SEVEN Salon at Pacific Place in Seattle recently held an event to showcase the artistic work of their stylists. The salon, whose trademark is “Haircuts to suit your bone structure, color to enhance your skin and accentuate your eyes,” exposed the 200 people in attendance to who was really behind the front desk, the scissors and the highlights. Every person that works at SEVEN Salon’s two locations was so much more than they let on. Each employee was a true artist in every sense of the word.
Upon entering SEVEN’s chic Pacific Place location, guests were greeted with the sight of the amazing raffle prizes that were to be awarded later in the evening. The Sleek + Chic collection, the Urban Male collection, the Sexy Hair collection, a $75 gift certificate to Purple Café and Wine Bar and two fitness packages to Flywheel Sports were waiting to be won by very lucky guests.
Purple Café & Wine Bar served up some of the most delectable hor d’oeuvres that I’ve had in a long time including vegetable sandwiches, skewed mozzarella and tomatoes, goat cheese wrapped dates, peanut butter and jelly and bacon sandwiches, and salted caramel chocolate morsels that literally melted in your mouth. I had not eaten dinner prior to the event and I was so glad I had not. I tried a little of everything and every single bite was delicious.
Throughout the salon, a feast for the eyes laid before me. Beautifully crafted artwork, from paintings to sketches to jewelry were proudly displayed. Each piece of work had been designed by a SEVEN employee. As someone who is an avid (although not a great) snowboarder, I was drawn to two snowboarding at sunset and sunrise paintings, done by Seda, SEVEN’s front desk lead. They literally looked like photographs taken on some far off mountain top as a day of riding ended, or a day of riding began. Advanced Stylist Ashley’s sketch of a couple dancing a ballet routine in a studio was incredibly lifelike, and brought me back to my childhood as a little ballerina trying to learn pointe. Senior Stylist and Creative Team Director Jaclyn and Stylist Pamela had created stunning wigs that looked runway ready. I was absolutely astounded by the artistic work of these employees. To think that these artists could also create exceptional pieces with hair as their canvas – I was ready to have my consultation!!
After admiring the artwork, the middle of the salon was emptied out for upcoming performances. Shelli Martin, director of Stylists and a senior stylist herself, spoke to the crowd. She thanked all of the clients for coming out as SEVEN celebrated its tenth year in business, noting this event was created as a way to showcase the very talented employees. She wanted all the clients to see that outside of styling, they were all artists and the clients got to be their canvases. She reiterated how SEVEN’s consultations set them apart from all the other salons. Stylists take into account a client’s lifestyle, their eye color, skin color, face shape – and based on all of those factors, create art with hair that fits that specific client. She then introduced two of the employees who were swing dancers when they weren’t styling. Stylists Taylor and Ashley and their male partners danced a fun, toe-tapping, choreographed swing dance to the song, Bare Necessities. I couldn’t help but smile as I watched how much fun the girls were having!
After the 1920s flashback, Shelli announced the next act, the B-boy dance group, THEM TEAM. The audience was then treated to four incredible beat box dancers as they performed flips, head spins and flares. Needless to say, it was awesome.
After the performances, it was time for the raffle prize drawing. While I did not win any of the prizes, those that did win will certainly be very happy customers! I did manage to walk away with a very nice swag bag though.
I had the opportunity to talk with SEVEN director, Shelli about this event.
Q. I have never seen a salon focus so much on the different attributes and talents of their stylists. What does an event like this mean to you and to them?
A. We have always been very proud of our stylists and amazed at all of their many artistic gifts. It was exciting to have an art walk and share their work with our clients, exposing them as the true artists they are! For many of our featured stylists, I believe it was invigorating for them to be known for who they are creatively on a deeper level.
Q. Can we find the art work of your stylists anywhere? Are any of the pieces for sale?
A. Several of our stylists have web sites where they have a collection of their work to view and some pieces for sale. We will be sharing their information and showing some of the photos of their art on our Facebook page! Please stay tuned.
Q. Does 7 Salon have any future events coming up that they would like Seattle and Bellevue to know about?
A. Similar to the event we just had in Seattle, we will be hosting a special Salon Night at our Bellevue location in early 2014 and featuring the creative and artistic sides of some of our Bellevue-based stylists. Coming up next month, SEVEN is hosting their annual fall fashion runway show at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 29 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Grand Ballroom. During the show, SEVEN will ignite the runway with alluring cuts and dramatic colors ranging from the classic to the avant garde. Tickets are available now: Front Row VIP with Swag Bag tickets are $105, General Admission tickets are $85. Purchase tickets at SEVEN Salon locations and online here.
Q. Are there any charities that 7 Salon works with?
A. Both the Seattle and Bellevue SEVEN Salon locations donate hair services and products throughout the year to a variety of charities, events and auctions. During the month of September, SEVEN will partner with The Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research – they will support and feature them in their September newsletter.