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 [...]

Your Holiday Season Style Buzz

Let’s talk hair people; with Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner some of you may be looking for a change or just some tips on how to get the right look for your Christmas/ New Year’s parties! I am here to offer you some insider information on this year’s hair trends for fall/winter. One word…BLONDE.  We are seeing lots of Blonde going into winter.  From bleached out to soft and subdued, rose golds and strawberry blondes.  OR alternatively, very cool blonde with a dropped root to soften a bold look.  Also, making the grow out less painful! So, if you were thinking of seeing if Blondes really do have more fun now is the time to do it! ;)           Don’t worry my darker haired gals…..don’t feel left out! We are still seeing lots of soft ombres, balayage, baby lights (whichever term you like to use), we get the best of both worlds!  Again, caramels, chocolates, coppers, ruby and jewel tones; more of the soft and subtle tones.  Texture; EMBRACE IT!  We are seeing lots of different texture.  It’s all about embracing what your mother gave you!  Bringing back the style from the 20’s, 30’s, & 40’s.  Big, bold, voluminous curls, tousled waves, and finger waves.  If you have straight hair it’s about embracing your more sleek look as well!     With the whole idea of embracing your own texture, let’s talk about your haircut!  Everyone needs the right haircut for their texture, thickness, and density, and let’s be honest not all trendy haircuts are for everyone!  But, this being about trends, we are seeing bobs, lobs, soft bangs, and strong parts, be it a deep side part or a strong middle.  When doing a little research into the haircut trends for this season it reminded me a [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00December 5th, 2016|Creative, Hair Colour, Hairstyles, Trends, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Let’s have a serious talk about bleaching your hair

Wow, Kim Kardashian has gone platinum!  Admittedly not our favourite look for her, but it's definitely a gutsy move.  You might be inspired to do the same, and that's great!  Snarky picture aside, change is good and as hairdressers we totally encourage experimentation with your look.  In the interest of full disclosure and giving you the information you need to make a wise decision, here are some facts about going from very dark to very light. It very well might take 2 - 3 appointments, at about 3 hours each.  And you will be charged for each of them.  Pricing depends on the stylist and their experience.  Being a platinum blonde is perhaps not for the budget conscious. Why might it take that amount of time and work?  Well, we will be removing almost all of the pigment from your natural hair, and if you've colored your hair already, we need to remove all of that artificial pigment as well.  This can be a wild card (aka "unpredictable result), depending on what you've used.  Been doing years of dark color?  There's a slight chance it will be impossible to remove it all.  We might get you to a light brown in one appointment, then have you come back in a few weeks (after lots of deep conditioning treatments at home) and have another go at it.  While we are highly educated and skilled, we sometimes can't control the chemistry and physics of what is happening in your hair shaft.  It's also SUPER IMPORTANT that you are truthful with us and tell us exactly how many times/how long ago you've coloured your hair so we can deal with it accordingly. This process is damaging.  No matter what kind of gentle lightener we use, removing that much pigment is going to beat [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:39-07:00March 6th, 2015|Hair Colour|0 Comments

How I got my natural hair colour back

Post by Kenzi When I was growing up, hair colour was no stranger in my house. I have vivid memories of my mom, clad in her signature root touchup uniform of a men's chambray shirt, leaning awkwardly over the bathroom sink squeezing thick goo from a little bottle onto her grey roots. I'd sit cross-legged on the floor, the smell of bleach permeating the room, and she'd tell me, "Kenz, don't ever colour your hair or you'll be stuck doing this for the rest of your life!" She swore she'd never allow me to alter my colour, praising my natural highlights and unique never-get-from-a-box tone. But of course, as a teenage girl I hated my mousy brown/dirty blonde locks and after begging for months to dye my hair, she reluctantly agreed. At age 14, I donned her chambray and mom turned the colour tube to my own head for the very first time. The plan was to go a medium, all over brown. So, naturally, we'd picked out a store-bought box of a "medium brown." As my mom applied the colour, I started panicking as the goop on my head darkened to black. "Don't worry, she assured me. "It always looks darker at first but when you wash it out it will be fine." She was wrong. After washing and blowdrying my hair, we stared blankly in the mirror. My hair was black. Eventually the colour faded and I've dyed my hair a million different colours since then, from bleach blonde to red to almost black and back to blonde all over again. But my mother's words still rung in my ears: "You'll be stuck doing this for the rest of your life" and "You'll never get your natural colour back."  I didn't want that to be true so ten [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:40-07:00September 4th, 2014|Hair Colour|0 Comments

Spruce up your hair colour with 2014 Spring Trends!

Post by Kenzi You see that blue sky up there? The buds poking up through the soil? The sun that doesn't set til 8:00pm? These encouraging little signs mean one thing: it's officially spring! So how can you freshen up your hair as we step closer and closer to summer? Here are the four hottest hair colour trends for 2014. 1. Platinum If you've got the guts to do it, what better way to get set for the sunny seasons than brighter-than-the-sun locks? There are a few ways to go. First, there's purely bleached out, like Anne Hathaway's pixie. Or you can tame it down with darker roots and cooler tones, like Michelle Williams. You can also go for an all-over blonde, like Margot Robbie (pre-Oscars! She's a brunette now!), with hints of honey blended throughout. Whichever look you choose, bright blonde is one of the must-haves for spring and summer. (Photos: BroadImages/Louis Vuitton) Also, which colour do you prefer on Robbie? I'm torn. (Photos: Getty Images) 2. Rose Gold No, I'm not talking about your jewelry. Rose gold hair! Like Jessica Chastain's auburn mane, or Amy Adams and Rachel McAdams. These coppery, pinky, summery shades are luxurious and sophisticated -the perfect way to transition into the new season. (Photos: Getty Images) 3. Monochromatic Browns If you're not one for highlights or lightened-up locks, there's still a trend this year for you. Solid, monochromatic brunette can still be sleek, shiny and multidimensional, without the need for foils. Zoe Saldana and Katy Perry know how to pull this off. (Photos: Getty Images) 4. Gradual Ombre Ombre has been one of the hottest trends over the past couple of years and it appears as though it's holding strong, albeit with minor variations. Instead of the lighter tones starting in the mids through [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:40-07:00March 21st, 2014|Hair Colour, Trends|0 Comments

Fall Hair Colours

Post by Kenzi Clouds have begun to dominate our blue summer skies and the rain has already started rolling in. The days of lounging on the beach and picnicking in the park are, I'm sorry to say, nearly behind us. Autumn is fast approaching, but just because the leaves are set to fall doesn't mean that our spirits have to. It's an opportunity for change! As the leaves rust into their cool autumn hues, it's time for our hair to do the same. Richer chocolate in your browns, deeper violet in your reds, buttery gold in your blondes. Fall means cooled-down hair colour, and here's how to get it! People generally tend to darken their hair in the fall and winter months, but there are a few tips to keep in mind when you head to the salon. According to celeb colourists, blondes should note keywords like honey, buttery and golden. These hues will enrich your already-blonde locks, toning down the yellowy, sunkissed look you sported for summer. Photo: Getty Images Redheads, you have a few options: copper reds can transition into cinnamon tones or burnt oranges, and if your hair is more of a pure red, cool it down with a hint of violet. Photo: Getty Images Photo: Matrix Images Brunettes, lose the warm hues and go for rich chestnut and chocolate colours. A touch of blue or violet can enhance the autumnal feel here too. Photo: Getty Images With every new season comes an atmosphere of change and new beginnings, and that's never truer than in the fall. So bundle up. Embrace the colder weather and transform your hair with a cooler colour as we say goodbye to long days and warm nights. After all, it's the chilly winter months that make us appreciate summer all the more. [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:41-07:00September 8th, 2013|Hair Colour|0 Comments

How to get the hair you want

Post by Chantelle How to get what you want Lately at Sin 7 Salon, I've been witnessing a few too many misbookings, and I think it stems from a general confusion about what exactly it is a client may want. Completely understandable! Before I became a hairstylist, I had absolutely no idea what the difference between a retouch and a foil was, and wasn't even sure if a haircut included a style and wash. I'm here to help you understand the differences, and in the process, get you to know how to say EXACTLY what you want when it comes to your hair. So you have grey hair. More than a little grey hair too. And you don't want to see it anymore, not even a little. There are a few things you can book yourself in for. If you want to change your color completely, or freshen it up, an ALL OVER COLOR will cover your hair from roots to ends. If your hair is currently colored darker than the shade you desire, tell the receptionist when booking! It takes much longer to go from previously colored darker hair to a lighter color, then it does to go from a lighter color, or the same color, to a deeper, richer, or freshened up color. How about if it's just your roots you want colored? If it's for grey coverage, the average RETOUCH books every 4-6 weeks. There are some who book sooner, and some who wait longer, but I'm just giving out averages here. This is not to say ALL OVER COLORS and RETOUCH'S are for grey haired people only, anyone who desires a change can book these types of colorings. What about those who want more than one color? If you have a base color (the color of [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:41-07:00April 22nd, 2013|Hair Colour|0 Comments

Dramatic hair colour change – Rose McGowan

Admittedly, this is not my all-time favourite hair color change in Hollywood history, but Rose McGowan has gone from brunette to a buttery blonde.  She looks lovely in this picture, but will need plenty of makeup to make sure her skin doesn't look washed out. AKM-GSI; Inset: Getty That being said, McGowan has never shied away from trying major colour changes, and as stylists we say "That's awesome!"  Here she is in 2007 with a light copper, which is really flattering and warming to her skin tone and eye colour. Ryan Miller/Getty;Neill J. Schutzer/Ramey Sometimes we end up loving a new hue, sometimes not, but it's almost always fun to try.  The nice thing about colour is, it can always be changed. Not always easily, and not always inexpensively, but it can be done!  If you have questions about a major (or minor) colour change, have a consultation with a colour pro to see if what you're thinking about is attainable and/or advisable - and affordable (Rose's new solid blonde is super high-maintenance with touch-ups every 4 weeks on the nose).

By |2016-09-06T20:06:19-07:00December 4th, 2012|Hair Colour|0 Comments

Lighten up your hair color for Spring!

Photos: Michael Tran/FilmMagic; Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images The lovely Emma Stone shows how you can make huge impact by just altering your hair color by one or two shades.  She keeps the warm tone that suits her so well but pumps up the brightness.  Notice how she looks fantastic with both?  You can do this too!  Talk to a stylist at Sin 7 Salon and we'll create something fresh and wonderful for you this spring. 604-560-5360

By |2016-09-07T10:09:21-07:00March 20th, 2012|Hair Colour|0 Comments

Ombre on shorter hair? SURE!

  Photo: Film Magic Just in case you thought you needed hair down-to-there to take advantage of the very pretty and maintenance-friendly ombre haircolor trend, I'm here to tell you it's just not so!  Miley Cyrus' barely shoulder grazing bob looks fantastic with this technique, and almost any length can benefit from some baliyage highlighting or color melting.  Let us create something special for you this spring! P.S. Don't forget to book a trim and a deep conditioning treatment to keep your locks shiny and healthy. 604-560-5360

By |2019-03-08T12:59:42-07:00March 13th, 2012|Hair Colour|0 Comments

Fall hair color, yay! or nay?

As usual, I've been combing the internet and industry magazines to bring you the very latest in hair, makeup, and other vainglorious-ness.  Since it's now autumn, what I keep reading ad nauseam is "red, gold, deeper, richer" for hair color.  The leaves are changing, days are shorter, furnaces across the land are kicking on, and bundling up in a sweater sounds like the nicest, coziest thing in the world.  Warmer, darker hair color seems logical, and it is. That being said, there are a few very important things to keep in mind when considering a change to warmer and/or darker. First off, ask yourself (and your stylist) this: do I look good in warm colors?  If you're not sure, take a look at your wardrobe.  Can you pull off gold, yellow, or orange in a shirt or accessories?  Do you look better in creme, or white?  Is the vast majority of your jewelry yellow gold, or sterling silver/white gold/platinum?  These are key indicators not only whether or not you look good with warm tones, but what you feel most comfortable with (and believe me, if you feel GREAT about something, you will rock it almost no matter how much it clashes with your skin tone).  If you are wearing nothing but cool tones (white, gray, silver, purple, blue), you might want to rethink that copper base color with honey highlights.  Likewise, if you are best in warm tones, you may want to skip ashy colors, anything that looks like eggplant aka purple or red-violet, and bright, cool platinum blondes. Secondly, are you thinking about going dark or red for the fall and winter, but returning to blonde in the summer?  Please, PLEASE take a deep breath and consider less drastic options.  Returning to your prior lighter color once you've tinted [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:43-07:00October 7th, 2011|Hair Colour|0 Comments

Fall hair inspiration

Via becomegorgeous.com The weather has turned and Fall is officially here.  Time for sweaters, boots, and a change of hair cut and/or color.  General trends for the colder months are to go deeper, richer, and warmer - think reds, plums, and more golden blondes.   I am totally loving the purple pieces in this long-ish pixie.  Here's the thing, you do not need to commit to purple hair!  We can add temporary extensions in myriad colors, giving you a burst of jewel toned goodness, lasting for several weeks, or just a weekend if that's what you want...think holiday parties! For those who do want to take things to the next level and actually color your hair purple, I have exciting news: Aveda is coming out with fashion colors for hair this winter - think bright jewel tones - hooray!!  I will be shouting that news from the rooftops, or at least the rooftop of this little blog and our Facebook page, so check back often. Call us @ 604-560-5360 to see what extension colors we currently have in and to book your application.  We also have ultra-trendy feathers (cruelty-free, naturally molted in pastel colors and natural) as well as feather alternatives (cruelty-free, of course) in many amazing colors.  P.S. If we don't have what your heart desires, make a request and we'll see if we can get it on our next order. Stay warm out there, and come to see us to warm up your hair color! Happy Autumn!

By |2019-03-08T12:59:43-07:00September 27th, 2011|Hair Colour|0 Comments

Drew Barrymore goes extreme with ombre

Drew Barrymore was recently photographed with a rather extreme version of ombre coloring (highlights toward the ends, not at the roots).  We absolutely adore this look!  It's fresh, pretty, soft, modern, and yes, low maintenance.  In this economy who could argue about lower maintenance?!   Photo by Keystone Press This look has some rather passionate detractors.  Yeesh people, why get so worked up over someone else's hairdo?  Go do some yoga and chill out.  *Note to the haters: ROOTS have a line of demarcation.  The colours in this look is beautifully, softly, purposefully, and very skillfully melted together.  Kudos to Drew's stylist for creating this dramatic take on the ombre technique.  

By |2019-03-08T12:59:44-07:00March 3rd, 2011|Hair Colour|0 Comments