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Hair VS Heat: Heatless Hacks

Heatless Hacks

Hair hates heat. Controversial, we know, but it’s true! As useful as heat may be, steering clear of it can do wonders for your mane. That’s why we put together this heat-free cheat sheet of three gorgeous styles!

Beach babe waves

Can’t make it to the beach? This is the next best thing. All you need is curling mousse and salt spray to get started.

Step 1: Get salty

Apply your fave curling mousse and salt spray to dry hair, from root to tip.

Step 2: Do get it twisted

Twirl small section of hair into tight ringlets. Depending on how much hair your have, 6–8 twists on either side of your head should to the trick.

Step 3: You’re done

Seriously, it’s that easy. While you wait for the product to dry, finish getting ready, read a book, pet a dog, the choice is yours. In just a few short minutes, you’ll be ready to unleash your beauty on the unsuspecting world, henny!

Loose, natural curls

Got lots of locks? Looking for something low effort? This one’s for you. You’re going to need freshly washed hair, flexible hold hairspray, and some elastics.

Step 1: Dry your ‘do

Now that you’re squeaky clean, let your hair air dry for a while. If you’re in a rush, use a towel to ring out the excess water. You’ll need damp hair for this style.

Step 2: The braidy bunch

Once your hair is nice and damp, part it how you normally would and start braiding. We’re not going for anything fancy here, a basic braid will do.

Step 3: Space buns

Roll your braids into buns and secure them with elastics. Get in touch with your inner Princess Leia.

Step 4: Sleep on it

Grab your jammies, and hit the hay. You’re done for today.*

*This part is optional, but the longer you keep your braids in buns, the more structured your curls will be. If you’re a busy boss babe who’d rather let their buns chill while you finish getting ready, that’s cool too.

Step 5: Come undone

Unravel your buns, and gently break those braids with your fingers. Spray a li’l flexible hold hairspray and you’re set!

Ribbon pony

Need to keep your hair out of your face? The ribbon pony is the best way to tame your mane. See what we did there? All you need for this one is a hair tie and a ribbon.

Step 1: Air dry!

To get the right texture for this look, you’ll need to start with freshly-washed, airdried hair.

Step 2: Tie it up

Secure your pony tail just above the nape of your neck (or wherever feels most comfortable).

Step 3: Accessorize

You could stop at Step 2, but where’s the fun in that? Pick your fave fun ribbon and tie a bow around your tail. Now you’re set to hit the old town road, pardner.

Don’t feel like doing it yourself? Have questions about other heatless styles? Ask an expert! Our team of pros have the As to all your Qs. Book your next visit to learn more about looking hot without the heat.

Frosted Tips and Tricks: A Winter Hair Care Survival Guide

Winter Hair Survival Guide

The temperatures are below zero, the scent of peppermint fills the air, and bells are jingling in the distance: winter is upon us! From hat hair to dry ends, the next few months could put your hair and scalp under a lot of stress. 


Keep your hair and scalp healthy (and stylish) this winter with these tips: 


Protect your perm


Shielding your luscious locks from the harsh winter winds is always a great idea. Cold, dry air can zap the moisture right out of your hair and cause breakage. Fight this by A) bundling up and B) piling on the conditioner. Tuques and scarves hide your magnificent mane from the elements and look darn cute doing it. 


Hat hair isn’t your vibe? No sweat. Leave-in conditioner is a quick and easy way to add extra moisture to your hair (and it smells incredible). Simply massage it into freshly-washed hair and forget it until you’re ready to wash it again. Leave-in conditioner adds a certain smooth, silky, softness that we’ll never get over.


Hat hair, don’t care


Speaking of hat hair, no one wants to walk around with a dented ‘do. Good thing you can avoid it in a few different ways. 


Number 1 is to make sure your hair is dry before you put your hat on. If your locks are even slightly damp before sporting your tuque, your chances of having a beanie bend will sky-rocket. No time for that? Texture, frizz, and static control sprays are your best friends. These secret weapons add a lil’ oomph to your hair and make it harder for your hat to flatten it. The more volume the better. Beanie up!


You’re hot enough


One of the best ways to avoid breakage this season is to reduce your use of heat. This means air or towel drying your hair, washing it in cool water, and reducing the temperature on your styling tools. 


We’d also recommend investing in a protective heat spray. This extra layer of protection allows your hair to withstand the effects of extreme temperatures. It also adds and locks in moisture. The best part? It works in cold weather too! 


Leave it to the pros

Afraid of frosted tips? Worried your hair won’t survive the winter? Fret not. We can take care of your ‘do for you! From a simple styling to a fresh cut and colour, your hair is in very capable hands. Book your next appointment today and face winter fabulously.

Hair Hygiene: How often should your kids wash their hair?



Woah, it’s September already? You know what this means: it’s back to school season for your kids! While they’re starting out on a brand new chapter, it also means a fresh start for their hair as well.


Proper hair care and hygiene is a sure way for them to maintain that brand new back-to-school hairstyle they’ve so carefully picked out, while also keeping their scalp at its absolute healthiest – something that’s especially important now that your kids will constantly be surrounded by others in the classroom.


But just how often should your kids be washing their hair? Well, the answer differs depending on a few things:



  • Age & Natural Hair TypeChildren’s hair is naturally more delicate than an adult’s and therefore it doesn’t require the same type of treatment. On top of that, a child’s scalp is more sensitive to some of the acidity that can be found in shampoo and other hair products. Age plays a big role in how we should approach cleaning and maintaining hair, and how often kids should be using shampoo products.

    For kids 8 years and younger with finer hair, a weekly wash and light shampoo is sufficient to maintain a healthy head of hair, but as your kid gets older and starts to experience some significant (and confusing) changes, the hair also experiences change: in volume, growth, and oil levels in the scalp (especially during puberty). Because of this, the frequency of washes should also change – increasing to about 2 to 3 times more often per week.


  • LifestyleLifestyles can also affect just how greasy or worn out your kid’s hair can get, which can determine how often they should be washing their hair. If your kid is highly active and involved in various sports, they’re secreting more sweat and are more exposed to dirt, dust and even water that can cause any healthy head of hair a decent amount of stress. 



At Caralyn’s, our team of stylists not only pride themselves on being able to create the perfect back-to-school look, but are also more than happy to provide other tips, tricks and best practices for making sure yours and your kid’s hair stays healthy and vibrant. Book an appointment on the website by clicking here or by calling 613-224-7206 today!

Summer Hair Care

The grass is green, the sun is beaming, and the pools and patios are packed; summer has officially arrived!  However, this change in weather does affect your hair. It is now facing new challenges such as sun exposure, chlorine, salt water, and excess sweat that lead to dryness, breakage, colour fading, and frizz. The key to sustaining healthy and luxurious hair all summer long is protection. “Hair could be compared to a beautiful piece of fruit, having an outside ‘skin’ like the hair’s cuticle to protect it. Once the outside of either gets damaged, the inside loses its excellence,” says Kate Reid, editorial colourist and Design Director of COLOR.ME by Kevin Murphy. “Colour, strength and moisture all [get] lost much faster as it has no protection.” Healthy tresses will never go out of style so we have compiled a few tips to ensure your hair stays in top shape this season.

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Sun Protection

The UV rays dry out your hair, potentially shifting its colour and texture.  Sunburns can also occur on the scalp, causing dryness and damaged hair roots. In short, the sun has the same damaging effects on the hair as it does on your skin, so you must ensure both are well protected. No, we are not talking about spraying your hair with +30 Banana Boat sunscreen; we do however recommend applying hair product that contains UV filters to protect your hair from damage and fading. This can be in the form of a spray, gel, mouse, or cream formula. Wearing hats can also protect your strands as well as your face, ears, and scalp.

Adventure Protection

We want you to enjoy your summer adventures without ruining your hair! Sweat and dust increase hair problems like dandruff and split ends, so start the summer right with a fresh cut and continue with regular trims. You can book a trim every 2-4 weeks.

Furthermore, you will most likely be washing your hair more often due to the summer sweat and grime. To fully cleanse your scalp of buildup, wash your hair with a clarifying, anti-residue shampoo once a week. Make sure to pair the cleansing shampoo with a deep conditioner to protect from over-drying.

Heat Protection

Heat is a common cause of major hair damage. Hot weather and extra sun exposure warm the hair follicles, leading to dryness and breakage. To protect your hair from overheating, try to style your hair using minimal hot tools such as blow dryers, curling wands, and flat irons. Instead, opt to wear creative up-dos or putting your damp hair in a bun, braid or twist before going to bed to get the perfect beach wave.

Water Protection

Nothing is more satisfying than diving into the deep end of the pool or running into the ocean on a beach vacay.  However, chlorine does strip your hair of its natural oils caused by copper molecules and pool chemicals binding to the protein of the hair shaft. These chemicals can create a greenish tint to blondes and dry your hair as well. The salt in the ocean water draws water out of the skin and hair, promoting dryness.

To prevent this damage, try to wash and condition your hair after a dip and apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair before and after the water.

Caralyn’s can help you with equipping your hair with the proper protection tools such as leave-in conditioners, cleansing shampoos, a fresh new trim and much more! Book an appointment on the website by clicking here or by calling 613-224-7206 today.

Why Won’t My Hair Grow?

Why Won't My Hair Grow?

Do you find your hair becomes extremely high maintenance after you started dyeing it because your natural roots start showing in less than a month? Or maybe you have stopped going in for regular haircuts because you so desperately want your hair to grow past your shoulders. We totally get the frustration! You want nothing more than to see your hair grow but it just won’t seem to grow. So we are here to offer some of our insight on why your hair may not be growing as quickly as you’d like it to.

On average, your hair should grow about half an inch a month. Meaning, the average person’s hair grows about six inches in one year. However, if you don’t take care of your hair, there are many factors that can contribute to hair breakage which will inevitably stop your hair from growing past certain lengths.


Hair Dyes cause Hair Breakage

Some of the main causes of hair breakage are over-processing your hair on a regular basis. This can include dyeing your hair, getting fresh highlights, or perming your hair. The continuous action of exposing your hair to chemicals gets rid of your hair’s natural oils which keep your hair healthy. This type of damage can make it almost impossible for your hair to grow past a certain length because the ends of your hair continue to break and split.

If you do start colouring your hair, be sure to see a professional so they can do a full examination and consultation on your hair. They will give you the best options and tips to keep your hair as healthy as possible while you expose it to chemicals.


Overuse of Hot Tools causes Hair Breakage

We all love to style our hair as much as the next person but, if you overuse hot tools or use them on a daily basis, they can cause major damage and affect the growth of your hair because using hot tools on your hair only accelerates the potential for damage by drying out and frying your hair.

You can help prevent hair breakage by giving your hair the time to get back to it’s healthier and stronger self. Stronger hair can begin to repair itself and grow again. You know what that means ladies- flaunt what your momma gave ya!


Too Aggressive with Styling causes Hair Breakage

Did you know that tying your hair up in a top knot when it’s wet can actually damage your hair? The combination of wet hair being pulled tightly with uncovered elastics will cause hair breakage. If you have curly or coarse hair and continuously fight the natural way your hair wants to go, that will also cause breakage.

Try using scrunchies when you want to put your hair in a ponytail, plus cute scrunchies are totally back in style in 2019! And definitely avoid tying your hair up in a tight top knot before it has had the chance to dry!


If you find you have been giving these tips a try over a few weeks and still can’t seem to see a difference, come in for a consult with one of our professionals. Your hair may need a good trim to stop the ends from splitting, or maybe we can suggest a hair therapy kit with a better shampoo and conditioner to help repair the breakage. Whatever the case may be, our professionals are ready to help your hair get back to it’s healthier self and begin growing again.

How to Prevent Winter Hair Damage

How to prevent winter hair damage

Winter is destroying your good hair days… one snowfall at a time. During the colder months of the year, the cold weather outside, combined with the warm temperatures inside, can cause breakage and split ends to your hair. This affects all types of hair during winter. However, we are here to help you through the winter season so you can continue rocking your gorgeous mane of hair. We have provided some helpful tips you can follow to prevent winter hair damage this season.

Shampoo less often this winter

The cool, dry weather can cause your scalp to feel very itchy and to become flaky. It is highly recommended to lighten up the amount of time you cleanse your hair with shampoo to prevent this from occurring.

Switch to an oil-based moisturizer this winter

Constantly exposing your hair to the cool dry air is not good for any type of hair. Whether your hair is natural, curly, wavy, relaxed or coiled, it is sensitive to cold weather. Cold weather contributes to your hair becoming more brittle and more exposed to breakage, split ends, and frizziness. We recommend using an oil-based moisturizer to add extra moisture to your hair with the combination of using less shampoo.

Commit to weekly treatments this winter

Cooler air also means no matter your hair texture, you should focus on seeing your hair stylist on a more frequent basis this winter. Your hair dries out during the winter from lack of moisture, which is why we recommend treatment therapy and good conditioners. Once a week, you should apply a good conditioner (preferably one recommended to you by your hair stylist) and let it sit in your hair for 30 minutes. The moisture from the conditioner helps repair the hair shaft.

Limit your use of heat-heavy styling tools this winter

The constant heat and dryness from styling tools will inevitably result in breakage and split ends for your hair. Use leave-in conditioners to help treat your hair and embrace your natural style more in the winter time. You can also try to use more styles that don’t involve heat tools such as; buns, braids, twists, and ponytails.

Never go outside with damp hair this winter

Although we are always busy in the mornings, it is actually critical to dry your hair before exposing it to the cold. It all comes down to basic science – anything that is cold expands, and that’s what will happen to your wet hair shaft in the cold weather. When hair expands, you are at a higher risk for hair breakage. It may also contribute to your hair colour fading quicker than normal. Take your time to make sure your hair is dry in the morning before leaving for work – your hair and wallet will thank you!

These tips are an easy way for you to maintain healthier and happier hair and reduce winter hair damage this season. Take care and moisturize your hair like you do your skin during the colder months. At Caralyn’s, we are happy to help all of our clients with all of their hair needs. We look forward to seeing you for your next hair treatment!