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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!

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.

Preventing Head Lice


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

Close of Hair Straightener

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.

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.

Resolving Hair Issues

unhappy frustrated young woman surprised she is losing hair

It’s important to note that hair doesn’t make the person. However, with that being said healthy and beautifully styled hair can improve your overall look and help boost self confidence.

It’s also important to note that not all hair types are created equally; besides thickness, length and porosity levels, the health of any given scalp and how it reacts and affects your hair when oily, dirty, sweaty, etc varies from person to person. Here are some common issues which you may face with your own head of hair, and the best ways to remedy them.

Chronically Oily Roots
If you’ve noticed that your roots are always oily, it could be because you are over washing your hair. When you shampoo too frequently you strip your hair of its natural oils and the scalp believes it must produce more oil as a natural hair protectant. The best way to remedy this issue is to give your hair a little break from shampooing altogether. When you resume hair cleansing, use a scalp cleaning foam first that will help ensure the cleanliness of your scalp and then follow with a shampooing routine (with breaks in between the week).

Bumps on the Scalp
Just because your scalp may not be clearly and immediately visible due to the hair on your head, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve the same amount of attention (if not more) than the rest of your skin when it comes to exfoliating and hydration. The products you use in your hair combined with constant brushing can sometimes irritate the scalp and breakouts and bumps. The best solution is to exfoliate your scalp with a exfoliating scrub at least once a week and make sure you are washing your hair thoroughly as well.

If you ever notice any of these issues or anything else with your hair or scalp that seems out of the ordinary make sure you consult with your Ottawa hair care professional. They will be able to provide a thorough hair and scalp assessment and then offer up the best solutions to ensure you have the healthiest hair and scalp possible.

Give your Scalp some TLC



Going to the the root of anything is usually where you will find the answer to any question you may have about something. When it comes to hair, the root is literally and figuratively the place where hair issues begin and can be solved. The scalp is the where hair roots call home and play a large role in overall hair growth and development.


Hair can definitely put the scalp through the ringer and definitely needs to get some attention. A dermatologist named Dr. Nussbaum has stated some of the important things regarding the scalp that people should be aware of. “’The drier your hair, the less you should wash, but I do recommend shampooing once or twice a week to cleanse the scalp and alleviate product buildup,’ she says. Also, while you’re in the shower, give yourself a gentle scalp massage for about 10 minutes. Dr. Nussbaum says this will loosen skin flakes, product residue, and natural oils, and increase blood flow to the scalp to help promote new hair growth.”


Consuming the right amount of water daily, as well as not styling your hair too tightly or using harsh/abrasive chemicals, can also have a large impact on your scalp and overall hair and hair growth development. When you find the right Ottawa hairstylist that is able to help you achieve new and unique styles that help reflect your personality, make sure that they are also giving your scalp the necessary love it needs to help stimulate new hair growth and promote the healthiest head of hair possible.