Summer Ready Boho Hair


When I think about summer, I see long, middle-parted, salt spritzed waves, with small accessories such as braids and hair rings. Summer is a great time for embracing natural textures and styles, and having fun with accessories.

Salt Spray: Don’t be intimidated by salt sprays, they are a highly underrated product! It will give your hair immediate texture while preserving natural waves. Ever wanted that look your hair had after it dried from a visit to the beach minus the sand? Then this is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

 

 

Braids: Braids are a natural way to accessorize your hair with using what you’ve got and puts a fun spin on regular styles. Whether it be a crown, side braids, or full dutch, you can never go wrong!

 

 

Hair Rings: Hair rings are an uprising trend, it’s as if your hair has it’s own earrings. It can take any dull look and give it an edge, they create interest, and no one ever wears them exactly the same so you are guaranteed a unique look every time.

 





How to have Shiny, Healthy Hair this Summer


The summer heat is amazing for our tans, but not so amazing for our hair. As the air dries up, so does hair. It can be a hassle to keep your hair shiny and healthy throughout these steamy months, as well as finding the time and money to keep upkeeping it. This does not mean it’s impossible to have glossy locks this summer… With just a few steps you can keep your hair glowing all season.

 

Tips on How to Have Shiny Hair this Summer:

 

Hair Masks: Healthy hair requires a ton of hydration. Hair masks can replenish your hair with oils and nutrients that may be lacking from everyday wear. You should apply a mask weekly, using an application of your choice. Various hair masks include sleep in’s, wash in’s and pre-wash in’s.

 

Maintenance: There are a few things you can do between styling your hair that can help maintain the shine and health. Switching out your regular pillowcase for a silk cover will exponentially improve your hair after sleeping. “Many fabrics, like cotton or polyester, absorb moisture and can cause friction and be abrasive to the hair.” Silk will retain the moisture and keep frizziness at bay. Another maintenance tip is to avoid drying your hair with a towel, but rather with an old t-shirt. This is more gentle on the hair cuticle and will cause less damage.

 

Hair Oils: Last not but not least, adding hair oils after styling will give the extra shine and boost your style needs. Heat styling and products can dry out your hair, so finishing with an oil will instantly add moisture and shine to any do’.

 

Keep your hair healthy and glowing this summer! If you follow these steps you’ll be having the Kim Kardashian locks in no time! For your hair treatments and styling contact Caralyn’s, your hair experts.





Perfect Hair for a Perfect Day


Your wedding should be spent enjoying your day and the people around you, not worrying if your hairstyle is still in place. The day of your wedding will be a long one, and all precautions for effortless beauty care should be taken care of! As professional hairstylists, we request a few steps to be taken prior to the hairstyling to ensure a long lasting and beautiful style! They include:

 

Day 2 Hair: While this may be arguable, day 2 hair actually holds style much better. Just-washed hair can hold too much moisture and bounce to fully handle any heat styling that will last. After washing, be sure to leave your hair natural and avoid heat treatments, since it can be difficult to reverse the effects of already heat-styled hair.

 

Product Free: Depending on your hair style, products may be used to keep the look in place such as hairsprays, gels or molding cremes. Coming in with a fully natural head of hair will make it a clean slate for any styling without any danger of over using products.

 

Pictures: A photo speaks a thousand words, and we want to know exactly what you picture for your special look. Coming in prepared will make the process much smoother and faster, so we recommend bringing in as many photos of inspiration as you can, so we can give you the desired look.

 

We want you to look and feel your best on your special day! With proper hair care you can spend the day hassle-free (at least regarding your hair)! Let Caralyn’s, your hair experts, style your look for your wedding!





Short and Sweet


 

 

Going bold and taking a risk with your hair is definitely something everyone should do at least once, and what better way than to chop it off? More and more we are seeing shorter hair cuts for women come into style- take a look at Kim kardashian who chopped off her long locks for the sleek bob. Going short does not always have to be to the extreme buzz cut such as Cara Delevingne’s look. The most popular looks we’ve been seeing are:

 

Lob: The lob is officially everywhere! This look is a cross between long hair and a bob – the perfect medium length. This style looks good virtually every way, with big curls or pin straight locks. Shoulder length hair is no longer a length to dread, but embrace as one of the seasons hottest styles!

 

Inbetweenie: As you may notice, in-between lengths are a trending style, as they tend to be less high maintenance and more relaxed looks. The “inbetweenie” is referring to the grow-out length between a short pixie cut and a bob. This look can be styled in multiple ways, with shaggy bangs or tucked behind the ears. This look can be done up in so many ways and always looks put together.  

 

Slick: Medium or short length, slicking back the hair is a go to, with either a gelled look or simply tucked behind the ears. Slicking your hair back is a gender neutral hairstyle that will rock any look.  

 

Make a change this season and go short! For a fresh start with your hair and style contact Caralyn’s, your hair design experts. 





How to Keep Your Scalp Healthy


 

 

 

If you suffer from dull hair, itchy roots, excess oil or even hair loss, an unhealthy scalp may be the cause! Healthy hair comes form a healthy scalp, so its extremely important to focus your attention on how to take care and maintain a healthy head of hair. At Caralyn’s, we have the best scalp experts, that can help diagnose scalp issues, and what products to use to improve.

 

There are many symptoms of having an unhealthy scalp. To name a few, itching, burning, excessively oily or dry hair and in the worst case, hair loss. Easy ways to improve the health of your scalp at home are:

 

Daily Brushing: Gently brushing your hair is a great way to stimulate your strands and spread excess oils. It will remove any dead flakes up top and prevent clogged hair follicles.

 

Gentle Shampoo: Use a natural, cleansing shampoo and avoid harsh scents and ingredients. Try to shampoo your hair every 2-3 days, rather than every day to avoid stripping your scalp of natural oils.

 

Conditioning: Despite what you heard, conditioning the scalp can actually be beneficial to your hair – especially if your scalp is on the dryer side. Since shampoo is a cleansing product, it will remove any oils, where the conditioner will replace the moisture and return the scalp back to a natural balance.

 

If you are need of more assistance that the regular scalp upkeep, Caralyn’s has a wide array of scalp treatments to further recoup your scalp’s health and get you back on track to healthy, beautiful hair!





Hair Donation Ottawa 2017


We are so excited to be a part of the 7th annual hair donation event at Algonquin College! Every year Hair Donation Ottawa helps the lives of children dealing with illness-related hair loss, by giving them a renewed sense of hope and belonging . Hair Donation Ottawa is a 100% not-for-profit organization that that supports Cancer Research in Ottawa, as well as providing wigs and head scarves to children dealing with hair loss.

 

This weekend come by Algonquin college if you are willing to donate 6+ inches of hair in support of Canadian Cancer research. When donating your hair, you will receive a cut, wash and style from Caralyn’s hair team to thank you for your amazing contribution to a great cause.

 

This is an amazing organization that helps the lives of children everywhere by providing hair treatment options for financially disabled families dealing with horrible illnesses. Create a GLOBAL impact this weekend, by registering as a hair donor and becoming a part of Canadian Cancer research!





Synthetic or Real Hair Wigs?


 

 

We are big wig lovers! Wigs can change and enhance your look as much as you want, as well as provide confidence and self-esteem to anyone who’s in need! At Caralyn’s, we provide both synthetic and real hair wings, as well as styling and maintenance recommendations. If you are having trouble deciding which type is best for you, we provided a list of pros and cons for each:

 

Synthetic Wigs

 

Pros:

1) Holds style. Whether it gets wet, or it’s humid outside, those curls or bounce will stay!

2) Relatively low cost, meaning more options to buy more then one!

3) Easy maintenance, synthetic wigs requires very little daily care.

 

Cons:

1) High shine, which can look slightly unnatural.

2) Cannot change style or colour, since the fibres do not react well to heat or dye.

3) They do not last as long as human wigs.

 

Real Hair Wig

 

Pros:

1) You can style with heated hair tools, allowing you to change up the style daily.

2) Very realistic looking!

3) Versatility in colour, since dying the wig is no problem.

4) Last much longer then any other type of wig.

 

Cons:

1) Cost, real hair wigs are much higher in price.

2) High maintenance. Like real hair, the hair has to be styled, washed and conditioned often.

3) Delicate. Again, like real hair, you have to be careful with heat resistant spray and not damage the ends. 

 

Wigs can change the lives of people for the better! Do your research before you invest in a wig, each will have different needs to suit each person and their personal schedule and abilities. For your wig needs, purchasing, styling and maintenance contact Caralyn’s, your hair experts!





Warmer Shades


 


As the weather warms, the dye jobs get lighter and lighter! Everyone loves a fresh, summery look for the warmer months – preferably something to compliment the tan. Blonde hues are always a favourite for the upcoming season, and it can be a big process! As professional hairdressers, we’ve seen a number of blonde-gone-wrong jobs, and we want everyone to avoid that bleachy mess! Here is how to go from the dark to light the RIGHT way:

 

Pick the right shade: Not every skin tone can fully compliment the platinum blonde look, so it’s so important to know your skin and which under-hues will suit the shade of blonde! For example, lighter skin tones may suit ashy, platinum blonde, while darker shades can be gorgeous with caramel, golden tones. Do your research!

 

Get healthy: Bleaching the hair can cause significant damage, especially if the hair already has heat or colour damage. Be prepared for dryer hair, and work on starting a healthier routine for your new blonde tresses. It may also be a good idea to get a fresh cut to rejuvenate the hair.

 

Start slow: Going blonde often can’t happen in one sitting…especially if your going from black or red! Start with full highlights and work your way up to a solid blonde. This can take up to three separate appointments.

 

Upkeep: As you may know, hair grows fast, and so will your roots. Be sure to do some upkeep, possibly 1-2 months on the roots depending on how fast your hair grows! Be sure to get lightening shampoos to keep the blonde shades in tact, and condition like crazy!

 

We know everyone can rock a blonde dye job, you just have to know how to do it right, and how to upkeep. Here at Caralyn’s, we are here for your full blonde treatment and any upkeep questions or services you may have!





How to Care for Your Dyed Hair


 

Dying your hair is always fun and exciting, as well as a real commitment! The spectrum of colours is just waiting for your hair to embrace, whether you want purple or green, we say do it! You want to be sure once you’ve invested the time and money to get that perfect colour, that it stays properly maintained. That may mean coming in every three months for touch-ups, but there are also many precautions you can take at home to ensure that vibrant colour stays long lasting:

  • Shampoos less. Shampoo can strip the colour and natural oils from the hair. Instead, try to wash your hair between 2-3 times a week. When you do use Shampoo, be sure to purchase the hair colour protection brands.
  • Use less heat on coloured hair when styling, as it is more susceptible to damage. When you do style your hair make sure to use a heat protectant. This also goes for showering; try to rinse your hair with cool water instead of hot.
  • Condition like crazy! Conditioner will lock in the moisture to your treated hair and help retain the colour longer. Before going to bed apply leave-in conditioners as well as applying a deep conditioner mask to your hair weekly.

 

Follow these simple steps for perfectly vibrant hair between each touch up! At Caralyn’s, you hair experts, we believe in using your hair to express yourself, and absolutely love a fun colour job any day!





Beat the Bed Head


Maybe you just got a fresh new blowout, or spent hours perfectly curling your hair, either way, you want to make sure all that time and effort lasts longer then a day! The number one cause for ruining a hairstyle is by not properly caring for it during the sleepy-time hours. Depending on the look or hair type you have there are different ways you should care for your do’ over night, as well as general tips for sleeping.

  • The first recommendation is purchasing silk pillowcases. Silk pillowcases may seem like an unnecessary luxury, but the improvements it will make on your hair will totally be worth it. Cotton pillowcases can strip moisture from the hair while also causing breakage from hair tangling in the fibers while you toss and turn….Also you will feel super glamorous sleeping on silk.

A side note for silk pillowcases: If you just got a new style done and you want to make it last over night, wrapping your hair loosely in a silk scarf will keep in in tack for the morning after.

  • Condition! This may be a given, but applying leave-in conditioner to your locks over night will ensure smooth, radiant hair in the morning!

If you just got a blowout: Applying a small amount of oil treatment over your hair will keep it’s moisture and ensure sleekness for days to come.

  • Put it up! Leaving your hair free while you sleep can be a recipe for disaster. Properly putting up your hair will save its body and definition. Be wary though, putting it in a pony tail will not do it justice, as you will have elastic indents in the morning. To properly pin up your hair set it up in loose curls atop your head using bobby pins or clips.

Don’t just sleep it off, make sure you care for your hair even during the lights out hours. To get a new hairstyle that is worth the care, come to Caralyn’s, your hair experts, as well as proper hair maintenance products and tips.