One of the funnest perks about being a blogger is that you get invited to check out cool businesses that you may never otherwise have come across. Case in point: I was invited recently to try out Hype Hair Studio in Kitsilano by getting a complimentary hair and color treatment!
Hype Hair Studio has been voted as one of the best salons in Vancouver. With its large, bright inviting space and friendly, knowledgeable staff, it's easy to see why. Hype isn't your average hair salon. Their stylists keep their skills sharp by competing in hair competitions, participating in fashion editorials and styling the who's who of Vancouver. They're also a partner with Green Circle Salons, an organization that recycles salon materials, chemicals, and even hair! Yes, even your discarded strands are valuable items that can be re-purposed to create mats that are used to soak up oil spills.
It was a sunny Saturday afternoon when I made the trek out to Hype. I was immediately greeted by the friendly receptionist and then taken to meet Nichola, who was to be my stylist for the day. After a quick discussion around hair colors and cut, away we went.
Since I'm getting married this year, I knew I didn't want to go with anything too crazy, but I also wanted to try something different. After all, how can I turn down the opportunity to get free color? So I decided to opt for a medium brown color a couple shades lighter than my natural black-brown locks. Nichola reassured me by answering all my questions and we chatted away during the entire process. I found Nichola super easy to talk to and while normally my shyness makes me just want to bury my face in my phone to avoid small talk, I found myself chatting away with Nichola just fine. Her lovely Irish accent doesn't hurt either!
After two hours of color and cutting, the big reveal was finally ready. Here is my before:
And now, here is the after!
So dramatic right! My hair felt thicker, bouncier and so much more alive without the excess length. The lighter color doesn't look too different in this photo, but out in the sunlight, it's not even recognizable! I loved the change and am definitely planning a touch-up before Hawaii. A huge thanks to Nichola and the entire team at Hype for making me look so good!
On top of being so generous to me, Hype is also extending that same generosity to one lucky reader for their own chance to try a cut and color service worth $200. This giveaway is for Vancouver residents only (or someone willing to come to Vancouver) of course, and will run until March 6. Good luck!
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