Does Your Hair Need More Slip or More Grip?

The Rick Mosley Team reveals product secrets shared at a recent training event

BeaWatsonA few weeks ago, about half of the Rick Mosley Hair team attended an event and class led by Bea Watson, Aveda’s Global Hair Style Educator in London.  Bea was in Des Moines to spend a day sharing the latest styling and product tips, and a second day giving hands on experience to a group of select local stylists.

Our team enjoyed the experience and came away with quite a few of the hottest styling tips.  While none of the below product uses are “official,” we wanted to share these secrets with you so you can try them at home!

  1. Aveda’s Be Curly Curl Enhancer – This great product has a polymer in it that remembers your curls.  This means it not only helps with your current style, it helps maintain your perfect curly look the next few times you style your hair.
  2. Aveda Men’s Pure-Formance Firm Hold Gel – Women have secretly been using this men’s product to add more volume and grip to their hair.  While other products provide every day volume, this one is great to use on roots for special occasions and all-day hold.  We’ve tried it several times on salon customers recently with great results!
  3. Aveda’s Shampure Dry Shampoo – Yes, it is true!  Aveda just released a new dry shampoo.  This new product is going to be a game-changer for customers who want to make flat, greasy and even sweaty hair look presentable in a flash.  Watch our blog for a product review in the next few weeks.

At Rick Mosley Hair, we’re committed to keeping up on the latest trends and techniques, and this includes investing in our team by hosting and participating in training and classes all year round.  Stop by today to ask your stylist about what he/she has learned recently!

 

 

Why Waves are All the Rage

Summer styles featuring shoulder-length waves transition well into the back to school season

Many celebrities have adopted this great look.

Many celebrities have adopted this great look.

Selena Gomez and Christina Aguilera are just two of the many Hollywood Stars who have traded in lengthy locks or extensions for wavy shoulder-length hairdos.

You too can achieve the loose “Boho Waves” look.  The key to this look is to make your hair wavy without having a defined curl pattern.

Start by applying a texturing product, such as Aveda Thickening Tonic.  Then use a medium-sized curling iron and wrap small sections at a time toward your face.  Keep hold of the piece you just curled, unwrap it from the iron and then re-wrap it around the barrel again going in the opposite way.  One you have done all sections, use your fingers to soften and fluff the waves before spraying with Aveda Air Control hairspray.

Or, if you have super-straight hair, try loosely braiding it in three or four sections.  Leave the braids in for 15 to 30 minutes.  When you take them out, you’ll have perfectly imperfect bends.  For a slightly more sophisticated look, you can pull small sections away from your face and insert bobby pins.

Set up an appointment with your favorite Rick Mosley Hair stylist today and we’ll show you how you can achieve this effortless look.

 

 

 

Rick Mosley Hair Team Supports Major’s Army

Stop by Rick Mosley Hair today to support Major's Army

Stop by Rick Mosley Hair today to support Major’s Army

At Rick Mosley Hair, we consider our employees and customers part of our family.  When one of our family members is in need, we are proud to step up and help.  Most recently, we heard from former team member Jaci Strube (Levine) who worked here beginning in 2004 when she was a freshman in college.

 

Jaci married her husband Drew in 2010 and they welcomed their son Major Hudson into the world in July 2014.  Within 24 hours of his birth they knew something was wrong, as their son was having stomach problems and needed to be moved to the NICU.  There they diagnosed him with cystic fibrosis.

 

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system.  We all have mucus in our lungs, but Major’s is much thicker.  This makes it easy for germs to get trapped there.  To combat this disease, Major does nebulizer treatments at least twice each day.  He also takes 12-14 pills per day to allow his body to absorb nutrition.

 

“Jaci is a member of our family,” said Rick Mosley.  “So upon hearing of her son’s situation, we immediately stepped up and asked how we could help.  The support we’ve received from customers and employees so far has been tremendous.  We are fortunate to work in such a caring environment.”

 

From now through Sept. 20, the salon is hosting a fundraiser to support research to help cure cystic fibrosis through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  We’re selling an Air Control/Phomollient duo for $33 and a Control Force duo for $35.  All proceeds from the sales of these duos will go directly to this important cause.  We’re also collecting cash donations.

 

Please consider stopping by the salon before Sept. 20 to help support Jaci, Drew and Major.

Transform Your Hair Texture with a Brazilian Blowout

Ask your RMH stylist about our newest professional smoothing treatment

These before and after photos show how well the Brazilian Blowout process works!

These before and after photos show how well the Brazilian Blowout process works!

Tired of your wavy or frizzy hair?  Brazilian Blowout is the only smoothing treatment that creates healthier-looking wash-and-wear hair, every day, for even the most challenging hair types.

Our new Brazilian Blowout product is customizable to produce your desired results. For example, it makes straight or wavy hair sleek and smooth, or curly hair more manageable – while preventing frizz for all hair textures.  Our stylists at Rick Mosley Hair can help you determine how smooth, sleek, wavy or curly you want the results.

While the process takes a few hours, it produces long-lasting results – up to 12 weeks.  And, it is a cumulative treatment so the more you have it done, the better it works, the healthier it makes your hair, and the longer it lasts.  You can even have this done the same day as you have your hair colored.  In fact, it actually works best on color-treated or highlighted hair, improving its health by conditioning while sealing cuticles to lock in color and add shine.

This treatment is a good alternative for clients who have previously used Keratin.  It provides much more flexibility afterwards, as you can immediately put your hair-up, wash it, etc.  (With Keratin, you had to avoid these things for three full days to prevent creases.)  Following a Brazilian Blowout, you can wash, blow-dry, heat style, and put up your hair right away.  It can even reduce your styling time.

Call or stop in the salon today to learn more about this smoothing treatment that is preferred by experts, supermodels, A-list celebrities and others who walk the red carpet.  Clients have told us it’s like getting a blow out and having it last for three months!

Love Your Hair Again with Aveda Thickening Tonic

If you have “thick-challenged” hair, you will LOVE this new product

Try Aveda's newest product - Thickening Tonic

Try Aveda’s newest product – Thickening Tonic

While Aveda is constantly researching, creating and releasing new products, its latest styling spray – Thickening Tonic – has quickly become the most poplar new product in years.  Many clients got a preview in the salon before the product was even available and were immediately hooked.  Ever since Thickening Tonic has been released, it has been flying off of our shelves at Rick Mosley Hair.  Here’s why…

Aveda’s new Thickening Topic Styling Spray is proven to thicken thin, fine and limp hair with just one use.  Like a tree that adds rings, Thickening Tonic bonds to your hair, adding a layer that instantly expands each strand of your hair from the roots all the way to the ends.  And, just like all Aveda products, it is naturally derived from plants and smells oh-so-good!

To use this revolutionary product, spray it on generously – from roots to ends – after towel-drying your hair.  Be sure it is the first product you put on your hair to allow it to bond with your strands.  After spraying, just comb through your entire head to distribute the product evenly.  Next blow-dry your hair with a round brush, using a nozzle to direct the air down each section.  Then, brush your dry hair to create your own personal style.

Combine with Aveda’s Volumizing Tonic and Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil after washing your hair and it’s a one, two, three punch for beautiful luxurious tresses.  It works so well, you won’t have to hold your curling iron or other heated styling tools to your hair as long as usual either.

You’ll love the results.  This product adds volume, plumpness and fullness and makes hair more lively and healthy looking.  With that said, it does not cause hair to go flat or feel stiff, oily or sticky.  You can even feel an amazing and soft texture difference throughout your hair after using it.

Stop by Rick Mosley Hair today to see for yourself how Aveda Thickening Tonic adds fullness, sheen and manageability that lasts all day long, or ask for it to be used on your hair during your next appointment.  We promise that the only thing you’ll wish is that it was available in a larger bottle!

Rick Mosley Hair Wins Top Honors at Aveda Runway Event

The Rick Mosley Hair team took home top honors with the "Best Hair" award.  Photo courtesy of Christopher Maharry / Maharry Photography

Photo courtesy of Christopher Maharry / Maharry Photography

Our “Nature’s Rebellion” theme captured the judges’ hearts at the second-annual Catwalk for Water Show

 

Aveda and Rick Mosley Hair (RMH) have been committed to Earth Month and supporting clean water efforts for years.  This year was no different, except that we extended the effort into May!

On Sunday, May 3, RMH team members participated in Aveda Iowa Network’s second annual Trashion/Catwalk for Water Show, created to raise awareness of one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time – clean water.  The sold-out event raised nearly $25,000 for the Audubon Society, an organization working diligently to protect and preserve Iowa’s waterways.  Aveda salons from around Iowa shared their flare for art and fashion, as well as their commitment to fundraising.

We are proud of the RMH team for walking away with top honors in the “Best Hair” category of this green carpet event.  A special thanks to employees Kelsey Weier for being our model, Abbey Longstreet who styled her hair, Bree Moore who did her make-up, and Taylor Wheeler who provided moral support.  All of you went above and beyond, putting in extra hours to showcase your skills and creativity.

Our runway entry was themed, “Nature’s Rebellion – aka Jane Doe.”  To create our repurposed look, tree branches were wrapped in hair extensions and attached to a pair of headphones.  The outfit was constructed with old plaid shirts, lots of patches and a shotgun shell necklace.  Together, we created a look that celebrates beauty, fashion and Aveda’s mission to care for the world we live in.

Since 1999, Aveda has helped raise over $36 million for environmental causes, with more than $32 million going toward clean water projects at home and around the world.Be sure to congratulate your Rick Mosley Hair stylist the next time you are in the salon!

Be sure to congratulate your Rick Mosley Hair stylist the next time you are in the salon!

Thick, Course, Curly Hair Has Met its Match!

Aveda’s Smooth Infusion makes hair soft, frizz-less, light weight and smooth without using chemicals or causing breakage

Aveda's Smooth Infusion will work wonders on your hair!

Aveda’s Smooth Infusion will work wonders on your hair!

This new and improved product from Aveda is receiving rave reviews from Rick Mosley Hair customers.  We’ve heard many positive stories so far about how Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight Styling Creme is saving customers time and they are loving the results.

When applied prior to blow-drying, Smooth Infusion keeps your hair straight, flyaway free, and frizz-less for days.  And the best part is that it gets progressively better with every use.  Once you have used it for five consecutive days, your hair should stay straight for up to three washes.

Even intense humidity isn’t a match for Smooth Infusion, which is safe for use on relaxed and color-treated hair.

How it works

It’s easy to use – Just wash your hair and then dry with a towel.  Afterwards, thoroughly apply the citrusy smelling product in sections and brush it while you blow it dry.  Remember that a little bit of product goes a long ways!  As you blow-dry your hair, plant-derived fibers help create a locking layer to help hold your hair straight, day after day.  Organic cassava root helps form a barrier against humidity to help you forget about frizz.

Drying and styling times even become shorter and the process becomes easier.  If needed, use a flat iron to touch up.  Another option is using Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother first to set the foundation for a beautiful straight style.

Results get better and better each day so don’t give up after days one, two or three!

Smooth Infusion is a great alternative to keratin treatments and works on all hair types, especially thick, course and curly hair.  Make it your “go-to” blowout prep smoother!

Another Rick Mosley Hair FAQ

Save time in 2015 by washing your hair less often

RMH FAQsHave you ever had a question about hair that you’re too nervous to ask? We’re here to help! We get questions from clients all of the time, so we’ve started posting responses to those we hear most frequently.

Question:

How often should I wash my hair?

Answer:

Many people think they need to wash their hair daily to keep it clean and healthy. Today, we’re here to dispel this myth, as washing your hair less often is actually better for your locks because washing dries out your hair and strips it of nutrients.

Put more time and energy into your New Year’s Resolutions to exercise and sleep more by spending less time washing, drying and styling your hair this year. All you need to do is change your routine to wash your hair three times per week. Of course everyone’s hair is different, but most hair types will adjust to this schedule quite quickly.

On off days, spray Pure Abundance Style Prep liberally onto dry hair, comb and re-style to give your hair a fresh look. If you exercise frequently, you can rinse your hair and condition it (without washing) in order to remove sweat.

Worried your hair will be greasy if you wash it less frequently?  Actually, the oil levels in your hair will adjust after a week or two. If you wash your hair daily, your body produces enough oil for that schedule. If you wash it less frequently, less oil will be produced. It also helps to comb through your hair well before washing it to help pull the oil through from your scalp to your ends, as the oil naturally helps condition your hair.

Do you have a hair-related question you want answered by our experts at Rick Mosley Hair?  Feel free to comment below, post it on our Facebook page, or e-mail it to info@rickmosleyhair.com and we’ll do our best to respond!

Who doesn’t want big, long lashes like the Kardashians?

Rick Mosley Hair now offers eyelash extensions

Choose a more dramatic look.  (Before photos on top.)

Choose a more dramatic look. (Before photos on top.)

Are you ready for that get-up-and-go look?  Many Rick Mosley Hair clients are going crazy about the new eyelash extension service now offered by Kelsey.  Just think of how easy it would be going through the holidays – especially if you have houseguests or are going to be traveling – without having to deal with eye makeup!

The Basics

On average, it takes about 2 ½ hours to have a full set of eyelashes applied.  Kelsey glues faux mink hair on to your individual lashes to create a look that lasts about six weeks and costs $175.  Like your hair, eyelashes shed so you need to have them maintained every three to four weeks.

Different sizes are available so you can customize your length to make them very natural looking or much more dramatic.  The extensions do not damage your lashes when they are applied correctly and are properly maintained.  They can even be removed if needed.  And, sensitive glue is an option for clients with concerns.

“I love that I look awake and lively without having to put on makeup with my eyelash extensions, and I get so many compliments,” said RMH client Michelle Parks.  “The application process is easy and painless so I can’t imagine not having them.”

Care

Maintenance is easy.  Just try not to get them too wet.  If you do, a hairdryer can help blow them dry.  Also, use oil free makeup remover so the glue isn’t impacted.  Finally, be sure to run through them frequently with mascara brush.  Following these simple steps should help them last longer.

At RMH, we use Blink brand faux mink hair, which gives lashes a feathery look.  Customers like this product because they are lighter weight than other options.  Give us a call today to schedule a time to meet with Kelsey for a consultation.  We’re sure you’ll be a satisfied customer, as eyelash extensions will enhance your overall appearance!

Or, choose a more natural look.  (Before photos on top.)

Or, choose a more natural look. (Before photos on top.)

Book Your Holiday Blow Out Today

Rick Mosley Hair offers this wash and style service too!

Schedule a blow out today so your hair looks its best this holiday season.

Color by Abbey. Cut by Taylor. Photo by Ben Easter (www.beneasterphotography.com).

Blow out bars aren’t just in the big cities any more.  They are popping up across the Midwest as well.  So what exactly is a blow out and why is this trend so popular?

Many of our customers love the look of their hair after leaving the salon.  While you don’t want to get your hair cut or colored more than necessary, we can give you that “just out of the salon” look when you schedule a wash and style – aka a blow out.

Made popular in New York and Chicago for the volume that can be added to your hair when dried properly, this service is perfect for a day when you just want to look (and feel) extra special.  Consider scheduling this quick service – that starts at just $25 – when you’ve got a job interview, are going to a fancy holiday event, or even just for a night on the town – let us pamper you at Rick Mosley Hair!

Watch for details on our blow out bar menu in January!