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5 Questions To Ask Your Stylist Before a Color Change!

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1. How much time will be needed to achieve this look?

Truthfully, color changes are not all created equally. Sometimes a series of appointments are needed to truly capture your dream hair color. This is especially true when you are going more than 2 levels away from your natural color. Colorists are chemists and they know how far they can push the hair, and what steps will be needed to keep hair healthy and shiny throughout the process.

2. How much will it cost?

In salons, like many service-centric businesses, time is money. The more time that is needed, the more money it will cost. Often I will ask my guest if they want the 2-hour edition or the 7-hour edition and then I will start slow. Big color changes take time and thought to make the results Insta-worthy, so the cost will reflect how much time will be needed. If it is a big and dramatic change, be ready to include treatments for the service. The biggest piece of advice is to be honest with your budget, most colorists can customize their work to meet the budget but they need to know what yours is before commencing.


3. How often do I need to come back for maintenance?

A good rule here is to go by the 2 levels from your natural. If you are a dark brown and you are looking for a platinum blonde your regrowth will be much more noticeable then if you were a dark brown wanting to go light brown. Hair tends to grow between 1/4-1/2” per month. That being said, anything outside of the 2 levels will take more precision and attention to maintain so plan on coming in for a touch up at least every 6 weeks. Fun fact, the hairs keratin is still soft from the scalp to about ½ inch out. That means that if your regrowth is longer than the half inch, the keratin has hardened and this is where uneven banding can occur, so be sure to have a maintenance schedule with your colorist prior to jumping in!

4. What about home care?

Yes, it’s true, your new color may require some new and specialized home care. If you are more than two levels from your natural you are going to want to pick up a color protecting shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate and paraben free to maintain your color. If you are lighter than 3 levels from your natural your hair has been through some stress, so a protein-rich shampoo with a weekly mask is highly recommended.

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5. You’re rocking your new color and it’s totally what you wanted, but you’re not quite feeling it? Now what?

Sometimes a dramatic change can be just what you need to re-energize your life, so before you dive in ask yourself why you are looking for the change in the first place. Hairdressers are basically therapists, so a conversation about what you are hoping the change will make you feel is important. Just moved to a new city? Or just had a breakup? It might be best to start slower with the change to ensure you are actually ready for another big change. From there it comes down to committing to the change. If the color just feels foreign on your head, look at your wardrobe colors and makeup. Going from light to dark? Maybe a bolder brow will make the difference. Or a different tone of blush. Embrace the new you ALL THE WAY!

Changing hair color is one of the fastest and most rewarding things you can do for a change, it is so much fun to become an evolved version of yourself. Most salons offer free consultations so book one and then you can start to plan your strategy and get some questions answered! By asking these questions you will be much more informed and ready to take the plunge! Happy Hair Coloring!

December at SwizzleSticks

December is a magical time of year, everyone talks a little kinder, and laughs a little louder. Yes there are all the commercial holiday expectations that tell us to get out there and buy that perfect gift, but in reality what is a perfect gift? And is there ever really a perfect Christmas?

At SwizzleSticks we always strive to get our wonderful guests access to some amazing items, products and services. Especially the kind of items that impacts a far greater audience than just giver and receiver. And when a gift enhances the lives of many, that “perfect gift” may just be a little more attainable.  Isn’t meaning what it’s all about?

Alora Boutique

This local jewellery line is popping up everywhere, and for good reason! Not only is it sustainable, and responsibly sourced. But on top of it all this company gives back!  A portion of every sale goes directly to help break the cycle of poverty for women. In fact their “Dianne Collection” is giving back 10% to women in poverty. Swizz carries a thoughtful collection of their pieces, and we are sure you’ll find something special for someone special!

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New to the SwizzleSticks family, this line of First Nations Aromatherapy has become our latest obsession. “Chiiyaam” in Algonquin means Peace. It is by far our most beloved aroma, and is an energy clearing smudge. This Smudge is calming and clears negative energy. The aromas of cedar, white sage, rosemary and hemlock to name a few literally changes your brain. The ingredients are harvested responsibly, and each and every product in their line is packaged and labelled by a person. They believe that to invest in their team is far better than to invest in automation. Invocation is a gift that gives back by supporting ancient First Native Tradition and wisdom while experiencing aromatherapy at its finest!



We hope that your season is filled with light and laughter, and most importantly meaning!

From all of us at SwizzleSticks we wish you a very Merry Swizzmas and a very successful New Year!



Summer at Swizz

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Swizz ♥s Jane Iredale

There are so many reasons to love Jane for summer! Jane’s SkinCare Makeup line is hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested, and designed to enhance the natural beauty of your face. Protect your skin from the sun with Jane’s Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen (SPF 30 UVA/UVB). Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer and Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream also contain titanium dioxide to protect your delicate skin from the sun’s harsh rays. Finish your look with a pressed or loose powder, and keep hands and lips soft and smooth with Hand Drink and Lip Drink. All of these products contain active sun-protecting ingredients to help you safely enjoy the summer sun!

For the month of July, buy any 3 Jane Iredale products…and we’ll give you a $25.00 gift card! What a great time to stock up for summer!

SWIZZ ♥s Stampede

Now that you’re primped and prepped for the great outdoors, head over to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, July 7-16! Whether your style is more Patsy Cline or Carrie Underwood, whether you’re more Nashville North or Canine Stars Dog Bowl, there’s something for everyone at the world-famous Calgary Stampede. See you there?

SWIZZ ♥s FolkFest

Once we’ve all had a couple of weeks to recover from Stampede, the Calgary Folk Music Festival lights up Prince’s Island from July 27-30. We love chilling on our blankets and lawn chairs with our friends and family, catching favourite musical acts and meeting new ones. Incredible Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq will be one act not to miss this year. See the rest of the lineup at

While at the festival, be sure to buy some SwizzleSticks raffle tickets and support the Calgary Folk Music Festival while entering to win SwizzleSticks Salon or Spa…for a year!!!

SWIZZ ♥s Canada

Happy Canada Day! Check out the #Canada150 celebrations happening around our city, or take a trip to Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park to explore the history of our Treaty 7 lands, and catch the Kent Monkman “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience” exhibition on at the Glenbow till Sept. 10. There are so many things to see and do! Take advantage of these exhibits and learn more about our Canadian heritage.


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