"Charlene Bancel has been cutting and coloring my hair for many years.  I don't drive and it takes me about an hour by bus to reach her.  It's definitely worth the trouble.  If I had to fly, I'd probably consider it (seriously).  The reason is that I have extremely difficult hair.  
When I say my hair is difficult, I mean REALLY difficult.  Charlene tells me I'm probably one of the three toughest clients with which she's ever worked.  And she LOVES that.  Charlene is the consummate artist and craftsman.  She enjoys a challenge and continuously studies the industry, trends, and her craft.  She's also always exploring new product lines and making sure she's using the very best tools she can find.
To understand why I've been with her so long, you need a little background.  Over twenty years ago I was asked to model in a runway salon show for TIGI (Tony & Guy).  A hotshot celebrity stylist was coming into Portland to educate local stylists.  At the time (again, over 20 years ago) this guy was charging $200 for a hair cut in Texas.  He met with me before the show and checked out my hair.  Later he took me on stage and started to work.  As soon as he started, he realized he'd made a huge mistake.  My hair had all sorts of tricky little turns and kinks, not to mention really jumpy bangs.  Despite all of his skill, there was no way he was going to be able to pull off a successful geometric cut on stage.  He was (literally) sweating and so he faked it.  He talked fast, used a lot of product, and hoped no one would notice.  It later took the salon at least four hours to correct the damage.
For years that salon used me as a kind of challenge.  They would consistently spend between three and four hours just cutting my hair.  My hair was a gauntlet that new hires would dread and eventually, after enough time on the job, run through (usually with limited success).  Eventually Charlene was hired and began cutting my hair.  She did it so well that she actually won first prize in a national contest with a photo of her work on me.  (Of course no one viewing that photo had any idea what an achievement it was.)  Later when she was being tested as an instructor, she chose me as her model (an act of extreme bravery, but a fabulous demonstration of her skill).
Not surprisingly,  Charlene now has her own salon and, of course, I've followed her there.  I'd follow her anywhere.  I wouldn't let anyone else attempt this hair cut, unless it was someone whom she had personally trained.
Sometimes it seems a little silly to go so far out of my way for something as seemingly insignificant as a haircut.  But I spend just a few minutes on it each morning (because it's so skillfully done) and I rarely leave the house without getting a comment.  I get compliments from men, women, even (weirdly) homeless guys.  And the compliments keep coming, even on my way into the salon to get my next cut.  (That's a real testament to the precision with which it's cut.)  Even stylists stop me to tell me that they're really impressed with whomever is cutting it.  I have to admit that's pretty addictive.
Bottom line?  Charlene is a very serious, very skilled stylist.  And if you're looking for a really precise geometric cut, the kind that very few stylists can pull off, you can absolutely trust her.  Give her a try.  Just stay out of my slot.  I'm booking her for the next forty years."
-Wendy Ice, client

"I have been going to Charlene at Halo Designs for over a year now and I could not be happier! I love the fact that I can just trust Charlene to do what she thinks is best for my hair! Happy every time! She is capable of doing anything you want but what I appreciate is her honesty. She is amazing! Look no further if you need a new stylist! Call Charlene today you will be happy you did!"

-Heidi Combs, Client

"Best haircut I've ever had. And the color is EXACTLY what I asked for. Love it. Thanks Amber!"

-Rachel Cook, Client

"Great service, skilled designers!! Friendly, comfortable clean environment!! All employes are great, Amber did my hair!! She is great at what she does!! I can't stop playing with my hair!! Her feed back was great on color, cut and care!! All the stylists work together and support each other!! Love to see such a positive skilled and educational environment!!" 

-Jenell Iorg, Client

"I wish I could upload a picture of what my hair looked like when I came in here. I let a friend attempt to highlight my hair and she gave me pumpkin orange chunky stripes all throughout. I was soooo embarrassed. I went into Halo Designs praying I wouldn't have to shave my head and Charlene went to work. I left with the most amazing cut and color and no signs of any pumpkin disaster. Thank you Charlene! Lovin' my new do!"
-Kryssondra Burke, Client
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"Congratulations! You have found your new stylist!​
Charlene is an artist. She listens and can execute the perfect haircut,
just for you.
Call today and make your appointment. You will be thrilled. I promise."
-Maureen Hanlin, Client



"The best -- BEST -- haircut I have ever had.  And I'm 47 years old.  Charlene is classically trained, but she also cuts intuitively, observing the texture of your hair and the way it grows and falls.  I felt gorgeous and sassy when I left and I still feel gorgeous and sassy.  She's amazing."

-Hope Piantini, Client



"Charlene is just amazing. I am trying to grow out my hair. Instead of smothering my fine dry curly hair with bleach killing it completely like every other stylist I've ever seen has done, she used a high rise tint and it isn't white and dead looking like a Barbie doll, but is golden beachy beautiful. Not very many people understand how to cut Curly hair or long hair. People often take off too big of chunks for layering leaving me with little rat tails at the end. My hair actually feels full and healthy. We have a long ways to go before all the bleach grows out and the bottom fills out, but it already feels 95% better and looks awesome. I get so many compliments about my hair now. I don't know if it's possible for a stylist to know everything there is to know about cutting and coloring but if it is, then Charlene is the one who knows it all. I'll never go anywhere else to get my hair done. I actually love my hair now and I can wear it straight /curly/ wavy/up/down whatever and it looks good and I get compliments. There is no communication barrier, she understands what you think you want and gives you something You never knew you needed. Not in the way that other stylists say no, you need to cut off this much or no you can't do that color etc... She only lets you look gorgeous. Period."

-Katy Brown, Client



"Charlene is a brillant artist when it comes to hair and style!!!"

-Lisa Hill Yenny, Client

 

"Charlene designed me the best haircut that I've had in years!  It is easy care for me, which is very important, but also very stylish and flattering.  The price was reasonable as well.  Charlene was also able to advise me on appropriate products to maintain the style.  I will definitely be back."

- Norma Willis, Client

 

"Jaymie has been so amazing. The care that she puts into her work and time is amazing. She has never disappointed."

-Kayla P., Client

 

"I moved to Vancouver two years ago from California. I had gone to the same hair stylist for twenty years before moving here. Finding a new person to do your hair is not easy. I must have visited five or six different people in the area (who didn't do a very good job) before taking the advice of a neighbor to see Charlene. Charlene immediately trimmed my hair into a more attractive/manageable style and gave me a plan for a style that I want to grow into. Charlene is precise in her cuts and knows what she is doing. I also love what she has done with the color. I'm thrilled to have found Charlene in Vancouver!"

-Tina Marks, Client

"Jaymie has been so amazing. The care that she puts into her work and time is amazing. She has never disappointed."

-Kayla P., Client

"I have been looking for a great hairsylist ever since I moved to Vancouver a year and a half ago and I have finally found her! Kiersten was amazing! She is friendly and she took the time to really listen to what I wanted and needed. I have longer hair that is curly and has some texture issues. Kiersten nailed it both with her cutting/layering technique and on the color with highlights! The salon environment is nice, modern and bright...without being uppity. It is conveniently located with plenty of free parking and the prices are very fair, too. Kiersten also gave my teenage daughter a fabulous haircut recently. We're both very pleased. Thank you!"

-Jill H., Client

"Jaymie thinned my hair to perfection and brought back my new hotness!  If anyone out there needs a de-bulking session go see her!  She has a technique that not many other stylists use and it blends perfectly.  I now have a fantastic new do with a hint of edge with an asymmetrical bang. Love it!"

Janette F., Client

This is a review for the stylist - Kiersten:
"Let me start by saying I am not a girly girl and going to salons is NOT something I enjoy. I do however need occasional help with my hair. I moved out of PDX a while back & I needed to find a stylist who could help me maintain my hair as I grow it back out. I read good reviews of Halo on yelp so I called and made an appointment with one of there lower cost stylists.
Kiersten was very friendly, not overly chatty and listened to what I was trying to accomplish with my hair. She was able to give my super fine hair a very nice cut and trimmed my straight bangs very well. I have been back for a free bang trim once since my haircut. I was very pleased with the results and i will definitely be back. They have very reasonable rates for their stylists which for me is very important. YAY!"

-Client

 

"Charlene is amazing! I've been going to her for several years and am constantly changing my length, style, and color. I've had almost blond, almost black, brown, and many shades of red hair, and it's been ear length, waist length, and everything in between. She never ceases to amaze me! I moved a few hours away and went to a few different stylists here to try to find someone closer to my home, but even those with killer reviews that came recommended by people I knew just didn't come close to the level of skill that Charlene has. She belongs in L.A. or New York, but Vancouver is lucky enough to call her their own.

Seriously, I always have to walk around with a sizable stack of her cards since I'm asked so often who I go to. Do yourself a favor and schedule in with Charlene!"

​-Liz Apostolis, client



"Best haircut.. OF MY LIFE"

-Matt Brown, Client



"Charlene has colored my hair for many years and I am always told how beautiful my color is!"

-Dawn Nesbitt, Client



"Charlene Bancel does amazing work and is a joy to spend time with!"

-Donna Kelly, Client



"Charlene's creativity is amazing!  A true artist indeed. Thank you Charlene for years of coloring and styling my ever changing hair. 5 stars really is not enough."

​-Danita Thompson, Client

 

"I moved from Seattle area to Vancouver, WA in 2009. It took me 2 1/2 years to find the "pearl" who does my hair since then.  I first asked my neighbor if she will share with me the name of her/his stylist because she always looks perfect. She recommended me Charlene at Halo Designs for a consultation.  She looked at me and right away she told me what she will do to makes me feel "Beautiful" and she was right. Since April 2011, Halo Designs makes me feel "Beautiful", color, cut, styling.  I always have many compliments. 
Charlene is very...very.. professional, she is an artist  and she loves her career; it shows! She is also well represented by Katy who does a wonderful job making you feel at home, she is the best, caring and hard working, also the new addition to the Salon, Amber who is will be doing "miracles" for your hair for customers like me who needs a lot of work, because Charlene choosed her.
Halo Designs is a place who knows your needs and they go to any lengths to meet your special requests even at the last minute.
Trust me, you are not a number at Halo Designs, you are a guest, this is how I feels every time I go there and that's why I am always looking forward to my next visit.
Thank You Charlene to make me feel "Beautiful" ! "

-Johanne Godbout, Client

 

 

 

 





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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT ABOUT BANGS?

One of the most recurring questions we hear is, "Should I get bangs?"

A new "fringe" is a great way to instantly change your look.  We can help you decide which style looks best on you based on your face shape, current trends,lifestyle, hair type and personal style.

Blunt bangs work well on longer face shapes and softer side-swept styles work on most face shapes.

We always take into consideration your lifestyle. How long do you spend styling your hair? Bangs are added maintenance do you have an extra 2-8 minutes a day to spend styling your bangs? If you have curly hair or cowlicks it can take longer to style. 

HOW DO I KEEP MY HAIR COLOR FROM FADING?

You've just invested in beautiful color, how do you ensure bold and shiny color until your next appointment?  

One answer is a personal prescription of  professional hair care products.

Always use shampoo and conditioner with a color guard system.

Another option is locking in your color with an elumen glaze over the top of your color to add a layer of protection. If you have extra bold color like the show-stopping red above use elumen wash to keep the pigments fresh.

If you spend time in the sun you should use UV protective spray to prevent fading and discoloration. 

If you swim or have hard water we recommend using a clarifying treatment to remove deposits that can damage or change hair color.
​Soaking your hair in fresh water prior to swimming prevents the hair from soaking up water treated with chlorine or salt water.

WHAT IS DRY SHAMPOO FOR? 

Dry shampoo IS for you! More than a hospital issue toiletry, Dry Shampoo is a versatile styling product no hair type should be without.  

It absorbs oil, adds texture, gives body to either hair that is  too clean or second day hair.  Even the finest hair types love the volume created by Dry shampoo.

It can also be used to extend the length of time between cleansing to prevent over-washing and the destruction natural oils which dries out hair.​

SHOULD I DO OMBRE?

Ombre is a great option if you are transitioning into a different color, want to eliminate high maintenance root touch ups, or just want to stay on trend. Ombre doesn't have to be done with blonde highlights and should never be done with box hair color to resemble a dip dye, this defeats the entire purpose of ombre, the maintenance remains the same because the grow out is so apparent and dip-dying lacks the depth that professioinal color with strategic placement can give. Our model in the photo above transitioned her blue peek-a-boo highlights to pink and the effect is a gorgeous cascade from blue to violet to pink. This is a beautiful and creative way to change hair color making the transition look intentional and artistic. It can be done with the more natural organic colors or vibrant neon colors as shown above.

HOW DO I PROTECT AND MAKE THE MOST OF MY CURLS?

If your hair is curly, nature is already working hard to keep your hair dryer than your straight-haired comrades; making it frizzy, dull and worst of all prone to breakage.  

The picture above shows a straight hair cuticle compared to a curly hair cuticle. The cuticle layers on the straight hair lay flat while those on the curly hair bend making the hair vulnerable. The goal is to deliver moisture and flatten those layers. 
-One of the first steps is high quality hair color and/or gloss to help seal the cuticle layer, add shine and protect from the elements.
-Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner and at least once a week apply a deep conditioning treatment. We recommend Enjoy Hair mask ($27.44)

-After shampooing, use a leave in conditioner to help with frizz  and texture. 

- A mistake that curly hair folks make is touching their hair too much DO NOT BRUSH, COMB, or RUN FINGERS EXCESSIVELY THROUGH HAIR without adding a product..
-For styling use a curl shaping cream we recommend Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream ($30.00) and a diffuser (you know, that huge apparatus you attach to your blow dryer) to accentuate your naturally beautiful and enviable curls.

WANT BEAUTIFUL GREY?

Growing out your  grey can be a big decision for men and women alike. Society's standards expect women to look "forever young" and the media has marginalized white or grey haired women as "old maids" making women feel undesirable if they grow out their hair. Not to mention for some men and women aging is a tough pill to swallow. 

However now is the time to be a greying man/woman! Celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne have either tried to get their hair as close to grey as they can or have wigs made out of silver or white hair!

We are seeing more and more beautiful women embrace their elegant grey with fun flirty cuts making it sexy and powerful. This trend is on the rise as women continuosly challenge society's and the media's standards for beauty with celebrities joining the fight, greying hair is on the rise as a natural trend. Even the most talented hair dressers cannot create a synthetic grey comparable to the natural shades. Once you make the decision to go for it, there are a few steps you should take to make sure your color is as vibrant as it can be.

-A glossing treatment to add shine and even out the tone of your grey is a wonderful way to keep your color beautiful and costs much less and requires much less maintenance than constantly touching up your roots!!

-If you swim or have hard water and notice that your grey or white is taking on a yellow/green tint use a clarifying spray to clean out those mineral deposits. We recommend Enjoy Clarifying Spray for $18.64 and it turns any shampoo into a clarifying treatment. Glossing treatments can also remedy the discoloration caused by impure water.

ARE EXTENSIONS FOR ME?

Extensions are a dynamic way to add length, fullness, and even color to your hair! Most of the time when we see women with long luxurious hair extensions are their secret weapon! (Think Kim Kardashian and Victoria's Secret Models) Let's face it, when we color and heat style our hair our ends are usually less than perfect you may get length but not fullness. Our model above doesn't have added length with the extensions but added fullness. Another thing we are seeing more of are clients coming in asking for peek-a-boo, ombre, & highlights but don't want to jeopardize their long hair! By Strategically placing colored extensions throughout the hair highlights are added with no color necessary! 

At Halo Designs We use Micro-Link Extensions because we've found their technology to be the best quality their longevity and integrity surpassing sew-ins tape ins and other types of hair extensions. Unlike other extensions micro-link attaches directly to the hair with a bead causing no damage to the hair. Individual bead method is more natural looking, longer lasting and is easier to dry than traditional extensions which can end up holding in moisture and molding... YUCK!!! Also Micro-link extensions last up to  2-4 months as opposed to one month with traditional extensions. Micro-link extensions are the most cost and time effective extensions on the market today!!

The first thing you should ask yourself when considering hair extensions should be, Do I want to commit the extra time to care for and maintain my investment? (See below for detailed care regimen of extensions)   Your stylist should go over in detail the guidelines and care instructions for your hair extensions upon consultation before you commit to going all the way... Once you have your extensions your  Halo Designs stylist will send you home with care instructions if your dog eats it or it ends up in recycling, you can refer to our care instructions below;

-Proper care and maintenance of your  newly installed hair extensions is of utmost importance to ensure the best possible experience.

-You will need to completely avoid chlorinated & salt water and any other chemicals that may damage your extensions.

-Some slippage and shedding can be expected and is normal.

-The timelines for reapplying the hair to maintain the proper finish is between 2-4 months depending on the individual.

-Proper cleansing, brushing and loose braiding when showering and sleeping will extend the life of your extensions.

-ANY color or chemical treatment performed on your extensions professional or at home can ruin (if not damage entirely) your extensions... SO DON"T DO IT!!! The chemical history of the extensions is unknown to your stylist and the outcome of any chemical service is NOT GUARANTEED!!!  

HOW CAN I GET CLAIRE'S LOOK?

Everyone is asking, "How did you get that look? What did you use on their hair to make it do that?"
So our always helpful stylists have detailed out the answers...
-We began with Number 4 High Performance Hair Care's Hydrating Wash & Conditioner.
-On towel Dried Hair, we prepped with Number 4's Prep & Protect Spray, it's a quick detangler and ensures styling products go on easily and evenly. 
-To create her soft shining curls, we cocktailed 2 pumps of No. 4's Blowdry lotion and a pearl sized amount of No. 4's Texture Styling Cream and worked it from the bottom of hair to the top. 
-Gently diffuse on low heat/ low blow setting.
- Finish with No. 4 non-aerosol hair spray.

And Voila! You have the effortless look suited for the office, the beach, or even a night out on the town!

HOW CAN I GET SHYANNA'S LOOK?

-For Shyanna's sleek and shiny look, we started withNumber 4 High Performance Hair Care's Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner- We love it for adding lightweight moisture and body! 
-After towel drying, We sprayed No. 4's Super Comb Prep and Protect over her hair. Not only does it de-tangle and protect from heat styling but it also protects hair from sun damage and fading with its UV color power shield which is essential in protecting vibrant colors from fading.
-Next we cocktailed one pump No. 4's blowdry lotion and one pump No. 4's Fluoro 5 Elixir Restore & Repair Oil and mixed it together in hand. We applied it mid-hair to ends and applied the remaining mixture from roots to tip. This gives the hair super shine and strong static free support. It also speeds up blow dry time!! Super Bonus!
- Then of course we blow dried hair with a paddle brush going with the direction of the hair on Medium Heat.
- We completed the look with a flat iron and voila! Straight and sleek!

 

WHAT IS OLAPLEX?

Can you imagine lightening your hair, going for that big change, or even performing texture and color processes to your hair in the same day without damaging it? Neither could we, but the holy grail of hair color has arrived in form of Olaplex!!! A simple solution your Halo stylist can add to your color formula. Not only does Olaplex prevent further damage to your hair but it actually repairs damage that has already been done! Doctors Eric Pressley and Craig Hawker developed a UV activated silicone that has completely changed the face of the hairdressing industry! . Beginning next week, Halo Designs will be among the few salons pioneering this groundbreaking technology and we cannot wait to share it with our clients!
Ask your Halo Stylist about Olaplex today!
For more information on Olaplex visit http://www.olaplex.com/