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Tis the season for fabulous hair!

9 Dec

It’s official… the holidays are here! And whether or not it’s your favourite season, or if you even celebrate this time of year, holiday events and social obligations are lurking around every corner — and you have to look fabulous!

A great outfit is just not enough during the holidays. Everyone is dressed to impress, and that goes for hair and makeup as well. Well… unless you get invited to one of those Ugly Holiday Sweater parties… then we know for sure your hair won’t be the focus (no matter what!) Having said that, you still don’t want to be too fussy or formal with your hair. After all, you’re there to party!

Here are some of our favourite hairstyles that are perfect for those holiday parties where you want to look fabulous but still let loose!

Penelope Cruz’s side-swept waves:

A great and easy way to add a little extra oomph to wavy or curly hair. Pin it all to one side and touch up the waves for a lux look… and make sure to add lots of hairspray to keep it in place and a shine serum or spray!

Kim Kardashian’s edgy pony:

If you’re looking for a little edge to go with your glam, look no further than this Kardashian’s voluminous ‘do. There’s no Snooki resemblance here — Kim keeps her poof sleek and modern, pinning the sides back into a long and shiny pony.

Anne Hathaway’s elegant chignon:

If you’re looking for something a little more elegant, but still simple, Anne’s Oscar updo is for you! It’s as easy a low chignon, a modern middle-part and a few sexy, loose tendrils!

Sarah Jessica Parker’s glam waves:

Want a modern take on 70s wave and volume? This look is perfect! Ultra big and ultra shiny, this style can go from office to evening in no time!

Diane Kruger’s decorated ‘do:

So you fancy, huh? (who doesn’t like a little Drake reference!) Diane Kruger adds the perfect amount of bling for the holidays to this wavy updo. Adding a little sparkle with fancy pins and clips is an easy way to be festive… and gorgeous!

Elizabeth Olsen’s chic top knot:

Those of you wanting to show off your fantastic facial structure, make up or neckline should take a page from the youngest Olsen’s book! This not-too-perfect but not-too-messy bun does everything right and can work with jeans and a blouse or a fabulous dress.

This holiday season partake in as many festivities as possible… just so you can show off your fabulous hair!

Hair that’s fit to be tied!

8 Sep

Hairstylists are notorious for hating pony tails.

But here’s the real deal: it’s not the ponytails that stylists hate – it’s the lack of style! When you’re lazily throwing your hair up and looking like you’re going to the gym when you’re not, stylists cringe. They hate to see that someone doesn’t care about their hair!

Caring about your hair doesn’t mean you need to spend hours primping, though. Of course it’s unreasonable (not to mention impractical) to sport a glamorous updo for day-to-day life. In real life, people need an easy way to look styled when in a rush. And thus enters the ponytail. But not the gym pony, no way. Let us introduce you to the styled pony – an acceptable (and recommended) alternative to its lazy sibling.

The key to the wavy pony is lots of volume and texture. In term of getting the right texture, this is a perfect look for day-after-washing hair, especially if you already have it in a wavy or curly style. If that’s the case, it’s as easy as spraying in some dry shampoo at the roots to pump it up and use a product to freshen up your texture, like Schwarzkopf’s Moisture Kick Conditioning Spray or Eufora’s Curl ‘N Spray Revitalizer. If you’re starting with freshly washed hair, apply a volumizing mousse and dry your hair with a round brush. Set your hair in about six hot rollers and use hairspray – this will give an easy, uneven wave to your hair with lots of movement.

When pulling it back, add some lift at the crown by slightly twisting your hair on either side, pushing it up and then pinning the twists in the centre, suggests Remo, co-owner of Haartek. You might also start a braid (just two or three plaits) and pin it, eliminating the need for a hair elastic. If you find that your curls are falling too flat, you can always fix individual waves in the pony with a curling or flat-iron.

If smooth and shiny your style, the flat-iron is your best friend! After washing, apply mousse and a heat-protecting serum and blow dry your hair with a round brush. Flat-iron your hair in small sections and add a shine serum afterwards (Haartek is a big fan of Eufora’s Beautifying Serum and Kevin Murphy’s Young.Again). Whether you want a sleek low pony or a higher voluminous one, try wrapping a section of hair around the elastic as a chic way to add style!

Last but not least, we still can’t get enough of the messy braid. This is hands-down better than a tired ponytail and because it doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s just as easy! Use a shine serum and a texturizing spray before braiding and make sure to leave a few loose tendrils – the messier the better.

As we’ve said before, unless you’re actually going to the gym, there’s no excuse to look like you’re going to the gym. We promise, it doesn’t have to take hours, so show your hair some love!

A close shave..

9 Jul

Usually anything involving a woman and a voluntarily shaved head signifies a punky or edgy, hard style. You would never connect a shaved head with a beauty queen or glamorous startlet. Or would you?

Although a few stars, including Demi Moore and Natalie Portman, have sported shaved heads because of film roles, rarely has it become trendy, and even more rarely been considered feminine.

But lately, the undercut has appeared, not only with pixie cuts and bobs, but with long, flowing waves accessorizing vampy make-up and evening gowns.

Edgy, but feminine, the undercut is definitely a trend for the more adventurous and those with facial structure to die for. It adds interest to what might be just another long mane of hair or typical pixie, but still keeps enough hair to play with to be feminine – especially if you have gorgeous features to highlight.

What do you think? Can the undercut be considered soft, or will it always look harsh and punky?

Forget the dress! What about the hair!?

22 Jun

It’s almost the end of June and wedding season is well underway, but are you a bride-to-be that has no clue what to do with her hair on the big day? Fear not! That’s what blogs like these are for!

Whether your hair is short or long, curly or straight, the creativity and skill of your stylist will ensure that you find the perfect ‘do for your wedding! Doing your research is important too, however. Have a look at the cornucopia of wedding magazines and websites for style inspiration – this will give you an idea of the hairstyles you like… and give a reference for ones you hate.

Once you have an idea of the style you think will suit your type of wedding, the most important step is booking a consultation with your stylist.  If possible, find a quiet day at the salon where your stylist can dedicate a couple of hours to trying several different styles on you. Bring in any pictures of hair you like and accessories you may use to help the stylist create what you have envisioned. The consultation is especially important if you plan on using extensions – the stylists needs time to order the right kind and you may have to colour them to match your hair.

“It’s a big day and you want it to be perfect ,” says Stylist Olivia. “You want to eliminate any stress you can the day of, and knowing exactly what your hair will be like will do that. Especially if you are using extensions or accessories!”

Here are a few of our favourite bridal styles, from boho to princess, to help inspire you for your big day!

Need more inspiration? Check out Haartek Salon’s real life updos on our Facebook page!

Yes, I have braids in my hair. No, I don’t yodel.

27 May

If you haven’t heard by now that braids are really hot this spring/summer you may just be living under a rock. No matter where you turn, or what magazine you flip through, countless styles of braids are being sported by celebrities, models, fashionistas and hipsters alike.

Some are of the opinion that braids should be reserved for school girls and milkmaids only – they have no place in a mature, stylish woman’s life. I whole heartedly disagree. Sure, if overdone, braids can look childish or like you should be off yodeling in the alps, but if done right, they can add that playful yet sophisticated touch to a summery ‘do!

“This is a must-do trend for simple, summer styling,” says Associate Stylist Sandra. “And the messier the better… There is no wrong way to braid!”

Here are some of my favourite braids that you can try this summer, be it an updo for a special occasion or just a day in the sun. I think any doubters will be silenced.

What do you think of the summer braid trend? Is it something you would or have already tried?

Crusaders in the life-long quest to de-frizz…

26 May

Taming frizzy, unruly, poofy hair is a life-long quest for many women, especially in damp and humid climates. Just ask female Torontonians in the middle of July.

Straighteners and relaxers are not new to the beauty industry, but in the past they have been very intense and full of chemicals. Although the results from last year’s breakthrough Keratin treatment, The Brazilian Blowout, were amazing, the product was later pulled from Canadian and European markets due to unacceptable levels of formaldehyde compromising the health of consumers and stylists applying the treatment over a long period of time.

Four months later, there is now a formaldehyde-free Keratin formula promising to grant the wishes of the frizzy haired. Dióra Professionnel has introduced their Keratherapy line of treatments and products as a safe alternative to traditional keratin treatments. Keratherapy is free of formaldehyde, urea, aldehydes and other harsh chemicals and is in compliance with The European Union, Canadian and other international health and safety regulations worldwide.

It boasts a formula that is derived from a blend of orange peel oil and Natural Certified Organic ingredients including: jojoba oil; aloe vera; green tea; and pomegranate and marigold extracts. The products also use Moroccan argan oil, pure keratin, collagen, amino acids and proteins to rebuild, and add strength and elasticity to the hair.

Although Dióra calls this “the evolution of brazilian keratin,” the Keratherapy available in Canada is not a straightening treatment like the Brazilian Blowout. Its results can’t be compared to the old Keratin treatments that contained formaldehyde, or even the Intense Renewal Keratherapy treatment that is only available in the States; it will not eliminate curls or waves in the hair. It will, however, smooth, tame and de-frizz unruly hair for up to 12 weeks and the treatment reduces drying time in half. It can be used on coloured or highlighted hair and it, in fact, helps to lock in the colour and extend the vibrancy of blonde or “high fashion” shades.

At Haartek, the whole procedure takes about two hours and you can’t wash or put any product in your hair for 48 hours. Dióra offers a Keratin Infused Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner that is free of sulfates, parabens, sodium chloride, propylene glycol, DEA and TEA, but any shampoo or conditioner that is sulfate free, like Kevin Murphy or Eufora, is safe to use after the treatment.

If you’re interested in getting any kind of straightening or de-frizzing treatment done, it’s best to consult with your stylist to see which is the right one for you.

But to all my fellow frizzy-haired friends, at least we know there are options out there that can help solve our dilemma, even just temporarily… ‘cos shaving my hair off is just not an option – my head is far too big.

Perms: ‘Granny Fabulous’ or just plain fabulous?

13 May

 Perms have come a long way since your granny’s days.

Gone are the days when perms were just tight curls for short hair on old ladies. No offence, Grandma, but it’s just not very modern.

The good news is that there are now modern options for perming your hair. In the past, perms were associated with lots of ammonia, a rotten egg-like scent and a rigid curl without much bounce. The chemicals used were much stronger and caused more damage to the hair. These days, thankfully, perms are less damaging and aggressive. Although they aren’t as long-lasting, they give great bounce in fine, thin and even coloured hair. Perms come in different strengths depending on your hair type and condition, so just because you have dry, coloured hair, doesn’t mean you have to rule out a perm.

“Eufora has one of the mildest and friendliest perms that has come out in the last 15 years,” says co-owner, Remo. “It keeps the integrity of the hair a lot better.”

And the rods used to set the perm are much smoother than in the past, keeping the hair smoother when it’s wound and not too tight. This all translates into a smooth, natural, bouncy curl or wave.

Now, improving the actual formula and tools are well and good and all, but that doesn’t matter much if it would still leave you looking like Edith Bunker. But here’s the good news. A perm can give your hair texture ranging from the loosest, beachy wave to the tightest afro – it all just depends on the size of roller used to set it. So you don’t have to have a granny perm. Leave that to the grannies. They rock it better anyway.

“If you want that beachy wave that’s very in right now, a very loose, textural perm to add movement and style to flat hair is the way to go,” says Sandra, an Associate Stylist. “Perms aren’t just a thing of the past. Even celebrities get them.”

And even more good news? Perms are pretty low maintenance. Aside from having to wait 48 hours before you wash your hair after getting the perm, you just need to put in a nice curling cream or balm and diffuse it with a dryer for your desired look. And even more good news? In the olden days perms got frizzier as time passed, but now they just fade out. You can expect your perm to last between four to six months, depending on the tightness of the curl.

One of our assistants, Johnna, recently got a loose wave perm and she couldn’t be happier. “I love it. It gives me a lot more volume because my hair was very straight and flat before,” she says. “It’s also given me more options because I can still wear it straight if I blow dry it, but it will also hold a bigger curl better than it did before if I use an iron.”

So there you go – the facts about modern perms. I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced. Bring on the sexy, beachy waves for Spring!

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