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Momtrends Exclusive: One on One with Sherry Ratay

We were able to get up close and personal with celebrity hair color expert Sherry Ratay at the W Hotel in Manhattan. She taught for Redken Color for seven years, and is currently a color educator for INOA L'??Oreal Professionnel, so this lady sure knows her stuff.

Read more about our exclusive interview with Sherry.

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A mother of two, Sherry Ratay understands the crazy (but wonderful) lifestyle children apply to your own. But she in no way allows the hubbub of daily life to excuse you looking your absolute best. We sat down with Sherry to get an in depth and detailed breakdown of how to look amazing without hours of effort.

I admit it: I'm a box-coloring, $20 hair cut kind of woman. And not that it's anything to be ashamed of, but because I'm in New York City where there are a plethora of (affordable) options for me to take advantage of, I sheepishly purchase my hair dye at the Daune Reade about once a month instead of finding a good deal from a professional.

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Sherry has vowed that she will break me of these habits and has introduced me to several options of professional color experts who won't charge me an arm and a leg to style my tresses. But you don't have to be in NYC to find these types of deals. There are beauty schools or salons in any area in need of models--and don't fear: there is always a professional making sure that your hair is being taken care of properly every step of the way. She also thinks GroupOn is an excellent resource to find affordable hair treatments.

Sherry shared products she uses in her salon and trusts, mostly from the Kerastase and Minardi Luxury lines. For thin, color treated hair like mine, she suggests these products from Kerastase:

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For Cleansing: Volumizing Shampoo for Fine, Vulnerable Hair ($35.00)
For Conditioning: MASQUE CHROMA RICHE ($26.00)

Everyone's hair is different- so everyone needs a different regimen to maximize what you've got. She reminded me of the proper way to wash my hair: Shampoo on top and conditioner through the ends. To minimize breakage, lightly towel dry and secure with a clip on your head. Wait a while before blow drying, or air dry if possible. Another good tip: don't shampoo every day. In fact, she advises you hold out until you absolutely have to. "The more free radicals you have surging through your hair, the more volume you'll have and the easier it will be to style and retain style."

For more information on Sherry or any of the products she uses visit her salon site.

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