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The Gift of Giving Back

Thanksgiving is in our rear-view mirrors and the holidays are just a wink away! Now is the time when most of us start making lists in hopes that no one is forgotten or (gasp!) receiving a gift without having one to give in return. We've all been there. Nephew? Boss? Receptionist? Amazon delivery driver? The list can get mighty long if we allow our thoughts to go deep enough. Although, maybe it's time to start thinking a little outside the giftbox… In the past, we at Sin 7 would organize a Secret Santa gift exchange. It was 2 years of exchanging gift cards for nail services and lattes - very uninspiring. Luckily one of our stylists had a great idea for the following year. What if, instead of giving these thoughtless gifts of monetary value, we adopt a family for Christmas and give them the gift of a special Christmas? Gifts that mean something to people who need them! It was and continues to be a hit. This year we are excited to include our guests in the generosity, by inviting them to participate in donating with us. We have chosen a single mom with 2 very young girls.  As many of our team members have recently had baby girls, we couldn't be more excited to shop for this wonderful family. From choosing gifts to loading up on groceries the determination has absolutely increased, but the reward of helping a family enjoy a beautiful time together has been worth every little ounce of effort. A great suggestion for an office or work team, to pull together and brighten up a local family’s holiday. Every year, throughout the year (not just at Christmas), we do out best in helping support local charities with fundraising. There are so many charities and good [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00December 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Autumn Hair Styles To Try Now!

(Credit: Thinkstock) Goodbye sparkly sandals, hello crisp morning air, bright autumn colors and pumpkin flavoured everything. It’s the time of year when everything turns perfect for playing with new hairstyles. The humidity in the air is reduced, causing better hair days that last, it’s cool enough to wear long hair down and the sun isn’t eating all that beautiful pigment from our follicles. Time to take advantage of these fleeting conditions and experiment -  we have some cute and easy suggestions to help you do some hair playing! Let’s start with the easies. Adding a simple and bright accessory, such as this silk scarf, can freshen up even 5-day old hair styles. It’s all about placement with this one. Section out the hair in front to keep this look trendy and 2018, about 2-5 inches is a good amount to leave something to style around the face. If using a wide scarf, fold it to give it interest, and to help place it without it being too thick. When tying it, make sure to secure around the nape to avoid any bulges. If your scarf is long enough, you could let the ends dangle down on one side to connect the look to the rest of your outfit. The key to this look is keeping the crown full of volume. Try out a little teasing or backcombing at the crown to help create fullness behind the scarf. Another transition using our trusty silk scarf! This style can be tried on straight, wavy, or curly hair. Our model’s hair was loosely waved with a curling wand, and then styled into a half up pony. The half up pony is flattering for almost all face shapes and hair types, even shorter hair lengths. Pull it as loose or as tight as you [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00October 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is your scalp telling you?

What health secrets do our scalps and skin contain? The skin on our scalps is some of the thinnest skin on our bodies. How it looks and feels can actually reveal a few things about our health, and knowing what to look for will help in achieving healthier skin, and in turn, healthier hair. As we leave summer in our rearview mirrors and embrace the seasonal shift into cold, damp weather and dry, hot indoor heaters, the skin on our heads can feel itchier, flakier and oilier all at once. Exploring why this happens and what can be done about it can detect or prevent more serious skin issues later on. Those little white flakes...always at the first sign of fall!  This buildup of dead skin cells on the scalp creates an itchy and often obvious shedding onto our trendy fall fashions, our dark peacoats and *gulp* even the chairs we sit on.  Dust is made mostly of skin cells, and I am suggesting that dandruff is floating around pretending to be dust as well.  There are two kinds of dandruff, the flaky dry white stuff that comes out all day long, and the oily yellow stuff that coats our hair. The white version is less worrisome, but still annoying to deal with, and luckily, doesn’t need much to be remove from our lives. The causes of both include dry skin, oily skin, hair products, yeast fungus, and skin conditions. The opposite of dry skin is hydrated skin, so drink that water! Olive oil, coconut oil, aloe vera or essential oils can be applied topically to help relieve the dryness and bacterial components of dandruff, as well as apple cider vinegar (ACV). Many people have used the ACV as a rinse after shampooing for shiny hair, just be aware that [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00October 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

WE’RE HIRING! – Come join our talented team :)

Are you a passionate and motivated stylist? – Come join our talented team and grow your career! Sin 7 Salon is an Aveda Concept salon located in the heart of White Rock. At Sin 7 Salon, your vanity is our passion.  Our mission is to elevate personal style, confidence and self-expression.  We strive to go above and beyond to deliver the best experience for each & every guest. We’re looking for New Talent (1-2 years of experience) and Advance Stylists to join our team.  Full or part-time and flexible schedules available. You are: Punctual, reliable and have a good attitude Available some evenings and Saturdays Friendly and have an enthusiastic disposition Confident behind the chair - will mentor and train to advance technical and business skills as necessary Always providing a high level of customer service A team player and can also work independently Mature and have open communication skills Passionate to continue developing Able to multi-task Good at taking initiative and are a problem solver Happy to grow your clientele quickly :) Have some experience in cash handling and retail Aveda trained and/or have Aveda knowledge (an asset, not a requirement) Benefits of this position include: Working with a talented and motivating team Extended health care package available (full-time employees) Tiered retail commission Discounts on services and retail Education account Positive and supportive team and environment Flexible schedules available Extended break over Winter holidays Creative shoot opportunities Building a clientele quickly! Please drop off in person to, 1195 Johnston Road, White Rock, B.C., or email to info@sin7salon.com. Applicants must be available Saturdays and some evening. We look forward to meeting you!

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00April 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Happy Earth Month!

Spring is here, and so are the blossoms, buds and bugs we’ve waited through the rain for. The sound of song birds fills the air and Vancouverites get friendlier to strangers, as the spell of Seasonal Effective Disorder lifts in a great pollen and allergy filled sigh of happiness. In case you didn’t know, Spring is also the start of a wonderful celebration of the planet we call home. Mama Earth just wants to be loved. This is the 48th year we’ve honored the Earth during April and if you’re looking for idea’s on how to help cherish our home, you’ve come to the right place. There is a tremendous amount of volunteering, cleaning, and fundraising going on right in our own backyard. Aveda has a water initiative Canada wide, globally in fact. In Canada alone, the Aveda network is campaigning to raise $510,000 from fundraisers, appointment donations, and sponsorships. So far Aveda has raised $47,200. The funds raised will go to WaterAid, a Canadian Charity that is helping the world’s poorest people gain access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation. This is done by working with local NGO partners to provide access to clean drinking water, improved communal or household level toilet facilities, and hygiene education programs in rural communities, urban slums, and primary schools throughout Eastern Africa. In 2016-2017, 956,000 people gained access to clean water, 1.1 million gained access to decent toilets, and 1.6 million were educated on good hygiene. Why does this matter? Promoting food hygiene is one the most cost-effective health interventions, says the World Bank. Diarrhea caused by dirty water kills a child under 5 every 2 minutes. Every minute a newborn dies from infection caused by lack of safe water. By the time you finish reading this article it will be approximately 5 [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00April 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How are those New Year resolutions coming along?…

How are those resolutions coming along? If you're like most North Americans then you're well on your way to forgetting what you even decided to change for yourself (only 8% of people who make resolutions keep them!).  53% of Americans who participated in a resolutions study cited earning more money as a top decision for 2018, with 45% sticking to the tried and true lose weight and get in-shape choice.  92% of those participants will fail. To be fair, those are lofty and many tiered goals. Losing weight requires changed eating habits, potentially changed sleeping habits, and investing in a new activity such as a gym membership or fitness classes. That's a lot of change. It can be overwhelming! I'd like to present a very practical and very meaningful guide for positive change that’ll keep you going in 2018. Go paperless! This is a step in the right direction for reducing waste and becoming a more aware and sustainable resolver. On average, households receive 69 lbs of junk mail each year. That's just the junk mail! Go paperless in your billing.  Have receipts, bills and statements emailed to you. 24 trees go into making a ton of uncoated, non-recycled printing paper (a pallet of #20 copier paper comprising of 40 cartons weighs a ton). More than 5 trees are cut down for every ton of coated, high-end, magazine-quality virgin paper. Low-end magazine quality paper claims 8 trees per ton. Let’s opt for digital magazines and audio books. The world consumption for paper has actually gone up 400% in the last 40 years!  Can you believe it?!  4 billion trees (about 35%) are cut down every year. In terms of per person use, it's around 749 lbs of paper per year. To go paperless in billing, statements takes 10-30 minutes, a one-time [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00February 23rd, 2018|Aveda, Blog, Health, Our Team, Salon happenings, Seasonal|0 Comments

WIN $500!

Back by popular demand, Win $500 in Services or Retail! How to win: Refer a friend into the Sin 7 Salon for a service before April 15th, 2018 Make sure they mention your name when they make a reservation Once the service is completed YOUR name is entered into the draw- we'll keep track of it all! On April 15th the WINNER will be drawn! Each friend you refer, gives you 1 chance to win! - 1 friend, 1 chance.  3 friends, 3 chances! DOUBLE REWARD - You and your referral also receive a complimentary conditioning treatment on your next visit ($15 value)! They can see any stylist! Contest runs from January 15th to April 14th, 2018. New guests service must be prior to April 15th, 2018. $500 Gift Certificate will be rewarded to winner on April 16th, 2018.  Must be used within 12 months.

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00January 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Let the Parties Commence!

The fancy dress, frenzied rush, the never-ending list of obligations and the countdown on year end...Throw in a party or two and it seems like there's no time for anything, let alone trying to come up with a style for your hair that is fool proof and flattering. Let my team and I come to your rescue with these easy (and I promise flattering!) up styles to suit any occasion. Model number 1: High Ponytail The key to keeping a ponytail festive and not lazy is VOLUME. When pulling the hair into the elastic band, be sure to place the pony at the crown of the head or even higher. A high pony elongates the neck, draws the eyes up from the cheekbones, and suits all face shapes long as there is some softness around the face. To create the volume, after the ponytail is tightened in its band, using your fingers gently pull out some height on the top of the head. To frame the face, tease out some shorter layers along the front hairline. The height will look elegant and the loose layers around the face will look short and undone. This style shouldn't take longer than 5 minutes to do. For added festiveness loosely the pony tail and VOILA. Party ready in 5 minutes or less. Styled by Chantelle. Model 2: Low Side-ponytail Keeping with the ponytail theme, another easy and romantic look would be pulling the ponytail low (To the nape of neck) and forward, so it hangs off to the side.  This soft style is better for longer hair types, so use your judgement. Pulling all the hair off to one side lets the length soften the face, and letting loose layers pull out adds some flair. This works best on loosely curled hair, so [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00December 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Aveda Gives Back

The holidays are approaching which means Aveda gift sets are sent out to salons across the globe. These (economical!) gifts of joy are wrapped in very rustic and specific papers, year after year. 10 years to be exact. What's the deal with this paper away, and how is Aveda giving back? 10 years ago Aveda went on a global quest to find sustainable wrapping paper for their holiday gift sets, and found a community in Nepal making very unique paper from the Lokta plant in the high altitude of Himalayan forest. The paper itself was beautiful, with it's ever changing marble texture, and hardy and durable, being naturally resistant to insects and crinkles. It had been produced by the people in this region for over a thousand years. The partnership Aveda created with the communities in Nepal helps to create income for 5,500 artisans and their families, 90% of which are women who would otherwise have to work hard manual labor in harsher conditions. The income these mothers earn help to send 5,885 children to school to finish secondary education instead of working on farms to support the family. The Himalayan paper makers gained Certified Wildlife Friendly status, as the Lokta plants are harvested naturally by hand without destroying the plants, and once harvested the bushes take 6-7 years to regenerate to full maturity. To cover enough of the supply demands 42,000 acres of forest are protected, and the snow leopard, red panda and 21 other endangered animals continue to have homes. This is one of the many sustainable partnerships Aveda is proud to maintain, and we hope you will enjoy the beautiful Nepal papers we've brought in with the gift sets. Aveda has made this sourcing video for us to share with you, so please watch and enjoy, knowing [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00November 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Autumn is here!

The gorgeous colours, the cooling in temperature and darkening of the season inspires the trends we start to see in hair as we head into Autumn. What do you need to know about leaving your Summer colour behind and embracing the richness of the Autumn this year? The trends this Autumn are mimicking the trends of Summer, and really all of 2017. Cool brown bases, subtle to very highlighted balayage effects, and icy blondes with lots of depth including low lights and dropped or deepened roots. The Summer loving crowd will find their tresses in a desperate need of TLC before attempting to revive their colours, especially if looking to drop to a cooler, deeper shade. The reason being is because pre-lightened (bleached or sun lightened) hair is porous, meaning it's lacking in protein, moisture and pigment. To take any blonde darker, that porous hair must be filled with what was taken from the hair when it was lightened, meaning we must fill it with the protein, moisture and pigment missing.  Any deep conditioning treatments you can pack on your hair will help you and your stylist with the porosity issue and ensure that new colour looks healthy and lasts once you take the leap!   Aveda makes great masques (Dry Remedy and Damage Remedy), which I personally use weekly to keep my long, highlighted hair moisturized. Cool colours are also a bit tricky to maintain, as the cool pigments (blue, green and violet) are the first to fade out of the hair. We’ve all been frustrated with that “brassy” colour we see in our sleep (yellow, red, orange).  Please, save the pumpkin spice for pie!  To prevent that from happening, toners (gentle ammonia free colour, from deposit only lines) are always recommended.  A toner can either add or neutralize [...]

Pregnancy and Beauty Products- Here’s what you need to know

The excitement of peeing on that stick, finding out it's not just the stomach bug and experiencing the joy of growing a new little human...So many changes, and so many questions, ranging from nutrition to supplementation and of course, beauty care and skin care during this 9 month incubation period. Where does one start? Well...I'll start with the roots.  Can we even put hair colour on those now? After all, it's a chemical. What is the protocol for hair colour and pregnancy? According to recent studies, hair colour and chemical services today are much less potent and penetrating than they were in the 1980's. Prior to the '90's, chemical services on pregnant women were not recommended and in fact avoided, but studies of late on women who have hair colour services while expecting, show no correlation between the service and harm to the fetus. In fact, on animal studies there was shown to be adverse reactions but on human comparisons, there appeared to be no complication to the pregnancy, possible due to lack of absorption through the skin, and less exposure to the chemical service over time (6-8 weeks for colour retouches). However, there is no harm in avoiding chemical services and the choice is entirely personal. To help give women more informed choices, here are some of the studies I found in my research: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2567273/ (This one is more concerned about pregnant hairstylists and overexposure and exertion during each trimester) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3543291/ (This one points to a potential link between darker hair colours, more exposure to the chemicals and the increase in childhood malignancies IF there is genetic history, but only on animal models. This study was inconclusive on human models) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009279713001282  (This one plays it safe and recommends avoiding first trimester exposure to chemicals and confuses the study by using [...]

Meet Kristin- Your May Featured Vanity Manager

  Have you always wanted to be a hairstylist?        “No...it was always a sort of hobby, but it took me a long time to realize this is what I was meant to do.  [Before becoming a stylist] I went to university for 3 years studying Psychology then traveled for  3 years abroad.” If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?        "Peru, I’ve always wanted to climb Machu Picchu.”  Favorite place you have travelled to?        “This is a really hard question because I’ve traveled to a lot of different places and have had a lot of VERY different and amazing experiences, but I’d say Dubai on a desert safari.” What do you love most about your job?        “The diversity of it...every day is different, different people, different personal styles.” What do you look most forward to in your career?        “Doing creative colours and competing in hair/makeup.  I like challenging myself.” Why do you do what you do?        “Simply because I love it!  I love being surrounded by creative people and meeting and making people feel beautiful!” Favorite thing to do outside of work?        “Go hiking with my hubby and dogs!” Favorite quote:        “There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”  -Nelson Mandela 3 words that best describe your personal culture/outlook?        “Humble, creative, ambitious.” More about Kristin Visit Kristin's service menu.

Spring is in the Air…

Winter has finally worn out its welcome, and spring is coming. With that change in season comes warmer temperatures, longer days, beautiful flowers...and pollen. And sneezing. And itchy eyes. And runny noses. Basically mother earth is taunting us in a very cruel way. For the love of nature, how can we make it stop?! Learning what the potential cause of allergies is would be a great place to start. For that, we need to think small. Microscopically small. Back to the gut (yes, again). Studies suggest that a lack of diversity in the inhabiting colony of bacteria in the gut can cause adverse reactions from pathogenic microbes and even friendly microbes, dietary proteins and environmental allergens. The hygiene hypothesis is also a theory why allergies have increased in recent decades, from food allergies (1 in 13 children in the United States suffers from a life threatening anaphylactic allergy), to airway allergies (asthma affect 20 million Americans, and allergic rhinitis affects 50 million, while many more suffer on a smaller scale). The studies show that our western insistence on cleanliness and our lack of exposure to natural bacteria laden areas is causing an imbalance in our guts, lending to immune development disruption and increasing allergies. Antibiotics, formula feeding, and cesarean birthing techniques are adding to the imbalance.  Interestingly, the problem in the lungs of asthmatics looks like it may be the opposite problem of allergy sufferers of different natures. The diversity of bacteria in the lungs of healthy individuals was smaller compared to those of symptom sufferers.  So, what can we do? Well, knowing the problem is gut diversity related, it makes sense to introduce new and healthy bacteria to our systems. Take a high quality probiotic, or introduce fermented foods into your diet. For seasonal allergies, take in a local [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00April 11th, 2017|Health, Seasonal, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jump into Spring with Beautiful Skin!

I know many of you come to us to make your hair beautiful, but being an Aveda salon we can offer much more than just luscious locks.  Aveda has recently revamped their skin care line and I am here to give you a little insight on the new products, as well as how to BRIGHTEN up your skin that might be feeling at little dull after this long, horrible winter we’ve had. If you’ve visited us at the salon recently you have probably seen our new skin care display, but maybe didn’t get too much information about it.  Aveda has an abundance of amazing products, so for our stylists it may be hard to touch base on all the amazingness Aveda has to offer in one appointment. And that is where I come in. TULASARA, is the name of the newest addition to Aveda’s skincare line, meaning “ moving toward balance.”  Aveda has adopted and customized some old Indian Ayurveda traditions with a modern approach to deliver a product that we can all use on a daily basis to achieve the most radiant skin possible. Now, I know each of us has different skin types/issues, therefore, they have made 3 amazing serums to provide skin wellness for certain problematic symptoms, and is super easy to incorporate into your daily skincare regime. Tulasara Firm, Tulasara Calm, and Tulasara Bright. When I saw these serums I thought to myself, “ Won’t they make my skin oily?”  I quickly learned that this was not the case at all...I promise, I am not trying to fool you!  The idea is to put them on your face before applying your daily facial moisturizer day and night.  Such a quick added step and BONUS to your skin!!! Tulasara Firm uses Almond seed oil and Sigesbackia to [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00March 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

So you think you may be losing hair…

It started with a few extra hairs in the shower. Now you’re seeing them on your pillow in the morning. Asking your friends if they notice your scalp more. Is it all in your head? Chances are, you could be experiencing a form of hair loss. 40% of men will have noticeable hair loss by age 35. That number doubles for women coming up to age 60, at 80% experiencing noticeable hair loss. On average, a human head has 110,000 follicles, and can lose 100-200 hairs a day. In the US alone, 21 million women, and 35 million men are experiencing hair loss. So what are the latest and greatest tools to help with hair loss? Many new studies are being published that show a correlation to nutrient deficiency and thinning follicles. 40 years ago iron deficiencies in women were thought to contribute to increased hair shedding and that has been proved many times since. L-Lysine, an essiential amino acid, also plays a strong role in preventing follicle loss. Double blind studies confirmed the intake of both those nutrients provided a significant hair loss reduction response in test subjects. Mineral imbalance is also a cause of hair loss. Copper, Zinc, Silicon and Iron all work in a balance, and when one is increased with supplementation, one may be decreased in response. For example, Zinc should not be supplemented without Copper, or Copper will deplete in the body and the two minerals work together to promote a healthy environment for hair and skin. For this reason, it can be a great idea to get a hair mineral analysis done. Deficiency in Biotin and Vitamin A can aggregate hair loss. How about that more extreme type of hair loss, the kind that doesn’t respond or slow to any form of diet reformation? [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00February 24th, 2017|Hair Health, Health|0 Comments