5 Insider Secrets from John Barrett Salon

Ever wonder what secrets hair stylists keep to themselves? We do too, so we reached out to John Barrett Salon in Boca Raton, FL, to get the top secrets that salon stylists never spill.

Say Good-bye to Buildup, Safely
While cleansers and sprays that target product buildup can be very effective, they can also simultaneously strip your color away without you even knowing it. According to stylist Linda Nehrboss, a rinse of apple cider vinegar before a normal shampoo is the best way to remove extra buildup in your hair. “It is a great, healthy cleanse and will not strip color; an ideal Sunday night ritual.”

Easy Volume Fix
These days, we all swear by dry shampoo for easy volume and hair cleansing, and even hairstylists have their go-tos—Nehrboss swears by the Shu Uemura Volume Maker Brush. “It’s perfect for on the go touch-ups and fits in your purse!” This small brush boasts serious de-greasing power for quick volume anytime.

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Unconventional Materials
We’ve all been there—we’re five minutes away from an event and we look like we just left spin class. Fear not! Stylist Michael Petilli recommends using a spare lip gloss in your purse to create a piecey look, adding that this quick trick works best for short, spiky hair.

Brunette Beautiful
Blonds aren’t the only ones who want to keep up their color. For a quick color refresh for your brunette hair, Petilli recommends adding coffee. “When you feel like your hair is looking dull, use leftover coffee as a rinse for brown hair to refresh the color.”

DIY Spray
For a natural “I woke up like this” look sans any blow-dry time, Petilli recommends mixing Kosher salt and warm water in a spray bottle and spritzing on damp hair. “Just scrunch and go!”

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