Posts Tagged ‘ottawa hair professional’


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.





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.





Crazy for Colour!


Baby Blonde

You can feel it in the air…the weather Is warmer and a change is coming! Maybe your hair needs a change too? A new colour is a sure-fire way to give your look the fresh boost it needs, and add that level of confidence for a new season. Here are the spring’s hottest hair colour trends to try out, P.S we’re spying a lot of blonde:

 

Pastel: These gorgeous shades are absolutely perfect for the spring…hello Easter egg vibes! The trend for pastels have tended to lean towards pinks and purples in the past, but this time around anything goes! Think Kanye, with his pastel green, or a cool blue. These shades also go amazing with any skin tone, so get creative and go full on colour!

 

Baby Blonde: This is a super fresh way to do blonde! Relevant to the name, it’s what you would relate to baby doll hair, with lighter than your norm blonde highlights, and a slight yellow undertone.

 

Strawberry Blonde: Think back to our Instagram post about the colour trend “Blorange”, this is along those lines! A warm mix of blondes and pastel tones for the new season.

 

These colours are so gorgeous for the spring and we definitely recommend giving them a go! If you are not one for going blonde, chestnut hues, and ombres are still going strong! For your new colour, contact Caralyn’s, your hair experts!





Power Do’


Styling your hair is all about individuality and representing your self, why not make a statement? The Power Do’ is the next hottest thing when it comes to choosing your personal look. Think blunt edges and bold twists on the classic cuts and styles. These looks are going to make heads turn; here are some of our favourites:

Power Curl

 

The Power Curl

Shows such as Topshop Unique saw models sashay down the catwalk with 80s-inspired cool-girl curls. Don’t forget your ‘power parting’ with this style; the more extreme, the better.

 

Power Cross-over

The Power Crossover

Proof that power styles can also be ultra pretty, we fell head-over-heels for the structured crossover looks at Carolina Herrera.

 

Power Slick

The Power Slick

Wet look hair was everywhere during the SS17 shows. Slicked-back hair screams sexy while giving off a powerful vibe. It’s super easy to recreate, too.

 

Power Fringe

 

The Power Fringe

Fringes were short, sharp and fierce this season. It takes guts to chop your fringe to this length – hence this style exudes coolness and strength.

 

These looks are classic with a modern twist with the bold accents and details. Let your hair represent your confidence and strength with the help of Caralyn’s, your hair experts, and remember…You got the power!





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.





Everything Old is New Again


 

 

 

We’ve been noticing this more and more…everything old is becoming new again, especially when it comes to hairstyles. As one can see in our most recent Instagram posts, we love bringing back the old with a bangin’ new twist! We know Cher hair and the 90’s grunge half knot has gained popularity, but what about our guy cuts? Turns out the throwback cuts are back for gentlemen as well, these are some of our favs:

 

Texture on Top: “In 2017, we’ll see men keeping the sides of their hair short and creating the top as the main focal point, embracing longer, more textured styles on top,” says Stelios Nicolaou, Aveda’s master barber.

 

Long Cuts: “We’re going to continue to see longer hairstyles take prominence among men, as catwalks hint heavily towards ‘Mick Jagger’ swagger,” says Alex Glover, master barber at Murdock at Hackett King Street.

 

Ultimate Throwback Cut: Part of this revival is the divisive centre-parting. “Parted brow-length fringes are already coming into high demand,” says Glover. Think less Nick Carter, more The Mummy-era Brendan Fraser.

 

Colour: If you’re looking for something that leaves an impression, but helps you keep your job, try getting your hair bleached – either white blonde or a more grungy, Kurt Cobain-inspired straw blonde.

 

So if you dig the vintage look, whatever era, you are sure to be “in stye”. Contact Caralyn’s, your hair design experts, to get any of these old yet new styles perfected!





Brushing Basics


 

Portrait of a young woman brushing her hair --- Image by © A. Chederros/Onoky/Corbis

 

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.





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.