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H E A LT H & B E A U T Y

The Art of Hair WO R D S

A D R I E N N E

M AT E I

Gastown’s new Brush Salon has a couple of key mantras. There’s the salon’s signature decor piece, a quippy neon sign reading “Girl, roots are for trees,” in owner Michael Gibson’s own hand, and the proclamation “Life is too short to have boring hair” on its Instagram page. But perhaps the most applicable mandate comes from straight from Gibson himself: “For every person who comes in, I always look at face shape, bone structure, their whole look and how to make something different that enhances everything but still feels perfectly ‘them.’” Gibson and partner in work/life

Calvyn Cass know what works (“We like texture. We’re obsessed with Shu Uemura’s texture spray; you use it dry after a blowout and it gives that relaxed look, so it’s less perfectly bouncy and more true West Coast girl”) and why (“Greys are a trend in the city, and they look really cool as long as you use shine sprays for lustre”). They even keep tabs on red-carpet trends, where Cass predicts awards season will see sleek shininess—a look he recommends achieving with Shu Uemura’s collection of hair products containing Camellia Oil (once used liberally by Geishas).

In fact, Brush is one of only three salons in the city where Shu Uemura’s top-shelf hair products can be found (though, as a certified eco-friendly Greencircle salon, they’re also fans of ecoluxe Italian line Davines—gorgeously packaged and carbon-neutral). The experience is rounded out by some of the most design-minded chairs we’ve seen in a salon, fresh decor care of a living wall, and a mean latte while you wait for your highlights to cook. 62 W. Cordova St., 604-559-1737, Brushsalon.ca

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VITA February 2015  

VITA is the ink-and-paper sister publication of our digital magazine, VitaminDaily.com

VITA February 2015  

VITA is the ink-and-paper sister publication of our digital magazine, VitaminDaily.com

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