Spring Hairfest 2019 was a weekend for the books!

North Bay was LUCKY to have both Ivo Tiberio and Esther Timewell up there for Spring Hairfest this past weekend, where our two stylists headed up there to help judge the Hairfest competition, as well as prepare models for event’s big gala! At Gravity Salon we are always looking for ways that we can help to contribute and to give back to the community, and this was an amazing way to do it! Ivo had the pleasure of judging the weekend’s hair competition, which was full of contestants who are students at the Modern College of Hairstyling and Esthetics, apprentices and licensed hair stylists from the area, and he saw some AMAZING work! As he was doing this, Esther was working alongside many other talented stylists from KAO Canada to prepare and style all of the gala’s models – and they all looked picture perfect! It was a great weekend of talent and fun as many Goldwell stylists from near and far joined their forces to make this an unforgettable weekend for the amazing stylists from the north! We already can’t wait for Spring HairFest 2020!






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Knoxville, you were good to us!

The other weekend was a creative one down in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Gravity’s very own Lindie Blackwell was at Belleza hair salon where she was helping the salon’s stylists prepare their looks in advance for this year’s Colorzoom competition! It was an amazing weekend for these stylists who were able to learn some new techniques and tips and tricks on how to make their Colorzoom entries for the year bigger and better than ever! With her technique and expertise, as well as her years of experience in the hair competition industry, she was able to give a ton of guidance and intel on this hair season’s top trends from her very own perspective as a multi-time award-winning stylist. As you may be able to tell by the name, Colorzoom, this competition is all about colour and creativity, and these are two things that Lindie does best, which is why she was the perfect choice for a weekend-long mentorship class! Not only did these stylists get to learn from the best, they also had a professional photographer there to capture the entire thing and to take some amazing prep shots for them! Check out some of the pictures from the weekend below, and stay tuned for some more exciting travel updates!



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Lindie Blackwell Takes Over Canadian Hairdresser Magazine!

Our stylists make us proud all the time, but it’s not every day that a salon gets to boast that one of their very own stylists was selected to do the cover of Canadian Hairdresser Magazine! This was in the works for a while, but it was always on the down-low…. Until now! And now that the issue has been published, we can’t stop talking about it! For this Colour Edition of Canadian Hairdresser Magazine, Lindie worked alongside a team of extremely talented professionals to make the vision for the Goldwell Remix Collection a reality, including fellow Goldwell Colourist, Michael Shire, Make-up and Nail Artist, Delia Lupan and Photographer, Dan Lim. The four of these creative and talented humans created a number of styles with vibrant colours and edgy, modern cuts, that were all beautifully-captured in some stellar photography work. The magic doesn’t stop there though – not only was Lindie focused on the cover of Canadian Hairdresser Magazine, her and her work was featured in an 8-page spread in the magazine itself. With a range of vibrant pinks, blues and yellows, this collection has us feeling extra excited for spring! Lindie has always had an amazingly-creative eye for colour and we have no doubt that this, mixed with her undeniable talent is exactly what landed her this incredible opportunity, and we are so so SO proud!! Our stylists never fail to amaze us <3 Check out the pics below to see both the cover and the 8-page spread!






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Gravity Heads to Montreal to “Train the Trainers”!

Our salon owner Ivo Tiberio just doesn’t stop! Just this week, not long after he came back from New York City, he was on the road (or in the sky) again – this time, to Montreal, Quebec! Instead of being trained though, it was Ivo’s turn to train the trainer! As a National Technical Trainer for the major colour company, Goldwell, it is Ivo’s job to ensure that future Goldwell teachers are communicating the brand’s message and mandate correctly, and in accordance with its global standards – and that is exactly what he went there to do. Working for Goldwell as an educator for almost 30 years himself, Ivo knows just how important it is to accurately represent Goldwell at all times while teaching fellow stylists and was excited to be able to pass along this knowledge to 9 new prospective Goldwell educators! This multi-day training program was very comprehensive and really gave the up and coming educators a true sense of what their future responsibilities will entail. We can’t wait to see what they bring to the table after this!  The training did not end here though, this upcoming weekend Ivo is heading down to Toronto to do the same training all over again, but this time he will be educating 21 future educators! Keep an eye on our social media over the next couple weeks to stay updated on the Toronto training and, as always, everything else that we have going on here at the salon!



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Gravity Salon Professionals does NYC!

Last weekend was an exciting one for a bunch of our Gravity stylists who jet-setted down to the Goldwell Academy in New York City alongside 6 other Master Colourists from Canada for an exclusive Goldwell training program! Once they got there, they were also trained alongside fellow Master Colourists and Stylists from the USA and Mexico – an amazing environment for sharing each other’s creativity! Our salon owner, Ivo Tiberio, and two of our Master Colourists and Stylists Jamie Dennis and Lindie Blackwell, attended different training events over the span of 4 days to expand their skills and knowledge as professionals in the field and also to network and interact with their industry peers!


This training was multi-faceted and this time around, was focused somewhat on colour and styling but also had a unique component – a course on how to be effective teachers themselves. As you’ll see from their website biographies, Ivo, Jamie and Lindie are Goldwell educators, and this weekend was spent focusing more on how to effectively connect with THEIR audience, while educating others out in the field.


The weekend training covered a number of different topics, including a seminar on social media and being an influencer within the industry, but one of the most effective parts according to our stylists was learning how to connect with different learning styles throughout their training to maximize the effects that their teaching has on others. They learned how to tailor their trainings to expand outwards from their own typical training styles, and to incorporate certain training methods for different types of learners – whether it be audio, visual etc.


Alongside this insightful educator training, was of course, training that was focused on hair colour. The hair industry is currently experiencing “colour-mania” – people LOVE colour, so it’s always important for our stylists to stay on top of the most recent colour trends and product innovations so that they can deliver the very best results to their clients while behind the chair.


Jamie was fortunate enough to attend a course that gave the trainees a product topic, for example, they had to use only the Pure Pigments line from Goldwell, and they were given 12 hours to make a complete 4-5 look collection, from colour to cut and everything in between, and then they had to present that collection to their peers, and ensure that their presentation flowed effectively in a large group of people.


And as if all of this education wasn’t enough – both Ivo and Jamie (both of whom are educators for different Master Colourist Courses) learned even more about the Master Colourist Training Program, and how it has been both simplified BUT has also been made more challenging – to be a more effective training program for future elite stylists who are seeking a Master Colourist title.


The last leg of the educator training this past weekend was focused on how to effectively use social media as a stylist, and how to become an influencer in the field using the power of Instagram and Facebook to show off their talent and connect with followers and potential clients through photographs! This training is so important and so helpful, considering how social media-crazy today’s society is.

We always love being able to share with all of you the exciting stuff that’s going on inside the salon, but also the exciting things that we do outside of the salon – including all of the advanced education that our stylists receive. We always want our clients to know that when they visit our salon, they are receiving the best of the best treatment from our stylists who have a passion for what they do and for furthering their education! We can’t wait to share with you where our next big adventure takes us!


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6 Moisturizing Products to Fight Winter Hair Damage!

With these cold, blustery days comes dry hands, cold feet and the worst of all – dry hair. Even though it feels like there’s been a ton of moisture lately (ahem, the snowmageddon that we just experienced these past two days), the air is actually dryer and colder than you think and can be damaging your hair without you even knowing it! Whether you feel it in the ends of your hair, or if it’s the static that gets you, there are definitely remedies that can help with hair protection and damage prevention, and that will make your hair days much more bearable! To try to help you out, we have compiled some of our favourite moisturizing hair products for the winter months to keep your locks feeling fresh, luscious and full of moisture! Check out our list of our top 6 favourite products for winter hair remedy, all of which we carry right here at Gravity Salon Professionals!

As you will see from our favourite picks, hair health starts from step 1 – cleansing! It’s important to make sure that your hair has the basic foundation that it needs to flourish and stay hydrated in the winter months by using salon-quality, moisture-enhancing shampoos and conditioners, and then matching this simple washing routine with further protectants such as leave-in conditioners and heat protectant styling products!


Goldwell Rich Repair Shampoo and Conditioner

Goldwell’s Rich Repair Shampoo and Conditioner is a luxurious combo that repairs hair from the inside out and helps to restore shine into dull, dehydrated winter locks! We often recommend this product to clients who are experiencing dry and damaged hair and whose hair can handle a richer, creamier formula than some other Goldwell shampoo and conditioner products! This combo is affordable but also premium salon-quality – proving that you don’t need to spend the big bucks to have healthy, shiny hair! We love Rich Repair and carry it in both small and large sizes, and is a staple product that we always make sure we keep stocked – especially in the winter months for people who need it most for help with hair protection!


KMS Moist Repair Shampoo and Conditioner

The KMS Moist Repair Shampoo and Conditioner is an amazing, high quality yet affordable cleansing set to restore your hair’s moisture with every wash! It’s creamy, rich texture feels luxurious (and it smells amazing too) and helps to actually even REPAIR hair damage that has been caused by lack of moisture! We normally recommend these products to people with normal to thick hair, but could be used for other hair types as well depending on the level of repair you need!


KMS Moist Repair Leave-In Conditioner

To go along with your Moist Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, is the Moist Repair Leave-In Conditioner Spray, which also helps to restore moisture and combat static! This leave-in conditioner is a lightweight formula that instantly detangles and moisturizes and is a great alternative to creamier conditioners that may leave some hair feeling weighted and greasy! This is one of our favourite products that we recommend to so many of our clients in the winter because it truly is magic! If you’re looking for quality and affordability – this will be your go-to hair protection product!

Thermashape Straightening Crème

 One of the most damaging things for your hair, especially in the winter months, is artificial heat – for example, blow-drying, straightening or curling! Besides your regular moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and any other leave-in conditioners that you may use, you may want to consider a heat-protectant styling aid for your precious locks before you hit them with the tools! Our favourite here at the salon (and everybody else’s – we can barely keep it on the shelf) is KMS’s Thermashape Styling Crème, a lightweight creamy styling product that protects your hair against heat and leaves it feeling luxurious! All you need is a dime-sized amount to run through wet hair before you blow-dry and it works wonders! It’s smooth and silky without the heavy greasy feeling of other leave-in creams and it smells AMAZING! We recommend this product to so many clients time and time again, we just can’t get enough of it!

Any Product from the KMS Curl-Up Line

As you can tell – we really love KMS products here at the salon, and we especially adore the KMS Curl Up line! This line was created specifically for curly hair so it automatically contains more moisture and restorative products to keep curls tight, bouncy and moisturized. It’s designed to enhance curl retention and reduce frizz – two things that are major keys when it comes to curly hair! Curl Up has a number of different products from shampoo, to styling creams, leave-in conditioners and styling foams, all of which help with hair protection as well as styling! If you have curly hair and you struggle with it in the winter, Curl Up will always be a great option – just make sure to consult with a stylist to see which product is right for you!

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner

Though we are a Goldwell-exclusive salon, we do carry some select Pureology products, and our fan favourite is the Hydrate shampoo and conditioner duo. Though slightly more expensive than the KMS products, Hydrate contains a number of premium products to help moisturize and repair damaged hair – and it smells fantastic! Hydrate is one of Pureology’s most popular lines and we always make sure that we have it in stock at the salon, especially in the winter when people need it most!


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10 Things That You Should Know About Barrie’s Best Salon!

With a new year comes lots of change – whether that change is good or bad, big or small or even as simple as trying something new that you’ve wanted to do for a while, at the end of the day it will be tough, but it will be amazing for your self-growth! Now, let’s say you want a change but you don’t know where to start, we suggest that you shake things up with a new hairstyle! A new colour, a new cut or even just a new styling technique can put a spring in your step that you forgot you had, and give you the confidence that you need to conquer the world! The decision doesn’t just stop at WHAT you want to do with your hair though, it also includes WHERE to get your hair done and trust us, that can be the hardest part. That’s why we want to give you a list of things that you may not have otherwise known about Gravity Salon Professionals, so that you can know a little bit more about us while making your decision!



1. We have been voted Barrie’s Best Salon 2 years in a row!

We keep saying that we are Barrie’s Best Salon – and we actually are! The last two years we have been voted by Barrie Advance Reader’s Choice as Barrie’s Favourite Salon, and it has been such an honour! We couldn’t be more grateful for our amazing staff, clients and community for this recognition, and it has pushed us to keep striving for excellence so that we can maintain this title for a third year in a row!


2. We have multiple award-winning stylists at our hair salon.

Every salon loves to boast about their hairstylists, but we can proudly say that we are NOT over-exaggerating when we tell you that over half of our stylists have won awards in a number of different types of contests and competitions. From smaller-scale local competitions to large national ones such as the Contessas and Colorzoom, we have always had an amazing presence there from Gravity Salon Professionals!


3. Most of our stylists are also educators, as well!

You’ve probably seen our social media posts talking about our stylists also being educators, but what does being an ‘educator’ really mean? We’re here to tell you! Our stylists are educators for both Goldwell, the colour and product line that we use almost exclusively in the salon, and also for the product-line KMS which makes all sorts of shampoos, conditioners and styling products. Our Goldwell educators teach a range of different classes including cutting classes and tons of colouring classes both at the Goldwell Academy in Toronto and also around the world! Our KMS educators teach courses on how to stay trendy with all of the amazing styling products that KMS has to offer, and how to use those products effectively! It’s pretty cool that we have all of these amazing resources right at our finger tips because we benefit from it too – whether it’s just a quick tip from one stylist to another while colouring, or having them teach a full-blown colour class right in our own salon – we are thankful every day for our brilliant stylists!


4. We started out as just a little two-man shop!

Gravity Salon has been around for 8 years now (we just celebrated our 8-year anniversary this past October) and even though it may seem like it’s hustling and bustling in here now with 6 busy stylists and 2 receptionists, it wasn’t always like this! When Gravity first opened its doors at the Big Bay Point location in 2010, it was just our salon owner Ivo, and Jamie Dennis who were running the show together! After creating and running a successful business though, more stylists came over to join the team and now we have our Gravity family at 206 Bradford Street that we can’t picture the salon without!


5. We LOVE being involved in the community!

One of our favourite things about the salon is the amazing community that it’s in – we LOVE Barrie and we love Barrie’s downtown, there’s so many things to do and see and the lakeshore is just a stone’s-throw away! That’s why we like to take any opportunity that we can to give back to that community – whether it’s donating our services to a good cause, raising money for charitable associations or even volunteering our time to different charitable events! This past year we helped out with both the very successful Fill a Purse for a Sister Campaign, as well as Barrie and District’s Christmas Cheer – both raising money to donate and volunteering our time two different mornings to help pack toys and food for the families who were receiving this assistance! We absolutely love doing stuff like this so if you’re reading this and can think of other ways that we can help, please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know!


6. We are a Goldwell-exclusive salon!

 Many salons use a range of different products for colouring and styling, but we have found great success in sticking with our old faithfuls – Goldwell and KMS! Goldwell and KMS are both premium product lines that our stylists are very comfortable with using and they will deliver high-quality results every time! Goldwell produces a ton of innovative colouring and styling products, such as Goldwell’s newest line, Pure Pigments, that we love to use on our clients to get the best possible results! We may be biased, but we think that Goldwell is the best colour line out there and it has proven itself to us time and time again!


7. We love to keep current with the latest hair trends!

It must seem like every time that you are on Instagram or Facebook, there are new hair trends and fashions that are impossible to keep up with – whether it’s the new ‘in’ colour or cut, or even just a trendy way to style your hair – it’s almost impossible to keep up with them! But that’s why you have us – your trusted sources of hair wisdom and inspiration to help you achieve your dream hair in a way that is best-suited for you!


8. We offer premium services!

Here at Gravity our biggest passion is colour – we love the creative aspect of it and the way that a hair makeover can make somebody look and feel like a whole new person! You may not be aware that we offer many other services as well, some of which you may not be able to find other places! One of our big ones is the Kerasilk Smoothing Treatment – a healthy straightening treatment to smooth out frizz and curl for those untameable locks!


9. We are located in a cozy century home in Downtown Barrie!

 One of our favourite things about where we work is the location, location, location! We are located in a warm and cozy century home on Bradford Street right near the lake! We like to think that this sets us apart from the rest because it provides for a much more intimate and personable experience that makes clients feel equally as comfortable whether it’s their first time in the salon or their 10th time in the salon. We always get such positive feedback on our salon atmosphere and we have always taken great pride in this!


10. We are always welcoming new clients with open arms!

One of the most common questions that we receive is whether or not we are accepting new clients, and the answer is always YES! Many of our stylists have even expanded their availability for the new year to be able to take on even more clients! Don’t hesitate to give us a call here at the salon at 705-252-3992 to book your consultation or appointment today OR book online at https://gravitysalonprofessionals.ca! We can’t wait to meet you!

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