It’s Wedding Season

Call Rick Mosley Hair to schedule your wedding party today.

Call Rick Mosley Hair to schedule your wedding party today.

When it comes to hair trends for brides, bridesmaids or wedding guests, anything goes!

Simple Up Do’s

From basic knots and side buns to delicate pin curls and complicated braids, up do options are plentiful.  Up dos can be sleek or add lift.  Bring in pictures of your wedding dress, flowers and other accessories so we can help match that perfect up do to the overall look you’re creating for your big day.

Casual and Messy

If you’re going for the “non-fussy” look, consider beachy waves or pinning you hair half-up.  Loose braids are another option if you’re getting married outside or in a more casual setting.

Accessories

Combs, headbands, flowers, bows and vintage jewelry are all making appearances in wedding hair this season.  Flower crowns are particularly hot so consider taking advantage of all of the great color in bloom.  Pick your favorite accessory and we’ll help you find the best way to incorporate it.

As you can tell, there are lots of options.  What is most important is that the hairstyle you choose goes with your dress and shows your personal style.  Feel free to bring in photos of styles you like to share with your Rick Mosley Hair stylist.  We also encourage you to schedule a practice run a few days before your big day.  We love hosting wedding parties, but be sure to get them on our calendar well in advance!

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Dream of Summer with Highlights Today

Lightening is quicker, easier and better on your hair than ever before

Photo courtesy of The Des Moines Register

Photo courtesy of The Des Moines Register

Are you stuck in a rut?  Do you highlight your hair every spring and then darken it every fall?  Are you worried about over processing your hair?  Try a honey blonde or spiced rum shade now for a lighter look year-round.

Our new state-of-the-art hair color products lift or lighten your color with out using bleach.  This means you can have your hair colored much more frequently because it is less damaging.

At Rick Mosley Hair, we always stay on top of hair and product trends, that’s how our new highlight system keeps colors vibrant – not ashy, gray or brassy – and doesn’t require bleaching your hair first.  And, the colors fade less quickly than your typical color treatments do.

If you’re tired of the same old bleach highlights or color that looks different a few weeks after your appointment, schedule a color consultation with a color specialist at Rick Mosley Hair today.  You’ll immediately see the benefits of having a personalized color specialist on your side!

 

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.

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!

Extensions – Quality Makes a BIG Difference!

Part Two 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 add up to 18 inches in length.

This photo, courtesy of Hairdreams, shows how extensions are a great option for customers who want to add up to 22 inches in length.

At Rick Mosley Hair, we pride ourselves on using the highest quality products available and the hair we use for extensions is no exception.  After much research and testing, we have selected Hairdreams as our preferred hair provider.

As you can imagine, there is a big difference between the hair we use in our professional salon and the hair available at your local drug store or some other salons.  The things you want to consider and look for include the health of the hair and the proportion of its tapering.

Hair Health

Healthy hair has shine, elasticity and bounce.  Much of this is due to the state of the cuticle layer – it should be intact and closed – and how the hair has been treated.

The hair we use has been minimally treated and is of the highest quality.  It can even be re-attached up to two times, which saves you the cost of purchasing new hair each time you add extensions.  It is available in about any color you could possibly want and once it is attached, it can be treated or styled just like any other human hair.

If you go with other lower cost options, be careful that the hair isn’t coated in silicone.  This gives it a great and shiny look at first, but can become a nightmare in a week or so once the silicone dissolves.  Tangling is a big issue for people who use low-quality extensions.

Proportion of Tapered Hair

When you look at your natural hair, it is tapered in a way so that only about 5 percent of your hair is the longest length.  When you choose Hairdreams hair for your extensions, you are able to add hair strands that are all the same length (not as tapered), which in the end requires less strands (cost!) and application time.

At Rick Mosley Hair, we exclusively use 100 percent human hair, which is collected from around the world in accordance with strict ethical guidelines.  It comes in two quality options – basic and special.  While we highly recommend using “special,” we are confident in the quality of the “basic” hair for clients who need a lower priced option.  We’d be more than happy to discuss these options when you come in for your consultation appointment.

One more thing we’d like to point out is that when attached properly, extensions shouldn’t cause you pain and they shouldn’t break your natural hair.  You hear about these horror stories when the bonds are attached directly on the scalp.  Our team is trained to place the bonds 1/8 of an inch out from the scalp to prevent any of these types of issues.

Check back next week to learn about the special daily care extensions require.

What’s the Latest in Men’s Hair Trends?

While not a dramatic change from prior years, two looks rise to the top this season

Cut by Tony Sadiq of Rick Mosley Hair. Photo courtesy of Ben Easter (beneasterphotography.com)

Why does it feel like women’s hair cuts change with every season, but men’s styles seem to last a lifetime?  This season is no different, with one cut that can provide both formal and messy options to best fit your personality. The pompadour with different lengths – typically short sides and a more disconnected and longer length on top – is showing up as this season’s top pick.

Longer length on top with shorter sides and back can help you achieve two great looks!

 

Refined and formal

Want to emulate the popular and sleek Mad Men style?  Then a slick and precise side part is for you.  This more refined look can support some length on top, but looks best with shorter hair in the back and on the sides.  The tidy edges of this cut should be finished with a bit of Aveda Men Pure-Formance Pomade to add shine, texture and definition.

 

Messy and edgy

If your attitude is a better match with a more natural or shaggy style, there also are options for you.  The “bedhead” look works well with naturally wavy hair that also has a bit of length on top.  The key is making sure your hair has lots of added texture and volume.  Aveda Men Pure-Formance Grooming Cream adds pliable hold and control while maintaining a natural look.

 

While both styles have similar cuts and are easy to care for, they require just a bit of effort each morning, as using the right products is more important than ever.

 

Which of these two prominent men’s styles will look best on you?  Set up an appointment with one of our cutting specialists at Rick Mosley Hair so we can help you match your own personal style.

Ombre Offers an Effortless Style

Ombre looks best on long hair where there is a lot of length to spread out the variation in colors.

This two-toned hair trend lives on

The ombre color trend that originated in France has been holding strong, with several celebrities going back to this style where hair roots are darker than the tips.  French for “gradation,” the ombre look is even taking over clothing and nails styles recently – where the tie-dye look is back in.

With ombre, gone are the days where you need to rush to the salon to touch up your visible roots.  Because ombre hair coloring refers to the gradual transition from one shade to another, you can spend less time and money by lengthening the time between your visits to the salon.  This also means less stress is put on your hair.  This doesn’t mean you can achieve the look on your own just by growing out your roots.  We highly recommend that you start with a professional stylist who can blend your regrowth with different shades and varied starting points.

Here is an example of ombre done on shorter hair.

The multi-toned coloring process works with all hair colors and types, but looks best on hair that is shoulder length or longer (both real hair and extensions) so there is length to spread out the variations in color.  This look can be achieved using the “balayage” technique, which is the French term for painting on highlights to accentuate the natural flow of the haircut.  It can range from being barely noticeable to a dramatic contrast, with the latest style being much more subtle.  Some stars – including Lady Gaga – have been using bright colors this Spring to create a more dramatic “rainbow ombre” look.  This can also be achieved by using special hair chalk or just dying the tips of your hair using fun colors.
Call Rick Mosley Hair and set up time with one of our color specialists to discuss your personal ombre options.  Our colorists have experience both using foils and painting on highlights, so are ready to help you jump on (or re-visit) this fashion trend.  You’re also invited to visit our RMH Pinterest page to see a collection of ombre styles.

 

The next time you forgot to touch up your roots…no problem!  You’re part of the dark-to-light fade of color trend.