SHEAR GENIUS – the results are in!

A month ago, we challeneged Vancouver’s three top salons to come out with the next new IT hairstyle for Modern Mix Vancouver’s SHEAR GENIUS contest. And the results are in…

While Suki’s took the most innovative route, Tao had an excellent atmosphere, and Ian Daburn worked patiently with the client’s needs. Read on for reviews on each of the fabulous salons Modern Mix Vancouver has partnered with for Shear Genius and then give us your own thoughts, comments and feedback!


I was a lucky winner of the Shear Genius contest and was assigned to receive my hair makeover at Suki’s, a well-known downtown salon. It was a pleasure to have Kye, a senior stylist from Suki’s, work on my hair. She showed me a picture of her inspiration before starting, to let me know what she had in mind. Watching Kye cut my hair was like watching an artist sculpt a masterpiece. She was extremely professional and precise in cutting and styling my hair. I could tell that she has lots of pride in her work. She worked with the colour specialist to carry out her design: strong linear shapes (dark) underneath soft, feathered pieces (light). Everyone at the salon was very friendly and welcoming and made sure I was comfortable with every step. I feel like a walking piece of art. I definitely suggest Suki’s to anyone looking for a truly unique and dynamic hairstyle. By: Christine Ledding

Creativity: 5/5
Quality of Cut: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Ambiance: 5/5
Experience: 5/5


I went into Tao Salon with absolutely no expectations, and handed my head of hair over to Master Stylist, Christina. She took into account my Asian hair texture, face shape, personality, and recommended a “cropped” look. She took care of everything, from the head massage to wash, cut to colour, makeup to blow dry. Being surrounded by Buddhist inspired décor and inspirational quotes on the wall made for the perfect getaway from the city… in the city. They’re also so not pretentious, which made the experience very enjoyable. I also adored the chocolate mint shampoo. During the colour treatment, my conversation with Christina touched on environmental consciousness – the team at Tao uses pieces of paper between foils (used for colouring) to write notes! My hair turned out better than I could have imagined. I loved Tao Salon and recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a trendy look along with a peace of mind. By: Miranda Sam

Creativity: 4/5
Quality of Cut: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Experience: 4/5


Having “virgin hair“, it was an absolute treat to be involved with Shear Genius and get my hair cut, colored and styled at the sleek and modern Ian Daburn Salon in Yaletown. Jessica was my senior stylist for the afternoon and we spent a great deal of time going through my needs. She gave me several options but in the end, I really just told Jessica that I trusted her and her scissors to give me the most suitable look: the “Disconnected Bob with a Textured Veil”. That means, Jessica updated the classic bob cut and layered my hair in a “disconnected” way with some pieces longer than the other. The hair at the back of my head is also shorter and it smoothly glides into longer hair at the front, framing my face. The whole process took a careful 4 hours but it was a comfortable procedure as I was throughly entertained with tea, coffee (mmm latte), chocolate, magazines, as well as a personal greeting from Ian Daburn himself. I love my trendy, new haircut and have gotten so much positive feedback about it. At times, I feel like a walking billboard for Ian Daburn Salons but I’m sure proud of it! By: Vanessa Choot

Creativity: 4/5
Quality of Cut: 4.5/5
Service: 4/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Experience: 4/5

You’ve heard our feedback – now what’s yours? After hearing about our experiences, which salon would you most like to check out? Which experience are you envious of? Which one do you think came up with the most creative cut? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll make sure the three salons hear you out!


5 responses to “SHEAR GENIUS – the results are in!

  1. wow… that top style certainly is different… can’t say that I really like it…

  2. It’s interesting to see that there are similarities in all three cuts. Safe to say, all 3 salons are in sync with the latest trends! Loves: the structure of the Suki haircut, the styling of the Tao cut, and the colour & shape of the i.d. haircut.

  3. I think the first one is definitely the most creative and innovative, and with at in mind of course only the most daring and fashion forward are receptive to that! Just for that I think it deserved to win though, because no one likes to see another boring hair cut. Not everyone can pull it off but I think Christa looks great in it.

  4. Awesome contest Modern Mix! Pretty cool to see the results. I’d have to agree with the others in that I think Christa’s haircut was the most dramatic and daring… though all three look pretty awesome.

    I’ve always wondered what the difference was between a “real” hair salon and the “SuperClips” around the corner…

  5. Looking great, girls!

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