Cross every name off your list with a gift card from us!

December is upon us and the countdown to Christmas is on! Everyone deserves to look and feel their best; give the gift of great hair (and beauty) this holiday season with a HedkandiButter Beauty Parlour, or Johnny's Barber + Shop gift card.

We have gift cards to each of our three brands available in any of our salon locations or you can shop online now. Order before December 18 to receive before Christmas.

Oribe Holiday Packs

In addition to gift cards, we have product packages with great deals on your favourite Oribe and Bumble and bumble products. They are available in salon only, so act fast as quantities are limited.

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Johnny's Barber + Shop x Henry Singer Eighth Avenue Place


We're excited and proud to announce the newest member of our salon family! Our second Johnny's Barber + Shop location is now open in the new flagship Henry Singer at Eighth Avenue Place offering an elevated barber experience and hair cut to your downtown Calgary guests.

In addition to our favourite Bumble and bumble products, you'll be able to shop a curated selection of hair care products from Oribe and Morris & Motley, as well as shaving products from the Italian Proraso

Know someone who would love Johnny's? Send them $10 off their first visit here.

If you're not already, follow Johnny's on Instagram or Facebook for updates.

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Runway styling is a huge passion for our team, and not something our guests regularly get to see from us! We invited talented local photographers Stephen Stewart and Emily Oud backstage with us to give you a glimpse into our world outside of the salon!

Our creative director Kristin Page was inspired by the runway show's location, Spruce Meadows, to create a equestrian-themed textured pony tail that we later transitioned to a low chignon for a sleek, modern look.

Watch the full behind the scenes video here:

A special behind the scenes look at PARKLUXE 2017 presented by Bankers Hall with hair by our editorial team!

Arty Party

One of the key points on our salon's Mission Statement is, "to warmly welcome everyone to an environment rich with music, art, and design." Our team consists of artists and art-lovers; from our hair stylists to our guest services team, and even to our behind-the-scenes staff, each and every one of us is compelled to create in some way!

For this month's edition of Hedkandi Loves Local, we invite you to reflect on our creative work with PARKLUXE, visit the coolest gallery and shop you need to know in Calgary's East Village, and introduce you to a human services organization that uses art as a means to build employment skills for marginalized populations!




Five Art & Merchandise is a gallery, shop & studio committed to finding unconventional methods of bringing contemporary art and creativity into people's lives. With each exhibition that Five AM hosts in the gallery, they release limited edition merchandise designed by the exhibiting artist. This merchandise is available both online and in the physical shop beside the gallery space. They also collect and offer carefully selected brands, publications, and art made in and out of the studio.

For their next show, they asked 36 artists to pair up and create portraits of one another. In the words of Five AM's founder Julia Kansas, "it's going to be pretty freaking fun." The group exhibition launches this Friday October 20 and the opening soirée runs from 7 to 10 p.m. with snacks from Peasant Cheeses and drinks available from Village Brewery. It will be on view at the gallery until November 5. Full artist details on Facebook here.

Poster for Five AM's upcoming Portrait Group Exhibition.

Poster for Five AM's upcoming Portrait Group Exhibition.





On October 30, our team is going to be volunteering with Prospect Human Services' clients on an art project that they've created for us!

The goal is to provide employability skills for people who face barriers to employment. Their clients include recent immigrants and refugees, military veterans, or people with disabilities or mental health barriers. They do this by opening the minds of employers (like us) to show what their clients are capable of, and by providing their clients with opportunities to grow and showcase their skills!

Learn more here.

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Introducing Oribe Luxury Hair Care...


Oribe, the eponymous product line from one of the most influential hairdressers of all time,defines luxury in hair care. For over four decades Oribe Canales, the line's namesake, has had his editorial work grace the covers of Vogue, W, Elle, and V Magazine and has earned himself a reputation as both a runway must-have and a stylist to the stars (think J.Lo and THE Super Models - Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington). It's a fashion-focused brand that offers top tier styling education for our team to bring back to you! 

Oribe is the first full product line to join the Hedkandi Salon family in ten years. We pride ourselves on providing our guests with the best of the best. From its packaging to its performance, Oribe raises the standard within our industry. Our stylists can't wait to get Oribe into your hair.

In addition to the above, Oribe is:

  • A leader in performance recognized with an unrivalled number of industry awards
  • Endorsed by all-star stylists and celebrities alike
  • Formulated with one of the most established French fragrance houses
  • Vegan and or Vegetarian and cruelty-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Formulated without parabens and sodium chloride
  • Colour safe
  • Recyclable

Shop the full line at your preferred Hedkandi location now, and book your next appointment to experience it for yourself.

For more on Oribe, click here.

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Wellness Revolution

It's official - fall is here! Whether you're back to work or school, sending your kids back, or just getting into that post-summer 'get stuff done' piece of mind, it's a great time to give back to yourself, others, and the community. Our Hedkandi Loves Local picks this month all focus around this theme, so read on for ideas on how to do the above!



First things first, you've got to take care of yourself and focus on your own personal wellness. On the flip side, if you know someone who needs a little relaxation, our Loves Local Pick Prema Health is for you!

Prema Health is our go to destination for all things wellness. They offer massage, acupuncture, energy work, traditional Chinese medicine, facials, and more!

From now until October 15, you can book a 60 minute aromatherapy massage, 30 minute infrared sauna session, and receive a free ginger pumpkin soy candle for $99! (Savings of $58!).

Learn more about Prema Health here, or click below to take advantage of this offer:

*Appointments must be booked + completed prior to October 15 - call 403-243-4040 to book. 


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Just in case you didn't catch our email earlier this week, as always, we're giving our guests 15% off tickets to PARKLUXE. To receive this offer, use our code HEDKANDI2017 at checkout.

PARKLUXE is Calgary's biggest fashion show, and our hair styling team is pulling out something wild for this year's runway show. You won't want to miss it!




For 35 years, the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (or CIWA) has been providing unparalleled and culturally diverse programming and services for newcomers to our city, responding to the varying needs of its patrons. Since it's inception, they've served over 80,000 immigrant and refugee women.

Their services range from employment training and skills, language training, childcare, family support, and settlement and integration support. As a nonprofit organization, the need for funding is always important, so we ask our interested guests to buy tickets to their 35th Anniversary Gala or consider supporting the organization in other ways. 

The Gala takes place at Civic on Third at 5:30 pm, and features cocktails, dinner, and a keynote address from Avenue Magazine Top 40 Under 40 Alumni Geeta Sankappanavar, so get your tickets soon!



Calgary's Civic Election on October 16 

We know some consider it uncouth to talk politics, but sometimes it's a must! Regardless of your beliefs, it's imperative that you vote in our city's upcoming election! The official day to vote is October 16, but advance voting runs October 4 - 11 (excluding Oct. 9). 

Click here for all the need to know, here to find out which Ward you live in, or here to learn more about the candidates (after Sept. 19).

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Get your PARKLUXE 2017 Tickets Now!


We are so proud to have been a part of PARK's fashion shows for the past nine years. Their fashion shows have proven an amazing opportunity for our editorial team, led by our creative + education director Kristin Page, to showcase our artistic skillset. As an organization, PARK is pushing Canadian fashion and art forward and uplifting our favourite Canadian (and Calgarian!) designers and artists.

PARKLUXE 2017 is presented by Bankers Hall on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Spruce Meadows Equiplex.

As our guest, you'll receive 15% off of your tickets with the code HEDKANDI2017. 

This year's show features the following brilliant designers:

Shear Luxury Presents UNTTLD


Paul Hardy

House of Nonie

Lauren Bagliore

Malika Rajani

Hope to see you there!

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*Event is 18+

Healthy hair now!

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We want to help you move into Autumn with your best hair ever! That's why from now until Oct. 31, you'll receive a complimentary Mending or Quenching Masque* ($48 value) when you purchase a litre-sized set of Mending and/or Quenching Shampoo and Conditioner! 

Bumble and Bumble's Mending Shampoo and Conditioner (pictured above) will help nourish chemically-treated hair, while the Quenching Shampoo and Conditioner(pictured below) hydrate hair that is naturally dry or overly heat styled.

Ask your stylist or our guest services team which line is best for you.

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*while supplies last, one offer per person

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We're kissing gendered pricing goodbye!


We believe that all people should be treated equal no matter what. Regardless of your gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, or ability we want you to feel welcome and at ease within our salon family. That's why we're proud to say good bye to gendered pricing in all of our salon locations.

Starting September 5, all of our locations will have gender neutral pricing (including Butter Beauty Parlour and Johnny's Barber and Shop!). This creates a more comfortable atmosphere for our guests who are transgender or non-binary and creates equality between genders.

In addition to that, we know any hair cut that one of our stylists is executing requires the same amount of education and skill to create. The only difference is the technique used to achieve the look. 

To our knowledge we are the first salon in the city to move in this direction. If you're as proud of this initiative as we are, we encourage you to spread the word!

Should you have questions, our guest services team will be happy to answer them for you.

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Girls of Summer

This summer, we felt drawn to the feminine power of our guests, and couldn't resist assembling the above crop of stylish ladies. Each of the models featured is a guest of the salon that we feel represents our vibrant culture and reflects the creative individuality within our team. Below, explore a story of our Hedkandi girl gang; ripe with flowers, music, beauty, and sisterhood followed by a playlist to end your summer on a high note. 

This is the first of many shoots to come from within our team. To view the shoot in person, come visit us at Hedkandi Hotel Arts. 

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About the Artist: Melanie Gauer is a Calgary based photographer interested in the development of youth culture within the local based realm she is immersed in. She explores the way images can create statements and illusions about individuals and their identities within her own social circles, and documenting the changes therein over time. 

Hair by Emily Moore.

Hair by Emily Moore.

Celeste Daly, Clothing Department Manager at Gravity Pope

What's on your summer playlist? 
SZA, Funkadelic, Any/all good 70's Italo Disco

Who, living or dead, has the most iconic hair?
Toss up between Cher (my absolute favourite style chameleon) and Marie Antoinette.

What's your go to Bumble and Bumble product?
Bb. Curl (Care) Conditioner; it's an amazing detangler and perfect leave-in for Calgary's dry climate.

Natalie VargasGuest Services Team Lead at Hedkandi Hotel Arts

What's on your summer playlist? 
Tennis, Drake, Feist, SZA

Who, living or dead, has the most iconic hair?
Nora Vai

What's your go to Bumble and Bumble product?
Don't Blow It (Thick) and Bb. Semisumo

Hair by Emily Moore.

Hair by Emily Moore.

Hair by Lindsay Larsen.

Hair by Lindsay Larsen.

Tommi Angelica Wattsartist and brat!!! xo

What's on your summer playlist? 
James Taylor, Homeshake, Joni Mitchell

Who, living or dead, has the most iconic hair?
Cher!!! Or Brigitte Bardot!

What's your go to Bumble and Bumble product?
Bb. Thickening Dry Spun Finish


Jamie Bannermanpart-time server + full-time dog mom

What's on your summer playlist? 
Despacito obviously; who doesn't love some Spanish Justin Bieber?

Who, living or dead, has the most iconic hair?
Marilyn Monroe for sure! Blonde curly hair for the win!

What's your go to Bumble and Bumble product?
Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer because it's heat and UV protective, and keeps my curly/frizzy hair moisturized!

Hair by Kimberly Seibel. Flowers by Peaseblossoms.

Hair by Kimberly Seibel. Flowers by Peaseblossoms.

Hair by Kimberly Seibel.

Hair by Kimberly Seibel.


Brittany L'Heureux, Creative Merchandising for Aritzia

What's on your summer playlist? 
Lately I've been pulling out old school funk and disco music and loving it for summer. Donna Summer is my go to right now! That, and I'm always listening to R&B.

Who, living or dead, has the most iconic hair?
Hm, that's tough! I'm gonna go with Cher - those curls!! I've always lusted over those.

What's your go to Bumble and Bumble product?
Don't Blow It (Thick) - hands down. I'm a wash and go kinda girl.

Lucy Smithhigh school student and painter, future art director

What's on your summer playlist? 
Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey, Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator, and Ultralife by Oh Wonder

Who, living or dead, has the most iconic hair?
Amy Winehouse

What's your go to Bumble and Bumble product?
Bb. Surf Infusion.

Hair by Emily Moore.

Hair by Emily Moore.

Hair by Lindsay Larsen.

Hair by Lindsay Larsen.

Kathleen SmithGuest Services Team Lead at Hedkandi Hotel Arts

What's on your summer playlist? 
Feist's Pleasure, Dum Dum Girls, Alvvays

Who, living or dead, has the most iconic hair?
Amy Winehouse or Solange!

What's your go to Bumble and Bumble product?
Bb. Curl Pre-style/Re-style Primer and Surf Spray

Hair by Kimberly Seibel.

Hair by Kimberly Seibel.

Alexa Lee MurrayStudent & Ceramicist

What's on your summer playlist? 
911/Mr. Lonely - Tyler, the Creator
The Allah Las - Worship the Sun
Southern Nights - Allen Toussaint

Who, living or dead, has the most iconic hair?
Mia Farrow

What's your go to Bumble and Bumble product?
Bb. Sumo

Full credits:
Photography: Melanie Gauer
Hair: Emily Moore, Lindsay Larsen, Kimberly Seibel
Makeup: Melanie Wilkie
StylingCarole Birch
Clothing: Field Study Shop
Flowers courtesy of Peaseblossoms 

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.

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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.

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