Archive for February, 2016

The Do’s and Don’ts of Hair Maintenance



When it comes to maintaining anything (whether it be your car or your hair) creating a plan and staying consistent with it is key. For your vehicle, knowing the appropriate times to get an oil change and other maintenance is important, as is avoiding potholes (the best you can) while driving to keep your car’s alignment and shocks in check, among other things.


Thankfully, your hair doesn’t need the same type of rigorous maintenance as a car, but it still requires the right kind of attention. Knowing what to do and also what not to do are the best ways to have the best hair possible. Here are some important do’s and don’ts for your hair.




Use a quality styling product
Using a bad/cheap quality styling product would damage your hair to the extent that you will have chunks coming off every time you wash your hair.


Oil your hair at least twice or thrice a week
Oiling your hair will give the nourishment it requires and stop hair fall (if any). While oiling, remember to apply directly into the scalp.


Have a good hairdresser for styling
Your hairdresser will do more than half the work required to make your hair look good. A good hairdresser will also tell you the inner secrets for better care from his experience which no one else will.




Overuse the styling product
Overusing any styling product would damage your hair to the extent that it breaks on a daily basis. A finger tip of wax or gel should be enough for you to style your hair


Use bar soaps to wash your hair
Bar soaps are too harsh for your hair strands and do not have conditioning agents, which help in untangling hair and provide nourishment. Soaps will leave your hair dry and full of residue.


Wash your hair with extremely hot water

Anything too hot is bad for your hair in general. Wash your hair with lukewarm water to prevent the frequent breakage!


Make sure to visit your Ottawa hairstylist regularly to not only keep your hair trimmed and styled to perfection, but to get great tips to keep your hair as clean and healthy as possible.

Accessories for Hair Maintenance



In order to keep your hair healthy and looking its best, regular washing is necessary. Your hair type and the amount you have will determine how often you’ll need to wash it in order for it to stay as healthy as possible. Consulting with your Ottawa hairstylist when you go in for a trim or styling, is the best way to determine how frequently you should be cleaning your hair.


In addition to washing and keeping your hair trimmed and styled, another part of maintaining your locks comes in the form of regular combing and/or brushing. “Hair brushes keep the outer layer of the hair smooth and help redistribute oil from the scalp, but they don’t work as well when they’re filled with hair,” said by Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist specializing in hair loss at the Cleveland Clinic. Since brushing is multi-purpose (improves hair health and the overall look) it’s very to keep your brush as clean as possible. The question is, how often should you clean your brush for optimal brushing? The answer may surprise you. “Dr. Piliang recommends the average person clean their brush every one to two weeks. For those with longer hair, however, she recommends doing this more frequently. And if you use products, a sure sign that it’s time to clean you brush is if you start to see residue form on the bristles. To clean your brush, Dr. Piliang suggests first using a rattail comb or pen or pencil to pull out the hair. If you have a round brush, she recommends using scissors to snip the clumps of hair on both sides, so that they can easily be removed. Then fill a bowl with warm water and mild shampoo before swishing the brush around. When you’re done, place the brush bristle side down and let it dry.”


When brushing remember not to use too much force and also don’t over brush as both of these things can cause damage to the hair and scalp in the long term. Experts suggest that brushing twice daily (once in the morning and once before bed) is enough for most people. The type of brush/comb you use is just as important as how often you brush. “For wet hair, either a wet brush or wide-tooth comb will do the trick. Shelton likes wet brushes because the flexible bristles help detangle while Piliang likes a wide-tooth comb, especially when used with conditioner in the shower, because it pulls the hair less.


If you’re using a blow dryer, Piliang recommends finding a brush with a ceramic or ion center as they help the hair dry faster, giving it less exposure to heat. For everyday use, Shelton is a fan of boar-bristle brushes because they do pull less and smooth more, but admits that these pricier varieties aren’t an absolute necessity.”


Paired with the advice of an expert stylist from Caralyn’s, regular brushing will help keep your hair healthy, neat and under control.

Coconut Oil and Your Hair


Coconuts are pretty incredible. Not only are they delicious on their own, but when used for particular items (pina coladas or coconut shrimp anyone?) they’re even better. They are able to elevate already great flavour profiles, and make them better. If that weren’t enough, over the past few years more wonderful things about coconuts have become known and go well beyond just food.

One of the wonderful benefits of coconut is oil is for the hair and skin. Here are some of the ways in which it can enhance and strengthen the hair.


It’s Non-Greasy

“Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are fatty acids that are easily absorbed by the body. So, while it’s an oil, it won’t leave your tresses looking greasy. A pro tip is to apply coconut oil to the ends of your hair only if you’re going out. This will prevent your hair from getting weighed down by the product.


Rich in Antioxidants

Besides fighting harmful free-radicals that can harm your body, according to New Beauty, antioxidants help hair grow. This is especially important for the winter months, when, according to The Huffington Post, hair growth slows down.”


The next time you’re in the grocery store, make sure to pick up some coconut oil, your hair and Ottawa hair stylist will thank you!

Dandruff Remedies




Properly maintaining your hair is something that takes effort on the part of the hairstylist (if you are someone who has your hair regularly professionally maintained) and the individual who’s hair is being maintained in the first place. Anytime you give something the proper attention it deserves (hair or otherwise) you will see the desired results.


When it comes to something like dandruff, there are many products that exist that are meant to get rid of it quickly, however everyone’s scalp and hair is different. Depending on how severe the case of dandruff is, a consultation with your Ottawa hairstylist may be in order.


Here are some tips to help you keep your scalp clean and keep dandruff at bay.


“1. Baking soda: Wet your hair and then rub a handful of baking soda, massaging it into the scalp. Rinse thoroughly, using a mild shampoo. Baking soda will counter the growth of overactive fungi and leave you with a cleaner mane.

2. Aspirin: What makes this work? A special substance called salicylic acid that also forms an essential ingredient in a host of medicated anti-dandruff shampoos. For freedom from dandruff, crush two aspirin tablets to a fine powder and add it your shampoo. Apply this solution and leave it for a minute or two and then rinse thoroughly.

3. Mouthwash: Surprised? Don’t be because it really works. Try mouthwash for that dash of freshness and much needed respite from dandruff. First, wash your hair with regular shampoo and then give it a final rinse with an alcohol-based mouthwash. Its anti-fungal properties will inhibit the growth of dandruff-producing yeast and leave you with shiny hair. Don’t forget to use a conditioner.

4. Salt: The abrasive quality of salt can work wonders. Just sprinkle some salt directly on to your scalp. Then, massage it using circular motions like you would with a scrub. This will cleanse the scalp and leave it spic and span, ready to be shampooed as usual.

5. Garlic: Barring the pungent smell, this is one of the best ways to beat dandruff. Its potent anti-fungal properties can fight dandruff like nothing else. To cut the odour, you can mix crushed garlic with honey. Apply this paste liberally on to the scalp before shampooing.”


These home remedies are a great way to combat dandruff and keep your hair looking it’s best. When paired with regular visits to your Ottawa hair salon to have a stylist examine your scalp and cut and style your hair, you will have the healthiest scalp and head of hair possible.