Monday, November 7, 2011

Tips for Fabulous Fall Hair

With every new season comes new hair care concerns. Summer hair was easy and messy, but with fall amongst us, there are THREE key things to remember: static, dehydration and the drop in temperature all play a role in how our hair looks. Keep your do looking great despite the elements with these simple tips!

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  • Try shampoos that don't contain harsh chemicals.
  • Serums are great, but be careful not to use too much, they can weigh hair down.
  • Lightly spritz a bit of hairspray to tame any unwanted frizz.


  • Rinse your hair with cold water to help lock in your moisture.
  • Use leave-in moisturizers or conditioners.
  • Make time for weekly moisture treatments.
  • Try to limit the amount of times you use mechanical styling tools like curling and straightening irons.

Cold weather

  • Make sure you don't leave the house with damp or wet hair. Not only will you run the risk of getting a nasty cold, but you'll also increase your chances of getting some unwanted hair breakage.
  • Wear a scarf or hat to protect your hair from the wind.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Premier Beauty Classic: Taking Beauty to the Next Level

Last weekend I had the honor to teach two 60-minute hair coloring seminars at the Premier Beauty Classic, in Columbs, Ohio. Attendance was amazing, with about 100 fabulous stylists participating in my Sunday class- talk about a full house!

Being on stage is what I love - I’m ecstatic to be able to share some of my techniques and inspire others to follow their passion as well!

 Learn more about the soft ombre look by visiting Salon Ratay's web site




Thank you to my fabulous hair models and to those who came out to the Premiere show!


Great class yesterday! So motivated that I had to do a soft ombre on a lady today! Thanks for the inspiration!” Christine Carpenter

Monday, October 3, 2011

*Fabulous Fall Shades*

With the change of seasons comes the change of styles. The latest trends eventually fade like the leaves falling from the trees. A new season brings new shades of color to our wardrobe, nail polish, shoes, and most importantly our HAIR! Looking for a new fall shade? Try one of these out!

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/Wireimage; Splash News; Jordan Strauss/WireImage; Vallery Jean/FilmMagic

Mila Kunis is sporting a new fall trend, looking very natural! Her shiny mane looks far from altered, but in reality she highlighted her hair two shades lighter than her base. This works amazing for those blessed with olive skin and brunet locks.

Emma Stone also nailed it this fall with a coppery auburn complimented by a wash of strawberry highlights. Her shiny hair leaves her face glowing, emphasizing her gorgeous smile and great skin.

Charlize Theron made the right decision with her new buttery blond look. She looks radiant and elegant with the new shade. When choosing the same hue make sure to amp up your makeup to avoid looking washed out.

Fall also loves Ciara’s new sleek highlights! It is a great way to accentuate her gorgeous face and make her eyes pop.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2011 Emmy Awards Best Hairstyles!

The low chignon was definitely the style to try for the 2011 Emmy Awards! Classic chignon hairstyles were donned everywhere by A-list actresses such as Rashida Jones, Minka Kelly, and Dianna Argon. Want to get the same chic look? Follow my easy instructions below for a classic chignon style!

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Things you will need:
  • Covered hair band/elastic
  • Hair spray
  • Hair pins or grips to match your hair color
  • A paddle brush (always gives the smoothest results)
  • Pin-tail comb (I prefer using a metal tail comb but a plastic tail comb will do)

1. Using a paddle brush, smooth your hair straight back 
2. Gather at the nape of your neck into a low ponytail using your covered hair band 
3. Split your ponytail in half
4. Use your comb to tease the two sections of hair you split
5. Take one of the sections and smooth out with the paddle brush
6. Twist under and secure with a large bobby pin
7. Repeat Step 5 & 6 with the other section
8. Smooth down stray hairs with a toothbrush
9. Hairspray

***For fine hair, try teasing lightly and smoothing before placing into low ponytail. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Ready, Set, COLOR!

I am excited to share with you all that I will be taking the center stage at two of the country’s largest beauty industry conventions, the upcoming Premiere Beauty Classic in Columbus, Ohio, and the Image Expo in Houston, Texas.

I'm thrilled and honored to be a part of these amazing events. It is my passion within that keeps me on the edge of what is new with hair color, and I am looking forward to sharing with other colorists what I truly love to do!

The Premiere Beauty Classic 2011 will take place on October 23 and 24 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. I will then take the main stage to present my hair color collection at the 2012 IMAGE Expo Houston, scheduled for July 15 and 16 of next year, at the Reliant Center. Both shows will feature leading artists and educators in the business, showcasing the industry’s latest fashions and trends.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Showcase in Modern Salon Magazine as "One to Watch"!

   In the latest issue of Modern Salon, I had the privilege of being recognized in the feature section "Ones to Watch". Modern Salon is the number-one source for education, product news and trends for all salon professionals. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hollywood's Hottest Hues, Decoded By Yours Truly

From rich brunette to sunny highlights and velvety red, everything is possible with the right combination of formula. The latest Hollywood craze has everyone yearning for a new exquisite hue. Recently I sat down and decoded some celebrity hues so that we can all enjoy these phenomenal shades. Here are the how-to's to acheive certain desired colors:

Bryce Dallas Howard’s Rich Velvety Red
Natural Level: 6
Formula A:  Redken Color Fusion 1 oz. 5Cr + 1 oz. 7Cc + 2 oz. 20 volume developer.  Apply to new growth.
Formula B:  Redken Shades EQ Cover Plus 2 oz. 6Cc + 20 volume developer.
Formula C:  Shades EQ Cream 2 oz.  05Rr + 10 volume developer.  Alternate Formula B and C on midlengths and ends, using the American Baliage technique.  Process, shampoo and dry the hair.
Formula D:  Redken Shades EQ 2 oz. 07C + 1 oz. 07CB + 3 oz. Processing Solution.  Glaze all strands and process 20 minutes.

Cameron Diaz’s “Bad Teacher” Blonde
Natural Level: 5 ½
Formula A:  Redken Blonde Icing Conditioning Cream Lightener + 30 volume developer
Formula B:  Redken Double Fusion Blondes 12 Av + 20 volume developer
Apply Formula A and lift to pale yellow.  At the same time, create delicate slices with Formula B, beginning in the nape area and concentrating on midlengths and ends for a delicate ombre effect.  Process, shampoo and dry the hair. 
Formula C:  Redken Shades EQ 1 oz. 09N + 1 oz. 09G + 2 oz. Processing Solution.  Glaze all strands, process for 10 minutes.

Drew Barrymore’s Rosy Red
Natural Level: 5
Formula A:  L’Oreal Professionnel INOA 16 grams 5.64/5.Rc + 40 grams Oleo gel + 60 grams 20 volume developer.  Apply to new growth.
Formula B:  L’Oreal Professionnel INOA 16 grams 5.64/5.Rc + 40 grams Oleo gel + 60 grams 30 volume developer.  Apply to midlengths and ends.  Process 35 minutes, shampoo and dry the hair.
Formula C: L’Oreal Professionnel INOA 8 grams 6.40/6.CCC + 20 grams Oleo gel + 30 grams 30 volume developer.
Formula D:  L’Oreal Professionnel INOA 8 grams 5.4/5.C + 20 grams Oleo gel + 30 grams 10 volume developer.  Alternate Formulas C and D using the American Baliage technique.  Process 35 minutes.

Giada de Laurentiis’ Sunny Highlights
Natural Level: 4 with 20% gray
Formula A:  Joico Vero K-PAK color 7A + 20-volume developer.
Formula B:  Joico Verolight + 20-volume developer
Formula C:  Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome B6 + Activator
Formula D:  Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome G8 + Activator
Apply Formula A to new growth.  Create slice highlights, focusing on the face frame area with Formula B.  Lift highlights to yellow and tone with Formula C.  Process, shampoo and dry the hair and glaze all strands with Formula D.

Megan Fox’s Rich Brunette
Natural/Existing Levels:  4 with 6-7 on the ends.
Formula A:  Wella Color Touch 2 oz. 4/0 + 3 oz. 1.9% developer.  Apply to regrowth and extend 6-8 inches down the hairshaft.  Vary the application end point slightly throughout the head.
Formula B:  Wella Color Touch 2 oz. 4/0 + 2 oz. 6/77 + 1.9% developer.  Apply to ends.  (Be sure all hair is thoroughly saturated.)  Process with heat for 15 minutes; cool for 10 minutes at room temperature. 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kim Kardashian says "I DO" to Going Blonde

Once again the spotlight is on Kim Kardashian! The hot, trendy celebrity who has been known for her beautiful and rich dark mane, has recently changed her hair color back to a beachy summer blonde. This happened just days after blogging about how she missed her blonde hair. You can get the same look by following the steps below.

Kim's hair is naturally a very dark brown. In order to achieve a beachy summer blonde look we MUST:
  • First, begin with lightening the overall hair color to a light brown.  
  • Next, we can create lighter and brighter pieces throughout the head - the goal is to create soft pieces running through, NOT RIBBONS of blonde. 
  • Lift the hair strand to an orange/yellow stage 
  • Glaze with a demi-permanent hair color to lock in the desired soft golden shade, as well as seal the hair shaft to create shine to the hair fiber. 
  • Shampoo, condition, and style!
At Salon Ratay, we treat the hair from the inside-out when creating these looks. We like to start with a Kerastase Vita-Ciment treatment pre-color, then use Minardi Pre-Wash and finish with Kerastase pixelist for shine and nourishment.

***VERY IMPORTANT!  This is only the first part of creating blonde hair on olive skin tones. In 4-6 weeks, repeat the service but create lighter and brighter pieces in the opposite direction from those you previously did. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Salon Ratay Partners up with Harbor House for a Day of Empowerment and Beauty

Salon Ratay hosted women from the Harbor House, a safehaven for survivors of domestic abuse. My staff and I wanted to help these deserving women feel good about themselves and boost their self-confidence.  Thank you to my wonderful staff members for donating their time and energy to give these courageous women a new look for their new lives.

Click here to see the complete story on WKMG Local 6

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Friday, July 29, 2011

How to Color your Hair Extensions

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to color hair extensions properly!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Looking Forward to Attending the Spirit of Life Dinner & Gala in LAS VEGAS Next Weekend!

Sara Jones, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Joico, will be honored with The Spirit of Life Award for her ongoing support in the battle against breast cancer. This evening will be attended by many leaders in the salon industry. It is an amazing celebration for an important cause! This event will be held in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.  The dinner and gala will be hosted by Aisha Tyler,  a comedienne and entertainer, and host of Talk Soup.   

Sherry Featured in Type F Online Magazine!

Excited to share with my readers that Type F, Tyra Banks’ online magazine has featured several of my tips! In these articles, I offer suggestions and a how-to on achieving the ombré look, the best hair color correctors, and the best long-lasting hair color for brunettes. For the full article, see: Dark Roots, Light Hair or Hair Color Correctors or Long-Lasting Brunette Color !


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Choosing the Right Hair Colorist

To respond to some of our readers' requests, I’d like to share some great tips on how to choose the right colorist in your area. Getting your hair colored should be more than just sitting on the chair and praying that the colorist understands what you want. Here’s what you should look for in your next hair color professional:

·     Consultation time. Dialogue is a must! Whether this is a first-timer or life-long customer, an eye-to-eye sit down is a must.
·     Consideration. Budget, availability and lifestyle (5 kids, husband, dog and bunny to take care of) should be taken into consideration before suggesting to a brunette a full head of blonde highlights requiring religious salon visits!
·     Open Forum. Hair colorist must open a space for clients to voice questions, concerns, hair issues.
·     Honesty. The hair colorist must listen to what the client wants, but also needs to step up as a professional/expert and educate.

If you have further questions or comments, get in touch with me through twitter, facebook or by visiting our website: 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Hair Color Tips Featured on Worldwide Skin

I am so happy that Worldwide Skin ( featured my hair color tips!! I believe everyone should "Experience Life with Color," so in the article I included color specific tips for brunettes, blondes and red heads. Take a look    

Monday, June 13, 2011

"Which Hairstyle Fits Your Face" featured in She Knows

I am so happy to report that She Knows Magazine (  featured my tips for their best hairstyle that fit every face shape!!  She Knows is a fabulous online magazine that helps empower women through articles and discussion.  Check it out!!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event

This past weekend I attended the Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event.  Premiere Beauty Show is one of the biggest beauty industry trade shows in the country, and it took place right in my backyard, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando!  I had the pleasure of working with Beth Minardi coloring collections of blondes, brunettes, and redheads.  It was wonderful to spend the weekend with one of my mentors in the beauty industry and to be able to collect thoughts about the Joico Haircolor lines Vero K-pak color  and Vero K-pak Chrome. Overall, the beauty show was a memorable weekend filled with a lot of creativity, inspiration and talent - I can't wait for next years show! Check out some pictures I took at the event.

More info about  Premiere Orlando can be found at:

Frances Williams, founder of

Beth Minardi creating beautiful hair color on stage

The main floor as bustling with energy!

Friday, June 3, 2011

5th Year Anniversary Celebration is a Success

Thank you to those who helped celebrate Salon Ratay's 5th anniversary on Saturday, May 21st!! There was an amazing turn out, including family and friends who came out to show their support for the salon. 
 It was a fantastic evening filled with fashion, music and beautiful hair.  Special events throughout the night included a silent auction, fashion show presented by designer Kesi Case and a live performance by Italian singer Franco Corso.  Cocktails and hors d'oeuvers were served to add to the celebration. 
 The event bennefitted Ronald McDonald House program of Orlando.  Many thanks to our sponsors; Franco Corso, Kesi Case, Tito's Homemade Vodka, Paris Hilton Tease, Kerastase Paris and Shu Uemura Art of Hair.  Thank you again to everyone who helped celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Salon Ratay!!     

 More photos from the event are available at 

Monday, May 16, 2011

*Tips: Put the Right Hair Color Into Your Career

Listen up Ladies...

It's more important than ever to put the right hair color into your career because hair color could mean the difference of several rungs up the corporate ladder. 

Career women today need to pay as much attention to color as they do to how they dress and groom themselves. 
No matter what stage in a woman’s career, hair color can work with or against her. Unfortunately, there is still a gender imbalance in the work place, with women still under-represented in high-powered positions. For that and many other reasons, it is important to be aware of how they portray themselves in the corporate world.

Hair coloring tips for women in the workplace:
·         For women graduating college, leave behind the bleached-blonde locks and stripy highlights and opt for a more subtle shade. Think blonde on blonde shade, like Jennifer Aniston.
·         Take in consideration your budget, availability and lifestyle. For those with limited time and budget, I suggest a low-maintenance technique I call Butterflies, where I create beautiful color through mid-lengths and ends, like Eva Longoria.
·         Cover those grays. Gray hair ages women 10-15 years. Need I say more?
·         Understand and analyze your skin tone, eye color and existing hair color. Your hair color palate should follow along.
·         Maintain healthy and shiny hair. And above all, have a professional appearance from head to toe.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

My Take on the Royal Wedding

Today, the world stopped to see Prince William and Kate Middleton,
now officially The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tie the knot!

Westminster Abbey looked beautiful and the whole planet watched the most special day in the lives of the handsome groom and his breathtaking bride.

Catherine Middleton’s wedding gown (which I loved!) was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. 

When I heard news of the most talked about bride of the century doing her own makeup, I was a bit surprised! Any makeup artist would have been honored and privileged to do her makeup, but she decided to go about it on her own - and I applaud her! She kept her makeup simple, elegant, and traditional.

As for her hair, I found it to be absolutely perfect!

Looks like Kate followed some of my tips 
How to: Avoid Hair Disasters on Your Big Day without even knowing?  

As with any royal festivity, theirs was a very traditional and classic event..
Afterall, the whole world was and still is watching!

Kate went with a more delicate and romantic hairstyle - which was absolutely the right choice for her and her delicate demeanor!  

Her hair was soft and simple, complimenting  her makeup and her fantastic Alexander McQueen gown!

Not only did she become a Princess today...
but Kate looked like one too!

Glitz & Glam to Keep Music Alive

On Wednesday (April 27th) I attended
Nat King Cole Generation Hope event at Raymond Lee Jewelers in Boca Raton!

Such a fabulous night filled with fashion and glamour! 

I met such wonderful people at the event: Nat King Cole’s Twin Daughters Casey and Timolin Cole, the owner of Raymond Lee Jewelers- Jeff Josephson, Italian Singer 
Franco Corso (who I’m trying to bring to Orlando asap!) Fashion designer Kesi Case, and Cara Rosenthal from CBS’s The Amazing Race!

Cara Rosenthal from The Amazing Race

Nat King Cole's Daughters Casey and Timolin Cole

Cara Rosenthal from The Amazing Race and Fashion Designer Kesi Case

Hope you enjoy the pictures J