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!

New Service Helps Keep Chemical Treatments from Hurting Hair

Ask your Rick Mosley Hair colorist about Olaplex today!

Ask your Rick Mosley Hair colorist about Olaplex today!New Service Helps Keep Chemical Treatments from Hurting Hair

Olaplex is a breakthrough new product that we’re going nuts for – and we know you will too!

At Rick Mosley Hair, our hair color specialists are always looking for the best new products and one just caught our attention in a big way!

RMH colorists have been trained that healthy hair is equally as important as beautiful color.  We don’t like seeing hair that has been severely damaged by hairdryers, straighteners, color or bleach.  We hate telling clients that going blonder will be too harsh on their hair.  The good news is, we think a new product called Olaplex will change all of this!

Color more often?  Have two processes – such as a perm and color treatment – done?  Go even lighter?  Now we can say yes to these requests without fearing breakage, due to this revolutionary new product.  In short, Olaplex is an additive that seeks out hidden damage and reinforces bonds by eliminating the bad reaction oxygen has with broken sulfite bonds in chemically treated hair, making them stronger, more flexible and more resistant to breakage.

Our colorists think Olaplex is the most exciting thing they have ever seen developed.  The ability to color hair without worrying about damage is revolutionary for clients and job changing for them.

From the Olaplex website:  “We started by finding two of the world’s leading PhD’s in materials and chemistry that had never worked on hair products before.  With this fresh outlook, this team invented a single ingredient chemistry, that is free of silicone or oils, that links broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services, making them stronger than they were before.”

There are three ways to use the Olaplex system

Protective Treatment:  Done at the same time as color, highlights, balayage, or bleach services at our salon, Olaplex Bond Multiplier is added into your color or bleach formula. This will not impact the color result or grey coverage, however it may slightly increase processing time.  Olaplex Bond Perfector is applied after rinsing (and toning, if necessary).  It sets for 10 minutes before your hair is rinsed, shampooed and conditioned. Then, Olaplex Hair Perfector should be used at home once a week, to enhance and extend results between appointments.

Reparative Treatment:  Can be done independently, as a strengthening pre-treatment, or as a restorative post-treatment.  Olaplex Bond Multiplier is mixed in a solution and applied to dry hair, combed through, and allowed to set for 5 minutes.  Olaplex Bond Perfector is then applied directly over it, without rinsing, and set for 10 minutes, before being rinsed, shampooed, and conditioned.  Again, Olaplex Hair Perfector should be used at home once a week, to enhance and extend results between appointments.

Both:  To give damaged hair the most intense therapy, both of the above can be done.

Don’t just take it from us, Rick Mosley Hair client Lisa Copple recently told us, “I’m so thankful my colorist recommended this amazing new product.  My hair is amazingly soft after my color treatment and remains that way still.  Also, I found my color to be much brighter than ever before.”

Call our salon today to find out more about this bond multiplier that is dramatically revolutionizing corrective colors and blonding services by eliminating breakage and leaving hair feeling amazing.  We’re confident you’ll notice an immediate increase in the health, strength and softness of your hair.

 

Protect and Restore Your Hair with Aveda’s Sun Care Line

You are vigilant about protecting your skin, so why not do the same for your hair?

Photo courtesy of Aveda

Photo courtesy of Aveda

 

Do you spend your summer swimming, golfing, boating, cycling and more?  If so, you probably are used to the constant cycle of your hair getting lighter and drier in the summer and then darker throughout the rest of the year.

Aveda’s 16-hour UV defense and recovery Sun Care product line cleanses, restores and protects hair from sun damage.  This three-part system moisturizes and helps restore weakened hair without leaving any residue.  Plus, the products smell light and citrusy – just like summer!

 

Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser

This color-safe formula gently and effectively removes chlorine, salt, minerals and products or lime from hard water build-up, while helping maintain your hair’s moisture balance.  Plus, it is easy when you are on the go to use the same product on both your hair and body.  (Some customers say it even works great for rinsing out bathing suits.)

Use this cleanser daily or whenever your hair is exposed to sun, salt or chlorine.  It truly is a summer staple, or great if you spend time in chlorinated pools year-round.  It even prevents hair from turning the dreaded “chlorine green.”  We even recommend our blonde clients use this clarifying shampoo once per week, all year long, to help prevent build up and to keep their blonde from yellowing.

 

Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque

This intensive cream masque restores sun-exposed hair, moisturizes and helps defend against free radicals.  Apply the masque evenly to damp hair, roots to ends and leave in two to five minutes before rinsing thoroughly.  Use weekly or whenever your hair is exposed to harmful chemicals to provide instant revitalization.

 

Sun Care Protective Hair Veil

This lightweight, water-resistant UV defense mist forms an invisible screen to help protect your hair from sun exposure for up to 16 hours, to minimize color fading, damage and dryness.  Spray it evenly on dry or damp hair before and during exposure to sun and dry air.  Be sure to reapply after swimming to condition and detangle.

 

This trio of great sun products helps lock in moisture to keep color vibrant and hair shiny between appointments – almost as good as wearing a hat without the heat generated by a hat!  And the products provide great value because a little goes a long way. These great products even give your hair some texture, and a beachy-like feel while detangling and ridding your hair of fly aways.

Stop by Rick Mosley Hair to pick some up for your beach and gym bags today.  Aveda’s Sun Care products are a good buy for vacation…or any day!

 

Water Conditions Effect Your Hair

Increased Chlorine levels in Des Moines water may cause mineral buildup

How is your water supply impacting your hair?

How is your water supply impacting your hair?

Your nose isn’t the only part of you that has noticed the increased amount of chlorine recently added to the water supply by the Des Moines Water Works due to the recent runoff in melting snow.  Your hair also has noticed!

The extra minerals in your water supply can negatively impact your hair’s color and texture.  But don’t worry, Rick Mosley Hair experts are here to help.  If you are noticing a difference recently with Des Moines Water, live in West Des Moines where the water always has more minerals, or are about to spend more time in chlorine-filled pools, call today to set up an appointment for a clarifying treatment.

Your scalp naturally produces oil to protect hair from damage and daily wear.  With prolonged exposure, chlorine can strip the oil from your hair, which causes over drying, increased porosity, and in some cases pretty significant damage if you don’t take steps to prevent and treat your hair for chlorine exposure.  This is especially true for people with blonde, highlighted or very fine/thin hair, since it is more porous and likely to absorb the minerals.

Our chelating treatment frees hair of all minerals and cosmetic build-up to restore its light feel and body.  It also helps prepare hair for chemical services.  The treatment is applied to your hair in the salon and requires you to sit under heat for about 10 minutes.

Exclusive technology uses special synergistic molecules and natural purifying botanicals of basil, cypress, and rice to penetrate the hair structure and remove all build up and deposits such as minerals, hard water, chlorine, smoke, styling products and even residue from taking prescription medications.  The service helps ensure optimal color penetration while restoring the natural condition of your hair.

Call today to learn how this quick and easy chelating service can make your hair more vibrant conditioned and manageable.  We also have Aveda products that are especially made for preventing sun and swim damage.

Don’t Skimp When it Comes to Your Hairdryer

Not all hair appliances are created equal

There are many benefits of owning a Solano.

There are many benefits of owning a Solano.

You and your hair deserve the best.  The best stylist.  The best colorist.  The best products.  So why do you risk it all with a cheap hairdryer?

We see damaged hair on at least one new client each week.  Most often we find out they’ve been using the same $20 dryer for the past three years and it ends up burning their hair.

At Rick Mosley Hair, we recommend, sell and use Solano appliances that are designed and built in Italy.  They are quite dependable and some are lighter weight than a water bottle.  They add shine, improve moisture and reduce static, all while drying your hair quickly.  The key to a quality hairdryer is the motor.   When taken care of, Solano motors will perform for more than 1,000 continuous hours.

Hair products have come a long way in the past ten years.  Another thing to look for is ionic technology.  While cheaper dryers have an electric coil that heats the hair until the water evaporates, ion technology will positively charge the ions in the hair to make the water molecules break down before fully drying it.  This improves moisture and minimizes static electricity.  In fact, Solano is dedicated to providing the latest innovation in the industry including all of the latest technologies from ceramic and silver nanotechnology to tourmaline.

Hairdryers can cost anywhere from $15 to $500.  While we don’t recommend spending your life savings, but a $150 investment in a Solano now will pay off in the long run.  They even come with a two-year warranty and anything beyond the warranty only requires a $30 service fee to make it like new.  Solano even guarantees that repairs will be made and returned within two business days, and they cover the return shipping.  This keeps more Solano products in the hands of stylists and consumers, and out of landfills.

Is it your time for an upgrade?  If so, stop by Rick Mosley Hair today to try a Solano hairdryer.  We think you will immediately see why Solano products have been preferred by clients for 30 years.

 

 

Start the New Year with a New Look

Show Off Your Eyes, Ears and Shoulders with a Pixie Cut

Jennifer Lawrence is one of the many celebrities who have recently embraced the pixie cut.

Jennifer Lawrence is one of the many celebrities who have recently embraced the pixie cut.

Tired of spending so much time blow-drying and styling your hair each morning?  If so, join Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Williams, Ginnifer Goodwin, Anne Hathaway, Kiera Knightley and the other celebrities who are bravely chopping their locks for a bold, new look.

The low-maintenance pixie cut was first made popular in the 1950s and 1960s when Vidal Sassoon gave the look to Mia Farrow.  It is now known as one of the salon’s most iconic styles.  Recently, the cut is creating attention on runways and streets across the country for those who are willing to try something completely different.

Some pixie cuts are as short as a half inch, while others are as long as two to three inches.  Just wash, add a little texturizer and go for that messy, boyish look.  Or, slick it back with shaping wax or control paste for something more sophisticated.  This cut is an especially good option if your hair has been over colored or processed. You won’t believe how great it feels to have slick and healthy hair.  Check out our Pinterest board to see additional photos.

Another similar option is a “disconnected” or “overlay” cut that features dramatic length differences between different sections of your hair.  This edgy look varies in shape but is most defined by extreme lengths that are not blended together.  Miley Cyrus and Pink have rocked many varieties of disconnected cuts in recent years.

Stop in to Rick Mosley hair today to talk with one of our expert stylists about whether or not a pixie cut will look good with your face shape.  Then, hold on and get ready for a fresh start to 2014!

Stop Searching for an All-Purpose Moisturizing Oil

Aveda Beautifying Composition has been described as magic in a bottle

Some describe Aveda's Beautifying Oil as a miracle in a bottle!

Some describe Aveda’s Beautifying Oil as a miracle in a bottle!

As the fall weather gets cooler, it is more important than ever to use a good moisturizer – on both your skin and hair.  Aveda’s Beautifying Composition is a great oil-based product that helps seal in moisture after bathing or during a massage.  But, that’s not all, our clients have come up with many different uses for this jojoba oil that contains rosemary and bergamot.

Your skin, hair and scalp will love the conditioning and healing powers of this non-greasy product that has lasting results.  It relieves dryness, restores moisture and leaves skin feeling soft.  And to top it all off, it has a light and subtle fragrance you’ll go gaga over!

Remember, a little goes a long way.  Some of the many uses include:

  • Add a few drops to your bath to condition dry skin
  • Apply to damp skin to seal in moisture, either by itself or mixed with your daily body lotion
  • Condition hair by massaging on dry and itchy scalps prior to shampooing (you can even massage it in at night and wash out the next morning)
  • Apply to hair as a de-tangler before drying or a de-frizzer after drying (this is best in small amounts on coarse hair)
  • Use as a body massage oil
  • Cleanse your face before bed without causing breakouts
  • Smooth on pregnant bellies to prevent stretch marks
  • Give eyes a little extra love when you use it as a make-up remover
  • Add shine to dull hair
  • Soften cuticles
  • Make scars more pliable
  • Sooth sun-exposed skin
  • Soften the soles of your feet and elbows
  • Use on chapped lips
  • Mix with sugar or salt to exfoliate your legs and feet
  • Calm children to prepare them for sleep
  • Mix with Vitamin E to reduce eczema
  • Aids the healing process if you cut yourself shaving
  • We’ve even had clients tell us they use it to shine-up their leather boots – not that we can endorse this use!

In summary, there are probably 1,000+ uses!

The reviews are in.  This product is rumored to have healing and anti-aging powers.  Stop in today to find out why the team at Rick Mosley Hair thinks Beautifying Composition is heavenly!

Tired of your long locks but not ready for a pixie cut?

Try a long bob, also known as “the lob”

 

Is the hottest new look in hair right for you? The lob cut is easy to maintain but long enough for a pony tail.  Cut by Taylor.

Is the hottest new look in hair right for you? The lob cut is easy to maintain but long enough for a pony tail. (The cut in this photo was done by Taylor of Rick Mosley Hair.)

Looking for that perfect hair cut that is not to short and not too long? Join Mary-Kate Olsen, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence and the many other celebrities who have recently chopped their hair for that just-above-the shoulder look.

 

At Rick Mosley Hair, we’ve been giving many clients the lob – or long bob – look. From straight to wavy, this style looks good on all hair types and face shapes. Many lobs feature hair that is slightly shorter in the back than the front to give a slightly asymmetrical look. It gives hair great movement, and the best news is it continues to look stylish as it grows out. Many clients appreciate the long bob cut because they can still pull their hair back into a short pony tail.

 

Thinking of a new look for the New Year? Stop by and meet with one of our professional stylists to find out if a lob is right for you. You also are invited to visit our Lob board on Pinterest.

Already Stressed by the Upcoming Holiday Season?

Let Aveda’s Stress-Fix line of products help you keep calm and cool

 

Aveda's stress fix products make great holiday gifts.  Stop by Rick Mosley Hair to pick some up today.

Aveda’s stress fix products make great holiday gifts. Stop by Rick Mosley Hair to pick some up today.

Melt your stress away with the aroma of lavender, while moisturizing your skin with the power of essential oils by using Aveda’s Stress-Fix body lotion or concentrate.

Chose our hydrating body lotion for a mini spa treatment whenever life gets stressful. The scent is proven to relieve feelings of tension and anxiety, so be sure to hold some in your hands and under your nose while taking a deep breathe before using. Next, smooth over your body in a circular motion, while providing the most attention to your shoulders, neck and forearms. Give your hands a pick-me-up thumb massage whenever they get dry throughout the day, especially if you wash your hands repetitively.

When you’re on the go, reach for Stress-Fix rollerball concentrate. Simply glide it over your pulse points – inside of wrists, top of neck, upper shoulders – for quick relief. The portable size fits perfectly in your purse so it is always with you and available. And, the light scent is strong enough to make you incredibly happy, without overwhelming your friends.

These products are organically certified by ECO-CERT, a private international organic certification agency. To qualify for this honor 95 percent of the product (including water) must be of natural origin, 95 percent of plant materials must be certified as organic, 10 percent of the total ingredients must be certified as organic, and the product must be manufactured in a facility that meets ECO-CERT’s high standards. This is important because of Aveda’s long-term commitment to being an environmentally responsible company.

The next time you need instant calm and relaxation, or even a better night’s sleep, turn to Stress-Fix body lotion or rollerball concentrate to help melt away your tension. Stop by Rick Mosley Hair and ask for a free demonstration of these luxurious products that also make great holiday gifts.

You Just Got Extensions, Now What?

Part Three in a series on what everyday women want to know about extensions

This photo, courtesy of Hairdreams, shows how extensions are a great option for customers who want to length.

This photo, courtesy of Hairdreams, shows how extensions are a great option for customers who want to length.

You can ignore the rumors that extensions require a lot of work.  Once you get home, you’ll be able to treat your hair similarly to how you have in the past, with a few exceptions:

  • You’ll need to use a sulfate-free shampoo;
  • You won’t want to use any products or a conditioner that contain dimethicone – check the label for ingredients that end in “cone”;
  • A special type of brush needs to be used on your hair while your extensions are in;
  • You’ll want to blow dry the bonds that attach your hair immediately after washing, but won’t need to wash your hair as frequently;
  • Be sure to keep other heat (curling or flat irons) directly off of the bonds; and
  • You’ll want to schedule quick (30 to 45 minute) hair cuts every four to six weeks to keep your hair looking good.

With these simple instructions, you’ll be set for the next four to five months.  After that, you’ll want to make an appointment to have them removed.

“Most of my clients comment that their extensions were easier to care for than they ever imagined,” explains Rick Mosley Hair stylist Jenna Reiter.  “Many of them just quickly blow-dry the bonds after showering and then let their remaining ends air dry to achieve a beachy wave look.  A flat or curling iron can be used on the dry ends to achieve a more finished style.  There are many ways to care for extensions, none of which need to add extra time or stress to you day.”

We hope you have enjoyed this series of articles that involved a deep dive into the topic of extensions.  If you have remaining questions, please call the salon at 515-279-4075 or request an appointment online.  You’re also welcome to ask questions about the process via our Facebook page, or by sending an e-mail to info@rickmosleyhair.com.  We can’t wait to hear from you and discuss your hair extension options!