Archive for September, 2016

Hairstyles for Autumn Weddings


Autumn tends to be a favourite month for many (and for good reason): the weather is usually comfortably cool and the changing of the colour of the leaves is a true treat for the eyes. It is also a great time for weddings as the beautiful yellow, orange, red and brown make for beautiful backdrops for photos.

Summer weddings are always beautiful (as long as mother nature decides to cooperate with you on your big day) but Fall weddings have been steadily gaining in popularity over time. The dip in temperature can sometimes create challenges that wouldn’t necessarily exist during the summer, but also new opportunities that may not have been possible during the summer as well. The fall months are also a great time to try out some special hairstyles for the big day. Some of those styles in question include:

Bride/Bridesmaid updo – traditional updo style, but with some added flare from braiding parts of the hair.

Half up/half down style – this style includes a double braid and is a great choice for the cooler months as it provides the neck with some added warmth.

Floral hairpiece/hair clips– adding a floral hairpiece/hair clip not only looks great, but it helps ensure that everything stays in place, especially if it happens to be a windy day.

There are many other styles of which to choose from and it’s important to consider such factors as current length of hair and particular styles options that you think would best compliment you and your wedding attire. A consultation with your Ottawa hair stylist will ensure that you are able to get the right style for your big day.

Pumpkin Spiced Hair


‘Tis the season for cooler temperatures, changing colours of leaves and the wonderful pumpkin spiced flavoured beverages, baked goods and hairstyles. Yes, hairstyles! Nothing is off limits when it comes to pumpkin spice.

“Now the trend has gone to women’s heads with pumpkin-spice hair color blowing up all over Instagram. It sounds maybe a little too orange, but pumpkin-spice hair color is actually really beautiful. It’s an auburn shade with highlights, either natural or salon-made. There’s something about the style’s multidimensional vibe, evoking fallen leaves, that makes it feel even more perfect for when the temperature drops.”

We all have to head into autumn, might as well put autumn on our head! If you want to try out a pumpkin spiced inspired hair colour make sure to visit Caralyns, your Ottawa hair professional.

Hairstylist to the Stars Hair Tips


Celebrities are human beings just like the rest of us, but for some reason we continually raise them up and treat them as if they are superhuman beings. We are constantly obsessed with everything they say, do and how they look. When it comes to how they look, we tend to focus on their particular style and how they came to look the way they do.

The hairstylists that have celebrity clientele are held to a particularly high level as they are responsible for creating and maintaining looks that in some cases are helping to shape popular trends and culture. Here are some specific tips from celebrity hairstylist Neil Weisberg (has styled the hair of Charlize Theron) that are key to achieving a similar style to your favourite celebrity:

“Hair vitamins, they’re great for overall health including length retention, protecting against split ends and improving shine.
Regular trimming is always the key, split ends tend to travel up the hair strand and create more damage. Ever other colour service is a good reminder.
Hair oil, a drop on the scalp and the ends every night will help with dryness. It’s great when brushed through to help distribution.”

In order to get the celebrity hair you’ve always wanted make sure to visit Caralyn’s your Ottawa hair design specialist, for the best in modern styling techniques to keep you looking your best and your hair the healthiest.

Mid-Length Hair Styles

Hate it or love it, back to school is in full effect which means that the official start to fall is quite close. At this point you’ve already gotten all of your supplies, new clothing and the like. More than likely you’ve also gotten a a new haircut to look your absolute best for the first day.

Both long and short hair can be easier to style once you’re maintaining the amount that you have, but what about those with hair that is in the middle? Here are some great tips for mid-length hair:

Whether you maintain your length or let it flow, Garren (hair expert)says, “Layer it out for more texture and movement, to have rhythm.” When it looks a little roughed-up, he explains, “it’s not so preppy. There’s a sexiness to it. It’s not just hanging.” He especially enjoys the romantic effect it has on light brunettes and dirty blondes.

To overturn a bout of major hair boredom, a crisp set of bangs may be in order. “A fringe that’s above the eyebrows will give [a lob] a more definite look. It’s more domineering,” says Garren. And whether you keep the length, grow it out, or snip it, for a high-impact set of bangs, “you have to have an eyebrow,” he says of the emboldened effect brought out by a substantial set of arches hovering below a horizontal line of hair—an impression that’s doubled by shades of dark brown and high blonde. “A wishy-washy color doesn’t have the [same] message.

Curly heads can stand to lose length, too. Twisted locs or individualized braids will put a signature stamp (and weight) on abbreviated coils. Says Garren, ‘when girls start cutting their hair and making an identity for themselves, that’s sexy.’”

If for whatever reason you haven’t gotten cut/styled yet for the new school year make sure to pay a visit to Caralyn’s, your Ottawa hair styling specialists.