Hello and welcome to JC Styling.

I’m Julie, the owner of JC Styling, and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned over the years about hair, beauty, and self-esteem. On this site, you’ll find tips on hairstyles and various beauty treatments. This isn’t a sales-pitchy space so don’t fret: I just want to talk to you about beauty. And talk I will—in fact, I’ll be posting video blogs on here to share what I know.

So sit back, relax, and be prepared to be pampered. Don’t we all deserve to be pampered?

 

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I was watching an interview on TV the other day. The woman being interviewed was a highly educated woman with a great message. She was sharing important information—or at least I think she was. I was having a hard time paying attention to what she was saying because she had 3 inches of white/gray roots on the top of her head. The rest of her hair was cut in a 5 inch black bob.

It’s too bad this woman couldn’t find the time to go and get her roots touched up, especially since the contrast was so dramatic.

Not only do those roots make a person look unkept, but it so distracting! Nobody is getting what the woman is saying because they’re concentrating on the extreme root situation happening on her head. What kind of message does it send that she can’t find the time to keep her hair schedule under control?

If you’re going to take on the responsibility of colouring your hair, you need to keep it up. Otherwise, don’t bother.

But, hey, I know we don’t all have the time or cash to run to the salon for root touch-ups every 6 weeks. That’s okay! You can still have colour AND no show your roots.

  • Consider a semi-permanent. At least that’s going to fade without leaving you with a big old fat stripe on the top of your head.
  • Another trick would be to use foils of one or more colour so you have no big, thick line. This also gets you more time out of your color, and it’s changeable with the seasons and your skin tone.

If you’re ready to let your hair grow out in its natural colour, that’s great. But please, for the love of God, come in and let me help you so that you can do it gracefully.

End Rant.

Problem hair? Let us know!

We do our part here at the salon to make you look as gorgeous as possible, but sometimes, guys, you need to help us out a little.

There are a few general tips we want to share with you so that you can  avoid disappointment by (a) getting in when you want to get in, and (b) getting a haircut you’re happy with.

So, here we go:

1. Rebook onsite. If you know you need a trim or new colour every six weeks, book your next visit  when you’re leaving your appointment. (And appointments are not set in stone, they can be moved if something comes up! )

2. Book early. If you need to get in for a cut or colour, book your appointment a week in advance so that we can be sure to get you in. You can request that we call you with a reminder the day before your appointment if needed!

3. Plan for events. For things like prom, weddings, anniversaries . . . anything you have on your yearly calendar that you want to come in for, book them as soon as you find out about them. It’s a lot easier to cancel than to have us try and move Heaven and Earth to squeeze you in. Bonus tip: For these important events, book two appointments. That way if you can’t make one, you can get the other.

4. Give us a “heads” up. If you’re a new client, let us know on the phone at the time you book if you have very thick, long hair (lucky you!) or if your hair tends to be colour-stubborn. This will let your hair stylist know how much time she needs to allot for your appointment. You should also let us know if you’re making a major change to your hair so we can be prepared for that as well.

5. Be clear. We can not read minds. Be very clear with your stylist about what you want. Do you want roots covered, all-over highlights, a streak of colour, etcetera. Don’t make us try to guess! We love when a client brings us a photo of what they want done.

6. Reveal the source. If you have box colour on your hair, tell your stylist. She needs to know what she’s working with.

There. That’s it. Now, our number is 368-7402, so why not schedule your appointment now while all of this advice is nice and fresh. We’re currently booking for the end of next week! :)

There’s nothing quite as devastating as noticing that your hair is thinning. If you’re concerned about thinning hair, we can help.

Twenty years ago, a company by the name of Nioxin started searching for a solution to thinning hair–to stimulate thinning hair to thicken up on the heads of men and women worldwide. Today, Nioxin continues to create hair care remedies for every hair type—for men and for women at every stage of hair loss.

Nioxin offers eight customized hair systems plus some special individual products to thicken hair and promote scalp health without the use of harsh chemicals. All of the Nioxin products create healthy-looking, youthful, and (in many cases) thicker hair.

Here’s a bit of an overview of the Nioxin systems:

  • System 1: For fine, natural (no chemical treatments like colour, highlights, perms, or relaxers), normal to thin-looking hair
  • System 2: For fine, natural, noticeably thinning hair
  • System 3: For fine, chemically enhanced (colour, highlights, lowlights, perms, or relaxers), normal to thin-looking hair
  • System 4: For fine, chemically enhanced, noticeably thinning hair
  • System 5: For medium/course, natural, normal to thin-looking hair
  • System 6: For medium/course, natural, noticeably thinning hair
  • System 7: For medium/course, chemically enhanced, normal to thin-looking hair
  • System 8: For medium/course, chemically enhanced, noticeably thinning hair

Intra-Force

We also carry Redkin products that can help with thinning hair and that you can use at home on a daily basis. This 3-step system for natural hair includes a shampoo, toner, and scalp treatment. The Intra-Force regimen improves hair condition and promises to promotes thicker, fuller hair in 30 days. There are two Intra-Force systems to choose from:

  • System 1: For natural thinning hair
  • System 2: For colour treated thinning hair

Have you used either Nioxin or Intra-Force? Please leave us a comment with your experience!

One of our New Year’s resolutions here at JC Styling was to get people’s hair healthy by teaching our clients how to use the right products for their particular hair.

Now that we’re (hopefully) heading right into spring, we wanted to revisit those goals and to check in with you to make sure you’re using the shampoo you should be using.

Photo credit: ktpupp

Flat, thin, and limp hair

If your hair needs a boost, try our favorite root lifter—Joico Body Luxe. There are lots of brands, but this is the one we would recommend most. You also want a good shampoo and conditioner pack to get you some body. We like Redken Body Full and Matrix Amplify.

Thick and hard to brush hair

For you, we suggest Moisture Kick Spray-In Conditioner. Be gentle on that hair, people! For shampoo packs, come in and get yourself some Redken All Soft or Matrix Moisture Hydration.

Curly, big, and frizzy hair

Tame those curls with AG Recoil! And the shampoo and conditioner pack you should be using is Redken Curvaceous or Matrix Curl.

And some products are great for any type of hair!

We absolutely love Moroccan Oil for taming down frizz and fly-aways and protecting against heat.

And Bedhead hair spray will hold up in almost any situation.

If you’re not sure what you should be using on your tresses, come on in and let us help!

What’s your biggest hair dilemma?

We just closed out another year and we’re getting ready to dazzle the world with our locks for 2014.

Do me a favour, girls, and consider making a commitment to LOVE your hair in the new year. No, I mean really LOVE your hair by taking care of it and bringing it back to good health.

Because, let’s face it—dry, lackluster hair is just not hot. So, it’s time to learn the rules.

The 13 Hair Commandments

  • Leave conditioner on those thirsty dry ends for as long as you possibly can. If you can get away with leaving conditioner in your hair overnight, do it.
  • When rinsing out conditioners, use cool water. Cool water seals the cuticle of the hair and helps keep moisture in and hair looking shiny  and healthy.
  • Boxed colour is the enemy. These do-it-yourself chemistry projects are not doing your hair any favours. There are so many reasons that boxed colour is evil that I could (and will) write another post just about them. For now, trust me that they are very bad for your hair.
  • Stop running colour over the ends of your hair. Colour will build up on the ends of your hair so using colour to lighten colour will not work. Leave your ends alone.
  • Get your but into the salon for a trim every 8–10 weeks. This will take care of those split ends, giving your hair a bit more bounce and shine.
  • Quit over-washing your hair, people! Especially in the winter, you should only be washing your hair 2-3 times per week because all that hot water and shampooing is hard on your hair.
  • Speaking of shampooing, use the products that are best suited for your hair type. The best way to figure out what those are, are to head to the salon and ask your professional stylist what you should be using on your hair. The drugstore brands aren’t really the best option. Splurge on the salon quality shampoo and conditioner. You won’t regret it!
  • Beauty starts from the inside. Eat healthy foods and drink lots and lots of water. Your hair (and your bod) will thank you for it.
  • Blow dry your hair with a flat paddle brush. This helps your hair to get dry faster and reduces the amount of time you have to spend with the hair dryer (which is damaging to your hair).
  • Use a heat protecting spray when flat-ironing your hair. This helps prevent damage to the cuticle of your hair.
  • Experiment with settings on your straightening iron and use the lowest heat setting that will still straighten your hair.

  • Never go to bed with wet hair. Sleeping on wet hair opens you up to a lot of damage, not to mention tangles and a disgusting pillow.
  • Don’t braid your hair when it’s wet. Braiding wet hair is very damaging to the hair because hair is more fragile when wet.

There ya have it. Follow these rules and your hair will look its best in the new year and beyond!

Have we been seeing that gorgeous soft finger wave that was once rocked by Old Hollywood actresses like Veronica Lake and Greta Garbo?

Hollywood starlet, Veronica Lake, with her epic wave

Young Hollywood starlet, Blake Lively, goes Old Hollywood

Has watching The Great Gatsby left you craving that 1920’s flapper hair?

Gemma Ward rocks the finger curve in The Great Gatsby (Source: thefashionspot.com)

The soft finger wave first made an appearance as a hair trend in the 1920s when the fabulous flapper girls with their short locks would twist their wet hair between their fingers and a comb and accomplish those fantastic finger waves that immediately make us think of old-time glamour.

Old Hollywood hair is coming back in a pretty big way, ladies, and you can get those big star looks on your own, or you can come down to the salon and we’ll accomplish it for you.

Christina’s 2006 MTV Awards hair was the epitome of soft finger wave. (copyright DailyCeleb.com)

To get those soft finger waves like Cristina, curl sections of your hair in figure 8 curls and spray with a light hair spray like Bed Head Masterpiece. For figure 8 curls, you can use a double curling iron with a small barrel, or two small 1/2 inch curling irons, wrapping strands of hair around the barrels in a figure 8 pattern.

After curling each section of hair, run your hands through it in a wave motion and then set by spraying with a hard hair spray like Bed Head Hardhead.

Beyonce looks stunning in her crisp finger wave hairstyle (Source: hairstyles-galaxy.com)

To get a more crisp finger wave like Beyoncé or Gemma Ward, you may need some help from a stylist. We would love to help you accomplish that amazing look.

And for those luscious curls like Blake and Veronica Lake (did not rhyme that on purpose! ha!), you can get that yourself by using big hot rollers.

At JC Styling, we carry the products and tools you need to accomplish these looks. Come in and treat yourself!

Flat, dull hair. Wild, frizzy hair. Unmanageable curly hair. Thirsty, dry hair. Trust me. When it comes to bad hair, I’ve seen it all.

We all have bad hair days, but some of us have more bad hair days than others. If we’re being honest, some of us are more likely to count our good hair days than our bad ones because they are so rare.

Even Barbie has bad hair days!

Let’s take a look at some common bad hair woes, depending on hair type.

Curly hair. A head of flirty curls can quickly turn into a curly mess if you don’t know how to style it properly. We have some great curl creams that will re-coil those curls, giving you curves in all the right places! If you let us layer your hair, you’ll get a fresh new bouncy look!

Flat hair. Dull, listless hair is just not hot. If your hair doesn’t have any volume, come in for some product. Try body full shampoo and conditioner by Redken. Pick up some Wonder Boost  or Dust It (a salon favourite). Back combing never goes out of style! We carry lots of special brushes to make it easy for you.

Big hair. Voluminous hair can quickly go from big and beautiful to just plain old big. Try smooth down shampoo and conditioner by Redken, Morrocan Oil, or Total Results sleek shampoo and conditioner. If your big hair is becoming a big problem, come in and get your hair thinned so that your hair will sit flatter.

Dry hair. Tis the season for dry, dull hair. Nobody wants that. Come in for Moisture Cure, or try the new Diamond Line by Redken, or Morrocan Oil. Or, even better, pop in and treat yourself to a deep conditioning treatment.

Oily hair. If you have an oil slick on your head, come in and pick up a new tea tree shampoo. Or try some Dust It or a dry shampoo. For the oiliest of oily hair, come try a clarifying shampoo scalp massage. It will make you purr.

What’s your big hair dilemma?

Have you thought about getting your ears or nose pierced, but you’ve been holding off because you question how sterile the piercing gun really is?

Well, listen up! JC Styling is now offering nose and ear piercing with the Inverness Safe Ear Piercing System. This is the safest and most sterile Hypo Allergenic ear piercing system in Canada.

Our piercings are free when you buy a pair of Inverness earrings (FYI: they are sweet and we have an impressive selection to choose from), which range from $25 to $45.

For nose piercings, you pay $55  and you’ll get two rings: the one that we use to pierce your nose with and a nose bone to put in 4 to 7 days after your initial piercing, when your nose becomes less sensitive.

We’ll also send you home with Dr. Pierce anti-bacterial body piercing cleanser (you usually have to go out and buy a piercing cleanser after you get a piercing).

So what’s different about the Inverness Safe Ear Piercing System?

There are two things that make this system better than others. First of all, it uses a very thin, single-use sterile needle that can even be used to pierce cartilage. The piercer cartridge never actually touches the piercing part of the machine, so this is completely sterile. This cartridge also prevents the earring from getting stuck half way through the process and it gets the job done quickly, safely, and as painlessly as possible.

The other great thing about Inverness Safe Ear Piercing is the earring back. It is more like a cap than a classic butterfly back and it covers the sharp tip of the earring. This makes it impossible to push the cap too close to the ear which can cause the back to actually grow into the ear (ewww).

So come and get your back to school piercing (sure, that’s a thing!) at JC Styling this year!

Do you have any piercing stories to share?

 

If you love the look of straight, silky, healthy hair, you must introduce yourself to a little device known as the Steam Pod.
When I tell ladies in my chair that I’m going to use the Steam Pod on them, I often get a look of fear as if I’m going to use some sort of alien abduction probing device. But a Steam Pod is really a fabulous new contraption that is part hot iron and part keratin protein treatment. It’s safe and healthy for your hair.

Before Steam Pod

The Steam Pod takes the same amount of time as a regular post-service hair straightening, but it will keep your hair straight for three washes, it is more gentle on your hair, and the keratin protein it adds to your locks keeps your hair silky for up to two months.

After Steam Pod

When you leave the salon, your hair will be extremely soft to touch and it will look like something out of a magazine.

After Steam Pod

If you’re longing for luxe locks for a week of wedding activities, a vacation, or maybe graduation, check out the Steam Pod. We’re only one salon of three in PEI to have one! The cost is $20 and well worth it if you ask anyone who’s tried it!

I see a lot of split ends in the run of a day. Split ends are a way of life for most of us ladies with medium to long length hair. Fact. But there are some ways that we can prevent them and I’m going to share those with you now.

How to prevent split ends

  • Turn down the heat. When using hot tools like your flat iron and curling iron, turn down the heat.
  • Be gentle. When you’re shopping for elastics, don’t buy the kind with metal pieces. They can damage your hair.
  • Use protection. When you’re using those hot tools, use a protective spray on your hair to prevent damage. We sell this at the salon, so just pop on in and ask us for it and we’ll gladly hook you up!
  • Keep trimmed. Visit the salon every 6 to 8 weeks for a regular trim.
  • Stay in good condition(er). Condition your ends on a regular basis.
  • Think outside of the box. Don’t use boxed hair colour because it’s very drying and can damage your hair.Those boxed colours also have high volume in them which destroys the hair cuticle and creates split ends.
  • Dry before styling. When your hair is wet, don’t tie it back in a ponytail or in a tight braid. Bad idea if you want to avoid breakage. When you do this, you’re stretching the hair, and so when hair dries and contracts, it can break.

So there you have it. Any questions? Feel free to leave a comment below. I promise to respond.