Well this is uncomfortable, seeing as how my mama always told me it was rude to talk about money. However, we need to announce that beginning May 1, Sin 7 Salon will no longer be able to process stylist's gratuities on credit or debit cards. This is for several reasons, chief among them being potential issues with the scary tax man. You are still most welcome to tip your hairstylist, but cash only please. We realize this might cause some inconvenience for you and we do apologize profusely; this is something we've needed to do for a long time.
Sometimes even with the best intentions and carefully laid plans, things just don't work out how you'd hoped. That's the case with our second location. Actually, we're giving up the original location on 15212 Pacific Avenue in White Rock. We had grandiose plans and dreams, including having the original spot as a dedicated training location where we would quickly turn stylists right out of school into haircutting and colouring commado units. We will absolutely still be implementing our training program, don't you worry about that! However, due to issues with renewing our lease at the Pacific shop, we are going to let it go and work strictly out of our fabulous new salon at 1195 Johnston Road, just a half-block up the street on the corner of Johnston (aka 152nd) and Pacific.
What this means for you is that you get to have your hair done in a spiffy salon renovated using recycled, reclaimed, or otherwise eco-friendly materials, done in the style of "New Orleans French Quarter/Urban Industrial". Still the same great service you've come to expect but with 90% more natural light and 100% more elbow room! Hooray!
We'd like to sincerely thank our amazing team and of course our loyal, awesome guests (that's YOU!) for their continued support and patience as we've dealt with this transition. Courtney and I always have the best interest of our staff, clients, and the business in mind with every decision we make, and we're sure that this is the best move for everyone.
We look forward to seeing you at the shiny new Sin 7 Salon!
Here at Sin 7 Salon HQ we've been fielding a lot of questions regarding our original location, new location, and just what the heck is going on?? Well here is the update you've been patiently waiting for.
Our intention is to be re-open at the original Pacific Ave location by the 1st week of February, if not a bit sooner. And here's the scoop on how this whole operation will work: when we hire new stylists right out of cosmetology school, they will be undergoing advanced training at the original Pacific Ave location with Courtney, Katherine, and Grit until they test out of the training program. We anticipate this time frame to be anywhere from 6 - 12 months Then they will be placed full-time in the new Johnston Rd location. The trainers (Courtney, Katherine, and Grit) will be seeing guests at the Pacific Ave shop 1 - 3 days a week while they help with consultations, colour formulation, and checking haircuts for perfection. The rest of the time will be at the new Johnston Rd shop. New Talent/Level 1 stylists will be seeing clients at Pacific Ave, getting case-by-case (or more specifically head-by-head) training there, as well as a formal class 2x per week in customer service, communication, haircutting, styling, and hair colour. On Saturdays everyone will be working at the beautiful new salon whether they are in the training process or not - hooray!
Why all the kerfuffle, you ask? It's very simple. As good as some of the cosmetology/hairdressing programs are these days, there's still a tremendous amount to learn before you have the skills and confidence to measure up to Sin 7 Salon's standards. We have the people with educational background to make a formal training program work, and we feel strongly that advanced education is crucial to the success of a new stylist, as well as to the ongoing success of Sin 7 Salons. In our experience, the best and fastest way to learn is a combination of a class setting (lecture, models, discussion) and hands-on experiential learning. Although there are only so many techniques in cutting and coloring, there are infinite combinations of those techniques as well as countless different hair types, client needs/wants/demands, and situations. We intend to create GREAT stylists in the shortest time possible through our training program. Why? So we can serve YOU better and give you a look that you love as well as a great experience each time you come to Sin 7 Salons. It's all for you!
As you would expect, our New Talent/Level 1 stylists will be working at the lowest end of our price range while they are in training. This is a fantastic opportunity to get semi-supervised hair services done by fresh talent with loads of aptitude (we hire VERY carefully!) at the lowest prices we offer. Will you get as excellent a cut or color as you would with someone with 10+ years of experience? Maybe, maybe not. That's exactly why our experienced hairdressers charge on the high end of our spectrum - they've been there, done that, worked with your type of hair, and have the accumulated knowledge and confidence to deal with anything that comes their way. Will you get a really great service done by someone who is a future rock star in the hairdressing field, and supervised and/or checked for perfection by an experienced stylist? HECK YES!
Who is the ideal client for our Advanced Education program? Anyone at all who wants a great service at a lower price. Students, those on a fixed income, people wanting to get in on the ground floor with a talented new hairdresser while they are on the way to becoming AMAZING - as long as you don't mind your hair service taking a bit longer than it would normally. The vast majority of booked services will be thoroughly checked by senior staff, and the New Talent/Level 1 stylists will take as long as they need to make sure they're doing eveything correctly. Hence, the service will take a little longer. Plan on 1.5 hours for haircuts, and colour services will likely take up to 30+ minutes longer than normal.
**A note to Courtney, Kat, and Grit's clients booking with them at the Pacific Ave location: please be patient with your service, as the trainers will most likely be called away from their chair to check haircuts and colours, help with consultations, and otherwise be available to the trainees.
As soon as possible we will get everyone's schedule published online here at the website and on Facebook so you know who is taking guests where and on what days. We are greatly looking foward to this new chapter for Sin 7 Salons! Stay tuned!
Sin 7 stylist Chantelle is pretty much a self-taught expert in all things health related, including hair. Her favourite product?
Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair ™. Not too heavy, softens the frizz, non-greasy formula, nourishes the cuticles, super easy to use (even if you use too much), and can be used on all hair types.
Indeed! From Aveda.ca:
Our daily leave-in treatment instantly repairs damaged hair by 26%*, helps protect from heat styling and detangles to help prevent further damage.
- Certified organically-derived quinoa protein penetrates hair to instantly repair damage and strengthen from the inside out.
- Wheat protein helps protect from heat styling-such as blow-drying and ironing.
- Soy-derived oil detangles to help prevent further damage and breakage.
- Certified organic essential oils including bergamot, mandarin and ylang ylang provide an uplifting aroma.