NEW: FREE.HOLD Styling Creme + Davines Travel Sizes!

August 26th, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: a brand new Kevin Murphy styling product called FREE.HOLD is now available at VAIN! With scents like bergamot and vanilla, and a delightful, glossy finish, this flexible hold styling creme creates a natural shine for all hair types. Just apply to hair when damp and enjoy the amazing thickening effect that FREE.HOLD has to offer! *If you were a fan of Kevin Murphy’s recently discontinued STICKY.BUSINESS, this product is for you!*


Do you love Davines as much as we do? Then you’ll be thrilled to hear that VAIN West Seattle now carries their new essential haircare line in travel sizes! Stop by and stock up on shampoos and conditioners like nounou, love(s), melu, minu, and momo — all in prepackaged TSA-approved containers. Now you’re all set for your next vacation!

Feel free to stop into your preferred location or contact the front desk at VAIN downtown 206.441.3441 / Ballard 206.706.2707 / West Seattle 206.535.2595 with any questions!

Thank You Seattle!

August 8th, 2015

First VAIN made Elle Magazine’s 100 Best Hair Salons in the US list. Then you chose us as Best Hair Salon and runner-up for Best Barbershop in the Seattle Weekly’s Best of Seattle 2015 Reader Poll. Thank you Seattle — we love you too!

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And congrats to everyone else who made the list — it’s great being in such fine company.

NEW Pravana Locked In Vivids!

August 5th, 2015

Are you a pastel unicorn babe who’s tired of your fave veggie dye fading? Do you want your reds, yellows, and oranges to stay firey and bright for months on end without a touch-up? How about keeping your blues, greens, and purples deep and vivid as long as possible? If so, you should check out our new Pravana Locked In Vivids!

For those dreaming of a permanent fashion color who aren’t afraid to take the plunge, Pravana is here to save the day!

Pravana Locked In Vivids are meant to last, so they won’t fade out over time or from washing your hair (keep that in mind as you decide on your color). As with all veggie dyes, you’ll have to lighten your hair prior to application.

Want to learn more about permanent veggie dye?
Call VAIN Downtown 206.441.3441, VAIN Ballard 206.706.2707, or VAIN West Seattle 206.535.2595 to learn more and schedule a consultation with your favorite stylist!

Summer Sale!

August 3rd, 2015

Rising temps outside mean it’s time for our annual summer sale!

all boutique jewelry 10% off*

all scarves and hats 20% off

So head to your fave VAIN location and celebrate this 90-degree weather with some stylish new treats!

*Sale does not include Gwen Delicious, Moon Raven, or jewelry by Siddal.

Free Your Pits makes the New York Times

July 16th, 2015

Today’s New York Times featured the Free Your Pits Movement, a body positivity movement founded by VAIN stylist and How-to Hair Girl, Roxie Hunt and front desker, Rain Sissel! Check out an excerpt from the interview below or read the article in full here.

Five years ago, Ms. Hunt, 31, stopped shaving her underarms, which these days are pink (Cleo Rose by Manic Panic). She is a founder of Free Your Pits, a website that celebrates growing and dyeing. “Our goal,” write Ms. Hunt and Rain Sissel, the site’s other founder, in what they call a manifesto, “is to use this demonstration of personal choice and expression to help broaden and challenge the standard of ‘beauty’ in a society that already places way too many harmful standards on women.”

At “pit-ins” in Seattle and Pensacola, Fla., groups have assembled for dyeing sessions. And through VAIN, the feminist-leaning salon in Seattle where she works, Ms. Hunt also offers the service for $65.

“One woman came in to get them done because she was going on a family vacation and wanted to freak out her in-laws,” Ms. Hunt said.”

— Andrew Adam Newman, “Women Who Dye Their (Armpit) Hair,” The New York Times, July 16, 2015

Learn all about the FYP Movement on the Free Your Pits website — it’s got photos, personal stories, and more!

Join VAIN at West Seattle Summer Fest

July 9th, 2015

WS summer fest

Need plans for this weekend? Look no further than the West Seattle Junction! Join VAIN as we welcome in the summer at the West Seattle Summer Fest.

The VAIN booth will have lots of new merchandise to keep your summer look fresh, along with VAIN stylists showing off their skills on models.

So stop by, find a new favorite accessory, and check out VAIN stylists in action. Plus there’ll be great bands, beer gardens, rides for kids, and more.

The festival runs Friday through Sunday, with bands playing later in the evening.
Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 10am – 6pm
Sun: 11am – 5pm

Hope to see you there!

Art & Work Studios Available at VAIN Downtown!

July 3rd, 2015

Searching for the perfect work or art studio space? Look no further than VAIN downtown!

We currently have work studios for rent: 100-150 square feet for $200-$350 per month (utilities included). Come join a vibrant and creative community in the heart of Belltown and enjoy 24-hour access, historic charm, and scenic views.


If you’re interested in renting a studio, please contact our salon director Lisa at

Seattle PrideFest 2015!

June 26th, 2015

Celebrate Seattle PrideFest 2015 in style with your friends at VAIN! Check out the festival guide for more information on this year’s events, including the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28th at 11am. We hope to see you there!

Hair Savers: A Vegetarian Miracle

June 4th, 2015
Here at VAIN we are always raving about the Nourishing Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner from Davines, especially for clients who are undergoing serious color transformations or are experiencing less desirable textural issues.  Veteran color specialist and all-around miracle worker, Carissa loves this product and recommends it to almost all of her clients. She is most impressed with its ability to bring back distressed hair and has seen this product work some serious magic. It isn’t called a miracle for nothing, you know!
Veg Miracle
The best way to use the Vegetarian Miracle is to apply a quarter-sized amount to the length and ends of your hair (try not to apply above the crown unless instructed by your stylist) and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary. If you have truly damaged hair, Carissa recommends leaving the conditioner on for a few hours or even overnight if you’re game to sleep in a shower cap. For all of you crunchy haired babes out there, don’t worry – salvation can be had! This product is PACKED with natural ingredients like acai oil, passiflora oil, rice oil and grape seed that work together to truly nourish and restructure your hair.

Try out the Melu Shampoo also by Davines before you condition for even better results. The Melu contains spinach extract that helps strengthen the hair, reduce breakage and maintain length. What a great way to get your daily greens!

Interested in purchasing a miracle? Of course you are! Visit us Downtown (206)441-3441, Ballard (206)706-2707, West Seattle (206)535-2595 to pick up a tub for sleeker, smoother locks.

A milestone Vainiversary!

June 2nd, 2015


This week marks the lovely Lisa’s ten-year Vainiversary! Her brains, sharp eye for style, and operational know-how have had a huge influence on VAIN over the years. It wouldn’t be the same without you, lady…here’s to ten more!

VAIN Art Show

April 21st, 2015

Join us at VAIN downtown during Belltown Art Walk  on Friday, May 8th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for COLLECTIVE – a collaborative art show featuring VAIN staff and stylists. It’s been a while since we’ve held an art show at VAIN downtown, but we are diving right back into it with an amazing collection of watercolors, ceramics, illustrations, paintings, drawings and photography from your favorite VAIN stylists and staff members!

So stop by for delicious snacks, drinks and the opportunity to hang out with your favorite VAIN artists! We can’t wait to see you there!

COLLECTIVE will be on display from May – June 2015.

TT – photography
Siddal – ceramics
Della – paints
Tiffany – decoupage prints
Belinda – painting
Jamie – colored pencil
Sarah B – watercolor
Ivy – watercolor
Shannon W – acrylic
Roxie – photographs
Krista – shadow boxes
Lucie – painting
Chelsea – terrariums
Jeanne – drawing or painting
Christina – painting
Rain – illustrations

Have any questions about our upcoming show? Give us a call at VAIN Downtown- 206-441-3441. 

Hair Tutorial: 30-Second Dreads Updo

March 25th, 2015


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.

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.

3. Lean your head forward, with your twist resting on your head while you prepare to tie it into place.

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!

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:

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!