Archive | Uncategorized RSS feed for this section

The gift of hair…

18 Nov

It seems the moment after we’ve packed away our Halloween costumes and decorations the holiday season is upon us. Christmas lights and ornaments adorn storefronts starting the first week of November and slowly Christmas carols are floating through the air, trying to add merriment to the general public. Besides an excuse to deck the halls and stuff ourselves, to many, the holiday season is about giving, whether to friends, family or those in need.

Toy, clothing and food drives are in full force at this time of year, supplying a little bit of cheer to as many less fortunate families as possible. These initiatives are vital, there’s no doubt about it. But this holiday season, there’s another gift that you may be able to give to a child in need. The gift of hair.

Locks of Love is a public, not-for-profit organization that provides custom-made hair pieces to financially disadvantaged children in the U.S. and Canada. The age bracket for recipients goes from six to 21 and it’s for those suffering from long-term medical hair loss, from any diagnosis, be it cancer, alopecia or a traumatic accident. (learn more about the organization here)

LOL uses donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics to give to children in need free of charge, or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. Their custom-made prosthetics are the ideal option for children because they do not require the use of tape or glue because they form a vacuum seal. Only the wearer is able to remove the wig and they can swim and shower with it in place, avoiding any shame or embarrassment that might come with it accidentally being removed. And so the child truly feels like he or she is getting her own hair, she’s able to choose the colour and length of the hair, the skin tone of the silicone base and the cut or style she wants. This process takes between four and six months and recipients may reapply for a new prosthesis every 18 months.

These prostheses are made possible through financial and actual hair donations. Each prosthesis requires between six and ten ponytails at least ten inches long, and it’s estimated that 80 per cent of all donations come from children who want to help other children.

If you want to donate your hair, there are certain guidelines that must be followed, but most salons are familiar with the organization and can help you make sure they are met. For a full list of guidelines, click here.

So this holiday season, or the next one, if you find yourself wanting to make a difference to a child in need, think about Locks of Love… all it takes is a little time, patience and care.

The men of Haartek grow some mo’s…

2 Nov

This year, the men of Haartek Salon are proud to be Mo Bros, growing upper lip warmers to raise funds and awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer research. 

The month of November is now unofficially called Movember, and starting November 1st, guys register themselves at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face in order to get sponsored for growing a moustache (or a mo).  Over 1.1 million men take part in Movember worldwide and funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and their men’s health partner, Prostate Cancer Canada.

Besides being an excuse to grow a sweet ‘stache, Movember’s goal is to change the stubborn habits and attitudes surrounding men’s health. Too often men ignore or dismiss medical problems but Movember aims to educate men about the risks they face and get them to act on that knowledge and increase their chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.  As it says on their website:
“Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.”

So in honour of Movember, here are some of Haartek’s favourite mustachioed faces, sure to inspire our men’s mo’s.

In 2010, Movember raised 22.3 million dollars in Canada and hopes that 2011 will top it. This is the first year that Haartek will be raising funds as a team and we’re pretty darn excited to see who will grow the best mo (and raise the most money for it!)

For more information or to register your own mustache, click here. You can even join Haartek’s team (official team name is Haartek Salon).

To view profiles and donate money to our mustachioed gentlemen visit their pages: Remo, Cosimo & Mike.

Happy Movember!

It’s come undone..

30 Sep

It’s no secret that I am a fan of undone hair. I’ve written more than a few posts dedicated to various purposely messy looks… and this is no exception.

But why is the “undone look” so popular? Why this aversion to looking polished?

I have a few theories. First of all, messy hair can be incredibly sexy. I’m not talking about “dirty teenager” or “just-been-camping-for-a-week-and-can’t-remember-what-a-shower-feels-like” messy, I’m talking about the “night-after-a-great-party” or, if I may be so bold, the infamous “sex” hair. It just looks so carefree and cool… but you know there was an initial style behind it that just became, well… undone.

The second reason might be a rebellion against being a slave to heated hair tools… or the heat and humidity of the city for that matter. Why punish your hair (or your patience) when casual hair can look great for work and, with the right makeup and accessories, for a night on the town.

My third theory might be a bit of a stretch, but I think it has some merit. I point my finger at the rise of hipsterdom; there must be some correlation between the abundance of hipsters in the world and the popularity of messy hair. Just the fact that undone hair is styled to look messy reeks of hipsters, no?

But regardless of the reasoning behind this trend I am hopelessly in love with it. There is just something so appealing about less-than-perfect hair that looks somehow perfect. From tousled waves to undone top knots and chignons to messy braids, all of these styles demand some effort, but not too much. And this nonchalance is what makes it irresistible.

If you don’t understand, I dare you to take a look at some of our favourite “undone” looks. I’ll bet you fall in love too.


Bringing retro back: 10 iconic hairstyles

15 Sep

The right hairstyle on the right person can define a decade. There’s no doubt that over the years, certain celebrity hair has stood out more than others, and regardless of when you were born, is instantly recognizable.  

Modern trends are often inspired by vintage looks, and hair is no different. Iconic styles are re-imagined and given an updated twist, like borrowing mod styles from the ’60s or soft curls and volume from the ’70s.

Which celebrities have had the most iconic hair? Here are ten of our favourite iconic hairstyles (whether they should ever be repeated or retired is debatable… *cough* ‘the Rachel’ *cough*…):

Welcome to Hair Love!

4 May

Finally, the time has come to launch Haartek Salon’s blog! We hope to share fun stories, tips and pictures about our number one obsession and love: hair.

But we also want to know what you think about hair or if you want specific tips or discussions! Ask, suggest, comment – we will respond!

We hope you enjoy reading about our Hair Love, and we hope you share it too.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.