Archive for the ‘Hair’ Category

New Fall hair color, please!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
You can’t talk about Fall hair without throwing around mouthwatering terms like ‘butterscotch’,  ‘ginger’ and ‘caramel.’ Are you hungry yet? Summer leaves us with sun bleached ends and dull looking hair.  When the colors around us deepen and change, we get the hint. It is time to phase into the warm and shimmery and shiny and rich colors of Fall.
Save the cool tones for winter! Tinting back to a darker shade in the fall can be done all at once but a little at a time is a much gentler-on-the-hair approach that results in more natural and believable looking color. Here is what you should consider before you head into the salon to consult with your stylist about your new color. Do you plan on darkening up through the Winter and gradually lightening come Spring and Summer? Is your hair prone to dryness and damage? Does your color always end up looking brassy? If you answered yes to these questions, then using a slower approach and having your stylist use a demi-permanent color to add low-lights is probably your best bet.fall hair1My tip for lowlights is to always use at least 2 different shades for best results. One for depth, one for tone. Depth meaning level of darkness, tone meaning hue or added color.  Here is a more in-depth article on hair color theory if you are interested *if you plan on DIY-ing your lowlights, this tutorial is perfect for a started DIY lowlight foil;)If you are a platinum-ish blonde and want to do something different with your hair, adding highlights of buttery warm colors like butterscotch and honey can look fantastic and perfectly, subtly warm your hair color without darkening it too much.Darker blondes who are don’t like brass look beautiful with  beige-y caramels. Dark blondes and lighter brunettes can spice it up with warm ginger hues or cool coppers if you want a little more drama.

Darker brunettes stun in rich ambers and chocolate browns. If your hair is very dark brown or black, consider a translucent demi-permanent color treatment ( Ask your stylist about Redken Shades) for a rich tone and super gloss to liven up your color post-summer.

Whatever you and your stylist decide on, rest assured that you are going to feel much better about life once your hair is season-appropriate because who wants to be the only person wearing beige to a color party? Not us!

Guest blogger Roxie is a Vain stylist & creator of the wildly popular website how-to hair girl. If you would like to make a color appointment with her or any of our stylists, give us a call. Downtown-(206) 441-3441, Ballard-(206) 706-2707, West Seattle-(206) 535-2595. 


Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013



Creatures of the night! Come and celebrate the anniversary of Seattle’s own Neptune Theater with a little help from your pals at Vain. The Neptune is doing a free screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this Friday, September 20th, and everyone is invited. We will be in attendance to do mini-hair & make-up makeovers. There is a costume contest with prizes and the Vicarious Theater Company will be performing the film live in real time.

This event is all-ages. There is a bar for the 21+ partygoer.  The doors open at 8:00pm and the show starts at 9:00pm. We suggest you get there early as it is a first come, first served basis and seating is limited.

So gather up your newspaper, squirtguns & rice. We’ll make sure you end up looking like that sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania. And remember: It’s just a jump to the left!

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 locations, give us a call: Downtown (206)441-3441, Ballard (206)706-2707, West Seattle (206)535-2595


Vain Ballard turns 6!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

  Ballard Vain sign

Our lovely Ballard location recently celebrated their six year anniversary and we couldn’t be prouder. Each Vain location has its’ own vibe and our wonderful Ballard people really make it a special place. It is such a great neighborhood to be a part of and we have been embraced by the community from the beginning.

Ballard Vain origami

Next time you are strolling down Ballard Avenue, pop in and say hello, make an appointment with one of our talented stylists or browse around in the boutique. We can’t wait to see you again!

Vain Ballard is located at 5401 Ballard Ave. NW. Call us for an appointment, (206)706-2707

Slay Day is here!

Friday, August 2nd, 2013


As milestones go, this one is pretty epic. Our own Jenny Slay celebrates 15 years at the Vain Beauty World today and we couldn’t be happier.

Jenny literally fell into her career at Vain, as founder Victoria Ptak remembers. “She fell off of the chair during the interview, got right back up and carried on without missing a beat. That’s when I knew she had to work with us”. And work with us she has! No one could imagine Vain without her. She is that perfect combination of friend and mentor, casual yet brilliant, self-deprecating and hilarious. She is our cornerstone, our ace in the hole, our girl.


The high praise continues from Victoria: “When Jenny started at Vain, I tried to teach her everything I knew about hair. She took that knowledge, added it to her own bag of tricks, and became a more creative and talented stylist than I ever was”. Wow, right? I am lucky enough to have Jenny as my stylist. I have never worked with someone who I trust so completely, not only to make my hair look amazing, but to have it constantly evolve into something new and wonderful. That, folks, is the definition of talent and skill. An artist.

So as 2013 has celebrated the “Year of the Vain Employee”, it was just dumb luck that Jenny’s quinceanera fell in our laps. Just like her interview foretold! And we are so lucky to have her as the crown jewel in our tiara of stars at Vain. She adds something new and wonderful every day she works here. She has mentored apprentice stylists, taught classes, goofed, clowned, cajoled, dried tears, danced, and transformed the mediocre into the brilliant at every turn.

So, Jenny Slay, we are eternally grateful for everything. Hats off to you for being the example of style and uniqueness that all of us hope to achieve. Here’s to 15 more! We love you!



Want to be lucky enough to have Jenny be your personal stylist, as blog author and Vain general manager Lisa has been? Then give our front desk a call to schedule an appointment with her or any of our other talented stylists. Downtown-(206)441-3441, West Seattle-(206)535-2595 or Ballard-(206)706-2707. We can’t wait to see you! 

West Seattle Summer Fest is here!

Friday, July 12th, 2013


Attention fans of fun times! The 31st annual West Seattle Summer Fest kicks off today and the Westside Vain has a front row seat for all the frivolity. The streets are closed down and the festivities include live music, shopping, art, food and even a kids’ play area to take over the Junction. The party is already in full swing and will continue through the weekend. Please feel free to come in and visit us, shop for some fashionable accessories in our boutique, enjoy the Cloud Quest and Francisco Ramirez art installations, and perhaps make an appointment for your next hair adventure! We can’t wait to meet you!

Vain West Seattle is located at 4513 California Avenue SW. (206)535-2595

West Seattle Summer Fest Website

Root for the Home Team!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013


We here at the Vain Beauty World are more than obsessed with the phenomenon that is Ru Paul’s Drag Race. And now that Seattle’s own Jinkx Monsoon has made it into the final three, well, we are just busting with excitement, as evidenced by our Season 5-long window display downtown.

This Monday, May 6th, the Drag Race will crown a new Queen and fingers-crossed, it will be our hometown heroine. To celebrate the countdown to the crown, visit the official site. And to get into the spirit of the competition, may we suggest a visit to our Belltown wig shop. We have a variety of styles and colors to choose from, along with lashes, make-up and plenty of new Spring bling! There is nothing more empowering than embracing your inner drag queen(or king).



In the words of the great Ru Paul “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”

Now, sissy dat walk! Go Jinkx, Go!

VAIN Downtown (206)441-3441 VAIN Downtown is located at 2018 1st Ave.


WedLocks Events Double Feature

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013



This Friday, April 19th, VAIN Downtown will be hosting Kelli Bielema from Shindig Events to promote their upcoming WedLocks event at Pike Place Market. Kelli will be here from 12:30 to 2 p.m. to answer any questions you might have about the upcoming event and will even have some treats and giveaways from participating vendors. Stop on by and have your questions answered, and buy your tickets for the big event.

WedLocks is taking place on Saturday, April 27th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pike Place Market. It’s an event organized to bring together Seattle’s best in alternative and modern bridal services for one day to help you create a perfect wedding day. Their tagline says it all, “Makeup. Hairdooz. Pretty Stuff. BAM.” Get pampered and enter to win some fabulous prizes, including a gift bag from VAIN which includes a free eye make-up session with our resident make-up artist Shannon. Best of all, the proceeds raised will benefit Locks of Love.

VAIN stylists Melanie and Kelly will be on hand at the WedLocks event with some product samples, hair accessories, and their expertise to answer any questions you may have about VAIN’s bridal services.

Finally, VAIN wants to give a special shout-out to our dear friend Ariel Meadow Stallings of Offbeat Bride who will also be making an appearance at WedLocks.

Were you the lucky winner of the make-up session with Shannon, or do you just have questions about scheduling bridal or other services at VAIN? Give us a call at VAIN Downtown (206)441-3441, in Ballard (206)706-2707, or in West Seattle (206)535-2595. VAIN Downtown is located at 2018 1st Ave.

No Fooling You! Buy 2, Get 1 Sale!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Product Shelf

We’re kicking off a sale at all three VAIN locations today. It’s April Fool’s Day, but it’s no joke that all of our hair products–from Kevin Murphy shampoos and conditioners to Davines styling products–are on sale for buy 2, get 1 free (DIY hair color is not included in the sale).

Buy any two products, and receive a third, of equal or lesser value for free! Mix and match, or stock up on your favorite products.

The last day of the sale is this Sunday, April 7th, so you’ll have the whole week to stop in and shop.

VAIN is located Downtown at 2018 1st Ave., in Ballard at 5401 Ballard Ave. NW, and in West Seattle at 4513 California Ave. SW.

It’s Looking Good!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Hey gang, full speed ahead into 2013- can you believe it’s almost the end of January? I like to keep my eye out for what the up and coming is going to present to us in our little corner of the Pacific Northwest so that both you and I can stay on point. Fear not, I have salvaged the goods. Behold- a sampling of what you and I have to look forward to on top of our heads this year.

Let’s tie the knot!

What’s that you say? You’re sick of the messy/sleek top knot of 2012? Me too. Smooth your hair back, move it down a smidge (even all the way down to the nape) and call it a day!


I have awesome news- the braid has arrived and she is here to stay. Whether it be a simple and more casual twist or a more arranged and elaborate up do, any version is bound to look amazing.


P.S. I LOVE her ombre!

As Seattleites, we have truly lucked out, as the sort of loose “undone” wave is still en vogue. Sleep with your hair wet and swept into a bun or braid to be the height of fashion, ladies. So, VAINiacs- what will you be wearing this year?

VAIN 4eva,

Curl Specialist

Call any of our three locations to make an appointment with a style expert. VAIN Downtown – 206.441.3441, VAIN Ballard – 206.706.2707, or VAIN West Seattle – 206.535.2595 

Duffy’s Brew Launch Party in West Seattle This Saturday!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

At VAIN West Seattle we are super excited about  the upcoming launch party for local start up Duffy’s Brew this Saturday, December 8th from 6-9 p.m. with a night of free beer and music.

Duffy’s combines two of our favorite things: hair (of course) and beer! Duffy’s offers a new line of shampoo and conditioner made with real beer from the legendary local Elysian Brewing Company. Their vegan products are sulfate, paraben, and phthalate free. They contain no artificial colors and are not tested on animals. We’ve had the good fortune to try out their shampoo and conditioner over the past few months and we think Duffy’s has a good thing going.

[Editor’s Note: I’ve been using Duffy’s at home the last couple of months and love how soft and shiny it leaves my hair]

To cap it all off, our awesome neighbors at The Beer Junction are offering:

  • 15% off all Elysian products to go for customers who mention the event.
  •  Vouchers redeemable for $2 off your first pint, pour, sampler tray, or growler fill if you attend  the event.

The Beer Junction offers 1,200 different varieties of bottled and canned beers, 20 rotating taps for pints or growler fills, and a variety of mead, ciders, T-shirts, and glassware.

We hope you can make it out to VAIN West Seattle on Saturday for this awesome event!


VAIN West Seattle is located at 4513 California Ave. SW, we can be reached by phone at (206)535-2595. The Beer Junction, our immediate next door neighbor is located at 4511 California Ave SW; (206)938-BEER. 

VAIN Marriage Update! Now with Free Cupcakes!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

We’re still on for this coming Sunday, December 9th to perform free hair, makeup, and wedding services for 12 same-sex couples; but now we have something to sweeten the deal a little more!

Our good friends over at Cupcake Royale have donated cupcakes for our brides and grooms!

We still have some room available if you and your partner are planning on getting your license on Thursday, December 6th (they’re actually opening at midnight tonight!) in order to tie the knot on Sunday. Give us a call at (206)441-3441 to book your free wedding.


Marriage Equality: Get Married at VAIN on December 9th!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

VAIN has always been proud to offer an open and loving environment to our clients, customers, and staff. We are so happy to have been part of history earlier this month with the passage of Referendum 74 that we just can’t contain ourselves.

To celebrate marriage equality in true VAIN style, we are transforming our semi-private gallery space for the day into an intimate wedding chapel and offering free wedding hairstyles, makeup, and ceremonies on Sunday December 9th for up to twelve same-sex couples. That’s right, get your hair and makeup done by our lovely and talented stylists; and have your wedding ceremony performed by either senior stylist Jenny Slay, or front desk wizard Derek (who are both ordained by the Universal Life Church and already have a couple weddings ceremonies under their belts).

We have twelve time slots available for weddings where you and your partner will be able to have your hair and makeup done just prior to the ceremony.

Here’s the nitty-gritty:

  • Sunday December 9th at VAIN Downtown from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Free, quick updos/styles and makeup + semi-private wedding ceremony (you must be getting married at VAIN in order to receive the free services).

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Call VAIN Downtown– (206)441-3441 –to schedule your time with the front desk. Make sure you tell them it’s for the Marriage Equality Wedding Ceremony. They will be able to answer all your questions and get you booked for your big day.
  • Marriage Equality takes effect Thursday, December 6th. You and your partner must go down to the King County Administration Building and pay for your license that day in order to get legally married by Sunday, December 9th (WA state has a mandatory 3-day waiting period for all marriage licenses). Click here for all of the fine details regarding the licensing and legal niceties.
  • Bring your license with you to VAIN Downtown on Sunday December 9th so it can be signed and turned in.
  • Bring a few loving supporters, friends, and family; but please be mindful that space is limited, so no more than 8 guests.

VAIN Downtown is located at 2018 1st Ave.