Finish with stretch xtreme precise finish waterproof mascara

Look 3


Step 1: Sweep Soft pink 140 across the lid

Step 2: Apply Light Pink 125 in the inner corners and up to the brow bone and blend

Step 3: Use Soft Rose 156 in the crease to add definition

Step 4: Finish with stretch xtreme precise finish waterproof mascara

Why not show us yours on Instagram? @shuuemurahairuk

Images courtesy of Shu Uemura Art of Beauty. Follow them on instagram here for more inspiration: @shuuemura_ww

Top 5 Styling products you need for the festive season:

The festive season of parties and celebrations has fast approached us, and we know it can be hectic – both for you, and your hair! In today’s blog post, we’ll be sharing with you five of our most-loved styling products which will carry your hair through the festive season with great ease.


Protect your tresses with our luxurious Kengo Feather – a lightweight cream which can be used on dry hair, and blow-dried into damp hair. Your hair will be protected from heat and humidity, as well as maintaining a strong lasting hold, with the ultimate softness and shine – perfect for the party season!

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With big and bouncy hair remaining a strong trend throughout the year, we had to include our wonderful Volume Maker! For lightweight volume and lift to the hair, simply add a few clicks of this invisible powder to the roots of your hair – you won’t regret it!

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Next up, if you’re looking to add texture and shape to your hair, you cannot be without Shape Paste – our sculpting putty. Perfect for shorter styles, this hero product will leave your hair textured and fabulous, all evening.

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No hair-do is complete without a finishing spray – and our Sheer Lacquer Spray will provide a buildable hold for any hair style. Whether you’re simply smoothing away loose strands, or sporting an up-do, a few sprays of this product will finish your style perfectly.


Finally, the fifth product we’re including is Texture Wave – the ultimate product for creating a tousled and textured look to the hair. This product is perfect for adding a more relaxed look to an up-do, or for adding texture to curls and waves.

Which Shu Uemura Art of Hair product can you not be without? Let us know in the comments!