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Tutorial: How To Fish Tail Braid

This style is actually WAY easier than you probably think. If you know how to french braid then you’ll catch on quick. Check out the photos and description below to learn how to do this style yourself at home in minutes.

Step 1: Tie hair up into a pony tail.

Step 2: Take a small section from the pony tail and wrap around your hair elastic to hide it, secure with a bobby pin.

Step 3: Section pony tail into two equal halves.

Step 4: Take a small section from underneath the left side and carry it over that section and add it to the right section. Keep this weaving going, alternating on each side.

Step 5: Continue weave until you reached the bottom of the pony tail.

Step 6: Loosen the braid and make it appear thicker by pulling the hair out, beginning at the top of the pony tail and working downward.

Step 7: Secure the braid with a small clear elastic, et voila! You are done.


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Tutorial: Next Day Hair – Boho Pull Apart Braid Crown

For those of us with more than 5 hairs on our head, washing our hair daily can be a bit much not to mention its not even good for your hair or scalp. So what are some ways to extend the life of your shampoo? STYLING. Styling second (or third…or fourth) day hair is actually easier than the first day! Although you might wake up with some awful bed head and have to work to tame those cowlicks, the natural oils released from your scalp and life in general creates more texture, grit and life in your hair come day two.

A lot of the boho inspired hair styles are much easier to attain when the hair isn’t super slippery (AKA has some texture!). A few products are necessary to rework your locks into the boho beauty look that is SO EASY when your hair isn’t super clean. They can also be used to create texture in freshly washed hair! Here is a great example of a second day hair style! Boho pull-apart braid crown. Here’s what you’ll need:

Here are your fav new styling products!

  1. Aveda Texture Tonic is like a salt spray but better! Mist hair lightly all over and scrunch for some wave and texture or apply on wet hair after shower and air dry.
  2. Aveda Shampure DryShampoo is a powder dry shampoo that works insanely well to absorb excess oils – so that your hair looks like you washed it. Sprinkle it in your part and at the root to get rid of grease before you start styling. Added bonus – it creates amazing volume at the roots!
  3. Kevin Murphy Bedroom.Hair is the finishing touch to this beachy style. Mist hair all over to add shine and flexible hold to your style.

Okay, so now that you’ve got the products deets, lets get to the actualy style.

  1. Section hair from each side of your part to your ears using your fingertips
  2. Begin a reverse french braid (dutch braid) from your hairline outward
  3. Once you’ve gathered enough hair, detach and continue as a normal braid

4. Repeat on the other side for two braids

5. Pull and stretch the hair out from the braid to add thickness

6. Using a bobby pin, clip the braid in place around the back of your hair

7. Wrap the other braid around and secure using more bobby pins. Tuck the bottom of braid underneath hair. Spray with Bedroom.Hair!




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We’re in Vancouver Magazine!

Last week our little family-run, neighbourhood salon was so proud to be featured in Vancouver Magazine alongside two of Vancouver’s largest, most high-profile salon chains. We helped give insight into what’s going on with hair this season, with our one and only Ms. Sarah as our gorgeous model.

Check out the article here or below for hair trends right now, and to see us in print 🙂

sarah-img_0571 – Top 3 Fall Hair Trends To Try

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Quickfire Q&A: Jillian

Meet Jillian! Our newest team member has been living and working in Calgary the past 3 years, and she’s thrilled to be back on the West Coast. She’s funny, positive and professional, and such a great addition to our little family. You can read her full background and bio here, but to get to know her a little better we did a quick little q&a between clients.


So we know you’re new to the city; what’s your favourite thing about Vancouver?
Oh, the rain. Haha, no, living so close to the water.

Favourite shop on Main?
Front & Company

Favourite movie?
True Romance

Current musical obsession?
I don’t want to sound too basic, but Beyoncé’s Lemonade album.

Favourite go-to hair product?
Aveda Air Control

Food you cannot live without?
Sushi. Actually, pizza.

Why hair?
I was cutting my Barbie’s hair when I was 8 years old, and it’s always been something I’ve loved.

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Autumn Update (and some love)

It’s been a busy fall already at Trim, with people coming and going on holidays, some new faces, and some familiar ones leaving us. Our dear Abby* is moving away at the end of the month, but as a parting gift, got us set up with a brand new (much more efficient) scheduling software. As such, we will very soon be able to offer you online booking, and help out our amazing front line team as they keep our little salon running smoothly. We’ve also opened up on Sundays again! It’s by appointment only, so give us a call if you’d like to take advantage of the peaceful Sunday salon vibes.

Keep an eye on the blog and our Facebook page for a little intro to our new stylist Jillian, and new front line member Jess. It already feels like they’ve been with us forever, which is always a nice way to start.

Amidst the changes and craziness, with Thanksgiving just around the corner (already!?), we wanted to reach out to our wonderful guests to say a big, huge THANK YOU. We are so grateful that you continue to support us, and keep the shop buzzing with your awesome energy and beautiful hair. It’s a pleasure to come to work every day because of you 🙂


*pun intended

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Meet & Greet with Our Newest Stylist Anna

We’re so happy to welcome Anna to the team at TRiM! We asked her a few questions to get to know her better.

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1. What drew you to the industry and how did you get started?

Growing up in a small town, I loved playing with my cousins’ hair and convincing friends and family to style or cut their hair. From doing fun photo shoots with friends to styling hair for school dances, it always came so naturally and I realized this was what I wanted to do. At the age of 16 I worked at a local salon for school credits; even though it was mostly sweeping hair, answering phones and shampooing, I loved being in a creative atmosphere. At school I loved writing, art and anything where I could be creative. After graduating high school and receiving credits through the salon, I decided to head to Marvel College in Edmonton. I knew I was in the right place – getting those fresh mannequin heads to play with was the best. We had a lot of colour and cutting competitions within the school, and when I won the first one I entered I was thrilled! Luckily I was able to continue working at the same salon where I’d built myself a clientele. It was so cool to have friends and family visit for haircuts and colours, and meeting new people all the time keeps it interesting. To do what I love hardly feels like work – it’s the coolest thing ever.

2. How long have you been at TRiM?

I’ve only been at TRiM for a couple of weeks and I am so thrilled about it. Also they have an amazing team – very talented and warm – welcoming me into my new hair home. I feel very lucky to be part of the TRiM family. I also love the Main Street vibe. I’ve always wanted to work with Aveda so I’m pretty excited to play with the colour and products. I also love that TRiM is a Green Circle salon; they recycle everything, which is very important to me, and responsibly dispose of any unused colour. They also keep up with their education, and have regular cutting/colouring classes and fun photo shoots to stay on top of the latest trends and techniques!

3. What is your go-to day-to-day hairstyle?

Hmm… Well as much as I like to perfect my clients’ hair, I’m not one to spend a lot of time on my own. I prefer to keep my hair shorter to bring out the curl, and because it’s also fine it gives the illusion of thicker hair. I also don’t use a lot of products; I don’t own hairspray and like to keep it simple, using light products such as the Intelligent Nutrients leave-in conditioner (that I’ve fallen in LOVE with – my dream product!). I don’t like to wash my hair much either because naturally curly hair tends to be dry. I’ll use dry shampoo sometimes to get me through an extra day four or five! I find I get more compliments the dirtier it is.

4. Who have been your greatest personal hair inspirations throughout the years?

Growing up in the 90s and early 2000s Rachel’s layered cut on Friends was a favourite, and I always Gwen Stefani’s changing looks and fun colours. I loved when guests would come in wanting a few different colours like red with brown or some blonde peek-a-boos. I look back at the stripe look though and I didn’t love that. I’m happy we’ve evolved from using the hair straightener so much too. I much prefer softer, natural looks, but I do like to have some fun. For many years I was platinum blonde and had a few bright pink pieces. As soon as I could colour my hair I was always changing it and spontaneously going from hairdresser to hairdresser. I’ve been many colours but always eventually revert back to being natural as I’d call myself a bit of a hippie at heart – pretty down to earth. Bohemian beachy looks are my current fave, soft and natural. The West Coast suits me best.

5. Name three of your top products and why?

My newest favourite as mentioned above is the Intelligent Nutrients leave-in conditioner: it’s so light and has almost a gel-like consistency. 100% non-toxic and plant-based, it nourishes and protects the scalp with oils like grapeseed, grapefruit and pumpkin, and cardamon, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, lavender – the list of superior ingredients goes on. Safe for us and the earth. Once you try it you’ll be hooked! It’s free of parabens, silicones and great to use on colour-treated hair. It’s definitely my new go-to product. Love! 

Motion Lotion by Kevin Murphy is another of my favourites for curly hair. It’s got a hint of patchouli, which I love, and is very conditioning, packed with beautiful essential oils. 

Lastly, it’s a tie between the Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair with quinoa protein, and the Intelligent Nutrients Pure Luxe shampoo free of sulphates, parabens, silicones, wax, phthalates and synthetic fragrances. Both are highly concentrated with organic essential oils like pumpkin seed oil, raspberry oil and sesame oil that leave your hair feeling better that it’s ever felt. These products not only smell awesome but leave your hair so shiny and nourished, full of antioxidants that revive the hair to keep it looking and feeling its best.

6.What is your number one hair care tip?

Don’t wash your hair every day, and don’t use drug store shampoos. They build up a waxy film on your hair, and leave it frizzy and weighed down. It’s a good investment buying proper shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t have sulphates that will strip your hair. If you pay to have a colour at the salon and go home and use Pantene it will strip away the colour and leave it looking hollow. Plus salon products are very concentrated so you only need a little bit. It will go a long way. Less is more, and imperfect hair is better! Work with what you’ve got. Hair really has a mind of its own so don’t fight it! Experiment with using a curling iron or a wand to enhance your natural texture. I love curly hair!

7. What’s your favourite era for hair?

I love the flowing waves and shag cuts from the 70s like Farrah Fawcett and Sophia Loren’s. I loved the flirty feathery looks that were still very natural looking, a lot like the looks that are back in style now. Like the sun-bleached highlights of Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon, I love the natural looking blondes you can achieve with a balayage technique. That hair that you had when you were five!

8. What is the most requested hair style at the salon?

At the moment it’s a lot of hairstyles I love. I’m really loving the balayage technique: it’s a very creative way of painting the hair to get an effect that looks very natural, and it’s less maintenance for the grow out. I love adding extra lighter pieces around the face and crown, where the sun would naturally highlight your hair. Painting on some lighter pieces either with foils or balayage adds a dimensional look to the hair, giving it more depth. Sometimes less is more with colour.

A huge thank you to Anna for taking the time to let us get to know her better. Be sure to come by the salon to meet her and the rest of our amazing team!

Here are the links to all of the awesome products Anna loves:

Intelligent Nutrients Leave-In Conditioner

Kevin Murphy Motion Lotion

Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair

Intelligent Nutrients Pure Luxe

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Happy 5 Year Anniversary to TRiM!


5 years have passed and despite it sounding cliche, it truly feels like only yesterday we were hanging the mirrors, stocking the shelves and tidying up the renovation debris for opening day.

Each year since we became a part of the Main Street community has been one to remember. From the moment we decided to sign the lease and bring our dream to life, our friends and family have supported us and have continuously cheered us on. On top of this support, the neighbourhood has been so welcoming to us. The small-business-owner friends that we have made on Main Street are like family now. Our resident neighbours are so supportive and loyal to this community it’s heart-warming and contagious.

Our Trim Family has grown over the years. We set out 5 years ago to create a space for everyone to feel welcome, as if they were visiting a friend’s house, with a team of people who love to cut hair and enjoy a good laugh. Without our TRiM family the past 5 years wouldn’t have been possible. To now look back on what we’ve all created together, we are humbled and so grateful for all of the energy that has been spent over the years building this little business that we call home.

Thank you everyone for your years of continued support and encouragement. We are forever grateful. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Sarah, Rich & Baby Jack.


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