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!

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

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!

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.


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!