Posts Tagged ‘ottawa hair stylist’


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. 





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!





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.





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!


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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!





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.