Meet the Proper team!
Featuring a diverse array of stylists from around the globe, Sam’s staff is quite properly a multi-cultural talent pool with vast experience and expertise, all working towards a common goal: to create excellence with every color, cut, and style. The Proper Hair Lounge team is committed to working with each client to discover and achieve their greatest look, be that conservative and classic, or mind-cracking modern. Our team consists of experts in women’s and men’s haircuts, hair coloring and hair straightening treatments.
SAMUEL – OWNER
To say that Samuel Bligh has hairstyling in his blood may be something of an understatement. Sam is a third generation hairstylist, whose world has always been infused with a keen awareness of the uplifting qualities of superbly crafted colours, cuts and styles. Since age sixteen Sam knew where his life’s work lay. Beginning his training at John Casablancas in Gastown, Sam quickly discovered that the salon was where he felt most fully alive. Continuing his studies with Davines, Sam has worked alongside such internationally acclaimed stylists as Tim Hartley, Angelo Seminara, and Sally Rogerson. Now a senior educator for Davines, Sam loves sharing his deep knowledge of their concepts and products with stylists and clients alike. His training has focused on modern colouring techniques, enabling him to formulate and customize vibrant or natural tones for each individual client.
Classically trained in Vidal Sassoon cutting methods, Caitie draws on the strengths of her traditional hair cutting background to create everything from elegant, conservative looks, to the infinite possibilities of custom cuts and colours. Caitie loves men’s haircuts, offers great blowouts, and is terrific at keeping blonde hair healthy and shiny. No matter the service, Caitie’s in depth and sensitive consultations, in tandem with her extensive training and experience guarantees superb end results. Catie is part of the Davines education team for B.C., bringing collections and techniques to salons throughout the province. She lives an ongoing commitment to education, fascinated to learn and share the latest developments in colouring, including hand painted techniques such as balayage.
Yuko began her hairdressing career at a young age, training under a team of master stylists and an amazing colour technician. This was a career path that developed organically, as she was always fascinated with the beauty industry and pop culture. She is constantly inspired by beauty found in the natural world and in the creativity in all art forms. She has worked and trained alongside some of the absolute best our industry has to offer and is passionate about education. She uses this passion to help educate her clients on the best techniques for making the most of their hair; and as a senior educator for Davines, she loves to share with fellow stylists ways to elevate their craft and body of knowledge. She believes that the learning never stops and so consistently invests in her own personal growth as a stylist by taking all of the education and classes her schedule allows for. In the past year alone this has taken her to Ohio, NYC, Toronto, and LA. She loves to take all of this inspiration and turn around and share it with others. Yuko enjoys getting to know each client through a thorough consultation process. She then determines what shape, and/or colour will be most suitable to accentuate each client’s features and beauty . She enjoys both men’s and women’s hair, loves to cut for precision, and to colour for dimension while respecting and improving the texture of the hair fibre. Yuko will give you hair you will truly love!
Meet Katie, she brings a creative flair to Proper Hair Lounge with her rainbow coloured creations and funky cuts. She studied hair at MITT in Manitoba and also has a fine arts degree from Emily Carr, which explains her love of art and her creative mind. She takes inspiration from both popular trends and classic styling techniques. Katie loves working with all hair types to create a style & look that will suit each individual client, but if you are looking for a quirky twist she’s game! Education is a big part of Katie’s life, she is continually educating herself in the hair industry to learn the latest and greatest trends! She has a passion for nature and the outdoors and is striving to live a balanced healthy life that is eco friendly.
A passion for hair led Sara to the hairstyling program at Vancouver Community College. Finishing at the top of her class proved she was in the right spot. Working with hair comes naturally to Sara, and she has developed a strong and creative skillset to match her love of hair design. When it comes to styling, Sara loves to throw a classic spin into her cuts. Pixie cuts, classic bobs, and mens fades are some of her favourite styles to create. If she’s working with colour, no matter how adventurous the tone, Sara works to give it a natural feel. Before joining Proper, Sara worked a Blo-Blow Dry Bar, where she perfected her signature Blowouts and Up-Dos. Always looking to stay on her creative and technical edge, Sara is continually taking courses from leading hair artists.
His journey into the exciting world of hairdressing began with a coveted apprenticeship at Suki’s Hair in Vancouver, B.C. After the meticulous and rigorous training, Nazir completed his apprenticeship to move forward with his career. Nazir attended the prestigious Vidal Sasson Academy in London, England where he achieved an education in an in-depth advanced hair cutting course. Shortly after his studies in London, Nazir returned to the place that started it all, Suki’s. Within a few short months, he became a vital member of Suki’s Artistic Team and the Creative Director of Suki’s Advanced Hair Cutting Academy. Upon his advancement to Suki’s Artistic Team, Nazir has travelled extensively to do hair shows as well as teach his advanced hair cutting techniques on stages across North America. As a leading example of the beauty industry, Nazir is continually selected to share his inspiring creativity with the world. Nazir’s work can be seen in numerous hair and fashion magazines across North America. Currently, Nazir is with the well-established Zinc Hair. His hard work with the Zinc Artistic Team was selected as a top finalist in the 2015 Contessa Awards for Salon of the Year.
Cody has always looked for new ways to create art. He joined his high school’s two-year hair design program after seeing the similarities between working on a canvas and working on hair. The realization that he could directly improve people’s self-esteem grew his passion further. He balanced school with additional training in a West End salon under a team of talented stylists, where he started taking clients in 2012. Cody finds that seeing a client excited about their finished look is what gives him constant drive to fine tune his work, while continuing to learn new techniques. He would say that he loves to create “pretty hair”, which to him is the cut, colour and style that best suits each individual client. He enjoys keeping up with current hair trends, and works at making sure his clients feel up to date. Root colours, gray coverage, highlights, hair painting/balayage, men’s fades, pixie cuts, bobs, layers, he finds himself in love with the variety of looks that can be created on hair, and is always eager to see what he gets to work on next.
Deni has been involved in the fashion and beauty industry over the past 3 decades. In the last 18 years, he has been passionate about hairstyling. His past education and skills in arts have given him an ease and confidence in hair color and styles. Deni will take the time to listen and advise his clients on the best service required might it be a classic look or a more trend setting style. Striving to learn new skills and stay current in this ever-changing industry is one of his main priorities.