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, our 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 whine, 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 send an email or give us a ring to schedule an 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: $290
(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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Mother's Day is May 14. Why not give the gift of quality time? Plan a daytime date with mom, including some pampering at the salon!
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start planning something special for the mother figure in your life! One of the greatest gifts of all is quality time. Whether she’s your best friend or you rarely get to spend one-on-one time together, a mother-daughter date day is the perfect way to show her you care and build some lasting memories.
While we’re admittedly biased, a stop at the salon is a must for some bonding and primping time. Paired with a few additional choice outings, you’re sure to have a sweet and special Sunday to remember. So mark your calendars for May 14, and start planning with these tips!
1. Explore the great outdoors
April showers bring May flowers… so get outside and appreciate those beautiful blooms! Of course, this is the Pacific Northwest, so make sure to bring a raincoat, as our April showers can last into May, June, and beyond. Whether May 14 brings sunshine or showers, we’ll be knee-deep in spring — the perfect time for a hike. Head for a mountain trailhead, stroll along your favorite stretch of coastline, or ride bikes along an urban path (Burke-Gilman Trail, anyone?). Not only will you enjoy quality time in nature, you’ll also get some exercise while you’re at it!
2. Enjoy some entertainment
Not the hiking type of pair? Or maybe you’re looking for a way to wind down after some activity? Score two tickets to a show. If you’re both theatre fans, head to a play or musical. If you two share any musical tastes, check your local live music listings. Even a matinee or evening at the movies can be a nice change of pace.
3. Cook a special meal
Your parents likely spent the first years of your life cooking for you, and if you’re savvy in the kitchen, giving back to mom can be a special gesture. Pick an old family recipe or go for your mom’s favorite dish and prepare a dinner for the two of you. If you have siblings, you might even make it a team effort and enjoy a meal as a family.
4. Treat yourselves to some primping
An afternoon at the salon is a double-whammy… mom gets the gift of some much-needed relaxation time and she gets to leave looking and feeling fabulous! Allow Pinup Salon to pamper the two of you by booking a special salon date in advance. Both you and mom can start your special day with professional makeup application to look flawless through the evening, or try some new color, get a fresh cut, and change up your style. Even if you can’t make it in on May 14, a future appointment is a thoughtful way to top off your gift. She’ll appreciate the time to do something for herself while spending time with you.
To all the special women out there: we appreciate you each and every day! Here’s to a sweet Mother’s Day!
A fresh color treatment can boost your confidence and add to your look’s wow factor. Not only do you walk out of the salon with the perfect shade, you also have that glossy, healthy finish that everyone craves.
Unfortunately, as the days fade away, so does your hair color. However, there are a few things that you can do to protect your hair color from fading, saving it until your next appointment. Here are five tips to preserve your hair color longer.
1. Skip the DIY
Let’s start off by reviewing what not to do. Often, our first reaction to fading color is to cover or touch it up with any old dye we find at our local drugstore. Home dying experiments tend to lead to disaster more often than they lead to a perfectly polished ‘do. This is especially risky because your hair stylist likely applied a custom-mixed color that is not easy to replicate with boxed drugstore color.
2. Sun Protection
As summer draws nearer, you may find yourself spending more time outdoors. Just as it’s important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, it’s equally important to shield your locks. Look for conditioning creams with built-in UV protection. If all else fails, embrace the look of a floppy sunhat or a baseball cap while you’re out and about.
3. Minimize Shampoo
Too much shampooing is not good for hair overall, but it is especially damaging for color-treated hair. Instead of washing your hair every day, invest in dry shampoo. A quick spritz on shampoo-free days will sop up excess grease and give you more volume while preserving color longer.
4. Shower Wisely
Extra-hot showers can dry out your hair just as much as your skin, so consider turning down the heat when possible. Be sure to use color-safe products when washing up. Additionally, consider investing in a showerhead filter to get rid of mineral sediments that could cause buildup that is harmful for your hair.
5. Tweak Your Products
Ask your stylist to add toner to your shower products so that when you’re washing your hair, you’re helping to extend the life of your unique shade.
There are numerous other ways to keep your hair safe, so here are 15 tips if you feel like you need more guidance. If you’re looking for an experienced salon to help you achieve your perfect shade, look no further than Pinup Salon! Our color-savvy stylists love helping clients refresh their looks.
Looking glamorous isn’t just for Old Hollywood starlets or red carpet celebrities. Anyone can rock a uniquely vintage look! Master these styles and make everyday your runway, or go all-out with a professional ‘do for that spring wedding or your next special event. These five styles are making a comeback this year — try one or all of them at the salon!
1. The (Faux) Bob
No need to chop off your locks to master this iconic 1920s style. Get the short look while holding onto your current length! Simply curl your hair as usual and pin the curls inward. Not enough time to complete the full faux bob? Slip on a headband and tuck your curls into it at the nape of your neck. Voila! Instant 20s chic.
2. Victory Rolls
The 1940s brought countless chic pinup looks. This classic half-up, half-down style was (and still is!) among the best. All it takes it some wizardry with a curling iron, a few pins, and some hairspray to transform your everyday aesthetic into vintage glam.
3. Boho Braids
Braids are a quick and easy way to jazz up your hair, whether it’s naturally straight, wavy, or curly. You can go for a single braid or multiple. Try mixing and matching with braids of different widths, or add even more personality by pairing with your favorite headband.
4. Glam Curls
We all know this iconic look — deep side part, sleek shine, thick and uniform waves. Add volume by lifting your roots with mousse while it’s still damp. Pair this hairstyle with a bold, red lip and you’ll look the part.
5. Finger Waves
This 1930s favorite is surprisingly well-adapted to modern times. Strong-hold hair product, pins, and a comb combine to create subtle texture with minimal effort.
While many of these looks can be recreated at home, there’s nothing quite like a visit to the salon. Visit Pinup Salon for a tailor-made vintage look of your own! While you’re at it, schedule a cut or color for a complete makeover.
Self-expression and self-care aren’t just for the ladies… and neither is the salon! Guys can benefit just as much from some chair time. Whether you’re in for a quick professional snip, a specialty cut, or some fresh color, allow your personal stylist to help you execute a killer updated look.
You don’t need to spend hours in an intimidating high-traffic salon to leave with a look you love. We’re here to give each one of our clients one-on-one attention for results that truly suit you. If you’re feeling follically adventurous, we’re happy to lead the way; if you’re looking for something more classic, we’re pros at turning simple into sleek.
Help us help you! Before your visit, consider the following points and discuss your vision with your stylist before the blades come out.
Decide on your length
Don’t assume your only option is the quintessential close-cropped short cut! While this look is a go-to for clients seeking something low-maintenance, you can still maintain your professional gentleman cred and rock a longer ‘do. For one, the man bun has been killing it on gents’ heads everywhere — but if you’re not ready to start a hair tie collection, regular trims can help keep your hair healthy as you grow it out.
Do keep in mind that longer hair generally requires a bit more care (i.e. – adding conditioner to your shower routine to detangle, moisturize, and protect). And, of course, make sure your long locks won’t be a deal breaker in your workplace.
But really, whether you aspire for a military-inspired buzz cut, a collar-skimming length, or a flowing mane, regular care is the name of the game for both short- and long-term scalp and hair health. If you’re not sure what length is right for you, speak with your stylist to determine options that flatter your face shape and fit into your lifestyle.
So many potential styles
Regardless of your length (unless it’s a buzz cut), consider style, as well. Styling your cut taps into its full potential. For instance, maybe you and your stylist went for a textured trim to add volume to fine hair.
Adding a dollop of mousse, gel, or another volume-holding product may be just what you need to maintain a touch of height and thickness.
Undercut styles, in which hair at the nape of the neck is buzzed and the top layers are kept slightly longer, can offer versatility in terms of styling options, allowing you to go from casual and trendy to professional with a few simple moves. Popular men’s styles also often include side parts or unparted hair which is smoothed with the help of hair products.
The right style for your face shape and personal aesthetic can help you look and feel your best. Your stylist will be happy to offer tips on what types of products to look for, as well as how and when to use them to duplicate that polished salon-fresh look.
Power in the shower
No matter how stylish your new haircut, it’s difficult to keep it fresh if you regularly allow your hair to become tangled, ratty, or overly greasy. A proper hair care routine starts in your daily shower! If your hairstyle doesn’t require much product, it may be best to shampoo every other day, allowing your hair’s natural oils to work their moisturizing magic. If you use a lot of products or have naturally greasy hair, daily shampooing will help your hair look great everyday.
If your hair is longer, curly, or naturally dry and brittle, conditioning after each shampoo can improve its appearance and texture while making it more manageable. If you are unsure about what kind of conditioner to use for your hair type, your stylist can provide you with insight and offer a few recommendations.
If your scalp is prone to dandruff, it’s important to treat it with the right shampoo. Don’t let pesky flakes cramp your style. Talk with your stylist about shampoo options that will work for your hair type. If you don’t see results in a month, you may want to schedule an appointment with your doctor to see if you might benefit from prescription-strength dandruff shampoo.
Pinup Salon brings out the best in your hair
With a little practice and care, you can make the most of your new (or soon-to-be new) ‘do! If you’re ready for a fresh look in the New Year, drop us a line and schedule a session today! We look forward to pampering you and sending you off looking and feeling your best.
Curly hair is incredibly common but often misunderstood, even by those who were gifted with natural curliness to their hair. From how it responds to shampoo and conditioner treatments to the impact of heat styling and products, curly hair is quite different than straight hair types. Running a brush through it won’t make your hair seem well-managed and sleek; it could very well produce a riot of tangles and an undesired increase in overall hair volume.
What’s a lady with curly hair to do? Read on, and do not despair. With the right information, it’s easy to make the most of your curly hair.
First of all, it’s important to understand that just like curly hair differs from straight or wavy hair, different kinds of curly hair are unique among themselves as well. From soft waves to straight spirals to naturally coiling hair, each of these varieties of curly hair demand different kinds of care.
If you’re not sure what kind of curly hair you actually have, you can take this simple quiz to figure it out. Once you know what kind of curls you are sporting, it becomes much easier to formulate a plan for its care and maintenance.
Tips for Washing Curly Hair
Washing your hair can be an hours-long affair if you have curly hair, particularly if it coils or there is a lot of it (either in terms of follicle density or overall hair length). For this reason, many women may choose to only wash their hair once or twice a week, employing a shower cap to keep your hair dry during your daily shower ritual.
Showering daily is still important, but ladies with curly hair understand how difficult it can be to have to wash, detangle, style, and dry their hair every day. Not only does it make little sense in terms of time, washing every single day can actually be detrimental to the health of your hair and scalp.
When it is time to wash, you may want to consider using a no-poo hair washing method. Also sometimes called co-washing by those who use hair conditioner as a replacement for cleansing shampoos, a shampoo-free washing method can do a lot to improve your hair texture, manageability, and overall health.
Some people may recommend using a baking soda paste to scrub your scalp; this method is incredibly drying to your scalp and your hair and isn’t recommended unless you have real issues with oily hair. To ease into the no-poo method, try just skipping the shampoo, while working your hair with your fingers and massaging your scalp like you typically would, using only the hot water from your shower.
If you find that your hair is too dry or too tangled, adding the conditioner washing method may be your best option. It will help soften and strengthen your hair, and using the right product may even make it easier to comb, detangle, and style after your shower. Apply the conditioner at the bottom of your hair, working your way up to the scalp a little at a time.
If skipping the shampoo just isn’t an option for you, it’s important to be careful with the amount of shampoo and conditioner that you’re using while in the shower. Less is typically more; curly hair can be notoriously hard to rinse clean, and you don’t want residue weighing your beautiful curls down. If you have very fine curls, you may want to use a hairnet to protect the separation and structure of your curls.
Tips for Drying and Styling Curly Hair
Have you been twisting your hair up into a towel, only to end up with a frizzy mess? What could be more frustrating than all those frizzy sections and flyaways making your freshly washed hair seem more like messy bed head? One of the easiest ways to combat this towel frizz is to purchase a t-shirt that you use for drying your hair. Squeeze the excess water out of your hair, but don’t twist your locks to wring them out. This can mess with your curl structure, pull hairs out, and break them! Use the t-shirt to pat and rub your hair dry. It will be less abrasive and result in less frizz. The downside is that they’re less absorbent than towels, so you may need to use more than one.
Don’t use a brush on your curly hair. Pick a wide toothed comb instead, which will not create the same frizziness and volume issues that brushes often do. Alternatively, you may prefer to simply finger-comb your hair to address tangles and snarls. If you find that you lose hair every time you detangle or comb, consider lining your sink with plastic wrap prior to beginning; this makes clean-up very quick and simple, while also ensuring you won’t have to call a plumber because of hair build-up in your drain pipes.
Whether you’re using a comb, a detangler, or your fingers, practice until you’re comfortable with the process. Choose the method that works best for your skill level and your type of curly hair. Like when you apply conditioner, it’s best to start at the tips or very bottom of the hair and work your way up to the scalp. This makes it easier to work out snarls without breaking or pulling out your hair.
You may choose to add mouse, detangler, or anti-frizz serum at this point, while your hair is damp but not wet. These products are more effective on damp hair, not to mention much easier to apply.
Ideally, you would use t-shirts and the ambient air in your home to dry your hair. However, sometimes, we’re pressed for time and can’t wait for nature to take its course. On those days, it is much easier on your hair to use a diffuser for drying, as opposed to a traditional hair dryer. The diffuser carefully distributes the heat evenly, helping to prevent the majority of the frizz caused by traditional blow drying. The Devafuser is a unique product, designed specifically for women with curly hair. It blows air all around the hair. It was created specifically for the improvement and care of naturally curly hair.
Tips for Curly Hair Ongoing Maintenance
One of the best ways to protect your curls and your hair health is to invest in a humidifier. One for your home will help while you’re there, and a small one for your space at work can also be beneficial, if you boss and workplace allow it.
Trim your ends every six to eight weeks. Regular haircuts and trims help prevent split ends and overall fraying that can leave your hair looking less than awesome. If you’re starting with a new stylist, make sure he or she cuts and styles your hair when it is dry, as wet curly hair shrinks substantially when it dries, and that amount varies from person to person. A dry cut ensures that your hair length is where you want it.
Finally, use the same brand of products consistently, and find a formula designed for your kind of curly hair. DevaCurl offers a variety of formulas for all kinds of curly hair. Whether you have wavy hair or super curly hair that coils, DevaCurl has premium hair care products to maximize your curls and the health of your hair.
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Break out your shorts and Ray Bans, because summer is here. What better way to celebrate summer but with an all over summer glow? Especially sun streaked locks. But, not all of us have the time or money to spend to get that summer ready look. Luckily, you can achieve summer highlights with a few quick and easy, all-natural methods with ingredients you probably already have at home.
The Lemon Method
The best way to lighten your hair naturally with lemon juice and sun is to have hair that hasn’t been washed for a couple days, because the natural oils in your hair help to protect it during the lightening process.
This method will bring out natural summer highlights and lighten your hair, but will not damage your hair or risk a hair color disaster with a box dying treatment.
The Honey Method
This method is effective in lightening your hair, and has the added perk of leaving your hair silky smooth!
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It’s a new season and there are some fabulous and fun hair color trends on the scene. The common new approach is multitoned in every tone that creates fun dimension and a sense of volume for every hair color. Try one of these on for a refreshing new start to spring.
Spring 2016 promises to hold lots of fun and exciting options for hair color. The only difficult part is choosing which one you want to let loose with this season.
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It may feel like winter out, but spring wedding season is not that far away. Now is the time to decide the look you want for your crowning touch on your special day. This gives you time to try what works and also grow your hair to the length you need to get the gorgeous look you want.
Trends in wedding hairstyles for spring 2016 are combining soft country and natural textures with metallic and glitter. You will see that juxtaposition reflected in wedding hair styles as well.
Texture and romance with braids, loose up do’s, twists, and flowers woven in say soft romance for spring 2016 weddings while mixing in metallic bands, clips and accessories.
This is your day to shine in all your glory, choose your hairstyle to flatter not only you and your style, but to compliment your dress and theme of your day. Have fun and enjoy your time in the spotlight.
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Winter months bring harsh and extreme weather conditions that can really dry out your hair. Add to that static cling, and central heat in your place of work and your hair can really take a beating.
We have come up with some great ideas to keep your hair moisturized and silky all winter long. We think your hair will agree these are pretty good!
If you are having more breakage than normal, give us a call and let us help to assess the situation. Try some of these treatments at home and you will protect and moisturize your hair through the worst that the winter weather can throw your way.
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