Here at Sin 7 Salon HQ we've been fielding a lot of questions regarding our original location, new location, and just what the heck is going on?? Well here is the update you've been patiently waiting for.
Our intention is to be re-open at the original Pacific Ave location by the 1st week of February, if not a bit sooner. And here's the scoop on how this whole operation will work: when we hire new stylists right out of cosmetology school, they will be undergoing advanced training at the original Pacific Ave location with Courtney, Katherine, and Grit until they test out of the training program. We anticipate this time frame to be anywhere from 6 - 12 months Then they will be placed full-time in the new Johnston Rd location. The trainers (Courtney, Katherine, and Grit) will be seeing guests at the Pacific Ave shop 1 - 3 days a week while they help with consultations, colour formulation, and checking haircuts for perfection. The rest of the time will be at the new Johnston Rd shop. New Talent/Level 1 stylists will be seeing clients at Pacific Ave, getting case-by-case (or more specifically head-by-head) training there, as well as a formal class 2x per week in customer service, communication, haircutting, styling, and hair colour. On Saturdays everyone will be working at the beautiful new salon whether they are in the training process or not - hooray!
Why all the kerfuffle, you ask? It's very simple. As good as some of the cosmetology/hairdressing programs are these days, there's still a tremendous amount to learn before you have the skills and confidence to measure up to Sin 7 Salon's standards. We have the people with educational background to make a formal training program work, and we feel strongly that advanced education is crucial to the success of a new stylist, as well as to the ongoing success of Sin 7 Salons. In our experience, the best and fastest way to learn is a combination of a class setting (lecture, models, discussion) and hands-on experiential learning. Although there are only so many techniques in cutting and coloring, there are infinite combinations of those techniques as well as countless different hair types, client needs/wants/demands, and situations. We intend to create GREAT stylists in the shortest time possible through our training program. Why? So we can serve YOU better and give you a look that you love as well as a great experience each time you come to Sin 7 Salons. It's all for you!
As you would expect, our New Talent/Level 1 stylists will be working at the lowest end of our price range while they are in training. This is a fantastic opportunity to get semi-supervised hair services done by fresh talent with loads of aptitude (we hire VERY carefully!) at the lowest prices we offer. Will you get as excellent a cut or color as you would with someone with 10+ years of experience? Maybe, maybe not. That's exactly why our experienced hairdressers charge on the high end of our spectrum - they've been there, done that, worked with your type of hair, and have the accumulated knowledge and confidence to deal with anything that comes their way. Will you get a really great service done by someone who is a future rock star in the hairdressing field, and supervised and/or checked for perfection by an experienced stylist? HECK YES!
Who is the ideal client for our Advanced Education program? Anyone at all who wants a great service at a lower price. Students, those on a fixed income, people wanting to get in on the ground floor with a talented new hairdresser while they are on the way to becoming AMAZING - as long as you don't mind your hair service taking a bit longer than it would normally. The vast majority of booked services will be thoroughly checked by senior staff, and the New Talent/Level 1 stylists will take as long as they need to make sure they're doing eveything correctly. Hence, the service will take a little longer. Plan on 1.5 hours for haircuts, and colour services will likely take up to 30+ minutes longer than normal.
**A note to Courtney, Kat, and Grit's clients booking with them at the Pacific Ave location: please be patient with your service, as the trainers will most likely be called away from their chair to check haircuts and colours, help with consultations, and otherwise be available to the trainees.
As soon as possible we will get everyone's schedule published online here at the website and on Facebook so you know who is taking guests where and on what days. We are greatly looking foward to this new chapter for Sin 7 Salons! Stay tuned!
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 Aveda.ca:
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.
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 the link above, or the sage green "Shop Aveda" button on the right sidebar.