Hair Colours You Need To Try This Winter

When the temperature drops, we all want one thing. Whether it’s curling up in a cozy blanket, sipping on a cup of hot cocoa, or bundling up in your favourite knit sweater – we all just want to be warm. But there’s another, often forgotten way that you can get warm in the cold winter months: a new hair colour. From dark chocolate hues and rich coppers to ashy highlights, these winter hair colours are the perfect solution to a warmer 2018.


Dark Chocolate Brown

If you’re not looking for something too dramatic, going darker with a rich chocolate brown is a quick and easy way to get warm. Dark solid hues also tend to reflect more light, which means you can get instantly shinier hair. Plus, you can also add a couple of rich golden-brown strands to give you a fresh twist on brunette hair.



Gold warms up everything. And when a blonde hue is mixed with a light brown or even another blonde, you can achieve no-fuss dimension and depth. This highlighting technique creates a soft, natural-looking effect that is easy to maintain as the temperature drops to the negatives.


Ash Blonde

While sun kissed blondes and highlights might be a staple of summer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t go blonde for the winter. Ash blonde and greyish undertones have become a major hair trend this year. It’s flattering on an array of skin tones, and because ash is more muted than other shades of blonde, it doesn’t require as much upkeep.


Rich Copper  

There is no better feeling than sitting in front of a warm fireplace. So why not bring that to your hair? Flame colour reds and rich coppers are perhaps the best choice to warm up your hair this winter. It’s stylish, drop dead gorgeous, and popping up everywhere this year. This vibrant colour is also the perfect contrast against the white of the snow.


Ice Blonde

Definitely the bolder option on the list, ice blonde is huge this year. While the name implies otherwise, this colour is a great way to warm up your look. Switching to a cooler tone is an unexpected choice that will completely redefine your look. There has never been a better time to try this modern take on highlights.

Thinking about changing your hair colour this winter? Book an appointment with one of our colourists today.

Fall 2017 Hair Trends

Fall is all about change. The leaves are changing, the temperature is changing, and of course, it is also a great opportunity to change up your hair. The experts at Rinaldo’s have put together some of our favourite Fall 2017 hair trends that are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Long Layers:

If you’re looking to keep your length for the Fall, now is the time to try long layers with slightly shorter pieces around your face. This style not only adds dimension, but it will also help make your hair look long and sleek. Plus, layers will make your ends stay full and healthy throughout the dry winter months.

Ash Blonde:

Believe it or not, greyish undertones have become a major hair trend this Fall. And for good reason! This fusion of silver and blonde hues is a gorgeous way to add depth and dimension to your hair, no matter the style. It is flattering on any array of skin tones, and is sure to make your eyes pop, especially with a bold smoky eye.


Casual loose waves, on any length, are the perfect touch to finish off your Fall look. Waves are a simple and effortless way to enhance your style, without being too hard on your hair. To achieve this look, just ask your stylist to softly razor in some layers to your hair. Loose waves are guaranteed to be an instant upgrade to your hairstyle.


Looking for something natural and low maintenance? Despite gaining popularity this summer, balayage is the hair trend of Fall 2017. This highlighting technique creates a soft, natural-looking effect that is easy to maintain as the temperature drops. It’s subtle, low maintenance, and most of all, gorgeous.

Interested in elevating your hairstyle or colour for the Fall? Trust the experts at Rinaldo’s to help you achieve your new look.

Go back to school in style with the latest hair and beauty trends

Back to school season is officially upon us. Whether you’re ready or not, this is a great opportunity for you to try out a fresh new look. We’ve taken the latest hair and beauty trends to help you shine inside and out on your first week back in school.

Balayage: Looking for something natural and low maintenance? One of this year’s most sought after trends, balayage, is a technique for highlighting in which the dye is painted on to create a soft, natural-looking effect. Balayage is incredibly versatile and can work on a variety of hair lengths, textures, and colors – making it one of the most flattering looks for all women.

Boho waves: Beachy waves or curls are universally adored by red carpet stars and everyday beauty lovers. The perfect option for any day, loose curls add body and dimension to your hair without making it look like you tried too hard. This look is quick and easy, can be done with or without heat, and will boost your confidence instantly. 

Medium length: Thinking of cutting your hair? There’s no better time for a dramatic change than back to school. Shoulder length haircuts are all the rage this year – and for good reason. This flexible haircut is chic, sophisticated, and easy to style.

Ice blonde: While balayage offers a natural look, ice blonde is for the more daring. This hot trend is quickly taking over. To create an icy blonde you need a highlight tint with super ashy undertones. It’s a bold look and one that will take some maintenance, but it will get you noticed for all the right reasons.

Let the start of the new school year be the time to debut a new look. Book an appointment with one of our hair stylists or colourists today!

Get Natural, Dramatic, or Fuller Eyelashes

In today’s world where everything seems a bit rushed, who has the time to fuss around with fake eyelashes every day? From glue getting almost everywhere except where you need it and having to use new lashes every day, your morning routine can take hours!

Fortunately eyelash extensions are a new semi-permanent option for adding fullness, length, and volume to your natural lashes.

Our eyelash extensions are made up of a number of materials such as silk, mink, and synthetic or human hair. Extensions can range in lengths from 6mm to 17mm and are held in place with a semi-permanent glue that is available in a number of different bases.

The standard appointment for a full set of eyelash extensions takes up to two hours, depending on the fullness of the lashes you would like. Information regarding maintenance and keeping your lashes longer will be given to you during your appointment.

Interested in eyelash extensions or a consultation to learn more about how to take care of your extensions? Book an appointment with one of our talented estheticians today.

How often should you get your hair cut?

Split ends, tangling, weight – these are some telltale signs that it’s time to book an appointment for a haircut.

So how often should you cut your hair? We’ve all heard that we should go every six to eight weeks, but does this rule really apply to all hair textures and lengths? Here’s how to know when it’s time to visit the hair salon based on length and style.

Medium to long

The longer your hair is, the more fragile it often is. We recommend getting a haircut every six to eight weeks to maintain length. Even if you’re trying to let it grow, you should still try to trim it every eight to ten weeks. It’s long enough to let your hair grow in length and short enough to keep maintain the shape and texture. If your hair is more prone to split ends or you have a lot of chemical treatments done, cuts every eight weeks will help keep your hair healthy.

Curls and textures

For curls, waves, or textures our stylists suggest quarterly haircuts – at most 12 weeks between cuts. Textured hair tends to naturally be quite dry and crave moisture. This means that the time between washes is almost just as important as cutting your hair. If you want to preserve or grow out your length, ask your hairstylist to remove a quarter inch or less at each visit. This will ensure there’s always more growth than the amount you’re cutting.

Short and structured

If you have a short, specific style like a bob, pixie cut, or bangs than you should aim every three weeks. Your hair usually grows about half an inch per month, so more frequent cuts would help maintain a sleek length and shape.  If you’re ready to grow your hair out, you can wait longer (up to four to six months before your first trim) and then every six-twelve weeks after that.


Strong, blunt, heavy, straight: If any of these words describe your fringe, a quick trim every other week will keep the look tight. If your bangs are more of the side swept, wispy variety, you can probably stretch out your trims a little longer.

There’s no one answer about how often you should get a hair cut, but depending on your hair and what your end goal is, there is a sweet spot that’s perfect for you.

How to find the best hair salon for you

Often finding the best Ottawa hair salon can just seem difficult; you’ve got a big date and you’re in a rush and the last thing you can be bothered doing is thinking about which place will give you the best new hairstyle. You simply want an appointment and you want it now. But more than that too, you’re probably not sure what to look for in an Ottawa hair salon, and so you end up taking a gamble and booking into the first place that looks okay.

If you knew what to look for in a hair salon- if you had a simple checklist of things to bear in mind saved in the hard drive that’s your own brain- then it would take some of the bother out of looking and get you on the right track. And if it’s not such a pain in the neck, if finding a good salon is easier, then you have all the chance of finding the best hair salon and developing a long and fulfilling relationship with a great stylist.

One of the first things you should be aware of when looking out for the best hair salons is the location you’re in. The trendiness of neighborhood has a big impact on the kind of salons around. A hair salon in a fashionable area is more likely to give you a fashionable hairstyle- one that’s very “now.” That may be what you’re after, which is great, but beware too that it’s often the case that a busy, fashionable hair salon- because they’re so busy and fashionable- may have to sacrifice the amount of personal attention provided to clients. They may also charge you more money simply because of the rent of their neighborhood.

The Salon – Check the Style

You should check out the kinds of hairstyles worn by clients leaving the  Ottawa salon- this is great way of getting an idea about whether or not the hair salon is the best one for you. If everyone is leaving with the same hairstyle- which can often be the case with those fashionable and expensive salons- then it probably means you’ll end up with that hairstyle too. It probably also means that there’s the possibility the salon won’t be interested (or even able) to cut your hair any other way.

Another obvious way of sorting the best from the rest in the world of hair salons is simply to give each potential salon a good eye-balling. This will only take a minute, but if you look with the eagle-eyes of an FBI agent you’d be amazed what you can deduce from appearances. As a general rule, a salon doesn’t need to be filled with the latest expensive facilities (a chrome-plated espresso machine), but it should be clean and organized. If there’s hair all over a dirty floor then they’re rushed, and they’ll probably be rushed when they cut your hair. Like a restaurant, busy is good- but chaotic isn’t. If the reception desk is a mess and the phone’s ringing off the hook then cross that hair salon off your list.

Picking an Ottawa Hair Stylist

Take a look at the stylists working in the Ottawa salons too. Don’t discriminate, but make a preliminary assessment of your potential hairstylist. Look at the stylists own hair- the way it’s cut and styled, and its health – and use what you see as a basis for thinking about the kind of hairstyle they’re likely to give you. Think about their experience too. New stylists are often enthusiastic and eager to please, but may lack some of the experience required to make decisions about more complex/specific hairstyles. If a hair stylist looks really comfortable like they’ve been doing the same thing for years- then your consultation may end up lacking the individual attention you want and deserve. Go for a local Ottawa hairstylist who’s in the middle of their career and who’s also well groomed and has the kind of healthy hair you wouldn’t mind having yourself.

While you’re looking around for a new Ottawa salon, you’ll probably pass a few chain hairdressers or franchise salons. While it’s not the case for all chain salons (for example: First Choice), the bigger ones are typically the starting place for new stylists. Often they don’t get paid much, meaning also that experienced and talented stylists rarely work there, and the emphasis is on getting you in and out as quickly as possible. Obviously you’ll get what you pay for, which is probably not a thorough consultation and/or an individual hairstyle tailored to your specific needs.

Pamper Yourself at Rinaldos – Ottawa’s Best Hair Salon

For months you have been wearing hats and scarfs to protect yourself from the dry winter air. After a long and cold winter, what better way to rejuvenate and celebrate spring than to pamper yourself at Rinaldos!

At Rinaldos’ –  Ottawa’s best hair salon, we treat every customer and every appointment the same. We offer personalized luxurious services tailored for your every need.

You might be looking for a basic cut and blow style to freshen up your look. Or maybe you are thinking about making a change with a full or creative colour. Or maybe you want to be bold with an Up-Style for a hot date!

We have you covered no matter what your personal preferences are. Rinaldo’s offers a full menu of hair design services for men and women. 

More importantly, Rinaldo’s hires only the best and most talented staff. Our stylists and staff are specially trained to ensure that you can rely on us to be your personal hair consultants and provide you with the variety and options you need. 

How many times have you walked into a beauty shop only to find that the phone is ringing off the hook and it’s dark, loud, and cramped with other people’s hair cuttings on the floor? Ugh!

Rinaldo’s is not just a hair salon. We take our environment and ambiance seriously so that you can relax in a modern, clean, clutter-free and aroma-free atmosphere. 

Don’t wait another day. Come visit Rinaldo’s, Ottawa’s best hair salon and give your hair, mind and body the attention it deserves! 

What To Look For In An Ottawa Bridal Hair Salon

Your wedding day will be one of the most important days of your life. It is the day when you and your soon to be husband publicly proclaim your love for one another in front of all your family and friends. On your wedding day, all eyes will be upon you so you will want to make sure you look your absolute best. After you choose the perfect wedding dress and accessories, you will need to decide what to do with your hair. If you live in Ottawa and you want the perfect hairstylist to help you get the perfect wedding day hairstyle, here is some advice about how you can find the best bridal hair salon / bridal hair styles.

What To Look For In An Ottawa Hair Salon

When you are looking for a great Ottawa hairstylist who can give you a beautiful wedding day hairstyle, you want to look for a hairstylist who understands all the latest trends in bridal hairstyles. From flowing waves to a classic ponytail or bun, a great Ottawa hairstylist will know how to style your hair in a way that fits your unique personality. Here are a few of the most stylish bridal hairstyles today:

– Carefree Waves. Many of today’s brides are opting for a wedding day hairstyle of loose, flowing waves. Whether the sides of your hair are pulled back and held in place by a pretty barrette, or your hair is left down flowing and free, waves can make your wedding day hair look ethereal and romantic.

– Classic Bun. If you want your wedding day hair to be more classic and elegant, you might want to ask your Ottawa hairstylist about styling your hair into a bun. Whether it is a traditional bun or a french twist, a good Ottawa hairstylist can style your wedding day hair into a beautiful upswept look.

On your wedding day, you will want your hair to look perfect. All eyes will be on you so you want to make sure that your hair is styled in a way that will make you look stunning. If you live in Ottawa, it is easy to find a great bridal hair salon / bridal hair styles that will help you look your best on this extra special day. Whether you want the look of ethereal, carefree waves or you want a more traditional upswept look, a good Ottawa hairstylist can help you get your hair looking beautiful on your wedding day.

Downtown Ottawa Hair Salon

It’s important to stay pampered so you can look great and feel your best. When you have more confidence, you’ll be happier and more capable of achieving more. By visiting a professional hair salon, you’ll enhance both your looks and life. There are a few good Downtown Ottawa Hair Salon that offer many different services to keep you looking great and feeling relaxed and pampered. When it’s time to take a break from life and reward yourself, there are different ways to enhance and update your look.

They say that people notice hair on a person more than anything, which is why it’s important to spend the most time and energy on it. Your can have minimal makeup on, but if your hair looks great, you’ll still look attractive. Make it a point to visit the hair salon every few months to get your hair trimmed, dyed, and deep conditioned for a professional treatment.

When you need to unwind, it’s just as important to allow your body to relax as it is to look good. Go in for a professional massage to allow your body to get back to its original state after long hours in the office. By getting a professional massage, you’ll be able to have the toxins released from your body so you can look younger and feel more energized. You’ll be able to choose from many different methods of massages, depending on your body type, between the Swedish massage, Lymphatic drainage, Aromatherapy massage and Hot Stone massage. You can also get a massage at different lengths, from 30 to 90 minutes.

When your skin needs a boost, you can resort to many options to rejuvenate it and hydrate it with professional treatments. When your sinuses are acting up, you can get the Cures Sinus Relief facial, which deeply cleanses the skin and clears the sinus cavity and respiratory system. This massage will alleviate pressure and discomfort. Other facial massages include re-elasting masks, microdermabrasion masks, beauty flash facials, and firming facial. Each will enhance the condition of your skin and make you look younger.

To enhance your facial features at Downtown Ottawa Hair Salon, go for facial tattooing on your eyebrows, lips, and get permanent eyeliner. You can also get eyebrow or eyelash tinting. You’ll never have to worry about applying temporary makeup again or wasting hours getting ready.

Downtown Ottawa Hair Salon offers plenty of services to enhance your natural beauty and keep you rejuvenated and relaxed. You’ll be able to keep your hair, skin, and nails healthy with professional help.

Returning to Equilibrium for Ottawa Residents

Wake up, eat breakfast, walk the dog, drive in Ottawa’s rush hour traffic, spill coffee on your new suit, back-to-back meetings, happy hour networking—you get the idea, a regular day in the life of an Ottawa mover and shaker like yourself.  Do you even remember what it is like to take a few moments to yourself and actually relax? If you are like most of us, the answer is no, but we, at Rinaldo, Ottawa’s Premier Hair Designers & Spa know how to make relaxation a reality.

In its most basic sense, relaxation is the return to a state of equilibrium or balance.  At Rinaldo, we believe that massage therapy is one of the primary solutions to regaining your body’s equilibrium. Our team of Ottawa’s premier massage therapists have developed a variety of customized massage therapies specifically designed to provide you with the optimal amount of relaxation in as short as thirty minutes, or as long as ninety minutes.

Whether you are struggling with a cold, looking to relieve anxiety, in need of an infusion of energy, or just want to immerse yourself in a deep sensory experience, our menu of services has what your body is craving. Our massage services include: traditional deep tissue Swedish massage, custom designed aromatherapy massage, deep sensory hot stone massage and congestion relieving lymphatic drainage massage therapies.

Whether it is emotional, physical or sensory every individual’s body needs relaxation and Rinaldo’s superior massage therapy solutions will return your mind and body back to its optimal state of equilibrium so that you can continue to be at the top of your game.

Ottawa Cold Weather Skin Care Tips

The weather has turned colder, the trees have lost their leaves and soon enough the whipping wind and cold temperatures will begin to affect the beautiful skin that you have worked so hard to achieve throughout the year. During the colder months of your skin tends to lose much of its moisture and elasticity due to the changes in humidity both indoors and out, but don’t worry; Ottawa’s Premier Hair and Skin Care Spa, Rinaldo, has the “Cures” for your cold weather skin care needs.

Let’s start by identifying your skin type:

Normal Skin- Does not reveal any traces of oil and skin is clean, smooth, elastic and supple.

Oily Skin- Face is visibly shiny looking, and literally feels slightly wet to the touch. Oily skin also has large pores that are prone to acne breakouts if the skin is not well maintained.

Dry Skin- Skin feels very tight and is noticeably flaky in areas and can look rough and bumpy. Dry skin can easily develop a sallow tone, wrinkles, and fine pores, and it is very prone to aging and irritation.

Combination Skin- The most common skin type, combination skin is just what its name implies, your skin tends to get oily around your nose, chin, and forehead area, and dry around your cheeks, while the rest of your skin is fairly normal.

Sensitive Skin- If have reactions to certain cosmetics and irritated skin after a dramatic change in weather, you have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin can be difficult to work with without the proper products.

Now that you have an idea about what skin type you are you need to realize that regardless of your skin type, hydration is the key to keeping your skin smooth, soft and supple. We recommend you work with one of our highly trained estheticians to choose one of Ottawa’s most sought after facials that include both our customized Cures and targeted facials to accommodate your specific skin care needs. Remember, just because your skin may be oily does not mean that you shouldn’t be appropriately moisturized. Our skin care specialists will also work with you to determine the appropriate follow up skin care regimen to keep your newly hydrated skin moisturized and glowing. Give us a call and let Ottawa’s premier skin care professionals take your skin to the next level.

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