Posts Tagged ‘hair design services’


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. 





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.





Brushing Basics


 

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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!





Halloween Hairstyles


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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:

Cleopatra

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.

Zombie

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.





Sweat and Hair Maintenance


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Sweating is something that everyone does (and is supposed to). It’s a result of the body’s internal cooling system to keep us from over heating whenever body temperature is elevated as a result of exercise, physical activity or otherwise. It’s normal and healthy, but it can sometimes affect the look of your hair.

As we move closer toward summer weather with each passing day the chances of increased temperatures that may have an effect on your hair (and body as a whole) also increases. You may not be able to control Mother Nature, but you can most definitely minimize the effects that her heat and sweat by product causes to your hair. Here are some great tips to sweat proof your hair:


“Stop Messing With It

You know that habit of tousling your hair that pops up when you get nervous? Well, frankly, it’s only making your frizz situation worse, especially as the weather gets ever more sweaty. So for the time being, cut it out.


Fine-Tune Your Shampoo Routine

Are your locks prone to frizz at even the slightest hint of moisture? Then you need to make sure that you’re not doing anything to exacerbate the issue. Step one: recalibrating how often you wash your hair. Shampooing too often will strip your stands of natural oils, making them even more susceptible to sweat-related insanity. On the flip side, not washing enough will leave your hair looking greasy, a sight made only worse by perspiration. So figure out your happy middle ground, and stick to it.

Treat Your Curls Right
When it comes to their hair being affected by moisture, curly maned men unfortunately have it a lot worse than their straight and wavy-haired counterparts. Without the proper attention, perspiration can make a ringlet-filled mop can go from Kit Harington to Carrot Top in an instant.”

Sweat is inevitable so knowing the best way to manage it well help keep your hair looking it’s best. Make sure to visit your Ottawa hair stylist regularly and keep up with hair maintenance in between appointments.