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Welcome to the Curl Club - Curls 101

Welcome to the Curl Club - Curls 101

We are so excited to launch The QALI Curl Club [details below]! We love seeing natural texture being embraced. After the lockdown so many of us took a break from our usual hair routines and maybe discovered something new about their hair (hello curl pattern!) From a slight wave to 4c tight coils, cutting and styling curly hair is basically its own art form. With the right cut and education, you can go from struggling with your textured hair to feeling like it's your greatest asset. We want to take all of our clients on this journey and Veida is the stylist to guide the way!

In this 3 part series, Veida is going to walk us through washing, drying and styling curly hair. She will also share her fave products and some tips and tricks to get you on the path of LOVING your curls.

Woman with curly hair in pony tails

CURLY HAIR 101 - WASH DAY - by Veida

As any curly haired person can agree, wash day is a big deal - for me, it involves a deep cleanse, hair mask and face mask while I'm at it. 

Let's start with my wash day products:

Deep Cleanse Product: Springs Clean by Evo Hair

[$34 at]

This sulphate free, vegan deep cleanser by Evo Hair has a nozzle tip that makes getting to the scalp so much easier. 

Secondary Wash: The Therapist Shampoo by Evo Hair

[$34 at]

Curly hair needs lots of moisture so you'll want to choose a hydrating shampoo for washing. The Therapist by Evo Hair is super hydrating without being heavy, and it smells amazing

Hair Mask: The Great Hydrator by Evo Hair

[$34 at]

To finish off your wash day line up, a deep conditioning mask will add back the much needed moisture to keep your curls moisturized and healthy. The Great Hydrator is 85% moisture and 15% protein, which will help strengthen your hair without making it brittle (over using repair or proteinated products can make your hair brittle, which is the opposite of what we want!). 

Salon wash basin with red lighting


Wash day scheduled are different for everyone and it will take time and some trial & error to find *your* ideal wash schedule. Personally, I deep cleanse every 10 days with a co-wash (conditioner-based washing) after 5 days. That being said, I wet reset my hair most days but we’ll get a little more into that in another post! For washing your curls, it’s important to avoid any products with (examples). Keep in mind that if you’re switching to new products it might take a few weeks for your hair to adjust - don’t worry if you don’t see results right away!

Step 1: Brush & detangle

Before you get in the shower you’ll want to brush out your hair. Use a detangling spray (Iike Happy Campers by Evo Hair) and a Tangle Teaser brush. Work in sections from the tip to the root and take your time - aggressive brushing can cause breakage and damage. Detangling wet hair can also cause damage, as the hair is more fragile when wet, so you’ll want to make sure you do this step when your hair is dry.

Step 2: Wet Your Hair & Deep Clean

Get your hair wet and section your hair so you can get right to the scalp. Using the nozzle tip of Springsclean, apply it directly to the scalp in sections and massage it in. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse. 

Step 3: Secondary Wash

After rinsing out your deep cleanser, apply your secondary shampoo (The Therapist) to your scalp and hair, lather and rinse.

Step 4: Hair Mask

Squeeze excess water from your hair. Apply your hair mask (The Great Hydrator) on the mids and ends, detangling with your fingers. Leave it on for a minimum of 10 mins - put on a face mask, shave your legs, exfoliate from head to toe, and then rinse. 

That wraps up the “wash” portion of wash day - up next we’ll go over prepping & drying the hair and then finish with styling. 


Back of a woman's head with perfect curls

QALI Curl Club Services

I’m now offering curl-centric services that allow for some extra time to show your hair the love it deserves! These can be booked online under “Cuts”

Curly Crash Course - $100

For first time clients, this is a way to have a thorough consultation & assessment of your hair in addition to your cut. Chat about your concerns, what you're hoping to achieve long term and get some styling tips & tricks. Cuts include a wash & style using curl-based products as well as a 15% discount on recommended products and curl product sample.

[$65 for short hair (above the ear)]

Keeping Up The Curls - $65

For those maintenance/refresher cuts after you've taken the crash course.

[$50 for short hair (above the ear)]

Something New - $80

If you're ready for a big change we'll take some extra time switching up your look and discussing any new styling techniques & maintenance it might require

As always, my DMs are always open at

xo Veida


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Lockdown-Proofing Your Beauty Routine

Lockdown-Proofing Your Beauty Routine

Second Wave?

As much as we don't like to think about it, there is the looming threat of the 'second wave' of Covid-19 infections this fall. A rise in infection rates could result in another lockdown, which means sadly saying buh-bye to personal services yet again. Although we aren't trying to manifest this into reality, it's better to be prepared than surprised. Here are some ways you can make your beauty routine lockdown-proof, so you can still feel great without relying on your beloved stylist or esthetician.

Stock Up on Treatments

The best gift you can give your hair during a lockdown is a break from heat styling and some TLC with treatments. It's much easier to leave your hair in a wet bun with a treatment in it when you don't have plans for the day! A couple of our favs:

Olaplex No. 3 • $36
A must-have for anyone with chemically treated hair (especially if you lighten your locks). 

Gloss.Me Hydrating Mask • $22
This budget-friendly mask is perfect for dry hair that could use some shine & softening.

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Pre Book Your Hair Appointments

Getting your schedule nailed down is the best way to stay on top of your hair game regardless of the lockdown situation. Make sure you are getting regular trims and try to book your colour sessions well in advance. If you are pre-booked and we go back into lockdown before your next appointment, you will automatically be on the top of the priority list for when we reopen. You can book as many appointments in advance as you would like and as long as you give us 48 hours notice, there are no fees to cancel or change! 

Try an Evo Custom Coloured Conditioner

If you follow us on Instagram you probably already know how much we love Evo's custom coloured conditioner line, Fab Pro. After your colour service, your stylist can mix up a conditioner for your that will perfectly match the formula they used. This conditioner can be used as often as necessary to keep blondes bright or darker colours rich. We sold tonnes of them online during the first lockdown and our clients were obsessed! It's the perfect product to bridge the gap between your appointments.

These conditioners can even be used outside of a colour service to tint your hair. If you have light hair, you can change your hair to a pastel tone! Get yours here.

QALI evo

Invest in Clip-in Extensions as a Backup

If you currently have our semi permanent extensions, there's a chance you may need your maintenance done during a lockdown. Maintenance is required every 5-7 weeks and if you go beyond this, you risk damaging your natural hair. If you absolutely cannot imagine living without your extensions, get a set of clip ins as a back up. We can custom blend (cut) them or tone them to make sure they are perfect. 

Clip ins are great because they can also be used if you want to add more volume for special occasions and if you aren't wearing them often, they will last forever. With our new partner Sezzle, you can purchase them today and pay for them over 4, interest-free payments. Easy peasy! 

Find your shade here! 

Use a Lash Serum

Are you a lash addict? Lash extensions are one of those beauty services that you just can't perform on yourself and, let's be honest, strip lashes just aren't the same. A lash serum can be applied while you have your lash extensions on to help your natural lashes grow. If you aren't able to get your lashes done due to a lockdown, your natural lashes will at least have some extra length and fullness.

We carry Eye Envy in the salon. It is a great product to get longer, fuller lashes without requiring lash extensions! Ask about it at your next appointment.

QALI eye envy

Go For a 'Lived-In Colour' Look

The hottest trend right now in hair colour is actually the lowest maintenance! If you usually get a full head of foils, let those roots grow out and go for a balayage service instead. Your stylist will blend your lightened hair into your roots to soften the transition. As your hair grows out, your colour will still look beautiful and you won't be stressed about seeing your stylist if everything shuts down again. Check out this beautiful balayage by Ivette!

QALI balayage


We don't know that the rest of 2020 has in store for us, but one thing is certain - QALI will be here to help you feel your best!

Do you have any other ideas of how to lockdown-proof your beauty routine? Send us your ideas to be featured in the next blog post! 

Stay safe fam! xo Janelle

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From Black to Boho | A Colour Journey vol. 4

From Black to Boho | A Colour Journey vol. 4

We Made It!

After many months, countless bowls of lightener, endless Olaplex treatments and a global pandemic - I am officially wearing Boho extensions! I spent the lockdown with my hair coated in treatments and tried to avoid heat styling as much as possible. This gave my hair a much needed break and time to repair. Once we were ready to reopen, we did one last session to get us over the finish line!

Black to Boho hair transformation

The Final Session

Since my hair had a solid break, we knew we could safely do one more lightening session to reach our end point. Ivette did a few foils to break up my roots and brightened a few sections of my ends to make sure the light pieces in my hair matched the lighter tones in the extensions. She used BlondMe lightener with Olaplex to preserve the integrity of my hair. 

Using Redken Shades Eq, we toned the extensions before installation with the same toner we would be using on my hair to ensure a seamless match. We used a half head of extensions (60g) in the colour Boho and kept most of the length.


From start to finish the job took 6 months (which probably could have been 4 without the lockdown). These types of transformations can be done in less time and fewer sessions, but the risk of really damaging your hair is much higher. My hair did feel healthier when it was dark, but we managed to avoid excessive damage for such a drastic change. I give credit to Olaplex (I literally use every single product in the line) for keeping my hair strong through all the chemical processing.

It should also be noted that extensions can make a huge difference in achieving a drastic colour change. They can create a more dramatic balayage look without having to over process your ends.   

Here is the cost breakdown for the full transformation:


Final Session
Quarter Head Foils - $110
Olaplex Add On - $30
Cut with Colour Service - $50

Half Head Extensions - $540
Extensions Tone - $70



 *not including taxes + gratuity

If you're wanting to take on a major hair transformation, I hope you've found this blog to be helpful in clarifying the process! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us here

xo Janelle

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