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Hair Love with Lindsay Heighton

 

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Lindsay started as a protégé with Mystique in April 2016 after having picked up her first pair of scissors in 2012. She has now graduated from Mystique’s intensive Protégé Program and is excelling as a Hair Designer. Lindsay loves the teaching atmosphere at Mystique where she can focus on growing her knowledge in a team-based environment.

Since becoming Mystique’s Davines Ambassador, Lindsay enjoys broadening her understanding of this unique eco-friendly line and sharing her knowledge with staff and clients. Lindsay has a natural eye for cutting and colouring and is well received by clients who appreciate her positive attitude and advice on hair care. Lindsay has built an immense following with fashion colours and bright transformations. With her attention to detail, Lindsay can create a masterpiece with just about anything she puts her mind to.

To say I’m a fan of Lindsay is an understatement! Lindsay has been my stylist for some time now and I just keep falling more in love with my hair each time I see her. In a previous interview here, I can’t stop talking about how much I adore Mystique Hair Design and Lindsay. Lindsay has been someone that through a very difficult time in my life was a bright light. Her patience and genuine care for her client was something that was truly something special. Lindsay gave me some of my confidence back helping me go purple and continues to guide me through all my creative, hair dreams. Oh and I can’t forget to mention that Lindsay is funny and makes going to the salon feel like you’re hanging out with your girlfriend.

I could decide to pick any colour of hair, any style and even go as far to say shave my head (which I might do in the future) knowing the trust I have in Lindsay. When I first called Mystique I had no idea who my stylist would be and I have to believe that the universe stepped in and placed me with someone that I think it knew I needed. Because of Lindsay I’ve gone out of my comfort zone and you could say feeling supported to work on certain parts of myself that I have previously kept closed off. As someone that comes from unhealthy situations, trusting people has been something that has been hard for me.

To some going purple is just colouring your hair; but to me it was so much more and kind of showed me the person I have been trying to reclaim for years. You could say it helped me rediscover the part of me that I wasn’t sure I’d find again. The purple hair has a lot of significance and I’ll be sharing more about that in time……

So until then, sit back and enjoy this interview while you get to know a little more about my awesome stylist and friend; Lindsay Heighton.

BB411~ How did you come to work as a stylist and what do you love most about it?

LH~ When I was in high school I was in theatre. For the plays and musicals we had to do our hair all fancy and done up. I would always get compliments on how I did my hair so the girls and guys would ask if I could come early and do theirs as well. (I even started doing a few haircuts in the change room too!) That’s when I knew I loved hairdressing. So I decided to go to school for it! My favourite thing is a tie between two things; getting to express my artistic side through colouring and cuts, and making people feel amazing. The look on their face and hearing about all the compliments they got made my day!

BB411~ What do you love most about working at Mystique Hair Design?

LH~ The team! If it wasn’t for these girls I don’t think I would have made it. I am a person who is very hard on themselves which can be a good thing and a bad thing. But with these girls by my side giving me positive feedback and showing me the way I was able to grow from it and make my clientele very happy! Also the education. We take lots of extra classes and do hair at different events which keeps you challenging yourself.

BB411~ Describe the Team at Mystique Hair Design?

LH~ As I said before, they really are a team. We all have different personalities here and it’s amazing to see them all come together to make a team that can make anyone happy!

BB411~ What has it meant having Steph as a boss, what do you love most, and what has been the greatest lesson/gift she has taught you?

LH~ Out of all my bosses Steph stands out because she gets it. By that I mean she is human; you never feel like she is way above you and just your boss. She feels like one of the girls. That being said she will keep you moving forward constantly and not letting you stay too comfortable. We can all work on something. But my point is that she understands family and the importance of life and being happy. If you need anything you can go to her; work or outside life, she’ll be there. As for what she’s taught me I would say how to be the best version of myself. I’ve worked on my mental health while being here with her and the rest of the girls help. Of course there is also the obvious she has gifted me the art of being a talented hairdresser!

BB411~ You are a Davines Ambassador, tell me about the company, what you love most about them and why you chose to represent for them?

LH~ The Bollati family founded Davines in Parma, Italy in 1983. They have continued to grow to be a massive company with a small family feel. Everything is grown on their farms to be added into their shampoos and conditioners, their own trees are used to make the boxes, and every single detail is thought out. Their slogan is SUSTAINABLE BEAUTY. They want us to be using natural ingredients and protecting the planet.

“BY CREATING BEAUTY SUSTAINABLY, WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THEY LIVE & WORK, OF THE THINGS THEY LOVE.”

This is why I have chose to represent them, because I believe in what they stand for, and I have seen INCREDIBLE success in their products. They are constantly reworking their lines to keep them as updated and high functioning as possible. If they find something better, they replace it. You know you’re always getting the best when you use Davines.

BB411~ What has been your greatest success as a stylist?

LH~ My greatest success or feeling of accomplishment is when I have guests who are so happy that the rebook there next few appointments. It’s so satisfying knowing I have helped someone deeply truly feel beautiful. Also when I’m in situations like back stage events where it’s fast and way out of my comfort zone yet everything comes together and I feel so great when it’s all done. It gives me a huge sense of success.

BB411~ Who inspires you as a stylist?

LH~ Countless of different hairstylists across Instagram and other social media platforms.. but if I had to pick a big one it would be Guy Tang. He does so many amazing fun colours that really make me want to work on some mermaid hair clients!

BB411~ Is there a hair style/trend that you have been dying to do but haven’t had the chance yet or a client that wanted to try it?

LH~ Probably just more fun fashion shades that I haven’t worked with too much yet. I’ve done lots of blues and purples but not too much of the other colours of the rainbow.

BB411~ If you weren’t in the career you are today and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

LH~ As silly as it seems the dream for me would be voice acting, or designing video games. Anyone who knows me knows I have a very nerdy side and my passions are video games and hairdressing. Two very opposite worlds. But I think it would be so fun!

BB411~ We all have that hair trend/style we tried as a kid or young adult that we regret, what was your worst hair style looking back?

LH~ My mom always gave me these straight across bangs that were 2 inches thick and 1 inch above my eyebrows when I was young. It looked like a shelf. My hair was very thick so those bangs did NOT suit me. Thanks Mom 😉

 

BB411~ What are your top three hair products right now?

LH~ That’s easy!

R+CO’s Highdive. A moisture and shine cream you apply before you blow dry. The hair feels like butter after!

Davines’ Vegetarian Miracle Nourishing shampoo and conditioner. This stuff SAVED my hair and scalp after having an allergic reaction to lightener when I bleached out my hair. It’s so nourishing and has a ton of natural ingredients so you know it’s good stuff.

LaBiosthetique’s Chevuex Long oil. It’s for long hair as the name would suggest but anybody can use it (just avoid the roots). Silky shiny hair for days with that stuff!

BB411~ What is the biggest misconception people have about their hair?

LH~ That it’s better for your hair to be greasy and oily when getting it coloured. It’s actually not true at all! If the hair has too much oil built up on the cuticle, then the colour has another layer to penetrate before getting through. Sometimes we even have to wash clients hair that is too oily before colouring.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

LH~ To care less about what other people think of you/your work/your life. Also to stop worrying so much in general. You are going to go grey and your hair will start falling out!

BB411~ Three words that best describe you?

LH~ Caring, creative, and perfectionist probably haha.

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

LH~ Like I said before, I love all things nerdy and geeky! Video games, comics & superhero’s/villains, computers, you name it 🙂

BB411~ Favorite quote?

LH~ Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift which is why we call it a present.

BB411~ What is the #1 book you would gift to someone?

LH~ Honestly, I don’t really read that many books. But one I have always enjoyed was The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. Like I said, I’m quite nerdy outside of the hair world haha.

BB411~ What are the 3 sites you check out on a regular basis to keep updated (news, spiritual, etc)

LH~ Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. They cover all the topics I could be interested in.

BB411~ A place that you haven’t travelled that is top of your list?

LH~ New Zealand and Japan!

BB411~ Number one thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

LH~ Getting a tattoo! I know that seems so small but I’ve always adored tattoos, yet have a horrible fear of needles. I’ve never been brave enough to go get one so it’d be a big step when I finally do get one!

BB411~ I’m in the exact same boat, really want one but have a fear of needles and also what I’d want for a design. I have so many ideas!

BB411~ When you look back at the life you lived, what do u want to be remembered for?

LH~ For making people happy. I’m always last on the list of important things in my mind.

BB411~ If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be and why?

LH~ The cost of living. It’s too damn expensive. People shouldn’t have to scrape by just to have a place to live and to put food on the table. What if I want to travel? That’s certainly not going to happen anytime soon at this rate!

BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

LH~ When I started working at Mystique and realized what it meant to be working in a place where people actually want nothing but the best for you and will not take advantage of you being new into the industry. Nothing but support from your workplace was not something I experienced in the hair world until I started here.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

LH~ As cliché as it seems, to just stick with it. Speaking from experience there are always going to be people that get in your way, tell you no, and take advantage of you. You just have to find that person/people to give you a chance. If you can dream it you can do it.

BB411~ Describe your perfect day when you have some down time?

LH~ I have two, if I’m on vacation then sleeping in and staying in my pjs all day and watching movies with my loved ones and baking sweets.

If I’m alone then waiting until it’s night time and going for a walk at the beach with some hot chocolate in hand. Very peaceful!

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

LH~ My family

I highly recommend contacting Mystique for a consultation with Lindsay and you can keep up to date with them out on their Website, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

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Mystique Hair Design: In A League Of Their Own

Before I get into how amazing of a salon Mystique Hair Design in White rock is, let me first tell you about how finding them came to be; and why Steph hands down is a rare gem with a heart of gold!

Last year I had a major hair crisis when my hair went every shade of “I didn’t want that”, from orange to green to wtf is that colour. I was devastated and fortunate enough for a friend to find me a salon to correct it. But in that time Steph reached out on social media to say that she was happy I found someone but if ever I was in need of anything in the future that they were here to help. WHAT! This is someone that doesn’t even know me and has nothing to gain but it showed just why Mystique Hair Design is in a league of their own. To me that was an act of pure kindness.

Even though I had my hair corrected, I still wasn’t in love with it as much as I wanted to be. I wanted someone that specialized in blondes as it has continued to be my obsession (recovering-former brunette). I also wanted to find someone that really invested in their clients and gave you that “I fucking love my hair” feeling every time I left the salon. So I decided to reach out to Steph and see if there was a stylist available, expressing that I was nervous to try someone new and wanted someone really good. Steph rest assured me that the whole team was amazing and she was setting me up with Lindsay. She told me that I would be in exceptional hands and I would be more than happy.

Here’s the thing… I went in feeling pretty good and relaxed that it would be a great experience, but what I got was way more than I could have ever imagined or hoped for. First off, if you haven’t been to White Rock you are missing out. Parking and walking down to the salon I was taken back by the beautiful view of the water, there is something magical when you can sense the ocean. Upon walking into the salon I was acknowledged by each staff member (even if it was just a look up from their client and a smile) and instantly greeted by Lindsay. It wasn’t an awkward first meeting, Lindsay welcomed me as if she had known me prior. We sat down and consulted on my hairs history so she could really grasp the life of my hair (well at least what I’ve put it through over the last few years). I told her that I wanted to go pretty blonde but not so much that I look washed out. Lindsay talked me through everything and before long we were underway on making me a blonde bombshell. Steph came over after she was done with her client and made me feel even more at ease that I was in great hands. Steph had this awesome energy about her and I could see why I had such a good feeling sitting at the salon. I hadn’t been sitting for long when the girls were bringing me over a little gift they give each client (a hot hand towel, under-eye beauty treatment patches, tea and yes….a yummy macaroon). I was feeling so relaxed and taken care of and I had only been there for a short amount of time. When everything was all done, Lindsay left me blushing at the image I saw looking back in the mirror. I knew right then and there that Lindsay was my girl! So with a refreshed attitude I left and continued loving my hair.

I ended up going back to Lindsay for another round of blonde and expressed to her that I was going through some changes and needed something adventurous, bold and different. I told Lindsay I tried a pink hue before and didn’t like the tone with my skin. And Lindsay said “oh you are a purple girl, why don’t you go purple”. “Purple? I don’t think I could do that”, I felt nervous and scared. But Lindsay being Lindsay with her huge heart took the time to go over the process saying lets just go light purple to test it out. She told me it wasn’t permanent and if I didn’t like it I could wash it frequently and it would fade out. But Lindsay had a feeling she wasn’t sharing: that I would fall in love with it.

Actually “fall in love with it” is a bit of an understatement. What transformed after going purple was something I could have never dreamed. It’s as if I finally felt more like myself than ever before. There was this whole new level of confidence. I owe a lot to Lindsay, the way she built trust with a new client was really something special. Here is a girl (Me) who was fearful to do something risky (I know most people might not think going purple is risky), but with Lindsay by my side I gave up control and decided to jump. What most people don’t know is I spent years in a relationship that would never allow me to do something like this. So from someone that felt boxed in, controlled and insecure, going purple was actually a really BIG THING for me. Actually when I was little I was obsessed with a purple lipstick and Cyndi Lauper so going purple was also a magical process believe it or not. This is just another reason that Mystique and Lindsay are in a league of their own. They had the confidence knowing how the purple would turn out and held my hand the whole way through. It’s not about $$$ – it truly is about the whole experience from the moment their clients walk in the door to the moment they send them out into the world to rock their new look. Whether I stay purple, go back blonde eventually or try something crazy and new; I have my complete trust in Mystique and Lindsay’s vibrant, expressive, creative mind. They say to “Love what you do” and it shows on every single client at Mystique Hair Design.

There are so many wonderful reasons to become a client at Mystique Hair Design, but before I finish off this heartfelt feature, here is a little Q&A on some hair love. Enjoy!

  1. Top trends going into winter: Darker colours; lots of reds!
  2. What’s the key to colour correction: There are many. many, many steps. First is to be realistic; understanding the process that got the hair in that condition in the first place. Going back and taking an inventory (history of the hair) of what’s been on it for the last 2 years.
  3. What is the benefit of using paper foils instead of metal foils: For a full head of foils they are better as they don’t conduct heat the same way metal foils do. And since bleach is heat-activated it allows us to control the process and lift slowly.
  4. Two ways to cancel unwanted brassiness: Highlights and Lowlights to add dimension. Also for blondes; using a purple shampoo for helping with yellow and blue shampoo (salon recommended) for orange.
  5. You have used two different colour lines on me; tell me what you love the most about both lines: La Biosthetique (Blonde) ~ This line is super conditioning (Vitamin E and Avocado oil); hair feels better after being coloured. The whole line is versatile and each colour can be mixed in many different ways. They are big on education with providing our team the opportunity to perfect our skills and craft (4-5 classes and 2 trade shows per year). And can we talk about their reds…they fade beautifully and last a long time (just ask Lindsay who is rocking some gorgeous colour)        Pulp Riot ~ This line lasts such a long time and doesn’t fade fast, and it’s easy to remove when you want to change it. It makes the hair feel amazing and the colour smells so good you could eat it….. But don’t ha ha! Lindsay expressed to me that she especially loved helping me go purple as she got to express herself through the colour and be creative. Also loved the trust I put in her to customize it.
  6. Favourite treatment for hair right now: La Biosthetique PCC treatment (in salon only). It’s a 2 step process; first step is a vial liquid that adds protein to strengthen the hair and the second step is a conditioning mask to lock everything in.
  7. What’s your favourite product at this current moment: “High Dive” by R+Co. It’s for deep hydration and reflective shine; you add it to towel-dried hair before blow drying. It really helps with flyaways and is good for all hair types, especially for straightening or curly hair.
  8. Mystique Hair Design specializes in many amazing services, has there been any hair that you haven’t been able to work with: Henna Colour! If you put bleach or perm on it there is a chemical reaction that destroys the hair!!!!!!!!
  9. Top tips for hair: Always use a heat protector before heating-tools (styling) and sun exposure. Also don’t wash everyday; natural oils are great for hair and over washing it can strip the hair.
  10. How would you sum up the Team at Mystique: Supportive, hardworking, passionate. You basically summed us up by asking; WE ARE A TEAM! We work together and help each other out. We are also HUGE into EDUCATION. It’s very important to stay current, updated and challenge ourselves. Keeping things fresh and trendy is a top priority for our family (clients).

If I haven’t fully expressed how much I adore the girls at Mystique Hair Design, let me wrap it up in these final words. The shop is stunning and cozy, they carry awesome hair care brands, they give you treats during your treatment, the staff has a wicked energy, they give back to the community, they care about the environment, they are AMAZING Hair Gods (stylists) and the care about each client like they were family. Oh and the shampoo head massages are to die for!

I highly recommend contacting Mystique for a consultation and you can stalk them by check them out on their Website, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

I am super excited for my next visit where Lindsay will be taking my purple to a whole other level; think Katy Perry!

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411