You like us! You really like us! We'd like to thank our moms, the Academy... :) But seriously, thank you to all of our amazing guests who voted us Best Hair Salon at the Peace Arch News' "Best of the Peninsula" Readers' Choice Awards. We are absolutely thrilled and humbled that you'd take the time to vote (and vote in 25 different categories so that your vote actually counted as per the contest rules) for our salon. We really can't thank you enough, and WE LOVE DOING YOUR HAIR!
As you may have noticed, we have a MAN IN THE HOUSE! With the devastating fire in our old building across the street, our neighbor and friend Moe lost his barber shop. When he approached us to ask if he could temporarily work out of Sin 7 Salon, we said "Of course you can!". If barbers and hairstylists don't have a place to tend to their guests, we don't have a business. Much as we'd like to save everyone's livelihood who lost their shops in the fire (and we have some very good friends who are really struggling right now with that), we definitely could help save Moe's business by giving him a space to cut hair while he rebuilds. To us it was just a matter of doing the right thing. Apparently in this day and age, basic human kindness is more like a super power, judging by the overwhelmingly positive reaction we've received since we rented a chair to Moe. Also, did you know we're swanky? ;) From CBC: [...]
As you may have heard, there was a recent bunker fuel spill in English Bay. This latest event was considered to be "small". Most of us figure a major oil spill on our beautiful coast is inevitable. What you may not know is that because Sin 7 is a certified Green Circle Salon, we collect your hair clippings which can be used to help clean up oil spills! The hair is collected in a special bin and picked up by Green Circle, and then stuffed into nylon casing and used as sorbent boom. Hair booms standing by to absorb oil spills From a recent article in the Vancouver Courier: Cutting your hair can help with current cleanup efforts in English Bay after this week's oil spill. A Canadian company has an established a program to recycle hair clippings from salons to make "booms" used to soak up heavy oil in water. Jennifer Henry, regional director of Green Circle Salons, said hair is the best material to absorb oil. Participating salons separate [...]
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. [...]
Today's pop quiz: use the term "award-winning" in a sentence, e.g. "I get my hair done at Sin 7, an award-winning hair salon in White Rock." Yes, we've won an award! Salon Today is a trade publication that we subscribe to, along with pretty much every beauty pro in North America. Each year they put on the Salon Today 200 business awards. We entered Sin 7 Salon in 3 categories, announced one at a time over 12 days. We just found out this morning that we've won an award in the "Technology" category! Those iPads, wifi, online booking and email confirmation software are a few of the things that put us on top of the heap. See our name in lights here at their website (well, pixels if you want to split hairs about it, but nonetheless!): Salon Today 200 Technology awards This is a Really Big Deal! Kat (that's me) and Courtney will be heading to New Orleans next month to pick up our award in person. What this means [...]
Um, no thanks! Photo credit:Richard Perry/New York Times At Sin 7 Salon we have been around the block regarding the controversial and toxic Brazilian keratin smoothing treatments that were formerly available in Canada. Although the products in question produced fairly remarkable results for women with frizzy, curly, or unmanageable hair, we did not feel the risk to our stylists' health or that of our guests was worth it. We are all about your vanity and making you feel and look pretty, but not willing to risk cancer and other illness to make your hair temporarily smoother. Well, there is a bit of good news for our fellow stylists in California who have been fighting this uphill battle for the last 2 years - Californa has ordered Brazilian Blowout to remove its toxic crapola from the CA marketplace! From PrettyToxic.org (link no longer available): According to the Attorney General's office, GIB has 30 days to stop all sales of their current product and the California Air Resources Board will be testing [...]
Holy cow, people, check this out! I feel like I just won an Olympic medal! Using her social media outlets and her cunning internet strategy, Kat has managed to start her own salon and watch it blossom in a short span of 2 years! Located in White Rock, BC,this two-year-old salon is not just young and spunky but also on top of their social media growth. I sat down with co-owner,Kat, and was blown away. Her salon is a great example of a salon professional using their knowledge and skills to market their salon without a large investment. Thanks to Kelly Ehlers from Evoke Brand Strategies for the amazing interview opportunity! WOW!