Archive for October, 2016

Halloween Hairstyles


It’s that time of year again…halloween! A day when you can dress up as your favourite superhero, ghost, ghoul, witch or just about anything really. In order to really take your costume to another level, it’s important to ensure that your hair fits the role as well!

Here are some great hair raising ideas to help inspire you for all of your halloween festivities:


This famous Egyptian queen is instantly recognizable by her sleek dark bob and front braids – plus, of course, her over the top bling! The hairstyle is super easy to recreate; keep it straight and sleek.

Cruella de Vil

While you can always opt for a black-and-white wig, it’s actually easy to get Cruella de Vil’s infamous hair without the itchy extra: all you need is some black and white colour hairspray.


For a look that’s easy to recreate, focus on getting lots of cool texture and make sure to keep it messy.’

For more unique halloween inspired designs click here and to have a professional hair stylist help you bring some of these styles to life make sure to visit Caralyn’s, your Ottawa hair design specialist.

Maintaining Professionally Applied Hair Colour


No matter what it is, it’s all about the maintenance. Whether it’s achieving a certain level of financial success or something as simple as keeping your desk clean, it’s all about how you maintain things to keep it looking and working in the best way possible.

When it comes to getting your hair professionally coloured at an Ottawa hair salon, there are a few things that should be done afterwards in order to maintain the vibrancy of the acquired colour for as long as possible.

Ask questions – Don’t be shy during your appointment. Ask your stylist for advice on upkeep and product suggestions.

Pick the right products for after care – This is the most crucial part about maintaining the longevity and vibrancy of your color. You want to use a shampoo that is created especially for color-treated hair.

Scale back on shampooing – Now that you have the right products to use, you won’t have to shampoo as often. Washing your hair less frequently is the easiest way to maintain color.

Keep it cool – Cold water is better for hair in general but it is especially necessary for color-treated hair.

Maximize moisture – Colour treated hair is more porous than untreated hair which means which means it absorbs and dispels moisture more easily. If you’re the type to skip conditioner, break that habit asap!”

For the best in hair styling, colouring and maintenance expertise make sure to visit Caralyn’s, Ottawa’s hair design professional.

Hair Benefits of Castor Oil


In order to keep your hair looking and feeling it’s best it’s imperative to keep it clean on a regular basis and also to visit your Ottawa hair salon to have a professional stylist trim any dead ends to help stimulate new growth and inspect your scalp.

Besides all of the natural hair treatments and products that your stylist may recommend or use on your hair, there’s one that you should be using at home that can truly offer some great benefits and that’s castor oil. Here are some of those benefits:

Enhances the natural look of your hair
Castor oil can enhance the look and feel of your hair, making it look both thicker and richer. Locking in moisture, this oil is what’s known as a humectant, making each strand of hair look that much healthier. After you shower and towel dry your hair, apply a small amount of slightly warmed castor oil, working it into the strands of your hair.

Balance scalp pH
Ricinoleic acid has been found to potentially help balance scalp pH, replenishing natural oils and promoting positive hair health. In turn, this can help undo some of the damage that has been caused by harsh hair products. When the pH of your scalp is either too alkaline or too acidic, this can lead to bacterial or fungal issues, an itching scalp and dandruff.

Supports hair growth
There have been many cases where individuals swear by castor oil for hair growth, helping to enhance the growth rate. When applied to the scalp, this oil penetrates deep into the pores of your hair follicles, providing nourishment. Work around three tablespoons of castor oil into your scalp. Leave it on for 20 minutes before washing it out with an all-natural shampoo.”

Make sure to visit Caralyns, your Ottawa hair design professional for the best in hair styling and scalp assessments to promote optimal hair growth and health.

Second Day Hair

Close-up portrait of pretty blonde woman with beautiful lips

The idea of having beautiful ‘right out of the salon chair’ type hair on a daily basis can only truly be achieved by actually going to see your Ottawa hair stylist everyday. As great as that would be in theory (who’s life schedule would allow for that anyway?) getting your hair professionally styled every day could actually be a hindrance to its overall growth and development.

You know how sometimes when you make a certain culinary dish it seems to taste better after the second or third day (obviously depending on what the item is!). The same can be said for hair, to a certain extent. Mark Townsend, a hairstylist to such celebrities as Bella Hadid and Elizabeth Olsen is quite fond of what is referred to as ‘second day hair’. “Especially when it comes to getting good grip for updo hairstyling, with a bit of dry shampoo and hair spray you can transform your slightly greasy hair into a perfect updo.”

It’s important to note however that maintaining your hair and scalp in between appointments is a necessary thing to do. It also helps to ensure that when your hair does get styled upon visiting your Ottawa hair salon it will be that much healthier. Put your hair in the caring and professional hands of a Caralyn’s stylist.

Giving Your Hair the Cold Shoulder


Fall is here, which means that the temperature outside has begun to dip (albeit mainly just in the mornings and evenings, for now). For many Canadians dealing with extreme weather and how quickly it can change is nothing new..we’re built for this! The one place however that we can really control the temperature outcome is in the shower and research has shown that taking a cold shower has many health benefits, including improving your hair.

“When it comes to hair and skin, one of the most natural ways to maintain your appearance is with cold showers. Hot water has the tendency to dry out our skin, so it’s best to use cold water to tighten your cuticles and pores, which will prevent them from getting clogged. Cold water can “seal” the pores in the skin and scalp too, preventing dirt from getting in. Jessica Krant, board-certified dermatologist, told The Huffington Post that ice-cold or lukewarm water can help our skin and prevent it from being stripped of its healthy natural oils too quickly. Remember, cold water only temporarily tightens skin as it constricts blood flow, but it does not shrink pores. When it comes to haircare, cold showers can make hair appear shinier, stronger, and healthier by flattening hair follicles, and increasing their ability to grip the scalp.”

Shampooing, conditioning and rinsing in a cold shower alone will not make for perfect hair, but as part of a healthy regimen that includes regular visits to your Ottawa hair salon for trims to get rid of dead ends and help to stimulate new growth, the possibilities are endless.