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

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: (This one is more concerned about pregnant hairstylists and overexposure and exertion during each trimester) (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)  (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?        “ 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.

We’re having a party…And YOU’RE INVITED!

Tis the season! Sin 7 Salon's annual holiday kick-off party is just around the corner.  Come join us for door prizes, get your holiday shopping started (or shop for yourself ;) ), enjoy a glass of bubbly or just pop by to say "hi"!  Discounts will be on, store wide. RSVP by November 16th and we'll have a swag bag full of  Aveda goodies with your name on it!

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00November 10th, 2016|Aveda, Salon happenings|0 Comments

New Aveda Thickening Tonic is in! Your hair will be SO happy!

Once again Aveda has knocked it out of the park with a new product launch.  Seriously, this company just keeps getting better and better (as if we though that was even possible)!  Introducing Thickening Tonic, a lightweight spray that takes hair from fine and flat to fluffy and full. Proven to thicken hair instantly with just one use Expands strands from roots to ends Powered by botanicals including certified organic amla fruit 97% naturally derived*             *From plants, non-petroleum minerals, or water I have personally tried this product on my curly-yet-baby-fine-and-thinning hair, and I can say that it gave me tons of volume with no extra weight or sticky feeling.  And like everything Aveda it smells divine. Success! Run, don't walk to Sin 7 Salon to get your hands on this little miracle today!  We have lots in stock but we predict it will fly off the shelves once we start spritzing away on our guests this week.  If you've tried it let us know on our Facebook page how you liked it.  

By |2019-03-08T12:59:39-07:00May 7th, 2015|Aveda|0 Comments

Love your hair! Sin 7 Salon staff dishes about their favourite Aveda products.

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 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.   Pick up Aveda's Damage Remedy products at Sin 7 Salon, or order through our website at the top of the home page (the sage green"Shop Aveda" button).

By |2019-03-08T12:59:39-07:00November 25th, 2014|Aveda|0 Comments

Love your hair! Sin 7 Salon staff dishes about their favorite products

We asked our Vanity Managers what their favorite products were for this series of short blog posts.  This week, Trish recommends Aveda's Pure Abundance Hair Potion: It's magic!  Gives me all the volume I need for second-day hair! This seemingly magical product (seriously, it turns from powder to liquid in your hand!) gives awesome grip to silky, slippery, flat hair. Innovative formula transforms in your hands-from a powder to a light, absorbent lotion.* Like magic in your hair, it adds texture and increases strands' diameter to create abundant volume.   Instantly volumizes hair Creates matte texture Boosts strands with natural bulking agents like kaolin clay and acacia gum Perfect for a gritty, "second-day hair" look   *Product that has liquefied will not affect performance. Do not allow product to freeze. Hair Potion works great as a root lift, and we also love this product for updos on hair that's so healthy that it's impossible to backcomb.  Pick up your bottle of magic potion at Sin 7 Salon, or order online through our website; just click on this link, or the sage green "Shop Aveda" button at the top of our home page.    

By |2019-03-08T12:59:39-07:00October 22nd, 2014|Aveda|0 Comments

Love your hair! Sin 7 Salon staff dishes about their favourite Aveda products.

We asked our Vanity Managers what their favourite Aveda products are for this series of short blog posts.  Here's Meghan's: Blue Malva! Because it freshens up your blonde and makes your hair super soft. Blue Malva keeps cool blondes from going brassy.  If you're a golden blonde, you'll want to try Camomile shampoo and/or conditioner, which will enhance your hair's warm tones. You can grab either product at Sin 7 Salon, or order online through this link or the "Shop Aveda" button on the top of this website in the banner- yes, Aveda now has online ordering and shipping for Canada!

By |2019-03-08T12:59:40-07:00October 8th, 2014|Aveda|0 Comments

History of Aveda & Earth Month 2014

Post by Kenzi A few posts back I gave you the rundown on the difference between professional products and drugstore products. I hinted a bit as to why we use Aveda here at Sin 7, but I wanted to do a post on the history of the brand and tell you exactly why we deem Aveda quality enough to use on you, our treasured guests! Founded in Minneapolis in 1978 by hair stylist Horst Rechelbacher, Aveda would not exist without the influence of an ancient Indian tradition called Ayurveda. Translating from sanskrit as the "science of life," Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing that focuses on creating balance between mind, body and spirit. During a trip to India in 1970, Rechelbacher first encountered the system, thus inspiring his vision for his company. In its first year, Aveda Corporation partnered with two Ayurvedic experts (Drs. Vinod and Kusum Upadhyay), fusing the brand with 1000s of years of proven results: that interconnectedness, and treating the person as a whole, brings balance and harmony to our lives. The heart of Aveda lies in its connection to nature. Horst saw the lack of unity between the beauty industry and environmental sustainability and made it his mission to join the two. Here are some of Aveda's commitments to environmental responsibility and the innovative ways they promote these beliefs: First beauty company to use 100% windpowered production facilities Complete traceability of certified organic ingredients, from the raw source to the finished products Shampoo bottles made with a minimum of 80% post-consumer recycled content 18 million US dollars raised for environmental and social causes to date through Aveda's Earth Month campaigns No animal testing Ethically sourced and naturally derived ingredients for all products Relationships with indigenous communities and farmers worldwide to ensure sustainable agriculture is at [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:40-07:00April 17th, 2014|Aveda|0 Comments

Spring makeup is here!

  Spring is here and so is Aveda's 2014 Spring/Summer makeup! Aptly called Culture Clash, this new collection blends diverse colours and textures on a global level, from tribal and folkloric to urban and contemporary. All these seemingly clashing styles come together to form a fresh and feminine line perfect for the new season.   Culture Clash has a distinct boho vibe with a futuristic flair, says Janell Geason (Aveda Global Artistic Director for Makeup, and creator of the new line). For makeup, this means pairing natural, earthy tones like warm coppers and fleshy nudes with a pop of vivid color, for a look that feels fresh and pretty yet sophisticated. Here's a sneak peak at the collection: Lips nourish-mint rehydrating lip glaze in rose copper and berry bud: formulated with plant emollients to moisturize, smooth, and plump. Refreshing organic vanilla and mint flavour. nourish-mint smoothing lip colour in peruvian lily: full coverage lipstick formulated with plant and fruit essences to hydrate and plump, proven to smooth lines by 26%. Refreshing mint flavour. nourish-mint sheer mineral lip colour in sheer muscadine: sheer lipstick formulated with plant and fruit essences to hydrate and plump, proven to smooth lines by 26%. Refreshing mint flavour. nourish-mint lip liner in maple and cactus blossom: formulated with plant and fruit essences, shapes and defines while providing generous coverage. Refreshing mint flavour. Eyes petal essence eye definer in graphite: formulated with jasmine petals and geranium leaves. Blendable, smooth definition on eyes and brows. petal essence single eye colours in peony blush, burnished bronze, olive leaf, aquamarine, new lilac and seafoam: talc- and oil-free eyeshadows formulated with flower essences. Colour true, crease resistant, easily blendable shadows. These new colours can be tweaked and layered to create looks as suitable for casual daytime as they are for a [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:40-07:00April 1st, 2014|Aveda|0 Comments