Brushes, Bristles, and Blow Outs

We all know a good Blow Out can make you looking good and feeling confident throughout the day and we here at David Rios Salon know all too well how important a good brush can make the difference between a sub-par hair dry and the professional salon experience. Today we thought we’d share our favorite brushes here in the salon and go over some key differences and what to look for when picking out your own.


First, it is important to know your hair length because it will determine what size rounded brush you need (flat brushes work on any length). For those of you with short hair, target a brush that has a diameter of 1.5 inches or smaller. Short hair is chin length or shorter. If you have medium length hair which is chin to shoulder, consider a brush size of 1.6 to 3 inches. For long hair look for 3 to 5 inches.

*If the brush tends to get stuck in your hair it’s too small. a proper sized brush should glide through your hair.



There are two types of bristles we carry. Nylon and Boars hair. Nylon is a flexible plastic that allows you to gently get the knots out of your hair. The other is real Boar hair which is why Boar brushes are significantly more expensive. Boar hair provides more tension which reduces frizziness better than the nylon bristles. This tension makes it harder for hair to pass through and isn’t recommended for beginners but with practice your hair will look amazing.

Blow Out

When blow drying your hair the most important thing to do is take your time. We know how busy you are but there really isn’t any substitute to a patient well done blow dry. To get the salon quality look at home use hair clips to hold hair in place. When drying your hair it is important to make sure most of the moisture is out of your hair because brushing wet hair could damage it. Think of drying your hair in parts, bangs, top,back, left, right, and clip away the hair you’re not drying to make it easier. Roll your hair into the brush and and pull drying at the same time. Twist the brush the add dimension and a slight curl to your hair!

What is a Balayage?

A Balayage is a style of hair coloring that refers to the technique of the colorist hand painting the hair with a brush to create a graduated, natural look. The word Balayage is a french word that means “to sweep”. It is extremely popular here at David Rios Salon and is great for people with light or dark hair.

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A Balayage coloring can be subtle or very dramatic. For a subtle look women with dark hair such as black or a very deep brown should consider chocolate tips to add dimension to their hair. This look also happens to be one of our Coolest Winter 2017 Hair Trends!


Now of course you can always go for a more dramatic look as well. The more dramatic looks are very summer inspired but nothing says you can’t go year around with that beachy surfer look. Feel free to come in for a free consultation with one of our master colorists Kelly and Patrycja.


Balayage hair coloring can also be great for those that prefer the non natural colors. Any color can be painted on and luckily our colorist Shirley is a master with any color of the spectrum.

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Products for Styling Short Hair

Short hair is one of the most popular lengths for men and is growing in popularity for women as well. Short hair also happens to need styling products to keep your hair looking great throughout the day. A lot of people, especially men, think styling products are for keeping spikes or pompadours looking nice but a good styling product can be used for business professionals that want to keep their hair flatter and looking sharp throughout the day and through the wind of the city. Here are some of our favorite styling products all of which can be found in the salon.

Baume Densite Homme $33 baume-densite-homme

This styling paste is a favorite among our stylists. The Densite Homme line of products distinguished by black packaging is designed for men but the Baume Densite Homme works great for women too! This texturizing paste provides a nice firm hold but is still flexible enough to be repositioned. This is a favorite by Alex.


Laque Couture $36 10802603-1406043637-111499

This hair spray is a medium hold spray that has just enough hold to allow it to be repositioned with out making your hair hard or too soft to style. This spray features UV, color, and heat protection. This a favorite by Sasha and Shirley.

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Tecni Art Next Day Hair $28 next-day-hair

This hair spray is a dry finishing spray which means its applied after hair has finished drying is meant to give you that “next day hair” look. It will give your hair a nice disheveled, tussled look. This a favorite by Kelly.


Coolest Hair Colors for Winter 2017

Now that we’re in to the beginning of the new year and coincidentally the coldest time of the year we here at David Rios Salon and Spa would like to share with you our coolest hair colors for this winter.

1. Rose Gold


This light pink looks great on those with fair skin or blondes that would like just a hint of color to their hair. But of course those with darker hair would look great too with a nice balayage gradient.

2. Chocolate Tips


This look is great for women with darker skin complexions or tans and is the winter version of the blonde tips of summer. It’s a very natural look and is very subtle but it reminds us of the colder temperatures.

Fabulous Blonde Hair Color Shades 2016-2017

Whether you’re a natural blonde and want to enhance your hair shade or you’re turning to dye to lighten up your strands to fulfill your blonde ambition, the first step is finding the right shade that will enhance and compliment your complexion.

From dazzling golds to sparkling champagnes, see the most outstanding blonde hair color shades:

Platinum blonde hair color is the lightest of all the blonde shades, and is best on fair skin tones or medium skin tones with a yellowish tint. But this palest of blonde hues looks fabulous with any eye color, and is particularly striking with bright blue or brown eyes.


Light ash blonde hair color is a whiter shade of blonde that has an ashy, or gray, tint. It could be described as cool platinum, and looks best on lighter complexions with lighter eye colors.


Natural blonde hair color is as it sounds: blonde hair that looks like you were born with it. This blonde color is multidimensional. This looks great on any skin tone, as long as the shades mimic skin color: for lighter skin, keep the color shades lighter, and for darker skin, darken up the shades to keep it natural-looking.


Strawberry blonde hair color is a warm reddish-blonde hue that can have all the colors of a sunset in it. This shade is best on fair skin and lighter eye colors, and is simplest to achieve if hair is a lighter color to begin with.


Buttery blonde hair color is a warm hue with splashes of honey-yellow. This sunny color is best with complexions that are light to medium in tone, and look stunning with any eye color.


Beige blonde hair color is a darker base with lighter, cooler highlights. This is best on medium skin tones. Just be sure to maintain some warmer tones to match your skin if necessary. This is a terrific option for those with darker natural hair color and darker eye colors.


Silver blonde hair color is a cool, ashy shade that moves blonde hair into a sterling hue. Best on lighter complexions and light eye colors such as blue or green, this shade is a fabulous option for naturally graying hair. For darker complexions or eye colors, add some warm honey tones to avoid looking washed out.


Summer blonde hair color is a flaxen hue that can be achieved with a sandy base and sunny highlights. This combination can be lightened up for paler complexions or darkened up for medium complexions.


Creamy blonde hair color is a cool, whiter shade of blonde that looks best on medium to dark skin tones with darker eye colors such as brown or black. This is a perfect blonde hair color for dark hair.


Dirty blonde hair color is a medium-hued blonde with tones of wheat, or, well, “dirt” color strewn throughout. Consider this shade if you have green or brown eyes and a medium-toned skin.


Honey blonde hair color is warm and shiny and looks best on medium skin tones with darker eye colors such as brown or black. If you want to go honey blonde, ask your colorist to leave your darker roots intact and add honey-hued highlighting.


Golden blonde hair color is a natural-looking, multidimensional mix of butter, gold and honey hues that looks beautiful paired with fair complexions and lighter eye colors such as pale blue or hazel.


Auburn blonde hair color is strawberry blonde with a tangerine twist. This dramatic hue can be worn with any skin tone, but looks ravishing on paler complexions with lighter eye colors such as blue, green or hazel.


To book a hair color appointment at David Rios Salon & Spa:

Phone: +1(202) 525 2613


Address: 1519 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC,20007

Best Brunette Hair Color Shades Fall 2016- Winter 2017 Trends.

There’s a good reason why brown hair and chocolate share similar tones. Natural brunettes usually have amazing hair colors but sometimes they need some changes in their appearance.

From honey to cocoa to chestnut to mahogany, the hair color options for brunettes are unlimited and truly gorgeous!

Dark chocolate hair color is a rich, deep and as delicious as it sounds. Looks gorgeous on olive complexion and brown eyes. If well cared for, this shade evokes a sense of luxury and sophistication.



Dark brown copper hair color is a rich, warm, burnished brunette shade.  Wear this color with confidence if your skin is fair or medium and pink, peach or neutral.  It makes brown, blue and green eyes come alive.



Cinnamon brown hair color is a rich brown color with a touch of coppery spice.  It’s beautiful on a wide range of skin tones including fair peach and pink and medium and dark golden complexions.  Green, brown and hazel eyes perfectly match with this shade of hair color.



Dark brown auburn hair color is rich and deep with a hint of russet warmth.  This shade is pretty on people with fair and medium cool and neutral complexions and cool brown or green eyes.  It’s also complimentary for people with olive complexions.



Mahogany brown hair color is a deep reddish brown shade.  If you have a beige complexion and warm brown eyes, consider warming up your natural dark brunette with mahogany brown hair color.



Milk chocolate hair color is a beautiful medium brown shade.  It’s beautiful on light and medium warm and cool complexions and really enlivens green or brown eyes.



Light cocoa hair color is a pale, cool, pearly brown shade that looks beautiful on fair skin and with light blue or green eyes.



Dark ash brown hair color is a cool, deep tone without any shades of red or gold.  It’s beautiful on most skin tones, and it’s very dramatic for people with brown or blue eyes.



Chestnut hair color is a rich, deep, reddish brown.  It’s suitable for most complexions, except for very yellow skin tones, and it’s a great hair color choice for people with brown or green eyes.



Golden brown hair color is a warm shade—it looks beautiful on people with peachy or golden skin and warm brown or warm green or hazel eyes.  Add some dark golden blonde highlights to your golden brown hair color for a beautiful color combination.



Honey brown hair color, with its warm, tawny hue, is the perfect balance between light brown hair color and dark blonde.  You should consider this shade if you have a fair complexion and light eyes.



Light caramel brown is the perfect color to sweeten up your style.  It’s ideal for people with golden, warm complexions and warm brown eyes. This shade is also a great choice for Balayage or Ombré highlights.



Light golden bronze hair color is luxurious and rich.  It’s a warm, subtle combination of golden and red tones that looks beautiful on warm skin.



To book a hair color appointment at David Rios Salon & Spa:

Phone: +1(202) 525 2613


Address: 1519 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC,20007

Red Hair Color Trends Autumn 2016

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower

If you like to plan ahead and can’t wait to get a head start on autumn 2016 red hair color trends, you’re in the right place. Red is the color that catches our eye, is an attention grabbing shade.

You know what it means to have an energizing, vital hair color if you are already a redhead. If you are still not but willing to change your look and choose the red hair color shade, get ready to turn heads!

To help you decide on the right red color for you look below for some inspiring shades:

Bright Copper hair color is vivid and intense. It’s a perfect choice if you have fair, peach-colored or golden-toned skin and green or hazel eyes.


Ginger Red hair color is spicy! It is one of the most natural-looking reds in the spectrum. Natural redheads have fair skin and green or brown eyes, so opt for this shade if you can match on your skin tone and eye color profile!


Copper highlights can be added to darker red shades to add realistic dimension. Ask for copper highlights if your skin is fair or golden, and if you have green, brown or hazel eyes.


Light auburn hair color is a blend of light golden red and light brown. It’s a beautiful shade if you have a creamy, peach-toned or golden complexion with blue, green or warm brown eyes.


Dark auburn hair color combines deep golden red and rich, warm brown.  It’s an elegant and sophisticated shade of red that is beautiful on people with any warm or neutral skin tone—from peaches and cream to golden or bisque—and with blue, green, warm brown or hazel eyes.


Red mahogany hair color is a deep, cool, reddish brown color.  It’s a beautiful choice if you have fair or medium cool-toned skin and green, blue or brown eyes.


Intense red hair color is just that—a bright, intense, true red shade.


Rose gold hair color is one of today’s trendiest shades—it’s a coppery pink shade inspired by the jewelry of the same name.


Black cherry hair color is a rich, deep blue black shade with a touch of very dark red.  It looks best on darker skin tones and on people with cool brown eyes.


Red velvet hair color is a rich, cool, deep red. Choose this color if your complexion is cool, dark or olive, and if you have brown, cool blue or emerald eyes.


Ruby red hair color is a clear, deep, rich red. It’s a dramatic shade when paired with a pale, porcelain complexion and with light blue or light green eyes.


Aubergine red hair color is a deep eggplant hue that can be very dramatic.  This shade should only be worn by people with cool skin tones and cool or neutral eye colors.


Red violet hair color is a blend of red and purple. It’s beautiful on people with dark complexions and dark eyes.


Magenta hair color is a deep purple red shade that definitely makes a statement! It’s most flattering for people with medium-to-dark complexions and dark eyes.


To book an appointment at David Rios Salon & Spa:

Phone: +1(202) 525 2613


Address: 1519 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC,20007