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.


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!



RMH FAQsBase breaking is a quick option for keeping roots looking natural between highlights.

Have 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.


During the summer months, I don’t have time to spend two plus hours in the salon getting my hair colored.  What are my options?


roots before final


Fortunately, we have a quick solution to help clients with regrowth.  If your hair color is between light brown and dark blonde, “breaking the base” can lift your roots one to two levels lighter than your natural color.  The color goes directly on your scalp and only sits for about 10 minutes.  It softens the stark contrast between your natural color and highlighted color, and doesn’t involve foils.  The process also leaves your hair shiny and conditioned.  (See the results for yourself in the photos on the right side of this page!)

roots after final


Your entire visit will take about 45 minutes including a blow dry, or only 20 minutes if you want to leave your hair wet and head straight to the pool.  It also is fairly inexpensive, costing $45 to $55.  If you are looking for a quick way to refresh your look until your next highlight appointment, contact Rick Mosley Hair today.


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 and we’ll do our best to respond!

What’s Your Prom Hair Personality?

Rick Mosley Hair can make your prom hair look effortless!

Buns and braids are all the rage this prom season.
(Photos courtesy of Taylor Wheeler of Rick Mosley Hair)

When it comes to the 2013 prom season, there are just as many hairstyles to choose from as dresses

Whether you are glamming it up for your high school prom or just running to the mall, “effortless” is likely the word that best describes the look you’ll desire when it comes to your hair.  (But, we think you’ll find that it actually takes quite a bit of effort to achieve this trendy look!)

Gone are the days of formal and perfectly styled up-do’s.  Prom hair trends for 2013 include messier, unique and soft styles that are meant to feature what you like best about your hair.

While fishtail braids and soft buns are likely to top the list for longer hair, pinned back half-do’s, and side-swept hair also will make appearances.  For shorter hair, funky, messy and spiky styles will also be popular.  No matter what your hair length, be sure to accessorize with unique headbands and bedazzled hair ties.  Be sure to visit our new “Prom Inspiration” Pinterest board for many photos and examples.

Fridays and Saturdays in April and May are starting to fill up so be sure to call Rick Mosley Hair today to reserve a time to let our team help you pick the style that best fits your personality. And, be sure to share your prom hair photos with us on the Rick Mosley Facebook page to help inspire others.

Add Pops of Vibrant Color to Your Hair in Minutes

Bold colors are hot this season. Stop by Rick Mosley Hair today to see all of your options.

Add vibrant colors to your hair with easy, low maintenance extensions.

We can give you a new look without creating long-term damage by using extensions

From Katy Perry and Alison Sweeney to presenters at the Oscars, you’ve probably been noticing the many celebrities rocking shades of pink, blue and other bright hair colors.  While many of them are using color treatments on their own hair, you can get a similar trendy look without the cost, damage and fading that comes with coloring.

Adding dyes that don’t naturally occur in hair never lasts more than a week or two at their initial vibrancy.  Hair also first has to be bleached and then colored over with the desired hue.  Since this involves a double process, it can be time consuming and expensive.  The alternative option is having extensions placed in your hair.  They come in a rainbow of colors and never fade.  And, you can even add or remove Swarovski jewels to your Hairdreams extensions.

Four of our color experts at Rick Mosley Hair – Jenna, Kelsey and Nicole H – have received their Hairdreams extension certifications.  This means they can give your hair a pop of color by adding in hair pieces that both go in and come out quickly and easily.  With just a few strands, we can help you create a striking effect that will last until you get tired of it.  Single strands cost $10 each and panels start at $30 each.

Stop in to Rick Mosley Hair to see the great new extension colors we have in stock or call us at 515-279-4075 to set up an appointment to add a fun new color (or two!) to your look.


Photos courtesy of Hairdreams.


Add Va-Va-Voom-Volume with Aveda’s Pure Abundance Style Prep

Pure Abundance Style Prep

Pure Abundance Style Prep adds body to fine hair

As an Aveda Lifestyle  salon, our stylists at Rick Mosley Hair are often asked for their opinions on hair products.  One of our favorites is Pure Abundance Style Prep, which is part of the Pure Abundance Collection, created to boost fine hair.


Style Prep thickens hair with its combination of passion fruit, rice bran, açaí oil, organic aloe, and acacia gum, while boosting natural volume in a way that lasts all day.  It also contains conditioners that help detangle and prevent breakage, without weighing down hair.  And as all Aveda products do, it smells great!


Say goodbye to fine, limp hair!

Say goodbye to fine, limp hair!

This product is easy to use – just shake the bottle and spray on damp hair before drying.  It also can be used as a “day two” dry shampoo to refresh and revitalize hair.  Just spray on dry hair at the base of your crown, gently massage it in at the roots with your fingertips, touch up with a blow dryer (optional), and then re-style.  It gives you the same great look as the day you washed it, without dulling the hair as many dry shampoos do.  The result is soft, touchable lift!


Many clients let us know that they especially like the product because it is light and never sticky.  They rave about the way it creates volume, while adding lift and texture to fine hair.  We’re confident that your only complaint will be that it doesn’t come in bigger bottles!



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  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.