Spring is just around the corner...and with that comes the itch to throw out the old and bring in the new.  For me, I really wanted to do something different with my hair.  My length was getting boring and I had been wanting to add a natural highlight as well.  Luckily I had the opportunity to collaborate with Andre Richard Salon, a staple in the hair scene in Philly, to come up with a new do!

As soon as I walked in, the salon was such a cute and intimate space and the staff was so welcoming.  First impressions are everything, especially in a place like a hair salon!

Something I was really looking forward to was using Redken products again.  I may be dating myself, but I was obsessed with Redken back in high school, and I know the brand has evolved since my high school days (and I do have a connection to the brand though my current job which has rekindled my interest in them as well.)  This wall at Andre Richard Salon is a Redken lovers dream!

My appointment was with Ryan, and I knew from the beginning that I would be in good hands.  I usually bring photo inspiration whenever I go to a salon, but this time I kept my options open!  I knew I wanted a trim of some sort, and Ryan added some pretty layers throughout which made a huge difference!

The color was subtle and the perfect transition to spring.  Of course I want to go lighter, but I refuse to bleach my hair (made that mistake back in the day!) so I'm happy with these gradual changes.  Ryan took time and care to hand paint the highlights.

Freshly done hair always appears darker, but here is the final look!

I also go the low down on Ryan's must have products that work for any and every hair type.  Can I just say I'm officially obsessed with One United, which has so many different benefits, plus smells amazing.  Tip: start your hair routine with this handy spray.

It's been a few weeks now and I'm having so much fun styling my hair!  Curly or straight, the color and length is perfect.
I had such a great experience and I highly recommend checking out Andre Richard Salon and Ryan the next time you're looking to try something new with your hair!

Special thanks to Andre Richard Salon for the complimentary services in exchange for a review.  All opinions shared above are my own.