Archive for January, 2017


Everything Old is New Again


 

 

 

We’ve been noticing this more and more…everything old is becoming new again, especially when it comes to hairstyles. As one can see in our most recent Instagram posts, we love bringing back the old with a bangin’ new twist! We know Cher hair and the 90’s grunge half knot has gained popularity, but what about our guy cuts? Turns out the throwback cuts are back for gentlemen as well, these are some of our favs:

 

Texture on Top: “In 2017, we’ll see men keeping the sides of their hair short and creating the top as the main focal point, embracing longer, more textured styles on top,” says Stelios Nicolaou, Aveda’s master barber.

 

Long Cuts: “We’re going to continue to see longer hairstyles take prominence among men, as catwalks hint heavily towards ‘Mick Jagger’ swagger,” says Alex Glover, master barber at Murdock at Hackett King Street.

 

Ultimate Throwback Cut: Part of this revival is the divisive centre-parting. “Parted brow-length fringes are already coming into high demand,” says Glover. Think less Nick Carter, more The Mummy-era Brendan Fraser.

 

Colour: If you’re looking for something that leaves an impression, but helps you keep your job, try getting your hair bleached – either white blonde or a more grungy, Kurt Cobain-inspired straw blonde.

 

So if you dig the vintage look, whatever era, you are sure to be “in stye”. Contact Caralyn’s, your hair design experts, to get any of these old yet new styles perfected!





Brushing Basics


 

Portrait of a young woman brushing her hair --- Image by © A. Chederros/Onoky/Corbis

 

Who would have thought there was a wrong way to brush your hair? Brushing your hair may seem like a daily, trivial part of your beauty routine, but when not done properly, it can lead to some serious long-term hair damage…uh oh. While there are techniques to proper brushing, there are also specified hairbrushes for different types of hair and styling.

 

When it comes to the actual action of brushing your hair here are steps one should follow:

  • Never brush from room to tip: Detangle the ends first then do smooth brush strokes throughout.
  • Do not brush when wet: Hair is weaker and breaks off easier.
  • Using the wrong brush: Surprise! The wrong brush will have negative effects on your hair due to the different fibres.

 

That leads us to what kind of brush one should use depending on their hair type:

 

Wavy or Straight hair: Paddle brushes

Frizzy hair: Ceramic and nylon round brush

Curly hair: Avoid brushes altogether or opt for a wide toothed comb

 

Know your hair type and know your brush! The proper brush and technique will keep your locks healthy and strong, what else could you ask for? For proper hair care and design, contact Caralyn’s, your hair design experts.





Style is Eternal


 

 

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What is that saying? “Fashion comes and goes, but style is eternal” –Yves Saint Laurent. Well, we could not agree more. Every season we are bombarded with brand new hairstyle trends, such as half shaved heads and man buns, and while we love trying new things, sometimes it’s good to stick to the classics. If you are someone who loves a solid look that you never have to worry about going out of style (and you know hair can take awhile to grow) we’ve created a list of the classic hairstyles that will always make you slay the hair game:

 

1) Beachy waves- effortless glam that looks good on everybody.

2) Soft layers-frames every face.
3) Blunt bangs-adds an edgy twist to any classic look.
4) Defined curls- a little extra body never hurt nobody.
5) Straight centre part- always sleek and sexy.

 

Take it from us..if you choose one of these hairstyles, you’ll be “in style” forever. To get these styles perfected, come in to Caralyn’s, your Ottawa hair design expert.





Wig It Out


 

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Embrace a New Year and a new do. Wigs have finally earned their turn in the spotlight as a highly coveted fashion trend, thanks to celebrities like Kylie Jenner (an avid wig and extension promoter), or Lady Gaga (The queen of trendsetting). Wigs have become the perfect way to have an ever-changing look that includes fabulous hair every time.

 

Wigs provide the variety to change your look for virtually any event or style you’re going for. Who wouldn’t want the option to have long wavy mermaid hair one day, and a sleek bob the next? Here are some tips for keeping your wig (synthetic and human-hair) in tip-top shape:

 

1) Detangle before washing.

 

2) Rinse with lukewarm water from roots to end.

 

3) Carefully shampoo with hands.

 

4) For synthetic wig, spray leave in conditioner from mid-shaft to ends. For human hair, condition ends and leave in for a few minutes.

 

5) Rinse with lukewarm water in the same direction as the hair to avoid tangles.

 

6) Air dry synthetic hair. Blow dry 80% of human hair wigs and round brush the rest.

 

So, if you feel like being a blonde Friday night, style that wig and go for it! For full service and care on synthetic and human hair wigs, visit Caralyn’s, your Ottawa hair design specialist!