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It never fails… at least once a day I’m asked by a client how I get my hair to look like this…


Like most of you reading this, I have naturally wavy hair. You know the kind: somewhere in between sleek, gorgeous straight hair and full luscious ringlets. [Yeah, the kind that if you aren’t careful just gets frizzy and unmanageable…]


Today I’m going to show you my Step-by-Step Routine to create Hollywood Inspired Waves for Long Hair — and it only requires 3-after-shower styling products!

Let’s get started!


Step 1:

Shampoo & condition with professional hair care [I choose to use Pureology Nano Works… my favorite]


Step 2:

Spray a leave-in conditioner (wavy and curly hair is a drier texture of hair and therefore can handle more product – so spray generously) I choose to use Pureology Color Fanatic because it contains heat protection, keeps the longevity of color, and reduces frizz & static. This is great for every hair type!



Step 3:

Generously spray Privé Root Amplifier to your root area as well as throughout hair which helps create added texture.


Step 4:

Apply Redken Ringlet: more than you would think necessary. This product is so popular because it REALLY works for wavy and curly hair!

*I typically split my hair in half and apply one side root to end and scrunching up as I go and repeat on opposite side*


Step 5:

Let your hair air dry. I consider this to be one of the most important steps! LEAVE IT ALONE – let the products do their magic.

* I do all of the previous steps immediately following my shower. Now, while it’s air drying, I do my makeup, eat breakfast, pack my lunch and any other things I need to do for the morning! (We all really do have this extra 20 or 30 minutes of air dry time that you don’t even realize because you’d be blow drying and heat styling your hair almost that long anyway.)



Step 6:

Somewhere between 20-30 minutes later… just before I decide it’s time to get dressed, I turn the hair dryer on (IMPORTANT: WITH the nozzle)! A quick finish dry just to get 100% dry.

*Despite what most people think, it is okay to dry curly/wavy hair all the way).


Step 7:

You have the option to STOP at this point if you are looking for a fun, carefree, beachy wave look. However, if you want a little fancier, finished look, use the curl wand which makes it so easy… I love the Paul Mitchell Neuro Wand! Just grab random pieces, focusing more around your face, and then run finger through to break it up.



Step 8:

Spritz with a light hairspray or texture spray… I adore Moroccan Oil Hairspray for everyday (perk: it smells like a perfume too) or Privé Finishing Texture Spray if you want more hold.



Now you are ready to take on the day with hair that looks like you spent hours doing it when it actually

only takes 10 minutes of hands-on work!


NOTE: I do not wash my hair everyday! The 1st photo shown was actually day 3! Sometimes I like the look of day 2 or 3 even better :) For the next day simply use dry shampoo if needed and wrap hair around curl wand to help freshen the curls!

Also, if you are blessed with perfectly straight hair but really want this look for a night, we can accomplish something with a curl wand and texture spray as well!

All products listed above can be found at any of our four Design 1 Salon & Spa locations.

The hair you’ve always wanted is only 1 product away!

Until next time readers,
Ashley at Design 1 South

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Best Conditioning Product! Morroccon Oil Hair Mask and Oil Treatment

Michigan Winters can be hard, on our spirit and our hair. If you have been feeling like your hair has the winter blues and needs a little pick-me-up we have some solutions to happier, healthier hair.

Try an In-Salon Conditioning Treatment!

These treatments will provide the most drastic and longest lasting improvements because they offer professional chemicals you can’t (shouldn’t) use at home.

You can add on conditioning treatments to any of your services for $15-$50 to really seal in extra protein and moisture.

Our favorite treatment, Olaplex, is a bond-multiplier that can be used as a treatment or can be added into your color to help eliminate breakage(SO COOL!) This is an amazing product that we just started carrying and recommend for every color client.

All in-salon conditioning treatments by Design 1 Salon Spa include a relaxing scalp massage followed by a steam towel wrap to help the hair drink in all the protein and moisture.

Can’t make it into the salon? Select a Take-Home Conditioning Treatment!

For continued repair to damaged locks, we recommend weekly at home treatments.

Moroccan Oil: We carry 3 different Moroccan Oil Masks for varying needs along with the Moroccan Oil treatment oil.

Best Conditioning Product! Morroccon Oil Hair Mask and Oil Treatment

Best Conditioning Product! Morroccon Oil Hair Mask and Oil Treatment

Rejuvenate your Hair with Prive Intensive Mask

Rejuvenate your Hair with Prive Intensive Mask

Restorative Hair Mask: For weakened and damaged hair.

Intense Hydrating Mask: For medium to thick dry hair.

Smoothing Mask: Locks in moisture to tame unruly and frizzy hair.

Moroccan Oil Treatment: For all hair types and be used as need to leave

silky, healthy, shiny, and full of life (sounds amazing right? It is.)

Prive: This Intensive Mask is enriched with jojoba and sesame. This combo deeply penetrates, delivering strength, nourishment, and overall rejuvenation.

Pureology:  Pureology offers amazing at home treatments, some of our favorites:

Hydrate Hydra Whip: Moisturize and deeply replenish parched strands without weighing hair down while adding intense shine.

Perfect 4 Platinum Reconstruct Repair Masque: Helps even out and balance porosity. This Mask helps Transform damaged hair (Especially our blonde friends) by improving elasticity, softness and  shine.

Top Hair Pick! Pureology Hydration Products

Top Hair Pick! Pureology Hydration Products

Nano Works: While Nano Works is not a conditioning treatment, this shampoo and conditioner combo will drastically change your hair. This Vegan line is ultra restorative and offers extraordinary color protection. Continued use with dramatically improve the condition of your hair and give it renewed health and shine.

Top Hair Restoration Product - Redken Conditioning Products

Top Hair Restoration Product – Redken Conditioning Products

Redken: Offers many leave in treatments to help maintain healthy hair but there are 2 deep conditioning treatments that we love.

Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus: a fortifying mask for highly distressed hair.

Redken All Soft Heavy Cream: Super treatment for dry/brittle hair.

Once you have your favorite salon product chosen, here are our Top 5 Conditioning Treatment Tips and Tricks!

To get the most out of your at home conditioning treatments, follow these helpful application tips.

  • Apply conditioning treatments to clean damp hair (towel dry the best you can, the less water in the hair the more it can absorb the treatment).
  • Let treatments sit on hair for at least 10 minutes (up to over night).
  • Applying heat to your conditioning treatment will help your hair absorb it better. Cover with a plastic shower cap and apply light to medium heat with your blow dryer.
  • If you are leaving a treatment on over night, you can apply to dry hair. Focus on mid shafts and ends then wrap it up with a plastic shower cap, plastic wrap. If you have long hair you can put it in a pony tail and then apply your treatment, wrap into a bun then cover with a plastic sandwich baggy to prevent getting it all over your pillow.
  • Rinsing with cool water will close the cuticle, locking in your treatment.

-Alexa, Grandville Stylist

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Cool Manicure Idea from Design 1 Salon Spa

At the 2014 New York Fashion Week, it’s always an exciting time to see what other stylists are up to, and we have a great time checking out what cool ideas we can bring back to our clients for the upcoming season! Nail art is one of the oldest forms of self-expression, dating back to ancient Egyptian women using henna dyes to color their nails.  This year we saw a lot of half-moon designs, matte topcoats, and almond shaped talons. Other popular designs included rich dark colors, heavy metallic and of course, the always classic nudes.


Glitter French Manicure Idea from Design 1 Salon SpaGlitter and Rhinestone Manicure Idea from Design 1 Salon SpaMatte Finish Manicure Idea from Design 1 Salon SpaNails - Teresa 2In today’s world, nails & nail polish let us express our personality in different ways.  There are so many ways to add style to our nails, whether we paint one nail a different color or add glitter.  We could even go hodgepodge and do each nail differently!   Here are a few nail polish samples from my clients at Design 1 for more ideas! Don’t forget to add the nail bling — we can give you a little edge by adding suds or make you feel like a princess with sparkling rhinestones.

Nail art can be anything you want it to be. So what are you afraid of?  At your next manicure (or pedicure) appointment, I challenge you to step outside the box and try something new.  After all… it is just polish.

~Teresa M, Nail Technician at Design 1 Cascade

Lily Aldridge

Ever wonder who the brains were behind Victoria’s Secret model, Lily Aldridge’s hair?

#1 Favorite Celebrity Hair Photo Fall 2014

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This is the number one “hair” picture brought into our Grand Rapids/Plainfield, Cascade, Grandville, Caledonia/Kentwood hair salons. Let’s face it, we all want Lily Aldridge’s hairstyle and Design 1 can do it!

Meet our friend Justin Isaac (pictured on right) the brains behind it all. The Grand Rapids stylists at Design 1 spent all day with Justin learning the techniques used on all your favorite celebs hair and most pinned Pinterest hair pics! If your current stylist can’t give you the Blur, Burberry, or just flat out can’t melt your color without harsh lines and your tired of the same boring look I suggest you head into Design 1 and do your hair a favor!!! Get excited folks, we are changing lives over here! The world better get ready for the women of Grand Rapids!

Written by Cheyanne from Design 1 Grandville

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Fall Trends 2014

Fall is coming upon us fast and I don’t know about you, but I can definitely feel it in the air. I thought, since everyone is hustling to get school shopping done and unpacking their autumn wardrobes while putting away their summer ones, I’d let you in on some of the stylish trends to look out for this fall. The number one thing to look out for and play around with is, oxidized colors.

Fall Trends 2014 Oxidized Hair Color Treatment

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Oxidized colors on one side are your bronze, rust, and brown tones, all common fall choices. On the other side are jade, turquoise, and rich green tones, such as emerald and peridot. Not as common in the fall like their counterparts, but can liven up any wardrobe when included. Look for innovative animal designs or fun fabricated effects on clothing and accessories. With regards to your hair, don’t necessarily color it darker, go with richer, warmer, and fuller colors. Finally, with make-up, go with very natural tones and accent with green for your eyeshadow. Play around and you’ll come up with something great.

I hope this helps you come up with some awesome ideas and don’t be afraid to accent with the vivid and enticing green hues on the oxidized color chart. I look forward to seeing your stylish faces this coming season.

Associate Stylist: Camden Allen from our Plainfield location

Learn from Mary, Master Senior Stylist at our Plainfield location, how to do a quick 3 minute updo!  Special Thanks to our model Kristi, Stylist at our Plainfield location!

Tiffany from our South location gives a quick rundown on how to add texture to your hair this Summer in just a few easy steps.