2018 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: (206) 728-2907
Primary Phone: (206) 728-2907
Vain Salon Downtown & Ballard
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range : Average
By Appointment Only: Yes
Good for Kids: No
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04/14/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Well to be honest I barely got in the door. I was walking in and was cut off by a young girl who almost ran me over and then gave me a dirty look as she rushed in for being in her way. No pardons or apologies for her rude behavior. When I got to the desk I was informed she was my stylist. I understand the name of the shop is Vain but if that is the attitude of their staff? Well I did not stay and will not be returning. Regardless of your skill or talent manners go a long way. Maybe they forgot cosmetology is still a customer SERVICE based industry.
02/13/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Had my hair cut and colored by Carinn , she pulled off what I thought would be impossible , she really knows what she is doing, she gave me perfect burgundy highlights and a cut I never thought my hair would give.I wont have my hair done anywhere else .So worth the money.Everyone at the front desk was very nice also.If your going to spend money to get your hair done go to Vain.Thanks again Carinn.
02/11/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I have been going to Vain downtown for a little over a year now. I have had my hair cut by Sam and TT. They are both wonderful stylists however my favorite stylist has to be Janae. She layered my hair so well, just flows whenever I turn my head. She also helped me make the decision to try Bettie bangs, which I have been wanting to do for YEARS but have been hesitant to choping my hair due to my face shape. She took the time to discuss with me how she would cut them to suit my face, as well as styling tips as this can be a high maintenance style to pull off. In the end, I am so happy with my cut that Janae is the only stylist I go to now. She is wonderful! \n
I never received a hair cut that I didn't like when I chose to go to Vain's. \nThe shop itself is hip, clean and very well maintained. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable about hair care. I always receive excellent service from the artists. They really take their time getting to know you, your hair type and what sort of cut and style you're looking for. However, they aren't afraid to tell you the truth about the sort of effort and time your new cut will take. They will be brutally honest with you about the kind of work your new cut will take once you leave the salon. I always take their suggestions seriously because they REALLY know hair. \nEmmett does some of the best short hair/pixie/boycut styles around! Rachel (from the Ballard shop) is their curly hair specialist and is a good choice if you've got thick curly and unruly hair!\nMy only complaint is that their parking SUCKS. I drive all the way from Tacoma to see these guys (yes, they ARE worth it!). I have pay to park next door to the salon, so if you're in the downtown area I recommend walking or taking the bus. It is much easier and less expensive!
I never received a hair cut that I didn't like when I chose to go to Vain's.
The shop itself is hip, clean and very well maintained. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable about hair care. I always receive excellent service from the artists. They really take their time getting to know you, your hair type and what sort of cut and style you're looking for. However, they aren't afraid to tell you the truth about the sort of effort and time your new cut will take. They will be brutally honest with you about the kind of work your new cut will take once you leave the salon. I always take their suggestions seriously because they REALLY know hair.
Emmett does some of the best short hair/pixie/boycut styles around! Rachel (from the Ballard shop) is their curly hair specialist and is a good choice if you've got thick curly and unruly hair!
My only complaint is that their parking SUCKS. I drive all the way from Tacoma to see these guys (yes, they ARE worth it!). I have pay to park next door to the salon, so if you're in the downtown area I recommend walking or taking the bus. It is much easier and less expensive!
02/07/2010Provided by Citysearch -
After many recommendations I booked my appointment with Jordan. I walked in and immediately wanted to browse the many fun accessories and peruse the art. I like that each stylist here is able to be true to their own style isn't stuck wearing all black.
As far as the haircut, I could tell Jordan was a perfectionist. I didn't feel like he was rushing to finish and he was very genuine in conversation. I walked out feeling like a million.
01/15/2010Provided by Citysearch -
First things first, I'm a bit high maintenance when it comes to my hair. When you cut your hair super short, you welcome high maintenance as a permanent house guest. \n\nMy favorite Vain stylist, Sam, chopped my locks off and now maintains them on a 3-week schedule. At any other Seattle salon, I'd be paying through the nose at this rate, but at Vain, I get a FREE (did you catch that - FREE) trim between haircuts! For a gal with short hair, this is fantastic. Plus, Sam is super reasonable to begin with and does an amazing job. The first time I went - the time I had her chop all my hair off - she told me, ""I don't stop until it's perfect."" That's exactly what you want your stylist to say. I have never left without grinning and, I'll admit, doing a little jig as I walk down 1st Ave.\n\nBoth Vain as a salon and Sam as a stylist are highly recommended. You're missing a Seattle treasure if you don't book an appointment!
11/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have never been treated with such understanding until I met Kelly. She really took the time to understand the haircut and color I wanted and also made it so much better than I could have imagined. I have never had a stylist do that..they usually always acted like the got me but never did..Kelly wasn't afraid to ask me questions before she just went ahead and she made me feel so comfortable..\n \nSo Vain and Kelly have made me believe that amazing hair does exist if you find someone that gets it..and Kelly gets it.So do yourself a favor and get your hair done by Kelly..SHE IS AMAZING..KELLY!!!THANK YOU..
10/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The staff lady was so nice when I called to make an appointment. I told her I've never been to Vain before and I'm asian with curly long hair. She immediately recommended me to several hair stylist that would do good on what I want. I decided to go with Alexis to have the hair cut. For sure she was amazing. First, she shampoo my hair with something that smells fantastic and minty, and then gave me a head and neck message. I was totally relax afterward. Then she gave me the great hair cut that I wanted!!!! Like I said I'm asian with with long curly hair and lots of it!! She work on my hair in detail for a long time. Cutting my hair is not easy, having it to look good is even harder. Anyways I love the hair cut and Good Job! I will be back again and recommend this hair salon and Alexis to my friends!!
10/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We recently moved to Seattle and have been trying a number of different hair stylists around town. Both my fiance and I have settled on Vain and more specifically Sam. \n First of all, the space they use is really interesting. Sam was telling me last time that it was one of the original Nirvana gig spaces or something and the building obviously has a lot of history.\n The front staff is really helpful and they always have good music playing. I would say that they should have a little better selection of non-style magazines for men but that is just a really picky small thing. \n We both have been really happy with Sam, she is very easy to talk to and does a great job. In my opinion, stylists are a dime a dozen and Sam really stands out of the norm. \n Their prices just went up a little recently but it is still very reasonable.
08/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Kelly to get my black hair colored lighter. Not only did she tell that she didn't know how to go lighter on black hair, but she also has an attitude. She kept leaving and attending to other clients in between while spending very little time on getting my hair done. Overall the service was pathetic and I'll not recommend VAin to anyone.
04/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been her twice and was never very impressed considering the staff's attitude. Just because they are in an art studio doesn't mean they are all that. I didn't go there for the art, I wanted to get my hair done. I thought it was pretty pathetic that they can't color your hair on the first visit. Who is really going to get their hair cut and then go back to get it colored. I don't know about you guys, but I hardly have time in my life for one hair appointment let along two. My stylist was nice enough, but the staff was gossiping about other stylists and customers, super unprofessional.
\nI love going to see Sharon at Vain.\n\nI have been to many different salons in Seattle and was terribly disappointed everywhere I went until I returned to Vain. Now, I can't imagine going anywhere else.\n\nSharon is super cool. I trust her completely (at least when it comes to hair). She has lots of great ideas and comes up with something unique every time I see her.\n\nSharon does a fantastic job with colouring my hair. It looks good every time and stands out as a professional colouring job. I get lots of comments from visiting Sharon.\n\nI have so much fun going to Vain to see Sharon. I really look forward to it.\n\nMy mom even thinks that Sharon does an awesome job with my hair. Mom is always excited to see what Sharon has done lately.\n\nI would highly recommend going to see Sharon at the Vain Hair Salon.
I love going to see Sharon at Vain.
I have been to many different salons in Seattle and was terribly disappointed everywhere I went until I returned to Vain. Now, I can't imagine going anywhere else.
Sharon is super cool. I trust her completely (at least when it comes to hair). She has lots of great ideas and comes up with something unique every time I see her.
Sharon does a fantastic job with colouring my hair. It looks good every time and stands out as a professional colouring job. I get lots of comments from visiting Sharon.
I have so much fun going to Vain to see Sharon. I really look forward to it.
My mom even thinks that Sharon does an awesome job with my hair. Mom is always excited to see what Sharon has done lately.
I would highly recommend going to see Sharon at the Vain Hair Salon.
01/31/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I was so excited about the results of my new haircut on Friday with Katie, I had to tell somebody. Her stylist review said she was great with layers and that's what my hair was in desperate need of. I'd been hesitant to get layers again because my fine yet coarse hair always reacted poorly and I typically ended up regretting it. After going to Katie for a cut seven weeks ago, she gently eased me back into the world of layers. I was hooked and went back a few days ago for more which resulted in oodles of compliments. Thanks Katie!
01/23/2009Provided by Citysearch -
First off, I found Vain here on City Search and went because of the great reviews, so I thought it only right that I contribute to the praise-pot since I've already benefited from it. I should also tell you that I really kind of hate my hair, its very fine and not thick at all ? hard to manage since it tangles up so easily and I can?t use 99% of products. That being said I came to Valentine after not having had time for a cut for way too long, probably about 8 -9 months?my hair was in desperate need of some help. \n\nHe asked me what I wanted to do and I said I didn?t really know, just that I needed it shorter and easier to manage. I didn?t really give him much to work with there and he threw out some ideas and got to work. When he was done it was so much better, and a few days later I found myself very happy with the amount of time I cut out getting ready in the morning. He had a pretty good idea how to make my hair look like it had a little more volume and gave me some tips on how to keep it up long term with minimal work. He also recommended a product that might work better for me, but didn?t try to push it into a sale, which was nice. Overall I am happy with the cut, very happy with the service, and happy with Valentine, I will be back. \nOh ? and the shop is cute and cozy, it is a tiny bit hard to find since the store front is actually a shop, but I kind of like that since it takes away the ?fishbowl? feeling you get with a lot of the downtown salons that have huge windows on the street so everyone walking by can see the Medusa foil sticking out of your head during a color.
I'd had long, wavy, blah hair for a long time. Sharon gave me a fantastic mid-length cut that makes me feel very hip and stylish. And she also recommended the right product and tools (the best flatiron) that makes keeping the style super easy. She also gave me great highlights, and the kind that i don't have to keep up so often (cause i'm lazy!). All my friends have continued to comment in raves about my hairstyle and its been over a year. She's got that cool accent too!
01/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have had long straight brown hair for a long time and was sick of it. I was however scared about cutting it...I left it up to Megyn I told her a general idea of what I wanted. I have never been happier with a cut or color. She has a lifelong customer. I have gotten so many compliments and find myself checking it out in the mirror a little longer than I would like to admit :). She picked a super flattering cut for me. And the color is rich and amazing.\nIf you want something new and spicy but still classy she is your girl....and tell her Krystal sent you :)