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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!

Find Your Perfect Prom Hairstyle!

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You’ve picked your dress, your shoes and your accessories. You’ve found your date, arranged for a limo and booked your pedicure. But, have you chosen your prom hairstyle yet?  With prom season fast approaching, it is time to start dreaming of how you would like to style your hair.

Will you wear it up or down?

Curly or straight?

Short or long?

To help you out, the Caralyn’s Hair Design team has collected the top 5 go-to prom hairstyles for this spring. Which prom hairstyle will you choose for your big day?

Classic Updo

Updos are one of the most classic prom hairstyles around. This hairstyle is extremely popular because it can be adapted for any hair type and length. Updos can be dressed up with subtle curls and braids, or made simple with a standard centre part. This hairstyle is simple, but its simplicity adds to the elegance and sophistication of the look. The best part? Your hair will be up and out of your face all night, so you won’t have to worry about it!

Waves or Curls

Waves and curls are simple, yet glamorous. They are an easy way to create the look of more voluminous hair while dressing up your locks with minimal effort. Luckily for you, you can create gorgeous curls with a curling wand in the comfort of your own home. Not really sure how to create this look?  take your curls to the next level and book an appointment with your hairstylist to create this look for you. Your hairstylist will make sure each hair on your head is in its place. Add to your look even further by adding in extensions. Caralyn’s offers permanent and non-permanent extension options to help you attain the prom hairstyle of your dreams.

High & Sleek Ponytail

A slicked back high ponytail is one of 2018’s most popular hairstyles. First, simply comb back all of your hair (no part required!) and then gather it into a high ponytail near the crown of the head. Make sure to use hairspray to secure any “baby hairs” to keep your sleek look.

Straight Away

Carefully straightened hair is the most versatile hairstyle of 2018. Achieve this look simply by using a flat-iron to smooth out any waves in your hair and create length. Most importantly, use a heat protectant product to help your hair keep its shine and protect it from any damage. Now that you have your beautifully straightened locks, you will be able to keep this easy-to-maintain look all night long; even while dancing the night away!

This style could also benefit from hair extensions by adding more volume and length. Call Caralyn’s to book an appointment to have your new extensions added in.

French Braids Are Fun

Add in a french braid or two to create some flare in your prom hairstyle. Whether you french braid your bangs, or add them into an updo, french braids tend to liven up a standard look. French braids are also versatile; they can be added into long hair or short hair; thin hair or thick hair. Simply adding in some texture to one of your prom hairstyles will ensure that you are photo-ready on your prom day.

With this much hair inspiration, we know it may be difficult to choose your prom hairstyle. Consult with your hairstylist to get an idea of the look that would best suit you. Call Caralyn’s Hair Design to book an appointment with one of our hair specialists and make sure your locks are prom-ready.

The Mother’s Day Gift She Really Wants: A Day At the Salon!

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Your mom is a cut above the rest; she has been there through it all. She has stuck it out through all of the stomach flus, art-projects-gone wrong, break-ups and dreams-come-true. Mother’s Day is on its way and it’s time to show a little (or a lot of) appreciation for everything she does. While your mom has politely accepted and praised the gifts of flowers, chocolates and more coffee mugs up until now, on Sunday, May 13, give mom the Mother’s Day gift she really wants: a day of pampering at the salon.

If you want to make this year’s Mother’s Day gift an extra special one, pick your mom’s favourite salon to eliminate any awkward or time-consuming formalities involved in meeting a new hair stylist.

Next, find out which treatments your mom is most interested in. Does she want to change up her current look? Would she rather sit back, relax and enjoy a manicure? Whatever her favourite indulgence may be, Caralyn’s offers a wide array of salon and spa services. If you want to take her Mother’s Day gift to the next level, book a couple of different treatments so that she will leave the salon feeling rejuvenated from head to toe.

Five Mother’s Day Gift Ideas at Caralyn’s

Here are five services we offer that we think your mom will enjoy.

  1. A Classic Cut and Style
    Treat her to a cut and style to change up her look just in time for summer.
  2. Hair Colouring
    Maybe your mom wants to make a bold statement or simply add a little “oomph;” hair colouring is a great place to start. If your mom feels extra adventurous, perhaps she would like to try out a pastel hair colour, just in time for spring!
  3. Manicure/Pedicure
    Make sure your mom knows how special she is and treat her to a spa manicure and pedicure for full indulgence, our mani/pedi service is pampering at its finest. A mani/pedi is also great way to spend some quality time together, so take the opportunity to carve some time out and make an appointment for the both of you.
  4. Facials
    Facials revitalize, moisturize and soothe the skin which leave the face feeling refreshed and youthful. What better way to celebrate your mom than to help her feel her very best?
  5. Extensions
    Does your mom dream of her long, luscious locks from her ’20’s? Add some length back to her ‘do with extensions, one of our specialty services. With her new voluminous hair, your mom will feel youthful and ready to take on the world.

For more information and for a more detailed list of our salon and spa services, visit our website. If you are ready to make your mom’s Mother’s Day gift the best yet, call us at 613-224-7206 to book an appointment. Does your mom prefer the comfort of her own home? Inquire at Caralyn’s for the possibility of off-site services.

Thank you, moms, for all you do!