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3 Tips for a healthy wash after Halloween!

Halloween is almost here, and if you are planning to dress up, hair is a major part of the costume. Some wear wings, that can cause damage to our hair by pulling it back and keeping it covered with limited time to breath for many hours. Others do crazy and fun up-dos with lots of products like hair spray. Regardless of what you’re planning to do with your hair this Halloween, here are some quick and easy steps to wash your hair properly and safety after all the Halloween festivities have settled down.

1. Shampoo hair: Shampoo the top of your head and let the rest trickle down to clean the tips. Don’t shampoo the tips as it could cause breakage and more damage when you rub. Focus on washing your scalp, which is where all the oil and dirt tends to stick.

2. Condition your hair: Use your favourite conditioner to treat your hair with moisture. Don’t put the conditioner on your scalp or roots, as conditioner can stick and leave your hair looking greasy. Instead, condition from your ear line, down to the tips of your hair.

3. Brush wet hair carefully: When your hair is wet, it is at its most fragile state. So make sure to be careful and gentle when brushing your hair straight out of the shower.

You can always stop by or contact us for your next hair appointment! We can treat your hair and make it healthy again. Also, if you are looking for a fun up-do for Halloween and don’t know how to do it yourself, contact Caralyns Hair in Ottawa and we can help!

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How to Get Fuller Hair this Season

Men and women want to improve the appearance of their hair. But solutions that may have worked at one time of the year may not work after the seasons have changed. When cooler, crisper weather arrives, humidity levels wane and hair can appear flat and lifeless. This can be counterproductive to already existing conditions of thinning hair. As women age, their bodies produce less estrogen, which can cause hair loss and thinning, while some men are genetically predisposed to thinning hair and even balding. When the temperatures outside begin to dip, people tend to spend more time indoors with the heat turned on. Dry air can cause static electricity and flyaway hair. People who wear hats to protect their heads from chilly weather also may find their locks have flattened. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions to flat hair, each of which can improve fullness and body.

Try a plumping product with keratin. Keratin is a strong, fibrous material found in human hair, skin and nails. Coating hair with a keratin hair treatment can create a thicker layer of keratin to protect and moisturize the hair and help improve fullness.

Find the right volumizing shampoo for your hair. Many volumizing shampoos work by thoroughly cleansing hair to remove any product residue or excess oil that can weigh down hair. In the process, some may actually dry out hair, so it is important to test out different brands to find one that cleans but does not strip hair.

Use a styling aid. For many people, washing and drying their hair is not enough to provide volume and lift. Styling aids can add volume to your hair. Volumizing mousse will coat the hair strands and give the appearance of thickness and lift. These products should be worked into the base of the hair where it meets the scalp for best effects. Pomades and certain hair waxes and gels can provide similar results and may stiffen hair to keep styles in place.

Be gentle when styling. Frequent use of chemical styling products or heated appliances can weaken or damage the hair, causing it to break or fall out. This can only add to thin, flat hair problems. Use heated styling appliances sparingly and be gentle on hair when brushing or washing and drying.

Experiment with a new cut. Fine or limp hair may benefit from a shorter, more layered haircut to improve volume and bounce. A stylist can recommend options that will fit with your face and hair goals.

Consider coloring your hair. Permanent color dyes may actually thicken your hair by expanding the cuticle layer in order to deposit color into the shaft or disperse the existing pigments. This can result in hair that feels thicker or moves differently after the coloring process. Be sure to follow the recommended time between coloring treatments or you may end up doing more harm than good. Many products and techniques can make hair more full, especially during a season when flat hair seems to be the norm.

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!