Kevin Murphy’s new personalized consultation app is the best thing to hit Bottega (and Kevin’s following) since sliced bread! Just a few simple questions allows each client to unveil a complete hair regime specifically for them.  Let Kevin chat you in in the video above to see how it works!

Next, answer these few simple questions to determine which KM Products you should be exposing your doo to…

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Once the survey is filled out, Kevin lays it all out for you in detail.

Follow the link below to see studio manager, Addie’s personalized results!



This application is available on Bottega’s front desk iPad for all clients to take advantage of at their next visit to the studio! We offer all KM products in our retail space so you will be able to grab your recommendations conveniently in house.  See you soon!

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Soft, smooth, and silky? Ummmm, yes please

Our Front Desk Coordinator, Amanda recounts her first experience with Keratin Complex! Her transformation was flawless if I do say so myself, and her portrayal is a classic example of one of the many ways Keratin treatments can change your whole look:


Have you ever heard of a Keratin hair treatment or Brazilian straightening? Up until this morning I was relatively uneducated about what keratin was or what it could do for my hair. But two hours later and a head of smooth, sleek, shiny hair, I can safely say that I am impressed with the science and am extremely pleased with the results.

Keratin is a protein which is naturally produced by the human body. It is found in the outer layer of the skin, and is the key structural component of hair and nails. The keratin helps to keep your hair, skin, and nails strong, prevent breakage, and increase elasticity and hydration. A number of products in the last decade have been formulated for your hair containing this protein to temporarily smooth, straighten, and de­-frizz hair with results lasting up to 5 months.

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My wavy beachy hair hair before my treatment!

Keratin Complex, the line currently carried by Bottega, is becoming the market leader in keratin smoothing therapy. They are continually developing their products and keratin technology to provide a range of treatments to suit every need, hair type, and budget. Whilst all their treatments offer smoothing and de-frizzing, they vary in application time, down time after the service until you can wash or style your hair, and longevity.

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Today I had my hair treated with the Advanced Glycolic Smoothing System, for those of your who are clients: The Full Brazilian Treatment. This treatment takes roughly 2 hours to apply, lasts about 3 months, and unlike the other treatments can be shampooed and styled the same day. This treatment is especially effective on clients with highly textured hair and if desired can be styled to reduce frizz whilst maintaining curl. Overall I loved it. The products smelled and felt divine and my hair is soooo smooth!!! I can’t wait to wash my hair and still come out of the shower with smooth, straight hair :)

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So who can use it? Well, the product is pretty much beneficial for anyone. The keratin protein helps to repair damaged hair and can be used on excessively fragile, overprocessed, or chemically damaged hair. The keratin treatment can also be used in localized spots where the hair tends to curl and kink (think of those annoying cowlicks on the side of your head and at the back of your neck), and can of course be used on men! All those guys with shorter hair on the sides and a longer mop on top should definitely consider a keratin treatment and how it can be beneficial in taming that hair!

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Perfectly, smooth, un-frizzy hair all summer long, how could you resist?

-Amanda M.

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// We Hate Cancer //

…but we love to raise awareness!October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We all know someone who has encountered this horrible disease but how can we help? We want to share with you how we have chosen to participate in raising awareness and fighting for a cure. 

For the entire month of October, we will be donating 100% of all proceedsof every PINK Kevin Murphy COLOR.BUG and/or a PINK Wet Brush purchased, to the American Breast Cancer Foundation. Swing by and get your pink on!

Come and get it.

COLOR.BUG is wipe on, wipe off color. For fun, fast, non-permanent color, day or night. Perfect for Halloween, which is right around the corner!

How to Use:With a towel draped around your shoulders to protect your clothes, apply a hair product and then the COLOR.BUG to make it stick.

Benefits: Adds body to hair, Adds a pop of color for a day or night look, Shampoos out!

Watch this tutorial video for more tips and tricks!

The Wet Brush is designed specifically for wet hair and slides right through leaving your hair smooth and healthy. It’s made specifically to detangle your knots with ease – no matter what hair type!

It’s the little things that make a HUGE difference when we all band together. We hope you will partner with us by spreading the word! Come in a have one of our stylists apply COLOR.BUG in your hair for free and spread hope and knowledge on what you and Bottega are doing together!

See you soon!


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Have you heard?? One of this season’s hottest hair trends involves beautiful braids! Bohemian, milkmaid, french or mermaid; there are so many variations that you are sure to find a way to incorporate them into your do! The key is to make them look effortlessly day old. Imperfection is perfection! These are some of our favorite ways to style your hair with braids:

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// TOP IT OFF! //

If you haven’t noticed, top knots are all the rage and don’t seem to be saying goodbye any time soon. It’s a simple and effortless look that is sure to please.

Take your go-to bun to the next level this season by using a little Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair for a cotton-candy-inspired texture. To get the just-spun finish, use ample dry shampoo on the ends to add the texture before pulling our hair up.

Feeling adventurous?! Add a touch of color with one of the hot hues Color Bug by Kevin Murphy has to offer! It’s a great way to add funk to your do without chemicals or commitment! Simply rub the hair chalk onto your hair where ever you feel inspired. Washes out when you shampoo! Done and done.


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Products sold at Bottega (a hair studio)

Products sold at Bottega (a hair studio)



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// PLUMP IT UP! //

It’s finally here! We are proud to announce that we now carry Kevin Murphy’s new Plumping Line. The line feature’s products that use eyelash thickening technology! How awesome is that?! The Wash & Rinse have thickening and densifying properties that add strength and density to fine hair. The Body.Mass leave in plumping treatment thickens and prevents breakage. It’s rich in Oleanolic Acid that helps to fortify and strengthen the hair at the root to prevent thinning and falling hair!

For more info on the line check out this write up on the KM Blog!

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Kevin Murphly Plumping Line

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Mark your calendars for April 21st! From 11 am – 8 pm Bottega and YOU will help raise money to plant trees in the U.S. southwest with several Native American tribes next spring to create a series of tribal and school orchards — and to help with their efforts to restore ancestral, cultural traditions of sustainable orcharding.

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 In the first year of the partnership, Sustainable Beauty Day made it possible to plant 6,000 fruit trees in deforested, poverty-stricken areas of Mozambique and South Africa. Last year, the program traveled to Brazil to plant 5,800 more fruit trees! The video below shows some of the inspiring results. Check it out!

VIDEO: Sustainable Beauty Day 2013: Brazil

This will be our third year partnering up with Davines and thousands of other salons across the nation for Sustainable Beauty Week! Our stylists will be performing DRY CUTS and/or STYLING with a donation minimum of $25. 100% of the proceeds will go towards the cause. “Do I need to book an appointment?” you ask! Nope, just show up, listen to music spun by a live DJ and enjoy complimentary drinks and munchables! It’s basically the best party in Raleigh with the greatest purpose behind it all. It’s not just about hair, it’s about using our gifts to better the world around us! Every bit counts, and as a community we can make a huge and meaningful difference.

There are also a few surprises for YOU that day! All our products will be marked 10% off! Bring a friend and BOTH of you will receive 10% off your next appointment when booked at the event. Our way of saying “THANK YOU!” for your generosity.

Last year we raised $500 towards the cause and it was because of this incredible town and all the generous guests that banned together for this amazing day! We look forward to seeing you all and hope to make this our biggest contribution yet!

Here are some Photos from last year’s event:


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// NO JOKE //

This month's featured products!

Hello all you little April fools!!

This month get a product on the house with the purchase of select shampoo and conditioner duos! This month we are featuring Hydrate Me Wash and Rinse with a free Young Again Immortelle valuing $42. With Angel Wash and Rinse you’ll receive a free Undressed valuing $30!

We adore our Kevin Murphy selection!!! Who doesn’t love a sustainable company with quality products that makes your hair look, feel and smell incredible?! Get obsessed!

This month we are also including a complimentary conditioning treatment if you schedule any color service this month! So, come let us freshen your color and hydrate those locks for Spring has definitely sprung.

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// Oldie but a Goodie //

Hello world!

It’s time to reconnect! Get an inside view and hear a little about what we stand for as an eco-conscious salon. We’ve got a YouTube channel now as well. Keep an eye out for tutorials, behind the scenes, our inspirations and more! But for now, check out an oldie but a goodie.

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Shadows of Style


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