We are halfway through the year and we’ve already seen the hair color trends change. The one we’ve noticed the most? Making subtle but significant changes to their natural hue.

We’ve rounded the hottest hair color trends to get you inspired.

Iced Caramel Latte

This balayage technique allows those girls who are dark haired to maintain their natural base colour while still getting those lighter tones around the face.

Honey Golden Brown

This hue isn’t too platinum or dark, but it is the perfect look to achieve that golden goddess look.

Honey Rose

The perfect combination between blonde and strawberry blonde this hue while bring out the shine in your eyes and give you that fresh face feeling.

Caramel Ombre

Embrace the dark hue of your hair by pairing your locks with a touch of lightness.

Any of these looks interest you? Book an appointment with one of our colorist and see which look will best suit you.

Summer is here and already plenty of festivals are on the horizon! But you say festival? We say external damage think sun… winds… and swimming pool. So we must be prudent that all these elements so that they do not deteriorate our hair! The sun and its heat can easily damage hair by their oxidizing effects and overexposure can affect the hair coloring…. Salt water and chlorine from swimming pools also have a degradable effect on the scalp.. Whether it’s for a full day at the Osheaga festival or a small 5 a 7 on a terrace there are some preventative actions to take… here are our SOS product choices… to make sure your hair and skin stays flawless all summer long.

Silky Protective Body Mist $49
– Boosts And Extends The Tan
– Has Youth – Global Cellular Patent Protection
– Protects, Nourishes and Enhances In a Single Gesture
A bright, fast and long-lasting tan. Sublimated skin, keeping it soft and youthful.

Esthederm Skin Care Face Protector $49
Stimulates the natural tan for a quicker, more lasting, and more intensive result. Helps prevent photoaging and brown spots: protects DNA, prevents cell breakdown with Global Cellular Protection patented technology. Enables the natural process of pigmentation: the tan is luminous, intense and long-lasting. Exceptional sunbed comfort and quality. The skin adjusts more quickly to the sun for a more intense and lasting tan. With each use, the skin is softer, silky smooth.

V76 Lips Balm $15
This ultra-nourishing balm leaves lips smooth.

Rene Furterer Shampooing Sec Naturia $22
NATURIA Absorbent Dry Shampoo is the ideal travel partner for clean hair at any time of the day. Thanks to its unique technology consisting of 4 absorbent powders, it washes hair without wetting it, absorbs sebum and stains, while at the same time texturizing hair. Its skin colour merges with that of the scalp for an invisible effect on the hair. The hair is nicely scented and regains texture, volume and softness.

Gentle Deep Pore Cleanser $29
Esthederm’s exemplary care, this gentle rich cream cleans the skin and removes impurities from deep within the pores. After a long day of glitter and sweat, face wipes will not do the trick. Opt for a deep pore cleanser to really remove all traces of makeup.

SOS After Sun 59
Ultra-soothing and rehydrating SOS care lotion.

The Blender 15 $.
Who wants to reapply makeup in the summer’s heat. Use a blender to simply blot the excess oil away.

Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid $32
Protect your hair from the dangerous UV rays. This fluid will protect us from dryness and help avoid color to fade.

City Protect 39
Give your skin the moisture it needs with Esthederm’s city protect. This product reinforces the skin’s natural defenses all while protecting and improving the skin’s natural resistance to outside exposure and pollution.

Serum Solide Elixir Ultime $40
Put this compact serum in your bag to refresh, fight flyaways and give shine before or during your summer event.

Our top 7 festival not to be missed

We know you’ve thought long and hard about switching up your regular manicure but you are not sure how and if you can pull it off without looking overdone. It doesn’t help that nail trends seem to be changing in between every manicure you’re getting.

As per usual, as soon as you sit down, your manicurist will ask you the simple question “which shape do you prefer?”

Little did you know that your options are endless.

Do the words oval , almond, square, squoval, coffin/ballerina, stiletto/pointed and round ring a bell for you? Well add them to your beauty dictionary because you’re about to become a pro.

Luckily for you we prepared this guide to help you pick and choose the right shape that will perfectly match your fingers. And for those who are looking to go the extra mile to enhance their nail shape we’ve added tips that will help spice up you’re freshly done mani.

Are you ready to nail it every time? Read below!

Oval:

Description: feminine and classic.
Best suited for: shorter fingers or shorter hands with a wide nail bed as the oval shape will create an illusion of length.
Spice it up: add nail art

Almond:

Description : glamorous and chic.
Best suited for: long or short fingers but nail bed is narrow and long.
Spice it up: shiny and metallic polish colours.

Square:

Description : stylish and clean-cut.
Best suited for: long fingers, long and narrow nail beds.
Spice it up: bold polish colours.

Squoval:

Description: classic and natural.
Best suited for: wide and long nail beds, looks good on short or long fingers.
Spice it up: geometric nail art or the classic French manicure.

Coffin/Ballerina:

Description: chic and glamour.
Best suited for: narrow and long nail beds.
Spice it up: pale polish colours.

Stiletto/Pointed:

Description: loud and high maintenance.
Best suited for: regular visits to the salon, making a statement.
Spice it up: elaborate colours.

Round:

Description: tidy and elegant.
Best suited for: short fingers, short and narrow nails beds.
Spice it up: left unpainted or any shade of polish is a safe bet.

In my opinion, staying busy is never a bad thing. Being busy often translates into great things and that all that hard work is turning into success! But don’t you find when things are going well in one aspect of your life things seem to be crumbling in the other? It’s the tale that is old as time. More work – less sleep. Early mornings – more caffeine. It is normal for one side to feel thrown down and stressed out. This can lead to anxiety, and if not properly managed we can lose track of important tasks and staying productive.

By now, you might be wondering where your skin care routine comes into play with meditation. Well let’s break it down.

The importance of a routine is to help you be mindful. Elizabeth Thorton once said , “Mindfullness is a way of being present – paying attention to and accepting what is happening in our lives.”

This is exactly what your skin care routine can do for you. It is tactile and regulated – A step by step procedure that you enjoy. A skin care routine helps you end your busy, stressful day in a way that only YOU can control and no one else. It is a ritual that is made for you and done by you to make you feel good. A psychologist at the Joan H Tisch Center for Women’s Health did a study on this and found that those who have a steady skin care ritual decrease negative thoughts.

Ever think of this ? The scents in your favorite cleanser, toners and gels can have a huge effect on your mood as well.

It is basically about gaining control after a long day. The positive thoughts come from doing something you love.

We are not suggesting that a beauty routine is the cure to all anxiety or stressful situations, but simply saying that dedicating a little time for yourself at the end of the day can only be a good thing especially when things seem to be out of your control. Not only can skin care take care of your skin but also of yourself. Self care and self love is a great way to end or start your day!

There are plenty of new brands that come and go – making it hard for consumers to connect and love a product like they should. A brand that shows elegance, quality and differentiates itself for another is all too rare. However, that isn’t the case with Smith & Cult. Read below to find out why our clients (and staff) are all obsessed with this American made brand.

“1972”
What catches the eye is their high end prestine packaging that emcomposses their motto that there is beauty in imperfection. Their signature indentations in their bottle caps and tubes is telling the story of the everyday woman and what makes us beautiful. Our imperfections make us beautiful and tell our story. The founder, Dineh Mohejer, takes this one step further and creates a story for each product made – allowing the beauty lover to get lost in the life of this imaginary character. For example, our best seller Kundalini Hustle $30 tells the story of the main character going out “Went to a bar downtown last night called The Closet for my friend’s coming out party… at first glance, there was bad news everywhere.”

The craftmanship, the colour selection and the weight of each bottle can make anyone feel glamorous and special. Although the lid represents something more it is also super practical- making the most inexperienced able to apple nail polish easily- as there is a perfect fit for your thumb.

What’s even better? There formulas are 8-free. In other words no vicious chemicals here. They are a higher end of nail polish but worth every penny for the nail lacquer fanatic. Want more? They carry a full range of makeup! Eyeshadows, mascara, eye pens, lip gloss and lip stains – all following the same 8 free formula.

My all time favorite, Lash Dance Mascara $35. If you love volume, this one is for you. Thick bristle help elongate every last to its extreme. The black hue is an all around classic, prefect for every eye color and skin tone.

Quick tip – it is best to remove the mascara before your skin care routine at night to avoid smudging and black streaks (not a good look).

Use HIGH-TOLERANCE WATERPROOF MAKE-UP REMOVER EYES AND LIPS by Esthederm.

What are your initial thoughts on Smith & Cult? We would love to hear from you!

Regardless with how you style your hair – the foundation lies into one great tool and that tool is the hair brush. Just as with every other beauty appliance, hairbrushes require maintenance and cleaning since they get dirty with frequent usage. This is evident most particularly if you utilize styling products on your hair! Hair strands, hair product residues, dust, oils and dead skin cells among others can settle within your hairbrush – thus making it dirty and unhealthy to use. Using such hairbrush without proper cleaning can be harmful, as overtime; the accumulated elements can breed bacteria and yeast which can trigger infections.

We are sharing our favorite tips on ways to keeping your hairbrush in perfect condition – resulting in little to no bad hair days

Cleaning plastic/ceramic hair brushes

These types of hair brushes are easy to clean. Simply start by filling up a bowl with warm water. Then add a small quantity of mild shampoo, and proceed to thoroughly wash the brushes. Once done, proceed to rinse them properly, and let them air-dry adequately.

Cleaning wooden hair brushes

You need to be careful when handling wooden brush handles. This is because when wrongly done, the wood may get damaged by soap and water. Don’t ever soak in water – hairbrushes with wooden handles, as the right thing to do would be to do a very quick wash and rinse.

Cleaning Paddle hair brushes

With hairbrushes that have spongy bases, it can be bit tricky trying to clean them out. Paddle hairbrushes are prone to trap water within it, and this may be difficult to get out. When left unattended to, the accumulated moisture can lead to nasty odors, or worse, build up mold.

Remove all hair

This should be the easiest of them all. Simply run a comb through your hair brush multiple times to loosen the hair and peel it off the brush. By doing this, you are keeping your brush clean and free of any dirt or dust that will gather.

Wash with shampoo

Your next step is the gently wash your brush of any oils or product buildup. Remember – whatever is stuck on your brush will be transferred to your hair, so it’s important that it stays clean.

Drying up!

Do not towel dry your brush as this can be damaging to the lifespan and quality of brush. Instead lay it out to dry for at least 24-48 hours. Need a quick fix? Use your blow dryer to dry your brush more quickly.

Avoid direct contact to creams or sprays

Some might say to spray your brush with hair spray or your thermal cream in order to distribute properly but this can be damaging to your brush overtime. Instead, apply directly on hair and brush through.

Repeat!!!

A clean brush if your secret to beautiful hair. Make sure to include cleaning your brushes in your beauty routine at least every 1-2 weeks for maximal results and maximal brush lifespan.

Our Top Picks:

Brosse Bambou

Brosse Bambou – B2936BM $32

Brosse Luxor Professionnel

Brosse Luxor Professionnel – BF511 $35

Brosse Nano Titane

Brosse Nano Titane – $24-$30

What are your secret beauty tips? Message us!

Blondes Have More Fun?

Before answering that question for yourself we uncover how to achieve those luscious blonde locks without destroying your hair.

Whether you’re a brunette looking for a wild change or a natural blonde who just doesn’t feel as though she is shining bright enough, it is important you go about it the right way.

Going blonde can seem like an overwhelming task. You have all these questions like will it look good? Will my hair be damaged? Can I maintain it? Those concerns including the fear of breakage, the cost and the upkeep alarms numerous dark haired ladies from joining the other side – blonde hair society. And of course the number one concern – that you will look plain terrifying if you don’t pick the right shade of blonde for your skin type.

But believe us when we say – there is a shade for you. But don’t leave it to the untrained eye.

Thinking about going blonde? Read these six expert tips that will leave you saying blondes do it better!

  1. Consult a Technician.
    It is a must that you make a visit to the salon in order to speak to your color technician
    before making the jump and going blonde. This will allow a conversation and give the technician a better idea of the look you are going for, your budget, and what type of upkeep it will need. By speaking with a technician, they will be able to lead you in the right direction by either suggesting a regular color, bleaching your hair, highlights and balayage. After the consultation, it is sure that you will feel more comfortable in booking your next appointment and can look forward to your transformation as you are prepared for it.
  2. Picture It!
    At your consultation, make it a point to bring pictures of what you don’t like and what you do like. This can be the vital step in communicating clearly between you and your technician.
  3. Accept Your Reality.
    There are three steps in choosing the right shade of blonde. The first one if your skin tone – is it warm, neutral or cool? Want to check for yourself. Look at the inner part of your forearm and this will give you your answer. Secondly, consider your eye colour and thirdly your natural hair color. If it’s cool go with icy blonde. If it’s warmer pick a golden hue. It may be tempting to dye your hair blonde like your favorite celebrity but you need to keep in mind your reality, it may not be possible for you.
  4. Prep Your Locks.
    Once you have consulted your technician and decided on the shade of blonde you are going for, it is vital to get your hair to a healthy state especially before you bleach it. Going home with an at home treatment that will help transform your hair into by restoring its strength and resistance is important as this will lessen the change of hair breaking or being damaged after dying it.1
  5. High Maintenance is Good.
    Buy high quality products and use them correctly. It is important you take care of your newly dyed hair correctly and invest in it with time and correct styling products.
  6. Avoid the Sun.
    We are all so careful about the sun affects on our body that most people seem to forget that it affects our scalp and hair as well. If you are at the beach or on vacation keep this tip in mind. Every time you reapply your sunscreen, apply a sun protecting product for your hair.2

1 – Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet Mask 200ml $66
Rich nourishing treatment for dry hair. Provides intense conditioning to the hair fiber. The unique formula enriched with camellia oil helps rebalance the moisture of dry hair while creating a supple texture with a velvety touch.

2 – Kerastase Micro-Voile Protecteur $24
This mist treatment prevents photo-degradation for natural or color-treated hair by providing long-lasting control while remaining supple to the touch.

We would love to hear your hair transformation stories! Message or Tweet Us.

Getting a haircut

The benefits of getting a haircut at O Coiffure & Spa can never be overemphasized as it leaves you with having strong, healthy, and beautiful hair. Major advantages to keep your locks happy. When you regularly trim your hair – experts explain that it helps prevent hair cuticles from splitting apart. Ends that are split can be hard and sometimes difficult to repair. This is why having your hair cut more frequently can help you prevent such issues while also making your hair appear beautiful, strong and healthy-looking, always.

Below are few benefits that you will experience when getting a classic haircut at O Coiffure & Spa.

It always keeps you fresh
When you go for a routine haircuts at a special beauty salon in Montréal – this will help to keep your appearance fresh and vitalized.

Damage Control
When you get a haircut done by experts at least once every 6 weeks, this will help you reduce the damages that cause split ends. Obviously, this will help maintain a healthy & vivacious hair-shine that otherwise would be dimmed by impaired ends.

Hair Growth Boost
Having your hair cut at least once every few weeks – will help make room to promote healthy growth for your lovely hair locks!

Out with the old in with the new!
Regular haircuts at O Coiffure & Spa will help you get rid of every damaged strand and this will give your hair-locks that healthy glow that it deserves.

Offers you confidence
With a good haircut, you will surely feel a lot better, fresher, cleaner and confident. And when you feel confident, you walk with your shoulders high!

To summarize; having a much needed haircut will help to:

  • Properly frame your face structure
  • Help prevent hair splits
  • Improve natural hair texture
  • Hold its shape
  • Enhance beauty and boost confidence
  • And make you feel absolutely wonderful!

Now that you know some of the benefits of having a haircut at our salon in Montréal, it all begins with you! For that healthy hair that makes you appear always confident, you have to make it a point to regularly schedule appointments for special trims and haircuts at the best Montréal beauty salon. You will be glad you did!

Christmas comes once a year and with all the love and joy filling our hearts, we still find time to fill our stomachs with delicious food! Everywhere you turn, there will be desserts and turkeys with all those side dishes that you wait for every year. Who knew you can gain more than just presents during the holiday season! Here are some tips on how to avoid the dreaded holiday weight gain.

  1. Move it and lose it. Inactivity may add up to the weight gain, especially if accompanied by eating excessive amount of food. Therefore, stay active with family and friends, choose activities with them, such as taking a walk, that will help you burn some calories while bonding with your beloved ones.
  2. Watch your portion sizes, during holidays it can be tempting and easy to eat larger portions. One way to avoid it is to always choose a smaller plate!
  3. Cut back on tastes while cooking. Surprisingly this can lead to weight gain as you can end up tasting many of unwanted calories. First, make sure you aren’t hungry while cooking to avoid over tasting. Second, limit yourself to a small bite of a less than a teaspoon after seasoning your dishes.
  4. Never skip meals to avoid calorie intake. You might think it is the best thing to do to avoid calorie intake, but in fact, it encourages overeating later on and guilt feelings after realizing it.
  5. Avoid some of the appetizers. They are the best opportunity for mindless eating lots of calories. Either seek lower calorie options, such as veggies with a light dip, shrimps and scallops. Or gather all the appetizers you want to eat at the same time to control both portions and calories.
  6. Restrict your liquid calories. Whether it’s alcohol, soda or sweetened beverages, they seem unlimited during holidays and can contribute to a significant amount of sugar and empty calories to your diet, which will lead eventually to weight gain. Moreover, alcohol consumption is often linked to increased appetite.
  7. Keep your meals balanced. Holiday meals are usually rich in carbs, yet lack protein and fibers! It is very important to add up some protein to each meal. It is known to regulate your appetite and increase your metabolism. Good and healthy sources include, fish, shellfish, lean meat, both skinless chicken and turkey, beans and lentils. Also don’t forget the fibers, their main task is to induce fullness and reduce your calorie intake, thus preventing extra weight. Sources are: Vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
  8. Choose your desserts wisely. Desserts are everywhere during this holy season, and this could lead to excessive sugar consumption causing weight gain.
  9. Skip seconds. Eat slowly and chew thoroughly your food. It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to get the message that dinner has been served and for your body to feel the fullness. Before serving yourself seconds and maybe thirds and adding up double and triple the calories, just wait and assess your hunger first.

Finally, remember that this holiday is much more of excessive love and joy than excessive indulgence. Focus on the bigger picture, enjoy everything around moderately. You don’t want to carry any extra pounds, unless your planning on playing Santa Claus next year!

Désordre Affectif Saisonnier

Suffering from Winter Blues also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD)? If yes, then it seems that your smile is dropping along with the temperature! Which is a reaction to reduced sunlight. The good news is, YOU CAN BEAT IT! And here’s how:

  1. Take a walk down the sunny side: Sunlight will help you decrease your SAD symptoms while benefiting from Vitamin D and burning some calories.
  2. Stay lean when it comes to protein: Protein boosts your energy and metabolism to beat that fatigue. Great sources are: Eggs, soy products, white poultry and seafood.
  3. Watch your Omega-3: Load yourself with Omega-3, the mood lifter fatty acid, that helps combat moderate and mild symptoms of depression. Best sources are: Salmons, walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds and spinach.
  4. Reach for berries: Although the intake of all kind of fruits is important, yet berries in this case gives an extra bit of assistance. Cortisol is secreted when you become stressed, which in turn can increase the feeling of depression and exhaustion. However, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries can inhibit the cortisol release, making you feel better and energetic.
  5. Limit your sugar and simple carbs intake: Simple carbs, sugary food and drinks might give a temporary little happy feeling and boost, but as insulin kicks in, you will easily drop down to a low level of energy and a gloomy mood again. Instead aim for complex carbs: Whole grains, beans, peas, lentils, corn, potatoes and sweet potatoes.
  6. Go dark green: A healthy salad can ease the unwanted seasonal depression. Dark green leafy vegetables, like spinach, broccoli, and kale, are great sources of folate and vitamin B12, which boost Serotonin, the happiness hormone.
  7. Look for bananas: Bananas are great source of tryptophan that helps calm and relax your brain. In addition, bananas are rich in potassium and magnesium, which enhances sleep and reduces anxiety.
  8. Switch to dark chocolate: Rich in antioxidant, which can make you feel happier relieving anxiety and depression. For a lower sugar content choose the 70% plus cocoa chocolate.
  9. Reduce your caffeine intake: Excessive caffeine intake can suppress your happiness hormone, thus increasing the seasonal depression symptoms.

Let’s indulge on these healthy tips to get through the Seasonal Affective Disorder.