Master Stylist, Advanced DevaCurl Trainer and Salon Owner
Philip was born and raised in Montreal by Portuguese immigrant parents. His father was a tailor and his mother worked by his side making leather goods. While the family struggled to make a living, Philip remembers always having beautiful leather jackets and being well supported and loved. Philip dreamt of being an architect but when the family relocated to Victoria in grade 12, he didn’t speak enough English to attend college. With language as a barrier to education, he worked construction until he found a mentor who introduced him to the world of hair. He worked the night shift at Denny’s, travelled to Nanaimo for his BC hair license, all the while being a young father. Philip is the only Canadian to have won International Trend Vision, Sassoon trained, he’s travelled the world educating for Wella and he’s an inspiring artist and cutter. The best thing about Philip, besides his obvious talent, is he’s the kindest man you’ll ever meet. Instagram @hairphilosophy
Rachael Green- Level 3
Rachael graduated from the Aveda institute, chosen because of the focus on using natural products. She’s been cutting since 2005 and has a dedicated following of clients who love her like family. Our Colour Director, she’s also a trainer and educator. She’s for sure an amazing stylist in her own right but if she had to choose a passion it would be for the blonde colour spectrum, weddings and undone styles. Rachael is a sensitive soul that cares about more than just their client’s hair. She wears her heart on her sleeve and everyone loves her for it. She’s bubbly (likes wine too), caring, fun and has a contagious laugh. Instagram @rachgreenhair
Sarah Sratton- Level 3
Sarah grew up in Nanaimo BC and her childhood was exception, as she was the tenth born child of twelve. Yes, you read that right. Her parents had twelve children and actually decided that together when they got engaged. Growing up in such a large family meant many joyful times, closeness and acquiring lots of “keeping the peace” skills. Sarah still has family in the center of her life, but she’s also an ambitious career woman. As a teenager she loved playing with hair, decided what she wanted to be a stylist. She loved every second of hair school and of course she also excelled at it. She won all the awards and took the best job of all the graduates. She’s been cutting for about 15 years, with a few years off being full time mom. She now complements her hairstyling with makeup and leads our makeup and bridal program at the salon. Instagram @basicunicornlooks
Ashley Johnstone- Level 3
This mom of two girls, Abbie & Charlie, graduated from Martier School of Hair Design in 2008 at the top of her class. She was a born stylist, literally, she used to practice hair on her Barbie dolls. In the rare moment when Ashley has some free time, she loves baking, crafting and reading. When she’s hard at work at the salon, her passion is cutting and she’s a talented colourist. Instagram @ashleyjhair.
Shaylyn Easton- Level 2
Shaylyn grew up Victoria but has travelled as far as Brazil. On her journey to South America via Hawaii she was on a mission with her church to share her way of life. Her faith in Christianity and the culture of charity behind her religion is what motivates her to help others and heal the world. Hairdressing is about the art for her but also about building relationships and sharing herself. She’s an amazing listener and loves helping people feel good. Her parents own a small business, where she continues to work once a week. She loves local entrepreneurs and puts her heart and soul into our team. She’s also amazing at balayage! Instagram @stylesbyshay.yyj
Heidi Ellis- Level 3
Heidi was born and raised in Port Alberni. She moved off island to Vancouver, where she met her husband, formerly a member of a special forces unit (he’s now a Navy man). She missed home and moved back to Victoria her hubby and two young boys, ages 9 and 11. She went to school at Ray’s Beauty School in Vancouver and graduated in 2006. A talented stylist of over 16 years, she’s experienced in hair extensions and loves her blondes and balayages. When she’s not energetically cutting and styling hair, she loves to bake and change her own look (which she does monthly). Visit her on Instagram @heididoesthehair.
Graciela Hinz- Level 2
Our dedicated colourist Graciela comes from the big city of Chicago but prefers the small town quiet of Sydney, where she settled. She worked for 10 years at Mario Tricoci, one of Chicago’s most prestigious downtown salons. She studied at Pivot Point International in Chicago and specialized in colour in order to rise to the top of her field. We are one of the only salons on Vancouver Island to have a colourist of Graciela’s stature. Instagram @graciela_colorist_yyj.
Genni Delaquis- Level 1
Trained at the Aveda Institute, Genni is an artist and a stylist who has joined us to launch her cutting career. In Genni’s free time she is practicing the harp, making art and illustrations, or looking for treasure in antique stores and thrift shops. Sweet, calm and talented, she is a talented stylist. Her focus is on bouncy stylish cuts and her own hair is very on point, always. Empathic and a good listener, she is inspired by unique hair with an edge suited to you. Instagram @yourstylistgenni
Alisha Pakulak- Level 2
A stylist since 2011, Alisha graduated from Vancouver Island University and stayed close to home. She’s one of the lucky ones who used to cut hair in high-school and knew from then on that hair dressing was her vocation of choice. She’s a heavy medal fan, loves the beach and exercise. You can see why she’s an island girl through and through. Visit her Instagram to see her work, @alishapakulak.
Ashley Connell- Level 3
Ashley travelled from her hometown of Victoria to study and work in Vancouver. She’s been doing hair for over 8 years and loves highlights, balayage and extensions. This millennial is beyond hardworking, sometimes putting in a 6 day work week. When she’s not hard at work at the salon, she loves the outdoors, especially in the summertime. Visit her on Instagram @my_blondeobsession
Emylia Biegun- Assistant
Emylia grew up in Nanaimo and moved to Victoria in grade four. From the age of seven she attended musical jams and revelled in community, singing and piano. She’s now a vocalist in her own band, plays the piano and tours the country. While in elementary school, she would watch videos about hair and makeup, then experiment on her own hair. When she got to high-school she was introduced to the Vic High hair program and said to herself, “Yes!” She started with the intro class and it felt right. She loves the hands on art form and she’s passionately working as a junior stylist and apprentice at our salon. Instagram @emyliabhair
Finn Leslie- Assistant
Graduating top of his class at Victoria High’s Hair Program, Finn is dedicated to his new career as a hairstylist. Obsessed with colour and eager to learn, he’s a hard working member of our team. With a passion for art and all things eco friendly, it makes sense that he’s such a great fit. Instagram @finndoeshair.
With over ten years as an Advanced Nail Technician and Esthetician, Angela grounds our salon in experience and knowledge. As our salon coordinator, she not only takes care of the clients to her utmost, but she also cares for the staff. As if that isn’t enough, Angela is a talented photographer in her own right (visit her Instagram page @angelafunkphotographer). Offering elevated service, warmth and a seamless salon experience is made all the more possible with Angela running the show.
A native of Victoria, Milena has dreams of touring galleries in New York and walking the beaches of Portugal. She visited Pender Island a lot when she was a kid and did art and painting with her dad (a well known local interior designer). Milena still does art at home and at school, but most of her daytime hours are spent studying and working at our salon running the front of house. She currently also balancing her studies at college, as she aims to get a business degree. She hopes to translate her interest in art and business to one day owning her own gallery.