In some way we live in the best of times. Trends like foundation shades in lots of different colours, and “boss babes” taking over the world means that the media is reflecting the real world back at us in a more authentic way, and we are here to be part of the revolution. That’s why it’s so inspiring to learn about indie brands – without big marketing budgets, a team of experts, or even seed money, these brands are making a mark in their industries.
Case in point is Sapphire Hair, which (full disclosure!) was started by my friends Monica and Neelam, seasoned beauty entrepreneurs from Calgary. They started offering their own hair and beauty services years ago, and their style became so admired that clients were asking them to teach lessons so that they could replicate their looks at home on their own. The classes were a huge success, but the sisters realized that they needed professional-quality tools that didn’t have to cost an arm and a leg – and they decided to make the tools themselves.
I’ve had a chance to check them out in person – not only are the flat irons, curling irons, and hair dryer beautiful, but they are all quick to heat up, easy to use, and have digital displays so you know exactly how hot or cool they are.
I even had some friends come over and try the hair straightener and they were duly impressed by how quickly and evenly they were able to straighten their hair and how shiny it was afterwards.
You can order Sapphire Hair styling tools online and they ship to Canada and the U.S. $160.