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The Most Popular 2019 Hair Trends to Expect Next Year!

The most popular 2019 hair trends to expect next year!

As fall comes to an end and brings colder temperatures our way, we can all agree we get a little excited for that first snowfall. So naturally with the change of season, we start thinking about hair changes too. Most people think that it is better to go darker in the wintertime and lighter in the summertime. So if you were thinking of going blonde this month you should think again right? Wrong! We love the idea of our clients wanting a nice blonde change for winter! Especially with the expected 2019 hair trends coming our way!

This month, we expect to see a few more blondes out and about more than usual this time of year and we love it! We have a few other 2019 hair trends we expect to see in the new year that we’d like to share with you. Do you have your phones ready to screenshot?


Whether you want a “lower maintenance” look to your bangs, or a nice 60’s inspired long fringe, bangs are definitely making more of a comeback in 2019 than they did in 2018! Longer bangs are expected to be more popular in the new year because they can be styled easily and instantly give off a cool, chic, or classic look to your overall appearance.


With society loving the slickback trend again, this has sparked dramatic short cuts on women and we’re really excited about it! A nice choppy pixie cut can be styled in a slick, “sexy” way one day and textured in a messy, cute way the next. We are also loving the textured bob looks as they tend to have a little more length but are a messier and edgier style– much easier for us ladies to style our own hair in the mornings and it will always look awesome! The messier the better!


The 90’s are back baby! The retro high ponytail look has made a great comeback onto our favourite high fashion runways and back onto the streets! If you want to go one step further, compliment this high ponytail with a scrunchie! If ponytails aren’t really your thing, no need to panic. Messy buns and top knots have made a comeback more than ever as well! These styles used to be the Sunday “at home all day” look. Now, you’ll see women rocking this style to work! Trust us, high ponytails and messy buns will be one of the top 2019 hair trends!


Does cutting your hair still scare you? Not to worry! Super long hair is very in right now and we don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon. To keep up with this trend, be sure to book an appointment with your hairstylist for a nice clean cut along the base of your hair. After that, it’s all up to you with how you take care of it on a day-to-day basis in your own home. At Caralyn’s, we have many products to help keep your hair nice and healthy with protein and moisture.


Last but not least in our discussion of 2019 hair trends, the messier the curls, the better! Ladies, if you have curly hair that can’t be tamed, be sure to start flaunting it! Wild curls is one of the hottest looks arising in 2019! Ask one of our professionals about the perfect products to use to maintain your curls in a wild way with the best way to style them daily.

We hope this encourages the next hairstyle you’ll start rocking in 2019. Give us a call at Caralyn’s so our team of professionals can help you out in the New Year or book you in for your fresh look for the holidays! From our entire team, we’re wishing everyone a wonderful holiday break with their families and friends this season.

Cold Weather Doesn’t Have to Mean Split Ends

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Fall typically means the arrival of things we love, like sweater weather, apple-picking, and pumpkin-spiced everything. Unfortunately for many of us, the colder weather might also mean the arrival of split ends, which leads to dry, frizzy ends and damaged hair if they’re not taken care of with a trim. The good news is you don’t have to fall victim to the dry air that causes them.

Why Are Split Ends More Common in the Winter?

As the temperature drops, the humidity and moisture in the air decrease significantly, which means there’s little left for your hair to soak up, causing it to turn dry and brittle. This dryness leads to dull hair, breakage, and – you guessed it – dreaded split ends.

But all is not lost. There are five easy ways to protect your hair from the winter weather and avoid those frizzy, frustrating split ends.

5 Tips to Get Your Hair Safely Through the Cold Months and Avoid Split Ends

Dry your hair. You might not catch a cold like your mom always said you would, however, going outside with wet hair in the winter can damage your hair. Water expands when it freezes, and when your hair is damp any moisture in it will result in frozen strands. As the moisture in your hair expands, it causes damage to the shafts. Although it’s tempting to stay curled up under the covers longer than usual, winter is not the time to skimp on your morning routine. Make sure your hair is dry before heading out for the day.

Seal in Moisture. It’s not just the cold air outside that can wreak havoc on your locks. The warm air pumped through office buildings and homes has the same drying effect on your hair. Use a leave-in conditioner or an anti-frizz product daily to help  seal in moisture and protect your hair.

Get a Scarf. Wool can be your best friend in the winter, keeping you warm on the coldest days. But the fabric is rough and when you flip up that hood or wrap your shawl around your neck, the rough fabric easily pulls on dry, brittle hair. Use a silk scarf as a barrier between your hair and those adorable wool hats and scarves.

Go Natural. Washing your hair less frequently will help avoid stripping it of the natural oils that are so crucial to locking in moisture this time of year. Try purchasing a dry shampoo to help you extend the life of your wash a few more days.

Avoid Heat Tools. When possible, avoid using heat tools like flat irons or curling wands excessively throughout the winter. If you are using them, go over the top with heat protection serums to avoid any additional breakage.

Above all, remember this key: Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Using conditioners, masks, and anti-frizz or shine serums will help keep moisture in and the dry air out. If you do find your hair is splitting, stop by the salon! We can clean it up with a trim and chat about specific products to help protect your locks. Call Caralyn’s today at 613-224-7206 or book your appointment online.

5 Reasons to Get Your Hair Professionally Coloured

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As we dip further into the fall season, it is a good time to think of changing the colour of your hair! A lot of us make the mistake of assuming it is very easy to dye our own hair. We believe you should get your hair professionally coloured instead!

There are so many steps to consider when you’ve made the decision to colour your hair. Sometimes, you forget about the processes involved. How do you prepare your hair? How do you physically dye it? What condition will your hair be in afterwards? What happens if your hair colour does not turn out how you imagined? 

Luckily for you, we are going to list some reasons why dyeing hair should be left to the professionals.

Why You Should Get Your Hair Professionally Coloured Instead of Doing It Yourself.

As professionals, our team is trained to achieve the style you are looking for, given the current state of your hair. Through years of training and experience, we understand the best methods to get the best results.

Dyeing Your Own Hair May Result In Getting Your Hair Professionally Coloured Anyway 

The minute you decide to dye your hair yourself, there is a possibility you’ll do more harm than good. If you’re not a trained professional hairstylist, you wouldn’t consider taking scissors to your hair. So why are we so quick to dye our hair ourselves? Dyeing your hair yourself may result in getting your hair professionally coloured anyway. 

The Biggest Mistake We See from Non-Professional Dyeing

One of the biggest mistakes we see when people use box colour for their hair is they do not know how to dye properly at the root of their hair. “Hot roots” is hairstylist-talk for when roots turn a warmer reddish/orange colour as a result of applying hair colour incorrectly from the roots to the ends. Most people forget that even when just touching up your roots yourself, your roots are your natural colour and therefore a completely different colour from the rest of your dyed hair.

When Dyeing Your Own Hair, Remember: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

If you still aren’t completely convinced that you need to get your hair professionally coloured, here are helpful tips to definitely avoid while dyeing your hair in your bathroom sink.

  • DO NOT try to lift the colour of your hair yourself
  • AVOID using any bleach products on your own

  • DO NOT try to do an ombre look on your own. JUST DON’T DO IT

With all of this helpful information, we hope to see you for your next hair dyeing experience! Be sure to call Caralyn’s Hair Design to book your next hair consult with one of our professionally trained stylists and FALL in LOVE with your new fun look!

2018 Fall Hair Colour Trends

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Fall isn’t just the season for pumpkin carving, lattes and oversized sweaters. It’s the perfect time to experiment with new fall hair colour trends. As the leaves change from green to gold, sunny summer highlights fade away to make room for darker shades of auburn. In this season of change and transition, it is time to embrace our own changes in hair colour.

As we wave goodbye to the warm summer days and put away our floral dresses, let’s look ahead to fall 2018 to make sure we are embrace the latest hair trends. From there, we can consider which fall hair colour trends would suit us best. Be sure to book an appointment with us because we want to help you stay on top of fall trends!

In this blog post, we will share 5 Fall Hair Colour Trends in 2018 for you to try out!


Balayage is a perfect fall transition to a more natural, multi-tonal finish. Whether you’re blonde or brunette, It’s a great look if you want to refresh your hair colour but not go totally overboard.  

We are so busy in the fall season with back to school, so balayage is a perfect hair colour trend because it requires far less maintenance than a traditional colour. It goes out perfectly on its own and looks fresh for longer periods of time compared to a traditional colouring job.

Why not try Balayage, the has been such a colouring phenomenon of 2018, so why not try it out before the end of the year?


Lowlights are the complete opposite of highlights. Instead of elevating the colour in your hair, lowlights create depth and dimension to your hair. It’s a perfect look for fall because the lowlight accents are darker than your base colour and can contrast your overly-highlighted summer hair, giving it a more natural fall look. Lowlight options are available at our salon so you can transition your hair colour from summer to fall.

Honey-Blonde Ombré

According to beauty experts at Marie Claire, warm blonde shades have been on trend all year, but the perfect transition time is now. Blonde has never been more low-maintenance than it is now! Honey-Blonde Ombré acts as the ultimate fall grow-out disguise.

Goth Brown Hair

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Jenna Dewan (Image: Getty / Alberto E. Rodriguez)

A nearly-black hair colour like a goth brown hair is a perfect edgy fall colour. Celebrities like Jenna Dewan and Nina Dobrev are pulling off this colour. If you want it to be a more dramatic fall look (maybe around the Halloween season), be sure to add a smokey cat-eye to enhance your overall look.

Espresso Hair

We are talking espresso, not pumpkin spiced lattes! Although, an espresso hair colour paired with a pumpkin spiced latte in hand would be a look for all! According to Giselle of Pierre Michel, brown hair colours this fall are leaning more towards more “woodsy” shades “from chocolate to espresso.” There has never been a better time than now to go dark. The change of season is the perfect time to embrace a change in your look; drastic or subtle.

If we’ve convinced you to change up your hair for the fall season, be sure to book your appointment with us. Our dedicated team is here to keep you on trend so if you’ve been dreaming of your new fall look we are here to help.

Goodbye summer and hello fall!

5 Back To School Hairstyles You’ll Love

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August is here, which means the back-to-school season is on its way. While there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the summer sunshine (while taking care of your summer hair), it is definitely time to start thinking about which back to school hairstyles you (or your kids!) want to rock on the first day of school. Before amping up your August plans and before the chaos of back to school shopping arrives, make sure to check out the latest hair trends, debate what kind of hairstyle you would like to have this fall and book your appointment with us! You don’t want to go back to school with your unkempt summer hair!

This article will help you narrow down your search for the best back to school hairstyles.


Braids are one of our favourite back-to-school hairstyles because they are so versatile. No matter the length, colour or texture of your hair, you can toss in a braid for any occasion. If you have longer hair, try a side braid or a fishtail so that is falls in front of one of your shoulders. Tie it off with a clear elastic for a casual, yet chic look. If you have layers in your hair that can’t be tamed into a braid, try a loose braid and allow the runaway tendrils to frame your face.

For short or long hair, try a mini-braid coming off of a side part. Use bobby pins to secure it in place. This braid will give you a cute, put-together look that is perfect for the first day of school.


Headbands are our favourite hair accessory; they never go out of style! Try a headband tucked around wavy or curly hair and tied with a bow for a cute, yet trendy look. A sporty headband is a comfy way to keep your hair out of your face during a test. Wear a headband with a bow or flower for a little extra flair. The options are endless!


From sock buns to top knots, low buns to chignons, buns are an easy way to get a simple, yet sophisticated look. Throw your hair up into a bun with a few bobby pins and hairspray. This look is a quick way to not only keep your hair out of your face while studying, but is a great way to hide your hair when you forget to wash it for a few days (it happens to all of us!).


Ponytails are a smart way to style your hair, especially on a bad hair day. This hairstyle will prepare you for a long day in the classroom keeping it out of your face and off of your neck. To give your pony more volume, use a comb to tease your hair. A low, over-the-shoulder pony can be reminiscent of the 80’s, but can also tie together your outfit for a scholarly look.


Embracing your sun-kissed, summer waves is a great way to take on back-to-school blues. Loose waves created with a curling wand and mousse make for an elegant look for any hair length. If you have bangs, it may be fun to mix up waves throughout your hair and straight bangs; we think the contrast looks cool and edgy.

If you’re dreaming up back to school hairstyles, our team has your back. Call us to book your end of summer appointment and take on fall with a fresh style. Whether you’re looking to adopt any of these hairstyles with a short or long ‘do, a new colour or a simple trim, we would love to discuss the latest fall hairstyle trends with you!

Wishing you all a happy back-to-school season!

5 Tips For Healthy Summer Hair

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When we think of summer, we think of sunshine, swimming, the beach and fun nights out with friends. While summertime is about having fun, your hair might not enjoy these activities as much as you do. Unfortunately, some of your favourite summer activities can damage your hair. Luckily for you, though, we have a few tips to help you have healthy summer hair.

Rinse Your Hair Before AND After Swimming

You’ve been told since you were little to rinse your hair after swimming to get rid of any chlorine and salt residue. Chlorine and salt can damage your hair by stripping it of its natural oils, which causes drying, increased porosity and brittleness. Make sure to wash your hair after swimming to wash away any leftover chemicals that may continue to dry out your hair after swimming. Additionally, rinsing your hair before swimming promotes healthy hair. When you rinse your hair first, your hair soaks up the fresh water – even down to the roots! – and helps to repel pool chemicals and salt water.

Embrace Summer Waves

Summer is the perfect time to embrace your hair’s natural waves. Instead of turning to heat products like curling wands or straighteners, show off your healthy summer hair and beachy waves for a fun, laid-back look. Heat products damage and dry out hair, leaving it looking limp, withered and unhealthy. If your look relies on the use of heat tools, make sure to use proper heat protection products before and after styling your hair to keep your head safe and healthy.

Limit Sun Exposure

Much like heat styling products, a lot of time in the sun can damage your hair. The easiest way to protect your hair from the sun’s rays is to limit sun exposure altogether. Spending more time in the shade or wearing a hat reduce exposure without going indoors. If you do tend to spend a lot of time in the direct sunlight, make sure to take the time to encourage proper hair health. Using a leave-in conditioner will help your hair’s recovery after sun exposure. A hair product that contains SPF protection (like sunblock) will protect your hair during exposure. Healthy hair and fun in the sun are not exclusive, you simply have to put in a little extra preparation.

For Healthy Summer Hair Drink Lots of Water

Staying hydrated seems to be the solution to many problems, and we agree! Dehydrated hair will appear dry and withered. Drinking lots of water will make sure that the cells responsible for healthy summer hair growth are able to do their job effectively. So, top up your bottle a few extra times daily in order to keep your hair’s growth and appearance on track.

Start Summer with a Fresh Cut

A great way to make sure you have healthy summer hair is to start the summer with a haircut at Caralyn’s. Starting the summer with a fresh cut will tidy up your look by trimming away dead and withered ends. A trim at the beginning of the summer will also keep you cooler on hot days. A fresh hair gives you a fresh perspective; what better way to start the summer?

Now that you are armed with the proper tools to achieve healthy summer hair, what are you waiting for? Hit the beach, dive into the pool or lounge out with a book; summer is here!