Watch our step-by-step tutorial on how to get the perfect Beachy Waves with Redken Artist and Rio’s own Sami Skinner.
Begin by preparing your hair with Redken’s Beach Envy Shampoo and Conditioner. For Beachy Waves, follow this up by treating your hair with Redken’s Wave Aid. Be sure not to brush or even run your fingers through your hair while this product is drying – you do not want to end up with a big, frizzy mess!
Once the product is dry, you can enhance your waves even further. If you have naturally have smaller waves, then your should use a smaller iron. For bigger beachy waves, use a bigger size – the point it take what you already have and enhance your waves further.
Look at the surface of your hair for lazy or flat sections. These are the areas you want to use the curling iron on. Grab one inch sections at a time to curl. You only need to focus on the visible areas to enhance and give definition to your hair.
The final step to achieve the perfect Beachy Waves is to finish with Redken’s Wax Blast. This will add texture and shine to your look. Hit it with the blow dryer for the Wax Blast to take effect. Again, you don’t want to brush your hair through during this step. You can just lift chunks of your hair to make sure the heat hits everywhere.
We hope you enjoyed our first video hair tutorial! All of the products used are available for purchase at the studio located at 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Suite 8 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Have questions? You can find Sami 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.
RIO Hair Studio had the great pleasure of hosting Redken’s Education Artistic Director, Chris Baran!
Chris 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 stylists, 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.
More About Chris Baran
From 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.
Summer is heating up in Jacksonville! Here are our favorite beach hair looks to make sure our hair matches our favorite summer destination.
Easy Beach Hair
What to do after spending time enjoying a dip in the Atlantic Ocean with no easy access to a blow dryer? Twist your hair up while its still wet and add a fun hair clip. Once its dry, you can take it down and voila….instant beach waves! For the full steps, go here.
For beach waves when you haven’t actually been out to any of Jacksonville’s beaches, follow these steps from Redken and even the islanders will be jealous.
Thick, Summer Braid
There are so many great ways to style braids in your hair but this is one of my favorites. This thick, relaxed braid will keep the heat off your next and looks good at beach or for a night out. The key is that after you’ve braided all your hair gradually to one side, pull at the braid to give it more thickness and a relaxed look.
One Minute Knotted Half-Up
Simple, quick and easy but gives your hair that extra little bit of magic. Plus, it keeps your hair out of your face when facing that ocean breeze.
Sometimes we don’t want to style our hair because our destination means that any effort will be ruined – like when you’re cruising down 1st to meet up with some friends at the beach. That’s why this hairstyle is perfect – a minimal amount of effort that a lot more fun that a regular ponytail and practical enough to keep your hair out of your face – even with the crosswinds.
If you’ve got questions about your hair or you’re looking for a new summer 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.
Move Over Balayage there’s a New Trend Moving In!
It’s called Ecaille or Tortoise Shell and it is making its way into the salon. It’s inspired by the colors in tortoise shell, rich brown and gold tones. It creates a very natural and sunkissed look for brunettes.
I think the most famous ecaille look belongs to the beautiful Gisele Bündchen. Her hair is so recognizable and has been a photo that has been brought to me many times over. The beauty of it is in how natural and healthy it looks. The colors flow and blend so naturally together that it looks like the sun did most of the lightening. Other celebrities have been sporting the look such as: Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Rose Byrne and Blake Lively. It really is one of my absolute favorite color techniques and if you have been itching for something trendy, fun, different yet natural I definitely recommend it for you!
The technique is especially beautiful when you curl or wave your hair because the lighter pieces reflect light in such a way that makes curls really POP! Also the technique is completely customizable to you. If you want it concentrated more around the face or want it really subtle to just break up darker hair, it is completely up to you.
In the salon I have definitely been playing with this look and the reactions I get from my clients have been amazing. With how fast paced and hectic the world is right now it is great to have low maintenance color that looks better and better with every visit.
As for hair care I recommend, as I do with all of my color clients, a sulfate free shampoo, a protein rich conditioner and a weekly moisturizing mask or treatment. My favorites are: Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo or Redken’s Blonde Idol Shampoo, Redken Extreme Conditioner and Redken Color Extend Magnetics Deep Attraction Mask. These products will ensure that not only you color lasts but you hair is in excellent condition and is getting what it needs to be healthy.
The process starts with a thorough consultation with your colorist. During this consultation your colorist will determine which tones will look best with your features and you will discuss how you like to style your hair, how much time you spend on your hair, and if you participate in any hobbies or activities that may affect your hair. This information will be key when it comes to deciding where to place the high lights and whether or not a haircut will be necessary to achieve the best look for you. Don’t be too shy to ask us questions. We love answering the questions you have and hearing what concerns you may have. When it comes to your hair, I feel like if it concerns you it concerns me as well. After your stylist has gathered the necessary information the color process will begin. Each stylist has their own techniques and preferences when it comes to doing this type of coloring. Just because you saw it done one way on YouTube, that doesn’t mean that is the only way. Your colorist may use plastic wrap or foils or leave the lightener in open air. There are so many ways to get from point A to point B so it is crucial that you trust your colorist.
The versatility of this look is what I absolutely love. If you are interested in getting this look for yourself call us to schedule a consultation with one of our stylists today!
Call 904-733-8495 to schedule your appointment!
Written by: Jess Wilkins – Stylist @ Rio Hair Studio
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Romantic, Bohemian, Rock & Roll, Polished? Here are some of my favorite looks for Prom 2015.
It’s that time again! Prom season is coming and we’re so excited to be curling, braiding and pinning again! I love letting my creativity flow and prom hair is all about being creative, functional and inspired. I have been scouring the internet for ideas and a few pictures really have me feeling that prom fever….
1. The good ol’ fashioned blow out
You can’t go wrong with big beautiful hair. The only downside is you might get a little hot if you’re going to be dancing. Just keep that in mind.
2. The braided up-do
This look has a playful romance to it. Definitely a favorite.
3. Messy French twist
This look has a very relaxed feel. Perfect for a laid back girl.
4. Glam Curls
Smooth, soft and shiny curls or waves give you that instant glam look. Pair it will a soft smoky eye and bold lips and you’re sure to turn some heads.
5. Braided half-up
If you want to show off your long pretty hair but don’t want to have to deal with it being in your face this look is for you!
6. Mohawk braid
For the edgy, funky girl who wants her wild side to show while looking fan-freakin-tastic.
7. The Romantic faux-bob (or real bob for girls with short hair)
This look keeps the hair off of your shoulders but has a soft, delicate romance about it. I love this look!
Writing this post has really made me realize how prom hair has changed since I went to prom and I’ll definitely say it has changed for the better!! Have fun out there girls and be sure to stay safe!
Written by Jess Wilkins
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?
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.
We 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.
Popping 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.
A 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.
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.
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 brings 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.
Lastly, 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.
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Written By: Jess Wilkins
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:
If You’re Feeling Bold and Want Hair to Match Schedule Your Appointment Now!
Rio Hair Studio – 904-733-8495
Written By Jess Wilkins – Stylist @ Rio Hair Studio
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.
“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.
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!!:
The above photos were done by Laura Carmichael. She utilized the High Lift Conditioning Cream Color for these beautiful, dimensional blondes!
The above photo is by Sami Skinner. She utilized the High Lift Conditioning Cream Color for its amazing lift and toning abilities.
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
It’s Finally Here!
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.
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!
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!
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!
The 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!
After 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.
Of 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.
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!
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.
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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