After recently making the move to the Comox Valley from Vancouver I am thrilled to be now working at Hairpins, an adorable boutique salon in downtown Courtenay, BC (yes, my name is Courtenay and I work in Courtenay).
Hairpins is an absolutely adorable vintage inspired salon owned by two awesome girls named Staysea and Meagan who truly care about all of their clients. They also carry Kevin Murphy styling products, which is a personal favourite of mine. If you live in the area or are visiting, call 250-338-7467 for bookings. Or just stop in!
For more info see their Facebook and website.
I’m moving in less than two weeks now, so naturally in between packing and dealing with the tremendous amount of details that buying and selling real estate entails (ugh!) I am touching up my friends’ hair styles. Normally Adrienne has heavily foiled platinum blond hair. This time we decided it was time to try something softer, with an easier grow out. So, in keeping with my latest obsession, I painted on (balayaged) her highlights and then bumped her light blonde ashy base to a more beige tone. I used my iphone to take these photos, and I have to say, it didn’t even come close to capturing how beautiful it turned out.
Sometimes level 10 (lightest blonde) highlights and natural waves aren’t serious enough for certain professionals.To keep a modern look with more depth at the roots, highlights are painted on with a light hand and then everything is toned down to a level 9 beige. A flat ironed finish also lends a polished appearance. Just always be sure to protect the hair with a heat protecting product before doing so to preserve moisture and prevent breakage!
With a lighter base and balayaged highlights to frame her face this beautiful girl brightened up a bit. What I love even more about her is that she’s rather clueless in regards to how stunning she actually is.
This beautiful collection by Angelo Seminara, artistic director for Davines (a luxury line from Italy) is STUNNING! Creative hair stylists often go overboard when showcasing hair colour, styling products and techniques, but with this collection he has produced images that are massively appealing both artistically and commercially. Of course not everyone is going to want shimmering pastels in their hair, but the cool tones of blonde and brown, placement of colour, beautiful hair cuts and styles are to dye for (!) And for those who do want to add fun colours to their hair, this is definitely the most sophisticated way to do so.
For more images see here.
From MY experience, Japanese girls love texture and my mommy friend Yasko is no different. This time I used the undercut technique and razor to get the weightless look and feel she loves so much.
Since “liking” a promotional haircut demonstration for their upcoming educational dvd on Facebook, I’ve been inspired by a barbershop based in the Netherlands called Schorem Haarsnijder En Barbier. [click to continue…]
Amanda had dark roots, too blonde highlights and lots of previous brown hair colour in the ends of her hair. In order to bring more cohesion to her look, I foiled the top, balayaged the mids and ends, bumped her base and toned down her blonde. Then I cut off 4 inches.
Unfortunately I don’t need a new blowdryer at this time (I guess three blow dryers is enough for now), but if I did I would save up for this one. I definitely have a “thing” for good quality hair tools so this is no exception. It’s a little expensive (OK, 300$ is very expensive for a blowdryer) but if it’s as good as it claims to be and as good as the reviews are, it’s probably worth it, especially for a professional who would use it hours each day (I’m on maternity leave and only do hair for my friends and family at this time, so I’m not included right now. Shucks). Or for someone who regularly spends 30 to 60+ minutes blowdrying their hair using lesser quality dryers (it’s shocking how many people are in this category!) Apparently, this dryer is able to cut drying time in half for most users- it reportedly blows air 80 miles per hour using 70% less energy (wow! this sounds so exciting to me!). Drying hair faster and more efficiently means saving money on electricity bills in the long run, which would help offset the cost. And think of all that extra time saved!
This dryer is made by Harry Josh, a New York based celebrity stylist originating from Vancouver BC. Actually, it’s handmade in France, but Harry Josh is written on it. He’s responsible for Giselle Bundchen’s hair, among other famous beautiful people he styles. He actually got his start at Axis, the first salon I worked at when I moved to Vancouver.
Yes, this dryer is definitely on my list of WANTS!
For more info check out his site.
I grew up in a small town in the interior of British Columbia. In 2003 I left this beautiful province to live in Montreal where I studied French at university. I also met my husband and began my career in hair. Actually, I first decided to go to hair school en français and start working in salons only so that I would be forced to speak and live in French outside of class. Eventually I earned my degree (it only took 7 years) but instead of pursuing a teaching degree afterwards as planned, I have remained true to my passion. It’s nice.
6 years later, my husband (reluctantly!) followed me to Vancouver, where we have been for the last 4 years. It’s turned out to have been an amazing place for us – we got to see the Olympics and welcomed two beautiful daughters into our lives. I have also had the opportunity to work and learn from two great educational salon companies, Aveda and before, Axis.
As beautiful as Vancouver is, Matt (my husband) and I are done with the city life. Now that we have two young children we are craving nature and space. My parents moved to Comox on Vancouver Island a few years ago, so we have escaped there to visit them whenever possible. And now, we have the opportunity to move there. So within the month we will be taking the ferry with all of our worldly possessions to start a new adventure. It’s all very exciting darling!