OUR TEAM - Cook Street Village

Meet our friendly team of professionals who can't wait to welcome you to our award-winning salon! 

  • #1 Salon in the 2023 Times Colonist Reader's Choice Awards
  • Voted #1 Best salon in the City in 2022 
  • Voted the Best Salon in BC in 2020 and Best Hair Stylist 2019: Philip Ferreira 
  • Award-winning master stylists with over 30 years' of experience
  • We are the only Advanced Level DevaCurl salon (a specialized cutting system from NYC) and offer curly hair extensions
  • The only official Bellami Hair Extension certified salon on Vancouver Island
  • Certified to offer Japanese Hair Straightening and Smoothing Treatments
  • Neuma, Maria Nila and Yon-ka skincare- cruelty-free professional products are sold here, plus our bespoke retail selection of locally made products
  • Outstanding customer service — visit us and see for yourself!

Interested in joining our incredible team? Visit our Careers page.


Master Stylist and Salon Co-Owner

Philip Ferreira

Philip Ferreria - Level 5 
Instagram: @hairphilosophy
(Call to book, new clients welcome)

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 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. Find out more about educational opportunities to learn from Philip.

Stylists

 

Judy at The Natural Hair Salon

Judy Johnston
- Level 4 

Judy has worked in the hair industry for many years. She finds inspiration in the fact that it is forever growing and changing. Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec and raised on Vancouver Island, Judy has had the opportunity to live, travel and work in many different places. In 1998 she moved back to the island from living in Toronto, where she had been rocking the hair scene for 15 years! Since landing back in Victoria, Judy has been working at the Cook Street salon. After all those years it has become a second home. She has seen it evolve and change, and is so excited for this next adventure as a part of The Natural! A few of her favourite services she offers are Extensions and Japanese straightening or smoothing systems. Judy is passionate about continuing hair education. Previously trained in Tony & Guy cutting and colouring classes, she loves gaining new skills and tools to expand her craft. Judy has a love of hair and life, she is very motivated to never stop learning! Judy has just been certified by DevaCurl, so book in for a fabulous curly cut with her today!

 Louisa Vukovic at The Natural 

Louisa Vukovic - Level 5
Instagram: @element.amenities


Louisa was born in Europe and immigrated to Canada as a child. Supported by her strong European father and artistic mother, she began her hair career at 18 years old and has been working in the industry for over 30 years. Louisa has traveled extensively and acquired advanced training in London, England and Vancouver, BC. She moved to Victoria to complete her masters degree. She brings that east coast vibe to shake things up a bit. Her favourite hair service is creating beautiful colours and loves getting to know the community in Cook Street Village. When she’s not creating fabulous hair, she’s playing with a sewing machine or spending time with her family. 

    

Shayla Rees at The Natural Hair Salon

 

Shayla Rees - Level 4


Shayla’s passion is to transform tired and over-processed hair back into a healthy and luxurious mane. It is a journey that she goes through with her clients focusing on patience,  proper care and maintenance. With every visit to the salon, Shayla’s clients can always count on a great head massage! She truly believes it is the best part! Her favourite way to finish hair services is with a classic big round brush blowout… because let’s be honest… it is so satisfying! She loves creating naturally blended looks that allow for graceful grow outs, but is always up for any hair challenge. She is very skilled in all areas and has a passion for short cuts! A few fun facts about Shayla are that she likes to collect different salt and pepper shakers, her favourite animal is the blue whale and tacos & sushi are the way to her heart! 

Erin at The Natural

 

Erin Mitchell - Level 4

Instagram: @erin_styles


Erin is a born and raised Islander. Although she loves our island, she has had a life long passion for travel. Guatemala is like a second home to her, which has fuelled her love for tacos and margaritas! In her free time, she loves practicing yoga and soaks up as much time in nature as possible! Erin loves all things creative! For her passion, drawing and tattooing are her go to outlets. With an eye for design, she finds herself drawn to edgy short textured hairstyles. It's a way she can help her clients express their own personal style. In hair colouring she loves the natural beauty of softly blended highlights, while on the other hand comes in hot with creating bold bright reds. 

 

Angel Godin at The Natural Hair Salon


Angel Godin
 - Level 3
Instagram: @hairwaaytoheaven_


Angel has a multitude of passions. As a true creative she enjoys many different outlets for her expression. First and foremost she loves growing her career as a hairstylist. She prides herself on being a good listener and a hard worker. Both of these attributes are important strengths to have in the hair industry. With these skills and her relaxed demeanour, she confidently communicates with clients and delivers dreamy hair results. When she is not behind the chair, Angel loves being an artist, photographer and a dog mom to her fur baby. 

 

 

Brooklyn at The Natural

 

Brooklyn Atkins - Level 2
Instagram: @hair.by_brooklynXO 

 

Brooklyn is a proud island girl! Born and raised right here in Victoria, where she lives with her soon to be spouse and their fur babies Milo and Zuri, all of whom she is crazy about. Between her two dogs and wedding planning, she is kept very busy in her spare time! In her career, Brooklyn is highly motivated in keeping up with her training and staying up to date with the latest trends. She believes that creating lasting relationships with her clients is key to delivering their desired hair goals, right from the first visit! Short haircuts are her jam, and as far as colour goes she is all about blondes. From Balayage to highlights, she gets them. It is a colour area that she has had great successes in achieving hair dreams. Brooklyn accepts all colour correction challenges with stride, if you're down for the process she's your girl! 

 

 

Olivia at The Natural Hair Salon

 

Olivia Lucas - Level 1, DevaCurl focus
Instagram: @lovely.ly_hair

A graduate of Vancouver Island University, Olivia is trained under Philip Ferreira. She's a hard-working young lady, talented and driven. Creative and introspective, Olivia loves to read, thrift and walk her French bulldog, Ru. Her obsession is with curly hair and she chose our salon specifically because of our advanced training in DevaCurl and textured hair cutting. She has just completed three DevaCurl courses from the NYC institute. Bravo!

Madi at The Natural

 

Madi Mouzakis - Level 1

Instagram: @hairby__madi


Madi is a grad from John Casablanca Institute in Vancouver and trained Bellami Hair extension tech. Prior to starting at The Natural Hair Salon, Madi has been advancing her skills in balayage and extensions in a salon on the mainland. She’s passionate about balayage, blondes and fashion colours. Madi takes pride in making her chair a safe and welcome space for all! 
 

Beauty Technicians

 

Jen at Cook St Natural

 

Jennifer Sabourin Esthetician

Jen has been working at her career in esthetics for over 20 years. She jumped into the industry right out of high school, where she received her first training in Saskatoon. Over the years she has been lucky enough to have experienced a few different careers, one of which was becoming a journeyman welder! Through it all she never lost her passion for beauty, continuing as a nail tech over those 20 years and adding new skills along the way like eyelash extensions. Jen moved to Victoria in 2017 with her son, and has thrived. She loves hiking, paddle boarding, yoga and is always down for an island adventure. Jen is excited to expand her career even farther, and is looking forward to offering aesthetics full time.

 

 

Erikka at The Natural

 

Erikka Niemi - Skin Care Specialist
Instagram: @erikkagroeneveld

 

Erikka is a clinical esthetician as well as a hair and makeup artist. Health and wellness have always been key pillars of Erikka’s life. When it comes to her professional pursuits, Erikka wears many hats that each work to support and inform the others. Through her own journey with acne as a teenager and again as an adult she became fascinated with skin and what factors affect it. She loves learning about different treatments, products, and routines and how it all impacts our skin.  All of her professional endeavours have led her to realize the importance of nourishing our mind, body and soul and the impact this has on our skin.

As Erikka embraced the idea that everything is connected, her rituals and practices became so much more holistic. Our skin is a reflection of our internal, physical and emotional health. She loves working in the field where she gets to help so many clients with their own skin journey and help them feel like the best version of themselves. There are so many stories behind everyone's skin.
When she is not working with clients you can find her out running, walking, picnicking or painting by the ocean.

 

Salon Management

   Carolyn at Cook St Natural

 

Carolyn Ferreira - Salon Coordinator 
Instagram: @
cf_fdstudio

Carolyn is a talented fashion designer, educator and entrepreneur with a passion for animals, nature, and sustainability. With her extensive experience in the fashion industry, she set out to the west coast to spread her fashion expertise. She has been fortunate enough to live and travel around many countries all over the world giving her an incredible amount of insight and inspiration. Carolyn has vast experience in retail, customer service and management. She is a natural born leader and loves interacting with new people everyday.