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 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 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. 

Simple Summer Style

August 8th, 2014

All winter long we've enjoyed the chic, polished look of the ballerina bun - aka the "top-knot" - but with the summer months in full swing we've been seeing a new and interesting evolution of this hair trend: the "half-up."

Seen on celebrities and Seattle babes alike (this means boys, girls and everything in between!), the half-up is much like the top-knot but with a little more wiggle room. In fact, with this hair trend, the messier the better! To master the half-up, just gather the top sections of your hair into a casual bun or two. Placement is also really casual; we've seen the half-up at almost every angle from the top of the head to the crown.


So with the city heat, long haired folks, this is the trend for you! Do it yourself or ask your favorite VAIN stylist to "half-up you" after your next cut or color.

This post by guest blogger and VAIN front desk wizard, Rain. Need a "half-up" in your life? Call any of our three locations for an appointment. VAIN downtown (206)441-3441, VAIN Ballard (206)706-2707, VAIN West Seattle (206)535-2595. We look forward to seeing you soon! 


Oh, how we love our Melissa!

July 28th, 2014
  securedownload Today we are celebrating a particularly spectacular Vainiversary. Our front desk guru, Melissa, has been a part of our family for 15 years now and we couldn't be happier! Mel is a magical creature, a soother of souls. She is an unruffler of feathers, an unfrayer of nerves, an untangler of situations. She is grace and ease under pressure. The voice of reason. The person on the other end of the phone line who can skillfully conjure up an appointment out of the most complicated circumstances. She is an immediate friend to all VAIN newcomers. She is a cornerstone, a modest pillar in our own Beauty World. She is helpful to all of those who step through our doors. She knows that a smile can change someone's day. She is the best kind of people. melw1 So today we celebrate Mel. We are so happy that she walked into our lives oh, those 15 long years ago. She has made the VAIN Beauty World a much better place and for that, we are forever indebted. Here's to you, babe. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. XO

VAIN Stylist Interview: Siddal

July 18th, 2014
We at VAIN downtown are excited to share a very special part of our hair styling team. Siddal has been at VAIN since 2012 and recently completed all of her VAIN apprentice hours to become a full time Stylist. She can be found on the cutting room floor, busy as a bee, knocking out fantastic cuts and colors on the regular. Her clients are almost always smiling, which is a great sign. And, they leave with awesome hair. Siddal loves to do dreads. Her dread work is epic, just look at her hair! VAIN Hairstylist Siddal We interviewed Siddal to get some good facts and personality flowing so you can see for yourselves what a neat person and great stylist she is. We think you will agree. Please sum yourself up in 5 or less words. Mother, artist, stylist, wife, friend (not necessarily in that order...) If you choose one thing to do repeatedly for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Arrange flowers. Feed your son homemade bread and butter. Dread redheads etc) Can't do it!! That's why I chose hair, everyone's hair is different, same reason I chose sculpture instead of production work for clay...I thrive on the problems that arise when it's always different... What is your spirit animal? Raven. A shaman told me that once, and I've had many dreams that Raven figures prominently. What is your spirit album? Depends on what's going on in my life....just went to the symphony to hear Danny Elfman's scores to Tim Burton's movies and that music def. moved my soul! Who are your style icons? Alexander McQueen's work is beautiful....not sure that I really have icons...I look around at different cultures, history, people but not at any specifics... Who are your role models? My mom, my Nana. If you could collaborate with anyone in the world on a cool project (hair related or not), what would it be? My good friend in VA who is a painter. We've talked for years about doing an installation together. Ceramic sculptures, paintings, create a world from our work blended together. What is your favorite color? I wear a lot of black but I love jewel tones, deep burgundy, emerald green, bronze.... What was your favorite hairstyle that you have ever had? Dreadlocks!!! I've had them for 9 years, def. the longest I've had an hairstyle and I don't see them coming off anytime soon.... Do you have a personal slogan, mantra, or saying? If not, try and make one up on the spot. Try something new....push out of your comfort zone. Siddal_2 What is your dream hair scenario with a client? Virgin hair ready for a brand new set of dreadlocks!! Or even a hot mess of dreads, ready to be tamed and made into something more beautiful... Do you love animals? Do you have any? Cat person or Dog person? I love animals but I'm severely allergic to them all....if I could have one I'd like a cat... What are you most proud of in the whole world? My wonderful son, Riley. If you could take any 3 items in the world with you anywhere, what would they be? ( Not people!) I never leave home without my crochet hook and a good book (real, not electronic!). I'll get back to you on the third one. If you could go back in time and be anyone for a day, who would you be? Elizabeth Siddal, model and muse of the Pre-Raphelite be a female artist in that era and try and have your work be seen, very different than our world...also to pose for painters and not be seen as a prostitute...interesting fact- she is who inspired the use of henna in the late 1800's, early 1900's! What is your favorite style era, and why? Victorian....I love the shapes of the clothes and hair. Siddal_3 This wraps up our interview, but if you want to know more, call VAIN downtown and get yourself an appointment with the lady! On another subject, have you dreadies heard about the Dollylocks line of products for dread care? Siddal loves them and so do we:) XOXO, Roxie Hunt, blogger at How-to Hair Girl and stylist at VAIN downtown