2016 Hair Trend Report

Bold, Unconventional and Over-the-Top Hairstyles Will Hit the Runways

2016According to Behind the Chair, this season is all about celebrating individuality.  Stylists will be mixing textures, structures, shapes and eras to give each client his or her own personal look.

Bold cuts, such as cheekbone-length bobs, will take center stage, but wavy textures will make the look more modern.  Tapered sides with angles and long layers started to catch on over the past few months and we believe this trend will continue.  Longer hair will be pinned, braided and given that “wet hair” look.

Trendy pastel and gray coloring in 2015 will be set aside and more natural hair colors will prevail.  Platinum will continue to be hot through Spring and Summer, while the look will be a bit more natural and effortless than last season.  Some fashionistas also predict that glitter and gel will be used this year to revitalize roots between colorings – we’ll see if that trend hits Central Iowa.

Styles will be influenced by everything from Star Wars to London’s punk scene, and the color gold will take over in the New Year.  So whether your style is effortlessly chic or is inspired by the 90’s club scene, stop by Rick Mosley Hair today to discuss how our stylists can help you bring out your inner style.

Bring in photos or pin your favorite looks to your Instagram or Pinterest pages so you can show us a glimpse of what you’re going for.  We also carry a full line of Aveda hair products and make-up to help you complete your look.

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.




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.

Memories of the Floods of 1993 – 20 years later

Valley Junction Flooding

Valley Junction Flooding in 1993 (Photo courtesy of the Historic Valley Junction Foundation)

Saturday, July 10, 1993, is a day Rick Mosley will remember forever.  He was co-owner of a hair salon in West Des Moines’ oldest neighborhood, Valley Junction, where he prepared to watch water from record rainfall engulf his facility.  While some business owners would use this as an excuse to give up, it was a day that motivated Rick to take the leap to rebuild in Valley Junction by opening his own signature salon – Rick Mosley Hair.

The next 24 hours were a bit of a blur.  While Rick only missed one day of cutting hair, it wasn’t really a missed day of work.  Before the water started pouring in, he rented a U-Haul truck – possibly the last one left in town – and set off to play defense.

Rick spent the day loading every piece of equipment and furniture that wasn’t attached to the floor into the rental truck and relocating it to a space he rented from a friend just a few miles away.  In this temporary location, he set up shop with no running water, using 39-gallon containers and garden sprayers from Sam’s Club to rinse hair in order to keep his commitments to clients.

When the day finally concluded and Rick was exhausted and craving a hot shower, he arrived at home to find no running water.  A drive to Camp Dodge was his only option for cleaning up before returning to work the next morning, so he waited in line for nearly an hour for an ice-cold shower.

The next morning, he rented a canoe to assess the damage.  He didn’t let the National Guard, which was on post to prevent looting, come between him and his dreams.  He found a way around the barricades to discover knee-deep water, an abundance of sludge, destroyed windows, a stench in the air, and broken dreams.

Rebuilding the salon and preparing to launch Rick Mosley Hair took two full months.  The bottom four feet of drywall had to be replaced, as did all trim and doors.  It was a big undertaking, while running his business out of a remote location and continuing to focus on what was most important – serving his customers and training his staff.

This year marks 20 years since the flooding, and 20 years of Rick Mosley Hair.  Even though the past 10 years have been in our Anglo Building a bit further west, we remain thankful for Rick’s determination to rise up during times of despair.  While we can’t predict what our next 20 years will bring, we are appreciative of the support this community and our customers have provided as our business has grown, thrived, and innovated the way hair is done in Central Iowa.

Do you have stories from 1993 that you want to share?  If so, please comment below, post them on our Facebook page, or e-mail them to info@rickmosleyhair.com.

The Great Bangs Debate

Thick and chunky or short and wispy?
Extreme bangs or fringe?
Blunt cut or asymmetric?


Long and wispy or short and straight, bangs are a quick and easy way to update your look.

We’ve all had them.  At some point, we’ve all loved them.  At other times, we’ve hated them. Get over your bangxiety with tips from the cutting experts at Rick Mosley Hair!

Are you considering adding bangs to update your look for 2013?  We’ve been seeing them pop up recently on many celebrities and on fashion runways.  From chunky bangs (like Beyonce) to blunt fringe (like Liv Tyler), bangs are a great option to quickly update your style and draw attention to your eyes, while serving as a cheap age eraser – much less expensive and less painful than a face lift!

When contemplating adding bangs, you’ll first want to consider the shape of your face.  Start by pulling back all of your hair and taking a good look at your forehead.  Once you’ve determined your face shape, check out our suggestions below.

  • Oval faces can handle nearly any type of bangs.  From long and heavy to short and angled, your possibilities are endless, so be brave!
  • Round faces – prominent cheeks, with equal widths at the forehead and lower face – look best with longer side swept bangs.  Another option is bangs that are a little shorter in the middle or that are wispy and show more forehead, as they make the face appear more oval shaped.  For a fun look, consider having your bangs cut asymmetrically.
  • Square faces also look great with long and wispy “pee-a-boo” bangs that are angled and swept to the side, often covering one eye.
  • On longer faces, a softer, lengthy fringe is typically most flattering.  Longer bangs give the illusion of more facial width by covering much of the forehead with hair.
  • If your forehead is wide and chin is narrow, your face is considered heart shaped. Straight blunt cut bangs help cover the forehead and soften pointed chins. Side swept fringe also can make foreheads look narrower.

You will want to allow for hair shrinkage due to curls, and take cowlicks into account when considering bangs.  And, think about how often you’re willing to get them trimmed to maintain the look.

Whether 2013 is “the year of the bang” or not, we urge you to meet with one of our experts at Rick Mosley hair to discuss your options.  If you decide to go for it, remember they will always grow back (eventually!)

Visit the Rick Mosley Hair Pinterest page to view our new board devoted just to pictures of great bangs.

Holiday Hair Color Trends

The holiday season is upon us and our salon is buzzing with clients looking to update their looks with the latest fall and winter color trends.  Here’s a sneak peak of what we recommend…

Color blocking, or paneling, is a simple way to apply color to a specific section of the hair in larger panels to create boldness in specific sections of the hair.  It is named after elements of modern art and fashion, where geometric shapes of color are used with sections of more neutral colors.  Color blocking in hair involves adding a contrasting color to just a portion of the hair, such as the under layers or bangs.  This technique has recently been used with brighter, more unnatural colors and leaves hair looking edgy – which is why many people refer to it as “peek-a-boo” color.

Whether your hair is red, blonde, or brown, we’re seeing warmer colors this season.

Strawberry Red

Strawberry reds were hot on the runway at Color Today.

Reds – Red hair shows power and confidence – think Emma Stone! – and the latest red hair trends are shifting to a “copper penny” color.  We’ve noticed the appearance of bolder true reds and bright red violet shades this fall/winter.  Also, a lot of darker redheads are shifting to a lighter and softer red that is closer to a strawberry blonde.  With reds, finding the right shade for your skin tone is very important. If you are hesitant to go too bold, try a nutmeg-type color.


Blonde model

Darker blondes are making a comeback this season. This blonde model was at the Color Today show.

Blondes – The latest blondes are staying either pale and bright (think Gwen Stefani) or are getting darker and warmer.  Also making its way to the top of the charts is “brond,” which is halfway between blonde and brown.  Many of the colors you see on celebrities now have some sort of base color to add warmth to the hair and to soften their natural non-highlighted color.  No matter what technique is used, most celebrity hair colors have a deeper base and lighter ends – going along with the trend of the ever-popular ombre.


Rich Red

Bright red violets made an appearance this winter.

Brunettes– Copper and red violet tones also are appearing more on brunettes.  If the sun lightened your tresses this summer, add darker hues and shine to update your look.  You can’t go wrong if you go with delicious warm colors, such as chocolate, caramel and mocha.


Whichever color or method you choose, it is important to use the right products to maintain your new look.  We carry Aveda’s line of Color Conserve products that help preserve and protect your color-treated hair so the hue lasts longer.

Our colorists at Rick Mosley Hair are ready to make you look great at your upcoming holiday parties.  Give us a call or stop by today so we can give you the gift of a new look.  Before you arrive, be sure to visit our Rick Mosley Hair Pinterest page and pin your favorite hair photos so you can show us the look you are going for using your mobile phone.  (Click on the “Reds,” “Blondes,” and “Brunettes” links above to go directly to our images for those hair colors.)

Straight from the Runway

The Doves

Christopher and Sonya Dove

Kim Vo
Kim Vo

Beth Minardi
Beth Minardi

Brooke from America's Next Top Model
Brooke from America’s Next Top Model

Recently, Rick Mosley Hair colorist Abbey attended “Color Today,” put on by behindthechair.com.  It’s “the” event to attend if you work in the world of hair color and want to stay on top of the hottest looks, which we do!

While there, we ran into many style “celebrities,” including…

  • Kim Vo, who has many celebrity clients and has worked on ABC’s Extreme Makeover, E’s Daily 10 and Bravo’s Shear Genius.  He has a list of celebrity clients and is most well known for being the “official blonder” for the stars.
  • Jason Backe and Jennifer MacDougall from L’Oréal Professionnel and Ted Gibson Salon in NYC.  They also work with many of the women on the Real Housewives of New York.
  • The “Queen of Color,” Beth Minardi from NYC.  She has a long list of celebrity clients, including Taylor Swift, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, and Brad Pitt.  At Rick Mosley we have taken many Minardi classes and model many of our color theory and techniques after Beth’s.

At the event, most of the segments started with a runway show, similar to what you would see at a fashion show – except that the focus was on the hair.  After each show, the presenters came out to explain their work, do live technique demonstrations, and explain the color formulas used.

The hair models were all professional working models as well – all 5’10” and skinny!  We even recognized some of them from America’s Next Top Model, including Mikaela from cycle 16, Laura from cycle 13, and Brooke from cycle 6.  While we are used to seeing Brooke with long brown hair, she was transformed with her hair shaved on one side and long on the other – a trend from the 80’s that has recently reappeared in Hollywood.  (Brooke is in the bottom photo.)

At Rick Mosley Hair, education is our top priority so we’ll be sure to share information from all of the great events we attend and host.  Whether you are walking the runways or the streets of Des Moines, be sure to set up an appointment today if you are looking for a celebrity look.  Our next post will highlight some of the hair coloring trends that we’ve been seeing both on celebrities and at the shows we’ve been attending.