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The Evo-lution of Good Hair

The Evo-lution of Good Hair

As someone who spent years using drugstore shampoo without a bottle of conditioner in sight, one of the biggest improvements to my lazy hair routine has been investing in the right hair products. Like filling in your eyebrows, you don’t realize how much of a difference it makes until you start doing it - and then wonder what you’ve been doing your whole life until that point. 

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When we were deciding which retail lines to carry at QALI, evo ticked all the boxes; it was something a little different than what you could find in every other salon, it had a dedication to sustainability and eco-conscious beauty and it had great products. The packaging was also perfectly on brand with its colourful labels and cheeky descriptions (love that Aussie humour). 

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evo®'s mission is to create innovative, salon-only products that are simple, luxurious and effective to use: to tell the truth; expose the frauds: keep the hair and beauty industry honest. 

Navigating the world of beauty products can be wild - it seems like every company claims to have the best this or the best that or some magical hair serum that will repair split ends, add 4 inches of length and get you back together with your ex. There’s nothing worse than being bombarded with pushy sales tactics to buy things you don’t need, which is why we carefully chose the product lines we sell and only recommend products that we use and love ourselves. 

QALI evo

evo products are free from sulfates, parabens, silicones and other unpronounceable chemicals found on the back of shampoo bottles - they’re also accredited PETA cruelty free and substitute synthetic ingredients with natural ones when possible. To break it down, there are no cancer-causing chemicals that can damage or suffocate your hair, they minimize their environmental impact by using naturally sourced ingredients and no cute bunnies are ever harmed. They also purchase government carbon offset credits to make up for the unavoidable carbon impact that comes with any manufacturing process. 

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For anyone navigating the hair care world for the first time, knowing what products to buy can be tricky - the great thing is that we use all of the products that we sell.  When you come in for a treatment we’ll use the products best suited to your hair type and what you’re looking for so you can try them out before deciding if you want to buy some to take home. 

evo products are meant to complement each other so you can create whole new products by mixing and using multiple products together. You can take a moisturizing treatment and mix it with a volumizing lotion so you get hydration as well as volume, you can mix a texturizing clay with shine drops to get hold and shine or you can mix a volumizing mousse and volumizing powder to get maximum lift and hold - the possibilities are endless.

 

If you come down during a busy time, one of the first things you’ll notice when you walk in is that it smells so.fricken.good in here. The word on the street is that the person who develops evo’s scents came over from Tom Ford - there’s nothing better than great looking hair that smells amazing too. I avoided using dry shampoo because I couldn’t stomach the smell of most of them, but evo has managed to create one that I really like. If the Shebang-a-bang dry spray wax was a perfume I would wear it. 

Stay tuned for most blog posts showing off our favourite products and how to use them, drop a comment if there’s anything you want to see!    

xo Alyssa

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Great Hair on a Budget

Great Hair on a Budget

I’m an indecisive spender  - I’ll shop online, add things to my cart and then abandon it before clicking “Confirm Order”. I’ll keep thinking about it for a few more days and then go back and repeat the same cycle a few more times until I finally pull the trigger or the item is no longer available. I have a hard time parting with money (unless you catch me at a Happy Hour). 

That being said, I like nice things. I like looking good and feeling good but duh, nice things cost money. When it came to my hair, I had a really hard time committing to appointments because it was such a big cost and I was never entirely sure how much I was going to be spending. 

I know having a head full of long, thick hair means maintaining my hair will cost more but I was always nervous about the “+” next to every service on a price list. I would talk to my stylist at the start of the appointment to discuss what I wanted and what I was looking to achieve, but most of the time the price was never discussed until I was standing at the till.

Asking someone how much their services cost always made me feel like I was offending them, as if I was saying I don’t value their skills or time unless I’m willing to pay whatever price they tell me at the end of my appointment. As much as I might respect someone’s abilities and the prices they charge, sometimes my bank account has other ideas - and to be honest, it’s usually telling me “nah girl”. Sometimes you can’t make an appointment because you can’t afford it and I wish we didn’t have to feel so bad about admitting that. Let’s be real… everyone has said a silent prayer at McDonald’s hoping their card doesn’t get declined for a 6 piece McNug. 

 

Everyone deserves to do nice things for themselves, at any budget, which is why we’re upfront about our pricing at QALI - you can come in for a colour or extensions consultation and we’ll walk you through what it will take to get the hair you want, and exactly how much it will cost. We know what it’s like to feel intimidated to ask about the price, so we try our best to give you all the information you need without needing to ask. If you can’t afford a $600 bleach out, but you want some blonde highlights to freshen up your old colour, your stylist will walk you through options in your price range that will still give you that “new hair, new me” feeling. That being said, we’ll still give you realistic expectations - you can’t go from jet black to platinum blonde for $200 (or in one sitting) but we’ll make sure you understand the steps it will take to get you there. 

Freestyle 

One of the best options for affordable but fabulous hair is balayage - balayage is a French word meaning “to sweep or paint”, which describes the way the colour is applied. The colour in a balayage is painted on freehand which creates a more dimensional, sun-kissed look. The roots are usually left untouched so when it grows out there isn’t a visible line of demarcation and it’s less obvious that it’s been a while since you visited the salon. 

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Go Halfsies 

If you like the look of highlights but aren’t ready to drop the dollars for a full head, you can opt for a ½ head instead - the foils will be placed on the top half of your hair, leaving the underside untouched. If wear your hair down most of the time the bottom layers of your hair generally won’t be visible, so it won’t make much of a difference if you skip the foils on them. If you wear your hair up in a bun or ponytail frequently there will be a more noticeable colour difference between the top and bottom of your hair.

Tone 

Regardless of what method you go for, toning in between appointments is key to maintaining your colour or switching things up without paying the full price tag. Once my blonde balayage had started to go a bit brassy I decided to go in for a tone and ended up with an ashy cool brown that blended nicely with my natural colour and allowed me to grow out the blonde with almost no maintenance. I got a fresh new look and it cost me under $100. Toners will fade faster than a permanent colour and won’t lift or lighten your hair, but they’re a great way to get a quick change with less commitment and a smaller price tag.

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Spend Money to Save Money

Although it might sound counterintuitive to being budget conscious, dropping some cash on good hair products is worth the investment and ends up saving you in the long run. A $34 blowout spray and a $20 texturizing powder lasts me months and makes a huge improvement for my at-home hair routine. Rather than impulsively buying four $15 products that I don’t end up using, I did a bit of research and bit the bullet with pricier items that I was ultimately much happier with. Better products = better hair styling = happier me. Most take home products are available in mini sizes so you can try them out before committing to the full size, or you can book a blowout and ask your stylist which products they used so you can recreate the look at home. 


It doesn’t take a no-limit credit card to have great hair all year round, just a bit of research and planning ahead. Time your appointments out ahead of time so you can budget for them and get services that will be able to handle a salon visit once every 6 months instead of every 6 weeks. After all, your hair is 90% of your selfie so it’s worth taking care of. 


xo Alyssa

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Tips for the Best Holiday Hair

Tips for the Best Holiday Hair

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! Parties, family gatherings, work events and community festivities - all reasons to feel your best and look like you [almost] have it all together!  Not everyone can make it to the salon for every event in the calendar, so today we have some tips for the perfect holiday hair.

HAIR CLIPS

The hair clip trend is still definitely still in this holiday season! Our favorite way to showcase it? Wear 2! Doubling up the clips adds just that nice touch of 'extra' to your holiday 'do.

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USE A BLOW OUT SPRAY

Not only does a blowout spray protect your hair from heat styling, it also makes your style last longer. Flip your hair on the dance floor, let your date run their fingers through it and tomorrow, it will probably still look just as great with a touch up! 

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TRY CLIP IN EXTENSIONS

Really want to take your look to the next level for your holiday party? Our clip in extensions can completely transform your look in minutes. We can custom blend them so they look totally natural and seamless. The best part is, they can last a very long time with proper care - so you'll have them for next year too!

Check out our collection here! 

USE EYESHADOW TO FILL IN SPARSE PATCHES

Ever wonder how the Kardashians always seem to have perfect hairlines and the thickest looking hair? Their hairstylists fill in gaps and sparse areas with eyeshadow! Next time you style your hair try filling in the areas where you can see your scalp with a little colour coordinated eyeshadow. Voila! 

Check out this before and after!

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PUFF ME - THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

Puff Me is a volumizing powder that is KEY for braids, updos, bouncy blowouts and applying clip in extensions. Not only does it give your hair amazing volume when applied at the root, it doubles as an oil absorber. This means your style will stay voluminous all night long and the next morning, it will still be going strong. It is super affordable [$20] and a little goes a long way. Make sure you have this in your beauty collection! Get yours here!

 

If you want to leave your holiday hairstyling to the pros, book an appointment at QALI for a blowout and let us take care of the rest!

xo Janelle

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