A Week for YouthCare + Party in West Seattle!

December 5th, 2014
[caption id="attachment_4501" align="aligncenter" width="450"]YouthCare donations: they're in the bag(s)! YouthCare donations: they're in the bag(s)![/caption] Need a haircut? Get one at any of our three VAIN locations in the next week to support a good cause. From Dec. 6th (that’s tomorrow!) through the 13th, 100% of proceeds from select haircuts at all three VAIN locations will go toward much needed cold weather supplies and personal hygiene items for the homeless and at-risk teens supported by YouthCare. Our stylists are donating these cuts, so 1. they rule, and 2. appointments will go fast. Call us to book yours! We’ve put bags of these items together for YouthCare for years now, and are hoping to make this year’s haul our biggest one yet. But wait, there’s more: if you schedule one of these haircuts, you can also book a brow wax with our Resident Waxer Belinda, with 100% of the service cost to be donated to YouthCare. Do gooder bonus! On top of all this, a percentage of hair product sales for the entire week will be donated to YouthCare. Buy more than $50 worth and you’ll be entered to win a VAIN Gift Card. Oh and don’t forget about our awesome pine cone ornaments to support YouthCare over at our Ballard salon. WSJA_Holidays2014 Over in West Seattle, we’ll be partying westside style in conjunction with the Junction (see what we did there?) Holiday Party and Tree Lighting tomorrow. Stop by anytime between 4 and 8pm for:
  • Free flash tattoo with any retail purchase over $20
  • Free gift with any purchase over $10. We’re talking product samples here. The kind you always wishyou had whenyou’re packing toiletries before a flight.
  • 10% off retail purchases
  • BOGO specials on local items for your shopping pleasure
And snacks! Always snacks. Hope to see you in West Seattle tomorrow, or at any ol’ VAIN over the next week to support YouthCare. Want to book at haircut to support YouthCare? Give us a call at VAIN downtown- 206.441.3441, VAIN Ballard- 206.706.2707, or VAIN West Seattle- 206.535.2595. Want to join us in West Seattle tomorrow? We’re located right in the Junction, on California between Oregon and Alaska.

Now that’s what we call the holiday spirit!

December 2nd, 2014


As part of VAIN's massive annual fundraising drive for YouthCare, our lovely Ballard stylists have personally created pine cone ornaments that are on sale now. Each ornament is $5 and 100% of the proceeds goes to provide gift bags and necessities for homeless teens.


Adorable, right? And all for the best possible cause, giving young people a fantastic holiday and a better future. So stop by our Ballard location soon and snatch up one of these amazing creations because they are going fast! And check back in with us all month for our other fundraising activities. You'll be glad you did.

You can find us at 5401 Ballard Ave. N.W. or call (206)706-2707 to schedule your next appointment. We can't wait to see you. 

Cold Weather Skin Care

November 25th, 2014
Crappy weather getting you down? Us too. That's why we had our resident makeup artist, Shannon Bisconer compile a list of amazing Dermalogica skincare products to help alleviate some of your fall and winter skin blues (and yep, we carry skin care products. We know! We're excited too). Shannon has gorgeous skin, so when she talks serums and moisturizers, we listen. Here are her picks: Derm
Ultracalming Serum Concentrate This stuff really works, it's the ultimate antidote for sensitive skin! This super-concentrated serum helps calm, restore and defend skin while also helping to build your skin's tolerance to external stress and discomfort. Goodbye burning, itchy skin - for real.

Barrier Repair 
This velvety moisturizer helps to fortify sensitive skin by creating a barrier to shield your skin from environmental and internal triggers that cause stress and discomfort. The Barrier Repair is best used right after toning and also functions as a great makeup primer! Tried and true.

Multivitamin Hand and Nail

Do you have rough, dry hands and gnarly cuticles? Use this amazing intensive conditioning treatment to help hydrate your skin and minimize nail peeling. This stuff is incredible, and not greasy like a lot of intensive moisturizers tend to be. It's fast-absorbing and you can use it daily to help shield your paws from environmental damage.

Super Rich Repair

This stuff is crazy-good, especially if you have chronically dry, dehydrated skin. This skin treatment cream helps insulate your skin from extreme environmental hostility, and works to replenish your moisture levels. It's acid free and contains powerful peptides, so it also helps improve elasticity and tone. Get that collagen, girl!

Want to explore our incredible Dermalogica products with Shannon? Stop in and see us Downtown at 2018 1st Ave., or give us a call at (206)441-3441 to book an appointment! Stay smooth.

The Boldest Lip

November 20th, 2014
Wanna make a bold statement with your smile this season? VAIN's resident makeup artist, Shannon, has the inside scoop on the best dark shades for your smile from Manic Panic lipsticks! From left to right, Shannon's pout features Nosferatu, a long lasting matte black, Deadly Nightshade with deep, dark violet tones, Black Rose, a deep red, and Daughter of Darkness, a matte burgundy. lips Also coming to the VAIN retail shelves are 17 brand new shades from Manic Panic! Pucker up with all your funky favorites like Atomic Turquoise, Enchanted Forest and Violet Night at only $15.50 a piece (yup, that's right). VAIN's new stock will feature only the Creamtones and Kitten Colors listed below. See key for more details! Look for the kittens n' hearts. lipsticks   Interested in trying out a bold lip or other makeup services with Shannon? Stop in and see us Downtown at 2018 1st Ave., or give us a call at (206)441-3441 to book an appointment! *Mwah*

Beautiful Beach-y Babe Hair

October 29th, 2014
Have you been searching in vain (get it?) for perfectly textured, tousled locks? You know what I mean: like you've spent the day at the beach (note to summer: miss you!) and your hair has that perfect mix of saltiness and texture, but without that fishy ocean smell. Your search ends here: newly-minted VAIN Downtown + Ballard stylist and blowout queen, Erin, recommends Kevin Murphy's Hair Resort to make all your beach babe dreams come true, no matter what time of year. Double the texturizing power of this product with a cream and a spray! Erin recommends applying the cream to wet hair: scrunch it in and diffuse it or let it air dry. As for the spray, try applying through the ends of your dry hair for added texture (especially on your second or third day after shampooing). The spray can also be applied at your root for a volume boost! Hair Resort spray gives you the texture of a sea salt spray, but with a lighter hold. And voila! You've become the beach-y babe you've always wanted to be. Here's Erin, her hair styled to texture perfection with Kevin Murphy Hair Resort cream and spray. I'll be bringing you another favorite product soon. Stay tuned! Chelsea VAIN We loooove Kevin Murphy products! Stop in to any of our salons to find out which KM products are best for your hair + style. Want to have Erin make your hair dreams come true? Give us a call Downtown- (206)441-3441 or in Ballard- (206) 706-2707 to book an appointment.

Enter the Black Lodge…

October 23rd, 2014
6201889703_3deaed172b_z Attention all of you goths, ghouls and creeps! Batcave Day, VAIN's annual celebration of all things dark, is this Saturday, October 25th. Get out your fishnets & black lipstick and head on in for some macabre music, spooky treats and ghastly fun. This phantasmagorical tradition was birthed into The Beauty World by our own ghoulish front-desk sensation, Eli Blu (pictured above with resident make-up artist, Shannon). Eli wanted to celebrate the VAIN building's musical past as The Vogue, which is famous not only for giving Nirvana an early stage but also for their 90's Goth & Industrial night. Thus, Batcave Day was born. 5060782985_9207497b6e_z So, let us unleash your inner Siouxsie Sioux. We can tease & crimp your 'do into the ultimate, gravity defying goth dream. Vive le nouveau gothique! VAIN downtown is located at 2018 1st Avenue. We welcome all creatures of the night. If you would like to make an appointment, the Batphone is (206)441-3441. You may also find some VAIN ghouls haunting our other locations: Ballard: 5401 Ballard Ave. NW (206)706-2707 or West Seattle: 4513 California Ave. SW (206)535-2595.   

Month of the Damned

October 16th, 2014
There's some pretty witchy stuff happening right now at VAIN. Our stylists created these amazing things, we're making a return appearance doing hair + makeup at EMP's always-epic Fashionably Undead Bash this Saturday night, and check out this witch action from VAIN Downtown stylist and How-To Hair Girl Roxie's latest photo shoot, entitled "Month of the Damned." This crafty coven tromped around Seward Park last weekend casting spells and petting ponies (seriously though, we got to hang out with a pony in the woods) to bring you ethereal realness. Good witch played by front desk unicorn Rain and bad witch played by dark and sultry VAIN Downtown + West Seattle stylist Danielle. Check out Roxie's blog and #monthofthedamned on Instagram for more photos over the next few weeks! 7U6A38237U6A43737U6A3898 Want to get witchy with Roxie or Danielle? Check out what's cooking in our cauldron at VAIN Downtown (206)441-3441, Ballard (206)706-2707, West Seattle (206)535-2595. Happy Halloween, everyone!

Psych-Pop Art Fans Unite!

October 6th, 2014
image We here at the VAIN Beauty World are so excited to have psychedelic artist Tripper Dungan's "Power to the Poodle" show featured at our West Seattle location this month. The opening party is this Thursday, October 9th, from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. Come meet the artist and join us for thematic snacks & beverages. We will also be showcasing models sporting the latest vivid hair colors & extensions. All this and a mind-blowing soundtrack too! Tripper is a Portland based artist whose paintings are so amazing, they need a third dimension! His beautiful anthropomorphic creatures are both magical and comedic, appealing to all ages of art fanatics. We can't wait to see you there! VAIN West Seattle is located at 4513 California Ave. SW half a block north of the Alaska Junction. Tripper's art can be previewed at www.numberstar.com. While you are at the party, why not grab up some of our new pre-colored extensions or dreadlocks for your Halloween or everyday look!     

Mummies, Piranhas and Octopi – Oh, My!

October 3rd, 2014
Greetings VAIN babes! Halloween is just around the corner and we couldn't be more excited about fall weather, creepy fog, great costumes and of course, the candy! Are you looking for a unique costume idea this year? Check out our killer selection of Halloween wigs designed by our favorite VAIN stylists downtown. Prices range from $20-65 and include some pretty funky creations from piranhas, swamp things, mummies and even Maleficent!

Maleficent by Belinda - $65    Octopus Woman by Kelly - $65    Mummification by Elizabeth - $25

Interested in Halloween hair and makeup services? Give us a call, and we'll transform you into your favorite ghoul or goblin. Downtown (206)441-3441, Ballard (206)706-2707, West Seattle (206)535-2595. Happy Halloween!

The Siren calls from the sea…

September 23rd, 2014
Green and blue hues seem to be appearing on lovely locks everywhere this fall, especially on our stylists here at VAIN. These powerful and enchanting colors range anywhere from the lightest pastels to the deepest, richest shades and are the perfect autumnal accessory for any seafaring babe looking to add a little whimsy into their beauty routine. Look at the stormy gradient we have going on here at VAIN!  IMG_0720 IMG_2910 IMG_3091 IMG_3288 IMG_4326 Want one of our lovely stylists to help you capture your favorite ocean hair hue? Or any other brave & bold shade? Give us a call, we'll make your dreams come true! Downtown (206)441-3441, Ballard (206)706-2707, West Seattle (206)535-2595. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Rocky Horror Party Times this Friday!

September 18th, 2014
[caption id="attachment_4361" align="aligncenter" width="300"]VAIN + Rocky Horror Picture Show Parties: we do not mess around. VAIN + Rocky Horror Picture Show: we do not mess around.[/caption] Greetings, friends of VAIN Beauty World! Who's ready for a double feature? Please join us in celebration of Seattle's own Neptune Theatre this Friday, September 19th for a FREE screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show!" But it's more than just a screening- festivities include a costume contest, free guerilla (aka quick!) party hair and makeup services by your favorite VAIN stylists, and a live shadow casting of the film by our friends at The Vicarious Theatre Company. Because we want to make sure we can give as many guests as possible the opportunity to get their hair and makeup done with us, these sessions will be short and sweet, so please arrive early! This is an all-ages event with seating available on the main floor and in the balcony (21+ party goers welcome at the bar). Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. For more info, visit http://www.stgpresents.org/tickets/by-month/eventdetail/1642/-/the-rocky-horror-picture-show. We will warn you, competition for the costume contest will be steep this year! Check out our resident makeup artist, Shannon as Dr. Frank N. Furter, our dread queen Siddal as Columbia, and last year's costume contest winner and badass VAIN hairstylist, Jamie as Magenta! So, gather up your newspapers, squirt guns and rice, and we'll make sure you end up looking like that sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania. Dig it if you can! The Neptune Theater is located at 1303 NE 45th St. If you would like to “give yourself over to absolute pleasure” at one of our three VAIN locations, give us a call: Downtown (206) 441-3441, Ballard (206) 706-2707 or West Seattle (206) 535-2595.

Oh, how we love Kevin Murphy!

September 10th, 2014
TTCheck it out, VAIN beauties! In our ongoing series of fave product posts, we have asked our dread expert, texture wizard and front desk extraordinaire, TT about some of her favorite things and she gave us the inside scoop on the Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Wash & Rinse.

Who should use it? "Great for every hair type across the texture spectrum from fine to super curly, and anywhere in between!".

Why is it so incredible? "The Hydrate Me Rinse and Wash from Kevin Murphy is super moisturizing without weighing the hair down. I've used it on myself and my hair loves it! Boasting an exquisite blend of kakadu plum, shea butter, organic essential oils and micro algae, it's the perfect choice for all of my clients. The Rinse provides good slip if your hair becomes easily tangled and is a great conditioner for hair textures across the board. In case that wasn't convincing enough, the Hydrate Me Rinse and Wash have an amazing scent".
Stop by any of our three locations to check out our full line of Kevin Murphy products. Want to book an appointment with TT? She is at our downtown salon (206)441-3441 on Mondays and our West Seattle location (206)535-2595 on Fridays and Saturdays. We look forward to seeing you soon.