There's always time for a cocktail

For us, August is all about operating within a state of bliss. Our Loves Local this month is all about sharing our summer adventures with friends and loved ones over libations and laughs.

Our guest services team lead Natalie and Inventory Coordinator Adam enjoying their favourite Proof cocktails.

Our guest services team lead Natalie and Inventory Coordinator Adam enjoying their favourite Proof cocktails.


Cocktails & Curiosities

Our 1st Street neighbour Proof also happens to be one of our favourite cocktail joints. It's an old-fashioned speakeasy with classic cocktails, thoughtful service, and small plates that send your senses into overdrive. Our team's favourite cocktail? The brightest day! And best of all? They're always changing and adapting their menu, so you'll never get bored.

The bar is first come, first-serve, so cut out of work early and grab a table - you deserve it!

Proof is graciously offering our guests 10% off their bill - just mention that Hedkandi sent you.


If you're feeling like more of a homebody, or finished with after work cocktails and fixing to take the party home, venture next door from Proof to Vine Arts (or head to their 17 ave location) for a fine selection of wine, spirits, liquor and beer. Their knowledgeable and experienced staff are able to elevate your casual cocktails at home from a frat party vibe to an elegant affair.

Travel the world without leaving our city

Calgary summers are ripe with experience, and if you've used your vacation time but want a little international sensation, there are events throughout the next month to keep you satisfied!

First up is both Reggaefest and Expo Latino on the weekend of August 18 and 19. At Reggaefest, you'll explore Caribbean culture, music, dance, and food in Shaw Millenium Park. While at Expo Latino, you'll see the diversity of Latino Cultures represented across South and Central America, with amazing food, music, dance and art as well! Finally, Fiesta Filipino occurs over September long weekend in Olympic Plaza, and it's a time for fellowship, food and a variety of entertainment and summer activities.

Global fest

Continuing on our international theme, Global Fest features multi-cultural food districts and internationally acclaimed fireworks performances. If you're not already following us on Instagram be sure to, as we'll be giving away free tickets during the August 15-26 celebration at Elliston Park. 

Calgary pride

We are proud of our staff and guests who represent various identities within the LGBTQ spectrum, and can't wait to celebrate and show our love at this year's Calgary Pride festivities. There's so much going on through August 25 and September 4, but the highlight is always the parade on September 3, and the following celebration, which takes place at Prince's Island Park this year. We'll be there volunteering, so come say hi!

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Summer Vibes

Can you believe July is halfway over and Stampede is winding down!? We're halfway through summer as we know it, which is all the more reason to get your crew together and live it up! In this month's Hedkandi Loves Local, we feature two more festivals to get you through July and August, and invite you to check out one of our favourite business in Inglewood! Read on!


Moonstone Creation is an incredible Indigenous-owned boutique featuring handmade Native art, jewellery, crafts, clothing, and more! It is co-owned by Cree mother-daughter duo Yvonne Jobin and Amy Willier. Yvonne is an internationally-recognized Indigenous artist who brings traditional aspects of her culture into the works she creates. We love that we can find unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect the rich history of our city and surrounding area! And as a family owned business ourselves, we appreciate the hard work, dedication, and spirit that these women have!

Amy and Yvonne also offer classes on traditional beading, ceremonial drumming, dream catcher making, and fish scale art. Visit their website for specific dates.

Moonstone Creation has been gracious enough to offer our guests 10% off all products through to August 15.

Learn more here.


Calgary Folk Music Festival

Calgary Folk Festival runs July 27 through 30, and it's always a highlight of our summer! This year, we're particularly excited to see recent Polaris Prize Winner and Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq,  BADBADNOTGOOD, and country-soul singer-songwriter Yola Carter. To get you in the folk spirit, we've created a playlist for you here:

Taste of Calgary

We love food. Like, looooooooove it. So, when we have the opportunity to be surrounded by vendors of all types in a plaza as gorgeous as the one in Eau Claire, we're DEFINITELY on board! Plus, it's their 20th anniversary! What better way to celebrate than with fine food and drinks?!

Learn more here.


8 Street Stylist Dani and Hotel Arts stylist Lindsay provide cuts for folks living at Brenda's House.

8 Street Stylist Dani and Hotel Arts stylist Lindsay provide cuts for folks living at Brenda's House.

Brenda's House + The Children's Cottage

Each month, a group of our stylists visit Brenda's House to provide hair cuts for the children and families living in tough transition periods. Whenever we have done our "Hot Tools" promotion which allows our guests to recycle old hot tools for a credit towards a new one, we donate the working items to Brenda's House families as well! Each time we visit we see first hand the amazing job that Brenda's House staff do in supporting these families, so if you're looking for a great cause to support, donate now!

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Sun proof your hair this summer!

We're all aware (and hopefully cautious) of the sun's dangerous effects on our skin, but hair is often left out of that conversation. Thankfully, Bumble and Bumble offers hair care products with UV protection to keep your hair healthy and soft! Read on to find the best summer ready products for your hair!

Bb. Curl Family

  • Bb. Curl Conditioning Mousse: Locks in moisture for defined, touchable curls.
  • Bb. Curl Primer: Detangles, defines, and refreshes on day one - and beyond.
  • Bb. Curl Defining Creme: Creates flexible curls with seperation.

Hairdresser's Invisible Oil

  • Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Dry Oil Finishing Spray: Tames frizz with its micromist, softens dry hair, and adds a radiant finish.
  • Hairdresser's Invisible Oil: Instantly vanishes into hair, leaving a smooth feathersoft feel and a trace of shine.

  • Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer: Protects and conditions dry, coarse, or brittle hair.

Bb. Surf 

  • Surf Foam Blow Dry Spray: Half mousse and half salt spray, this product creates big, beachy texture with heat-styled polish. 
  • Surf Infusion: Creates sea-tossed waves with sheen and softness.

Color Minded

  • Color Minded Shampoo: Gently cleanses to preserve colour and keep tones true.
  • Color Minded Conditioner: Preserves colour and shine with its moisture rich formula.

Don't Blow It! Stylers

  • Don't Blow It (Thick): Conditions, de-frizzes, and adds control for a refined, air-dried look that lasts all day.
  • Don't Blow It (Fine): Enhances texture and body for an air-dried look with a product-free feel.
Thom Browne Spring RTW 2016 Show. Hair by Bumble and Bumble's team - including Hedkandi Hotel Arts stylist Lindsay Larsen.

Thom Browne Spring RTW 2016 Show. Hair by Bumble and Bumble's team - including Hedkandi Hotel Arts stylist Lindsay Larsen.

Fishing for compliments

For our June Loves Local, we've curated picks with father's day in mind, though they're great for the summer season, and for anyone looking to try something new. 

Hanson's Fishing Outfitters

For over 40 years, Hanson's Fishing Outfitters has been the go to spot for fishing enthusiasts. It's located in the Grain Exchange Building, conveniently central to each of our locations. Outside of fishing, we love their Filson bags and apparel. And, if you're looking for a great new adventure to try either by yourself or with a group, they offer Fly Fishing Bootcamps at their river house located on the banks of the Bow.

They're offering 10% off everything in the store to our guests; just show this email. 

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Johnny's Barber + Shop, Butter Beauty Parlour, and Hedkandi Salon

No matter what kind of dad you have, looking good makes everyone feel good. Give the gift of a great salon cut at Hedkandi, a hot shave and old-school barber cut at Johnny's Barber + Shop, or a relaxing foot massage and pedicure at Butter Beauty Parlour. Grab your Butter Gift card here, Hedkandi here, or stop by Johnny's for a cocktail and to grab your gift card.

Sled Island

Photo by Allison Seto, courtesy of Sled Island

Photo by Allison Seto, courtesy of Sled Island

Sled Island is one of our favourite festivals and we're proud to have been supporting it as a community partner since its inception. With guest curator Flying Lotus, the programming is as great as ever - this year's lineup has some classic acts and new ones to discover. The festival is only a week away, so we've made a playlist of some of our festival picks for your enjoyment:

Grab your wristband here. If you've already got yours, come by during the festival for 20% off your next retail purchase.

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The value of a haircut

Hotel Arts stylist Kenna getting down and dirty to give her client the perfect cut at last week's Homeless ID fair.

Hotel Arts stylist Kenna getting down and dirty to give her client the perfect cut at last week's Homeless ID fair.

For us, it can be easy to lose perspective and see a haircut as a part of our routine, getting a trim every few weeks as needed. Recently, our team was reminded of exactly what a good hair cut can mean for some amazing folks in need. A fresh hair cut can elevate your mood, update your look, and offer some added confidence, but it can also offer a little humanity and relaxation for those in need.

This past Thursday, we joined the Mustard Seed, Calgary Legal Guidance, The New Urban Registry, and a number of other local agencies who serve our city’s homeless population for an Identification Information Fair.

“As a community, we are showing people who are homeless their value and that we care about them,” said Rachel Shepherd, Homeless Outreach Program Advocate for Calgary Legal Guidance. “I think all people can understand how it feels to have some confidence; my clients struggle with their most basic needs, so to have that boost in confidence and to feel like a professional is willing to take the time out of their day to provide this service, it’s amazing.”

Hotel Arts stylists Brenna, Kenna, and Ashley S. waiting to cut some hair!

Hotel Arts stylists Brenna, Kenna, and Ashley S. waiting to cut some hair!

Hedkandi stylists Kenna, Brenna, Ashley S., Kim, Emily, Kristina, and Sasha were able to provide haircuts for fifty people as part of the identification fair; a majority of them then received photo identification, which is a necessity for accessing services like low-income transit passes and even social benefits. Identification can also help people to file their taxes, rent apartments, get jobs, or even apply for social benefits and get into treatment programs.

We can’t express enough gratitude to each of the agencies who help support and serve our city’s homeless population for allowing us to take part in such a wonderful event, and we encourage our guests to check them each out to learn more about the work they’re doing or to support them by donating time or money!

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PARKSHOW Tickets Available now!

As always, our editorial styling team is thrilled to support PARK. This is our eighth consecutive year supporting this amazing local, fashion-forward organization.

Use our Hedkandi promo code to attend the event and see the runway looks our styling team has created. Please click the button below and get 15% off your ticket with the code "HedkandiLovesFashion"

Alternatively, if you're in any of our salon locations, we have general seating and standing room tickets available for 15% off!

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The secret to effortless hair!

*Applies only to full sized products, cannot be combined with any other offers

*Applies only to full sized products, cannot be combined with any other offers

Treat your mama right!

There are a million words that come to mind to describe our moms. One thing we know for sure is that moms are really special people.

Check out our special Mother's Day video. Wishing you and your mom a very happy Mother's Day!

P.S. Even though she'll probably say "your love is gift enough," we've got gift cards available online and in store. Purchase any gift card for $125 or more and receive an additional $25 gift card because a little something extra never hurts* (OFFER VALID UNTIL MAY 14).

*Gift cards cannot be redeemed within 24 hours of purchase.

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The perfect downtown date night

We’re sure you’ve noticed we rarely venture out of our downtown bubble. But can you blame us? There’s so much to see and do within the city’s core, and we love seeing friendly faces out and about! Over the past few months, our Hotel Arts neighbourhood on first street has seen some new additions, so we took it upon ourselves to plan the perfect downtown date night complete with dinner, drinks, and a show—just for you and yours! You’re welcome in advance!

Foreign Concept

First stop, dinner! You can’t be your best self on an empty stomach. Foreign Concept offers a unique, modern take on Vietnamese that has been satisfying our bellies since it opened towards the end of last year. After dinner, walk a block and a half north and grab a drink (or five) at our next Loves Local pick…

Bar Von Der Fels

Photo by Jared Sych for Avenue Magazine

Photo by Jared Sych for Avenue Magazine

This place is a wine lover's heaven! With over 250 bottles on the menu, and expert sommeliers on staff, you’ll never be disappointed. The menu, however small, has an impactful assortment of cheese, charcuterie, and light bites. The space is small enough that walking by, you might miss it. AKA the perfect lowkey atmosphere for your intimate night out. Now, it’s show time!

Calgary Underground Film Festival

Since 2003, CUFF has showcased programming that defies convention and embraces diversity. From horror, sci-fi and fantasty, to comedies, thrillers and music-related films, they always feature local and international films and add a burst of culture to our city. We’re thankful for our resident film buff and guest services team lead Natalie, who was gracious enough to highlight some of her choices at this year’s fest:

From Natalie: "I personally find film to be the best way to story tell, there are so many creative and visionary ways to express yourself and sharing it with the world, which can be so vulnerable.

In the fall, I'm enrolled in the two year film program at SAIT, where I'll learn writing, producing, editing and the technical aspects of shooting with a film camera."


I loooooove thrillers, especially in an unexpected or foreign setting. Berlin's such a beautiful and super cool city, so I'm excited and curious to see what the cinematography looks like.

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I chose this film because I'm a huge fan of strange love and weirder love stories! Romantic and horror aren't two words you'd generally put together, so this should be interesting!


NUFF SAID! G Funk is a story about some of my favourite rappers (Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Warren G.). I seriously LOVE west coast hip-hop and the soundtrack is AMAZING. Should be fun!!

Theatre Calgary's Crazy for You

Film is great and all, but nothing compares to live theatre! We are so excited for Theatre Calgary’s upcoming musical Crazy for You, about a young banker sent to the sleepy town of Deadrock to foreclose a rundown theatre. Get your tickets here. 

We’re giving away two tickets to the show soon, so follow us on Instagram and stay tuned.

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Superior Paint for Extraordinary Artists

We are so pleased to announce we now carry Pulp Riot Colour for colour services requiring a next-level creative colour.

Pulp Riot colour was founded by David and Alexis Thurston, the founders of Butterfly Loft Salon in Los Angeles. We always believe hair stylists have it best when backed by other hair stylists, and that’s why we chose to carry this line.

The colours apply easier for our guests, are more vibrant than what we’ve used before, and fade truer to tone. As well, Pulp Riot is 100% vegan, ammonia free, and cruelty free.

The need to know:

To our guests – your hair needs to be pre-lightened for best results with a Pulp Riot colour. If you’re interested in booking a vibrant colour service, call your Hedkandi of choice and speak with one of our guest services team members to ensure you’re booked appropriately.

As with any “vivid” service, the lighter the hair, the brighter the results. After you’ve received your service, be sure to wash with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner every few days. Focus your shampoo on the root, and let the rest rinse through.

To ensure your experience, Pulp Riot Colour services require a consultation with your stylist prior to booking.

The Colours:

Our Stylists' work:

We're ready for a vacation (and you probably deserve one too!)

It feels like we just barely made it out of winter, and being snowed up for so long has us ready to show up at the airport, bags packed, and hop on the first flight to an equator-area destination ASAP. Fortunately for us, we just opened our own little beach oasis (Butter Bankers Hall) where we can stare at beach-inspired art from NewZones Gallery. Thus, this month's Hedkandi Loves Local is all about embracing (and creating) the STAYCATION - below, you'll find our tips, tricks, and ideas for saying 'goodbye' to the winter blues and 'hello' to the storm of events that seem to come up as the snow melts and the days get longer!



First things first - studies show that being around plants boosts your memory retention and concentration, so part one of our staycation is ensuring we get some beautiful greenery at home! Located in Inglewood, Plant is the perfect boutique shop to learn about gardening, indoor plants, and more. The space is beautiful, the staff so well-informed (we've killed our share of plants at home - but they're so helpful!), and the selection and workshops are impeccable. We'd be remiss if we didn't admit that we've gone there just to surround ourselves with all of the green beauties in the shop and stuck around for one or two (or three) hours.

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Now that you're mood's a little elevated from your new green friend(s), it's time for you to soak up some sunshine! We prefer a spray tan to add some colour to our complexions. Our friends at Bronze Baxx use an oil, alcohol, and fragrance free solution, administered by a professional air brush artist. They have offered each of our guests a special offer of $39 for their spring spray tan, plus a free mini lotion to help extend its staying power* (savings of  $25!). They have four locations across the city and one in Airdrie. To book, call 403-244-2299.

Visit their website

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Cult Classics are on sale now!

For our feature on our stylist's cult classic favourites, we thought we'd ask members of our team why they love these products - watch the videos below!


Tessa from Calgary's Hedkandi salon loves to use Bumble and Bumble's Bb.Gel to extend and smooth her guest's blowouts.


Styling Creme

Tha from Calgary's Hedkandi salon loves Bumble and Bumble's Styling Creme for her hair.

Baby, you make my heart beat faster...

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but our love never stops flowing. For February's Hedkandi Loves Local, we want to help out an organization in need this month (we love supporting great causes, we can't help it!). When you're feeling good about giving to a great cause, you should reward yourself - so afterwards we're going shopping for home decor at Steeling Home.

Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) needs our help - February and March are extremely slow for blood donations and we're hoping to fill up some appointments and ensure that Calgarians who require life-saving blood are able to get it. The need for blood is constant, and every donation counts. As a thank you for your donation, we've worked in some incentives below.

Ways to Support Canadian Blood Services:

1. Make a blood donation or organize a group donation (we are too!),

  • Once you do, take a photo at the station set-up in the CBS waiting area and post about it on social media - be sure to tag us @HedkandiSalon and use their hash tag #givelifeyyc. As a thank you, we'll give you $20 off your next service*.
  • Once you donate, you can also enter to win a $150 Hedkandi prize package in their waiting area.

2. If you're unable to give blood, you could join the one match program.

Not sure if you are eligible to donate? Take the eligibility quiz.

Want more information on the One Match Program? Visit here. 

The downtown clinic is located just a few blocks from our 8 Street location at 737 13 Ave SW, and the donation clinic is open at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday to Thursday (evenings), 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Steeling Home

Steeling Home is a general store full of unique, vintage, and one of a kind pieces. Their cozy atmosphere and hand-picked array of home decor, stationery, and lifestyle products makes for perfect shopping. 

You can visit Steeling Home at 1010 17 Ave SW, sandwiched between Cibo and Caffe Beano.
Visit their website here.

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Make 2017 the Year of the Knockout!

How are those New Year's resolutions coming along? We're two weeks into 2017 and already need a refresh on our workout routine - luckily for us, there's a new studio pulling all the punches we need.


Make 2017 the 'Year of the Knockout' #YOTK. UNDRCARD is Calgary's premier boxing studio with classes that combine real boxing movement with a motivational night club inspired environment led by Calgary's top instructors and experienced boxers. Best of all, the classes are open to all abilities, novice to advanced.

In addition to classes, they have a full gym, boxing ring, and offer private training. The space also features Yo Adrian! Food and coffee bar, and a corner store with products from Herschel, Reigning Champ, and more.

Knockout Hair, Knockout Workout

As our guest, UNDRCARD wants to give you a free class to try it out. Join the fight club below - all you have to do is sign up, choose your class, and enter the code HEDKANDIJAN at checkout for your complimentary workout.


Now as great as your new workout is, it's important to take care of yourself and ensure you have downtime. We suggest checking out Decidedly Jazz Danceworks' new show, Juliet and Romeo, which opens Wednesday, Jan. 18 and runs until Jan. 28. Tickets are available here. 

The show is a reimagining of the classic Shakespearean play about two star-crossed lovers, but shaken up through live music and dance in true DJD style.

Make sure you follow us on Instagram, because we'll be giving away two tickets this week.

*Parents please note, the performance contains mature content.

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"New year, new you." It's cliché, but we totally get the sentiment - it's nice to have a clean break and start fresh. That could mean a new workout routine, a commitment to reading more, a wild makeover or better budgeting. Whatever your motif for the year is, we want to support you with the gift of free hair. So if you want to avoid paying for your services, here's two ways to do so:

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Did you know we'll award you $20 for every new person you send our way?* The potential for this, for you, is ridiculous; you could get free hair for life! Whether you refer one friend or twenty you will save money at your next appointment!

Here's how:

  1. Get an awesome hair cut or colour with one of our stylists.
  2. Receive a compliment on it.
  3. Invite that person to visit us (we've got cards for that, too - ask our guest services team or your stylist next time you're in!)
  4. They come in, get $20 off their visit, and a $20 credit is applied to your account.
  5. Repeat!

If you want to start saving now, click below to email your friends or spread the word on social media!

Make your hair care products work for you

One year ago we launched our Hedkandi Rewards points program, so you can get more value when you spend money on retail in the salon. Since then, we've awarded nearly $15,000 in discounted services and products to our guests because we love and appreciate you, and we want you to know! You can read a full breakdown of how the program works here.

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*Referral credits are awarded to your account after your person's first appointment.

Holiday Party Hair Inspiration

Holiday party season is upon us - and we know our guests don't always have time to get their hair styled for their event. While we'd love to see you, we totally get the busyness inherent in this time of year, and thought we'd gift you some easy styles you can do yourself! Read on for five holiday looks that are easily obtainable, and use only a few Bumble and Bumble hair products.


  • Bb. Cityswept Finish
  • Bb. Dryspun Thickening Hairspray
  • Bb. Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry
  • Bb. Hair Powder (in your preferred colour)
  • Flat iron and/or curling iron
  • Bobby pins and hair bungees


Inspired by Brigitte Bardot's glorious bouffant, this modern half-updo adds glamour and volume, while maintaining that "je nais sais quoi" messiness that gives French women their disaffected coolness.

1. Apply Bb. Dryspun at the root and midshaft, then backcomb the hair.

2. Anchor the crown of the head with your fingers, then merge in the sides.

3. Pin and knot the finishing pieces from the side to support the 'bouffant.'

4. Bend the loose hair (accordion style) with a flat iron and add a bit of sheen and polish with Bb. Cityswept.


This sexy, high (but not too high) pony is dishevelled to add an air of mystery and allure -- Perfect for your skin-tight holiday dress.

1. Gather the hair into a pony at the crown of the head, using a brush or comb to collect it all.

2. Wrap a thin section of hair around the base of the pony and use a hair bungee to secure.

3. Once the pony is in place, distress the hair by pulling and shaking it.

4. Cover any unsightly seams (scalp peeking through)using Bb. Hair powder (we used black on our model).

5. Wrap the base of the pony with an accessory, like a thick bracelet or hair tie, for a little extra holiday glitz.


Obviously inspired by Jane Fonda's iconic character, this full-bodied bombshell hair would look great with a glamorous holiday dress, or add huge sex appeal to a more laidback suit-look, á la the Olsen twins.

1. Curl the hair all over using your preferred curling iron size. Remember, the smaller the rod, the tighter the curl.

2. Once again, back comb the hair and french lace it to add body.

3. Shift the hair's part to a deep side part, then just tousle and mess it up.


Add an element of class to your holiday party with an undone french twist. The textured finish complements your holiday style, without making you look "too perfect."

1. Apply Bb. Dryspun at the root and mid-shift, then back comb.

2. Roll hair into a rough french twist and pin. 

3. Set with Bb. Surf Foam Spray on the dry hair. This adds the perfect amount of grit and texture to complete that messy, undone look.

4. Add an accessory if desired (we used a necklace we had lying around). This created a more dramatic silhouette on the hair shape.


We know our short-haired ladies want to try something new, too, so this one's for you! Adding some curl and sheen to your hair is the perfect way to change up your look for party season!

1. Curl the hair all over, then tousle and spray with both Bb. Dryspun (for texture and hold) and Bb. Cityswept (for shine and shape).

Our creative & education director Kristin Page discussed the looks on Global News' morning show - watch the video here.

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Pacekids Programs

It’s *officially* the holidays and we are beyond excited! As a small family business, we know the difference shopping at local businesses can make and want to encourage our guests to do as much of their holiday shopping locally as they can. That why this month’s loves local features a local holiday shopping guide and the perfect charity to support this Christmas.

As a reminder, $5 from every $150 you purchase in gift cards will go to our charity of choice – last month it was the Calgary Poppy Fund – and this month it’s Pacekids Programs an organization that provides exceptional therapy and education opportunities to children with special needs. 

Pacekids Programs

Pacekids relies heavily on the generosity of the community. Donations and grants from community minded individuals, organizations and corporations help provide the children with the excellent programming and care that they require. We’ve partnered with Pacekids to try and help them provide the best possible programs and services to the Calgary families they support. 

As our guest we ask you to join us in supporting children with special needs’ education through their Fund A Child initiative. As a Fund a Child donor, you will experience firsthand the day-to-day realities, challenges and successes of children within the Pacekids Early Childhood Services (ECS) program. 

Through this partnership, we have the option to support Pacekids through three funding opportunities:

  • Support Hedkandi’s Fund A Child efforts at your preferred dollar amount
  • Support Fund A Child’s ‘basic’ programming at Pacekids (includes general program costs for one child - $600/year)
  • Support Fund A Child’s ‘enhanced’ programming at Pacekids (includes equipment, resources, and field trips on top of general program costs for one child - $1,000/year)

Pacekids’ Mission: Pacekids Programs is family focused and strives for excellence in the therapy, education and family empowerment of children with special needs.

Hedkandi's Holiday Shopping Guide

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite small businesses in our favourite shopping districts.

o   Yoga Santosha: Our favourite place to catch a little zen, in addition to yoga classes and passes, they have an assortment of wellness products in the studio for purchase. @yogasantosha

o   Fieldstudy Shop: This newly opened general store has handcrafted and unique goods of all sorts, with a huge focus on craftsmanship. @fieldstudyshop

o   Butter Beauty Parlour: Surprise! Another shameless plug for our sister salon – but we’ve got local favourites AW03 makeup, Bloom Lashes, Zoya nail polish, and Archipelago home and skincare products. @butterbeautyparlouryyc

o   Mission Tattoo: If you’ve got a tattoo lover in your life, Mission’s signature black line work could be a perfect addition to their collection. @missiontattooparlour

o   Phil & Sebastien: We offer their coffee in all of their salons, but the actual shop has everything that coffee fanatic on your list could want. @philandseb

o   Purr: Ok, so Purr actually has locations in Kensington, Inglewood, and on 17th Ave, but wherever you go, you’ll find beautiful clothing and accessories unlike anywhere else in the city.  @purrclothing

o   Brass Monocle: A past loves local pick, Brass Monocle has gorgeous glasses and sunglasses. @thebrassmonocle

o   Studio Revolution: Again for any fitness lover on your list – gift them a new surf style workout routine! Plus, the recipient can dream about perfect beach blonde waves while they get their fitness on.  @yycstudiorevolution

o   Leo Boutique: A boutique with all our favourite fashion staples and world class brands. @leoboutique

o   Steeling Home: Their tagline says it all: “A collection of treasures and surprises” for your home. @steelinghome

o   Barre Body Studio: Everyone wants to get back to their work out in the new year, so why not gift the fitness lover in your life with a pass to Barre. @barrebodystudio

o   Plant: Escape the cold in this jungle-like shop – plants are one of our favourite gifts to give, and their unique array of terrariums, artwork, vintage, and garden supplies is perfect for your friend with the green-thumb. @plantshopyyc

o   Adorn Boutique: For the uber-feminine, girly girl in your life, there’s a mix of classic and statement pieces from Australian, North American, and European designers. @adorncalgary

o   Moonstone Creation: Stock up on authentic Native Art and gifts, especially if you’re grabbing something for someone who doesn’t live in Calgary or Canada. It’s a unique twist with a whole lot of culture attached. @moonstonecreation

o   The Uncommons: This store is exactly as it sounds – uncommon goods curated for Calgarians, with a story behind each handmade item. You’ll definitely find something for the person who has everything here. @theuncmns

o   A Little More Interesting: Christmas can be a little sexy, can’t it? Visit them here.

o   Hot Wax: New and used records to play while you’re entertaining for the holidays. @hotwaxrecords

o   Gummi Boutique: Quirky candy + sweets are a perfect stocking stuffer! @gummiboutique

o   Meraki Supply Co.: Hand-picked products with an emphasis on adventure. You can’t go wrong here. @merakisupplyco

o   Livingston & Cavell Extraordinary Toys: You’ll be hit with nostalgia at this vintage inspired toy store, and are sure to find something for all the kids (or the young at heart) in your life. @livingstonandcavellextraordinarytoys

o   Sweet Relief: One of our October loves local picks, Sweet Relief has some of our favourite baked goods, and you can custom order any holiday baking you need! @sweetreliefpastries

o   A Vintage Affair: Give a one-of-a-kind gift with period pieces, or unique knick-knacks from their unbeatable vintage collection. @avintageaffair

o   Understudy: Contemporary menswear for the stylish dude in your life.  @understudyshop

o   Juice Because: Who doesn’t want to do a juice cleanse after binging during the holidays? @juicebecauseyyc

o   Ten Foot Henry: Bring your loved ones for an atmospheric holiday date (the hanging plants throughout the restaurant will help you forget about winter), or buy a gift card so locals can enjoy their daily coffee. @tenfoothenry

o   Peaseblossoms: Our choice florists offer the most unique, beautiful, fresh flowers and arrangements that we’ve found in the city. They’ve provided flowers for our salons for 16 years, and we’ve never been disappointed. @peaseblossomsflowers

o   Johnny’s Barber + Shop: Full disclosure – Johnny’s is part of our family. Buuuuut, they carry a ton of amazing, curated men’s grooming products like Crown Shaving Co. and Layrite that we don’t have in the salon. Plus, what man doesn’t want to try a hot shave at least once in his life? @johnnysbarberandshop

o   Sanctuary Loft: For a beautiful, curated collection of furniture, art, and trinkets unlike anything else in Calgary. All within a thousand-square foot loft with 16 feet high ceilings in Victoria Park. @sanctuaryloftyyc

o   Five Art + Merchandise: OK it’s technically in the East Village, but it just opened up about a month ago and we’re obsessed. It’s a gallery (with affordable original art), and shop with merch and mags unique to the city. @fiveartandmerchandise 

Hedkandi loves local! Hedkandi loves you!

A gift for you, me, he, she, they, we, and charity!

We’re finally in the holiday spirit and we just want to spend our days eating our weight in sugar cookies, drinking too much egg nog, visiting with our guests and cozying up with our families. Notice how we didn’t mention shopping for gifts?

Hedkandi loves giving, but we don’t want to lose that precious time with the ones we love, and we figure you’re the same. When you pop by to get your hair done for the holidays, why not consolidate your shopping and grab some gift cards and product from us? For every $150 you spend on gift cards, we’ll gift you a complimentary Bb. Hairspray* and donate $5 to our charity of choice (this month it’s the Calgary Poppy Fund & Veteran’s Food Bank – December’s will be announced in a few weeks). Hedkandi has gift cards available for the salon, Butter Beauty Parlour*, and Johnny’s Barber + Shop*, so you can scratch any and every one off of your list! Hooray, more time for egg nog and cookies!

To make a long story short:

Holiday Packages are available now!

Hedkandi loves you!

*While supplies last

**Butter and Johnny’s gift cards are only available in $50 denominations

Calgary Poppy Fund and Veteran's Food Bank

Halloween’s over and just like that it’s on to Remembrance Day and Christmas planning. For our Hedkandi Loves Local this month, we want to work with our guests to make a difference. As you may have read, because of the tough times people in our province are facing, food bank usage has gone up exponentially.

As a result of this, the shelves at the Veterans’ Food Bank sit empty. While food donations are valuable, cash donations are even better because of the organization’s ability to triple their buying power. Across our salons and with our guests, we hope to raise as much money as possible to help our Veterans this month. 

Calgary Poppy Fund and Veteran’s Food Bank

The Calgary Poppy Fund & Veteran’s Food Bank serves veterans and their dependents who are in need, regardless of age. Those accessing the food bank receive a hamper set valued at $400 and $400 gift cards to purchase fresh veggies, milk, and other perishables (one per two months). In addition, the organization purchases daily living aids such as walkers, scooters, wheelchairs, canes, bath aids, and bus passes for those they support. Those who need their services can also get support on major expenses like hearing aids, prescription medicine, medical equipment, shelter, dental or eye care, or just paying shelter or utility bills where needed.

At Hedkandi, we feel this organization is wildly important and we invite our guests to help us support their work. This year, they expect their major expenses to reach over $450,000. We now have poppies available at each of our salon locations for donation, or you can donate online here:

In addition our monthly promotion (launching Nov. 14) will provide another way to help support this amazing organization - so check our blog again soon!

Where we’ll be in November:

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