By: Marilyn Wilson

Shine 2016 – an extravaganza of fashion, music and dance– will be hitting the stage at the Commodore Ballroom on September 10th. This wonderful evening is made possible by hundreds of individuals who are rallying together for mental health. Communities helping communities!

Every single person and every single business involved is volunteering their time and services. Because of their generosity, Shine! will be able to donate 100% of every dollar raised through ticket sales and donations directly to the evenings recipients – Canadian Mental Health Association and The Lions Gate Hospital HOpe Centre.

As a thank-you, we will be highlighting some of the wonderful people and businesses who are working hard to make this evening the best it can be. Today’s interview is with Britney Reid of Suki’s Salon, Spa and Academy, one of 14 salons participating in SHINE!


Please share a bit about Suki’s – when was it opened, what is the salon’s approach/philosophy?

In 1972. Suki Takagi moved to Vancouver, purchased a small salon at the site of our current South Granville location and changed the future of Canadian hairdressing. From the beginning, the focus has been on strong, technical cutting and incredible colour work done by colour specialists. In 1982, the Suki’s Advanced Academy was founded to train our growing staff.

Today the Suki’s Academy attracts international students and is considered one of the finest training facilities in the world. To date, Suki’s Salons offer 6 convenient locations throughout the lower mainland, including our sister salon – Pop Opera Salon in Yaletown.

Please share about Suki Takagi’s journey to open this salon.

Japanese by birth, Suki began her career in Beverly Hills, studied the craft in Europe and then in 1972 opened her first salon in Vancouver with no clients but a clear vision of what hairdressing could be. The salon was quite literally built one client at a time through recommendations from clients or people stopping clients on the street to ask them where they had gone to get their hair cut. By focusing on the cut and creating exciting, easy to maintain hair styles, Suki’s quickly became “the must see” salon.

How many artists work here and what is the range of services you offer clients?

To date, Suki’s has 150 staff working in 6 locations and their Stylists are known internationally for the quality and creativity of their cutting, styling and color services. At Suki’s you can expect to receive the highest quality service when seeing our specialized service providers. Our locations offer all salon services from cuts, blowouts, updos, straightenings, smoothing, perms, color, to luxury treatments. At our South Granville location you will also find the hidden oasis in our full service spa ready to cater to all of your pampering needs.

What would you most like future clients to know about (salon name)?

Suki’s remains committed to quality and innovation. The vast majority of all Suki’s Stylists and Colour Specialists started with the company as Apprentices, completed the Suki’s Academy, and then passed a demanding final exam before being allowed to work in the salons. Our goal is to ensure every guest leaves our salon elated not only with their hair, but with their salon experience. We look forward to making you beautiful.

For interested new clients – how should they book a consultation? Connect with the right artist?

Every service booked within our salons includes a consultation time within the appointment to discuss our guests needs, concerns and ultimate hair goals. To ensure the guest experience is the most comfortable we also offer, at no cost, singular consultation appointments. Simply contact the salon of your choice and request one today. Our salon coordinators are skilled at matching you with your ideal stylist and you will find all stylist profiles also available on our website for reference.

Please share how you heard about Shine 2016 and why you feel it’s important for your salon to participate in this fundraiser in this fundraiser for mental health and addiction which address the stigma of mental health.

We’ve been aware of the amazing work the hairdressing community has done with Brilliant and were thrilled when Dean asked us to participate in this year’s show as it evolves into Shine.

For more information on Suki’s, please visit their website at

Shine 2016 is going to be a do-not-miss amazing showcase of fashion, music and dance, all in support of The Canadian Mental Health Association and The Lions Gate Hospital HOpe Centre.

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