Photographer – Fronx Photos
Model: Katrina Roebuck
Hair: Emma Ward
Designer: Sabrina Oxford
I’ve finally had some time to sit down and let you in on the madness that has been my last couple of weeks. A whirlwind of excitement and education also unfortunately led to exhausted and a mean cold so I’m a little late.
This wonderful madness began with a class on November 5th in Toronto at the Schwarzkopf academy called Hollywood Hair. This class, taught by the exquisite Michelle Finlayson, was set up to teach stylist how to combine new and old school techniques to create stunning updos and long hair styles.
Here’s one of my fave looks created during the class! Michelle showed up a knotted updo technique and told us to then make it our own and I decided to finish mine with some braid styling (photo two).
Did I mention that I took an overnight greyhound to get to this class? It was bananas and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, just get a hotel room like a normal person. However, I would totally do it again. After wrapping up the class, I took the bus back to Ottawa, and headed straight to bed.
Fast forward to the next weekend, myself and some coworkers were off to Toronto (again) for the Contessa! For anyone who isn’t a hair nerd, the Contessa is the Canadian hairstylist of the year awards, essentially the Oscars for hair stylists. The contest features a number of categories for stylists to enter (colorist of the year, texture stylist, etc). Which by the way, yours truly placed top ten in Canada in the apprentice category, just saying.
What a show! With 1000 hair stylist in attendance, it was an incredible experience. We laughed, drank, and danced the night away while being inspired by so many amazing artists. Watch out for next year, the Scissors team plans on taking home our own Contessa!
It’s not everyday I get to take part in a photoshoot with two of my fave people! My oldest friend (photographer) and one of my dearest hair school friends (model) collaborated with me to create this beautiful In Bloom collection.
This collection was inspired by the pink flowered trees found in Lincoln Fields in Ottawa. This set was published in three different small magazines! Northern Shine, Pretty Poison, and Nymph Magazine.
Model: Kat Falsetto
Photographer: Lana Smith Photography
Hair: Emma Ward (Hi!)
I had the pleasure of working with designer Julie Aubin at the National Women’s Show this year in Ottawa. This year the event was again hosted at the EY Centre, but for the first time organized by Runway For Hope.
It was a delight to share the morning with so many talented makeup artists and my incredibly talented partner for hair, Fatima Abeduljalil.
Here are some photos of the models I had the joy of prepping for the show!
All photos thanks to Richard MacGillivray !
For this week, I asked my Facebook friends to ask me questions. After all, the point of this blog is to share some hair magic with all of you, so who better to ask. I was delightfully surprised that the questions were so interesting, so here we go!
(a few of these were so good, I’ll be doing separate blog posts about them after to go more into depth).
What are clear signs of dead hair?
Technically, all of the hair that we see on our heads is already dead, the struggle is keeping that hair healthy and hydrated to appear “alive”. A few signs that your hair is becoming damaged include:
What’s the dirtiest hair you ever had to style? Describe.
Oh boy, I normally leave these stories within the salon. A common hair myth is that you shouldn’t wash your hair before having it colored. Sadly, some people take this myth WAY too far and decide to come in with a hot mess on their heads. I once had a lady come in for her color touch up, and her hair was so dirty that it was actually wet underneath from oils.
Is having my hair up 80% of the time unhealthy?
Under some circumstance, yes. However, if you avoid a few things, you can drastically reduce the damage of having your hair up all the time.
DON’T – Wear really tight elastics all the time. Doing so can cause traction alopecia (hair-loss caused by pulling) usually around the hairline. This can cause a receding hairline when done too often.
DO – Use a clip or loose elastic to tie your hair up. There are tons of healthier alternatives around for securing your hair that look great! Check out Invisibobbles, they are a traction-less hair tie that you can use again and again without it snapping on you.
DON’T – Leave your hair up all day and night. Make sure you let your scalp breathe! Having a clogged up scalp can cause all kinds of problems, including slower hair growth.
DO – Remember to take your hair down and let it breathe. I recommend running a brush through your hair right after taking it out. This will stimulate your scalp and promote healthy growth rates. It will also remove any hairs that have shed while you’ve been wearing it up.
What is the best brand of shampoo/conditioner for thin hair?
Before I go into brands, I’d like to just discuss some general characteristics of products suited for fine hair. Always look for something that isn’t too heavy. Drug store products are a big no-no for anyone with fine hair. These products are loaded with unnecessary ingredients that can leave a build up on your hair and scalp. For anyone with fine hair who is ready to make the switch to professional products you should always start with a few deep cleansing shampoos to remove the build up.
As for brands, it really turns into preference. Luckily, there are so many great professional products available to give a variety. Here are a few of my favorites that my clients love.
Kevin Murphy – Plumping Shampoo and Conditioner
Schwarzkopf – Moisture Kick Shampoo and leave in treatment.
Color WOW – Daily Shampoo and Conditioner for fine hair.
Aveda – Pure Abundance Shampoo and Conditioner.
How do you make hair grow faster?
The important thing to keep in mind is that your hair will not grow a noticeable amount overnight no matter what you do. However, there are some things to help promote natural hair growth,
Regular brushing helps to keep your scalp healthy, stimulated, and free of debris. Scalp stimulation promotes healthy hair growth by keeping the blood flowing in that area.
Okay, let’s debunk a major hair myth right now. Why does your hairstylist keep saying that to grow your hair out, you should get it cut more often?
Fun Fact: split ends cannot be fixed, they will not go back together and will not be healthy again. Any product claiming to repair them, is probably just putting a coating over your hair to make it feel healthier. In reality, the hair is still broken. The ONLY way to get rid of split ends and stop them from traveling upward? Cut them off. Getting 1/2 inch trims every 6-8 weeks removes splits and prevents the damage from spreading.
Everything in our bodies is connected. When one system is thrown off, it takes a toll of your overall health in so many ways. If your hair is feeling weak, it could be a sign that something else is wrong. Maintaining a balanced diet keeps your body healthy and happy, and in turn keeps your hair feeling great.
Reasonably priced keratin supplements are all over the market. You should always check with your doctor before starting new supplements but most people can tolerate a little more keratin.
Keratin is the protein in your hair and nails. Some people need extra keratin if their bodies are not producing it naturally, and most of us couldn’t hurt from a little boost to keep our hair and nails looking healthy and happy.
If you are still in the mindset that drug store hair products are just as good as professional, you need to sit down with your laptop and do some research. These products are full of unneeded additives and ingredients that leave a build up on your hair and scalp. Fun Fact: this build up can actually slow down the growth of your hair. Your scalp needs to breathe, and if there is years of product build up sitting on top of it, it’s going to have a hard time doing that.
If I’m trying to achieve blonde without killing or over-processing my hair, how often should I lighten it to achieve this look?
Ah, here it is, the question of the ages. This has to be the most asked question when it comes to hair. So, here it is.
First of all, you should absolutely not be doing this yourself. When it comes to lightening your hair, there is a LOT that can go wrong. However, if done in-salon, a lighter look is often achievable. For those born with naturally very dark hair, you may never get platinum silver hair. Naturally dark hair has a lot of pigment to it, and so the process of removing the pigment (bleaching) takes longer and more work. Unfortunately, your hair may not be able to handle getting that light before it starts to feel like cooked spaghetti.
Virgin Hair: All hair should be lifted slow and steady. Low volume developers, mixed with a good colorist will give great results. In this situation, most colorists would suggest doing a lift and tone every 6-8 weeks depending on the health of your hair. Even then, you will be sent home with care instructions that are critical in the success of going lighter. Lifting your hair causes damage, there is no way around it. With proper care, most hair will lift to the desired level, but you will have to trust the process.
Professionally Colored Hair: Lifting color out of hair is a lot harder than with virgin hair. Most professional colors will remove without high levels of damage, but again, ensure that you use all of the after-care products prescribed by your stylist during your journey of going lighter.
Box-Colored Hair: Alright folks, here’s the ugly truth. If you want to go blonde, prepare to spend a lot of time and money. The only way around that investment, is to fry your hair at home. When I say fry, I genuinely mean that your hair will likely look like cooked spaghetti by the time you get to the desired level of blonde that you’re looking for.
In salon, you will likely need at least two-three visits. Even then, there isn’t a colorist in the world that can guarantee to lift out box color and maintain the integrity of your hair at the same time. Normally, in-salon lifting can remove quite a bit of the box color, but nothing is for sure. When lifting these colors, they come out splotchy and uneven. It takes an experienced colorist to spot treat these uneven areas. Please keep your expectations realistic. I 100% recommend going in for a consultation, they’re free and will give you a better picture of what can be done for your hair. Maybe you can lift to a beautiful platinum blonde, but it’s never for sure.
Have more questions? Leave them below!
So after talking about it for over a month now, I’ve finally decided to start a blog. Keep in mind this is my first time doing this, so I will be looking for audience advice on what you’d like to read about! For anyone who may not know me, my name is Emma and I’m a hairstylist in Ottawa. I went to hair school at Algonquin College, and now I work full-time at Scissors Hair Studio.
Anytime I open my Facebook, I want to rip my eyes out watching some people give hair advice or make horrible mistakes on their heads. I’m here to spread some knowledge and help debunk common hair myths. Hopefully, I can help you guys learn some new things about your hair, and how to take care of it.
Thanks in advance for the support,