Posts Tagged ‘hair health’


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.





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.





How to Make Your Hair Look Younger


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We as a people are obsessed with aging..more so, how to reverse its affects in order to look and feel as young as possible. Firstly, it’s important to embrace aging as it means that you have life and have been living it. Secondly, looking your best is something that everyone wants (or should) to achieve, however most people aren’t going about doing it in the most effective way.

Your input will determine your output; good health practices which include eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and regular exercising will help to keep your body looking it’s best..but, what about your hair? Keeping your hair looking youthful is important too! Here are a few tips to make your hair look as youthful as you feel:

What makes a good modern, youthful hair cut?
‘One that doesn’t require lots of madame-y blow-drying,’ says Concalves. As one of the best stylists in the world, he tends to rough-dry as he goes along. Never blow-dry from wet. That’s bad for hair health. ‘Focus on the areas you want to define, rather than on creating an entire head of big hair. If you have a fringe, start there and see where you need to go next. Use your fingers to tweak hair at strategic points that flatter your face and only go for volume where it’s sustainable.’ A great cut takes note of your dress and your personality.

How long is long enough – time wise – to spend on your hair?
‘There’s long-term maintenance,’ says trichologist Annabel Kingsley, ‘and the daily kind’. Depending on thickness and length, you should be able to style your hair in as little as 10-15 minutes, including drying. Tonging takes longer, but fashionable tousled waves can be easily achieved on all but very long tresses, by wrapping your hair round your fingers or a narrow spiral brush, as you dry.”

For the best in modern and youthful hair designs make sure to visit Caralyn’s, your Ottawa hair design specialist!





Hair Tips Not to Brush Off




We tend to get caught up in only putting our focus toward the steps necessary to achieve something; outlining a plan and following it explicitly is the usual course of action. However, sometimes knowing what not to do is just as important as what to do itself. In fact, in can help to streamline the overall process in order to reach your achievement that much faster.

When it comes to hair styling and maintaining your hair, regularly visiting your Ottawa hair stylist should always be a part of your regimen, but you’d be surprised what a top hairstylist has recommended shouldn’t be. “According to power hairdresser George Northwood, we’re actually shooting ourselves in the foot by brushing our hair. Speaking to Vogue , George explained his reasoning.
‘Never, ever brush in the morning. For one thing it leads to frizz, and secondly, there’s always an element of mechanical damage. Use your fingers and you’ll be able to feel out any tangles’.”

He also suggests to “Sleep with your hair in a bun at the nape of you neck, pinned to keep it secure.
Then, when you take it out in the morning you should simply work a little oil through it and run a brush over it just the once.”
Of course, everything is ultimately dependent on many factors ,with the main one being your particular hair type. At Caralyn’s we’ll give your hair and scalp a thorough assessment in order to determine the best way to keep your hair looking and feeling it’s best.





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.





Giving Your Hair the Cold Shoulder


 

Fall is here, which means that the temperature outside has begun to dip (albeit mainly just in the mornings and evenings, for now). For many Canadians dealing with extreme weather and how quickly it can change is nothing new..we’re built for this! The one place however that we can really control the temperature outcome is in the shower and research has shown that taking a cold shower has many health benefits, including improving your hair.

“When it comes to hair and skin, one of the most natural ways to maintain your appearance is with cold showers. Hot water has the tendency to dry out our skin, so it’s best to use cold water to tighten your cuticles and pores, which will prevent them from getting clogged. Cold water can “seal” the pores in the skin and scalp too, preventing dirt from getting in. Jessica Krant, board-certified dermatologist, told The Huffington Post that ice-cold or lukewarm water can help our skin and prevent it from being stripped of its healthy natural oils too quickly. Remember, cold water only temporarily tightens skin as it constricts blood flow, but it does not shrink pores. When it comes to haircare, cold showers can make hair appear shinier, stronger, and healthier by flattening hair follicles, and increasing their ability to grip the scalp.”

Shampooing, conditioning and rinsing in a cold shower alone will not make for perfect hair, but as part of a healthy regimen that includes regular visits to your Ottawa hair salon for trims to get rid of dead ends and help to stimulate new growth, the possibilities are endless.





Preventing Head Lice


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It’s not something that anyone wants to think of having or having to dealing with, but head lice is a real issue. Seeing as how head lice usually affects more children than anyone else (and back to school is just around the corner) it seemed like the perfect time to have a conversation about it and what can be done to safeguard yourself and family.

Here are some important tips for lice prevention:

Get checked. Lice can commonly occur in schools or summer camps. If your school or camp doesn’t give out regular checks, ask the nurse for one every once in a while. If the nurse is unavailable, schedule an appointment with your child’s general practitioner to check for lice.

Know the symptoms. As you might know, lice are little and can be white, brown, or dark gray. They’re most common around the ears and the back of the neck, and feed off of human blood. They are much more noticeable on darker-coloured hair.
The most common symptom of head lice is itchiness in and around the back of the neck. In many children, lice don’t produce any symptoms until weeks or months after they’ve moved in. For this reason, it’s important to do regular visual check-ups with a fine-toothed comb in order to spot an infestation as early as possible. Doctors recommend combing for lice after the child has taken a bath/shower, while their hair is still wet.

Be aware of lice carriers. Obviously, although lice are irksome, they’re not to be avoided like an infectious disease. Instead, be aware of anyone who may have had lice or is being treated. Knowledge is power.”

Prevention is better than a cure, so use this information to keep your scalp and hair and the scalps and hairs of your family as safe and healthy as possible.





Historical Hair Straightening Don’ts


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If you don’t learn from the past, history is doomed to repeat itself. We all get older, but in order to get wiser as we age it’s important to learn from errors we may have made. Sometimes those errors could be due to a lack of knowledge about something because of limited information available at the time…other times, negligence. In either case, proper education is the saving grace for moving forward.

When it comes to the straightening of hair there have been many methods and techniques to achieve the look, some good and some bad. Today’s focus is on the bad; by examining the worst it’s more easily identifiable and avoidable for the present and future. Here are some hair straightening methods that should NOT be repeated, as documented by someone who lived to tell the tail:

Rarely Use Heat Protection
Heat protection was for wimps whose hair was never quite poker straight. If you wanted the straightest mane in the land, you didn’t bother with it at all. If only I knew the harsh, damaging reality.

Using a Clothing Iron
The process was simple: You turned on your household clothing iron, waited for it to heat up, laid your head on the ironing board, and used the clothing iron to flatten your hair. The safest — I use the term very loosely — way to do this was to get a friend to help you. But the entire event was just an accident waiting to happen.


Clamp Straighteners for Too Long
My adolescent mind believed that the longer I clamped my straighteners down on my hair, the straighter it would be. I thankfully chickened out when it started to steam — otherwise I may have burned my locks off.”

To keep your hair always looking and feeling it’s best make sure to consult with your Ottawa hair stylist directly as they will be able to guide you toward whatever hairstyle you desire by using methods aimed at preserving the overall health of your hair and scalp.





Summer Haircare Tips


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There’s nothing better than summer; beautiful weather, good times with friends and family, barbecues and the list can go on and on. The only problem? It’s not long enough! All that means however is to truly make the most out of the summer season while it’s here.

In order to keep your body properly protected while enjoying the summer sun it’s imperative to wear the proper clothing and to use sunscreen. The hair on your head and scalp also need to be properly protected as well. Here are some great tips to ensure your hair can maintain it’s summer sheen.

Non Color Treated Hair-Prevent and Condition…Before jumping into the pool or ocean, protect your hair. If you don’t have hair color or highlights, the simplest way to do this is to wet your hair. Even just plain tap water will help minimize damage from minerals and chlorine.

Detangle…Whether you have color treated hair or not, be sure to have the tools you will need to Detangle your hair. The very best way to do this is with a Wet Brush. Spritz on a good lightweight conditioning spray and start detangling from the bottom.

Protect your hair every day, even when you are not enjoying outdoor activities. Look for products that are not only Color Safe but also UV safe as well. This is the closest hair products get to providing sunscreen for the hair.’

By visiting Caralyn’s, your Ottawa hair care professional you’ll be able to keep your hair and scalp as healthy as possible, this summer and always.