Watch Redken Artist and Rio’s own Laura Carmichael demonstrate Redken’s new Heatcure Professional Restoration Service.

Redken Artist and stylist at Rio Hair Studio Laura Carmichael introduces us to Redken’s newest hair repair treatment called Heatcure.

In the video you can see the difference Heatcure makes in Hillary’s hair – the texture of her hair becomes smooth, it’s visibly softer and even brightens the color.

This revolutionary, new treatment is six years in the making. Heatcure comes with four components – formula, heat resistant carbon comb, specially designed heating element and take home treatment featuring a self heating restorative mask.

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Redken’s new Heatcure hair restoration treatment is now available at Rio Hair Studio.

Using slow melting waxes and utilizing cationic conditioners that will smooth the cuticle, Heatcure gives us total hair restoration that lasts up to ten washes. Use the take home mask to continue care between appointments.

Call Rio at 904.733.8495 to add this affordable, 15 minute service to your appointment today.

What do you do when you get home?

Redken’s Heatcure self-heating mask is part of the service; it will extend the care you’ve already shown your hair in between visits to the studio. Just remember to “Peel. Heat. Treat.” If you would like more details, check out Redken’s How To here.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about this revolutionary new product!  This service is available to add to any of your regular appointments at our studio located at 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Suite 8 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Have questions? You can find Laura on Facebook and also be sure to check out all of her amazing work on her Instagram!

Book an appointment with one of Rio Hair Studio’s hairstylists today! Call Rio at 904-733-8495 or book online here.

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Balayage: A Hair Painting Revolution

Get that sun-kissed look just in time for Summer!

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You may have been seeing the word “balayage” a lot lately when scrolling through hair pictures on Pinterest and Instagram. It has been taking the salon industry by storm. But what is it exactly? Balayage is a technique for highlighting in which dye or lightener is painted on the hair in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect. Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Miranda Kerr and Lauren Conrad have been seen sporting this look. It’s great because since it is a very natural look, it lowers the amount of maintenance required to keep it looking good. If you decide to add a few lighter pieces to your natural color, you only need to come in every 8-10 weeks to get a refresh and/or toner (if you and your stylist decide to dye over your natural color, you will have to come in every 6 weeks for a retouch on your new growth).

Another great thing about balayage is, it looks great no matter how light you get the highlights. So this makes transitioning from very dark hair to a lighter look a lot more laid back. A big misconception is that unless you get the hair very blonde, you will leave the salon with orange hair. My dear sweet readers, that is what toner is for! It is the holy grail of any lightening service. So, after a few sessions with your stylist, you too can have those beautiful blonde highlights that are blended and graduated without compromising the integrity of your hair and without having an entire head of a color that you aren’t crazy about.

What to do before and after your balayage experience

(These rules really go for any color service you’re thinking about getting.)

Before your appointment:

1. Gather some photos of what you ultimately would like. Having a visual will help you and your stylist get on the same page. Your idea of honey colored highlights might not be the same as theirs!

2. Stop dying your hair, preferably months before. Any artificial color on your hair will slow down the lightening process and can lead to uneven lifting.

After your appointment:

1. Shampoo with a sulfate-free shampoo like Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics. Sulfates will fade your color faster. Condition with a hydrating and pH-balanced conditioner made for hair that has been lightened like Pureology’s Perfect 4 Platinum Conditioner.

2. Use a heat protectant before blow drying, flat ironing or curling. The heat can not only damage your hair (especially lightened hair) but it can also fade or brown-out color faster.

3. Use a moisturizing mask once a week. I love Redken’s Blonde Idol Mask.

 

Schedule Your Appointment

Call us @ 904-733-8495 to schedule an appointment today for a consultation to decide if balayage is right for you. In the mean time here are some photos of beautifully balayaged hair done by our talented team of artists to hold you over:

 

 

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Written by: Jess Wilkins, Stylist @ Rio Hair Studio

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Hair Transformations 2015

Spring Cleaning!

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I’m talking about makeovers! Spring is in the hair and if you’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to try a new look, I say go for it! We all know that when we have a bad hair day or if we’re not particularly thrilled about the current look we have, it has a negative impact on our confidence and self esteem. A makeover can be a great way to become more open minded and discover new things about yourself too! Big changes like going from blonde to brunette or long to short as well as small changes like the addition of a side swept fringe or a few highlights around the face can make a world of a difference. So get out of your comfort zone and let the magic happen. The road to self discovery is a long one, why not look beautiful on the way there?

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How do you find the right look for you? How do you know what shade of red to go for or whether or not you can “pull off” the copper highlights or textured bob you saw online? Consulting with your stylist is a very crucial step to any makeover. It helps us determine what styles are realistic for your lifestyle, what colors work with your skin tone, the steps we must take to get you from point A to point B and so forth. Coming into the appointment with images of colors or hairstyles you like (even if you only like a part of a certain look) helps immensely. It makes sure you are both on the same page. After consulting, your stylist will give you their professional suggestions. I like to refer to it as creating a road map. Things we take into consideration are: facial shape, head shape, skin tone, skin undertone, eye color, etc. A thorough consultation can be the difference between a look to love and a look to lose.

gallery-1426689938-gty-christina-aguilera-150318We have been seeing a lot of celebrity hair transformations lately. Kim Kardashian’s famous leap to the blonde side and more recently, Christina Aguilera’s switch from blonde bombshell to sultry brunette have been all over social media lately. Such a drastic color change is bound to turn some heads. If you’re looking to flip the script this is the answer.

gallery-1426702215-gty-hilary-duff-150318Popping up everywhere are the bold, fun, vibrant colors. Katy Perry, Nicole Richie, Kelly Osbourne, Kylie Jenner and now Hilary Duff have all been sporting the bright fashion colors that we all can’t stop looking at. I know it’s not plausible for all of us to go head first and dye all of our hair unnatural colors but if you’re a little curious there are more temporary options to test the waters. Redken’s Color Rebel Hair Makeup makes it possible to paint a little bit (or a lot of bit) of funky color onto your hair. Available in violet, red, coral, pink and gold, it rinses out after two shampoos. Another option is extensions. You can purchase individual wefts of colorful hair to add into your hairdo for those days you are really needing some excitement.

mel1A big change can be a hard pill to swallow but, after taking that leap of faith and seeing yourself in a completely different way, it can be a very fulfilling experience. Going from hair down to your waist to hair above your shoulders sounds terrifying and panic-attack-inducing but you’d be surprised. When you get a truly flattering haircut, it will make all of your best features come alive. Right now the “Lob” is gaining mass popularity. It’s a wonderful compromise when you’re wanting to try a short-er cut without going in full force.

mel2However if you think you’re ready, go for it. Chop it off! We have been seeing some amazing short cuts in the recent months and if you want a fierce look this is definitely your ticket.

All over color changes are some of the most fun appointments for the stylist but the most stressful for the client. But just like a good haircut can bring out your best features, good color makes everything POP! Your eyes can look bigger and brighter and your skin can look more radiant from a color that compliments you perfectly. I love creating new looks for clients and giving them what they need to feel confident and discover new positive attitudes they may not have had about themselves before.jess2

 

But just like big changes, small changes (adding a few highlights around the face or adding a side swept fringe) can create a whole new look. Plus, these services tend to be quick, easy and generally less expensive. Spring time always bringsmegan3 the need to have a lighter and brighter style. Women often come in thinking they need a full head of highlights to achieve it when in actuality they would look much better with just a few highlights. This can take a boring one dimensional color to a whole other level. It gives you that sun kissed look that is very natural and soft but it also gives you that change that you have been dying for. A color gloss is another easy way to add a little something to your look. They are semi permanent and can add just a little boost of tone and shine. The color gradually fades, taking away the commitment permanent color requires.

fran1Lastly, we can’t forget about the guys. The male grooming industry has seen a sudden boom in the past few years. Men are becoming more and more interested in not only getting a haircut but getting a look. I tell my male clients, when you sit in my hair I am not just cutting your hair, I am taking your personal style and creating a look that portrays it. It’s becoming a lot more than “#2 on the sides and finger length on top”. Men are becoming more daring and more expressive and I love it! Guys, don’t be afraid to leave the haircut you’ve had for the past 10 years at the door when you come in because I guarantee when you leave you will feel more confident than ever.

So, if you’re still wondering if you should dye your hair or cut it all off or if you have been feeling the urge for change, there’s no time like the present. Grab the bull by the horns and take the plunge. I’m sure you will be happy that you did and you might even learn a thing or two about yourself in the process.

Do you want to see more from our talented stylists? Check out the photos below!

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Written By: Jess Wilkins

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Are You Ready for Radiant Reds?

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Blondes Don’t Have All the Fun!

Introducing Redken’s new Carmin’R dye!

We are all about deep, dimensional, vibrant reds. Whether you want permanent or demi permanent, all over color, highlights, balayage or ombre, we have something to suit you.

How it Works:

This revolutionary dye molecule penetrates the hair core then expands, trapping it inside the strand. This creates color that is truer to tone and lasts up to 40 shampoos!

Proper Aftercare Makes a Difference:

After you dye your hair it is very important that you take the time to properly care for it. After the color service, ask your stylist about a Redken Chemistry Treatment. This treatment will lock and seal the color in, as well as deep condition your hair.

Nothing will fade your color faster than a low quality shampoo. I recommend Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics line. It’s sulfate free and designed for color treated hair.

Lastly, a couple of tips for keeping your color radiant: shampoo less frequently and always cover your hair when in the sun. Shampooing too often will not only fade your color with a quickness, but it will also leave it feeling dry and lose it’s luster. The sun’s harsh UV rays will also contribute to color fading. So this summer be sure to wear a hat or scarf to protect your color investment!

Check out these looks created by our talented stylists:

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If You’re Feeling Bold and Want Hair to Match Schedule Your Appointment Now!

Rio Hair Studio – 904-733-8495

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Written By Jess Wilkins – Stylist @ Rio Hair Studio

Calling All Blondes!

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Exciting Things Are Happening!

With 2015 in full swing there are so many new and exciting things happening at Rio!

We officially have Redken’s brand-spankin’-new Blonde Idol color line. The line includes high-lift conditioning hair color, a blue oil lightening system and the base breakers. What this means for you is lighter, brighter blondes without the brassiness and without the damage! Each product in this line is ultra conditioning so your hair is not left dry and lifeless but bright, lustrous and healthy.

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“Sombre”, balayage, high lights and all over blonde will never go out of style.

All over Instagram and Pinterest are pictures of beautifully lightened, perfectly blended blondes. People, especially those of us with naturally darker hair, think it’s impossible to have that hair on their heads. That is, while having hair still attached to their head! This color line makes it possible. Now, don’t get me wrong, if you have jet black hair, don’t think you’ll be a platinum blonde just like that! But you can gradually become lighter and brighter without the dreaded brassy orange monster showing it’s ugly face all over your head.

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We have the technology!

Each product in this line includes new technology that include: cationic polymers designed to smooth the hair fibers, violet leaf extract to condition and optimize the health of the hair and ceramides that repair and seal the hair to protect the color.

What this means for you is the beautiful lasting blonde you want without the dryness other methods can cause. Also, with haircolor that lifts and tones at the same time and a base breaker that only takes 10 minutes to process you won’t feel like you’ve spent an eternity in the salon.

Check out these results!!:

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The above photos were done by Laura Carmichael. She utilized the High Lift Conditioning Cream Color for these beautiful, dimensional blondes!

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The above photo is by Sami Skinner. She utilized the High Lift Conditioning Cream Color for its amazing lift and toning abilities.

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The above photos are by Jess Wilkins. For the photo on the left she utilized the High Lift Conditioning Cream Color as well as the Base Breaker. For the photo on the right she utilized the Blue Oil Lightening System to quickly lighten the hair to the lightest blonde possible (although the final color was done with Redken’s Chromatics Ammonia free permanent color).

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Are you ready to be an IDOL?

Call us to book an appointment with one of our artists @ 904-733-8495!

 

Written by: Jess Wilkins – Stylist Rio Hair Studio

 

NEW! Extreme Length

It’s Finally Here!

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Redken’s Extreme Length System is now available in the salon!

I am very excited to announce that we now have Redken’s Extreme Length system in the salon for purchase. It. Is. AMAZING! If you have been trying to grow your hair and feel like it is taking an eternity (like myself) then I urge you to pick it up and try it.

Hair grows 3-6″ in one year. The key to getting the maximum growth of 6″ is by keeping your hair healthy. Extreme Length contains biotin and a protein complex which forms bonds around the hair fibers to strengthen and preserve length. If your hair is growing at the root but breaking off the ends you’re not going to make any progress! Not only does this system make your hair feel fantastic but it reduces the appearance of split ends.

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Follow these 3 steps:

1. Shampoo with Redken’s Extreme shampoo.

2. Towel dry hair and apply the Extreme Length Primer. Leave on 2-5 minutes  and rinse.

3. Apply the Extreme Length Sealer on your ends. It can be applied to damp or dry hair.

If you’re interested in trying it out first, book an appointment with one of our stylist for an in-salon treatment (service price: $20). Mention this blog post for $5 off!

Shine Like a Diamond

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