It's time to address a rapidly growing hair trend you either love or loath. No, not pastel hair colour. No, not oversized accessories. It's not even a trend that we choose to follow or ignore ourselves. Ladies, I give you...the man bun.
Now, I know that men have been wearing their hair pulled back for decades; looking back through the ages, long hair on men precedes even this century or the last. Curled wigs of the 1500s, hippie-length hair of the 70s, hip-grazing dreadlocks of reggae culture, surfers, bikers, pirates—just a few examples of how men have grown their hair as a statement of status or style. But this year, more and more men have been sporting a knotted style to keep their longer hair from getting a little too free flowing.
Sin 7 Salon has just graduated from the Software School of Hard Knocks! Sometimes when you run a business you make decisions that don't end up working out that well. Our latest foray into switching software systems was an unmitigated disaster, so we've upgraded and updated our former system. Live and learn! Whew!
Online booking is back and better than ever, so click here or at the link to your right under the "Shop Aveda" button.
We apologize for the kerfuffle and any mistakes/misbookings/extra emails/missing emails that may have happened in the process. It was a very trying time for all of us at Sin 7 Salon when we started figuring out that perhaps we'd made a big mistake. The new software just wasn't doing what we needed it to do so we had to let it go. The good news is we're up and running smoothly again - hooray!
What I'm about to say may come as a shock: perms are back. Yes, you read that right. Perms. As in permanent curls, like grandma had, with that foul smell that permeates (pun intended?) every room the perm-ee enters. You're probably imagining the larger than life, near-afro-status perms of the '80s. Maybe you even had one yourself, or you've seen photos of your mom (like mine) trying and failing to rock the style before you were even born. After the perm's heyday came to its long awaited demise, stylists and salon-goers alike swore off the look, vowing never to perm again! That is, until now. Because yes, the perm is back. And this time, it is not your mother's perm.
In order to appreciate what perms are today, let's first look back at the origins. In 1872, French stylist Marcel Grateau discovered he could create wave in the hair by heating a two-pronged tool over a gas burner and then applying it to the hair. This style became popular with the flapper girls of the 1920s looking to glam up their bobs with a bit of texture, a look that became known as the 'Marcel wave'. The invention of this early form of the curling iron took Grateau from styling prostitutes in Paris' slums to adorning French elites and celebrities with his signature look.
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It's always been such a bummer for us not being able to recycle hair clippings (we tried!) or the large amounts of foils we use for coloring, and rinsing so much extra color down the drain where it might enter our waterways. We act as green as possible and recycle whatever the city will let us, but there was so much we couldn't do anything with except put it in the trash. Plastic caps from tubes and bottles, rubber gloves, kilos of aluminum foil, bags of hair clippings, all in the garbage.
No more! We are happy to announce that we are now a Green Circle Salon! Their mission:
We are a new company with a mission to make the North American salon industry sustainable by 2020. We are doing this in a way that is affordable and achievable and most importantly, impactful. We believe that over time - and with the help of guests and employees - small steps to transform each salon will make green conversion possible and sustainable.
From now on at Sin 7 Salon hair, foil, all plastic, paper, excess chemicals and expired products are all going to be recycled or properly and cleanly disposed of!
One of the questions we've been getting is, "Isn't that expensive?". Well, it does cost a lot do get everything where it needs to go, but through the econonics of scale, the more salons take part, the lower the overall cost. In order to do this awesome work of diverting a whopping 80 - 95% of our salon waste from the landfill and waterways, we will add a small $1.50 environmental fee on to each service ticket. Less than half a cup of coffee and it makes a HUGE difference!
Please feel free to ask any questions you might have at our Facebook page or ask any of our Vanity Managers next time you're in the salon. We are so proud to take place in this fantastic program to make a smaller environmental impact while we make you beautiful!