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Platinum Blonde Hair: The Side Effects

Platinum blonde hair rocked the celebrity scene last year, with names like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lawrence inspiring us to rethink uber-blonde hair. This eye-catching hair trend is set to continue in 2018, but is it the right choice for you? Before taking the platinum plunge, there are a few things to consider about the side effects and maintenance.

Dryness. As you have probably heard, lightening and bleaching hair can have damaging effects on its health. One side effect of going platinum is hair dryness, due to the chemicals found in the bleach. But fear not: Washing your hair less frequently can help minimize this problem. Shampoo and condition a maximum of 2-3 times a week and watch the oils from your scalp rejuvenate your hair health.

Breakage. Bleaching your hair makes your strands more susceptible to breakage and split ends. However, this can be countered in a number of ways. Ask your stylist to use Olaplex when applying your bleach in order to minimize the side effects. Also, opt for strengthening conditioner at home pre and post dye to keep your hair nice and strong. Finally, avoid breakage in the shower by purchasing a ‘wet brush’ – a hairbrush that is soft and specifically made for using in the shower to stop losing strands.

Maintenance. As expected, any type of hair colouring requires consistent upkeep and maintenance in order to retain that original fresh look. Hair colouring and the associated at-home products can be an expensive investment. Speak to your stylist about the best products for your hair and how to make your colour last as long as possible, so you can spend less time at the salon.

There is no arguing that platinum blonde hair is a stunning look when done correctly. The bigger the transition in colour (such as from black hair to blonde) the more damage to your hair. Just follow the above tips and speak to your stylist about products that you can use pre and post-bleach to keep your locks healthy and gorgeous. Don’t shy away from the look of the season. As they say, blondes have more fun!


2018 Hair Trends That are to Dye for

New year = New y̶o̶u̶ ‘do.

Bring in 2018 with some of the hottest looks of the year that will leave you feeling powerful, confident, and ready to take on the world. See what hair trends made the cut this year:

Go Big or Go Home. This year is all about keeping it natural and embracing your curls. Put away the straightener in 2018 and pump up the volume, making your curls and natural texture bigger and better than ever. If you’ve got it, flaunt it.

Blondes Have More Fun. Does blonde ever really go out of style? Platinum blonde is a trend here to stay in 2018. The upkeep might be hard, but the end result is unbelievably hot. This year, try out a soft platinum, keeping a touch of roots for a more a natural look and a little health break for your hair.

All About Accessories. Spice up your look with fun and bold hair accessories. Daring scrunchies, headscarves, and barrettes have been taking over the runway this season. Opt for velvet scrunchies, gold barrettes, and silk head scarves to accentuate your glam on a girls’ night out.

Powerful Pony. PSA: Ponytails are not just for the gym. Celebs have been proving that a pony can be timeless, sophisticated, and flattering for every face. Take this versatile look from kickboxing to the club; rocking it either tousled and high or sleek and low on your head will be sure to stun.

A Silver Living. Move aside grey granny hair, 2018 is all about it’s luxurious colour cousin – silver. Transform flat and one-dimensional grey hair with a flirty, shiny, and metallic finish. Metallics have been taking over the beauty scene, with shimmer popping up everywhere from clothes to makeup, and now, to hair. Ice, ice baby.

Bold & Braided. Braids are back and better than ever. With so many variations to try, your 2018 look will never get old. So break out the Youtube tutorials and step up your braiding game, with stylish looks like the long and loose fishtail or messy schoolgirl plaits.

How to Breakup with Your Hairstylist

Don’t wig out. Make a clean cut from your unhealthy hair relationship.

Time to get out the ice cream and rom coms – you’re breaking up with your hairstylist. Have you left the salon feeling underwhelmed and unhappy? Are your highlights more copper than blonde? Did they cut off 4 inches instead of a trim? Nobody likes breakups, but in any kind of relationship there comes a time when they might be necessary.

Here is how to make a clean cut from your hairstylist and save yourself from a lifetime of bad hair days:

We Need to Talk. Before abandoning ship and jumping head first into unpredictable waters, talk it out with your hairstylist about what’s making you unhappy. Be straightforward about what wasn’t 100% with your last ‘do and bring pictures with you to offer clear examples of what to change. It’s nice to offer them the courtesy and the opportunity to right their wrongs.
If they’re understanding and appreciative of your feedback – great! You are back on track to maintaining a healthy hair relationship. If they are negative, defensive and not willing to change – those are clear signs that it might be time to breakup.

Just Being Honest. As we know, breakups of any kind are gut-wrenchingly awkward, for everyone involved. Although it might be tempting to make up extravagant lies and excuses for why you need out, honesty is always the best policy. You don’t want that a awkward run-in with them at the store, after saying you had to flee the country – that’s a hairy situation.
In a straightforward but kind manner, let your hairstylist know that you are looking for a change, still respect them as a friend, but need someone who better understands your hair’s needs and wants. #SorryNotSorry

Let’s Still Be Friends. Be sure not to end your hair relationship on a bad note. This is a person you shared all of the intimate details of your life with and who you trusted with one of your most prized possessions. Keep it light and kind, in case you ever decide on returning back to that salon or to that hairstylist. They probably tried their best to make you happy, so end the relationship on friendly terms.

Life’s too short for bad hair and bad relationships. Put yourself first and cut off the dead ends that aren’t making you happy.

Protection Against Winter Hair Damage


The cold weather in winter always feels like a shock, even though it comes right on time. Besides moving to a tropical country permanently, the best way to deal with frigid temperatures is to protect yourself from head to toe.

When it comes to the hair on your head, cold weather can really have an adverse affect. Here are some great tips to consider to keep your hair and scalp as healthy as possible during the winter season.

Line your winter hat with silk or satin to stop split ends.
Warning: wool, cotton, and other coarse fabrics can cause split ends and breakage, a tip even more important if you have curls or natural-textured hair. “Always line wool, acrylic, and/or cotton hats with a silk or satin lining,” recommends Williams, who advises going DIY: buy or use old fabric (like a vintage scarf or silk blouse) to measure and sew into any hat you already own. Williams recommends curly and natural girls apply an oil-based hair moisturizer prior to hat placement, while Corbett suggests smooth-textured ladies utilize a silk scarf to prolong their blowout. “Place your blowout or style inside a silk scarf underneath your hat to protect your hair. When you arrive at your destination, remove the scarf and your blowout will be in tact and protected.”

Switch to an oil-based moisturizer to lock in extra moisture.
Blasts of dry air are not good for any type of hair. The only way to combat it: extra moisture. “Natural, curly, wavy, relaxed, and coiled hair is sensitive to cold weather, when it’s prone to brittle texture, breakage, and split ends,” explains Ron Williams, National Educator for Phytospecific, who suggests using a heavier-than-usual, oil-based moisturizer that will evaporate more slowly to protect textured hair.

Never go outside with damp hair to bypass breakage.
Although time is of the essence in the morning, it’s critical to dry hair thoroughly before dashing into the cold. “Anything that’s cold expands, and that’s what can happen with your wet hair shaft in the cold weather, which puts you at risk for breakage and makes your color fade faster,” cautions Corbett. Take the time. Your hair—and your salon bill—will thank you later.’ (Kristin Booker,

It’s important to know that everybody’s hair is different, and the only way to know how to best protect your unique locks is to have it professionally assessed. At Caralyn’s your Ottawa professional hair care specialists, we take the time to assess and treat each individual scalp and head of hair separately, with the specialized care and respect it deserves. Schedule an appointment today!

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.