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.
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!
Tammy grew up in Squamish, BC with four brothers which made her a tom boy at heart, and gave her a love for competitive sports! She attended the VIU hairdressing program, and just 6 months after graduating, her competitive nature took over and she not only entered, she won Goldwell’s Colorzoom hair colouring competition in the New Talent Category! Her work has been featured in Salon Magazine and on Bangstyle and Hairbrained social media sites.
Becoming a stylist was Tammy’s way of remaining the artist she’s always been, as well as a way to help people feel good about themselves and leave with a smile on their face!
Summer brings 6 years of industry experience to the VHL team, she grew up in Surrey, BC, but now calls Nanaimo home! Her favourite part of doing hair is creating multi-dimensional blondes by using her favourite technique to get there- balayage! Summer has also worked in different barber shops in her day, so she is experienced in giving men’s cuts as well. It is very important to Summer to take the time to get the to know the hair of each individual person and pay close attention to specific growth patterns and hair types, to ensure a precision cut that you love.
On the weekends, Summer loves to explore and check out new hikes while chasing waterfalls with my dog Biggie, hanging out with good friends and cuddling with my kitties.
Fun Fact: My favourite food is a toss up between homemade shepherds pie and sushi!
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!
As soon as you meet Tammy you’ll see why her clients are always smiling, she is happy and warm, and one of the easiest people to talk to, she won’t turn down a hug either!
Tammy is passionate about making your vision a reality, and wants all of her clients to feel cared about and genuinely listened to and appreciated. After you leave Tammy’s chair, you will have one more friend than when you came in, and we know that for sure!
In her spare time you will find Tammy enjoying life with her two daughters, as well as practicing other forms of artistry such as sketching! Her favourite quote is by Nelson Mandela “I never fail, I either succeed or I learn”, she tries to carry that with her in all aspects of life!