About Violet Hair Lounge

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About Violet Hair Lounge

Working with cutting edge eco friendly and organic product lines and progressive techniques, our stylists are continually advancing their expertise to ensure meticulous results and superior care. Collaborative and focused, we believe a salon that nurtures team work and camaraderie, creates a truly enjoyable and fulfilling experience for our clients.

Angie Gignac

Angie Gignac

Master Stylist/Owner

Sarah Benson

Sarah Benson

Master Stylist

Sabrina Eubank

Sabrina Eubank

Master Stylist

Brianna Leachman

Brianna Leachman

Assistant Stylist

I began my life being hustled around Quebec City in a laundry basket.

Although I’m grown up and accomplished now, the concepts of movement and sass have never left me. I have been in the industry for over 15 years. I graduated top of my class from Malaspina University in 2001. I continued my training, working in high-end salons, doing session styling and pursuing continued education. I believe you’re only as good as your last haircut, so I’m dedicated to keeping my talents honed and ultra-current. The enduring relationships I have with my clients are the greatest reward I could have and I’m so lucky to love what I do.


Sarah loves to create healthy, shiny, great feeling hair!

Sarah was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and grew up in Saskatoon. She has been in the hair industry for 8 years. With a focus on embracing the uniqueness of each guest and their hair type; she excels at enhancing natural beauty with dynamic haircuts and colors. She has expertise in track and sew extensions which provide more body, fullness, and length to the overall look with little stress to the hair.



Sabrina was born and raised right here in beautiful Nanaimo!

After completing her training at the Aveda Institute in Victoria, she moved to Vancouver and began her 10 year career in the industry! Sabrina is an extremely well rounded artist. Her game changer strengths are texture and movement for long hair, beachy styles, short precision women’s cuts, blondes and bright fashion shades.

When you meet Sabrina you’ll see her passion for people shine through, this is one of her favourite parts about being a stylist; meeting new people and creating relationships with people she otherwise may not have had the chance to meet!


Brianna is another local beauty, 18 years old, and born right here in Nanaimo, BC, however, she has relocated to our neighbours just slightly north in Parksville! Fresh out of the VIU Hairdressing program, Brianna is eager to put all her new found knowledge into creating beautiful hairstyles for her clients!

On top of her schooling, Brianna has been learning from, and assisting Angie in the salon to really gain as much hands on experience as possible. Brianna has proved to be a great assistant stylist taking all constructive criticism and turning it into motivation to do even better.

After establishing a presence as a business owner/operator in another Nanaimo venue, I conceptualized the Violet Hair Lounge with a passion for progress and swift innovation.  Though it began in a ramshackle character house, which I transformed into a beautiful, artistic haven, we have now moved to a more modern space in downtown Nanaimo where I can better serve my growing clientele.

The laundry basket was a good place to start, but the Violet Hair Lounge is great place to be.




Sarah’s favourite product is HAIR.RESORT by Kevin Murphy because it is so easy to use, it adds loads of beach-babe texture for all hair types, and it has vitamins A and C to lock down the cuticle for stress-free, shiny hair!

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys daily hikes with her dog, ocean beach hang outs with friends, creative cooking in the kitchen, yoga and appreciating great local food and music. Her favourite quote said in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.



Sabrina will be happy to give you a revamp of your signature style, or collaborate and come up with something brand new for you. She will take her time to teach you how to style your hair, what products to use, how to use them, and even how much to use because she believes education is key to being able to recreate your look at home. Sabrina’s favourite products to use are Doo.Over and Bedroom.Hair to create touchable texture and volume!

 On days that Sabrina isn’t working you can find her playing with her two kids, taking her Rottweiler for a walk, baking, or enjoying dinner and a movie with her friends!


Her favourite aspect of the industry is how creative it allows you to be and how education is ongoing and you are always able to incorporate new techniques into your work. Brianna’s strong communication skills really come through when you have the pleasure of being in her chair, building relationships with clients is important to her, and that really shines through!

In her spare time, Brianna is a social butterfly and loves to hang out with friends or go to Mount Washington.

Brianna’s favourite product is Kevin Murphy’s Bedroom.Hair, she loves the texture it gives as well as the fact that it gives an all day hold!

Visit our Salon in Downtown Nanaimo

Hours of Operation:

Monday- 10-5

Tuesday- 10-5

Wednesday- 10-7

Thursday- 10-7

Friday- 10-4


Sunday- Closed

*Hours subject to change without notice