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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 (

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!

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  We can’t wait to hear from you and discuss your hair extension options!

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.

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.

Every Month is Earth Month at Rick Mosley Hair

Proceeds from the Light the Way candle benefit clean water projects.

This time of year we go a step further in supporting clean water efforts

Aveda goes to exceptional lengths to be respectful of the Earth, and the company expects its professional network of 7,000 salons worldwide – like Rick Mosley Hair – to share this commitment.  Ever since Aveda was founded in 1978, all products have been harvested with respect for the Earth – so this time of year is especially important to us.

What does Aveda do to support Earth Month?

For the past six years, Aveda has produced a limited edition “Light the Way” soy candle and donated 100% of the proceeds to Global Greengrants to help clean water efforts around the globe.  The candle aroma for 2013 is made from a blend of certified organic vanilla, cinnamon and ylang-ylang.  These 100% certified organic ingredients are grown in Madagascar, where the company’s work has had an impact in a village called Ampasimanjeva.

The water infrastructure in Ampasimanjeva was in disrepair, leading to extremely limited access to water for villagers.  Aveda and Greengrants supported two water projects in Ampasimanjeva, the first of which was initiated in 2008 to repair a water tank, build a solar-powered pump and install three water taps within the village.  A second grant in 2010 expanded the number of water distribution points and drilled a second well, resulting in improved access to clean water for 4,000 people.

Children from a local school were asked to provide drawings for the 2013 candle artwork depicting what clean water means to them and how access to an improved water source has impacted their lives.  Together with Aveda and salons around the globe, we hope raise more than $1.5 million for this great cause in 2013, so be sure to pick up a Light the Way candle today at Rick Mosley Hair.

Win this great basket of Aveda products by entering our Earth Month raffle fundraiser!

How is Rick Mosley Hair making a difference in Iowa?

A second way we are going above and beyond this Spring is by partnering with 45 other Aveda salons in Central Iowa to raise $60,000 for our local Earth Month partner, the Iowa Audubon Society.  Any fundraising that the salons chose to do (beyond the candle sales) stays locally and is donated to Audubon, so we’ve put together a wonderful gift basket filled with Aveda products for you to win.  Raffle tickets can be purchased at our reception area for $5 each.

The Iowa Audubon Society works to make water cleaner in our state by saving wetlands, protecting rivers and restoring marshlands.  Wetlands are important because they prevent flooding by holding water like a sponge – this helps keep river levels normal and filters and purifies surface water.  Rivers and their floodplain forests also play an important part in the water cycle, acting as drainage channels for surface water.  Finally, shallow marshlands filter sediments and nutrients from the water before it enters open channels.

These are just a few of the ways your team at Rick Mosley Hair is committed to being a respectful member of our community and world.  How will you support Earth Month in 2013?  Donate online today!

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.)

Rick Mosley Hair – A Cutting-Edge Salon with Deep Roots in Our Community

Your hair isn’t average so your salon shouldn’t be either

This photo was set up to look like the Shampoo movie poster with Warren Beatty and Julie Christie in the mid to late 70’s – early in Rick’s career!

Have you ever wondered what happens each day behind the doors of Rick Mosley Hair? Maybe you drive by on your way home from work or see our storefront when picking up dinner at Dish. We understand that selecting a salon can be somewhat intimidating, so whether you have been a client for years or you are considering a change, let us (re)introduce you to our experienced (and fun!) team of professionals.

Rick Mosley first opened the doors to his namesake salon – Rick Mosley Hair – during the floods of 1993 in the heart of Valley Junction in West Des Moines.  Prior to that, he cut hair at several other big-name salons in town. Remember “GLC Haircutters,” the spaceship shaped “Headliners,” or “Phases Hair Salon”?

Since the beginning, Rick has devoted his time exclusively to excellence in the art of haircutting. His unique styling and business approaches have earned him a large and devoted client-base that keeps him on his toes. Two stylists – Karla, Rick’s good friend and Terri, Rick’s sister – began working at Rick’s side from the very start. Together, they make up the core team that has been making our clients look good at Rick Mosley Hair for nearly 20 years.

In 2003, Rick decided it was time for a change and relocated his salon to our current location inside the Anglo building in Clive. This is when he also began encouraging his team of stylists to grow as specialists in the field of their choice by bringing a trend in the hair industry called “departmentalizing” to Des Moines. This approach aligns with Rick’s vision and background in the field of hair cutting, and allows our team members to specialize in the services they are not only best at and most confident in, but also that they are most passionate about. The approach is similar to how doctors learn all of the basics first and then move into a specific field. It is natural instinct for most stylists to feel more confident in one practice or the other – cut or color.

While our “dualists” Karla and Terri continue to provide both cutting and coloring services, we also have four stylists – Rick, Andrea, Tony and Nicole R. – who focus solely on cutting and styling hair. And, the rest of our team – Jenna, Nicole H. and Abbey – exclusively specialize in hair color. This creates an inspiring environment for the team to work and grow in. According to Rick, “Life is proof that great ideas work, because here we are 20 years later still going like gangbusters with a team of colorists working along side a team of haircutters.” Learn more about each of our team members on our Website.

At Rick Mosley Hair, we are committed to being the best in the business through our study of current trends and on-going educational opportunities within our specialty areas. Prior to seeing any clients, all staff members go through an extensive six to 12 month training curriculum, so we are all very comfortable working together to focus on providing you with the best service (and style!) possible. We also regularly attend the largest hair events in the country and even host many big regional classes here in our own salon. (We’ll be sure to post information on these educational events in future blog entries.)

Please plan to stay in touch with us either between your appointments or as you become more familiar with Rick Mosley Hair by following this blog. We know that hair can sometimes be challenging, so we’re also open to answering your questions. Submit them to and we’ll do our best to respond.