Monday, January 23, 2012

Hive Hair Spa

I am not one to spend a lot of money on clothes or make-up, but for some reason I have a habit of spending $80 on a simple cut and style. After all, my friend who traditionally cut my hair was an hair artist par excellence so you had to pay to get it done well.

But I finally came to my senses and started searching around for a new hair salon where my pocketbook wouldn't hurt as much. And I stumbled upon Hive Hair Spa. I took my first trip there a few years back and now make it my regular stop for my hair needs. Surprisingly, when they first started, they received some coaching on running their own salon from my friend who used to cut my hair. Good reference already!

The things I love about this place:

Price Point
Paying $35-40 for professional Japanese cut and style was a very welcome change to the typical $75-80 that I was accustomed to paying. The quality of cut is definintely comparable to what I used to get. So there are zero complaints from my end. The hairdressers will work closely with you to get the cut you want, and even advise you if your not sure what works, or just want something different. It's everything that I used to get with half the cost. Woot!

No Nonsense Work Ethic
I'm not the kind of person who likes a lot of chatter, and feel pressured to have to tell my hair stylist all the elements of my personal resume. I really just want to go to in and get my hair done. They really don't chatter it up with you unless you are clearly in the mood to chat. And for me, that's a good thing.

Asian Hair Specialists
The majority (maybe all?) of the hair dressers are Japanese. This is good news for me since getting a cut to suit my asian black hair can be a challenge if you don't want to pay the high price for it.So they are used to thicker black long hair, and, from what I can tell, are up to speed with the latest trends.

The Massages!
Oh baby, yes! You get the full head and neck massage with your hair wash. Just close your eyes and enjoy!

The Bonuses
You will get a discount off your first trip there. If you "like" their facebook page, you are graced with a permanent 20% off (looking forward to figuring out how they know I've done that on my next trip). You are also provided with your choice of drinks and some pocky to munch on! (I think they used to offer some champagne, but maybe not... I can't recall now). I usually get hot green tea. And you can't beat free parking!

Hive Hair Spa
8257 Oak Street (at 67th Ave), Vancouver BC (map)
Open M, W-F, 10am-7pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-6pm

Have you tried this place? What are your thoughts?

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