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Summer brings opportunities for gatherings, weddings and you guessed it gifting! If you’re struggling to come up with a great gift idea for a hostess, bride, graduate, or just because, then keep reading because we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeves. For those of you who are stuck for an idea, we’ll be going through a list of hair-themed gifts that are perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re putting together a haircare gift basket or you simply want a little something extra to give, this gift guide is for you! From products to hair makeovers, we’ve got you covered.

Follow along below to get some inspiration on what to give this summer!

Products Everyone Loves to Receive!

Up their hair product game with a haircare gift from Bottega, it’s a great place to shop. We sell a range of products from texturizers to shampoos. You’ll also be excited to know that we only carry the best haircare brands. Shop KMS, Bottle None, K18, Evo, and Goldwell in our salon! 

  1. A Great Shampoo/Conditioner Set

There’s no better gift when it comes to hair care than a great shampoo and conditioner set. While drugstore sets certainly do the job, they can sometimes cause damage to your hair. A high-quality shampoo and conditioner will ensure that your hair and scalp look as healthy as can be. Another benefit is that you’ll prevent excessively dry or oily hair. Certain shampoos and conditioners can also aid in hair growth and prevent the loss of that salon colour. Check out some of our favourites in-store!

  1. Hair Serums

With summer on its way, a good hair serum can help to manage the dry Okanagan weather. The right hair serum will help to smooth hair strands and protect them from heat damage. This is especially important for anyone who loves to spend time outdoors. Our salon’s favourite brands carry a number of awesome serums for every hair type and activity level. Whether they love to sunbathe or hike the tallest mountains, we’ve got a serum for you to gift.  Visit us in-store for recommendations on our most loved serums. 

  1. A Heat Protectant

Are they using heat tools more than they should? Are they using a heat protectant? If you’ve answered yes to one of these questions, a good heat protectant could be a great gift idea! Heat protectants are ideal for anyone who loves their curling wand or flatiron a bit too much.

Give the Gift of Self-Care

  1. Silk Pillowcase

If fancy products aren’t their thing, consider gifting a silk pillowcase. Silk pillowcases are amazing for keeping you cool and dry throughout the night. They’re also great for preventing bedhead and help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dermatologists and skincare experts recommend sleeping on silk to help maintain healthy skin. Even if these advantages don’t convince you that they need a silk pillowcase, know that they are also incredible for minimizing dust and bacteria. So, if they’re sensitive to common allergens this could be a game-changer for their health!

  1. A New Hair Tool

Has their hairdryer seen better days? Are they still using the same flatiron from the 80s? If so, this might be a good time to gift an upgrade. There are so many heat tools on the market that you might be overwhelmed trying to choose one. So, let’s give a quick rundown of what makes a good heat tool. First off, for wands and flat irons, anything made with ceramic or titanium is ideal. Secondly, having a temperature setting is life-changing for preventing heat damage and customization. Thirdly, search for something with a good warranty or return policy in case something breaks. 

  1. A Salon Experience

If none of these haircare gifts suit their style, consider giving the gift of a day at the salon. This is a great way to give them the gift of self-care. If they’re not into getting their hair done, BOTTEGA has a wide range of other services to choose from. For example, lash and brow tints, waxing, and laminations. Check out all the haircare services that we offer on our website and determine which service they will love most!

Contact Your Favourite Hair Stylists in West Kelowna for More Ideas!

Are you looking to give a hair-themed gift this Summer? If yes, come into the salon and chat with one of our stylists today! Be sure to contact us if you have any hair or beauty-related questions. We look forward to seeing you in the salon soon. Don’t forget to submit your hair care questions to our “Ask a Stylist” forum.  Moreover, be sure to check back next month for more hair content and visit our social media

Hair is a critical part of anyone’s identity. Our locks often showcase our personality, reflect our style, and contribute to our sense of confidence. As such, signs of hair thinning and recession can be alarming. This is particularly true for women. As a woman, healthy hair can be a key way in which femininity is expressed. This can lead to emotional challenges for women who must grapple with the reality of their changing hair. If you or someone you know is experiencing hair loss or thinning, it can be hard to find the right information. In this article, we strive to change this by offering information to help you better understand hair loss/recession, why it happens, treatment options, and more.

Follow along below to read our women’s guide to hair loss. 

Making Sense of Hair Loss as a Woman

Hair loss is commonly thought of as a male problem. However, as Harvard recently noted, it also affects roughly a third of women. With this being said, men and women do not experience hair loss in the same way. For a man, hair loss usually means going bald, whereas, for a woman, hair loss usually means thinning hair without going bald. There are a variety of causes that can be attributed to hair loss and recession in women. For example, medications, wearing certain hairstyles, and high stress levels. Other underlying causes can include a shift in hormones, an inflammatory condition, or even a thyroid problem. What’s more, is that hair loss can be genetic. 

One of the biggest culprits for hair loss in women is female-pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia). Women who suspect that they have this condition can usually tell by a few key signs. The first of which, is hairline recession, whereby the hair recedes at the forehead. Another sign of hair loss is a wider hair part. It often manifests as a gradual change in the texture and density of the hair. Moreover, a widening part is common in women over 40 or those experiencing menopause.  The third sign is patchy hair loss. This means the thinning or loss of hair in more specific areas on the scalp. 

Beyond female-pattern hair loss, there are a variety of other common causes. For instance, the overuse of damaging hair products or consistent application of heat tools (hair dryers, flat irons, curling wands, etc). Factors such as nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances can also lead to thinning hair. 

Women’s Hair Thinning Treatments and Preventative Measures

For some of us, hair loss as we age is inevitable. However, this does not mean that you can’t take measures to try and prevent the onset or improve the outlook. Doing simple things like taking care of your health, eating a well-balanced diet, and restricting the use of heat tools can all help with hair loss. If you lead a stressful lifestyle due to work or other circumstances, finding a way to minimize or cope with this stress is critical. Too much stress can impact your hair and overall health. Taking multivitamins and avoiding tight hairstyles (we’re looking at you, Ms. slick back trend) can also be of benefit. 

For those who are experiencing hair loss and are looking for a treatment option, it’s important to visit your doctor for a formal diagnosis. Treatments vary depending on the cause of your hair loss, the kind of hair loss you’re experiencing, and your medical history. For some women, simply addressing the underlying condition causing the hair loss can improve symptoms. For others, it may take medication to see a change in hair thickness. A popular hair growth drug is Rogaine which can help treat hair loss and promote regrowth. Other options that women are considering include red light therapy. 

If medical treatments don’t work for your hair/body, there are other ways to cope with the loss. Cosmetic options to help women overcome hair loss are extensive. From wigs to hair transplantations the spectrum of cosmetic treatments for hair is vast. 

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Hair loss can be challenging to deal with. If you are experiencing hair loss, know that there are a variety of women’s hair thinning treatments available. If you have other questions about styling thinning hair or general hair loss, post your questions on our “Ask a Stylist” forum. Be sure to contact us if you have any other hair or beauty-related questions. We look forward to seeing you in the salon soon. Moreover, be sure to check back next month for more hair content and visit our social media

In the Okanagan, the weather still hasn’t started to warm yet. After a mild, but cool winter, you may be wondering how you can ensure that you hair is refreshed for spring. After spending so much time in indoor heating, and out in the cool winter air, your hair may not be looking as lively as it once did. Not to mention, with the drier climate, you may be wondering how to eliminate static from your locks. In this article, we are going to cover all of these topics. Follow along below for tips and tricks on how to rejuvenate your hair for spring and beat static electricity once and for all!

West Kelowna Haircare Tips for Healthy Spring Locks

haircare tips from a west kelowna hair salon

After a dry winter, one of the best ways to breathe life back into your hair is by using hydrating products. For instance, hair masks, deep conditioners, and gentle shampoos. Consider investing in products that aren’t harsh on your scalp and that leave some of your body’s natural oils behind. 

Additionally, washing your hair less frequently can help mitigate dryness if you’re noticing a lack of moisture in your locks. Aim for washing about 2-3 times per week for depending on your hair type and activity level. Avoiding over-washing can ensure your hair keeps some of its natural oils, preventing increased dryness. 

If you’re serious about healthifying your hair this spring, consider taking a break from your heat tools. This is one of the best and easiest ways to restore your hair. However, if you absolutely must use them, make sure that you apply a reputably branded heat protectant to lock in moisture and prevent damage. Also, do your best to keep the temperature of your hot tools to a minimum!

Another way that you can revive your hair for the new season is by getting a trim. Visiting the salon to have the dead ends of your hair taken off can help your hair grow longer, feel healthier, and look renewed. 

Besides using the right products and limiting heat, you can ensure that your hair is happy and healthy by leading a balanced lifestyle. This means eating well, exercising, staying hydrated, and limiting your stress levels. After all, too much stress is scientifically proven to cause hair loss in some people. This is because the hair follicles remain in an extended resting phase when the body produces too much cortisol. Consequently, this results in inhibited hair growth. 

How to Beat Staticky Hair in 2024?

Staticky hair is the collective bain of our existence. Waking up in the morning to your hair standing on its ends is never a good feeling. This phenomenon is often caused by dry air in your environment. Generally, this is exacerbated by things rubbing against your hair like your pillows, hats, toques, or even your brush. During the cooler weather, the air holds less moisture which in turn leads to less moisture in your hair. This results in the perfect conditions for your hair to get staticky.

While you might think that this is just a winter issue and it will be solved with warmer weather, we regret to inform you that this is not the case. In Kelowna, the summers are undoubtedly hot, but they are also very dry. Not to mention most places run air conditioners all summer long to combat the sweltering temperatures. These two factors contribute to the same favourable conditions for static electricity in your hair. 

If you want to get rid of this staticky sensation in your locks, there are a few quick remedies to try. The first one is to run a dryer sheet over your hair. Alternatively, you can use a metal comb or brush to break up static electricity from your hair. Some people say that running a metal hanger over your locks can do the trick as well! Another solution is to use hairspray or leave-in conditioner to eliminate static and keep your hair in place. 

If none of these tips works, you can always resort to a trusty up-do to keep static hair at bay and out of the way! Claw clips, high ponies, and braids are all great options to your hair out of your face on a staticky day. 

Contact us Today About West Kelowna Haircare!

Are you looking to revive your hair for spring? If yes, book an appointment with one of our stylists today! Be sure to contact us if you have any hair or beauty-related questions. We look forward to seeing you in the salon soon. Don’t forget to submit your hair care questions to our “Ask a Stylist” forum.  Moreover, be sure to check back next month for more hair content and visit our social media

Maintaining coloured hair can be a chore. But, with the right products and a few tips, it doesn’t have to be. In last month’s blog post, we went over some of this year’s most anticipated hair trends—some of which included dyed hair. If you’re considering experimenting with the trendy hair colours of 2024, its important that you know how to keep the colour fresh until your next salon visit. To help you keep the colour of your locks vibrant, we have compiled a list of daily habits and stylist-recommended products. Follow along below to learn more about caring for coloured hair. 

What Habits Can I Adopt to Preserve My Dyed Hair?

  1. Turn Down the Temp of Your Shower

A good habit to get into when you have freshly coloured hair is to keep your shower temperature at a minimum. However, this does not mean that you need to take a freezing cold shower. Instead, try keeping the heat warm and then rinsing any products out with cooler water. Showering at a hot temperature can cause the colour molecules in your hair to rinse out of your locks. For those with red hair, this effect is amplified, because red dyes tend to have larger molecules. So, if you’re following this year’s red hair trends, this is a tip you’ll want to keep in mind. 

  1. Use Products Without Sulfates

If you’re a frequent hair dyer, you’re likely to know that sulphates can be enemy number one when it comes to maintaining your colour. If your shampoo and conditioner are packed with these chemicals, consider opting for a gentler formula. There are several hair wash products available that do not contain high amounts of sulphates. This will ensure that you prevent your new hair colour from fading. Regardless of whether your hair is dyed or not, switching to a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner will keep your hair healthier! 

  1. Avoid Excess Heat

Another way to keep your hair colour fresh is by avoiding excessive heat. This means ditching your heat tools when possible. Your flat iron and curling wand are major culprits for removing moisture and colour from your hair. If you must use these tools, be sure to apply a heat protectant and keep the temperature of your tools on a low setting. Additionally, letting your hair air dry as opposed to blow drying it, can be of benefit!

Other Tips to Note

  1. Stay Out of Direct Sunlight

Ever wonder why vampires have such luscious locks? It’s because they stay out of the sunlight! Bad jokes aside, being sun-smart is a good habit to get into when caring for your coloured hair. Just the same as heat tools and hot showers can fade your hair, so can the sunshine. Exposing your locks to the harshness of the sun’s UV rays can give a brassy or bleached look. To avoid sun damage, wear a hat or stay in the shade if possible.  

  1. Choose the Right Colour

If you want your hair to look vibrant without needing to do a ton of maintenance, it’s best to stick to shades that are within one to two depths of your natural hair colour. Doing so offers several benefits. For example, a more forgiving fade, less noticeable growth and a gentler dying process. This is especially true for those who want to go from dark to light shades or vice versa. By choosing a colour range that is close to your natural locks, you’ll be afforded more flexibility between hair appointments. 

  1. Shampoo Less

Washing your hair less isn’t always the most appealing thought. However, avoiding your shampoo can be one of the easiest ways to keep your hair dye fresh for longer. The formula for most shampoos, no matter how gentle they are, can still cause the dye to be stripped from your locks. Shampoos are designed to clean your locks and strip away dirt and oil. Unfortunately, during this process, some loss of colour is inevitable. Washing your hair less frequently and using dry shampoo in between washes is a good strategy to take on. Talk with your stylist about what dry shampoos and washing products they recommend for keeping your hair colour bright!

Contact us About Hair Colouring in West Kelowna Today!

Are you looking to switch up your hair colour for 2024? Book an appointment with one of our stylists today! Be sure to contact us if you have any hair or beauty-related questions. We look forward to seeing you in the salon soon. Don’t forget to submit your hair care questions to our “Ask a Stylist” forum.  Moreover, be sure to check back next month for more hair content and visit our social media

2024 is here, and with it has come several new trends for hair. From cuts to accessories, there’s a lot to know if you’re planning on switching up your style in the months ahead. Last year, we saw the end of the curtain bang, the rise of the bob, and a notable shift towards emphasizing hair care. In 2024, many of last year’s trends are here to stay, with a twist of their own. From boxy layers to 90s influence, there’s something for everyone in this year’s hair trends. To help you discover which 2024 style is best for you, we are going to be going over the most anticipated hair trends of the year. Follow along below to see how you can achieve this year’s trends with a West Kelowna haircut!

What West Kelowna Haircut Should You Receive in 2024?

This year we’re seeing all sorts of new trends in haircuts that are largely influenced by decades passed. However, a new trend this year will be embracing one’s natural locks. This is a trend that started to kick off in 2023 with the hair care movement. People want now more than ever to love their hair—no matter the texture or colour! With more and more individuals asking for wash-and-go styles and colours, it’s evident that natural hair is in this year. 

If your natural hair doesn’t do it for you, don’t fret! There are plenty of other hair trends set to take the world by storm in 2024. For instance, angular bobs. An angular bob is the perfect style to achieve that cool, edgy look that is all the rage right now. However, this isn’t the only bob that is going to be popular this year. We are also seeing the comeback of the soft bob, 90s bob and the lob. We suppose it’s safe to say that short hair will be a notable fad in 2024. 

As for colours, the biggest trend is going to be honey blonde. You’ve seen this colour on celebrities and the runway, and it’s now making its way into mainstream culture. If you have blonde or brunette hair, warm and honey-toned finishes are about to become your best friends. This colour is undeniably classic and looks even better with some light, creamy blonde highlights. 

Another colour set to sweep the nation is red. But, not just any red, we are talking about the rich, decadent reds as seen, most notably, on The Little Mermaid. Whether it’s a true red, an auburn tone, or a copper shine, red will be everywhere this season. 

Hair Accessories You’re Going to Want & Styles to Recreate

With haircare taking such a focus in 2024, this year is all about accessorizing your natural locks. Near the end of 2023, we saw a rise in the popularity of headbands. Like it or not, headbands are here to stay in 2024. So, get ready to channel your inner Blair Waldorf and make the most out of the prep school vibes. If you’re not sure what kind of headbands to invest in, try out a sleek, black plastic style, or a cotton tube one for added comfort.

Another accessory that people everywhere are buying, is the hair bow. Bows fit right in with this year’s ballet-core trends and we can’t get enough of it. A hair bow is a great way to add a touch of femininity to your style. If you want to recreate this trend, there are so many ways to do so. For instance, we’ve seen people tying ribbons at the end of their braids or top of their ponytail for that ballet-inspired look. The best part of the bow trend is how easy it is to recreate without spending a dime! 

Finally, as far as styling goes, 2024 could be the year of the up-do. With intricate buns and elevated ponies, there is so much creative potential for this year’s styles. If up-dos aren’t your thing, leave it down and style your locks in big voluminous curls. After all, runway hair is going nowhere in the new year—the bigger the blowout, the better!

Contact us Today!

Are you ready to change up your hair for the new year? Book an appointment to get a West Kelowna haircut with one of our stylists today! Be sure to contact us if you have any hair or beauty-related questions. We look forward to seeing you in the salon soon. Don’t forget to submit your New Year’s hair care questions to our “Ask a Stylist” forum.  Moreover, be sure to check back next month for more hair content and visit our social media here. Happy New Year everyone!

Throughout 2023, we’ve kept consistent with our blog content! From West Kelowna hair care tips to current trends, we hope that this year’s blog posts have been insightful. With 2024 on the horizon, we thought it would be best to continue with our tradition of writing a year-end recap of all of the content we wrote for our blog in 2023! This way, you can catch up on any missed content, and get a jump start on your new year’s hair care resolutions. Follow along below to read this year’s blog recap!

Rewind to Winter and Fall Blog Content in 2023

Jan – 2023 Hair Care Resolutions

What better time than now to start thinking about hair care goals for the new year? Check out this article that we wrote in January of 2023 for some inspiration about what kinds of hair care resolutions you’d like to set in the new year. 

Feb – Hairstylists West Kelowna On: Hair Damage

Often, the most basic elements of your hair care regimen can drastically affect the health of your hair. In this article, we shed some light on how to prevent hair damage by showing you the areas where people go wrong when taking care of their locks.

Mar – Why You Should Entrust Bottega Hairstylists

Did you know that not every stylist or esthetician that you visit in B.C. will be licensed? In this article, we delved deeper into the hairdressing industry in B.C. and explained why you should choose Bottega for your next hair/beauty appointment!

Apr – Bottega Now Offers Hair Extension Services

In April we revealed that our salon would finally be offering hair extension services! Check out this post to find out more about pricing, process, and extension services. Look no further than Bottega for your 2024 extension installs!

May – How to Protect Your Hair From Chlorine?

Going somewhere tropical this winter? If you are, a) jealous. And, b) we recommend giving this article a read. In this post, we go over all of the ways that you can protect your hair from chlorine! This way you come back from your vacation sans green locks. 

What West Kelowna Hair Care Content Was on our Blog During the Spring and Summer?

Jun – Summer Hair Care in West Kelowna: Top Tips!

Again, those of you headed somewhere warm this winter should consider brushing up on our summer hair care content. Check out this post to find out how to ensure your hair stays thriving in a hot climate!

Jul – Pros and Cons of Hair Extensions in West Kelowna (Part 1)

To help you decide on the right hair extensions, we started a two-part series in July that provided our readers with information about the pros and cons of different types of extensions that we offer. In this post, we focused on Tape-ins and Keratin bonds.

Aug – Pros and Cons of West Kelowna Hair Extensions (Part 2)

In this continuation of July’s blog post, we wrote all about the pros and cons of sew-in wefts and I-tip extensions. Check it out to see which extensions are best suited for your lifestyle. 

Sept – How to Curl Short Hair? Tips From a Hair Stylist in West Kelowna! 

If you have short hair and are looking for some tips on curling your locks, we’ve got you covered! In this article, one of our stylists provided a step-by-step process for curling short hair. 

Oct – Unveiling Our Ask a Stylist Forum!

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, then you would know that in October we released our “Ask a Stylist” forum! In this article, we explained how the forum works and what you can expect. Check it out and leave some questions for us to answer in 2024!

Nov – Why Get Regular Haircuts at Our Salon in West Kelowna?

The simplest way to achieve healthy hair is by getting regular haircuts. In this article, we went over the benefits of receiving a haircut at our salon in West Kelowna regularly. 

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We want to thank everyone for an awesome third year at Bottega Salon! We hope that you found this year’s blog content helpful. As always, be sure to contact us if you have any questions, or to book an appointment. We look forward to seeing you in the salon in the new year. Don’t forget to submit your New Year’s hair care questions to our “Ask a Stylist” forum.  Moreover, be sure to check back next month for more hair content and visit our social media here. Happy holidays!

Keeping your hair in a healthy state is an important part in making sure your hair looks its best! Hair is an essential part of who we are as human beings. It represents our personalities, shows off our interests, and sets us apart from others. But, in order to keep our hair in a healthy condition, it’s crucial that we do more than just style and wash our locks.  The simplest way to achieve healthy hair is by getting regular haircuts. Having a cut or trim every six to eight weeks is a great way to prevent breakage. In this article, we will be going over the benefits of receiving a haircut at our salon in West Kelowna on a regular basis. Follow along below to learn more!

Benefits of Regular Haircuts at a Salon in West Kelowna

  1. Minimize/Prevent Damage

By having your hair cut on a regular basis, you will do wonders for the health of your hair. Trimming your locks every few weeks will keep split ends at bay and improve your cuticles. In turn, this will create a better, healthier hair texture. Avoiding regular haircuts can cause your hair to thin due to split end issues. This is hard to repair once the damage is done. So, keep your hair shiny and full with routine trims. 

  1. Increase Growth

Letting a stylist chop off some of your hair every now and then is actually a great way to boost hair growth. While it may seem counterintuitive, cutting off the damaged parts of your hair will make room for more healthy growth. Of course, it is still important that you wash and moisturize your scalp. However, if you’ve been wanting your hair to grow, a regular trim might be the secret to achieving your desired length! Visit one of our stylists in West Kelowna for more information about hair growth.

  1. Maintain Style and Length

Another benefit of having your hair cut often is that you get to maintain a specific style and length. If you have bangs, you’ll know that getting your hair trimmed often is essential in maintaining the style. Furthermore, for those with layered hair, having regular cuts is a much-needed part of retaining the layers. A regular haircut can also be of benefit for those with short hair so that they can preserve the perfect length!

Additional Perks of Regular Salon Visits

  1. Your Hair is Easier to Manage

Going to the salon for a regular trim makes it much easier to manage. Detangling your hair becomes that much simpler when your hair is even and strong. Take back those precious minutes you spend detangling your hair and spend them on something you enjoy. In addition to easier detangling, healthy hair is also less frizzy, smoother, and responds better to styling. Simply cutting your hair on a frequent basis can make your morning routine that much more effortless. 

  1. It’s a Form of Self-Care

Visiting the salon is a great way to incorporate self-care into your routine. Hair is a large part of people’s confidence – no matter what gender you identify as. For centuries, hair has been a primary way that humans express their personality. According to an article by Healthline, our hair has a direct impact on our mental well-being. It is thought that bad hair can impact our mood because of the way it changes how we perceive ourselves. If this sounds like something you can relate to, it might be worth it to invest in your hair. We wrote all about haircare as a form of self-care in a blog post last year, and we encourage you to check it out!

  1. Chat With Your Stylist(s)

One of the best parts of visiting the salon is that you get to chat with your stylists. Whether you want to gossip about your neighbour or ask us questions about your hair routine, we’re here to listen. And, we are happy to give you our professional opinion about the best ways to style, care for, and treat your locks! 

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Making time for a haircut can be difficult. However, adding this task to your routine can make a world of difference in your confidence and the health of your hair. If you’re looking to get your hair styled at our salon in West Kelowna, contact us today to book your appointment! For more information about the types of services that we offer, visit our services page.

For the months to come, Bottega stylists will be answering your most pressing hair styling questions via a forum called “Ask a Stylist”. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in being a part of, keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks. Our Ask-a-Stylist forum will allow all of our clients and readers to get the hair knowledge they’re looking for from a reliable source! Simply submit a question to the forum and we will do our best to answer these questions on social media and in our blog! So, make sure you’re keeping up with our socials. We look forward to answering your questions soon. 

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, then you would know that we have been in the process of creating an “Ask a Stylist” forum! This forum is going to serve as a channel for all of your most pressing hair and beauty questions. Our expert stylists are ready to inform you about what it takes to achieve the hair of your dreams. At Bottega Salon, we believe that your hair is more than a physical appearance; it’s also a reflection of your personality and unique style. If you want to make 2024 your best hair year yet, then we encourage you to participate in the forum! In this article, we will be going over some details about how the forum works and what you can expect. Follow along below to learn more!

How Does Our Ask a Stylist Forum Work?

Our Ask a Stylist forum is a page on our website that any of our clients or online visitors can access. We wanted to ensure total accessibility so that anyone is able to submit a question to be answered by our team of experts—regardless of your geographical location. Those who want to submit a question can visit this page and use the contact form to provide their inquiry. We will do our very best to get to every question. However, only the best questions will be answered in our monthly blog posts! We hope that you find this forum a fun and interactive way to connect with us about your hair needs. This collaborative space fosters a supportive environment where you can ask questions, receive personalized advice, and connect with a like-minded community!

What Can You Expect From Our End?

  1. Expert Advice

When you submit a question to our forum, you can rest assured that our stylists are going to answer with the most relevant information. Our team is comprised of highly qualified stylists—two of whom are Red Seal certified. Whether you are looking for info about the latest trends or want to find a healthier hair routine, we are ready to guide you!  At Bottega, we believe that your hair deserves the very best, and that is what we intend to provide. 

  1. Tailored Guidance 

Everyone’s hair is different, and we recognize this. No two people are going to share the same hair experience. Because of this, we do our very best to ensure that our responses and recommendations are specific to each hair type, texture and lifestyle. Kiss those generic solutions goodbye and give a warm welcome to our tailored guidance!

  1. Instructive Resources

Finding reliable haircare resources online can be tricky. Especially, given the information overload present on the Internet. Thankfully, with our new forum, you’ll have a place to visit where you’re guaranteed to find instructive and educational information about all things hair. From articles to guides, we’re committed to providing you with everything you need to understand the science behind hair care. 

Contact us or Drop a Message on the Forum Now!

If you want to learn more about our Ask a Stylist page, we encourage you to contact us today! We are so excited to start engaging with your questions and providing you with our feedback. Ready to get involved? Then what are you waiting for? Submit your questions to our forum today so that they can be answered in the next blog post. As always, if you’re looking to get your hair styled at our salon in West Kelowna, contact us today to book your appointment! For more information about the types of services that we offer, visit our services page. We look forward to interacting with you soon!

For many people, curling their hair can be a challenge—one that is only made more difficult by the texture and length of our locks. If you’re a short-haired human who’s looking for some tips on curling your short hair, we’ve got you covered! It can be hard to curl shorter hair, but with the right tips and tricks, it can be easy. Rocking curls of your own can give the illusion of thicker, fuller hair! In this article, one of our hair stylists in West Kelowna will take you step-by-step through the process of curling short hair. Follow along below to learn more!

Hair Stylist in West Kelowna Goes Over Curling Short Hair (Steps 1-4)

  1. Start With Clean Hair

In order to get the best results, it’s a good idea to start with freshly washed locks. Styling with dirty or unwashed hair can prevent the curls from looking their best. If your hair is oily, your curls will likely begin to unravel and won’t hold their shape as well. Once you’ve washed your hair, be sure to let it dry before styling. 

  1. Use Your Favourite Heat Protectant

For heat-styled curls, you will need to use a heat protectant. We’ve said it once, and we will say it again, heat protectant is a step you cannot skip! Our stylists can recommend a number of different heat protectants if you’re not sure what to use. By using heat protectant you will preserve the health and longevity of your hair.

  1. Section Your Locks

Now that you have cleaned your hair and applied your favourite heat protectant, it’s time to section off your hair. Sectioning your hair will help achieve better volume, evenness, and overall consistency. You can section off your hair by using hair clips, bobby pins, or elastic bands. The smaller the sections you create, the better. 

  1. Choose Your Favourite Curling Tool

Next, you’ll want to determine what kind of curl you are trying to achieve. Curling wands, curling irons, and flat irons are the most common choices for curling your hair. Curling wands and irons are flexible options for those with short hair. This is because they often come in a variety of barrel sizes. Thus, helping you achieve different looks. Bigger barrels are good for beachy waves, and smaller barrels are good for tight curls. Additionally, both tools are very easy to use. By comparison, a flat iron has a slight learning curve in order to achieve the same kind of style.

Curling Short Hair Continued (Steps 5-7)

  1. Methods for Curling

Before you start to curl, you need to know what temperature to set your heat tool. For those with finer, delicate hair, set your device to a maximum of 200 degrees Fahrenheit. For those with thicker, coarser hair, 200-300 degrees Fahrenheit should do the trick! Once you start curling your hair, try to keep the heat on for the least amount of time. When you’re ready to release your hair from the curler, hold the curl against your head for a few seconds until the hair becomes cool. This will help the curl set. Once you’re done, you can spray your hair with hairspray (for longer-lasting curls) and brush through the curls with a paddle brush or your fingers to give a more effortless look. 

  1. Heatless Methods

If you don’t want to damage your hair with heat, we hear you! Heatless styling is a much healthier option anyway. The only downside is that heatless curls usually take several hours or overnight before they are ready. For most heatless styles, it is good to have damp hair. So, spray your hair with some water or let it partially air dry after your shower before beginning. Once you’re ready, start sectioning off your locks. Then you can braid, twist, use rollers, or try sock curls for different results. After six to eight hours you should be ready to go! Heatless styles are great time savers for the morning. 

  1. Styling and Finishing Touches

Once you’ve achieved the curls of your dreams, it’s time to style. Using additional products like hairspray or salt spray can help them hold their shape all day long. Talk with your stylist about what kind of products you should put in your hair after curling!

Contact a Hair Stylist in West Kelowna! 

Curling short hair can be tricky. Especially, if don’t have a lot of practice. If you’re looking to get your hair styled by a professional hair stylist in West Kelowna, contact us today to book your appointment! For more information about the types of services that we offer, visit our services page.

For the months to come, Bottega stylists will be answering your most pressing hair styling questions via a forum called “Ask a Stylist”. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in being a part of, keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks. Our Ask-a-Stylist forum will allow all of our clients and readers to get the hair knowledge they’re looking for from a reliable source! Simply submit a question to the forum and we will do our best to answer these questions on social media and in our blog! So, make sure you’re keeping up with our socials. We look forward to answering your questions soon. 

As some of you may know, Bottega has recently begun offering hair extension services! If you’re thinking about getting West Kelowna hair extensions, there are a few things you should know before booking your appointment. Hair extensions can be costly, so it’s important to carefully consider your decision. Furthermore, it is equally important that you pick the right type of extensions for your lifestyle. To help you out, we created a two-part series that provides you with information about the pros and cons of the different types of extensions that we offer. We wrote part one last month, and it covers all you need to know about tape-ins and keratin bonds. Keep on reading below to discover part two of our hair extension information series!

Pros and Cons of Sew-In West Kelowna Hair Extensions

Sew-in wefts require no heat, chemicals or adhesives to achieve the highest coverage! To install wefts, they are sewn onto a beaded foundation that is created with your natural hair. At Bottega, we offer two kinds of sew-in wefts: volume wefts and hand-tied wefts.

Pros:

  • Sew-in wefts are very gentle on your hair if done correctly. Compared to other hair extension methods, they don’t need any heat, chemicals or adhesives to apply the extensions to your hair. This makes them a safe option for those who are worried about damaging their natural locks. 
  • Another pro of sew-in wefts is that many clients find them very comfortable and versatile. Similar to keratin bond extensions, sew-ins allow you to style your extensions in a number of ways without worrying about having them show. 
  • Additionally, sew-ins can be worn in the water which allows clients to continue to live their normal lifestyle without needing to avoid the things that they love most. 
  • Finally, sew-ins allow clients to reuse the hair that they purchase for up to one year if properly taken care of. This is a big advantage compared to other extensions which require that you have new hair at each reapplication. 

Cons: 

  • While many people find that sew-ins are very comfortable, they can cause pain and headaches if they are sewn in too tightly. This can also weaken your roots and eventually can lead to hair loss. 
  • Sew-ins are not ideal for those with thin or fine hair. 
  • Hand-tied wefts can be more expensive than other extension methods available. 
  • Like many other hair extension methods, sew-ins can be difficult to wash since your natural hair is in braids while the extensions are in. 
  • Sew-in hair extensions can take a long time to install. 
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Pros and Cons of I-Tip Extensions

I-Tips which are also known as microbeads are an individual bond method. They are installed by clamping an extension strand (it’s actually a small bundle, not one strand of hair) and a small section of your natural hair inside a silicone-lined or micro-lock bead. The extension is tipped with polyurethane, creating a cushion of protection for your natural hair inside the bead.

Pros: 

  • I-Tip extensions are good for people with thin or fine hair since each I-Tip extension is rather lightweight. Additionally, it will be concealed well in any type of hair because of the small size of the tip. 
  • Unlike other extensions, there is no heat or glue needed to install I-Tips. This means minimal damage to your natural hair. 
  • I-Tips are great for those who like to wear their hair in up-dos.
  • These extensions are ideal for people who want to fill in thin areas of their hair or add volume. 
  • I-Tips work well for people who are looking to get highlights or pops of colour in their hair without dying their natural locks.

Cons:

  • For the first little while, I-Tips can be very itchy and uncomfortable. This usually lasts for about 2 weeks after the initial installation. 
  • You have to be extremely careful when washing and brushing your hair with I-Tips. It is important to avoid tugging or scratching at the bead. This can make hair maintenance very tedious. 
  • You need to have I-Tips reinstalled on a regular basis otherwise the beads will begin to show. 

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Hair extensions can be tricky to navigate. Especially, if you’ve never had them before. If you’re looking to get West Kelowna hair extensions installed, contact us today to book your consultation appointment! For more information about the types of extensions that we offer, visit our extensions page!

For the months to come, Bottega stylists will be answering your most pressing hair styling questions via a forum called “Ask a Stylist”. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in being a part of, keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks. Our Ask-a-Stylist forum will allow all of our clients and readers to get the hair knowledge they’re looking for from a reliable source! Simply submit a question to the forum and we will do our best to answer these questions on social media and in our blog! So, make sure you’re keeping up with our socials. We look forward to answering your questions soon.