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How To: Style your Long Bob for Summer!

Summer is the perfect time to try out a brand new hairstyle. For many of us, switching up our hair involves cutting some of it off! I recently did just that, opting for a long bob style courtesy of Master Stylist Karen Lino. If you’ve also jumped on the bandwagon of the long bob trend, read on for a few ways to style your new do this summer!

Curl it Up

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Jourdan Dunn – who technically has a full on bob, but I love her and had to feature her here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have straight hair like me, I suggest letting your hair air dry after washing it to minimise the amount of heat you’re going to apply. You can always use a round brush for some extra volume when it’s almost dry. Next, take a 3/4 to 1 inch curling iron and curl big sections of hair going in opposite directions. You’ll want your face framing pieces to be curled away from your face. Finger brush out the curls to finish!

For curly haired girls, you may need to straighten out your hair prior to curling. Better yet, embrace your natural curl with a curl enhancing product like Kevin Murphy’s Killer Curls!

Sleek and Straight

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Jessica Alba

Once again, I like to let my hair air dry before straightening it to avoid using a ton of heat. Although my hair is naturally straight, I use a straightening iron if I want a really sleek look. I curved my ends in slightly but not so much that they look rounded.

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For curly hair, blow drying your hair with a large round brush before flat-ironing may be optimal. Curly haired Stylist Karen loves using Living Proof’s Style Lab Satin Hair Serum before blow-drying her hair straight!

Messy and Textured

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 

Bring on the beach hair! For this look, I first scrunched up my wet hair with Kevin Murphy’s Hair Resort and let it air dry. I then took a flat iron and added random bends into my hair, all directed away from my face. I like using a flat iron for this particular style because I find I have more control over the wave I am creating and where I want the bend, compared to when I use a curling iron.

For curly haired girls, I suggest you straighten out your hair before the above steps. Alternatively, you can once again embrace your natural texture! Try using Kevin Murphy’s Smooth Again to eliminate any frizz and then use a flat iron to manipulate your curl.

 

Try these hairstyles and products out on your new long bob haircut and let us know what you think!

 

Blog by Alice Kapune.

Celebrity photos from Google images. 

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My Journey to Bright Purple Hair and How You Can Get It Too

I’ve always been fairly timid with my hair choices, opting for various shades of brown or subtle ombres. The wildest I had gone was a brown with a slight purple tint to it, and some purple pieces along the bottom. But one morning I woke up and wanted to do something totally different and go purple all over. I texted my lovely co blogger Alice and we made plans to come get our hair done. Doing bright, fun colours in your hair isn’t always an easy (or short) process, so I’m going to explain what Senior Stylist Vanessa did to make my hair a gorgeous shade of purple.Because my hair was currently a sombre, I needed to lighten it first. Unfortunately, because there was more than one colour in my hair, and it had been coloured many times in the past, we couldn’t lighten everything at once. Vanessa started by applying the lightener to my roots, which was the darkest and natural hair colour. She let that sit for a while, and when she came back she started applying through the middle section of my hair. Finally she did the ends of my hair and made sure everything was lifting to the same colour.

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Seeing my hair the colour of Kraft Dinner definitely made me a little nervous.

As you can see, my hair didn’t lift evenly, and in my experience this is normal. We applied a toner that would even everything out and get rid of some of that residual orange pigment in my hair.

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This was the last picture I saw of my hair until the end. Slightly nerve wracking, but I put all my trust into Vanessa

It was finally time to apply the colour! We did this using Sparks direct colour, and Vanessa mixed a few different colours in order to get the shade of purple that we were going for. Once the purple was applied, we let it sit for a long time. We decided that I wouldn’t see anything involving the purple until the finished product. I loved the idea of being surprised, but it was so tempting to peek when everyone was coming up to me and talking about the colour!

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The Sparks colour on my hair… it’s so purple!

I don’t know what I was expecting, but I fell in love with the colour! It didn’t feel like a weird colour for my hair to be, it just looked good. In total, it ended up being a 5 step colour application and I was there for 3-4 hours. It’s definitely not a short process, but it was absolutely worth it. Everyone will have a different experience, but most people require their hair to be lightened before they can do any sort of brighter colour. This colour will fade in roughly a month, and then we can play around with different colours to put on!

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The official before and after! Unfortunately we forgot to take something while we were in the salon, but even after being out in the wind, the colour look fantastic!

If you’re looking to try something new for summer, head to http://www.hairrepublic.xyz or call 613-695-0789 to set up a free, 15 minute Consultation. Remember to post your photos with the hashtag #HRBL so we can see your fabulous hair!

From Runway to Running Out The Door – Fall 2013 Hairstyles

For the Fall 2013 season, there are many looks you are easily able to achieve at home, and some, not so much! We think you should leave the now  popular runway “wet look” for when you come out of the shower… But below, we have styles that will suit everyone’s often busy lifestyle, as seen on the runways for Fall 2013.

“Wake Up and Go!”

Wow, this is definitely everyone’s ideal hair-style! To wake up and leave your house with your hair as is. For these looks, do not forget to add some dry shampoo, a brush through with your fingers, and off you go!

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Vera Wang

“Wake Up, Take 5 Minutes, and Go!”

Similar to the looks above, these are effortless styles, except, you can see hints of wave. To create this look, either curl/wand your hair the night before and simply brush through once in the morning. Or the morning of, quickly curl/wand your hair, break a part with your fingers, (don’t forget dry shampoo), and off you go!

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Phillip Lim

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Diane Von Furstenberg

“Wake Up, Uh Oh Last Minute Meeting, and Go!”

The low pony tail  is ideal for a day where you have meetings or need to have a lunch date with your boss. It appears a little messy, (since you did not have time to wash your hair this morning), but the little detail of wrapping your hair around the elastic is chic, effortless and takes minimal time Your boss will be impressed!

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Ralph Lauren

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Rachel Zoe

“Wake Up and Decide, Hey I Want A Change, And Go!”

We wanted to illustrate styles ideal for the busy woman, however, if you want to opt for a change, please say yes to bangs! The textured bang is versatile – worn straight across or can be side swept. As it grows out (bangs tend to grow the fastest), you will be able to middle part them. Mix it with any of the above looks and you have encapsulated what Emilio Pucci had on his Fall 2013 runway – talk about being trendy!

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Emilio Pucci

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Emilio Pucci

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By: Amanda Vagners

Media Coordinator
Hair Republic | Salon
a.vagners@hairrepublic.ca
613-695-0789

5 Ways to Style Short Hair for Fall 2013

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Hair Republic | Salon’s own Vanessa Grainger opted for a change in her ‘do last month. Her Cut and Style was serviced by Senior Stylist Michelle Nguyen (Blyth) and Colour was serviced by Senior Stylist Taze Vushaj.

Now, not everyone knows how to style their short hair. What products do you use? How do you use them? What style is appropriate for which occasion? Etc. We want to help you!

Vanessa depicted her new short hair style during the following week, to illustrate you just how versatile and fun having this style can be! We have added directions on how to style, as well, the products used, which you can find at Hair Republic | Salon.

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Look #2

Products used: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Hydromousse
Directions: Apply Awapuhi Hydromousse to hair after towel drying your hair. Next, using a comb and fingers, create a few “finger waves” while drying your hair. Finally, when hair is dry, use your fingers to loosen the waves to add more texture.
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Look #3
Products used: Sojourn Volume Gel and Kevin Murphy Gritty Business.
Directions: Start with applying the Sojourn Volume Gel on towel dried hair. Rough dry with hands and blow dryer, lifting up hair at roots to receive lots of volume. When hair is dry, use Kevin Murphy’s Gritty Business – just a dime size, unless you need more hold – and massage well into your palms. Finally, apply all over, pulling hair strands upwards.
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Look #4
Products used: Kevin Murphy Body Building Mousse and Sojourn Smooth Serum.
Directions: Apply Kevin Murphy’s Body Building Mousse to damp hair – the best way to do this is by spraying mousse along a wide toothed comb, then combing it through your hair to reach each strand. Blow dry hair towards one side. Finally, she applied Sojourn Smooth Serum to the  ends of her hair for a sleek shiny look.
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Look #5
Products used: Kevin Murphy Night Rider
Directions: First, apply a dime size of Kevin Murphy’s Night Rider on damp hair. Next, blow dry with a vented round brush – brushing upwards to get maximum volume. Finally when hair is dry, apply a  little more Kevin Murphy Night Rider to maintain height and to give hair more texture.

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?

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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!

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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!

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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
a.vagners@hairrepublic.ca

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!

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KEVIN MURPHY BORN.AGAIN.MASQUE
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.

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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!

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

Flourish With Some Curl!

 

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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!

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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!
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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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Photos from Pinterest.com

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:

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     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
a.vagners@hairrepublic.ca