Salon Blog


Pastel Hair Colours For Spring

Caralyn's Hair - pastel colours - spring hair - Ottawa salons

With the arrival of spring 2018 comes a new hair colour inspiration. Stylists have left the drab and grey colours of winter behind and have fully embraced hues with a little more oomph. Influenced by light and gentle traditional spring colours, pastel hair is very popular this spring. If you are ready for a fresh look, stand out with a stunning pastel palette.

What Exactly Is Pastel Hair?

Pastel hair colours instantly brighten your entire appearance. These gentle colours soften the look of your hair, but also make a bold statement. Be inspired by a huge variety of colours to satisfy your passion for colour, such as lavender, rose gold, coral, light teal, purple or a mix of colours that some stylists have called “unicorn” or “mermaid” hair.

Is Pastel Hair For Me?

The current pastel hair colour trend works for both men and women. Celebrities like Zayn Malik, Joe Jonas, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Kylie Jenner have recently rocked this colour trend. The best part is that these lighter shades work extraordinarily with any hair length.

Combine your new hair with the most popular 2018 hairstyles, like voluminous curls, braids, playful ponytails or other accessories and you will be ready to take on any event that comes your way this spring.

Is Pastel Hair Easy to Maintain?

Pastel hair will require a little more upkeep than natural hair. While this vibrant trend is stunning, it is important to remember how much work needs to go into attaining and maintaining these spring-inspired colours. Soft pastel colours are not obvious in combination with natural blonde hair, and especially not on dark hair. Hairstylists suggest starting a pastel hair colour journey by first bleaching your hair to strip away colour molecules. After this process, the hair becomes more porous and the dye can bond more easily to the hair.

Stylists suggest washing your hair less, or simply using dry shampoo more often as a way to nurture your new colour. Unfortunately, the reality is that the more colourful your  hair, the more maintenance it will need. Regular visits to the hair salon will become necessary to keep the vivid colours.

Are you ready to stand out with pastel hair? Contact Caralyn’s at 613-224-7206 or on our website to book your appointment and to change up your look this spring.

Sources: Brit+Co, Allure, Pretty Designs, InStyle

How to Always Have Red Carpet Ready Hair with Wigs

Caralyn’s hair is more than a cutting-edge salon in the Nation’s Capital. Among the team of highly trained salon “artists”, the owner, Caralyn is passionately involved in helping people of all ages feel good about themselves again, and radiate confidence in times they have lost it. Some of these clients include; patients experiencing hair loss for a wide variety of medical reasons, hormone imbalance, hair loss due to genetics, going through an identity crisis and wanting to take on a different persona and express their alter ego, or simply want to be current and in-keeping with trends without the hassle of styling their own hair.

Reasons for exploring a new look with wigs are very personal, and the good news is that it’s customizable to you, with absolutely no judgement. The team at Caralyn’s understands that when you look good, you feel good! Whether using a new hair product, or getting a simple trim on the hair salon side, to a toupee or wig…the choices are there for you.

Invest in a complete makeover with top of the line and customizable wigs at competitive prices. Wearing a wig should go unnoticed. With real hair, and quality synthetic, the aim is to look harmonies and see the person as a whole – not the wig as a distraction.

The wide selection is displayed in a private nook to the right of the salon where one can shop the many different styles and colours and find one well-suited for age, face shape, and complexion. It is highly recommended to book a consultation in advance in order to be given the proper time and attention with utmost care.

Carolyn herself spends many hours offering one-on-one consulting. She listens to the innermost personal stories of hair loss to finding solutions. And there is nothing more rewarding for her than seeing the positive results.
In no time, you can look red carpet ready and feel like a star!

Community is important to Caralyn’s which is why she is very involved with volunteering for and supporting Hair Donation Ottawa, which provides wigs and other hair-loss solutions to financially disadvantaged children in Canada who have lost their hair due to medical conditions or treatment. For more information on this wonderful cause please visit;

Call us at 613-224-7206, or complete our appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you soon and making you feel and look red-carpet-ready.

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!