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Lynn Steven Relaunches in Vancouver

Monday, May 28th, 2018

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The green trend is surely proving not to be such a trend after all and rather a way of living from eating, fueling, wearing and cleaning. An area that is quickly gaining mainstream momentum is the beauty industry with green skincare and cosmetic companies finally getting their time to shine as everyone from beauty gurus to everyday people are turning to natural products as they think about not only what they put into their bodies, but onto as well.

 

One boutique helping Vancouver consumers get their hands on their favourite brands (and discover new ones, too) is Lynn Steven which just re-launched at their newly opened Powell Street address in Gastown. If the name sounds familiar that’s cause it probably is; the boutique originally opened in 2009 on Carrall Street selling womenswear.

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After owner Nicole Dennis Durnin went through an extremely stressful year, she sought out clean living as a way to recover.

 

“After one of the most stressful years of my life I knew I needed to make a change in how I handled my stress. I knew that holding on to it was not doing my body and mind good so I sought out meditation,”  says Nicole.

 

As it proved to noticeably help her, clean living became her passion. “I immediately noticed a difference in myself and so did my family. Everything else sort of spiraled from there. I have always taken care of my body, so I thought, but I had a new respect for it and was very mindful of what I was putting in and on my body and really wanted to pay it the respect it deserves.”

 

She decided it was time to switch gears with her business and move in the same direction as her life was headed, bringing Vancouver it’s first dedicated clean beauty and wellness boutique.

The new location boasts over 700 square feet of boutique delicately merchandised with all things green and natural makeup, skincare, body and wellness. The 51 Powell Street address will not only be the home to the boutique itself, but a space to host workshops, speakers and events dedicated to clean beauty and wellness. The storefront will include coveted green beauty brands like Coola, RMS and Kosås mixed in with carefully curated wellness lifestyle products and edibles (think supplements and teas, not the other kind). All these great products are also available online Canada-wide which makes it easy for those on the east coast to shop their great product range.

For those local to the Gastown boutique, you can expect Lynn Steven speaker series, workshops, and classes for yoga and meditation to start up soon, so stay up to date with their social media for schedules. You can also take advantage of their recycling program, the first in Vancouver, where beauty enthusiasts can bring back any used cosmetics container from lipsticks and palettes to nail polish bottles. Nicole and her team also hold giving back close to their hearts, and they’ll be partnering with nonprofits Baby Go Round and Vancouver Women’s Health Collective to give back in a variety of ways!

 

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Images courtesy of Lynn Steven

 

By M.J. Elle, Toronto, ON (@TheMJElle)

Hair Stylist Jobs – The House of Blond Feature: Q&A with Creative Director Sarah Braim

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

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With summer in the air, there’s no better time than the present to give your hair and beauty look a much needed update. However, landing on the perfect style is often easier said than done. Luckily, I had a chance to chat with Sarah Braim, the creative director of The House of Blond Salon located in the heart of Gastown.

Boasting over 15 years of experience in the beauty industry, Sarah’s here to share her best career advice, the season’s hottest must-haves, and summer styling tricks to pump up the volume for your hair routine.

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Beauty Nine to Five: When did you discover your love for everything beauty, hair, and styling?

Sarah Braim: I met my first mentor for the beauty industry when I was 17. I don’t remember what she said to me exactly, but I do remember going in on my first day (November 9, 1999), working 9.5 hours for her, and completely loving it.

My industry is really amazing as there are so many different chapters you can work in: film, TV, teaching, behind the chair, owning a business, as a platform artist, in fashion editorial, etc. I truly fell in love with my job when I realized that I had worked in just about every branch of my industry, and still wake up being excited about what tomorrow will bring.  I enjoy planning for my client’s needs, and educating them on how to get the best hair for their style and lifestyle. I’m also looking forward to my next trip, where I’ll be able to work with artists from all over the world in creating new spring and fall trends for hair and launches. I’m always anticipating future opportunities to work with the likes of NBC again, on events like the Olympics! It’s amazing to be able to have such a creative job that affects how a person can feel about themselves, and being able to travel so much. Ultimately, the career is what you make it and I truly love what I do!

BNTF: How did you first get started with The House of Blond?

SB: Having a salon was an opportunity that I was ready to take on if it meant being able to house a team of artists and hairstylists that wanted to work congruently with other stylists. I really loved the idea of being able to share a space and support others, as those are the people that I wanted to surround myself with for inspiration and motivation, every day.

BNTF: What’s your number one tip for someone trying to pursue a career in the fashion and beauty industry?

SB: Make sure you do your research of where you want to do your schooling, and find yourself the right mentors. This is not just in the beginning either. It’s important to keep educating yourself and to have mentors throughout your career. This will help you stay in line with your goals and up to date on what’s current and happening in the industry.

BNTF: What are your top five summer hair and beauty must-haves? 

SB: A boar bristle brush, a wide tooth comb, a texture building finishing spray, a smoothing lotion, and a face bronzer with a bit of sparkle in it (which is the little makeup that I like to wear!).

BNTF: What’s your go-to, everyday hair and beauty look?

SB: Well, I’m an outdoor junkie so I’m a towel and top-knot girl, out of the shower (which most of my clients experience at the salon). Afterwards, I’ll do a quick foundation dry with a heat protection spray, and tie my hair up. After a workout, I’ll comb it out with a wide comb and put in a bit of spray to build a wave texture.

Simple, beachy looks suit me best! I think having a style that matches your own personality is so important, so it really depends on your hair and what you do, that would affect what I would recommend!

BNTF: What hair and beauty look would you recommend for a summer night out?

SB: Having your hair up with some loose curls in a pony, with a deep side part and a bit of a wave around the face, is a quick and simple style for a hot night out. If you have fringe, I would recommend having a heavy one cut to give a bit of attention to your face.

I also like variations on the high top-knot, which, depending on your hair type and length, may require a good smoothing serum to achieve a sleek look.  Braids are always good for creating texture too, if the hair is being left down or up. The style of braid can also add a bit of flair, and pulls the hair off the face. Braids are good for a quick wave styling technique too (these are some of the tricks that I love teaching clients)!

By: Anna Zhao

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Hairstylist Jobs – Pony Salon Contest

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Gone are the gloomy, chilly days of winter as we welcome the warmer seasons. With summer just around the corner, what’s a better way to enjoy the season with a fresh new haircut and a perfect blowout? We’ve teamed up with Gastown’s Pony Salon to give one lucky winner a makeover with a haircut and blowout.

Pony Salon opened its doors in late November 2012 in the heart of Vancouver’s Gastown area and is home to a team of hand-selected experienced, engaged and thoughtful stylists. The salon ‘keeps it simple’ by specializing in what they do best; expert haircuts, hair colours and styling serviced by top professionals who are passionate about their craft. Owner Kristy Davies has trained extensively, both locally and internationally, in such fashion-forward hair cities like New York and London.

The winner will get a haircut by Pony Salon stylist Christina Orologio, who has infused passion and enthusiasm into her daily hair appointment routines, which she’s aptly dubbed ‘Hairapy’. Over the course of her 4 years as a stylist, she has become skilled at styling and creating updos for weddings, graduations and just for the fun of it!

To complete the look, the winner will also receive a blowout by Chris Martin, someone who knew he wanted to have a career in hairstyling before he finished high school and has never stopped loving it. Chris has trained in Bumble and bumble in New York City and continues to grow as a stylist.

Get tweeting for a chance to win!

To enter:
1) Follow @BeautyNine2Five and @PonySalon on Twitter and:
2) Retweet: “Win a haircut and blowout from @PonySalon and @BeautyNine2Five! Follow and RT to enter! http://ow.ly/kFpMg”

Contest ends on Friday, May 10th, 2013. Open to BC residents only.

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