Hair Tutorial: 30-Second Dreads Updo

March 25th, 2015
Siddal_VAIN_1 Dreads: they're awesome. You know what else is awesome? A hairstyle that only takes about 30 seconds to do. Here, courtesy of VAIN Downtown stylist + dreads expert Siddal (read her Stylist Interview here), is that updo in five easy steps. 1. Begin by separating out all the dreads from the sides and pulling them forward and out of the way. Siddal_VAIN_2 2. Gather all of the dreads from the back of your head into a big section, and begin to twist them all together in one direction, while pulling them up into a 'french dread twist' against your head. Siddal_VAIN_3 3. Lean your head forward, with your twist resting on your head while you prepare to tie it into place. Siddal_VAIN_4 4. Take all the loose dreads from either side in each hand, and then pull them backwards and tie them together tightly together, right over your twist, securing it into place. Make sure to double knot it! Siddal_VAIN_5 5. Now flip your head back up, and fan your dread-ends out around the top of the twist. DONE! This 'do should look great from the front, back, and the sides! Proof: Siddal_VAIN_6 Interested in getting your dreads done with Siddal or our other dreadlocks experts? Give us a call at VAIN Downtown- 206-441-3441. Thanks for the tutorial, Siddal!

Book Your Wedding With VAIN!

March 23rd, 2015
With warmer weather comes wedding bells, so tie the knot in style with fabulous makeup and hair at VAIN! We offer hair and makeup services for brides, grooms and wedding party guests for engagement photos and day-of flawlessness with a variety of talented stylists at our Downtown, West Seattle and Ballard locations. We understand how stressful planning can be, so at VAIN we try to make it easy for you to get the look you want for your wedding day. To get started, schedule a free 15-minute consultation with your chosen stylist and/or makeup artist to talk about your look; be sure to bring photographs and examples with you for inspiration! After your consultation, a receptionist can help you book a trial-run for your hair and makeup so that you can test out some day-of looks and make sure everything is picture-perfect for your wedding day appointment. Don't have a stylist yet? Give us a call at any one of our three locations and a receptionist can help match you with the right stylist! Check out these lovely photos by Kristen Marie Photography of VAIN client, Hillary and her fiance from her engagement last summer featuring hair by Sarah B. and makeup by resident makeup artist, Shannon Bisconer.


Book your wedding today at VAIN downtown (206) 441-3441, Ballard (206) 706-2707 or West Seattle (206) 535-2595

 

Get Ready for 32 Teacups at VAIN West Seattle!

March 3rd, 2015
Michael_Doyle_VAIN Whoo boy are we excited about this: next Thursday, March 12th from 6-9pm, we're hosting an opening reception (read: super fun art gazing party complete with sips n' snacks) at VAIN West Seattle for 32 Teacups, Seattle artist Michael Doyle's new collection of illustrations. The show is about secrets, dreams, and time travel, inspired by the lives and times of the artist's favorite authors and people, as well as vintage illustrations and nature. "Think Agatha Christie meets magic realism, or Zora Neale Hurston solving murder mysteries with Margaret Wise Brown in the park!" Basically: YES. VAIN regulars have probably seen Michael's art at our salons before- we carry his line of sweet greeting cards downtown and in West Seattle- but this is the first time things are going envelope-free and up on our walls. And the new pieces for this show are looking g-o-o-d, with little stories and lovely spells in every one. We can't wait to share them with you. Hope to see you on the 12th! xoxo, Your hair-doin' + art lovin' pals at VAIN The 32 Teacups opening action happens next Thursday, March 12th from 6-9pm at VAIN West Seattle- 4513 California Ave SW, between Oregon & Alaska- during the WS Art Walk. The show will be on display through March and April, but why wait when you can party with us?

And the Oscar Goes to…

March 2nd, 2015

Greetings, VAIN babes!

With the exorbitant amount of beauty radiating from this year's Oscars, we thought we would take a minute to feature some of our favorite styles from the red carpet. Who were your nominees for Best Hair? Here are a few of ours:

Lady Gaga's gorgeous milky, platinum locks look positively radiant with red floral detailing and a smooth, sleek finish. She looks like a Norse goddess - or better yet - a Santa Lucia's Day miracle! Just add a crown of candles and a plate of delicious snacks and you've got yourself a queen. God Jul to you, Gaga.

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As usual, funny favorite Emma Stone kills the red carpet with old school Hollywood Glamour. She may not have won an Oscar for her supporting role in Birdman, but her finger waves won our hearts. Cheesy, we know. But: that hair!

 

There was some exceptional hair at this year's Oscars, but the VAIN crue is especially stoked on Zendaya Coleman's gorgeous dreads. As you may know, we loooove us some dreads. We've got several stylists, including TT, Sarah B, and Siddal who specialize in them, so, you know, we're big fans. It's wonderful to see natural hair on the red carpet and we are thrilled that Zendaya took the opportunity to showcase this beautiful style.


Want a red carpet-ready hairstyle for a special event or night out, or are you interested in recreating Zendaya's gorgeous dreads? Give us a call Downtown (206)441-3441, in Ballard (206)706-2707, or West Seattle (206)535-2595 to book your appointment or free consultation!

Sale on Dermalogica Acne Products, Now at VAIN Downtown!

February 13th, 2015
Having trouble with acne? Yeah, we know it sucks and we have totally  been there too. But, hey, don't worry about it! At VAIN downtown we offer a whole host of amazing Dermalogica product lines like Clear Start for teens and mediBac Clearing for adults that really kick ass and help to repair and protect your skin from stubborn breakouts. Worried about jumping head first into a new product line? Well, we've got that covered too! Start with one of our 30-day trial kits to see if Dermalogica works well for you (we're betting it will!). Plus, all Clear Start and mediBac Clearing products are 40% off while supplies last. Get 'em while they're hot ladies and gentleman! We offer the Clear Start kit for teen acne at only $23 with our sale price (originally $38), and it includes a month-long trial of all of these amazing products: The Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub is full of microbeads that help deep clean clogged pores, and is formulated with tea tree, menthol and meadowsweet to help soothe and cool your skin. We've even heard that it works great as a quick mask for stubborn breakouts; just  apply to troubled areas and leave on for 5-10 minutes - viola! That's some good skin you've got there. After the scrub, use the Breakout Clearing All Over Toner to keep oil down and revive your skin. The toner uses salicylic acid and sesame seed extract to help prevent breakouts and is formulated with 12 lovely botanicas to minimize redness. Cool, huh? If you're experiencing a particularly unfortunate breakout, try using the Breakout Clearing Cooling Mask to soothe and refresh your skin. This stuff is full of cooling elements like Camphor and Licorice to keep irritation at bay. Start your day right with the Breakout Clearing Daytime Treatment and prevent pimples before they can even surface. This stuff is not only soothing, but powerful; just be sure not to apply too closely to your eyes. Use the Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment and wake up to better skin. This stuff works hard all night so you can rest easy, just make sure you wait 7-10 minutes before hitting the pillow so the treatment has time to absorb into your skin We offer the mediBac kit for adult acne at only $25 with our sale price (originally $42) and it includes a month-long trial of all of these amazing products: Use the Clearing Skin Wash morning and night to help clear up clogged pores and to prevent future breakouts. This wash is naturally antiseptic, utilizing balm mint, eucalyptus and tea tree to help prevent bacteria, and menthol and comphor to cool down redness and inflammation. If you haven't heard of sebum, it's a light yellow, oily fluid that keeps your skin and hair hydrated. Unfortunately, some of us have glands that produce way too much of this stuff, so we have to deal with clogged pores and breakouts (yikes!). The Sebum Clearing Mask is clay-based and works to absorb excess sebum and soothe and refine skin. The Clearing Mattifier is a medicated balm that clears breakouts and controls shine. You can use the mattifier after toning to help maintain a matte finish. This product is packed with Vitamin A, vitamin E, grape seed, green tea and licorice that all work together to regulate and cool skin as well as promote elasticity. The Concealing Spot Treatment is a literal miracle - it dries super fast and is naturally tinted to help conceal trouble areas during a breakout. The sulfur and zine oxide in this product help eliminate bacteria and clear up excess oils that have you bogged down. A combination of niacinamide, zinc gluconate, yeast, cinnamon bark extracts, caffeine and boitin work together to help prevent breakouts in the future. AND, this treatment is free of benzol peroxide, so it won't be too harsh for you skin, especially during a breakout! When you're fighting through a particularly tough breakout, the last thing you want to do is moisturize, however it's important to keep your skin hydrated in order to see clear results. The Oil Control Lotion is impossibly light and hydrates without making you feel shiny and heavy. Plus, it's naturally antiseptic and works hard in tandem with the other products from this kit to help regulate excess oils and keep your skin in clear condition.

 Want to check out these 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 clear!

 

Good Smells, Good Vibrations

February 3rd, 2015
Have you been in to VAIN Downtown or West Seattle to check out our Demeter Fragrance line lately? Well, if you haven't yet, you might want to stop in and explore our fantastic smells library. If scents like Lava Rock and Thunderstorm get you excited, you're going to have a great time sniffing these bottles! Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we took the liberty of curating some of our favorite smell concoctions for you to try out. Plus, if you're looking to recreate a certain indescribable feeling or want to fall  into that glorious rabbit hole of nostalgia, these fragrances really do the trick. Here are some poetic and thoughtful responses from our lovely VAIN Crue about our favorite Demeter combos. "My favorite combination is Honeysuckle and Salt Air.  It smells like being on a tropical island. Sometimes I throw in a little Sunshine just for good measure!" - West Seattle Manager & Mega Babe, Christina  "Oud and Amber; the two together have a great mixture that give off an earthy warm tone that I'm instantly drawn to." - Resident Makeup Artist & All-Around Badass, Shannon Bisconer "Whiskey and Tobacco and Leather. I guess just because it's tough.  Their [Demeter] scents are never overly masculine in like an Old Spice sort of way." - Cool Guy/Front Desk Man,  Jakob "Amber with Black Pepper makes for a spicy scent with a hint of earthy sweetness." - Dread Master & Super Stylist, Siddal "Salt Air and Paperback makes for a kind of sentimental potpourri; like finding a book in some random foggy coastal town wacky shack and taking it to the beach for a day." - Front Desk Unicorn, Adry "Of course I love Moonbeam, because I feel it's named after me! But, I also love it layered with Rain! [It's] probably my favorite sent, and when I'm feeling super sweet, I add a splash of Honeysuckle! I love these fragrances!" - Celestial Beauty & Spiritual Stylist, Tara Moon
Demeter Fragrances retail for only $19 and make great gifts too!
Come check them out at VAIN Downtown, 2018 1st Ave or at VAIN West Seattle, 4513 California Ave SW.

VAIN Q&A w #freeyourpits Founders Roxie + Rain

December 31st, 2014
Rain_FreeYourPits Hello, foxy friends of VAIN + believers in the Free Your Pits movement of armpit dyeing + creative self-expression! We're kicking off 2015 with a free Pit-In at VAIN Downtown on New Year's Day from 1-4PM, where you can learn all about the #freeyourpits phenomenon, dye your armpits if you want to, be part of the photo shoot action, and meet the visionaries behind FYP, VAIN hairstylist + How-To Hair Girl herself, Roxie, and VAIN front desk star + blogger Rain (she's the fox pictured above). It's the first official Pit-In ever, so we hope you'll be there! In anticipation of what's sure to be a very good time, we sat down with the OG pit free-ers themselves to talk about how the movement got started, what VAIN's got to do with it, and more... including which celebs they'd like to see free their pits and which color they'd dye their own pits if they could only choose one. Here's what they had to say: VAIN: How did the #freeyourpits movement get started? Roxie: The FYP movement started with an experiment in pit hair dyeing and a celebration of hair/pit hair blog post. We photographed the process on top of VAIN downtown on a sunny day. The rest is history! Rain: After working together for a few months, Roxie asked me to be her guinea pig for a dyed pits article for Offbeat Home & Life, and of course I was totally game for the experiment! One of my favorite perks at VAIN is lending my hair to creative projects! After an initial 30,000 shares we were pretty excited, but then dyed pits went viral. After being made fun of on the Today Show, I personally felt it was time to attack this thing head on and it's kept going strong since Thanksgiving. FYP has been featured all over the world from Germany and Japan to Russia and Australia. Roxie has provided some incredibly meaningful and eloquent commentary that's really helped spread the word, and working together as a team has allowed us to reach a wide audience and to promote our mantra. It's been a pretty incredible experience so far, that's for sure! VAIN: How has VAIN's environment + our approach to style exploration been a factor with this movement? Roxie: Working at VAIN has definitely reinforced my obsession with radical acts of style expression. I trained under Victoria, VAIN's fearless leader, and she taught me to break the rules and to look at hairstyling as more of a personal art-form to customize as opposed to a set of rules and trends to follow. Rain: Before I moved to Seattle, I had never really felt comfortable being my true self. It may sound cheesy, but VAIN has really helped me along my journey of self-acceptance and I am really grateful for that. And if it wasn't for VAIN, I wouldn't have met Roxie! At VAIN I have been able to creatively express myself in a way that I haven't before. I know to a lot of people it's just hair, but being able to look the way that I want and the way that I feel inside is really empowering. I don't feel judged and I don't worry about being myself anymore. At VAIN being yourself isn't a bad thing, but something embraced and welcomed. VAIN: What has surprised you most about the attention the FYP movement has been getting? Roxie: I am surprised at how ready so many people are to talk about the subject of body hair and personal choices for women regarding their bodies. Both for and against the FYP movement, a major conversation has started around it. Rain: What has surprised me most is the support that we have received from strangers. After the initial criticism from the Today Show, I felt pretty raw. It hurt my feelings that people would go out of their way to criticize someone they haven't met. I am no stranger to the struggle for self-love and body positivity, and it really made me feel bad about myself reading and hearing negative comments. Since then, though, we have received an incredible amount of support and positivity for the FYP movement. Other female-bodied people have been joining the movement and sending their stories and photos and have continued to encourage our efforts. It's pretty exciting that this has caught on and that FYP is inspiring others to love themselves! VAIN: What can people expect at the Pit-In at VAIN on New Year's Day? Roxie: People can expect to get their pits dyed for a great cause, and to have some fun talking about it and witnessing others getting their pits dyed and marvel at how fun and empowering it is to do it. We will have limited edition FYP t-shirts, too. And we will be taking lots of pictures. Rain: It will be a body-positive empowerment-a-palooza! VAIN: What if someone's just curious about the movement, or, say, doesn't have enough grown out to dye anything [Editor's note: I'm talking about myself here]? Can they still come? Roxie: yes! All you need is stubble, and we can dye yours. And if you are just curious, come in and check it out by all means. You may just get inspired! You can be a part of the movement just by joining the conversation:) Rain: Of course! FYP isn't just about dyed armpit hair, or armpit hair in general, it's about women making conscious decisions for themselves and promoting body positivity. Please come check us out and feel free to ask questions! We want to provide this service and be available to educate guests about the FYP Movement and about our mantra of self-love and acceptance. Don't be shy! VAIN: If you were stranded on a desert island and had to pick one pit color, what would it be? Roxie: Manic Panic Cleo Rose, hands down. Rain: Well, if the island was gracious enough to provide me with Manic Panic to color my hairs, I would probably pick a brighter blue like Atomic Turquoise or Bad Boy Blue. It might make me really sad though because it would remind me of all the water I didn't have around to drink...haha! VAIN: Who would be your dream public figure(s) to have free their pits? Roxie: Madonna. Ellen D, Macklemore to rep Seattle. Katy Perry. Rain: Bjork! She is one of my favorite humans and would be the perfect person to embrace the Free Your Pits Movement. If I could go back in time and convince Bjork to dye her pits orange to match her hair for Biophilia, I would be SO STOKED. VAIN: Thank you, ladies! We're excited for you to share the Free Your Pits good vibes with everyone on Jan. 1st. Keep on freein' in the pits world! Start the New Year off on a fun and creative note: join us at the Pit-In! Thursday, January 1st, 1-4PM at VAIN Downtown- 2018 1st Ave, Seattle.

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

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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.

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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.