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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.

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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! 

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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.

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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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From Black to Boho | A Colour Journey vol. 3

From Black to Boho | A Colour Journey vol. 3

OVERVIEW - Colour Corrections Are No Joke

I can officially state that my hair is definitely not black anymore! 3 lightening sessions later and I'm *that* much closer to matching our Boho extensions. The last month has been quite labour intensive for our stylists and it really made me realize how much work colour corrections can be. Let's break it all down...

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For round 1 we did a full head of foils using Redken Flash Lift lightener with 20 vol developer. Kim did back to back babylights to lighten as much of my hair as possible, while still leaving some hair out to avoid over processing. She then toned everything with Redken Shades EQ in a level 7.

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We didn't quite get as much lift as Kim expected but overall we managed to avoid a really awkward colour. Typically when you lift black you'll have to live with reddish/orange hair for a period of time while you're in between lightening sessions. I was grateful that we managed to get to a shade that I could live with!

My ends were a bit dead and actually lifted slightly green due to the blue colour that was in my hair. After we took the photo below, we trimmed the dead ends off and I lived with Olaplex in my hair for the next few days. 

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One week later we dove into round 2. It required a full head of foils using Kevin Murphy Color.Me lightener (which is a bit more gentle) with 30 vol developer to try to bump more of the colour out. Ivette used the same approach as Kim - back to back foils to try to lighten as much of the hair as possible. 

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Finally, a couple weeks later we kicked off round 3. Ivette just colour corrected a few areas that were uneven and continued lifting specific areas that were getting closer to our desired tones. We're hoping that we can achieve our desired look with just one more lightening session!

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I truly don't think my hair would have survived all of these lightening sessions without Olaplex. At home I've been using Olaplex shampooconditioner, plus the No. 3 treatment 2 times per week. I apply the Olaplex oil to my hair after styling and before bed each night.

Ultimately my hair is more dry than it was when it was black, but with ongoing treatments and trims, I know it will be completely fine in a few months!


Session 1
Full Head Foils - $250
Olaplex Add On - $30
Extra Lightener - $30
Extra Olaplex - $10
Cut with Colour Service - $50

Session 2
Full Head Foils - $250
Olaplex Add On - $30
Extra Lightener - $30
Extra Olaplex - $10

Session 3
Half Head Foils - $190
Olaplex Add On - $30



*not including taxes + gratuity 

As you can see, colour corrections can be time consuming & pricey. We should also point out that this is almost a best case scenario. Often colour corrections can go sideways, especially when box dye is involved. There is always the chance that there will be odd colour shifts, banding and uneven lifting. The key is patience and realistic expectations. 

We still have another lightening session to go, plus extensions. Stay tuned for the final blog post with the end result! 

xo Janelle

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