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Why Primer is Important

Like makeup primer, hair primer helps maintain the style, and freshness. Some primers work as a bonus to protect your hair from hot tools, which can be very damaging to the nature of your hair if there is no protection. No matter your type of hair, hair primer is an essential product to maintaining healthy, beautiful hair and there are many to choose from!

What’s a hair primer?

Hair primer is a product that preps hair for styling. Primers are generally made up of conditioning and protective ingredients. Depending on your hair type and styling routine, you may opt for a cream, spray, lotion, or balm primer – your stylist will be able to point you in the right direction!

What does a hair primer do?

What doesn’t a hair primer do! Depending on the type, primers can protect your hair from heat styling and UV rays, condition, and/or hydrate! They also help other styling products work better and extend the life of your style.

Ask your stylist which primer will best suit your needs! We at Caralyn’s Hair Design carry a range of products from the Rene Furterer line and are experts at determining your needs!



Source: Here’s Why You Should Use a Hair Primer

Don’t be Flakey!

What is dandruff?

Dandruff is a condition of the scalp that causes white flakes, itchiness and redness. Dandruff occurs when your scalp sheds dead skin cells.

Causes of Dandruff:

  • The weather: Not usually the exact cause, but it can aid in worsening the condition during dry, cold-weather months.
  • Dry skin: People with dry skin tend to get dandruff more often. Winter cold air, combined with overheated rooms is a common cause of itchy, flaking skin.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis (itchy, scaly skin caused by an overproduction of oils in the skin and irritated malassezia.): People with seborrheic dermatitis are very prone to dandruff often in the scalp, backs of the ears, the breastbone, eyebrows and the sides of the nose.  The patient will have red, greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales.
  • Not enough shampooing or too much shampooing! Some experts believe that if you don’t shampoo enough there can be a buildup of oil and dead skin cells, causing dandruff.  On the other hand, if you shampoo too often, the skin may get irritated.  It may also produce more oils since your scalp gets over-dried from excess washing, making your scalp feel greasy by the next day.
  • Certain skin conditions: Conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, etc. can also trigger dandruff for some people.
  • Some illnesses: Adults with Parkinson’s disease and some other neurological illnesses are more prone to having dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Patients recovering from heart attack, stroke or a weak immune system may also have dandruff more often than others.
  • Reaction to hair/skin care products: Some people react to some hair care products with a red, itchy, scaling scalp. Many experts say that shampooing too often may cause dandruff as it can irritate the scalp.
  • Diet: Some experts say that people who do not consume enough foods that contain zinc, B vitamins, and some types of fats are more prone to dandruff.
  • Stress: Experts believe there is a link between stress and many skin problems.

How To Prevent Dandruff

Brushing your hair regularly helps distribute the oils throughout your scalp and hair that are naturally produced by your skin.  It also massages your skin, which increases blood flow to the area and improves circulation.  We recommend brushing your hair upside down as it works best and helps distribute the oils better.

Other things that may help reduce dandruff include:

  • Avoid stress and stressful situations. When we are in stress it can feel as if our body is in meltdown – our heart is racing, difficulty sleeping, our head often gets itchy and dandruff develops as you itch.
  • A balanced diet that includes both acidic and alkaline foods can help elevate a weakened immune system and prevent a build up of unhealthy acid in the body.
  • Get in the habit of washing your hair no more than 2-3 times a week.  If your hair gets very greasy after 1-3 days, you might want to take a leap and try this technique: Stop washing your hair for 2 weeks straight.  Your hair will feel very greasy, but it gives your skin enough time to adapt and learn to take the matter into it’s own hands and produce oils gradually.  After the 2 weeks, begin washing your hair 1-2 times a week.  You might be surprised!  You may not “need” to wash as often as you normally did. 


Hair Happiness Hacks

We’ve come up with some simple at home hacks to keep your hair happy between salon visits!

1. Head Massages

Head massages are probably one of everyone’s favourite part of visiting the salon, but they don’t do it for no reason. They are an effective hair treatment too. Your head is one of the easiest parts of your body to massage, and doing so stimulates the blood flow to your hair follicles. This can help your hair to grow faster and look healthier.

2. Weekly Masks

We guarantee your hair will be so happy after this! With the weather we’ve had, it’s hard to salvage those locks, but it can be done! We love Unite’s 7SECONDS™ Masque! It delivers instant moisture, shine, and protection!

3. Turn Down the Heat!

Your hairdryer can do too good of a job on your hair and dry it out more than you want. Drop the heat for a gentler experience and skip it where possible so you can let your hair air dry. Try a style that doesn’t require heat tools!

4. Get Yourself a Tangle Teezer

Your hair will truly benefit from this! You will experience a quick and easy, painless, brushing. Your hair will have less breakage, tugging, and is suitable for wet or dry hair, extensions, and wigs!

5. Oil is Your Friend

A specific type of oil though! We love Unite’s U Oil! Leaves your hair silky, smooth, and healthy! Lasting moisture and shine no product can beat, also works as a thermal/UV protector, and will reduce blowdrying time!


Happy Medium

We’re sad to say it, but we think fall is officially here, SO let’s help you rock your hair style! Fall is a great season for change, whether it’s colour, cut, or style. The IT-girl style for fall, medium length! Grow out that bob, trim those locks, medium is in.

Here’s our inspo:

Emma Watson

Margot Robbie

Krysten Ritter

FKA Twigs

Call us today to book your appointment!

Get the Most Out of Your Colour!

Men and women have been coloring their hair for centuries, experimenting with different materials and chemical combinations to achieve their desired looks. In the mid-1800s, chemists began to work with non-natural dyes for the textile industry. At least one of the chemicals used in a dye derived from coal tar formed a color when exposed to air. This molecule, called para-phenylenediamine, or PPD, eventually would go on to form the foundation for many permanent hair dyes. Both men and women color their hair, but women tend to be more avid colorists. Many women stick to a strict schedule of color maintenance, returning to the salon every four to six weeks for touch-ups. At an average cost of between $50 and $80 for a single-process permanent color, according to polling by Angie’s List members (foil treatments and balayage highlights can cost more), the price of keeping color looking fresh and vibrant can add up. It’s understandable that women would be interested in prolonging the life of their color to help stretch out their budgets. Explore the different ways to extend the life of hair color and enjoy healthier-looking locks.

• Understand the difference between products. Hair color can come in different formulations. Semi- and demi-permanent colors deposit color without lightening and will wash out gradually after a certain number of shampoos. Permanent hair colors use a combination of components to open up the hair cuticle so that natural hair color can be lightened and color deposited as well. Someone unsure of a color may want to try a semi-permanent formulation and then look to the permanent equivalent when satisfied so that the color will last longer.

• Wash with cooler water. Keep color longer by turning down the thermostat in the shower. Hot water can cause the hair shaft to expand and lead to more dissolution of hair color molecules. Washing and rinsing with cool water can lock in the color longer.

• Skip the sulfates. Sulfates are detergents used in shampoos that produce those lush suds many people equate with cleanliness. Sulfates can strip dyes from the hair and lead to premature fading. • Use a color-extending product. Color-extending products come in two varieties: those that deposit small amounts of color to help keep the overall shade fresh, and others that don’t add color but help seal the cuticle so that existing color will not fade away. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested nine brands, including 24 products, and found most of the products, such as color shampoos, helped dyes last longer than regular shampoos.

• Protect against the sun. Your skin is not the only part of the body that needs to be shielded from the sun. Ultraviolet light can cause premature fading of hair color. Look for a product that defends against UV damage, and wear hats when out in strong sun.

• Head back to the salon. Some salons offer free or inexpensive glossing treatments. This 10-minute service can extend the life of your hair color. By following some easy hair care tips, anyone can keep their color lasting longer. Clients should speak with their stylists if they need more direction and advice about hair color.

At Caralyn’s Hair Design, we carry top of the line products that excel the health of your hair and your colour. Stop by today to learn what is best for you!

“Fall” Prepared

Summer weather may have not been Ottawa’s shining moment, but we can definitely rock a fall colour! From Chocolate and chestnut tones, to caramel highlights, or a radiant ombré, we’ve got the perfect inspo photos to share and discuss with your stylist!

Karlie Kloss’ Bronde

Natalie Portman’s Sunkissed Strands

Bella Hadid’s Moody Raven Hue

Jamie Chung’s Honey Wash

Taylor Hill’s Shiny Medium-Brown Locks

Priyanka Chopra’s Burgundy Lob

Jessica Biel’s Bronde Beachy Waves

Lily Collins’ Ash Brown Finger Waves

Who said blondes had more fun?