Pinup Salon is an intimate seattle hair salon experience for people who like a little quality, one-on-one time with their stylist, minus the hubbub of a high-traffic salon. If you like the idea of having your own personal stylist all to yourself, come on by, put your feet up and let us pamper you. At Pinup we’re all about making you the star of the show – you too, fellas. Have a vision for your hair? Whether you’re looking for a classic cut & color or a modern take on a vintage classic, we’ll bring it to life for you… with just a little added swagger! We offer the added convenience of two locations with one salon located in West Seattle near Alki and another salon just north of University Village on Ravenna Ave.
Us? We’re open books. Anything you want to know, all you have to do is ask. All we really wanted to do was create a salon experience that would put you, the client, at the center of it all.
The most important lesson we’ve learned in this business – and believe us when we tell you that they don’t teach this in beauty school – is that we have to listen. Before we cut, before we color, before your blowout, gossip or wine, we listen.
We want to understand not only what you want done to your hair, but also how you want to feel when we’re finished. We’ll ask questions, weigh in with some ideas of our own – you are paying us for our expertise after all – and we guarantee you that there will be no unpleasant surprises.
Feel free to drop us a email or call so we schedule a appointment
Ravenna Phone: (206) 525-5705
West Seattle Phone: (206) 932-5077
Want to know more about our stylists and their specialties? We think it’s best to visit us in person, but here are a few morsels to whet your appetite…
In 2007, Jen came across a tiny little space in West Seattle that she felt would be a perfect corner of the universe to call home for her and her clients. Thus was born the first Pinup Salon, and what has been growing out of that has been a spectacular journey every since.
Jane’s passion in the industry began with her 3 year apprenticeship at Vain in downtown Seattle. She discovered early that hair, makeup and fashion were definitely going to be part of her career path. She first met Jen at Seattle Vocational Institute School of Cosmetology, where Jen was one of her instructors.
Mollie grew up in Vancouver WA where she attended a 7 year arts based school with her focus in the visual arts. With a passion for illustration and all things crafty she knew that sitting behind a desk wasn’t going to be the job for her.
Born and raised in Kenmore, Washington, Shayla always had a passion for hair and beautylishesness. As a teen, she self composed vocal arrangements and old fashion beauty pageant attire, but alas, her love for hair was placed on the back burner when Microsoft offered her a promising future with the company.
Lindsey’s and Jen’s history goes way back to the days of beauty school. They’ve stayed in touch and enjoyed a fair amount of late night karaoke over the years, observing each other’s careers flourish until one day Lindsey reached out to Jen about teaming up.
Meredith-Gray (Yup. That’s two first names) was raised outside the mountains of Virginia, getting dirty on farmland and in lakes during the day and drawing and obsessing over the stars of Golden Hollywood at night. Her humble beginnings in the hair industry began in her early twenties.
Jamie’s passion for hair started early. With a mom that started beauty school in the mid 80′s, she fast learned how to use Aquanet to get her bangs as big and invincible as possible! She knew at a young age she wanted to recreate those big bang master pieces on others, and when people asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up she always said she wanted to do hair for the stars!
Waxing & Makeup
Color & Treatments
Keratin Fusion by Pravana – Texture Control Treatment: $250
(Gentle and formaldehyde free, ideal for taming moderately curly to unruly hair. Not suggested for clients with over processed bleach or previous sodium hydroxide relaxer. Suggested maintenance every 4-5 months.)
Keratin Complex by Coppola – Anti-Frizz Treatment: $300
(Gentle, adds luster and shine, reduces frizz and some curl. Ideal for wavy to moderately curly hair. Not suggested for clients who are pregnant, who have asthma or other respiratory conditions. Safe to use over most chemically treated hair. Suggested maintenance every 3-4 months.)
Perfection SmoothOut by Pravana- Anti-Frizz/Curl Reduction Treatment: $250
(Gentle and formaldehyde free, ideal for taming frizz and smoothing out moderately curly hair. Treatment can be done more than once to achieve greater curl relaxation. Safe on bleached or over-processed, damaged or dry hair. Suggested maintenance every 2-3 months.)
DevaCurl Certified Hair Treatments
A Little Something Special
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So you keep noticing Hollywood glam queens like Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Georgia May Jagger, and Taylor Swift with their show stopping, high volume, classic Hollywood icon do’s? If you want to achieve that ultra-glam look for yourself, remember, these new Hollywood glam queens are only re-inventing the classic glam styles inspired by the originals such as Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Wyman, Dorothy Hart from the 1930’s to the 1950’s.
So what exactly qualifies as a “Pinup Do”? Think flapper-inspired, vibrant tints and dramatic curls for an authentic pinup hairstyle. A Veronica Lake inspired mane with pin curl bangs. High-rise up dos with headbands, big volume retro bee hives, glossy side swept manes. Pinups do’s look neat and sleek with fly aways controlled. You will see retro finger waves, and a feathered head piece to set it off. Voluminous up-dos with sequined, silver or gold splashes of hair accessories and side swept retro waves set off with glam clips.
These looks actually are a trick to do on your own and take some effort to achieve that effortless glam look. The main ingredient that pinup styles have in common is V for volume! This means just the right use of mousse, hair spray, and a girl’s best friend…bobby pins! Your glam team at Pinup Salon knows just how to accomplish that luscious hair look even if your hair is fine.
An easy way to get started is with a Rosie the Riveter pinup bandana look. This has a front wave bump or pin curls in your bangs to create volume in front with it all held in place with a bandana or scarf.
A popular retro look from the 40’s features victory rolls in a beautiful up do.
Pin curls can create an instant special vintage style. It takes your stylist working your hair in many small sections and controlling where those curls are destined to be! Pin curls have lots of variation and options for both long and short hair. Rita Hayworth exemplifies the look.
One of the most dramatic Pinup styles is the perfect style to slim your face and give you instant height. Very few actresses can rival Audrey Hepburn’s most elegant beehive made famous in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
Blake Lively was stunning with her rendition of Hollywood glam and just may be inducted into the Hollywood “Hall of Glam” with this one.
Regardless of which Pinup style you choose, know that your style mavens at Pinup know just how to achieve that endless, classic look that is sure to turn heads.
So, you have just walked out of Pinup with a daring new style and you sprung for the best of the best and have achieved that to-die-for-color. You think you now get to sit back and look ravishing for the next 6 weeks until you need a root touch up? Think again, babe!
Your job has just begun. You have 6 weeks of homework to keep your color fresh and your tresses healthy. Here is your list to help in your hair color protectant studies:
Before you head in for that touch up, make sure you arrive with your hair as healthy as possible. Deep condition your hair at least 2-3 days before your appointment. Wait a couple of days and allow the natural oils in your scalp to rise up and help protect your scalp from the color processing chemicals. This will also help your hair color to set better.
Practice these good study habits and your hair will be ready for that next exam…and come out with flying colors!
Featured photo from DeviantArt.com, labeled for reuse.
Break out of your boring winter rut this spring and summer with some fresh, new highlights to add spring to your step and hotness to your look. There is plenty of information online about adding highlights yourself, along with the sad, scary-looking heads of hair walking around out there who have “attempted this at home”! Word to the wise, don’t attempt highlighting your own hair. Not even WE do that ourselves, and we’re professionals!
Your personal stylist at Pinup not only knows you and your hair’s specific nuances and needs, but she is expertly trained in the appropriate products to use or avoid your highlights coming out too dark, too brassy or too flat.
Choosing the right tone of highlights and lowlights for your skin tone is no small trick, and hitting the mark the first time can save you hundreds of dollars avoiding color corrections when it’s done wrong at home, or by a less experienced stylist.
Your Pinup pros have some nifty tricks up their sleeves for extending your color to benefit your budget as well as the health of your hair. After all, part of looking stunning is not just the amazing color, but lovely, healthy hair underneath it all.
Adjusting your highlights to the season also keeps them natural and lasting longer. Keep highlights lighter in the summer and deeper, more golden in the winter months. You can lengthen the time in between salon visits by starting only a shade or two lighter than your natural hair color and fade into an even lighter blonde toward the tips of your mane.
Ask your colorista about the use of products such as a toning gloss to seal in the color and make it last longer. It is important to use shampoo and conditioning products at home that are formulated to preserve your color longer and prevent it from going dull in between visits.
For vivid looks, brunettes can go for golden blonde and honey blonde highlights. You blondies out there can add light brown lowlights for a dramatic effect. Really take a trip over the rainbow with vibrant hues like fiery red, pink, purple, orange and blue! See our post here for more on that! However…careful not to over-highlight since not only is it damaging, but it leaves your hair too monochrome and flat looking.
Another trick to keeping highlighted hair healthy is treating yourself to a deep conditioning treatment at the salon at the time of your color.
We will make sure your highlights accent your skin and eye color as well as your base color; not over-powering it and adding dimension with varying shades and size. An effective technique is to frame your face with the lighter tones and keep the darker tones at the roots. This creates a natural, sun-kissed effect…and may just result in some real lip canoodling!
Regardless if you go subtle, skin-kissed highlights or dramatic dimension creation effects, or somewhere in between, you can trust your gals at Pinup to take you into the summer months with your hair looking it’s finest.
Today we are going to highlight (pun completely intended) for you the currently trending hair coloring technique called Balayage. Many hot celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Mila Kunis, Jessica Biel, and Drew Barrymore are seen out and about with this great look that creates the impression of natural sun-kissed highlights.
Balayage means “to sweep” in French and was originally developed in Paris in the ‘70s known as “Balayage a Coton” due to the strips of cotton used to separate the colored hair apart from the untouched strands. It was considered a very innovative technique when at that time the industry standard for highlighting was using a frosting cap. (Nooooo, not the cap again!). However, the 80’s saw foiling as the new highlighting practice, so Balayage didn’t really take off until the 90’s in the U.S. when made popular by early trend setting celebrities.
Many salons today offer Balayage, but be forewarned, your colorist must be well trained and really understand the movement and texture to your hair so as to make strategic placement to attain natural looking results. And we all know your gals at Pinup with their magic color wands are just the well trained professionals that you are looking for.
The Balayage process is when color is hand swept onto the hair using a paddle or brush. The sweeping motion applies the lightener going from thinner sections at the root to thicker sections as your colorist proceeds towards the ends. This technique results in a unique look and can be either very subtle or very dramatic and anything in between. Your colorist has more freedom to place the color as she pleases, rather than the standard, more precise results from using foils.
Because the color is more easily and precisely applied, this makes the grow out process more blended and natural than with foiling or other highlight methods. For the same reason, root touch ups are more effective.
Balayage is not just for blondes and looks stunning for all hair colors, including dark browns as seen on Jennifer Garner’s recent new look. It also works wonders on coloring grays due to the ability to apply to select specific gray hairs rather than coloring all hairs as with all over color with one shade.
Brunettes, redheads, even those with black hair can all take advantage of adding dimension with Balayage hair painting. The results will be subtle, yet can create lovely swirls of deep cinnamon, warm chocolate, or lighter chestnut.
What type of a client could be a good candidate for Balayage instead of traditional foiling you ask?
There are those of you who have played it safe and have always done all over color and are ready for a change, Balayage is a great option for you to punch the edges of your personal beauty envelope!
We’ve said it before and we will say it again… there are some things you just should not try at home (such as death-defying stunts and coloring your hair). One will cost you a long hospital stay and the other will involve major $$$’s for us to fix. So, start off right and leave your hair color techniques to your professionals at Pinup. We have three fun techniques have perfected just for you…and you won’t have to visit the hospital or spend a ton of cash.
Whether you go over the rainbow, vivid hair glam, or to the Eiffel Tower, make sure your color magicians at Pinup work their wonders on you. While your average salon sticks to boring blonde highlights and gray-concealing hues, we make color – bright, vivacious color – our unique specialty. We’ve spent lots of time perfecting our vivid color application techniques, and we think we’ve quite mastered it!
Featured photo from Flickr user jessleecuizon, labeled for reuse under Creative Commons.
It seems everywhere we look, labels carry the phrase “Paraben Free”. So the opposite (and likely not so good for ya) would be Paraben Full”? Paraben schmaraben, what is a girl to do? There are so many warnings and things to be concerned with in regards to our health and exposure to various chemicals and substances. Sometimes it seems less exhausting to plead ignorance and keep our pretty little heads blissfully in the sand.
However, with just enough exposure to that sand and parabens our pretty little heads will no longer look so good when potentially the rest our body is fighting cancer or ill effects due to exposure to toxic ingredients.
Knowing that your girls at Pinup have your hair health at heart, you can trust that we have gotten the skinny on those details surrounding parabens that are of concern to you. Here are the basics that you should learn about parabens:
Parabens are preservatives which are inexpensively and easy to produce to lengthen the shelf life of beauty products, helping prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. You can recognize them on labels by the following names: Methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben and butyl paraben are the most commonly used parabens. Less common parabens include isobutyl paraben, isopropyl paraben and benzyl paraben. Forget about Ethyl, Butyl, and Propyl, all you need to remember is the last 2 syllables: para-benz.
Exposure to parabens has linked them to several forms of breast cancer, by mimicking the hormone estrogen. Parabens are also shown to diminish muscle mass, cause extra fat storage, and male gynecomastia (breast growth) (man-boobs, aaaagh!). Parabens also affect the bodies’ testosterone secretion and the male reproductive system functioning.
What on earth does this have to do with parabens on my hair, you ask? Parabens can be absorbed into the body through the skin on your scalp and bind to your body’s estrogen-receptors. This is where cancer cell growth can begin.
Avoiding parabens starts with reading labels. Specifically look for the most common names of parabens mentioned here since those are the most common ones in beauty products.
Look for ingredients that are safe and non-toxic preservatives such as Vitamin E, citric acid, grapefruit seed extract, rosemary oleoresin and Neem oil. And it goes without saying (except we’re gonna say it anyway) that we got your back at Pinup and offer paraben free hair products so that you can wash, style and condition stress and paraben free.
You know that your trusted Pinup professionals care deeply about you and the products you use to keep your hair radiant and healthy. Read on for a closer peek at the fabulous products we carry and learn why we feel as passionately about them as we do.
If Marissa Marino and Riawna Capri (stylists to the stars) use Unite products on their A-list clients, why should your famous tresses be treated to anything less? What makes Unite products pass Pinup’s strict quality test of superiority? The products are free of sulfates, paraben, gluten, sodium chloride, DEA, MEA, and are safe for colored hair. What that means is that only high quality, natural products are applied to your marvelous mane and those harsh additives found in many hair product lines are avoided. Oh, on top of that? The products simply work! At Pinup, we’re more concerned with products that get the job done than we are with brand names, price point or who is styling who. We just want products that do what they say they will do, and Unite’s great at delivering on their promises!
Address //West Seattle 2255 Harbor Ave SW, Suite 102 Seattle, WA 98126
Address //Ravenna 6327 Ravenna Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
West Seattle Hair Salon //(206) 932-5077
Ravenna Salon //(206) 525-5705
E-Mail // Bookme@pinupsalon.biz