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.
RIO Hair Studio, located in Tapestry Park just west of Jacksonville’s thriving St Johns Town Center, is Jacksonville’s best hair studio. Home to many top hairstylists, Rio is headed by owner Misty Burbridge. Misty’s philosophy that there is never enough to learn about how to cut, color and shape hair means that she is always on top of the current hair trends.
This Spring, Misty has been busy giving life to many a head of a hair at this studio. Using her skills as a Redken Certified Colorist, Misty can brighten your locks for that sun kissed look or turn you into a “Hot Red Head” for summer.
More about Misty
Misty is a Jacksonville native who opened RIO Hair Studio in 1990 in the San Jose area with partner Shannon Hogg. She is now the sole owner of the salon. In addition to earning her Redken Color Certification, she is a Master Specialist.
Her personal style is trendy and funky. Misty and her husband, Clint, love to travel and visit with their extended family. She is a fitness expert who enjoys working out and showing others how to lead a healthy lifestyle as a yoga instructor. She lives at the beach and she is a longtime member of a Book Club.
Contact Misty Today
If you’ve got questions about your hair or you’re looking for a new summer look, book an appointment for a consultation with Misty or any of our hairsytlists today! Call Rio at 904-733-8495 or visit our website RioHairStudio.com.
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Long, wavy hair is always a great summer look and has been very popular so far this year. By adding highlights, we can add even more dimension and style to your haircut.
Go for a lot of contrast or sombre for a more natural sun kissed look.
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.
Shades EQ Color Gloss
This quick versatile service can change or enhance your look without compromising your hair and without long-term commitment.
Is your hair looking dull and faded? Then a color gloss is just what you need! All it takes is 20 minutes for Redken’s Shades EQ semi-permanent color to restore shine and vibrancy to your hair color. Do you like your current color but it’s just lacking shine? No problem, you have the option of a clear gloss which can help your color last longer and create dazzling shine.
For my clients who come in every 6 weeks to do a root touch up, I always refresh their ends with a color gloss so the color on the ends look just as new and vibrant as the fresh color at their roots.
Has your blonde turned a little too yellow or are your highlights looking a little brassy? Not only does Shades EQ offer vibrant colors to refresh but they also offer delicate, light colors to tone blondes while conditioning at the same time!
Are you blonde but not crazy about the tone your hair is or want to try a different shade of blonde? Maybe you’ve always wanted to try strawberry blonde, or you want to be a cooler or even silvery blonde? The results are endless because your colorist can create custom tones just for you!
Another problem I have encountered behind the chair is someone who comes in who is entirely TOO blonde. I’m talking overly lightened almost white highlights. This can make your hair look dull, drab and honestly….DEAD. So to add some life back into her hair a delicate gold gloss came to her rescue. A lot of people are afraid of gold tones, but yellow reflects light better than any other hue. You just need the right gold.
3. Quick Change
If you’re craving a change but worried about the commitment of permanent color, a color gloss is the answer. Semi-permanent color gives you vibrant and lustrous results that gradually fade over time. You will not be left with an obvious grow-out line and if you decide to go with a different color next time it will not cause any issues for your colorist.
If grays are your issues but you’re not trying to go the route of permanent color, a color gloss can help blend the grays to make them less obvious. However, if full gray coverage is what you are seeking this service is not for you.
4. Modern Trends
Redken’s Shades EQ color gloss is capable of so much including creating beautiful works of hair art! Some of the latest color trends involve blurring colors together and having a deeper base color to create depth and contrast. Depending on your starting point your colorist may have to take some steps to get your hair to the necessary level to be able to do these techniques.
The above photo is an example of the blur technique. It is a technique where two or more colors are blurred together to create a transition between the two. In this look a blush color and a “peachy” pink color are blurred together with a platinum blonde base color.
The photo to the left is an example of the blur technique using “champagne” and beige tones. This look is a lot more natural and blended but it is the same idea where two tones are blurred together to create a smooth transition.
Another modern look is the shadowed base. Doing this makes blonde hair look like it has more depth and makes hair look more abundant. After a blonding services your colorist can apply this base color while toning the lengths of your hair and blur the two together. This technique is demonstrated in the photo to the right created by Rio hair stylist Laura Carmichael.
The possibilities are endless with Shades EQ! To schedule a consultation with one of our skilled colorists call us at 904-733-8495 or visit us at www.RioHairStudio.com!
Written By: Jess Wilkins – Stylist @ Rio Hair Studio
As we kick off these summer months, Rio is also kicking off our “Protect Your Hair from Summer Air” promotion. We have everything you need to keep your hair looking and feeling its best.
Summer in Florida is beaches, pools, cookouts, parties, boats and everything else under the sun. But what many people don’t realize is how taxing these activities can be on your hair. A lot of my clients complain about dryness, breakage, premature color fading and poufy, unmanageable hair. Well we have the solution to your issues as well as some tips for having fun during the summer without sacrificing the health of your hair.
When summer rolls around so does the need to be blonde! Its no secret that blonde is definitely the IT color for summer in Florida. But, it does take work to make sure your blonde stays beautiful and your hair stays intact, especially if you weren’t born with those golden locks. But lucky for you there is a hair care line made specially for you!
Redken’s Blonde Idol consists of a color-safe, sulfate free shampoo, a tone perfecting treatment (it comes in cool and warm depending on what tone your blonde is) and a spray leave in conditioner. All together this regimen will make sure your blonde stays balanced, beautiful and bright!
Blonde Tip: When going in the pool, try not to get your hair wet. But, if you’re going to anyway, rinse your hair and apply conditioner to it combing it through to coat all of your hair before getting in the water. This will create a barrier and prevent your hair from soaking up the pool water. Afterward, rinse it out.
When the Problem is Breakage
Tight ponytails, summer wind, buns, sun, pools: all cause breakage! If you’re noticing your ends just popping off or now you have little hairs around your hairline that you swore weren’t there before, then you need to get on board with Redken Extreme ASAP! The Extreme line is protein enriched to replenish your hair and help strengthen it to fight against split ends. When your hair is exposed to the elements the proteins that hold it all together get weakened. Giving your hair a dose of protein every so often will help and you will notice a difference after just a few applications. I use the Extreme line on myself and I am hooked! I flat iron my hair often and it has never been as healthy and shiny as it is now.
Pro Tip: Getting haircuts regularly during the summer is crucial. Think every 8 weeks for a trim. Also, using a protein rich mask once a week will help prevent more breakage and ends splitting higher up the hair shaft.
Frizzy Hair, DO Care!
Do you need to get your mane under control? Look no further than Redken’s Frizz Dismiss. They have created what is know as FPF or Frizz Protection Factor. Your factor depends on the texture and density of your hair. It ranges from 10-40! The sulfate-free shampoo is safe for color treated hair and the ultra thick conditioner creates a barrier between your hair and the humid Florida air. Honestly, this product line is a gift from heaven. The FPF 20 Smooth Force spray is a lightweight, smoothing lotion spray that is a great on the go product to have all summer long.
Pro Tip: When fighting frizz, make sure your hair is sufficiently moisturized. Dry hair will pull moisture from the air causing it to swell and become unruly. Try a moisturizing mask or spray in conditioner.
So Come In to Take Advantage of Our Deals on Summer Hair Care!
Buy Blonde Idol Shampoo and Custom Tone Treatment Get BBB Spray FREE
Buy Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner Get Anti-Snap FREE
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This promotion is going on now through July so don’t miss out.
If you have any questions regarding your hair or if you’re looking for a summer change book an appointment for a consultation today! Call Rio at 904-733-8495 or visit our website www.RioHairStudio.com!
Written by: Jess Wilkins – Stylist Rio Hair Studio
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
Get that sun-kissed look just in time for Summer!
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:
Written by: Jess Wilkins, Stylist @ Rio Hair Studio
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.
Do you want to see more from our talented stylists? Check out the photos below!
Written By: Jess Wilkins