We’re obsessed with three things: Great hair, happy clients and sustainability.

We may be obsessed with great hair—but that’s just the beginning. We’re here to make you feel like a million bucks, which starts before you ever step foot in our salon. We train non-stop, educate our clients, listen, share in your wins—good hair days and otherwise—and never take ourselves too seriously. Because work is better when we’re having fun doing what we love.

Our Team

Liz
Owner/Master Stylist

Liz has been in the beauty and wellness business for over 40 years! You can say that hairdressing is in her blood as she comes from a family of hairstylists. With her sister as a stylist and her mother being a former hairstylist. It’s all about the hair!

Being a salon owner in three different provinces starting out in Winnipeg, Manitoba, then Ontario and now in BC. She loves to pass on her vast experience as a stylist and salon owner to anyone who asks! Or even if they don’t ask!

She is motivated by her love for the beauty industry and her commitment to her team members and loyal clients.

Most of Liz's education has been with Aveda, a 25 year relationship, which includes owning an Aveda Concept Salon for 15 years in Ontario, as well as working as an Educator at the Aveda Institute in Victoria BC. And now owning Lavish Salon for the last 10 years.

The secret to her success is her unwavering integrity and consistency. Providing a place for hairstylists that believe in exceptional service, continued education, luxurious products and a home away from home.
Her focus has always been on an exceptional client experience.

Currently not working behind the chair.

Olivia
Master Stylist

Olivia has a natural ability and passion for hair colour. She has continued to excel with her artistic and innovative skills, especially with her balayage techniques. She is a certified Kevin Murphy Session Stylist, as well as a certified @Invisible Bead Extension stylist.

Constantly learning and perfecting, she has now completed the @IBE Masters Program!

Her hard work and dedication to her clients doesn’t leave her a lot of time, but on her days off she loves to work out and hang out with her friends.

Instagram @hairbyolivia__

Kelsey
Master Stylist

Kelsey was born and raised in Montreal. Her career started over 15 years ago while apprenticing at a high-end salon in Montreal. She quickly gained a reputation for being a very skilled young stylist. She has had the opportunity to participate in hair shows in New York, and further her education through ongoing classes, and learning from exceptional stylists she was fortunate to work with.

Her passion is cutting and styling both women and men as well as sharing a passion for balayage and hair painting.
She is now certified in Tape In Extentions!
You will instantly like Kelsey as she genuinely makes all of her clients feel comfortable and at ease.

On her days off she is busy hanging out with her family. Going for hikes and she’s a lover of all animals!

Kelsey is currently on Maternity Leave until November 2022

Instagram @hairbykelsey____

Vanessa
Master Stylist

Vanessa has been working as a hair stylist for the past 18 years. She started out as a full time apprentice in Vancouver, BC.

She has received extensive Vidal Sassoon training in both cuts and colours throughout her career. She stays inspired by keeping up with current fashion trends and advanced education. She loves to take her time with each client and has amazing attention to detail. She is a true Mayer stylist.

Her days off are filled with outdoor adventures with her son and husband.

Vanessa is currently on Maternity Leave until July 2022

Instagram @hair_by_me_vanessa

Samantha
Master Stylist

Samantha has been in the beauty business for over 17 years! She has trained at Vidal Sassoon in California, as well as extensive training with L'Oreal, Kerastase, L'Oreal Professionelle and Kevin Murphy.
She is a Balayage Expert, and loves everything hair color!

She genuinely cares about her clients and really takes her time with each client, I think they all just like a nice long visit!

When not doing hair Sam is also a Personal Trainer as well as working on her own fitness goals!
On her time off time she loves just spending time with her family.

Instagram @samantha_fitvic

Natasha
Guest Coordinator

Natasha is our front line person and she literally takes care of everyone! She makes things happen for people even if it seems impossible, (well likely it is impossible!) But she’ll try her darnedest.
Her bright personality will make you feel at home from the moment you walk into the salon.

As a graduate from the University of Victoria's Music Program, Natasha loves all things music. When she isn't at the salon, Natasha sings in a band called Fifth Street as her side gig, oh wait maybe we are her side gig!

You can check them out on Instagram @fifthstreetmusic or by searching Fifth Street on YouTube. They are fantastic!

Kaitlyn
Salon Stylist

Kaitlyn’s career started just over 4 years ago here in Victoria at the Aveda institute, she is a dual graduate of both esthetics and cosmetology but once she completed school she realized her true passion was doing hair.

Highlights are her favourite which means she loves anything blonde, blonde and more blonde! She really loves to tackle any sort of color or haircut challenges.

A lover of cats, coffee and anything outside, you could find her at the beach, on her deck reading a book, or golfing when she isn’t at work.

Instagram @hairbykaitlynhunter

Helen
Master Stylist

Helen was born and raised in the UK, where her career started with a full apprenticeship. Once she finished her qualifications. She moved on to London where she studied at Jingles International and Vidal Sassoon.

In 1991 she immigrated to Toronto and further advanced her career and education.
She worked at the same salon in downtown Toronto for over 20 years, now that’s dedication to the owner and her clients! They are all going to miss her!

Helen has had a life long love of the hair business.
Her style is more classical, like the perfect Bob! Beautiful precision cutting including men’s short style and tapering. And natural curly hair.
She loves hair coloring, highlights and root melts.

In her spare time, she enjoys baking and cooking. But her heart belongs to nature where her and her husband love hiking and kayaking. And love to travel and have been very privileged to have seen many beautiful places.
They are so looking forward to making their home on Vancouver Island.

Instagram @helen_shannhair

Ayva
Apprentice/Assistant

Ayva is a creative individual who comes from an artistic background. She is a newly retired ballet dancer has returned to her hairdressing studies. She is eager to put her creativity into practice. 

Ayva has an eye for detail and loves to take the time to create beautiful results.

In her spare time, Ayva enjoys being outside with her family and always staying active with yoga, dancing, running or teaching fitness classes!

Instagram @hairbyayva

Join the Lavish family

In an industry known for high turnover, we pride ourselves on a team that’s been together so long, it feels more like family. We nurture each stylist to play to their individual strengths and never stop learning. We like to think if you’re nurtured, you’ll remember why you fell in love with hair to begin with—and work will never feel like work.

We’re invested in our people
From personalized, one-to-one training and regular group classes to an incentivized education fund, we’re invested in our stylists’ training and success from day one.

Your voice matters
We’ve all worked at places where our voice didn’t matter. A salon is only as successful as the collaboration of the leadership, stylists and salon support staff!  We care about what you have to say.

Fun is non-negotiable
We all have responsibilities within the salon, but that doesn’t exempt us from one non-negotiable: Having fun every day.