Donovan hairdressing is one of the city’s top hairdresses, and its been there since at least the 1970s.
Now its a big player in the city, with more than 60 stores in the downtown area, a second location in the East Vancouver neighbourhood and several more in Vancouver’s south and north, with a new location in Surrey.
“We do a lot of local stuff,” says Rob Robinson, the owner of Donovan hares and the man behind Donovan hairstylers.
“We do haircuts, waxes, manicures, waxing, manicure and pedicure services, and a lot more.”
Robinson says he has never thought of himself as a hairderer.
“I started hairdering when I was a kid,” he says.
“It was my dad’s job.
He used to put on coats and stuff.
I just got interested.”
Rob Robinson is one in a growing group of hairderers who have come to the Vancouver area from around the world.
(Courtesy of Rob Robinson)Robinson hares are renowned for their quality.
“They’re a good looking hair salon,” says Robinson.
“Their customers are pretty diverse.
They’ve got all sorts of ethnicities.”
Robinsons wife, who was born in the U.K., came to the United States in 1995.
“My dad got a job at a local salon in Vancouver,” he recalls.
“And I just moved back here with my parents.”
Robinson hares have a long history in Vancouver, which dates back to the 1950s.
When Robinson’s parents were still in the United Kingdom, they started hares in Surrey and B.C. “In the 1950, there was no salon in Surrey,” he remembers.
“The hairdryers were all in the West End.
And I used to work there.”
Robots hairdosRobinson is one among a growing number of hares to come to Vancouver, both to work at Donovan hare and to work in the area as a professional stylist.
“Hair can be quite expensive in the Vancouver market,” he explains.
“A lot of people just don’t want to pay for a hair stylist who comes in and says ‘I do this and that’.”
“Hair is a big part of our business model,” says Donovan haired stylist Jill Hedden.
“As well as hairding people.
We do a good job of hair care.
The customers are really, really diverse.””
A lot more hairders in Vancouver are being brought from abroad,” says Jill.
“There’s a big shift towards foreign hairdries.”
Robust hairdo and stylist in VancouverRob Robinson hares also offer a different type of service than what you might find at a traditional hairdressed salon.
“Customers can come in, and we’re going to work on their hair,” he states.
“If they don’t like it, we’ll change it up, and they get to go home.
They don’t have to pay a stylist fee, and it’s free.
It’s not really like any other salon.”
The service also involves a stylus and a small brush, which are both purchased separately.
The brush costs about $35.00 and includes a couple of things that are standard at a salon, like a small, flat-top applicator, a small and slightly curved brush, a comb and a flat-bottomed brush with a brushhead.
A large, flat, and flat-bottom brush also costs $25.00.
The stylus is also purchased separately, and is $50.00 for both the brush and the stylus.
Robinson also makes a small amount of money on tips from customers who come in.
“This is a really big part [of his business],” he says, adding that he is able to make $500 a month on tips.
Robinson hares cater to a broad range of customers, including: young people who don’t get haircuts as often as they should, as well as older people who are looking for a good quality haircut.
“The younger demographic is a real thing, because we have a younger clientele, so they’re really into it,” he adds.
“A very large percentage of our customers come from Asia, which is very popular, especially in Asia, particularly China,” says Heddens partner Jill.
Heddens hair stylists specialize in hair and skin care.
Her clients include celebrities and athletes.
Hedders clients include the Kardashians, Caitlyn Jenner, Kate Middleton, Jennifer Aniston, and others.
“Our main focus is the younger demographic, so our main focus for the younger client is women,” Heddes says.
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