Hair can be a fashionistaâ€™s best accessory if she entrusts her locks to the right person. Dan Nguyen, Founder of LURE Salon, specializes in cutting, styling and creating glamourous event updoâ€™s for some of this cityâ€™s most fabulous. Here at The Style Spy we have no problem dishing about what we love, and we heart Dan because he is absolutely METICULOUS. Every single snip he makes is thought through so that when you leave his chair you have a cut that looks incredible and will grow out beautifully. Dan is also a great conversationalist, is â€œtotally in love with fashionâ€ and the kicker, loves SATC (he had us at hello, lover). Ladies, meet Dan.
What separates you and LURE from the pack?
My foundation is based on precision yet allowing room for spontaneous inspiration. I like to collaborate with the client to create a total look utilizing expertise from my involvement in fashion editorials over the last 20 years. More recently my contribution has extended to Creative Direction. We provide image makeover services where we recreate hair, makeup and wardrobe styling. We also offer personal DVD players to clients receiving colour services so they chill out while watching Sex and the City and Entourage.
Why pick Vancouver as your cutting grounds?
I felt there was a niche market in Vancouver for a fashion based, style driven, high end salon that is still warm and inviting. [A salon] where you can feel relaxed, catch up on the latest fashion and beauty trends and leave looking and feeling your best. I trained at Vidal Sassoon [in London] which is first rate for learning technical skills and honing my craft. I chose Vancouver for it’s ethnic diversity, which usually translates into fashion diversity and individuality.
Why were you drawn to hair?
I was attracted to the sculpting aspect of hair. My approach to hair is similar to a clothing designer’s approach to fabric. It’s all about creating structure and movement. I love having a head of hair and being able to create something fresh and making a client realize their potential. The whole reinvention process is thrilling to me.
What inspires you?
The Pursuit of Excellence. Making meaningful connections with people that develop into lasting relationships. People that have influenced my aesthetic outlook: our very own â€˜itâ€™ girl Coco Rocha, Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez, Mika, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brad Pitt…and Madonna of course, who will eternally be a style icon.
Fav style of the moment?
Anything from Lanvin makes me weep.
Describe the hair of the season?
Centre part, long layers, lots of movement, wavy, tousled (like Megan Fox, SJP). Or for those with short hair…mucho texture, choppy, longer fringe (think Rihanna, Agyness Deyn), lots o’ product.
What is one power hair accessory you recommend?
My friend, jewellery designer Candace Ang is in love with headbands for the summer.
I’ve worked with Kirsten Dunst, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Elvis Costello, Anne Heche, James Tupper, Sean Faris and funny guys Andy Samberg and Dane Cook. As well as, local news personalities and VIPS.
What is your price range?
Cuts from $100. Styles or Updo’s from $125.
Lure Salon is located at 170-840 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
Heidi Hofstad, The Style Spy