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Eco-Friendly Meets Vintage Winnipeg: Berns and Black Salon and Spa

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Eco-Friendly Meets Vintage Winnipeg: Berns and Black Salon and Spa

Posted on 15 November 2011 by DELCommInc

By Shayna Wiwierski

Photos by Elise Nadeau

“All it takes is one crazy hooligan to open up beside the Woodbine [Hotel] and be like ‘I’m going to have the best salon in Winnipeg’,” says Kitty Bernes, owner of Berns and Black Salon and Spa.

When you step into Berns and Black you are transported back to 1920s art deco, where the simple black-and-white themed salon exudes the ambiance of the time of the building’s heritage.  The salon is located in The Baker Block where Birt Saddlery, an established retail outlet of western clothing and leather goods, occupied the space from 1965 to 1995.  Prior to that, the three-storey building (built in 1901) was home to a number of companies including doctors, dentists, real estate agents, lawyers, a music store, jewelry store, and most recently, a book store.

By the time Bernes, along with her business partner Elynore Kendryna (owner of Cha Cha Palace and Angles Hair Design – soon to be Berns and Black’s second location on Lilac Street), took over the space, there was a lot of work to be done.

“It looked like a condemned crackhouse call centre,” says Bernes who has been a licensed hairstylist for the past 11 years.  “Elynore had people in here and knowing who she knows, she had it completely gutted and re-done.”

$300,000 later, Berns and Black (named after Bernes – with a dropped “e” – and Kendryna’s great- grandmother’s last name) opened, creating the city’s first eco-friendly hair salon.

And eco-friendly they are, indeed.  They only use products that do not have parabens including Schwarzkopf, Kevin Murphy, Spa Ritual, Yum Yum, and Spa Organics.

“We have a scientist that lets us access a database to see what the true ingredients are in products.  We also recycle everything.”

Recycling is a huge theme within the salon’s walls.  Most of the furniture, aside from the salon chairs and esthetician beds, are vintage pieces that have been found at antique stores in the Exchange District.  The salon’s signature vintage couches were pieces that Kendryna found and then had refurbished.

“They were white and blue floral; they were so ugly that I was like ‘they’re perfect’,” says Bernes.

The couches, and matching chairs, are now painted black with plush shimmery noir upholstery that fits the ambiance of the creative space and juxtapositions with the sleek white walls, which are beautifully filled with professional photos of the stylists’ work.

The gender-neutral black-and-white themed space is also home to a number of animal artifacts, once again connecting the room to nature.  Cabin-esque moose and elk heads are seen in a variety of rooms, as well as tree wall decals, which subconsciously remind clients of the salon’s naturalistic emphasis.

“It is a non-cheesy way of saying that we are interested in the environment, without being lame.”

Every nook and cranny of Berns and Black bears some significance to the bigger picture, whether it’s a tribute to the building’s heritage or one to Mother Nature.  As for Bernes’ favourite part?

“I like the open, extravagant calmness of the whole place.”

Salon Breakdown:

Location: 468 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Opened: May 2009

Size: 2,500 square feet

Staff Breakdown: 11 stylists, three apprentices, five front-desk staff, two estheticians


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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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