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Frizz is Your Friend!

Many of our clients come in during the summer with one major problem – frizz. Do not dread this ‘F’ word because we have tips to turn frizz into your friend!

Ottawa is having a summer of all types of weather; from sweltering sun to rain storms that soak you down. What can we do to protect our tresses from damage and having a mind of its own?


Depending on your type of hair, there are many options. However, every type of hair can benefit from hydration with the correct shampoo and conditioner. Our clients come back time and time again for Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate Me Wash and Rinse. This product is extremely smoothing and hydrating to the point of saying bye-bye to your split ends! Being packed with antioxidants, it retains the hairs moisture and leaves your hair feeling smooth, repaired and radiant. Also, one of our favourite products because it is sulphate and paraben-free!


You may also opt for a similar product in Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. This will be a perfect amount of hydration for more fine hair. It will aid in taming your frizz and keeping your hair feeling and looking soft!




If you have any type of curl in your hair, we recommend you enhance your. During the day, this weather will likely turn your hair from straight back to its curls regardless. Kevin Murphy’s Motion Lotion will go beyond controlling your frizz, by not weighing your hair down. You do not need a lot of this product – a dollop the size of a nickel in your palm for mid-length hair will be just enough. Rub between your palms and apply from the mid-length to the ends of your hair. Scrunch and twist your ends to define your curls. This product also provides UV protection which is critical against sun damage and to retain colour!

300To further enhance your curl (or to create beach-like waves) in your hair, we recommend finishing with Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Texturing Sea Spray. It will aid in volume and refreshing your curls. It has been voted as the Best of Beauty in 2011 by Allure Beauty Expert.

Feel free to leave a comment and we will answer your  hair questions!
We are always available for advice or hair consultation during our operating hours.

By Amanda Vagners


Treat Your Hair With Some Love!

Feeling like your hair may not be up to its highest standards for Valentine’s Day? We are all trying to combat the winter woes for our tresses. Below, we have Hair Republic Salon’s recommended products for hydrating treatments that that will help with damage, breakage and dryness!


It has a perfect blend of pure botanicals that provides nutrition and nourishment to the hair. Apply to washed hair and massage into hair and scalp or throw a cap over it and leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse.


Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair RESCUE
Sleep with damaged/color treated hair and wake up with results. Remember, the more you use it the more results you will notice!

Let’s not forget putting on heat protectant before using any kind of heat tool onto your hair. Your hair will love you for this!


Now that your hair is back to its nourished state and ready to style, we have some looks that will drop hearts this Valentine’s Day!

Be Straight-Up Sexy!


Straighten your hair for a sleeker look or go for a blowout for more volume and body.

Flourish With Some Curl!



Be romantic in some curls. The bigger the curling iron rod, the bigger the curl! Brush them out for a looser look or grab smaller sections of hair for tighter curls.

Give Your Hair A Romantic Boost!


Show your sweet side with a simple up-do! Make a braid into a headband or leave some hair pieces out framing your face for a sexier feel. Half hair up-do’s work too!

Feeling a bit more like a daring darling this valentine’s day? Blush in these styles!

Throw on some pink Kevin Murphy color bug on your ends or add some pink/red peek-a-boos!

By Jeanne Nguyen
New Talent Stylist at Hair Republic | Salon


Roll Out the Red Carpet for Yourself This Valentine’s Day!

We are in the midst of award season – hello stunning dresses, hair, and makeup! As many of us watch the stars stroll down the red carpet, we wonder, “Why can’t my hair be that nice every day? How can I look like this for Valentine’s!?

Don’t worry about how perfect their hair may look because trust me, you can do it yourself at home! I want to help you create a look for Valentine’s Day, whether you need to be restaurant-ready or at-home-effortless with your girlfriends enjoying a glass of wine.

The trend of a bun has been seen for months now but some of us at Hair Republic | Salon can’t take the staple out of our hair wardrobe. Do you blame us? It is simple and easy even for someone who never plays with their hair. Here we have the top hair trend in the past year and how you can tailor it to your own style.

The easiest and quickest way, is to use a “hair doughnut” or “sock bun”. The gist of it is to place your hair into a tight pony tail, however high, low, or to the side you want. Next, you wrap the end of the ponytail around the hair doughnut and continue rolling the doughnut all the way down to the base of the pony.

It can look something like this:


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The best part is how sharp you can look with a bold lip colour, such as Lauren Conrad pictured above. Hanging out with the girls, running errands, going to class, last minute date? You don’t have to feel the need to dress up and a messy bun will be the perfect touch!

You can purchase the hair doughnut at H&M which comes in Light Beige for blondes, Brown and Dark Brown for brunettes:


     As someone who juggles school, work, a social life, and trying to keep up with the trends, I am never surprised at the compliments I receive when rocking the bun. This hair style is a solution to my every day life! After practicing once or twice, you will get the hang of it – I guarantee.

Create, discover, play around, add your personal touch, no need for step by step directions!

And let me tell you, these starlets come home at the end of the day, just like us, and probably put their hair in a less chic bun.

By Amanda Vagners

Four Summer Styles

After more than a few false starts, we believe it is safe to say that the warm weather is finally here to stay – time for sundresses, shorts and shades! Taking off your thick wool hat, likely revealing your hair that may require a fresh change. Now comes the dilemma of, “What can I do with it?” Don’t worry, here at Hair Republic | Salon, we have gathered our favourite four trends this season to transform your hair!

If you are going to do one new thing with your hair this summer, let it be Balayage colouring. Granted, this hair trend has been seen over the past few seasons, but with summer here, there are no signs this look is stopping any time soon. You can be on your way to having a gorgeous, fuss-free colour that can last you throughout the season.

Balayage derives from a French word meaning, “to sweep”, which pertains to the way the stylist applies the colour; lighter, sweeping strokes that start at the top of the head to heavier sweeping strokes at the ends of the hair for a natural sun-kissed look. The great thing about Balayage is the low maintenance aspect of it.  When your roots grow in, natural blending occurs with the pre-existing colour, and paired with perfect waves, it creates the very popular beach-hair summer look.

If Balayage seems too tame for your tresses, why not opt for more of a dramatic change? Go red! Contrary to widespread belief, red hair can work on a wide variety of people provided you choose the right shade for you. If your skin is a darker tone, a cooler tone normally works best – think burgundy or violet based. If the thought of complete red makes you “see red” then try a dark mahogany for a more subtle effect. Medium skin tones should stick to medium shades, where auburn is a fantastic choice. If your skin is a more pale tone, go for warmer shades of red. For a softer look, you can try strawberry blonde which has hints of red without having to go through a radical change. If vivid, striking colour is more your style, there are many darker reds hues that work wonders without washing you out.

Another fun and edgy way to wear your hair for the summer is having your bangs cut bluntly. They may seem like a scary change but they are surprisingly versatile. Sweet yet sexy, professional but fun, and they add just the right pop to any hairstyle while highlighting one of your best features – your eyes.

After you have gotten your best hair colour and your crowd-stopping bangs, you need to find a way to show them off, why not try an up-do? Up-do’s have made a comeback this summer and woman can now rejoice in the fact that the artfully messy and utterly romantic styles are back! Why not try the ethereal up-do Emily Rossum wore or try the casually chic side fish tail braid that has been popping up on every red carpet?

We have come out of another long Canadian winter where it seemed the sun has been constantly fleeting the past few months. Let us start truly enjoying our beautiful weather while it is here and re-kick off your summer with some innovative and fun hair ideas?

Article by: M.Donohue

Winter Art Exhibit

Hair Republic | Salon and Independant Artist Management are pleased to feature Ruby Ewen at Hair Republic Hair Salon/Gallery until March 31st, 2012!
The exhibit showcases several pieces from Ruby’s landscape portfolio and is open for Hair Republic clientele as well as art lovers from all over!

For more information on Ruby Ewan, visit her website at
or come by for a visit at 1093 Bank St. (Sunnyside Avenue & Bank St.)

Shellac Promotion

Shellac Manicure & Relaxation Arm and Hand Massage $55.00

The beauty world is raving about it, it’s the hit of 2011, women are excited to have one, so Valentines is the perfect time to get that special someone in your life a Shellac Manicure.

For Valentines, we are offering a spa feel right here in the salon with a relaxation shellac manicure. Your lovely, will enjoy a Shellac Manicure followed by a relaxing arm and hand massage, and a little take away gift just for Valentines day.

Call us at 613.695.0789
or visit for more Shellac options!