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Golden Globes 2012 hair

I love award shows, yet I rarely have the patience to actually watch them. HA! Soo I figured I would do us all a favor and find the best hairstyles from this years Golden Globes and put them all in one convenient place…

Common themes this year:

Warm Blondes

Asymmetrical updos

Polished texture


Blondes are finally embracing the warmth and it is beautiful.

Love Michelle’s headband!

Brunettes were polished and sophisticated. Chignons were a common theme this year, very classic.

Even though there is texture in this hairstyle it is still extremely polished.

I love this hair color… it’s very milk chocolatish with honey.

The Ombre is definitely still in. Just a bit more subtle.

Blow dry tips

A great blow dry can last a few days and make life a whole lot easier. Just ask Shannon Mary! http://www.facebook.com/stlphoto


    • Clarify your hair to remove excess oils and product build up. I like Redken’s Hair cleansing cream

  • After clarifying use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair type and condition of your hair. On Shannon’s hair I used L’Oreal Professional Absolute Repair it has a great balance of protein and moisture to not only condition, but strengthen the hair as well.
  • Use a 100% cotton T-shirt to dry your hair.
  • Prep your hair for heat. I love Davines Melu shield!
  • Always use a wide tooth comb to detangle. Your hair can stretch up to 50% more when wet resulting in weak or broken hair
  • Use a styling product based on your desired end result. I wanted to give Shannon’s hair body, shine, and smoothness so I cocktailed Davines Oil non Oil an Mattering mousee to create a delicious smelling hair potion!
  • Dry hair section by section with your blow dryer nozzle facing downward. You want to visualize a bead of water being forced away from your scalp traveling down the strand out through the very ends. This ensures a smooth cuticle surface resulting in silky shiny hair.
  • Finish with a paddle brush and cool blast of air to set the style and close down the cuticle even more.

The Evil Box Color

Everyday people put their trust in educated doctors, dentists, lawyers, and etc. So why do so many people put their trust in a box of color instead of a professional colorist? The first excuse is usually, “I don’t have the time or money.” When I hear that it’s like someone is saying, ” I have a cavity, but no time or money so I’m just going to buy a pair of pliers and just rip the damn thing out.” A few painful hours later they realize they need to see a real dentist immediately and pay twice as much as they would have in the first place because they pulled out the wrong tooth!

So really stop buying that 3 dollar box color that turns your hair a lovely shade of pumpkin or my personal favorite shoe polish black. Stop coloring your bathroom walls, it will save you money on a can of that 2-in-1 expensive primer + paint. Oh, and please stop thinking you were born knowing how to highlight your own hair. When you are ripping 50% of your hair through a plastic cap from the 1980s, all your accomplishing is premature baldness. Not beautiful/seamless ribbons of light.

What did your hair ever do to you? It’s always been shiny and strong since the day you were born and you dare perform an operation on it yourself!? Forget the amateur show and forget those YouTube videos that say it’s O.K. Start a search for a professional colorist near you. Find a colorist who displays great customer service, continues their education, has professional tools, and is genuinely excited to work on your hair.

The salon is just like the doctor’s office. You go in, you tell them your concerns and the end result you desire. They then diagnose the problem, write-up your regimen and your on your way to a better you.  Not only is your colorist going to perform surgery on your hair but he or she is going to send you home with the correct products to keep your color looking its best until your next visit. Now do as I say and you will never regret it!

A few great colorist I highly recommend…

Patrick McIvor  www.patrickmcivorcolorstudio.com

Melissa Johnson  www.melissajohnsonhair.com

Rachel Bodt www.cutlersalon.com

Kristen Linares  www.kristenlinares.com  www.matthewrobertsalon.com

Lisa Mcauliffe www.thealcorn.com

…just to name a few.

Haircolor Winter 2012

The theme of the season is most definitely rich/cool tones. Think coffee with a bit of creamer, hazelnut, white macadamia, and rose gold.

  For those of you who are a bit more daring… pastels are the way to go!

  If your going to do red, be believable. I love Florence. This is a great example of a rose gold.
Go nuts! Natural tones happen to have a nutty look.
Healthy hair is always in fashion so try to let your natural grow out or have your colorist
mimic your natural color.

Oh how I love Miss Ashlee. First of all her cut is beautiful and her color is the epitome of the perfect blonde.

Schedule an appointment with me for your Winter 2012 color! Matthew Robert Color + Design 314.966,7709

Tips for glamorous hair color

Have you ever gone to the salon excited about getting your hair colored only to leave feeling ok about it? Then you go out that night and not one single person notices your “new look”. Don’t get me wrong I think it can be a good thing when color looks so natural and seamless that it’s virtually unnoticeable. However, most days when we are spending 100+ we want to see a small change at the very least. Here are a few ways you can take control of your hair color experience and get the results you are looking for.

ONE: Do your research. Find a salon that values education and is passionate about the services they are performing. Here are a few I recommend
St.louis- Matthew Robert color + design
Tampa- Shear Art Salon and Spa
Spring Hill, FL- Loft 352
Allentown, PA- Revive
Bethlehem PA- Patrick McIvor color studio
Philadelphia- Hush salon
NYC- Cutler
Toronto- The Alcorn

TWO: Arrive on time! A professional colorist has a tight schedule. Being even 15 minutes late can completely ruin their schedule and it leaves less time to perfect your look. Be considerate.

THREE: Coloring “dirty” hair does not result in good hair color. Product build up and natural oils can stand in the way of your new color. It is best to arrive with clean dry hair. If your salon offers a clarifying service be sure to book this before your next appointment for optimal results.

FOUR: Bring pictures and be specific. At Matthew Robert we have an entire wall of up to date inspiration pictures. This allows us to point out overall looks or tones/ colors that our guest love or hate. If your salon doesn’t have an inspiration wall be sure to bring your own pictures. It’s always great to have a visual of what the guest really wants. What is red to you may be gold to me.

FIVE: Protect your color after you leave the salon. Always use what your stylist recommends, they have a close relationship with your hair and see things you don’t. Trust your professional as you would your doctor! You can also ask for a color protecting conditioning treatment like Redken’s Chemistry Shot. This treatment can last up to four weeks protecting and conditioning the hair. It also balances the ph after a chemical service closing the cuticle down locking in the color molecules.

SIX: Last but not least PREBOOK your appointments!! Nothing is worse than long overdue color. We can cover your gray but we can’t stop it from growing.