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How Festival Looks Will Inspire Your Summer

Top-Knot Buns

Braided Parts

I think it’s safe to say festival season can bring out the wackiest trends out of hiding, for both fashion and hair. On the other hand, this is one of the leading sources of inspiration for cool, chic summer hairstyles. Let’s check out which festival do’s are going to be making appearances this season:


Club Kid Buns: Everywhere you looked this festival season, were the funky top-knot buns! There were so many variations of the top-knot such as pigtails and Princess Leia buns. This look wins for best festival hairstyle…it’s cute and practical to dance the night away plus keep cool in the heat!


Bedazzled Hair Parts: Who just parts their hair anymore? No way…Nowadays the hair part is just an extra opportunity to get creative! Festival hairstyles shown glittered & braided parts, adding that detail to a hairstyle.


Colours of the Rainbow: Colours everywhere! From the looks of it, the pastel hues are here to stay. Hairstyles showed bits and pieces of coloured locks in pinks and blue hues, twisted into buns or ponytails. Some people even went full on colour with a wig, such as Kylie Jenner at Coachella and her rockin’ green look.


While we may not be sporting these crazy styles everyday, we can certainly take bits and pieces into our every day look to stand out this coming season! Here at Caralyn’s, we love an awesome colour job or a hair style to challenge us and let us work out our creativity! For your summer look, come to Caralyn’s, your hair experts.

Tips For The Best Hair Growth


As children the one thing we can’t wait to do is grow up in order to be able to do more and have greater control over you life.However, the older one gets the more apparent it becomes that children are the ones that truly have it made! It’s important to enjoy your youth and live every day to the fullest.

For most people, the hair on your head is a part of the body where rapid growth is always welcome. Here are some great tips that will help stimulate more healthy hair growth.

“Brush your hair with care
Constant brushing can cause physical harm to your hair.When you detangle wet hair, be sure to start from the bottom and work your way up.

Flip your hair upside down
This is one of the most popular tricks to promote faster hair growth. Just flip your hair upside down, brush full strokes slowly several times with a wide tooth comb. It is believed to work by improving circulation.

Massage your scalp
Massaging promotes blood flow to the scalp, which in turn stimulates the hair follicles. In addition, deep condition your hair once a week with a hot oil treatment or deep conditioning hair mask. Massage the scalp to stimulate the roots to grow.

Trimming it
Although getting regular trims to snip splits won’t make your hair actually grow faster, it will keep tips looking healthy and prevent splits from working their way up strands, requiring you to chop hair off more often. You should get a hairdresser to chop up to an inch off your hair every 10-12 weeks to prevent split ends.”

Make sure to visit Caralyn’s, the best in Ottawa hair design.

The Right Short Hair Style for your Face

Happy young woman in black dress and pearls

Hair doesn’t make the person, the person makes the hair. As confusing as that may sound, what it means is that who you are and your personality are what make you special, and your hair is the icing on the cake. The amount of hair you have is also something that some may find limiting when it comes to hairstyles that can be achieved. It’s important to know that whether your hair is long or short, there are many style options available to you.

Here are some short hairstyles that are perfect for particular face types to create the ultimate style.

If you have a Heart-Shaped face

“The most flattering styles for this face shape will have some length around the face. Think Michelle Williams in the Louis Vuitton adverts. It’s a short cut, but there’s length to play so it becomes quite versatile and can be styled in a variety of different ways.”

If your face is round

“Katie Holmes is a great example of how to style short hair with a round face shape. Keep the length just below the jawline or below.”

For an oval face

“Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley are great examples of how to make short hair work on an oval face shape. The trick is to give it plenty of texture and to make sure there is some height at the roots.”

For those with a square face

“With a square face shape don’t style the hair onto or over the face because the most flattering style will show off your cheekbones and jawline. Think Cameron Diaz and Natalie Portman.”

Regardless of the shape of your face, your Ottawa hairstylist will be able to give you a look that is flattering and unique to your personal style.

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!

Free Hair Prosthesis trial until Oct.30.2013


 We are so confident you will love your new hair

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Team JennGen does it again!


Team GenJenn at the Epic Walk





Well ladies ( sorry gentlemen this one’s for the ladies)…



Our girls Genevieve and Jennifer hit the streets for the 30 km walk for women’s cancers. They raised $2000.00 and walked for all of our clients, friends and family who have been affected by womens cancer.



This event is truly inspirational and we encourage everyone to sign up for the Epic Walk for Womens Cancers.


Until Next year!



It’s finally here…. Capilia Caralyn’s Online Store!




We wanted to create a store to make our exclusive brands more accessible to our clients throughout the city and beyond. Your online shopping cart can include:



–  Capilia Terapo Medik products

– Terapo daily use products

– Capilia Hair Replacement/ Wig care

– Kamitek Hair Microfibers

– Bioplant Body wash






 Give us your feedback on Facebook so that we can expand to include what you want!


Angel Hair for Kids Fundraiser SUCCESS!

 Melanie contacted us wanting to give back. She had been growing her hair for quite some time and decided she wanted to donate it. During her research she realized that most of the foundations were American .









Melanie works for the public service and every year they encourage their employees to donate to a charitable cause, Melanie wanted to bring awareness to this cause.






"ready to donate"



We met with Melanie one afternoon downtown at Starbucks and discussed her “vision”. She wanted to have her head shaved in front of all her co workers and raise money for her hair donation in Ottawa.


… A few months later the event happened and we all gathered downtown for a wonderful experience …. That day we cut 13.5 inches of beautiful long brown hair.


Melanie also raised $730.00 for her hair donation .  




We are so happy to have helped Melanie with this wonderful donation. If you or anyone you know would like to set up a hair donation in Ottawa please contact us at 613-224-7206.  We would be happy to provide all the details on how we can help make your fundraiser a success!