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Nailspiration: our favourite nail art pins

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Nailspiration: our favourite nail art pins

Posted on 17 December 2013 by DELCommInc

Nail art came in with a bang a couple years ago and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Because we are obsessed with all things beauty, we have been pinning up a storm, picking our favourite nail art ideas and trying (AKA doing our best) to recreate them.  Whether it’s an ombre glitter mani or something more advanced like a fox face (“what does the fox say” anyone?), creativity rules when it comes to painting your nails. Continue Reading

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Meticulously mod: Élan Hair Studio, anything but neutral

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Meticulously mod: Élan Hair Studio, anything but neutral

Posted on 16 October 2013 by DELCommInc

By Shayna Wiwierski


Photos courtesy of Élan Hair Studio.

Tucked away on the corner of Sara Avenue and Sherbrook Street in Winnipeg’s eclectic Wolseley area, Élan Hair Studio may be small in nature, but the salon is big on talent.

Located at 156 Sherbrook Street, the 1,200-square-foot salon is home to seven stylists and a lot of character.  Owner Renn VanDyck opened the salon eight years ago after styling hair at Sets on Fort.  He chose the West Broadway area because of its character and charm, as well as the potential to become Winnipeg’s “it” area. Continue Reading

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Tressed to kill: Stylist-turned-reality star Tabatha Coffey is taking the world by storm, one salon and haircut at a time

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Tressed to kill: Stylist-turned-reality star Tabatha Coffey is taking the world by storm, one salon and haircut at a time

Posted on 17 May 2012 by DELCommInc

By Shayna Wiwierski

Coffey at last year's Innovate 2011 show presented by Salon Centre.

Coffey at last year’s Innovate 2011 show presented by Salon Centre.

Tabatha Coffey is a self-described bitch.

“Do you know my definition for bitch?  Brave, Intelligent, Tenacious, Creative, and Honest.  So yes, I am a bitch and all of you should be bitches, too,” said Coffey to the sold-out crowd at last year’s Innovate Twenty Eleven show presented by Salon Centre. Continue Reading

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The lady in black: Q&A with Tabatha Coffey

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The lady in black: Q&A with Tabatha Coffey

Posted on 17 February 2012 by DELCommInc


Tabatha Coffey at Innovate 2011 presented by Salon Centre

To television viewers and hairstylists, she may be known as the queen of mean, but Tabatha Coffey, host of Tabatha’s Salon Takeover and Tabatha Takes Over, as well as a bestselling author, got to where she is by her outspoken personality, her brutal honesty, and the fact that she’s a bitch (Brave, Intelligent, Tenacious, Creative, and Honest — her words, not ours). Continue Reading

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Go Wild!

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Go Wild!

Posted on 09 November 2011 by DELCommInc

From feathers to even tinsel, hair ornamentation is being taken to a whole new level

By Shayna Wiwierski

Step aside hair bows and flower clips, there are new kids in town.

Hair extensions aren’t just hair anymore; there are many new trends out there that are taking the hairstyling market to a whole new level.  From tinsel to feathers, there are plenty of new ways to spice up your locks.

One of the biggest trends this past spring and summer have been hair feathers; colourful rooster feathers that are attached to a few strands of hair using a microlink.  The feathers are available in a variety of colours and can be straightened, curled, and washed just like your normal hair.

“They are the hottest trend, bar none.  The company has seen a 2,000-per-cent increase in business this year alone,” says Trina Marr, a master stylist in Calgary, Alberta who is also the Canadian manager of Hair Flairs, a company specializing in hair feathers, flairs, and gems.

Hair feathers are relatively easy to install and offer a huge profit margin, which according to Marr is the reason for their popularity.

“They are dumb-dumb easy and are really simple to put in.  In the salon you are charging $10-15 to install it; there is a huge value to it.  It costs stylists three to five dollars a feather to buy so they are making a huge profit.”

So just how popular are they? Celebrities like Steven Tyler, the cast of Glee, Hilary Duff, Selena Gomez, and many others have been spotted wearing them.

Marr, who won the Best New Talent competition at the Winnipeg ABAs in 1999 and worked at Edward Carriere that same year as an apprentice, has been involved with Hair Flairs for the past three years. Their namesake product, ‘hair flairs’, are polyester strands that are tied into the hair and are available in 21 different colours.  Like the feathers, they can also be curled or straightened.   The flairs add some sparkle and shine to your hair and have been spotted in the locks of celebrities such as Beyoncé and Jennifer Love Hewitt.  Perhaps the most notable and powerful celebrity that has been interested in them was the queen of daytime talk shows, Oprah Winfrey, who helped make the company successful.

“January 28, 2011; that’s when everything hit the fan.  We filmed the show on the 19th of January and we literally had one week.  Oprah said ‘what is in your hair and how do we get one of those,’ and in that moment I knew that was it.  She made hair flairs a name.”

Trina Marr, Canadian manager of Hair Flairs, with talk show queen Oprah Winfrey

The flairs are 100-per-cent polyester and can be flat-ironed or curled.  They tie into your hair with no tools required, and on average, they can stay in your hair from two to six weeks.

Both the tinsel and the feathers have been popping up in salons across Winnipeg.  Rituals in Hair in Skin offers both the feathers and tinsel and the response for them, according to owner Kristina Poturica, has been very positive.

“We have had a good request for both. Some people like the sparkle and others like the feathers.  The nice thing about both of them is that you can curl them, flat-iron them, they wash well, curl well, and they are fun,” says Poturica, who has offered the services since May.

Regarding the rising popularity of hair ornamentation, Marr says that it’s due to the lower price point that clients can obtain them for that makes them so irresistible.

“It’s like the lipstick effect; when the economy is on a downward turn, people try to look for a lower price-point item to make them feel better.  People feel that they really want to do something special for themselves but they don’t have the money to do really expensive things, so it matches with the price points.”

Fun feathers aren’t just for humans; your furry friend can wear them, too.

Puppylocks, a division of Condition Culture, offers feather fur extensions specifically designed for dogs.  Like the human kind, the colourful rooster feathers are attached using a silicone-lined microlink, and Fido won’t even be able to feel them!  Puppylocks are available through their website at www.puppylocks.com.  Your dog will be the envy of the neighbourhood with this ‘fetching’ accessory!


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Stuff We Are Dye-ing Over Fall 2011

Posted on 07 November 2011 by DELCommInc


The weather is getting cold but we are just warming up!  From blazing red hair and straight locks that are getting wild to even metallic nails, we chose the hottest fall products that will have you looking the coolest.

1. FHI Runway Styling Iron

With the widest temperature range in the industry (140 degrees F to 450 degrees F) the Runway straightener will have you creating those Hollywood ringlets and sleek styles in no time.  The best part?  Its gentle far-infrared heat and low electromagnetic field prevent damage to hair.

$450 at Amazon.com.  Available through Salon Centre.

2. Spa Ritual Fall 2011 Wilde Collection

It was hard to choose just one colour from this bold metallic collection, so we chose them all!  A metallic gray (Sacred Ground) to a gorgeous shimmery plum (Instinct) to everything in between, we are going wild over the Wilde collection.

$12 per polish at spaboutique.ca.  Available through Summit Salon Services.

3. Redken Nature’s Rescue Radiant Sea Spray

Who says summer has to end in September!  This lightweight spray adds texture and lift to hair and releases an oceanic fragrance every time your tresses are tousled.

$20.51 at Chatters Salon & Beauty Supply. Available through Summit Salon Services.

4. Sultra Natural Feather Hair Accents

Want this year’s hottest trend half the time?  These clip-in feather accents will spice up your look on demand.  And when you have to go from weekend mode to office mode, just remove them; it’s that easy.

$25 from sultra.com.

5. Farouk Royal Treatment Ultimate Control Spray

No, that’s not a pepper shaker! This styling and finishing hair spray provides all-day hold with sky-high volume and glossy shine.  High-class ingredients like white truffle and pearl provide natural UV protection for your royal locks.

Available at Professional Salon Services Inc. (Saskatchewan).

6. KEVIN.MURPHY Born Again Masque

Give your hair a second life with this nutritious masque!  High-quality ingredients penetrate the hair shaft to add moisture, shine, and softness.  Go from drab to fab in no time!

$36 at Kevin Murphy salons.  Available through International Beauty Services (Edmonton).

7. Schwarzkopf ESSENSITY Red Shades

Brand-new for fall, these red-hot shades will have people turning heads!  From copper to dark-brown red, those luscious locks will be on fire.  And, like all ESSENSITY shades, the product contains no odours, parabens, or silicone.

Available through ESP Salon Sales.

8. TowelDry Crème Styler

Want light, natural hold but without the stiffness?  Look no further!  This paraben-free product is packed with pro-vitamin B5 and organic and natural waxes to create the ultimate hold.

$18 at toweldrymen.com.  Available through Salon Centre.


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OPI Revamps iPhone Application with New Visuals, Greater Speed and More Colors

Posted on 07 November 2011 by DELCommInc

OPI announces the re-launch of the OPI Application for the iPhone® and iPod Touch®.  The updated OPI App continues to offer an easy, free way to browse and search over 200 OPI nail lacquer shades – now at faster speeds.  The Try It On Color Studio continues to provide a look at all current OPI shades, while the search feature now incorporates retired shades, allowing users to view past favourites and information about the year in which those hues were retired.

The updated OPI App also includes higher resolution images to further enhance visual displays. In addition to running faster, the application now has the capability to wait in the background while other programs are used, namely Facebook. This feature gives users the option to check OPI’s Facebook page without having to leave the OPI App.

“The improved OPI App gives fans the chance to try on lacquers easier than before. The App’s Try it on Studio has been hugely popular, and we are happy to improve upon and expand it. It’s a great resource when choosing your lacquer at the salon, since you can get an idea of how a color looks on your hand before committing,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “The portable nature of the OPI App makes it easy to take while shopping and choose a lacquer shade to accessorize any new dress, top or jacket right there in the store!”

The OPI App also includes a search bar with word prompt technology; after typing just a few letters, any possible options will be proffered. Since its original debut, the App has added a sort-by-collection feature, highlighting current collections and promotions so that users will know what’s new to the brand. The App even lets users select favorites, storing lacquer choices for future reference.

The OPI App is available at Apple.com and is free to download. This application works with all iPhone and iPod Touch devices running software update iOS 5.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com.  Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.


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Blown Away

Posted on 03 November 2011 by DELCommInc

From Very Boring to Va-Va-Voom, all within an hour

By Shayna Wiwierski

Images courtesy of Blo Blow Dry Bar

The words “blow job” just took on a whole new meaning.

Updos have unfurled themselves and the blow out is back.  Take a look at the red carpet and most notably, the recent wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, where the former Kate Middleton famously shied away from the bridal-favourite updo to rock her hair with ringlets.

So why is it so popular?  Its affordability, length of time, and convenience are definitely factors.

“It’s fairly inexpensive and it’s a nice treatment, we do it with a full head massage too,” says Mallory Hildebrandt, manager at Berns and Black Salon and Spa in Winnipeg.  “And, you get your hair played with, and I mean, who doesn’t like getting their hair played with?”

The blow out, although for everyone, is most popular with the nine-to-five crowd as well as the party-goers.  Because of Berns and Black’s downtown location, the convenience of getting a quick blow out before an important meeting or a night out on the town becomes easier than ever.

“If people are going out to a function or anything of that sort, it’s a nice treatment to start or end their day.  I think what makes it so popular, is it’s an inexpensive way to make people look and feel good.”

The service has become so popular that specialty blow out shops have been popping up around the world.  Blo Blow Dry Bar is one of them.  The pink and white themed Blo, which has 16 locations across Canada and the United States (with two Miami locations scheduled to open in September), was the first to market the no cuts, no colour concept in North America and is the world’s largest blow dry bar chain.

“At Blo, North America’s Original Blow Dry Bar, you are not cheating on your hairdresser,” says Hilary Chan-Kent, Blo Blow Dry Bar spokesperson.  “Scissors are verboten. Dye, ditto.  Just wash, blow, go.”

Blo has positioned itself as a hair styling expert. Blo has not only transformed the hair care industry, it has also been noticed by other beauty services. For example, in Yaletown (where Blo’s flagship bar opened in 2007), other specialty ‘bars’ have opened, including a brow bar, lash bar, and wax bar.

Blo’s signature hair menu features seven styles (all for $35), from the classic blow out (Red Carpet) to the perfect pony tail (the Hunt Club) to a full-bodied blow out with a funky side braid a la Lauren Conrad (the Boho Braid), to name a few.  They even offer a “Blo Bro” service for men, which includes a 20 minute head message, wash, blow dry and style, a Blo Bridal service, and a mobile service.

“All of our Bloers (aka session stylists) go through an intensive training program, Blo U(niversity). This enables Hair Cadets (aka clients) a consistent blow out no matter which location or Bloer they go to,” says Chan-Kent, who adds that Blo U(niversity) is a certificate program, meaning that you don’t have to work at Blo once you are certified.

Currently, Blo doesn’t have a location in Winnipeg… yet.  However, according to Chan-Kent, the company has had over 1,000 franchise requests from all around the globe.

“What has made Blo so successful is the whole experience – the cheeky brand, culture, Blo vibe and, of course, the perfect blow outs. Professional women love Blo – we’re open as early as seven a.m. – uber-popular with party girls – we are open as late as nine p.m. – and a fan with busy moms – walk-ins are accepted. Ultimately, we believe that every woman deserves the affordable, convenient luxury of catwalk-quality hair, seven days a week.”


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