Posts Tagged ‘hair growth’


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!





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.





Look as Young as you Feel


 

 

At Caralyn’s we truly believe in caring for your skin and appearance at all ages, and by all means, as naturally as possible! While we carry amazing skin rejuvenation products, we also have our fleet of talented stylists who can do the job just as well. A new cut or style can take years off a person by accentuating certain attributes of a face! Here are some youthful hairstyle ideas:

 

1) Highlights to hide crow’s feet: light flushes of highlights are a great way to brighten facial features, and take the emphasis of lines or wrinkles!

 

2) Thickening cut to fill out face: Thickening the hair can be a youthful look that accentuates the jaw line and adds body to your style.

 

3) Bob: The bob is an amazing haircut to liven up a look. Forget the drab shoulder length style that’s been weighing you down and add some angles to make your face more symmetrical!

 

4) Waves or Curls: Adding waves to a haircut will add volume and body to your hair.

 

Make your hair look just as young as you feel! For a new cut or style to freshen up your look and get you the boost you need, contact Caralyn’s, your hair experts.





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.





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.





Hair Benefits of Castor Oil


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In order to keep your hair looking and feeling it’s best it’s imperative to keep it clean on a regular basis and also to visit your Ottawa hair salon to have a professional stylist trim any dead ends to help stimulate new growth and inspect your scalp.

Besides all of the natural hair treatments and products that your stylist may recommend or use on your hair, there’s one that you should be using at home that can truly offer some great benefits and that’s castor oil. Here are some of those benefits:

Enhances the natural look of your hair
Castor oil can enhance the look and feel of your hair, making it look both thicker and richer. Locking in moisture, this oil is what’s known as a humectant, making each strand of hair look that much healthier. After you shower and towel dry your hair, apply a small amount of slightly warmed castor oil, working it into the strands of your hair.

Balance scalp pH
Ricinoleic acid has been found to potentially help balance scalp pH, replenishing natural oils and promoting positive hair health. In turn, this can help undo some of the damage that has been caused by harsh hair products. When the pH of your scalp is either too alkaline or too acidic, this can lead to bacterial or fungal issues, an itching scalp and dandruff.

Supports hair growth
There have been many cases where individuals swear by castor oil for hair growth, helping to enhance the growth rate. When applied to the scalp, this oil penetrates deep into the pores of your hair follicles, providing nourishment. Work around three tablespoons of castor oil into your scalp. Leave it on for 20 minutes before washing it out with an all-natural shampoo.”

Make sure to visit Caralyns, your Ottawa hair design professional for the best in hair styling and scalp assessments to promote optimal hair growth and health.





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.





Tips For The Best Hair Growth


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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 Evolution of Hair


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The way that hairstyles have evolved over time is pretty remarkable. As we continue to progress through time however, hair will continue to grow and change. The only difference is that sometimes hair can stop growing altogether, or grow in different ways than we have become accustomed to.

The beautiful part of modern technology is that they are always seeking to improve or completely remedy current situations that are causing issues for people. The growth of new skin that starts in a lab that has oil glands and is able to grow hair is a perfect example of where technology and modern medicine is headed. “For the first time, researchers have coaxed a primordial ball of cells into a multi-layered, transplantable patch of skin, sporting hair follicles and functioning glands.

The mouse-based study, published in Science Advances, brings scientists closer to pulling off the feat in humans, which would provide synthetic skin grafts that could treat burn victims and patients with various skin diseases. Researchers have been getting better and better and recreating tissues in lab—but for skin, they had gotten stuck at making simplified versions. Fully functioning skin includes three layers: the epidermis, an outermost protective layer that is mostly waterproof; the elastic dermis layer that gives skin flexibility as well as housing oil and sweat glands, hair follicles, nerve endings, and blood vessels; and the subcutaneous fatty layer that provides padding and insulation.”

Once perfected, the possibilities for something like this can truly be endless. For the present, the best way to ensure that your hair is growing in the most healthy way possible is to visit your Ottawa hair salon. A certified stylist will be able to give your hair and scalp a thorough inspection and help to ensure that you look and feel your best.