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
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As much as we all would like to believe that we don’t judge a book by its cover, the reality is that to a certain extent, all of us do. And that includes our own self-image. How you perceive yourself is a part of your own personal confidence and it affects how you project yourself, which in turn has a direct effect on how others perceive you.
Think about it, when we are not feeing very sexy, beautiful, or plain old happy, we have a hard time convincing others that we are any of those things. Many times, a new hairstyle, make over or new outfit can be the ticket to your show of “I am Wonderful”, where you are the star.
Know your personal style before making any hairstyle changes. Your hair your most prominent feminine feature and sends a strong message of who you are as well as match well with your overall personal style. If you are not sure of your personal style, talk with friends, your hair stylist, and others in your life who can give you a more objective insight.
Consider the current season when contemplating a different hair color. The seasons and color choices really have direct bearing on our moods. If you need some pick me up in the winter months, consider going a bit lighter than your normal color to help that along. “We have a deep-rooted emotional connection with the shade we choose, which can reveal our mood, mindset and ultimately who we are,” shares Caroline Brien, author of “Shades of You”.
Women going through a divorce report that going with a color change to “wash that man right outta my hair” actually helps! Changing your hair style and color can be a part of lightening the load that comes with the emotional roller coaster of a lost relationship.
Do you feel the need for more personal adventure and spice in your life? If so, going into the red tones or getting more of an edgy cut can compliment that. Letting your curls go natural and fee can re-enforce new freedoms and more relaxed life if that is what is happening for you. Conversely, a straighter, sleeker look can send a more refined, professional image if you are interviewing for a career change. Long. Soft, sexy curls are…sexy!
Regardless of the fresh, new changes you and your stylist decide on, remember that your outward expression of confidence starts inwardly. Love and take care of the inner you as you make the fun changes on the outside. Have fun as you boost your mood with the new you.
You are putting a lot of thought and action into creating your own personal style. You shop with a certain look in mind for your clothes, jewelry, and shoes. You know that when you see those oh-so-perfect-boots that not even your limited paycheck will stand in the way of owning that coupe du resistance pair to finish off your look for fall.
So GIRL, why do you leave your hair to last minute and trim your salon budget long before your bangs? Your hair style and color are a part of the stage that helps to make that statement about who you are. Not taking time to extend your look to your hair is a bit like baking a great cake and forgetting about the frosting. Well, we are here to help you frost your cake and finish off your look with flair and finesse (and just maybe a bit of fondant, as well!)
Your style mavens at Pinup can help you select that cut and style that fits your lifestyle and helps to define your look.
If your life and look is more sleek and classic, Audrey Hepburn, then consider longer hair that lends itself to up do’s. Are you more edgy, Goth in your style? Consider a hairstyle that looks more “vampire Goth”.
Don’t forget to think about your bangs or if you don’t have any, consider adding them to your look. If you have long hair and want a change, but don’t want to lose much length, adding bangs can really make things fresh and draw attention to your eyes.
Your hair color has perhaps the most visual impact on defining your style. Talk with your stylist about choosing a color that best reflects not only your personal style, but your cut, as well.
Your Pinup style queens are here to help you define and refine your style. Trust us to help you frost that cake, so you can have your cake and eat it too!
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Nothing can ruin a perfectly perfect hair cut and color more than damaged hair. I mean, what is the point of going through all that effort, spending your hard earned euros on a most stunning cut and color by your artistes at Pinup…only to go home and ruin it all day after day with your horrifying hairstyling habits until your next appointment in Pinup Paradise?
Here is a list of no-no’s that you must promise on scouts honor never to commit or at least promise to minimize:
As a side note, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is found in most supermarket shampoos, and is extremely harsh on hair as it strips the scalp of its naturally occurring oils, leaving flaky, irritated, skin. Over time, this continual stripping of oils leaves hair vulnerable and damaged. Read your labels!! Better yet, let your gal at Pinup recommend just the right hair products for you and your tresses.
We are not saying that you should never use a blow dryer, straightener, or color your hair. Just be aware of how much of this processing goes is inflicted on your noggin in the course of a week and look for ways to minimize that.
If you have committed any of the above war crimes against hair, rest assured that if you turn yourself in peacefully at Pinup, we will work our magic to correct your offences. Call us to schedule an appointment today so we can avoid putting out that warrant for your arrest.
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All the gorgeous styles from silky straight to cute curls have one thing in common that make them and YOU look so hot…sexy, soft and healthy looking hair. So what is a girl to do? How to achieve that sexy look, yet not over-process and over-heat your hair with straighteners and curling irons?
Your gals at Pinup have just the solution (pardon the pun) for you…Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola. This product is causing quite the hubbub in the hair industry.
Clients and professionals remark how much smoother, silkier, and shinier the hair is after treatment. Because it cuts the styling time in half, frizz and heat damage is reduced up to 95%. Many salons are backing off of relaxer products and going with Keratin Smoothing Therapy, because the results are so fantastic, without causing harsh damage the way traditional chemical relaxers, reverse perms or Japanese straighteners do.
So what the heck IS this wonder treatment, you ask???? Well, glad you did because once again, Pinup has all the answers… “Coppola’s Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy contains four moisturizers. Water adds moisture immediately and helps with the product’s consistency. Cyclomethicone, dimethicone and alkyl caprylyl methicone are all silicone-based moisturizers that coat the hair shaft, imparting moisture and forming a protective barrier to keep the moisture in”, as stated by author Natalia Michalun.
Similar to the Brazilian Treatment, Coppola Keratin Complex Treatment is formulated to revitalize and rejuvenate the hair shaft by infusing a superior quality of natural Keratin deep into the cuticle. Keratin is the protein that your hair, skin and nails are composed of, which does get broken down over time from heat, pollution, UV rays, chemical treatments, salt water, chlorine, and all sorts of other normal elements in the air, so Coppola is just helping you to have MORE of what ya need to keep your hair strong and healthy.
The therapy process encases the hair follicle with a keratin bond which in turn promotes healing and blocks the hair from absorbing environmental toxins. It is safe to use on both chemically and color treated hair. Even bleach and tone platinum blondes have great results from this treatment, and actually experience a LOT less breakage over time because of the added strength the Keratin Complex adds to the hair.
What else do you need to know of this phenomenal product of the hair gods?
The Keratin Complex original treatment lasts you up to 4 months! Keratin Express Blowout is a great, lower cost option, for shorter term 4-6 week results. Upcoming wedding? Got a hot date? Express is the most cost effective introduction to the Coppola smoothing treatments, to see if it’s something you sort of like, or can’t live without. Most clients end up LOVING the results and opt for the longer lasting treatment, but it’s nice that Pinup gives you some options, if you’re non-committal, like some of us.
So, consider Coppola Keratin Smoothing Treatment as your next secret weapon in the silky, sexy, hair war. Drab, lifeless hair is defeated if you do!
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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!
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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!
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