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Urs, I love my hair again – it’s finally so much healthier after coming to you! Urs knows hair!!! He also uses ammonia FREE, enviromentally-safe products. The trials and tribulations of grooming curly hair
Without the wherewithal of learning to control my hair, I have been playing Russian roulette with my locks for almost a decade. Having had my hair texturized in Tokyo, thinned in Vancouver, badly layered at several salons from California to Boston, as well as coloured and highlighted around the world, it is no wonder I have any hair left. Thanks to Urs at Strands, the crazy game is over. Like a mad scientist, Urs mixes potions and puts together homecare treatments; his old school yet contemporary methods and hairstyling paraphernalia are guaranteed to leave any lucky client feeling that s/he will see another sunrise.

Analogies aside, I look forward to my monthly visits to Strands. Urs and Erika are sweet, lovely and genuine people. Their wealth of knowledge and experience with all hair types, product lines and innovative techniques is second to none. One of Urs’ tricks is Candle Hair Cutting Flame Cutting Velaterapia – it takes time and patience but so worth it. No more split ends from the ‘crown to sole’ of each hair follicle.

Nila Vancouver BC

Urs does magic with my hair! I don’t have a clue sometimes what I want or feel not so great about how I want my hair to look like and he always gets it right! It’s like he has an image of a look and creates it but makes me look dynamite! I get tons of compliments from people on my cut, my colour- it’s done right all the time! And I can’t forget Erika’s head massages-wow! Puts you to sleep!
I highly recommend a visit, whether it’s a full cut, colour, or quick hair do! They will leave you shining and looking hot!

Sophia North Vancouver BC

I am feeling so much gratitude that I have found Erika & Urs at Strands Hair & Skin Treatment. They have a quaint salon in trendy Gastown and they are both so down to earth and talented. I got a flame haircut by Urs and it “Rocks OUT LOUD”… my hair looks amazing with no split ends… I finally found a way to get rid of them as I have very long hair… Last month Erika did a Brazilian Blowout on my hair and the results were just as amazing… please, please try them out… you will never go anywhere else, promise!

Donna Vancouver BC

My hair gets great reviews wherever I go! Thanks Urs and Erika

Alice Vancouver BC

Loved the couple that runs this place. They are very caring and understanding. I can guarantee that you will love your new color, haircut or treatment because they seem to only use the best products available. I recently got a blowout done and it is phenomenal. BTW there are many reviews below that says they “are not currently recommended” yet they all gave 5 stars to this place as well. Sometimes I don’t understand yelp’s reasoning to exclude reviews but they are there

Sandy Port Coquitlam, BC

The best thing about this place are people who work there. Urs and Erika are incredible, so kind and accommodating, and with a great sense of humour:)
I did Brazilian blowout select treatment couple month ago. It made my hair silky and eliminated frizz after second treatment only. Anyhow I really enjoyed service. Thank you for that:)

Gina Vancouver, BC

I have had endless problems with my hair for years. It used to be super thick and healthy, then life happened. I went to this salon two days before a friends’ wedding in dire need of something to be done with my hair! It was long, covered in frizz and split ends, and so thin, i was dying for something to help me. I came to this salon for highlights, even though i knew it’d probably damage my hair more. but i was sick of my hair, the colour, everything. Other hairdressers convinced me this is a good idea. After a last minute cancellation, i found this salon by chance.
I told Urs my story over the phone, but as soon as he saw me in person. After I showed him the colour i wanted, he was brutally honest and actually said he won’t do something like that for me. he knew anything more, even non-ammonia bleach will still make my hair worse because it was too frail for anything.
He had all these tools to like at my hair and the colour shades that work the best and recommened filling in my hair with a darker brown instead. He gave it a nice cut, and the colour is amazing. i don’t feel bad about my hair anymore. it’s thick and soft! he was right, the slightly brown colour looks amazing on me. I’m so excited to go back to him. and my hair at the wedding looked so good. Now I finally feel like I have hope in resetting my hair and getting it healthy again. If it wasn’t for Urs, I don’t know what I would do. All i know is all the places the condoned my highlights ideas are salons i never want to go to again. Urs is more professional than any hair stylist I’ve ever met. In fact, he’s more of a hair artist. he even had a covering for my glasses for when the dye was in my hair. it was so comfortable and a fun environment. I can’t believe how much Urs knew, and that I’ve never encountered a stylist knowing the things he does, taking every precaution, knowing my hair and facia care background. it all matters and is always overlooked by other stylists.
Thank you Urs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vitaliya Vancouver, BC

Urs & Erika have been taking care of my hair for years (even pre Tango, bless him, who has now passed on).  Previously loathed going to hair salons but the atmosphere in the shop is so friendly and not pretentious in the least.  Urs does the only cut I have ever had which is truly wash & wear, does not require gobs of product to control and can go straight from pillow to work without a thought.  You are getting years of training, experience and on going training with both Urs and Erika.  They do not sell products they don’t believe in.   If you ask for an opinion, you will get an honest one.  I don’t even bother looking in the mirror (well, we’re having too much fun talking) as I know Urs will do what is best for my hair, face shape, all the variables.  Trust them both completely, what more can one say?

Urs is the first stylist in 40 odd years that comes through on his promises! I asked for stylish wash and wear hair and he delivered. No more struggling with bed head, run my fingers through it and I’m out the door. And my hair has never been in better condition, wouldn’t dream of using anything but his recommendations again. I’ve been happy to recommend Strands to friends – great staff, great treatment, great products and always a fun experience

Barb Kamloops, BC

Great products, wonderful cuts, fabulous color – the best  my limp, fine hair has looked and felt  in my 58 years!!  It’s been ten years now and I would not even think of switching

Stevi S.Kamloops, BC

I came to Strands after some terrible experiences with other (expensive!) salons – and my hair is grateful! Urs is pure genius; his understanding of colour is nothing short of amazing. Plus he uses no-ammonia, pure colours that are actually good for the hair.  I have hair that looks and feels like a ten-year old, I kid you not, even though I’ve been colouring my hair for over 25 years. A gem of a salon, comfortable atmosphere, nice people.

Susan B.Vancouver, BC

 

 

 

 

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My best “like” stories about Strands:

It’s next to my work place.

One of my favorite experiences:

Urs has a really good eye for color! Advice! A style for each person.

My feeling about Strands:

I felt comfy.

I have been a client at Strands for just one week, but if I had known you earlier, foreverJ.

Liane, Vancouver

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Urs you are an artist but in the same time one very wise business men….I have learned a lot from you. It shows you are one of the few people I know that really enjoy what you are doing.

One of my favorite experiences:

So many I have to think about it…. I enjoy every time I come in. I will never stop recommending Strands to everybody I know.

My feeling about Strands: 10 out of ten.I have been a client at Strands for 5 years or longer.

Dan, Vancouver

One of my favorite experiences:

I wanted a “special” look for an event. A “funky” look that made me stand out from the crowd! They were willing to go the extra mile and offered me a number of different style choices.

My feeling about Strands: Excellent customer service.

I have been a client at Strands for 5 months.

Joan, Vancouver

My best “like” stories about Strands: Friendly, casual – an oasis from the blur of whatever. Good music, nice surroundings.

One of my favorite experiences:

Favorite – I almost always nearly fall asleep in the relaxing environment under the infrared lamp. I haven’t fallen out of the chair yet!

My feeling about Strands: Very good. Friendly.

I have been a client at Strands for 15 years.

Gregory, Vancouver

 

 

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My best “like” stories about Strands

when I tell Urs to “experiment”.

One of my favorite experiences:

My favorite part of coming is knowing that my hair color will stay and not fade. If I am “down” I will be “up “by the end of the visit.

My feeling about Strands:

You’re my last hairstylist or I would shame it – together there is strengths!

My best “like” stories about Strands:

I come because of Urs! I come because of his amazing talent, skill, vision, compassion, honesty and humor. I absolutely trust him and on the very rare occasion when something has been wrong (an apprentice helped out) he fixed it quickly & professionally. I come because of Erika also! And I love that they are cat people.

One of my favorite experiences:

I first came to Strands because a friend/co worker said Urs was “the best”. I had had chemo for a year about a year & a half before & my hair was growing in darker. I had decided to put “sun in” on it & it was a disaster! I was reluctant to get it cut because I had been “without hair” for so long-my friend Maggi said I should try Urs- he was really good& a great person & would  be understanding of my situation- he was! I’ve been here ever since.

I appreciate so much the commitment to natural products at Strands. I’m confident that whatever treatment I receive will only make me better!

I love when Erika is at the shop – she can always suggest a lipstick that will be perfect or show you how to shine for the Christmas party! I really can’t say enough about how great my Strands experience has been & how much I value that experience! There can be no retirement for Urs! Thank you for all the joy you have given me through the years.

My feeling about Strands:

Very positive! You are a positive moving forward kind of guy! Always innovative- always true to your high standards in all areas.

I have been a client at Strands for about 23 years.

Doreen, West Vancouver

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Even when I am not sure what cut I want, Urs always has ideas. He ensures my comfort level ( not to crazy ) before cutting. I always leave happy with my cut & color!

One of my favorite experiences: Tango! ( Urs’s late Akita)

My feeling about Strands:

Great, whenever asked, I recommend Strands.

I have been a client at Strands for about forever! (25 years)

Joanne, Coquitlam

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Laid back, relaxed atmosphere that is also professional. On Time-Treat my time as important #1= great haircut + color.

One of my favorite experiences:

Whenever I feel like I need a change, it’s always fun, professionally, most importantly, specific to me – not just what he generally does for everyone.

My feeling about Strands:

If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t keep coming back.

I have been a client at Strands for about 22 years.

Cindy, Vancouver

My best “like” stories about Strands:

The surprise other clients have on their faces I have been a client at Strands for about at least 8 years.

Alice, Vancouver

My best “like” stories about Strands:

I love the fact that Urs can cut my hair properly and it always looks great……when I leave. Political discussions/jokes are always a good time.

One of my favorite experiences:

Other then the great hair service and good natured Urs the esthetics are awesome….Back facials!

My feeling about Strand:

I would drive 3 hours to have Urs cut my hair. It is a great business and always great service.

I have been a client at Strands for since 1997

Warren, Seattle

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Urs and Erika are constantly introducing new products and techniques – every time I visit there’s always something innovative and interesting.

One of my favorite experiences:

At present, its Erika’s pedicures – she does a great job.

My feeling about Strand:

Nothing ever stays the same.

I have been a client at Strands for about 32 years.

Janice, Vancouver

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Visiting Strands is like visiting family, I’ve got to know Urs and Erika on a personal level + look forward to my appointments, which are more becoming more frequent as the “grey” seems becoming in faster!!!

One of my favorite experiences:

I’ve also enjoyed meeting many of the clientele over the years as some visits turn into a very interesting social event! I also enjoy slipping in a mini-pedicure while I’m getting my hair colored.

My feeling about Strand:

Professional, good products.

I have been a client at Strands since 2001.

Lori, Delta

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Pedicures – I fall asleep during the foot massages! The massages need to be longer! LOL !

One of my favorite experiences:

The chats with Erika during the Pedicures, I feel like I can talk about anything, like catching up with a dear friend that I have not seen for a long time!

My feeling about Strand:

Love to come – it is a reset button for my busy work live.

I have been a client at Strands for 2-3 Years – not long enough!

Gary New Westminster

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Erika’s sense of humor; your savvy and expertise, your cut + dog stories – your good coffee.

One of my favorite experiences:

Recipes, Tango licking cream out of my creamers, kisses, xmas decorations, restaurant recommendations, – openness + honesty.

My feeling about Strand:

Wish you were in surrey- closer to home – travel time.

I have been a client at Strands for 20 years.

Brenda, Surrey

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Urs always listens to what I want done with my hair + I’ve never been disappointed with any service. He’s able to give me styles that need very little fuss but lock great. Our whole family comes here (kids too) because everyone’s friendly + Urs’ skills are excellent.

One of my favorite experiences:

Erika’s facials are the best!! Urs can always fit us in for an appointment.

My feeling about Strand:

Extremely satisfied.

I have been a client at Strands since 1995.

Neena Vancouver

My best “like” stories about Strands:

I always know that I will look good when I leave, whether it’s just a cut or if it’s color.

One of my favorite experiences:

Every time I am here everyone is smiling and it makes coming here a great experience. I enjoyed having my make-up done for me.

My feeling about Strand:

Very positive.

I have been a client at Strands for 3 years.

Justina Aldergrove

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Laid back casual atmosphere; can’t remember any stories, I am sure there were some (memory is gone)!!!

One of my favorite experiences:

Can’t remember (like I said memory is gone) but I love the fact that your place grounds me, brings me back to normalJ.

My feeling about Strand:

Love it, love it, love it.

I have been a client at Strands for 23 years.

Jolanta, Port Moody

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Great people, never feel rushed, relaxing, and of course very knowledgeable about color.

My feeling about Strand: 10

I have been a client at Strands since 1987.

Marilyn, Vancouver

My best “like” stories about Strands:

It’s always a pleasure to visit Urs & staff; the fabulous head massages are among my favourite experiences. Urs’s commitment to keeping current on European and leading world stylists.

One of my favorite experiences:

Long, short, color, no-color I’m always impressed with what Urs creates for me. I came to Strands the first time to salvage the worst case of highlights ever.

My feeling about Strand: Excellent, professional.

I have been a client at Strands for 23 years!

Christopher, Vancouver

My best “like” stories about Strands:

My hair looks good weeks after appointment.

One of my favorite experiences:

Each visit is a pleasant experience.

My feeling about Strand:

Friendly and very knowledgeable.

I have been a client at Strands for 11 years.

Eva Langley

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Friendly staff, good jokes, great haircuts.

One of my favorite experiences:

When I came in with cornrows Urs was an amazing help.

My feeling about Strand:

Love it.

I have been a client at Strands for 12 years.

TJ, Vancouver

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Humor, energy, friendly if crazy staff.

One of my favorite experiences: No! I can’t think of only one!

My feeling about Strand:Love it!

I have been a client at Strands for – it only feels like forever.

Jason, Surrey

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My best “like” stories about Strands:

The use of non ammonia colours, use of essential oils. Also Urs’s innovative use of the latest products, skin care etc.

One of my favorite experiences:

My husband  also a client, broke his neck & was in a halo to support his neck. The hair was a mess, difficult to wash. Urs took the time to cut his hair within the metal halo. It gave my husband such a bust to do something normal and look better.

My feeling about Strand:

Very good. I feel at home.

I have been a client at Strands since 1986

Lesley, Burnaby

My best “like” stories about Strands:

The unique combination of professionalism and personability!

Also that is a family business – even the dog was on staff at one time.

One of my favorite experiences:

Each experience is the best. Today’s favourite is the “passport sweep” by the dynamic duo of Urs & Erika.

My feeling about Strand:

Always makes me feel beautiful.

I have been a client at Strands since 2009

Barbara, Vancouver

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Warm, inviting, comfortable & fun. It feels like home! I moved 4 hours away and still come in every month to 2 months.

One of my favorite experiences:

There are many! Every experience is filled with fun and laughter and most of all: relaxing!

My feeling about Strand:

Fabulous! Worth every penny!

I have been a client at Strands for over 15 years.

Aydin, Langley

My best “like” stories about Strands:

The excellent character of the owner. Natural products. Cares about his clients & the environment.

One of my favorite experiences:

Coming in for an appointment with a baby-who was looked after by the esthetician for an hour – happy baby, happy mom!

My feeling about Strand:

Forward thinking, stays ahead of the trends in style, products and salon in general – Urs is not a follower.

I have been a client at Strands since 1986.

Lily, Lions Bay

My best “like” stories about Strands:

I like the individual care and attention I get.I like that you “fit me in” when you can. But most of all – LOVE the superb INTERESTING haircut I get! A haircut that fits me and my lifestyle. I am very willing to wait until my next trip to Vancouver for an “Urs haircut”

One of my favorite experiences:

No one experience comes to mind at the moment – but I will think about it

My feeling about Strand:

I love the casualness, the friendliness, I love getting coffee. I like seeing different products – the organic Argan Oil is fabulous! Time scheduling could be more accurate. Sometimes I am 45 minutes and sometimes 2 hours. Knowing the approximate length of time it will take would be helpful in advance because I have someone come pick me up.

I have been a client at Strands for 20 + years.

Gaye, Huston Texas USA

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Urs returns from the European hair shows with new looks, products and ideas to share. He’s always ahead of the curve.

One of my favorite experiences:

The champagne rinse after the 80’s curly perm.

have been a client at Strands for about 22 years.

Andrea Coquitlam

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Urs is the best haircutter I’ve ever had. The Strands experience is always warm, friendly and very professional.

One of my favorite experiences:

Every appointment is a relaxing and enjoyable experience. With popcorn and chocolates too. 🙂

My feeling about Strands is: very positive. I’ll keep coming as long as you are in business!

I have been a client at Strands for about 3 years.

Laurel Vancouver B.C.

My best “like” stories about Strands:

I have a very busy job, and on the road often, lots of weekend work but WHENEVER I phone in panic for an appointment Urs always fits me and goes the extra mile. I could not survive the hair thing without him.

One of my favorite experiences:

My boss was retiring and was bald. For his retirement party Urs made me 10 different photos using his hair Imaging System.- So here was my boss in dread looks, long hair, hippie hair, about 10 different styles which I had blown up for the party. It was a huge hit + people still laugh about it. That’s just a sample of what Urs will do.

My feeling about Strands is: Great, like family, very comfortable always fun.

I have been a client at Strands for about 19 years.

Sharon New Westminster

My best “like” stories about Strands:

The casual, interactive atmosphere. The use non-ammonia products. Very avant  guard.

One of my favorite experiences:

There is always something new and exciting going on.

My feeling about Strands:

I always feel comfortable and welcome in a relaxed atmosphere.

I have been a client at Urs for about 36 years. (I am on husband no.3, but had only 1 hairdresser.)

Carole , Seattle Wa

 

 

 

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My best “like” stories about Strands:

The laidback environment and easy conversation is always a joy to be around and brightens my day. Also the best haircuts I’ve ever gotten!

One of my favorite experiences:

My favourite experience is definitely the head massage when I get my hair washed.

My feeling about Strand:

Great quality and relaxing mood, overall awesome.

I have been a client at Strands for about 2 years I think.

Zack, Vancouver

 

My best “like” stories about Strands:

The personal care and advice. Re: My hair and not having to wait for my appointment time & the integrity and kindness of the owner Urs.

One of my favorite experiences:

All the experiences are so enjoyable along & the coffee & playing with Tango – I sure miss him –

My feeling about Strand:

Visits are always enjoyable.

I have been a client at Strands for:

From the beginning in 1984!

Joan, West Site Vancouver

 

My best “like” stories about Strands:

It is a relaxed comfortable place to come. I trust new ideas suggested to me.

One of my favorite experiences:

When my hair had been long for a few years, Urs said I should try going short. With some trepidation I agreed and everyone raved about it. Yay !

My feeling about Strand:

I have not been anywhere else in 20 years and would not go elsewhere.

I have been a client at Strands for 20 years.

Roger Vancouver

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Every time I want to do something really different Urs is always up for it.

One of my favorite experiences:

I love the chats I have with Urs. We discuss everything from sex to religion and everything in between. My favorite story : I was growing my hair out (yet again) and got bored so I asked Urs to shave everything off and dye it blond on the top and leave the back natural because my daughter wanted to know what my real color was (which was salt and pepper). Urs left the top really long so it covered my ear and shaved the rest of my hair. When he colored the top blond he also drew a palm tree on the back of my head because I was heading to Palm Springs for Christmas. I got rave reviews from all my friends for the cool hair do!

My feeling about Strand:

Excellent service & products.

I have been a client at Strands for: At least 15 years.

Anne, North Vancouver

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Urs, Erika & staff feel like an extension of family. I really lock forward to my appointments. I appreciate the care Urs & the salon take researching products & how they stay current with trends and innovations.

One of my favorite experiences:

Urs is truly a color expert. I have witnessed him magically correct issues for clients who went to other expensive salons.

My feeling about Strand:

I highly recommend the strands to anyone.

Eleanor, Vancouver Client since 1987

 

My best “like” stories about Strands:

Friendly atmosphere, skillful techniques, healthy products. An all-around enjoyable place to be.

One of my favorite experiences:

I enjoyed meeting Penny here when she came in from Nanaimo. I appreciate that you, Urs, are always looking for even better products.

My feeling about Strands

Very satisfied – I wouldn’t go any place else.

I have been a client at Strands for: Since about 1983

Helen, Burnaby