A lot of men today are missing out on having a great barber they can visit on the regular. Although the barbershops of yesteryear are making a comeback, they’re not as mainstream as they were before. Luckily for us, though, a lot of stylists possess barber skills that can otherwise be hard to find. Every man needs a reliable and skilled barber in their life. Barber cuts involve a sharp and consistent haircut for whenever you need it. If you’re looking for a trim for an event or a big meeting, or just want to freshen up, look no further than a barber.
A good barber has an amazing memory. From the first time they cut your hair, to the 20th, they know your head and how to style you based on the complexities of your hair.
How do you know when you’ve found the right one, though? We’ve outlined some tips that will help you make an informed decision when you’re choosing who to go to when you’re getting your next cut.
A professional barber should be incredibly knowledgeable about cutting hair and anything related to the profession. They need to make judgement calls when it comes to cutting someone’s hair because no two heads or hair are the same. Like many stylists, when you’re looking for a change and you mention it to a barber, they’ll know whether the cut will actually suit you. They have your best interests at heart and trusting a knowledgeable barber is an important factor when going in for a cut.
They have to love and take pride in what they do for a living. They have to have a set of ethics to abide by and hold themselves to a higher standard. Look for a barber who is passionate about what they do.
Interest in Hair
A professional barber has to be obsessed with hair and has probably been that way since they were children. Perhaps they enjoyed playing with dolls hair, their own hair and their sibling’s hair. Styling friends and family’s hair would have been a passion for them growing up.
A professional barber has chosen a rewarding career that involved them being creative all the time. They’ll always know about the latest hair trends and will always want to try new things. Creating fun and fresh looks are something a barber relishes in.
Anyone who works with hair loves to chat and be around other people. A great barber is a great listener and wants to get to know their customers. When they get to know you, they get to know your style and who you are which can help them pick and recommend looks for you.
designHouse hair salon in Victoria, BC has a great, diverse and creative team that can help you achieve whatever look you’re going for. And we’re growing — we’ve added a barber to our amazing team! As an eco salon, we pride ourselves on using organic hair products and making the environment our priority. Book an appointment online today if you’re looking for a change, or if you just need a trim. One of our members of our exceptional team will be happy to make you look your best!
We’re almost in the middle of 2018 and the best hair trends have just started to surface. We’ve been seeing our colourists focus more on warmer tones and trying out unconventional shades. They’re even making subtle changes that make our clients natural features stand out. As a top hair salon in Victoria BC, we strive to stay on top of every trend while focusing on our eco salon roots. This summer, we challenge you to be bold and beat the heat with some amazing 2018 trendy colour tones. As a salon, we offer natural and organic products that not only get you that summer “lewk” you’ve been dying to try but do it in a way that also helps the environment.
We all know the delicious fruit but have you thought about putting that colour on your head? Blackberry hair is a look people will be loving this year. This kind of colour job involves using purple tones and infusing a little blue to add some dimension. If you have dark hair and want a little jolt of colour, this will add that colour infusion you want while being on trend for the summer.
Pastel colours are all over Instagram and it’s perfect for someone who already has a double process and wants to switch it up. Dusty tones are sexy and sophisticated and when your hair is lifted to that super light blond, everything looks so reflective and opulent.
While 2017 was the year of platinum ash blonde, this year we suggest going darker with your blonde hue and trying a warm golden-honey colour. Don’t let the idea of warm blonde tones scare you. It’s not all brassy. There are several variations to the tone and our stylists can certainly help make sure you choose the right tone that matches your complexion. If this is the look you want this summer, make sure you are diligent about the upkeep. When changing your hair colour, it’s always important to use conditioner meant for colour-treated hair.
As we’ve mentioned in a previous social post, violet and plum colours are so in this year. Purple-like colours are set to pop this summer and make a statement. The colour adds an unexpected flirty and fun tone that is sure to make heads turn.
Ombre is a hair colour tone that goes in and out all the time. This summer, it’s all about rich dark hues that add a touch of lightness. Dark brown and light brown are great when you want to warm your complexion without fully committing to a solid colour.
Whatever you choose to do with your hair, designHouse salon in Victoria BC will be there to help make you look your best. We pride ourselves on being an eco salon that offers organic products that benefit you and the environment. Come in today or book an appointment with one of our amazing stylists and own summer 2018!
Our favourite time of year has come! In fact, after a cold and rainy winter, summer can’t come soon enough. With that taste of summer we got in Victoria last week, we realize summer’s just around the corner, so it’s time to think about super cute summer looks. Summer may be fabulous but the sun and heat have the potential to wreak havoc on your hair. The last thing we want is to have bad hair while you’re out enjoying the sun on the beach or on the many patios Victoria has to offer.
To achieve that gorgeous, summer-ready hair, we’ve put together a list of tips so you can not only enjoy the heat but keep your hair feeling healthy!
Get A Trim
I’m sure a lot of you have been cooped up inside binging your favourite movies and tv shows on Netflix. So while you’ve been lounging in comfy clothes all winter, getting a haircut may have fallen off your radar. Now that summer’s on its way and you know you’ll be soaking outside in that sun, booking an appointment in your nearest eco salon for a trim is imperative. Cleaning up your split ends and taking some of that bulk out of your hair is essential.
Treat Your Hair
Time to bust out those organic hair products. Winter can leave your hair feeling super dull. With summer almost here, you’ll be in the sun, on the beach, out and about and generally outside more often. This can be tough on your hair. Treating yourself to a conditioning treatment like some of these can not only prepare your hair for the heat and sun but also stop the frizz (who doesn’t hate that!?). Hydrating your hair is essential if you want to protect or undo any damage that you may have caused to your hair. Plus, it’ll add that extra bounce we’re sure you’ll love!
We delved deep in a previous blog on what to eat if you want healthy hair, but we think it’s important to mention it again. If you want shiny, strong hair, you must provide your hair with the right nutrients and tons of water. Keep your diet high in protein including lean meats, fish and various dairy products. Don’t forget to eat your greens and delicious fruit too, which will not only help your hair look great but make you feel great.
Stay Away from Heat
We all use hair dryers, curlers and straighteners but in the summer, try your best to stay away from them and enjoy your natural hair. Adding heat to your hair when it’s already hot isn’t the best idea.
Clean Hair, Don’t Care
We know you probably don’t wash your hair every day, and you probably shouldn’t, especially if you have curly hair, but in the summer, heat and humidity can make your hair greasy and you’ll likely crave a clean head of hair. Don’t be afraid to wash your hair more often because having a greased-up head of hair is never a good look!
Now, if you’re wondering why we didn’t mention colouring your hair for summer, that’s because later this month, we’ll have an entire blog devoted to how to get that perfect colour with the hottest 2018 trends.
Book an appointment with designHouse hair salon in Victoria, BC today to get your hair summer-ready. Go online to book the stylist of your choosing or give us a call — your hair will thank you come June.
We want you to get to know the people that do your hair because trust isn’t earned overnight. Our monthly Staff Q&A helps you learn a little bit about who we are outside the salon. This month, we focus on California bombshell, Cory.
Besides earning more money and becoming even more profitable, what do you think the goals of designHouse Salon are?
I think one of our biggest goals has always been to educate our clients on the importance of sustainability in the beauty industry. I want to make sure each person leaves our space looking and feeling like a million bucks!
What do you contribute to the team that makes you stand out? What do/should clients come specifically to you for?
I like to build a strong bond with my clients and co-workers. I feel like being a caring and sensitive friend has always taken me far in life and I feel that it is something that is appreciated by coworkers and clients alike. I also love huge transformations and makeovers!
What does Sustainable Beauty mean to you and why is it an important focus?
To me, sustainable beauty means making people look and feel their best, while also taking care of the environment. This is important because people shouldn’t have to choose between helping the world and helping themselves. They should feel good about looking good.
Why should people come to designHouse Salon over the TONS of other available options?
We care about every person that walks through our door. Our service and attention to detail separate us from the competition. We are also a Green Circle Salon, which means that we strive to contribute very little waste to the environment.
What about the beauty industry excites you and why?
I love that boundaries are being broken down. The term “beauty” can mean so many things now. The classic definition of what is beautiful no longer applies and expressing yourself through your style is incredibly exciting!
Tell us about your background. Where are you from? What have you accomplished?
I am originally from California, but my story really begins after moving here, meeting my boyfriend and having a beautiful daughter. They are by far my biggest accomplishment!
When you aren’t working, what are you doing? Hobbies, interests, etc.
When I’m not working, I love going on adventures with my boyfriend, Drew, and daughter, Chloe. I also love exploring the island, horseback riding, painting, jewellery making and planning my next vacation spot.
Do you prefer Cinnamon or Vanilla?
If you could grant a co-worker a superpower, who and what would it be?
I would grant Matt the power to magically make me food of my choosing mainly because he’s always at work when I am — and I’m usually hungry!
What’s your go-to midnight snack?
Name 2 things you want everyone to know about you.
- I’ll never say no to chocolate;
- The best gift you could give me is to be kind to animals (via a donation to BCSPCA)
And lastly, name 3 things on your bucket list.
- Scuba dive with a whale shark;
- Eat a chocolate croissant in France.
Back in February, our blog talked about the importance of eating the right foods for healthy, glowing skin. This month, we want to discuss a similar topic but this time, for your hair.
Strong, beautiful hair is what we all dream of but is difficult to achieve if you don’t know what to do. Although it may seem like healthy hair is unattainable, it isn’t. Starting off with the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair and scalp is a great place to start. If you want to take it a step further though, start focusing on your diet.
If you battle dry or frizzy hair, that could be a sign of poor health inside your body. Each individual strand of hair is made up of cells that contain a protein called keratin. In order to strengthen your hair, keratin needs to be nurtured with vitamins and minerals and hair growth vitamins only go so far. To ensure healthy hair, you need to start eating the right foods for healthy hair. We’ve outlined a list of foods that can help make your hair look its absolute best!
Almond butter is one of many great foods for healthy hair. Packed with healthy fats, protein and vitamins, keeping your hair thick and shiny will get a lot easier. It’s also full of vitamin E, a key ingredient in hair health.
Hair loss can be caused by many things, but mineral deficiencies can be a huge contributor. Women, in particular, are naturally prone to them but spinach can help curb that. Spinach is super rich in iron and helps the body produce more sebum, an oily secretion that conditions your hair. Spinach also has magnesium, omega-3 acids, calcium, and potassium to help your hair achieve a shiny look.
Greek yoghurt is super high in protein and vitamin B5, which assists with blood flow to your scalp as well as hair growth. Plus, Greek yoghurt is delicious and should be added to your diet anyway.
Oatmeal isn’t just an easy breakfast meal, it’s also rich in nutrients. Loaded with fibre, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and iron, oats help your hair grow and can make it thicker and healthier.
Eggs are a morning staple, so this one shouldn’t be too hard to add to your diet. Loaded with a B vitamin called biotin, eggs are perfect for hair growth and maintaining healthy-looking hair.
Chicken or Fish
Lean meats such as chicken and fish are packed with protein. A lack of protein in your diet can lead to significant hair loss, so make sure you’re getting enough protein. It is incredibly important to your hair health.
The fatty omega-3 acids from nuts help thicken your hair and boost your overall health. Our bodies are unable to produce these types of fats so we need to obtain them from the things we eat. Walnuts and almonds are high in these necessary acids, and also make a delicious snack.
If you need more information on how you can have the best hair possible or want to make an appointment, contact us here or come visit our hair salon in Victoria, BC. We’d be happy to help.
Everyone wants their products to be natural, bio, eco or organic. In fact, we’re more health conscious and care much more about the environment than we did about 20 years ago. Marketers love to claim that their brand’s natural or organic products are better for your face and body. While that’s certainly true if the product comes through on its promise of health-conscious ingredients, it’s more important to do your research and find out what it all means.
While you may think natural and organic mean the same thing, they actually don’t. Marketers have this great ability to confuse us with what this all means. I’m sure anyone who reads this will agree they see natural skin care products as healthy and better than the alternative. Don’t let those labels fool you though. Do your research and find out if their claims are actually true before spending money. Some of the best skin care products in the world use natural ingredients, you just need to know how to find them.
As you can see, this can be confusing, so we wanted to outline the difference between these four labels.
Walk into any beauty product aisle and you’ll find natural skin care and makeup products everywhere, or at least, a product that claims it’s natural. Because the term “natural” is not regulated by the FDA, if a product has even a small amount of natural ingredients, a company can slap a “natural” label on it. If you got your product from a local producer, chances are good you have a real natural product, but make sure to ask about the ingredients. You should always remember to check the label of any product you find. If you read the ingredient list and can pronounce fewer and fewer words, the more likely the product isn’t as ‘natural’ as they’re claiming.
The term “eco” is also not regulated, so while the label may make “green” claims, that eco product may be filled with chemicals. Don’t forget to check the label!
We hear the term “organic” all the time. Regulated by the FDA, organic products like organic makeup are certified and tested. The ingredients in these products are organically farmed and are always guaranteed to be pesticide-free and not genetically modified. If the products want to be deemed as strictly organic, the product has to be made of 95% organic ingredients, otherwise, you’ll see a label that says the product was made with organic ingredients.
If you’re concerned about where the ingredients come from and the environment they were in, bio products are for you. They step it up a notch from organic products and are as green as can be.
designHouse offers a lot of different types of organic, natural, eco and bio cosmetic products so feel free to check out our selection online or in-store. If you’re still confused on what the differences are and which type of products are best for you, come and visit us at one of our locations! Ask any of our stylists, they’ll be happy to help you find the right product.