My Hair in 2012: 3 Hair Treatments and Salons I Tried in South Florida

My hair usually? Dark brown, medium-to-long, straightened. My hair for half of this year? Well, it was kind of red. I’m not typically a risk taker when it comes to my hair, but editing the beauty section of our magazine has convinced me to be a little more daring. I straighten my hair (which is naturally curly) several times a week, and beyond that I try to avoid doing anything to my hair that can be damaging. So beyond lightening my hair for a couple years in college, I had never dyed my hair before this year. But when you get invited for a coloring at Ted Gibson’s salon at the W, it’s kind of hard to say no.

A review of some of my favorite hair moments from this year:

1. Dying my hair red at Ted Gibson’s salon at the W Fort Lauderdale:

Right after getting my hair colored at Ted Gibson

Right after getting my hair colored at Ted Gibson.

I have always wondered how I’d look as a redhead and with everyone saying “YOLO” every other minute this year, I thought, why not? I figured I will only be young and cute once, so now is as good a time as ever to experiment with my hair.

After talking to my colorist when I went to the salon back in February, I decided to go with more of an auburn-red than a carrot-red, to help lessen the shock of no longer being a brunette. But even auburn-red was still really red, the kind of red that got me an “Oh my god! You dyed your hair!” every time I walked into a room. The Ted Gibson team did an amazing job, and the handful of experiences I had there this year make it probably my favorite salon in Fort Lauderdale (I also had one of the best blowouts I’ve ever gotten there.).

Fun note if you go: Ted Gibson himself accepts appointments, so you can get the ”What Not to Wear” treatment for $950.

This picture was taken about a month after I got my hair dyed, so the color had faded a bit, but it’s still pretty red.

2. Getting a KeratinComplex treatment in Miami

Sean Donaldson salon in Miami

Sean Donaldson salon in Miami

A few months ago I went down to Sean Donaldson for a fun event they were having to introduce KeratinComplex’s new KeraHold line of products that beautify and maintain color. I got a demi glaze and blowout. The salon is super chic and the event was a lot of fun. The European-style salon in South Beach is an award-winning salon that has been featured in Allure and InStyle. Probably my favorite part is probably the hair washing area, which is separated into its own spa-like room with plexi-glass doors, so a shampoo feels more like getting your head massaged.

Before...

Before…

During... (It's always nice to enjoy some champagne with your blowout, right?)

During… (It’s always nice to enjoy some champagne with your blowout, right?)

After!

After!

3. Trying Fort Lauderdale’s first-ever blowdry bar, JustAir

The view of the salon from behind the behind curtains that separate the hair-wash station from the styling chairs.

The view of the salon from behind the beaded curtains that separate the shampoo station from the styling chairs.

The blowdry bar concept is so popular in big cities like LA and New York, so I was so excited when I learned that Fort Lauderdale was getting in on the trend! JustAir, located on 17th Street, is gorgeous, and the $35 blowouts there are a great, affordable option if you want to look good before a wedding, interview, big event, or just a night out on the town. Styling takes 45 minutes or less, and the menu includes just about every option you can imagine – waves, curls, straight, volume, or up-dos for an added price. Plus, you’re offered complimentary champagne.

The decor at Just Air is so cute.

The decor at JustAir is so cute.

Hair washing area at JustAir

Hair washing area at JustAir

Me, post-blowout and post-red hair. Back to being a brunette for now...

Me, post-blowout and post-red hair. Back to being a brunette for now…

Another look

Another look

What’s next for 2012? I don’t know if I’ll change my hair color again for awhile, but if I do, I think I want to try the ombre look out. I also regret not adding pink strands to my hair during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I definitely want to do that next year! What about you?

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