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How to have Shiny, Healthy Hair this Summer

The summer heat is amazing for our tans, but not so amazing for our hair. As the air dries up, so does hair. It can be a hassle to keep your hair shiny and healthy throughout these steamy months, as well as finding the time and money to keep upkeeping it. This does not mean it’s impossible to have glossy locks this summer… With just a few steps you can keep your hair glowing all season.


Tips on How to Have Shiny Hair this Summer:


Hair Masks: Healthy hair requires a ton of hydration. Hair masks can replenish your hair with oils and nutrients that may be lacking from everyday wear. You should apply a mask weekly, using an application of your choice. Various hair masks include sleep in’s, wash in’s and pre-wash in’s.


Maintenance: There are a few things you can do between styling your hair that can help maintain the shine and health. Switching out your regular pillowcase for a silk cover will exponentially improve your hair after sleeping. “Many fabrics, like cotton or polyester, absorb moisture and can cause friction and be abrasive to the hair.” Silk will retain the moisture and keep frizziness at bay. Another maintenance tip is to avoid drying your hair with a towel, but rather with an old t-shirt. This is more gentle on the hair cuticle and will cause less damage.


Hair Oils: Last not but not least, adding hair oils after styling will give the extra shine and boost your style needs. Heat styling and products can dry out your hair, so finishing with an oil will instantly add moisture and shine to any do’.


Keep your hair healthy and glowing this summer! If you follow these steps you’ll be having the Kim Kardashian locks in no time! For your hair treatments and styling contact Caralyn’s, your hair experts.

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!

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.

The Link Between Healthy Hair & Diet


Healthy options always yield healthier results, it truly is that simple. When you make the decision to live a healthier lifestyle it means that you are taking the right steps toward being the best possible version of yourself.

The hair on your head is an amazing tell when it comes to how your body is responding to the current diet you may be on. Here are some of the signs that your hair and scalp can give you.

‘Dry, brittle and dull hair
Iron or essential fatty acid deficiencies can lead to dry and brittle hair, and can be addressed with milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs and nutritional yeast. You should also be cautious of excessive high-protein diets, which can cause a thick, coarse and wiry texture.

Dry scalp
A flaky scalp can point to a lack of essential fatty acids in the diet and can appear in times of stress. Sometimes a flaky scalp can be linked to an underlying skin disorder – such as psoriasis – which may need treatment. Up the good fats – nuts, seeds, oily fish, avocados – in your diet.’

In order to achieve a scalp and head of hair that is stronger and healthier make sure your diet is rich with items such as fresh fruit and vegetables, avocados, seaweed and nuts and seeds. Make sure to consult with a stylist from Ottawa’s hair design salon Caralyn’s to ensure your head is on track to be as healthy as it could and should be.

Coffee and Hair Health


Most people can’t start the day without a cup of coffee. Whether it’s just a part of their routine or they need a little pick me up, coffee can be just what you need to get you motivated to take on the day. However, coffee has more benefits than just being consumed as a beverage.

“Caffeine also has some benefits for the hair; it promotes growth. Here are ways in which coffee benefits hair when topically applied:

Hair loss treatment: No woman likes to lose their hair as this even affects their self-confidence. Caffeine in coffee is great for hair. When a topical application is done on the hair or scalp, it finds its way to the roots and stimulates them.

Hair growth: Coffee stimulates the hair roots by improving its structure and growth. Caffeine can thus restore hair growth and/or prevent hair loss.

Manageable hair: Coffee brew can be used to detangle the hair; it makes the hair shaft stronger and smoother, making it easier to manage while giving it a natural sheen.

Hair mask: Coffee can also be used on hair as hair mask. A tablespoon of honey and olive oil each then add two teaspoons of coffee powder. Make a smooth paste then apply to the hair. Leave it on for about half an hour then rinse it off.”

Before you start pouring your morning java all over your head, make sure to consult with your Ottawa hairstylist and see if these caffeine treatments are the the best move for your particular head of hair.

Achieving Healthier Hair through Diet




Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is a statement that gets said a lot, but what does it really mean? How beauty is perceived is based on a set of standards and opinions formed on an individual basis. That means that how one person views beauty is different from how someone else would view it. Hair is a part of the body in which beauty is usually measured by. The style, colour, length and fullness of a head of hair can greatly affect how someone is perceived (although it shouldn’t, but this is the reality we live in).


Achieving the perfect head of hair has been an elusive thing for many people. There are those who are lucky enough to be born with great hair genes, and those who may need a little help in that area, but whether your hair is naturally full and thick, or you are experiencing some hair loss or thinning, visiting your Ottawa hair salon on a regular basis is always the smartest first step. Your hairstylist will be able to provide you with an assessment of your hair’s current state, and provide you with the best styling techniques to maintain the hair you have and stimulate new hair growth.


The next step is awareness of what you’re putting into your body. Our personal diets not only affect our bodies as a whole, but the health of our hair is affected as well. Unfortunately many of us do not get the full requirement of vitamins and nutrients needed for our bodies to work at an optimal level. Keratin (the key structural component that makes up hair and nails) is made up largely of the single amino acid cysteine. The best way to improve the keratin proteins of your hair is to have a diet rich in foods that contain cysteine such as: broccoli, oats, egg yolks and red peppers. There are many other foods that can help provide the necessary vitamins needed to stimulate more hair growth such as: pumpkin seeds, green beans and spinach.


Eating a properly balanced diet is a very important part of hair growth, but it definitely isn’t the only thing that is necessary to promote long and lustrous locks. Make sure you consult with your Ottawa hairstylist about the best ways they can help you achieve the most beautiful and healthy hair possible.