RIO Hair Studio had the great pleasure of hosting Redken’s Education Artistic Director, Chris Baran!

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Chris Baran Workshop at RIO Hair Studio in Jacksonville Beach, Florida

IMG_0674Chris Baran taught our hair stylists so many amazing things! From tips and tricks about how to better brush, part, cut and curl to improving out technique, Chris gave us new skills to make us all better stylists. Every single person in the room learned something new in class that we could use as soon as our clients took a seat in the chair.
By making us take a look at the bigger picture, the first part of class was about how we could achieve our goals. Chris made us examine who we are as hair Chris Baran at RIO Hair Studio 4stylists, who we want to become and how to make that happen.

We always think of RIO as a family and learning together cemented that. Chris made sure this was a hands-on, interactive experience for everyone. Throughout class we were bouncing ideas off each other, explaining and re-explaining new techniques to each other as well as cheering each other on.

It was so important for RIO Hair Studio to host this class. We believe that one of the major factors for the studio’s success is owner Misty’s emphasis on continuing education for each and every stylist. This focus on professionalism ensures that each stylist is well-trained, well-certified, and always up to date on the latest styles, procedures and processes. This is how we are equipped to provide the best service to clients – we can assure each client will receive the best advice about precision cuts, the most useful products, and the appropriate treatments and techniques for their hair to keep it healthy and strong.

We cannot thank Chris enough for sharing his wisdom, skills and humor with us!

If you’ve got questions about your hair or you’re looking for a new look, book an appointment for a consultation with one our hair stylists today! Call Rio at 904-733-8495 or visit our website RioHairStudio.com.

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More About Chris Baran

Chris Baran at RIO Hair Studio 3From Chris’s website: As Redken’s Education Artistic Director, Chris Baran is an artist in world-wide demand. Chris develops the core curriculum for Principle Based Design & Finishing for the US and global training programs and is one of the key facilitators for Redken’s Train The Trainer Program, both internationally and domestically. Chris is a multi-award winner of Hairdresser of the Year, Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year, Master Hairdresser of the Year, and Educator of the Year in Canada and the U.S. At Canada’s Mirror Awards he has been recognized as International Stylist of the Year and received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Chris has also been honored with the ABBIE™ for Best Educational Program.

 

What’s New at Rio: Curls 101

 Rio Welcomed Gaby Miley from Redken!

 

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Last week we were happy to welcome Gaby Miley, Redken Educator and Curl Expert. We were so excited to work with her and learn the latest techniques as well as some tips and tricks to provide the best possible experience for our curly haired guests. We learned so much and can’t wait to put our new knowledge to work!

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We learned some great cutting techniques designed to work with the curls. We realize that our clients with wavy and curvy hair like to have the ability to have a “dual identity” and wear their hair smooth or natural so her step-cutting technique allows just that! For curly and springy hair we learned ways to remove bulk and blend the dreaded “puppy ears” (curly haired readers know exactly what I am talking about!)

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Here’s one of our beautiful models Erika! We put our diffusing skills to the test and learned some very useful information about Redken’s Curvaceous line and proper diffuser technique.

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Gaby was one of the best educators I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She has such a wonderful personality and her teaching abilities are amazing.

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For those not familiar with Redken’s Curvaceous Line it includes the following:

Sulfate-Free Cream Shampoo

Leave-In or Rinse-Out Conditioner

Ringlet Perfecting Lotion

Full Swirl Cream-Serum

Wind Up Reactivating Spray

Curl Dive Nourishing Mask

Wave Ahead Texturizing Mousse

With all of these products in our arsenal we can custom make a care and styling plan specifically for your curls. There is definitely something for everybody. Consult with your stylist about proper usage and what steps you need to take to achieve those beautiful bouncy curls or textured undone waves!

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We really appreciate everything Gaby brought to us. The education she has given us is truly a gift. Our team is unstoppable! Come in and consult with one of our stylists to get your curls under control and ready for the summer!

Make your appointment today by calling 904-733-8495 or visiting RioHairStudio.com!

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Photos courtesy of Laura Carmichael

Written By: Jess Wilkins – Stylist Rio Hair Studio

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).

For more photos visit our Facebook page

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

 

#RedkenSymposium2015

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Rio Takes Las Vegas!

This past week seven  of our amazingly talented stylists traveled to the FABULOUS Las Vegas to attend the 2015 Redken Symposium. This is the largest single-manufacturer education event in the world! They left wide-eyed and eager to learn and returned more motivated and inspired than ever!

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Kris, Laura, Megan, Melissa, Misty, Shelby and myself (Jess) embarked on this adventure last Friday January 23rd. Once we arrived we immediately began exploring this beautiful city. To us there was so much to see and do and so little time!

070The first night we were there truly was a magical night because one of our stylists received the surprise of her life! Our little Meggy GOT ENGAGED! It really was the most romantic thing I have ever witnessed. We are so happy for her and cannot wait to be with her every step of the way!

groupAfter a couple of days of exploring Sunday rolled around and it was time to get to work! We all visited Sam Villa’s Hairshow, an amazing blow dry bar, to get #redkenready for the opening event that night.

101Of course we had the best seats in the house for the show! It was an amazing display of all the educators, artists and models we would be seeing and learning from the following days in class. I must say, when Redken throws a party, they REALLY throw a party! They pulled out all the stops and made it incredible.

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The next day classes began and we were given the opportunity to learn from the most innovative, talented and creative artists from around the world!

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We also were able to bring back some goodies! We have a sneak peak at some new products Redken will be releasing this year. We are very excited to be ahead of the game with new styling and color products that will take your hair to the next level.

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I know I don’t speak for myself when I say I cannot wait for Redken Symposium 2017! This was one of the greatest experiences of my life and now I’m ready to practice what I’ve learned and create some truly incredible hair!

To book an appointment with one of us call Rio @ 904-733-8495 and experience the difference of an inspired, motivated and knowledgeable stylist!

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Are you Rebel?

 

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Want a exciting and fun look for a holiday look?

Want a fun and bright color that you don’t have to worry about covering up?

Well Redken’s new Color Rebel will give you the best of both worlds with a colorful powder that will wash out!

There’s no denying that Color Rebel will give you that shimmer and sass that you have always wanted.

Mix and match or be dedicated to one style, these five colors can keep trendy for all all occasions.   Washing out after just two shampoo’s, Color Rebel gives you the freedom to show your colorful self.

Guilty as charged (gold), Purple Riot, Punked up pink, Rebel without a coral, and red-y to rock will give you an excuse to strut your stuff.

So what’s stopping you? come into Rio Hair Studio today and pick up your perfect match to bring out the rebel inside.

 

Pureology Curl Complete

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We are excited to announce the much anticipated arrival of Purology’s new Curl Complete Line

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Curl Complete Shampoo provides a Sulfate free way to revive your curl.

This shampoo is best for all curly hair types, from beach girl waves to curly Q’s. This shampoo will not only keep your color fresh and hair clean, but it will also give you beautiful curls for three days.

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Curl Complete Conditioner nourishes your natural curls.

This conditioner detangles and locks in moisture. It will be your curl remedy for humidity or dry weather.

Frizzy curls? Don’t fret, with Curl Complete Conditioner your curls will stay feeling soft and voluptuous all day.

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Moisture Melt Masque infuses your curls with the moisture that it craves.

It only takes 5 minutes to completely moisturize and define your once lifeless curls.  This takes at-home hair masques to a whole new level

Never go curl hungry again with this deep conditioning hair saver.

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Put your frizz to rest with with glorious new curl taming butter.  This leave-in cream is the perfect diagnosis to your unruly curls.

With this Curl Complete butter your curls will remain manageable without taking away from your beautiful rounded ringlets.

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 Curl Extend Primer and Extender

Do you want a bouncy ringlets without the heaviness of products weighing them down? Well Pureology’s new Curl Extend Treatment is the answer to all of your curly needs.

Relevant for all hair types, this product can nourish your hair and diminish frizz without having to even get it wet!

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If you have limp, lifeless curls this hydrating curl treatment is what your hair has been searching for.

paired with coconut oil, this leave-in Curl Complete product will keep your curls feeling soft, shiny, and full of life.

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 Pureology has listened to your curly-Q needs and has designed the perfect solution to fight your once frizzy life-less curls.  Whether you have loose waves or kinky ringlets Curl Complete will revive your naturally beautiful hair.

Pureology Curl Complete is now available at Rio Hair Studio and has received nothing but positive feedback.