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Fall/Winter 2013 'It Looks'

Oct 4, 2013 / 5:00 am
Every season we talk about the trends that we see grace the stages of international fashion weeks and the inspiration behind the looks. It’s almost as though one single person has plucked the idea out of the air, drawn the garments on paper, sent them to production and slapped them on a...

Falling in love with sunshine

Jul 21, 2013 / 5:00 am
Every summer we are reminded why we have fallen in love with the Okanagan Valley. With the gorgeous sunrises and sets, tropic like weather and stunning lake it is no wonder why so many love birds choose the Okanagan as a setting to tie the knot. Weddings have become a large part of business...

Spring/Summer '13 trend update

May 16, 2013 / 5:00 am
Inspired in the natural changes by Mother Nature, fashion evolves to create new looks that accent our personal style and enhance who we are as individuals. Hair trends are influenced by seasonal runway collections of fashion designers from Milan to Paris and New York. Session Stylists are asked to...

Healthy hair growth

Mar 17, 2013 / 5:00 am
Nothing is more attractive on a woman than soft, shiny and well-conditioned hair. Aside from beautiful colour and the perfect cut, it is the condition that speaks volumes of how well your locks are maintained. In the salon, stylists need to have heart to heart conversations with our guests all...

2013: Passionate change

Jan 9, 2013 / 5:00 am
The New Year is a time where possibilities are endless and positive intentions are made for a fresh start. Looking beyond the expanding waist lines, gym memberships, cleaning lists and Nicorette, I truly believe that there is an energy of manifestation in the New Year. The energy is one that can...

Inspiration, thought & action

Nov 25, 2012 / 5:00 am
Our lives are infused with the ability to create whatever we want. It’s the inspiration that changes to thought and thought to action. It takes courage and clarity to keep your eye on the prize to get the results that you desire. Often, the result is not achieved in a straight line or in the...

Take a deep breath!

Oct 3, 2012 / 5:00 am
Standing behind the salon chair everyday, we see and hear it all from emotional moments, milestone achievements and incredible life experiences. Essentially Hairdresser's are vaults adhering to a strict code of honour to not divulge the dirty shared with us and the mystical mirror. We...

Economy and our style

Sep 2, 2012 / 5:00 am
It is interesting to observe the re-emergence of style as each season of fashion reincarnates certain aspects of prior decades, particularly when it is a reflection of a state of the world that is happening again, but in a different way. I'm referring to the economic correction we are...

Texture monster

Jun 13, 2012 / 5:00 am
I have a beef with the overuse of texturizing when it comes to haircuts. Have you ever found that your hair grows out with stringy bits at the ends, or feels overly thinned after leaving the chair? Chances are you probably have experienced a haircut that has been shredded to death with a...

The art of barbering

Apr 11, 2012 / 5:00 am
Contributed I remember when I was a little boy, my father attempting to take me to his barbershop in the small town where I was raised during my younger years. The most distinct memory from that experience was the frightening ‘clack’ of the...

Spring 2012 hair fashion

Mar 14, 2012 / 5:00 am
The beauty of the industry that I am so fortunate to work in is that nothing stays the same, as style is continually evolving and moving forward. Seasons depict the looks that we see grace the runway: hair and makeup are used as accents to fashion designers to compliment the looks of the...

Cause and effect in the chair

Feb 9, 2012 / 5:00 am
I truly believe that we are responsible for creating our lives. In essence we are the proverbial puppeteers that influence everything we are, do and achieve whether we are conscious of it or not. We’ve been conditioned by the ‘blame game’ that has created a belief that events...

Sunshine vacations

Jan 6, 2012 / 5:00 am
As the glitter of the holiday season begins to fade, a great amount of people begin to look forward to their vacation plans to many hot and gorgeous places. It is always that attempt to shake the bleak winter doldrums that inspire us to research the most relaxing destinations. Something I always...

Holiday hair on budget

Dec 9, 2011 / 5:00 am
It has been proven that the holiday season can be one of the most stressful events in life falling after the death of a spouse or divorce. The pressure that we put on ourselves to create the perfect holiday experience for the people we love around us is quite often the culprit behind our...

Being real

Oct 27, 2011 / 5:00 am
One of the most challenging questions for me to answer as a professional hair stylist is: “If you could do anything, what would you do with my hair?” This is not for a lack of ideas or inspiration but rather the fact that I am not the one who has to wear that particular fashion...

The price of beauty

Sep 30, 2011 / 5:00 am
What is the price tag that you are willing to put on your look? Everyone has a beauty budget of exactly what they can afford to spend on their personal care regimen but how do you select a salon that coincides with it? Price point is not the only difference when it comes to salons; there is some...

A Fine Line to Beauty

Aug 21, 2011 / 5:00 am
Creating a look for someone is like a puzzle. There are so many pieces that you must work into the equation to determine what exactly would work best for the individual. In the salon, we are often consulted on face shape and what style would best suit it. After that discussion, out come the...

Makeup 101

Jul 28, 2011 / 5:00 am
Painting someone’s face is one of the most glorious and artistic aspects of my career. Anything that washes off so easily is meant to be fun and free (of most) rules. Wearing makeup is something that can enhance your beautiful features, or change you into a different person. The most...

I am my hair

Jun 24, 2011 / 5:00 am
Our hair is a direct reflection of how we want the world to perceive us. Whether it is used as a fashion accessory that changes every six weeks, or simple elegance that is never altered, the finished product is ultimately a mirror of us from the inside. It is intriguing how our locks can play such...

Beauty and Fitness

May 21, 2011 / 5:00 am
Creating life balance can prove to be a challenging feat for women, especially when you combine family, careers and physical activity into 24 hours. The simply fact of the matter is that we must all live in balance to ensure we create happy and healthy lives. The question is: how can we enhance a...

Communication: from dreams to reality

Apr 16, 2011 / 5:00 am
Communication is often one of the most crippling components of any relationship that disintegrates before our eyes. As our culture progresses further and further into a technological age, it becomes easier to avoid conversation and truly express the reality of the smallest situation. Of...

Stress can affect your hair

Mar 13, 2011 / 5:00 am
I’m 31-years-old and my hair is really starting to thin in the front part of my head. I think this may be due to stress since hair loss is not present in my 67-year-old mother and dad. I wonder if I should try Rogaine for women? -Worried about my hair Dear Worried about my hair, Stress that...

Hair Loss 101

Feb 19, 2011 / 5:00 am
One of the most feared changes that many go through in their lives is the loss of hair density. The impact of losing this very important fashion accessory could be compared with a confident lion that’s losing its mane, for our luscious locks provide us with great confidence too. This does not...

Bathe your locks

Dec 18, 2010 / 5:00 am
Your hair is the one fashion accessory that you wear everyday. Like the finest of cashmere or silk, it is imperative that you choose to care for it delicately. With so many haircare products on the market, and the advancement of natural/silicone free products, bathing your locks has moved leaps...

An opportunity from our experiences

Oct 23, 2010 / 5:00 am
In our lives we are given the opportunity to experience certain situations that serve as valuable lessons on our path to find ourselves. Often times we can find ourselves swayed by the negative fear-based emotion that leads us to act a certain way. Only until we can begin the practice of exuding...

Unconditional love

Sep 4, 2010 / 5:00 am
Our lives are directly impacted by the energy which permeates the essence of our being. This energy is a power that each of us hold within and often times do not allow ourselves to acknowledge it or share it with the people around us that need it the most. This energy is a light that says: "I...

Managing moments

Jul 15, 2010 / 5:00 am
Our lives are filled with small moments creating a path and legacy to who we are as individuals. These moments are woven into every hour, every minute and every second of each day. We often look at our days as simply another portion of the week, driving the same route to work and completing the...

You are what you attract

Jun 17, 2010 / 5:00 am
You are what you attract. Often times, as humans we can become stuck on the reasons why certain situations always appear to happen to us. This is not a mystical black cloud that is perpetually hovering above our heads waiting for the perfect moment to ensure our lives have a certain amount of...

Belief systems

Mar 18, 2010 / 5:00 am
As humans our lives are directly impacted by our belief systems and ultimately, the energy we put out to the world. These belief systems are imprinted deep within our minds and bodies, often beginning at the start of our existence on earth. These belief systems which turn into energy and intent...

Holiday glow

Dec 24, 2009 / 5:00 am
Nothing is more wondrous than enhancing the features of a beautiful face with make up. Gone are the days of harsh lip lines and pancake style foundation - unless you are a drag queen. Trends today are simple, elegant and celebrate the beauty in each woman’s face. This holiday season...

The colour theory

Oct 22, 2009 / 5:00 am
Many people ask me the difference between professional hair colour versus colour bought in the fluorescent lit aisles of your local drugstore. There are a number of variances in this comparison, the largest one being that it is one most challenging colour correction scenarios for any salon...

Achieving more

Sep 16, 2009 / 5:00 am
The mindset you have developed in order to take the plunge into changing your look requires more commitment than you may think. Since the publication of my previous column, I have observed that many who grace my chair are more open to change. However, few are acknowledging the follow-through steps...


Aug 19, 2009 / 5:00 am
As the rays of summer sunshine begin to fade into the final curtain call of the season, one cannot help but reflect on the lessons and advancements during the most glorious time of the year. Summer is infused with frivolous self discovery and acknowledgment of how beauty permeates every second of...

Invest your energy

Jul 24, 2009 / 5:00 am
There is an opportunity in every experience that we have. Lately, I have begun to look at life as a journey of ever progressing development if we allow ourselves to recognize that we have the ability to form our own personal reality. Working with people on a very intimate level has demonstrated...

Wedding inspiration

Jun 16, 2009 / 5:00 am
The Okanagan is a renowned destination wedding location for many happy couples to officially tie the knot. With the backdrop of our pristine lakes, mountains and gorgeous wineries it is no wonder why we could possibly be the nuptial capital of Canada! Choosing the right salon and stylist for your...

Choose your experience

May 19, 2009 / 5:00 am
I am a ‘Chooser’. My best friend Brandie and I created this new term one night while enjoying a beautiful glass of Okanagan red wine and observing that we really do have the choice to choose our life experiences. Basically, we teach people how we desire to be treated and respected - this is...

Your hair after the chair

Apr 21, 2009 / 9:00 am
There is nothing like walking down the street and checking your reflection in a store window to admire your new spring hairstyle, is there?  Especially when you are that vixen in glossy black stilettos, flaunting your bouncy, radiant locks.  Thank goodness your personal styling team clambered out...

The strength of change

Mar 17, 2009 / 5:00 am
Do you actually believe that 2009 is going to be a year full of doom and gloom as reported on CNN? Well snap out of it honey, it’s time to break those self-limiting belief systems and embrace a year of change - always for the better. It’s a positive mindset and willingness to step outside of...

'A man's world'

Feb 17, 2009 / 5:00 am
The look of fear on a man’s face at the mention of a ‘beauty regimen’ is always priceless to observe. Regularly I am asked whether or not a stylist at my salon will cut a guy’s hair - and I started to wonder why? I have succumbed to the fact some guys don’t know about ‘feel good’...

Finding the outer you

Jan 6, 2009 / 5:00 am
I always cringe when I see an article written in magazines with suggestions on what styles of hair and make-up are ‘in’ for the season. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an avid fan of Fashion Television and Vogue, but there is so much more to developing style then re-producing a haircut out of a...
About the Author

Loyal Wooldridge, Creative Director and visionary behind Loyal Hair Therapy.  Working in the salon as a professional Hair Stylist and Make Up Artist, Loyal's passion is to empower men and women feel fabulous while never losing sight of the core of style: design and experience.

Do you have a hair crisis or question for Loyal? E-mail him at [email protected]

Visit online at www.loyalhairtherapy.ca

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.