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A fresh cut and color can leave you feeling great the rest of the day, but what happens after that? We're showing you how to get the salon look all month long.

"Not only is it our job to cut your hair, our job is to help make sure that you can do whatever you have to do to make your style work as long as possible," said Roy Ramos, owner of Elektra Hair Studio.

Something he's been hearing from many of his clients -- what can they do at home to stretch their salon visits. Well today, his stylists are telling all the tricks of the trade.

"The proper brush and proper blow dryer is crucial to reproducing the style that you get in the salon," said senior stylist Robert Gavigan.

He recommends using a round brush with natural bristles and a ceramic base. And make sure to use the restrictor nozzle on your blow dryer.

"If you're using the blow dryer that has the wide open nozzle that hairs going all over the place and you're trying to direct hair around a brush to create a look, but what you're really doing is messing up the hair that you've already blown," he said.

As far as cuts, Robert says bangs are usually the biggest problem.

"Your bangs don't necessarily grow faster, but it would appear as they grow faster because you have real estate to compare it to," he explains. "As these bangs approach your eyebrows, the bridge of your nose, the tip of your nose, your lips, then you're like wow - this hair is growing!"

"The trick to successfully trimming your own bangs is to make sure you don't get them too short, so you always use the bridge of your nose as a guide and you want your bangs to concave around your eyebrows," he explains. "You want to pull all into the center and you take your shears and you cut one incision straight across the bridge of your nose," he said. "If you want more of an angle cut, you'd still bring your hair to the bridge of the nose," Robert says. "Put your fingers on an angle, take your shears and cut on the angle."

For a more accurate cut he suggests cutting your hair when it's dry.

For color-treated hair, Robert says color sticks and sprays are must haves when stretching your salon visits.

"The spray in my opinion is the most effective, but you have to be careful because you get a lot of over spray," he said. "We use a face protector at the salon - you can use a towel at home or you can even use your hand."

"Keep it about six inches away from the scalp, in short little blasts and presto, Cara has no more roots in her hair," he said.

It's just temporary and will wash out when you shampoo. And he says don't worry about trying to do your whole head, just those areas most visible.

If you don't want to use sprays, Robert has more tricks up his sleeve!

"For the top, a little trick we do is a zig-zag part and that would help camouflage the root area," he said.

For the areas around your temples that require a little more precision, Robert recommends color sticks or mascaras.

"We're literally just going to paint this on here," he said. "You take a comb and you blend it in."

If your hair is getting dull, stylists Shanna Butterfras says color enhancing shampoos can help bring the warmth and life back in between salon visits.

"If you're older and have grey hair, it tends to yellow or if your highlights get too brassy you'd want to use a purple base and you can see this is highly pigmented and purple," Shanna said. "This is an auburn and this can actually refresh the warmth if it fades out of your nice brown hues or to refresh red," she explains. "This is just for natural tones to make sure they stay natural and they don't go too cool or too warm, you want them to stay right in the middle," she said.

You should check with your stylist before using to see which color works best for your hair and you only want to use them about twice a week.

She also suggests you try out dry shampoo -- it can help recreate the bounce and volume you get in the salon.

"You want to focus on the areas that get the most oily," she said. "Most people tend to get really oily in the front and on the top of their head in the part because that's where they tend to touch." "So you always want to lift the hair and spray away from the face," she says, "you always want to rub it in a little bit with your fingers."

"If you look good you feel good," Robert said. "Our job is to keep you looking good even when you're not coming into the salon."

For more information visit www.elektrahair.com.

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