Time to Expand House of Tin Salon

Health + Wellness
Edmonton

C$1,885

C$1.9K
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Funded Of C$10,000 Goal
19% Raised
Health + Wellness Category
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Thumbnail of: FREE HAIRCUTS FOR A YEAR

FREE HAIRCUTS FOR A YEAR

FREE HAIRCUTS FOR A YEAR

Pledge: C$500.00
12 FREE haircuts that include a wash (with scalp massage), designer haircut and fabulous blow dry style.
12 FREE haircuts that include a wash (with scalp massage), designer haircut and fabulous blow dry style.
Pledge: C$500.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-07-31
2 of 5 Boosted
Thumbnail of: 6 FREE BALAYAGE COLOR SERVICES with a FREE take home haircare regimen

6 FREE BALAYAGE COLOR SERVICES with a FREE take home haircare regimen

6 FREE BALAYAGE COLOR SERVICES with a FREE take home haircare regimen

Pledge: C$1,000.00
6 FREE balayage color services (haircut not included) Enjoy sun kissed hair all year long with this timeless technique that blends highlights into the lengths of your hair! You also get to take home a shampoo, conditioner, and 2 styling aids to help maintain the health of your hair at home!!
6 FREE balayage color services (haircut not included) Enjoy sun kissed hair all year long with this timeless technique that blends highlights into the lengths of your hair! You also get to take home a shampoo, conditioner, and 2 styling aids to help maintain the health of your hair at home!!
Pledge: C$1,000.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-07-31
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Thumbnail of: 3 FREE HAIRCUTS + 1 LITRE KEVIN MURPHY WASH + 1 LITRE KEVIN MURPHY RINSE

3 FREE HAIRCUTS + 1 LITRE KEVIN MURPHY WASH + 1 LITRE KEVIN MURPHY RINSE

3 FREE HAIRCUTS + 1 LITRE KEVIN MURPHY WASH + 1 LITRE KEVIN MURPHY RINSE

Pledge: C$250.00
Enjoy 3 FREE haircuts which include a wash (with scalp massage) haircut, and fabulous blow dry style! Huge bonus you get to take home the finest in hair care, your choice of any Kevin Murphy shampoo and conditioner (The BIG ones!!)
Enjoy 3 FREE haircuts which include a wash (with scalp massage) haircut, and fabulous blow dry style! Huge bonus you get to take home the finest in hair care, your choice of any Kevin Murphy shampoo and conditioner (The BIG ones!!)
Pledge: C$250.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-07-31
2 of 20 Boosted
Thumbnail of: FREE Haircut and 1 FREE  Kevin Murphy styling product

FREE Haircut and 1 FREE Kevin Murphy styling product

FREE Haircut and 1 FREE Kevin Murphy styling product

Pledge: C$75.00
Enjoy a fabulous designer haircut that includes a wash (scalp massage included) and fantastic blow dry style that will last til you wash it! Enjoy your pick of any Kevin Murphy Styling aid that will help keep your style in tact!
Enjoy a fabulous designer haircut that includes a wash (scalp massage included) and fantastic blow dry style that will last til you wash it! Enjoy your pick of any Kevin Murphy Styling aid that will help keep your style in tact!
Pledge: C$75.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-07-31
2 of 20 Boosted

Campaign Description

The time has come! House of Tin has been operating as a one woman show for 8 years! It is time to launch this salon to outer space! Just kidding, just to a larger creative space. For 8 years I have been providing guests with the latest in hair trends, be it colour and or cuts. I feel it is time for me to give back to the industry that has let me live my best life. I want to create a space for stylists and guests alike that is unlike any other. For stylists, I want to create a space that fosters creativity, freedom from salon norms, freedom to make their own schedules and be their own boss. By providing a booth rental system, stylists will have full control over their income, schedules and lives. While still being part of a team, they will have the creative space to bounce ideas off myself and their fellow stylists. For guests, they will be welcomed into a space that is designed especially for them. Complete with a coffee bar stocked with snacks because, let's face it, 2 hours spent anywhere, hunger is bound to strike. The salon will be fully wheelchair accessible, including bathrooms, as well as the wash basins, wheelchair users will have the options of 2 styles of wash basins, and if they are unable to transfer to a wash basins, we will have a portable wash sink that will fit snuggly behind their heads as they are seated in their wheelchairs. The ambiance will be second to none; guests will get an escape from the daily grind.

The Brains Behind The Chair!

I have always been a creative person, growing up as a second generation Punjabi kid in Canada was interesting.  I knew the struggles my parents went through to make a life in Canada, and how important security in a profession was to them.  Not so much for position in society, but moreso they didn't want their kids to struggle like they did, but also wanted future security for their kids in forms of pension, benefits etc.   Absolutely nothing about this is a "bad" thing.  

Being a creative person, sitting behind a desk just didnt get me excited.  I wasn't 100% sure which direction my professional career was going but I knew I wanted to create.  I dabbled in applying for the architecture program at NAIT, that didn't pan out. I was then at a cross roads, do I take a year off or do I suck it up and take business and see maybe if my parents were right.  I got accepted into the Business program at NAIT, I completed the program, worked in financial institutions, and it just wasn't cutting it.  

The day I knew I wasn't meant to be in a bank, was when I was told I laugh too loud.  I was flabbergasted!  My happy sound is too loud?! What? Cue investigation into what made my heart happy.

I was always fascinated by hair styling.  I used to try and recreate styles on my own hair as a child, I cut my Barbies hair as often as possible, but I knew it was never an option for me for a few reasons.  1. Growing up in a Sikh household cutting our hair was against our religion and my dad enforced that.  2.  There was no security in hairdressing.  

Hair styling never left my heart or mind, I didn't vocalize it very much but I always knew if I just had some support I knew it would be a success.  Thank god for my mom.  She really had my back and fueled my career change, and gave me unconditional support, even with my dad standing firmly against my decision. To say this was an uphill battle was an understatement.  

Off to beauty school I went!  It was the most eye opening experience of my life.  9 months of continuous full time learning.  No breaks.  No long weekends. We were told from day one, the hair industry has the 80/20 rule.  80% drop out, 80% fail, only the 20% remaining have a shot.  It sounds so extreme! They weren't kidding.  My class started with 13 people, at the end of 9 months there were 3 of us left standing.  I knew then, well I have at least this much passion to make it through hairschool bootcamp, this is the tip of the iceberg.  

After hairschool I worked at a reputable salon in downtown Edmonton.  I spent about a year and a half there, and I had that unsettling feeling again.  I knew there was more for me, than working for someone, on their terms, having no real control over my schedule.  Another leap of faith was about to occur.  I didn't take this decision lightly either, I knew if I went out on my own I had a much bigger risk.  I put my brave face on and jumped!  

I opened up House of Tin in a 100 squarefoot room in my moms house.  Imagine this, a 100 square foot room, I had a styling chair, mirror, wash sink and retail shelves in this room.  I mixed color in the closet, to say I had humble beginnings would be very accurate.  I was scared for sure!  Where would I get clients from?  Would I fail and go back to the salon with my tail between my legs?  Failing was not an option.  I hustled, oh man did I hustle.  I started a facebook page, I posted on all the mailboxes in the neighbourhood, I did fashion shows for free, I did photoshoots, whatever it took to get my name out there.  It worked!  

I outgrew my 100 square foot room in 2 years and officially opened House of Tin THE HOUSE!  I found a house layout that was perfect for a salon!  The entire mainfloor is a salon, much bigger and I am able to have two client appointments at a time.  I have been operating as a sole propreitor for 10 years!  I can't even believe a decade has passed and my love for the industry is bigger than ever.  I am now in a position where I want to give back to the industry that gave me life and freedom from the 9-5 grind.  House of Tin is now planning to expand to a larger space, where 8 stylists can make a home and hone their skills to build their business so that they too can have financial freedom.  

This story is far from over and I hope ATB BoostR will be a part of the journey!

Management Team

Tin Gill

Tin Gill

Master Stylist

Hi I'm Tin, I am a daughter, sister, and newly wed wife! I was fortunate enough to grow up in an era before technology being so readily accessible. I truly believe this allowed my innate creative brain to flourish. Growing up as the second youngest of 4 siblings, there was no mercy, we laughed hard, we fought hard, we loved hard, and most of all we played hard. We kept ourselves and our parents entertained using our creativity. We made up all kinds of games that really kept the creative juices flowing. This upbringing put me on the trajectory for the rest of my life. Being "forced" out of boredom via creativity really set the pace for entrepreneurship. Trial and error is the name of the game and growing up with fearless siblings and a fiercely strong mother was a blessing. I recently got married to my best bud, I could not have picked a better partner. We navigated three years through a long distance relationship, which comes with its own logistical problems, but we were dedicated and we rolled with the punches. This only further helped me in my entrepreneurial pursuit. Giving up is not an option. I have a business background as well, I graduated NAIT with my finance diploma before I entered Est-Elle Academy of Hair Design. My two worlds colliding at the most opportune time. I am beyond ecstatic to be spearheading this new venture. I am passionate about being wildly successful via creating a space to make more hairstylists wildly successful in their own business.
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Jan 29, 2020
Project launched

FAQs

Are your services in your salon for both men and women?

100% we are dedicated to serving any member of the community regardless of gender.

Do you take walk-ins or is it by appointment only?

Yes, we take walk-ins, there is no guarantee of how long the wait would be, but we will try to give you the best approximate time if there is a wait. Appointments are always a better route as you are guaranteed a visit at your preferred time.

What are the different "levels" of stylists and how much training do they have?

We have a varied array of stylists who are all have their unique strengths. They are all highly trained and always attend continuing education to better serve their guests. The learning never stops!

Are you wheelchair accessible?

YES YES YES! We have many options for differently abled people. We have portable sinks for guests who cannot transfer to a wash station. We have a fully accessible washroom that has been designed by a wheel chair user for wheelchair users.

How long do services take?

All service times are based upon consultation. With a consultation you will be given a few options based on your time availability and budget. On average, allot 1 hour for hair cuts.
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