Saturday 18 November 2017

WATCH: This will blow you away! - Pippa O’Connor and Mairead Ronan get ‘wild and windswept’

Get Blown Away ISPCC Pippa O'Connor
Get Blown Away ISPCC Pippa O'Connor
Get Blown Away ISPCC Pippa O'Connor
Get Blown Away ISPCC Mairead Ronan
Get Blown Away ISPCC Mairead Ronan
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Blunt cut fringes, short layers, dip-dye, unicorn and mermaid dos - there are no shortage of hair trends in 2017.

But broadcaster Mairead Ronan and Pippa O’Connor opted for a ‘wild and windswept’ look for their latest photoshoot.

The two ladies have rallied behind the ISPCC’s Get Blown Away charity campaign which runs this Monday, May 22 to Sunday, May 28.

The campaign was launched last year and sees hair salons around the country donate the cost of one blow-dry by each hairdresser to the charity.

Pippa and Mairead sat in front industrial strength wind machines to perfect their ‘look’.

“I have waterproof mascara on just in case,” Ronan told the Herald.

“I can’t wait to see what I look like afterwards. I probably won’t look quite as polished.”

Mairead recently left Today FM to focus on TV projects such as BBC series Getaways.

The broadcaster says it was an emotional decision to leave the station after a decade but is looking forward to what the future holds.

Ronan is mum to Dara (10) and baby Elsa - who she welcomed into the world seven months ago.

“As a mum the stories hit home. The work they do is amazing. Childline gets 400,000 calls a year and I find it hard to get my head around that.

“Some of those kids ae just calling because they are lonely and I find that hardest thing.”

The campaign is now in it’s second year with Amy Huberman, Jennifer Zamparelli, and Angela Scanlon took part last year.

Last year’s campaign saw over 650 salons take part, raising over €70,000 and this year, the target will be €100,000.

The campaign is the brainchild of hair dresser Dylan Bradshaw, who said: "Hairdressers are famous for having a listening ear, which makes Get Blown Away for Childline a natural campaign for the hairdressing industry. As a father of three boys, i know how important it is for children to have support and Childline is an invaluable service for those who don't. "

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