Archive for January, 2016

The Thinning of Hair

Hair loss


When people make resolutions (usually at the beginning of a new year) the part of their body that they want to make thinner isn’t their hair. Getting healthier and more physically fit tends to result in a better quality of life. If you happen to have thinning hair, determining a way to promote new growth and get fuller and thicker hair that will maintain on your head can help benefit the quality of your life as well.


In order to understand why hair thins in the first place and how to combat the issue, you need to get to the root of the issue (pun intended). Here are some of the causes of thinning hair:


Hot showers

“We all know that hot water can dehydrate our skin, but did you know the same rule applies to your hair? Ryan Welter, MD, a Boston-based hair transplant surgeon explains: ‘Not only are you washing your hair’s protecting oils down the drain, but the heat throws your scalps pores into overdrive to keep up with oil production, which can damage the root and lead to additional shedding.’


Using too many heat tools

Ironic, isn’t it? All that that drying and curling we do to make our hair look fabulous is actually doing it the most damage. Not everyone is a wash-and-wear kind of person, though, so if you really can’t part with your heated tools, make sure you prep your strands with a heat protection spray. Also, they may be more expensive but ceramic-plated tools are 10 times better for your hair. The ceramic plate has a uniform heating system that makes it impossible for it to overheat and cause damage to the hair from burning. Additionally, you’ll get a better aesthetic result.


Styling when wet

Our strands are never more fragile and prone to breakage than when they’re saturated with water – this is because the protective cuticle is slightly raised. Brushing or combing locks in the shower, then following with aggressive towel-drying and prompt styling is a recipe for swift breakages. To avoid this, let your hair dry as naturally as possible when you get out of the shower and wait patiently before styling.



The purpose of shampooing your hair is to cleanse the hair and scalp of oil and product build-up. However, there is actually such thing as over-shampooing. This can wash away your hair’s natural moisture that helps your hair look healthy and dries it out. This is especially true if you’re using a shampoo that’s more tropical-scented foam than nutrition for your hair. So how much should you wash it? Unfortunately, there’s no specific algorithm. See what works best for you, stick to it, and always be gentle.”


Of course, these are only a few of the potential causes of hair thinning. Every person is different and the factors that contribute to a particular individual experiencing hair thinning will vary. The best course of action is to consult with your Ottawa hair salon for an assessment of your scalp. From there they will be able to determine the root cause of the thinning and the best course of action to regrow hair.

Dry Shampoo and Your Hair



In order to properly maintain anything, you need to pay close attention and give it the love it needs. When it comes to your hair, it’s no different. To promote the healthiest scalp and better hair growth, keeping your properly and regularly cleaned is a must. Shampooing and conditioning your hair and scalp regularly is the best way to achieve this, however too much shampooing can end up doing more harm than good at times as it may dry out the hair. Solution? Enter dry shampoo. Typically an aerosol product, dry shampoo offers a way to cleanse and de-grease the hair without the use of water. This means that in between regular shampooing a dry shampoo can be applied to help keep your hair clean.


Dry shampoos seemed to be the answer to many peoples’ prayers, for a while. Some research is now showing that certain dry shampoos may actually have a negative effect on the hair. “Many experts are coming out with facts and arguments that may make you rethink your dry-shampoo addiction. Why? It turns out that the cult product can temporarily dull your hair color, cause undesirable buildup, and even affect your scalp health when used in excess. Just because your hair looks good doesn’t mean the cause is necessarily a good thing, though, and Dr. Fusco reminds us that regular cleansing is important for the health of the scalp. ‘When you’re cleansing, you’re removing dead skin, germs, and bacteria,’ she says. ‘You’re exfoliating [your scalp], and it’s healthier when you exfoliate. When you’re using dry shampoo every day, it builds up, and it eventually dulls the hair.’”


If you are curious about dry shampoos and would like to give it a try make sure you do your research. Firstly read up on the most popular brands and whether or not there are any harmful side effects. Secondly, contact your Ottawa hairstylist and find out if trying out a dry shampoo is a good idea for your hair type and a good idea in general. They will be able to help you determine whether or not to pursue it.

Seasonal Shedding




The human body is pretty amazing. Not only is it very resilient and able to adapt to it’s environment, it essentially makes a new version of itself over time, several times over. Of course I’m referring to our hair and skin. New hair replaces old hair at a pace of several dozens of strands a day and happens the most frequently during the Spring and Fall seasons.


The shedding of skin and hair cells may accelerate under certain situations (ex: stress). It may be more difficult to overcome the excessive shedding (especially during the above mentioned months) but it can be dealt with. The first thing to do is to create the best environment possible for optimal hair re-growth; this is done best by making your scalp as healthy as possible.


Your Ottawa hair design specialists at Caralyn’s are able to enhance hair growth by using the science of Trichology and an extensive three step process that includes:


    • Getting a personal consultation from a scalp expert
    • Getting a residue on scalp treatment
    • Starting and maintaining a home hair care scalp treatment.


Your Ottawa hairstylist will provide an extensive examination before any treatment is recommended and administered. If your hair loss doesn’t exceed 3 months, there’s a good chance that is just seasonal shedding and that things will revert back to normal.

Winter Hairstyles



It may be a new year, but we’re still experiencing the same frigid weather that we left 2015 with, and chances are that it will only get colder as delve deeper into winter. On the bright, spring is just around the corner (even though it may not feel like it). The days are slowly getting longer which is definitely something to be happy about.


Since we are currently in the winter season however, it means that we still have to dress accordingly, from head to toe. But just because we are bundled up for warmth doesn’t mean that your hair has to be hidden or take a back seat to style. Here are some of the best hairstyles you may want to try during the winter months:


Textured Fringe – Consider this the evolution of last season’s short shag – you’ve grown some length and have more to play with, so try some loose waves and add piecey, brow-skimming bangs for an instant update.


Contouring Cut – The Contouring cut ditches the layers of seasons’ past for an angled, collarbone length shape that plays up cheekbones and gives the face a flattering frame. Complete the look with stick-straight hair and a precise centre part.


The High Pony – If you want to leave your hair long, create drama with the high pony. Pull hair up tight, sky-high, and finish with extra volume on the tail. It’ll look perfect with all the turtlenecks you’ll be wearing.”


In order to achieve any of this awesome winter hairstyles make sure you contact your Ottawa hair salon and connect with an Ottawa hairstylist. They will be able to help craft the perfect winter look for your hair to keep you looking great, even when you’re frozen.