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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.

Hairstyles for Autumn Weddings


Autumn tends to be a favourite month for many (and for good reason): the weather is usually comfortably cool and the changing of the colour of the leaves is a true treat for the eyes. It is also a great time for weddings as the beautiful yellow, orange, red and brown make for beautiful backdrops for photos.

Summer weddings are always beautiful (as long as mother nature decides to cooperate with you on your big day) but Fall weddings have been steadily gaining in popularity over time. The dip in temperature can sometimes create challenges that wouldn’t necessarily exist during the summer, but also new opportunities that may not have been possible during the summer as well. The fall months are also a great time to try out some special hairstyles for the big day. Some of those styles in question include:

Bride/Bridesmaid updo – traditional updo style, but with some added flare from braiding parts of the hair.

Half up/half down style – this style includes a double braid and is a great choice for the cooler months as it provides the neck with some added warmth.

Floral hairpiece/hair clips– adding a floral hairpiece/hair clip not only looks great, but it helps ensure that everything stays in place, especially if it happens to be a windy day.

There are many other styles of which to choose from and it’s important to consider such factors as current length of hair and particular styles options that you think would best compliment you and your wedding attire. A consultation with your Ottawa hair stylist will ensure that you are able to get the right style for your big day.

Spring Hair Trends


The weather has been very back and forth (it is Ottawa, however!) but we can safely say that Spring is finally here. What does Spring mean to you? To many it means rebirth and newness and to others it means a lot of rain. Both are correct, and rain is necessary to help facilitate new growth. Spring also provides new opportunities to try out different hairstyles.

Here are some of the top hair trends for 2016 that you may want to try out this season.

Braids: Frontals are also good to use to do the 2 braid look, that is so hot right now! There are many different braiding options out there to not only protect your style but simplify your routine. The Goddess Braid, Fish Tail or the simple Cornrows or “Box Braids”are some examples.

Frontal Installations: A frontal ensures that no hair is left out while wearing it. Many celebrities use frontals and closure pieces to change the style and color of their hair, at the same time, maintaining the health of it. When properly applied, frontals look very realistic giving the appearance of a natural hair line. However, just like color, if it is not done by a licensed professional, you run the risk of damaging your hair or possibly suffering from alopecia or balding around your edges.

The Top Knot Bun: This simple and sleek style can take you from day to night. The ease of achieving this look makes you feel like you never want to give it up. Hair Extensions can be incorporated with the top knot bun by taking a bundle, cutting up the tracks to the desired length and wrapping it around your pony tail until you get the desired shape for your look.”

The best way to achieve these awesome Spring styles is to visit your Ottawa hair salon and have a professional hairstylist make it happen for you. Not only will they be able to execute it in the right way but they will also be able to provide tips to help keep that particular style looking its best for longer.

Wet vs. Dry Haircuts

Woman getting a haircut

When you take pride in your look and individual unique style, going to the hair salon for regular trims/maintenance an essential part of crafting your look. For the most part the experience at the salon is usually the same (or should be) when it comes to how you are treated and the attention they give your hair. However, when it comes to techniques of individual stylists, things can vary which is a good thing because it creates the possibility of many different hair style creations.

There are of course the main techniques that all hairstylists are taught when they go through their initial schooling, but the different techniques that a stylist can develop over time can help them create new styles to the benefit of their clients. A particular styling type that is gaining steam in the hair industry is dry cutting. “Dry cuts create a more individual look,” says Javier of the lesser-used practice that bypasses the washing and blow-drying process common to most salons. When you cut wet hair it becomes more of a technical thing. When you do it dry, you can see what you need to change. You can see the texture. And it’s not as time-consuming. Offering dry cuts allows me to open the salon up to more people; I realized I’d been missing out on some of the young, cool, inspiring women out there. The method makes for a perfect low-maintenance option for spring, according to Javier. “You might blow-dry it if you’re going to an event,” he says, “but two days later, it’ll still have a certain ease.””

Seeing as how Spring is now upon us, this may be the time to try out a dry cut. Consult with your Ottawa hair salon and find out if a dry cut is the right move for your hair.

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.

Dandruff Remedies




Properly maintaining your hair is something that takes effort on the part of the hairstylist (if you are someone who has your hair regularly professionally maintained) and the individual who’s hair is being maintained in the first place. Anytime you give something the proper attention it deserves (hair or otherwise) you will see the desired results.


When it comes to something like dandruff, there are many products that exist that are meant to get rid of it quickly, however everyone’s scalp and hair is different. Depending on how severe the case of dandruff is, a consultation with your Ottawa hairstylist may be in order.


Here are some tips to help you keep your scalp clean and keep dandruff at bay.


“1. Baking soda: Wet your hair and then rub a handful of baking soda, massaging it into the scalp. Rinse thoroughly, using a mild shampoo. Baking soda will counter the growth of overactive fungi and leave you with a cleaner mane.

2. Aspirin: What makes this work? A special substance called salicylic acid that also forms an essential ingredient in a host of medicated anti-dandruff shampoos. For freedom from dandruff, crush two aspirin tablets to a fine powder and add it your shampoo. Apply this solution and leave it for a minute or two and then rinse thoroughly.

3. Mouthwash: Surprised? Don’t be because it really works. Try mouthwash for that dash of freshness and much needed respite from dandruff. First, wash your hair with regular shampoo and then give it a final rinse with an alcohol-based mouthwash. Its anti-fungal properties will inhibit the growth of dandruff-producing yeast and leave you with shiny hair. Don’t forget to use a conditioner.

4. Salt: The abrasive quality of salt can work wonders. Just sprinkle some salt directly on to your scalp. Then, massage it using circular motions like you would with a scrub. This will cleanse the scalp and leave it spic and span, ready to be shampooed as usual.

5. Garlic: Barring the pungent smell, this is one of the best ways to beat dandruff. Its potent anti-fungal properties can fight dandruff like nothing else. To cut the odour, you can mix crushed garlic with honey. Apply this paste liberally on to the scalp before shampooing.”


These home remedies are a great way to combat dandruff and keep your hair looking it’s best. When paired with regular visits to your Ottawa hair salon to have a stylist examine your scalp and cut and style your hair, you will have the healthiest scalp and head of hair possible.

Winter Hairstyles



It may be a new year, but we’re still experiencing the same frigid weather that we left 2015 with, and chances are that it will only get colder as delve deeper into winter. On the bright, spring is just around the corner (even though it may not feel like it). The days are slowly getting longer which is definitely something to be happy about.


Since we are currently in the winter season however, it means that we still have to dress accordingly, from head to toe. But just because we are bundled up for warmth doesn’t mean that your hair has to be hidden or take a back seat to style. Here are some of the best hairstyles you may want to try during the winter months:


Textured Fringe – Consider this the evolution of last season’s short shag – you’ve grown some length and have more to play with, so try some loose waves and add piecey, brow-skimming bangs for an instant update.


Contouring Cut – The Contouring cut ditches the layers of seasons’ past for an angled, collarbone length shape that plays up cheekbones and gives the face a flattering frame. Complete the look with stick-straight hair and a precise centre part.


The High Pony – If you want to leave your hair long, create drama with the high pony. Pull hair up tight, sky-high, and finish with extra volume on the tail. It’ll look perfect with all the turtlenecks you’ll be wearing.”


In order to achieve any of this awesome winter hairstyles make sure you contact your Ottawa hair salon and connect with an Ottawa hairstylist. They will be able to help craft the perfect winter look for your hair to keep you looking great, even when you’re frozen.

Hair Raising Experience: Synthetic vs. Real Hair Extensions



The difference between something that is authentic versus something that isn’t can easily be figured out. Whether it is an article of clothing, service or the personality of another person, it’s usually pretty easy to decipher between the real and the fake, but what about the times when it is more difficult to distinguish between the two? Sometimes even the naked eye can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what isn’t. Hair extensions would definitely fall into that category.


It’s important to note that not all hair extensions are created equal. There are some that are made from real human hair, while others are a synthetic blend and there are varying levels of quality for each type. The next question to ask is: what is the better choice, real hair or synthetic extensions? The answer? It depends. What is the look you are trying to achieve? How do you plan to have your hair styled while the extensions are in? Are you comfortable having another person’s actual hair attached to your head? These are a few of the questions that you’ll have to ask yourself before you take the next step and get either type of hair extensions.


As far as what is considered better, it also depends. The overall look of hair extensions (whether real or synthetic) is virtually identical to one another for the most part, however when it comes to quality, durability and cost, this is where things can differ. If the look you are trying to achieve is going to be temporary (ex: for a weekend event or a night out, etc.) a synthetic hair extension might be the better choice, as it would probably be more affordable, yet still give you the desired look. If you plan on leaving in the extensions for an extended period of time you may want to consider real hair extensions, as they will be able to withstand the changing of styles on a regular basis, and varying temperatures/products applied to the hair as well.


No matter what type of hair extension you choose, make sure you make the right choice for you, your personal style and your budget. Consult with your local Ottawa hair styling professional about what your best hair extension options are.