Archive for the ‘VAIN West Seattle’ Category

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

Wednesday, 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!

Join VAIN at West Seattle Summer Fest

Thursday, 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!

Hair Savers: A Vegetarian Miracle

Thursday, 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.

Book Your Wedding With VAIN!

Monday, 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!

Tuesday, 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…

Monday, 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!

Good Smells, Good Vibrations

Tuesday, 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.

A Week for YouthCare + Party in West Seattle!

Friday, December 5th, 2014
YouthCare donations: they're in the bag(s)!

YouthCare donations: they’re in the bag(s)!

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.


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.

Psych-Pop Art Fans Unite!

Monday, October 6th, 2014


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! 



Midnight Wildlife in West Seattle this Thursday!

Monday, December 9th, 2013


This Thursday, December 12th, VAIN West Seattle is proudly hosting an art spectacular like no other. “Midnight Wildlife” will feature the amazing & anthropomorphic art of Christine Larsen. Her amusing animals take on such natural human characteristics, you will fall in love with them immediately and want them adorning all of your walls.

Alongside Christine’s original paintings and prints, another type of art will bloom. Talented VAIN stylist Samantha Brown will adorn live models with woodland flora & fauna inspired tonsorial creations to mingle amongst the party guests. Sam is the perfect combination of talent, genius & originality.

The opening night party kicks off at 6:00pm. Refreshments and treats will be served. Much fun will be had. Please, come and join us. We will be open late for your shopping pleasure, so take a spin through our boutique for all of your holiday gift needs.

And did I mention the iced jungle animal cookies?

Want to check out Christine Larsen’s art online? Check out her website. Want to make a hair appointment with Samantha, or any of our talented stylists? Give our front desk a call. West Seattle: (206) 535-2595, Downtown: (206) 442-3441, Ballard: (206) 706-2707. We look forward to seeing you at the party! 

Join VAIN for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013



Please join us at any of our three boutiques this Friday, November 29th and Saturday November 30th to celebrate Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, VAIN style!

We are offering a 10% discount on all retail items on both days, a further 5% off on any black items on Friday. We have a beautiful selection of jewelry, scarves, hats and gloves that make perfect holiday gifts.  The discount is also good on retail hair products and tools.

While you are shopping, why not make an appointment with one of our wonderful stylists for a little extra holiday pizzazz! Perhaps the perfect style for the season’s best parties!

We look forward to seeing you soon.

VAIN downtown: 2018 1st Ave. VAIN Ballard: 5401 Ballard Ave. VAIN West Seattle: 4513 California Ave. SW. 

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