Eklà Beauté: Your Getaway Beauty Salon

On October 1st, I was invited to the soft opening of a new hair salon called “Eklà Beauté” located on Rue Rebecca. Stepping inside the small salon, I was greeted by a calm and relaxing music, along with a soothing and zen decor: wooden furniture and accent pieces, candles, and Buddha heads, designed by owner Christina Fils-Aimé. I was instantly filled with an overwhelming peaceful sensation, which I thought was very odd for a hair salon.



But that was exactly her goal. To create a small place where her clients can leave their worries and workload outside while getting pampered. A place where her clients can be fully attended to without being rushed and without the crowdedness of typical hair salons. A place that works by appointment only because one on one is extremely important. “I want it to be 100% about my clients. I want them to walk out feeling good about themselves and with a smile on their faces. That’s what I enjoy most of my job, to be able to put a smile on my clients’ faces”. 


For us women, getting our hair and nails done is a weekly obligation. Be it to get a wash and blow dry, a hair coloring, or simply a mani-pedi, us women spend a minimum of 2 hours getting dolled-up at the hair salon on week-ends. Needless to say that hair salons have become a meeting point, or better yet a social encounter where the latest gossips travel under the boisterous sound of hair dryers.


If you are looking to escape the cacophony of hair salons, then Eklà Beauté is the “getaway” salon for you. While her specialty is hair coloring and hair treatment, Tina also offers various other salon services such as blow dries, hairdos, mani-pedi, and makeup with also a selection of hair products available for sale.


Christina, “Tina” left Haiti at the age of 18 and moved to New York. There, she became a hair colorist and makeup artist and worked in many hair salons before eventually working for Kérastase and L’Oréal. At 30 years old, she moved back to Haiti and left the hair and makeup business. However her love for fashion and hair care pushed her to go back to the hair business. “Everybody has their own beauty, and as long as I can bring that out for them, to me is priceless.”

Eklà Beauté is open Monday-Saturday from 8AM-5PM by appointments only. To get your special treatment, call 4700-1212.

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What to do for dry hair?

This week, I’ve been asked by  more than 2 people what to do for their dry hair. Fortunately or unfortunately for me I don’t have dry hair. I have greasy and oily hair (that’s why I said unfortunately :/ ) Dry hair is a result of excessively washing your hair, using too much hair products, heated hair tools and hair coloring, exposure to chlorinated water, or simply deficiency in nutrition (yes eating a balanced diet reflects even in your hair!)

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So as summer approaches and since I’ve been asked this question twice already, I decided to make a post and give you a few remedies you can try at home to treat your dry hair.

Olive Oil:
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Olive oil is actually a very popular home remedy for hair which I’ve tried already. It is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which help heal damaged hair and repair it with moisture. Olive oil treatment can be applied to hair either warm or room temperature.

Do this treatment at least once a week:
– Warm up enough olive oil in the microwave
– Apply the warm oil thoroughly over your scalp and make your way through your hair. Massage your scalp gently for 5-10 minutes.
– Cover your hair with a warm towel and leave for minimum 30 minutes (overnight for even better results)
– Shampoo and condition your hair with your usual products.

* You can also use coconut oil instead of olive oil. Works just as well.

Mayonnaise:
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I’m guilty of also trying this remedy since I was a teenager only because I once read that Avril Lavigne used Mayo as her conditioner to keep her hair soft and shinny. (Who didn’t want to have Avril’s hair?!) Anyways, this easy home remedy is rich in protein and conditions better than any conditioner out there. Use it weekly:
– Apply a thick layer of mayo to your scalp and damp hair
– Massage your scalp and work through the ends.
– Cover your hair with plastic cap and leave it for about an hour.
– Rinse your hair with warm water and shampoo as usual.

Avocado:
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The high presence of vitamin A, vitamin E, protein and saturated fats are highly beneficial to dry and damaged hair, and so an avocado conditioning will strengthen and moisture your hair. Simply follow those 2 steps:
– Mash one ripe peeled avocado and mix it with a bit of olive or coconut oil (or whichever other oil you prefer). Mix well until the consistency is thick and smooth.
– Apply to washed hair and leave for half an hour. Then wash as usual

Eggs:
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Okay, okay! I’ll admit to not having tried that one yet but hey there’s always a first time for everything right?
– Mix together 3 eggs with a few tablespoons of olive oil or honey.
– Apply to damp hair and leave on for half an hour with a shower cap.
– Wash your hair as usual.

Bananas:

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The potassium found in bananas prevents split ends and softens your hair.
– Mash one ripe banana (add honey to it if you like) and apply thoroughly to hair.
– Leave for 30 minutes and wash as usual

Honey:
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The benefit of honey? It traps moisture in your hair, which will make your hair shinny, soft, and well nourished.Honey can be applied to hair:
– By itself
– Mixed with oils or other remedies such as eggs, avocados  etc..
– Or simply by mixing it with your conditioner.

Other remedies to try: beer, aloe vera, sesame oil.

DIY Hair Repair Mask

There isn’t anything better than natural products, be it for food consumption or in this case for beauty use. I have found that most hair care products and conditioner use natural ingredients found in avocado, or mayonnaise. These components are a good source of protein that can heal damaged hair and make your hair healthier, stronger and smoother.

One hair repair mask that we like is the DIY Really Easy Hair Food.

Easy to make in just a couple of steps, you will need the following ingredients:

– Mayo
– Olive Oil
– 1 egg
– Avocado Oil

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Beat the egg and add 2 tablespoon of Mayo, 2 tablespoon of olive oil and a few drops of avocado oil. (measurements may vary depending on hair length.)

imageApply it evenly to your hair, and let it sit for approximately 30 minutes.

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Rinse thoroughly, wash and blow dry as usual. Your hair will feel smoother and shinier.

Going BLONDE!

Soooo I had been thinking about this for a very long time. I’ve always been one for change, and I figured, new country, new school, new life… New hair? Hell yes!

For most of us, changing our hair color is very personal. I was a blonde child, and as a grew older, my hair got darker. I experienced a lot with my hair color in my teenage years, from black to dark auburn, and some light streaks in between, but I never actually went BLONDE BLONDE. I never really wanted to go light because I always thought darker hair looked so much nicer, and to be honest I was extremely jealous of my sister’s gorgeous dark locks. Yet here I am, after denying the blonde for so long, going for it.

Are you Ready?

This is my before shot.

Beginning the 2 hour process with a million bleached strands… ouf

Sexy huh?

As they took the tinfoil out I was a little freaked… The streaks were reallyyy white, and I thought I made a huge mistake.

After the wash and color I felt calm because I realized I was in good hands. It was a little weird but I couldn’t wait to see it dry.

And TADAAA!!! It’s a little Barbie with the big curled hair, but they fell into nice waves soon after. Woop Woop!

And here is my best ditzy blonde look

Hope you enjoyed my little transformation 🙂

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Hair Care 101

Our crowning glory, our safety blanket, our source of great pain at times… Hair is an intricate part of our personality, confidence and way of life. 74% of men (Glamour Magazine) say hair is the first thing they notice about a woman, and over 3/4 of them consider healthy hair a turn on. The problem is that most women are not born with Victoria Secret Bombshell hair. Soooooo…. What’s the secret?

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We all have different types of hair… So no two hair care routine can be the same. But there are some basic tips to keep your locks super healthy, strong and not to mention extra shiny 😉

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1) Healthy diet

You know the saying “You are what you eat?”. Well it’s more than true. Hair is mainly protein, it needs rich foods high in protein (organic meat, eggs etc…), oats (whole grain cereals), Vitamin C that helps absorb iron which prevents hair loss (Vegetables and fruits) and Vitamin E that promotes hair growth (Nuts, olive oil etc…). And let’s not forget H2O… 8 glasses of water a day people!

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2) Washing

This wasn’t really a secret but it’s obviously worth mentioning. Due to today’s pollution, hair is constantly being dulled. Washing it everyday will not damage it if you take the right steps. Pick a shampoo best suited for your hair but one that is also soft on your scalp. Too many chemicals tend to make your hair more fragile. Also wash with warm water, rather than hot water. It is less harsh on your scalp. A cool tip? After thoroughly washing your hair, blast some cold water which makes it extra shiny and look healthier… You’re welcome 🙂

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3) Moisturizing

After washing your hair, you must restore it’s moisture or it will look brittle and dry. Pick a conditioner best suited for your hair type, and non chemical based. Make sure to evenly distribute the product by using a wide toothed comb. Masks are also very good to moisturize your hair when they need it. The great thing about masks is that you can always DYI with things already in your pantry like olive oil, avocados or mayonnaise. Talk about savings huh?

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4) Drying

Hair is at it’s weakest when wet. Instead of rubbing it, try patting it dry. It’s a lot less damaging. Also, when blowdrying, always set it to cool rather than hot, so as to not dry out your hair which and steal it’s natural moisture.

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5) Trim

Women usually hate this one, but it’s probably the most important. Trim regularly, every six to eight weeks. Your ends are the most damaged and dry. Another popular thing to say is that trimming your hair helps it grow… This is soooo false. Trimming your hair regularly ensures a healthy growth, but most certainly not a faster one…

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Happy primping!