Posts Tagged ‘hair care’


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!





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.





To Wash, or Not to Wash?


 

 

 

 

 

Washing your hair seems like a given when it comes to maintaining your hair health, yet we keep hearing about people who have given up washing their hair completely…Crazy right? Turns out, the less you wash your hair the less you’ll have to. Over time, the scalp will stop producing as much oil as it would when it is completely stripped of the natural oils from Shampoos. This to say, everybody has different needs when it comes to shampooing depending on their hair type:

 

1.Thin, Fine Hair

 

Fine hair can easily feel weighed down by too much oil. To make sure your fine hair is always looking at its best, wash your hair every day to every other day.

 

2. Thick, Straight Hair

 

Thick, straight hair can usually start to look oily on the second or third day. Wash your hair with a system that helps moisturize and give shine without the weigh-down.

 

3. Thick, Wavy Hair

 

Wavy hair is usually a bit drier than straight hair. A good rule of thumb for wavy hair is to use a system that enhances your natural texture while adding a bit of moisture so it doesn’t frizz out.

4. Curly Hair

 

Curly hair is the driest of all the different hair types. Because of its spirals, oil from the scalp can’t work its way down, leaving the ends drier than straighter hair types. Depending on just how curly your hair is, you may not need to fully shampoo your hair as often.

5. Damaged Hair

 

For severely damaged hair, your locks can use all the moisture it can handle. Avoid further drying and stressing damaged hair out by washing as infrequently as you can manage, or when your locks start to look and feel greasy.

 

Get to know your hair type so you can properly care for it the best you can…and even possibly skip out on the shampoo hassle every once and awhile! For all your hair care needs, contact Caralyn’s, your hair experts.





New Year’s Eve Hairstyles


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You’ve got your outfit, party plans and the special person you plan to ring the new year in with, but are still unsure about what to do with your hair…well, fear not! New year’s eve may be only days away but we’re here to help.

For a great memorable look to get the new year off to a bright start consider trying one of these great styles:

All-Over Curl

Springy spirals are flirty, fun and perfect for the NYE party scene.

Mini Zig Zag Part

Make your favourite childhood hair trend feel totally 2017 by creating an angled part just in your bangs.

Knotted Braid

To dupe this twisted look, make one massive braid starting three inches above your ear, sweeping it around the back into a knotted bun. Then, pull out the layers in your braid for next level texture.”

Regardless of the style you choose make sure that you surround yourself with people you love and will help you create the brightest 2017 possible!





Hair Trends for 2017


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2016 has been a year filled with with many surprises (both good and bad), but at this time of year it’s important to live in the moment and be present with your friends and family during the holiday season. However, since 2017 is just around the corner it never hurts to start looking ahead and planning for the year to come.

When it comes to hair trends there are already some things that you may want to consider to be a trendsetter in 2017, and they include:

Glitter Roots
Glitter is good. But let’s be honest—too much glitter is a huge problem. That’s why glitter roots have a special place in our hearts. It’s like a party without all the drama. For the best effect, pair with double-braids or -buns.

Side Braid
The side braid is the tour de force of braids. It’s elevated but with a hint of casual, making it the best look for almost every occasion.

The Lob
We’ve said it a million times, but this year was practically buck wild with lobs. And there’s more than one way to wear them. From layered and wispy to blunt and two-toned, lobs were the real MVP’s of 2016.”

For the best in these styles and many others make sure to visit Caralyn’s, your Ottawa hair design specialist.





Top Styles for Grey Haired Gentlemen


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Everyone’s hair is different; some have thicker more fuller locks, while others may have hair which is a bit thinner. In either case it’s more so about how you take care of the hair you have (meaning consulting with your Ottawa hair design professional and determining the best way to keep it as healthy as possible).

Grey hair is another category of which people’s follicles are placed into, but it doesn’t have to be a symbol of advanced age as it once was. Grey hair can occur at any age and should be embraced and carried proudly. I’m sure there are some that may disagree with that, but just know that grey is here to stay! But like any other hair type, proper styling will help to achieve a desired look. Here are some great hairstyles for the grey haired gentleman who wants to look his best:

The Classic Side Part

A classic chop, regardless of whether your hair is dark as night or white as new-fallen snow, the side-part can work for any guy, regardless of age.

The Short Chop

Just because you’re older, doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun — especially if your locks are thinning. In fact, for guys whose once-thick hair has now started to scatter, adding a touch of playful choppy texture to a shorter cut can actually make a mane look fuller.

The Messy Sweep

Some guys like to embrace the dad vibes that grey hair inherently gives off. Others, well, they’d rather not. If you fall into the latter camp, then a head full of messed-up locks might be for you. The key here? Once again, texture. But this time, also length and a light styling cream. Taken all together, you’ll get a mop that’s both roguish and dignified, just like the man growing it.’

Regardless of the style you decide upon, always love your locks and choose a design that serves to enhance your own unique and personal style.





Maintaining Professionally Applied Hair Colour


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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.





Second Day Hair


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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.





Pumpkin Spiced Hair


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‘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.