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Hair clippings, oil spills, Sin 7 Salon, and YOU!

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 boom like from Sin 7 Salon in White Rock

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 used tin foils and leftover dye from the hair clippings, and the company collects the leftover hair to be recycled. The hair is then stuffed into nyloncasing, creating the boom.

Henry said when there's an oil spill situation, they reach out to affected communities and donate booms.

"We donate the booms to anyone who wants to put them to use, whether it's a governmental organization or private cleaning company, West Coast Marine Response, the Coast Guard or just your average concerned citizen. Donate them to whomever can get them in the most expedient fashion."

When the Courier contacted Henry she was at Sunset Beach with booms, waiting for the tide to come in and start the cleanup. Currently, Green Circle Salons doesn’t have a deployment system set up with a governmental organization to get the booms in the hands of emergency responders and cleanup crews, which is why they often rely on the media to reach out for volunteers and get the booms into the public's hands.

"With gloves from the safety kits we give them, [cleanup crews] put booms in the water, absorb the oil and put the booms back into the bags we supply. Then we collect the bags."

So you see, the $1.50 eco fee we add to services really does go toward lessening our impact on the earth.  Not only do we send your hair to help clean up these catastrophies, but 100% of the aluminum foil we use for colouring, all of our plastic including lids from colour tubes, the tubes themselves, all paper products, and expired or excess chemicals are collected by Green Circle and either recycled or properly and safely disposed of - instead of ending up in the landfill.  Municipal recycling programs just don't cut it for salon waste so we signed up with Green Circle to make sure we are doing our part to be kind to our environment; we keep about 90% of our waste from the landfill.  Seriously, we now take out just a tiny bag of garbage every week instead of the big bag about every day or so that we did before joining Green Circle.  For a lot less than a cup of coffee you are doing a very wonderful thing for our air, soil, and water!  Thank you Green Circle, and thank YOU for being a guest at Sin 7 Salon and contributing to this awesome recycling program!

3 new additions to the Sin 7 Salon iPads!

If you're one of our regular guests you'll know that we keep several iPads around the salon.  They're great tools for consultations (loads of visuals at our fingertips), and a fun way to kill time while your hair colour is processing.  Next time you're in, check out the 3 new folders that we've created for your viewing pleasure:  Aveda Sourcing Stories, Aveda Makeup How-To's, and Aveda Hair How-To's.  Each of these folders has several videos for you to enjoy in each of those subjects.  

Ever wonder where Aveda gets ingredients like Babassu, Morikue, Argan oil, Tumeric, or Uruku pigment?  Now you can check out these amazing stories about organic and sustainable sourcing, processing, and many partnerships with indiginous people around the world.  Cool, hey?  For instance, did you know that the organic lavender and rose oil in Aveda products comes from Bulgarian family flower farms formerly occupied by the communist government?  Indeed!  Check out those and many other super interesting sourcing stories next time you're in.  You'll learn just how committed Aveda is to protecting the earth as well as its people, and where they get those exotic, high-performance ingredients.  

Curious how to do a smokey eye, or get a semi-matte finish with mineral makeup?  Wonder no more as we've compiled the best of Aveda's makeup how-to's and plunked them onto the iPads.  Also included will be the latest 2 limited-edition palette tutorials so you will always be in-the-know on the latest makeup trends and techniques.  

We've also included Aveda hair tutorials featuring pros like the amazing Antoinette Beenders.  Learn how to create a sculpted short style, get all-day smooth hair, or how to enhance natural curl, among other things.  

If you have any questions just ask one of our Vanity Managers and we'll be more than happy to assist you with the videos or any of the techniques (we do have a bona fide makeup artist on our team too!).  See you soon in White Rock at Sin 7 Salon!  

New No-Show/Cancellation Policies

Sigh.  We really REALLY didn't want to ever have to do this.  Instead of the issue of no-shows and last-minute cancellations getting better, it's gotten exponentially worse, so we've had to implement a new policy.  Please take a minute to read about it here, and if you have any questions or concerns please direct them to Kat or Courtney at info@sin7salon.com.  If there is a true emergency, of course we will deal with that accordingly. 

We hold our guests in the highest regard, and we absolutely respect your time and the fact that "life happens".  We also care deeply for our team of stylists, who work so very hard at Sin 7 Salon making you look and feel wonderful.  As you know, we live in one of the most expensive regions in North America, and our cost of living is going nowhere but UP UP UP.  When you're missing a huge chunk of a paycheque due to no-shows and last-minute cancellations, well, it makes it that much harder just to survive.  Our stylists work on a commission basis, and we need to protect them.  When you make an appointment, that time is held for you.  If you don't show, that stylist doesn't get paid for that time (sometimes up to 3 or more hours, depending).  If you cancel within 24 hours, we have a very slim chance of filling the spot. More than 24 hours, we can usually do it.  We hope you understand.  

5 Spring hair trends for you to try. And one to avoid.

What's up in hair cuts, styles, and colour for spring?  Harpers Bazaar brings us a nifty slide show of trends fresh off the runway.  Frankly, there's nothing too groundbreaking this season, just re-hashing and tweaking of seasons past, but still very pretty, and best of all, mostly wearable for us mortal women!  Here's a look: 

Boho waves

Pretty Boho waves are back again for another spring/summer

 Big buns

 l like big buns and I cannot lie!

Braids and twists

Channel your inner Daenerys Stormborn, First of her Name, Queen of the Andals, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, etc... with some gorgous braids this summer

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