This post is a very exciting one for me because it’s all about how my dear friend and hairstylist recently opened her very own salon here in Calgary! I love watching good people succeed, and Vanessa is good people

Ari + Blair is found in the heart of Kensington (aka one of the cutest neighbourhoods in Calgary). Vanessa’s spacious salon features floor to ceiling windows and the kind of stunning decor we all wish were in our own homes! We didn’t take photos of the lobby area (it was a bit too dark for film), but take my word for it, it is gorgeous (hello marble countertop)!

Vanessa has been my go-to girl for everything hair for the past three years, so of course I was ecstatic to hear that, after more than a decade in the industry, she was finally opening her very own space. I have been so impressed with everything she’s done, but what stands out above all is her ability to attract the most wonderful people. If you’ve already had the chance to experience Ari + Blair for yourself, you’ll have no doubt noticed that every one of the stylists that work there are not only exceptionally talented at what they do, but honestly some of the sweetest, kindest women you’ll ever meet. I’ve already become quick friends with more than a few!

One exciting thing I was introduced to through Vanessa’s salon are the R+Co hair products, which I have recently become very obsessed with! If you take a peek at their website, I’m sure you’ll be able to tell why – just look at that packaging! But more than that, they are products that work so well and smell absolutely incredible too! Some of my favourites include the Waterfall Moisture and Shine Lotion, and the Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste.

Speaking of amazing haircare, you can also find both Living Proof products at Ari + Blair as well as Olaplex – which I use on the regular to keep my blonde hair in check! I have absolutely nothing against them, but it’s nice to find a place that is selling something other than Bumble and Bumble. Sometimes it’s just nice to try something new, and I’m definitely a bigger fan of these price-points too!

If you don’t have a regular hairstylist in Calgary, or are looking to try someone new, I’d definitely recommend booking an appointment at Ari + Blair – as I’ve converted a few of my friends already, I can without hesitation say that you will surely fall in love (with the salon, the people, and Leo the pup too)!

photos by justine milton

I’m wearing: Aritzia and Shop Tobi