Judy Olmstead, a certified beautician of more than 30 years, partnered with fellow stylist Marlene to fulfill a dream: to offer hairstyling and aesthetic services in an environment that celebrates beauty. Today, The Garage Hair Studio and Esthetics Salon employs a certified staff of five stylists and one aesthetician. As stylists create customized looks with haircuts, colouring, and texturing treatments, aesthetician Leanne soothes skin with facials and performs expert face and body waxing. Gel and Gelish manicures and pedicures bedazzle fingers and toes, and massage therapy helps clients unwind and relax.
To help customers maintain their hairstyles or tame cowlicks in their shag carpets, the salon carries botanical-rich products from Kevin Murphy and smoothing conditioners from Moroccanoil. Services feature the salon’s exclusive Natural Concepts products.
Clients at Westk Hair & Makeup Studio can sip on complimentary lattes as a stylist appraises their current look during a free consultation. Once guests slide into barber's chairs, stylists go to work, clipping away overgrown or unfashionable strands and arranging them in a fresh, face-flattering configuration.
Working out of Shapers Hair Salon & Spa, Sara Wallis boasts an impressive résumé: top of her class at the Blanche Macdonald Centre, and apprenticeships with Jon Paul Holt and Vidal Sassoon. Sara's education continues to this day, where she focuses on mastering the most current trends in haircutting, such as just doing it the same way as that popular TV person. Clients find comfort under Sara's assured hands, surrounded by the salon's stylish decor, a blend of polished hardwood and deep earth tones.
Kate McRae brings vintage-inspired style to each do she sculpts. Her specialties are colour and highlights, and she loves nothing more than turning brunettes into blonds, blonds into redheads, and redheads into tardy white rabbits. When she isn't primping her clients at The Loft Hair Co.—which features ample parking—she offers her services at private parties and special occasions.
Most Popular Service: 45-
or 65-minute Footbar massage
Brands Used: Custom designed spa products, made locally, vegan, natural.
Minimum Age Requirement: 12
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Arrive 10 minutes early for your service. [Wear] comfortable clothing [and] pants that can be rolled to the knee.
While most kids are taught to not play with scissors, Rachael grew up to do just that. She honed her skills at schools and salons throughout North America—including the Aveda Institute in New York—and now deftly wields her shears at Studio Salon in Kelowna. In addition to snipping overgrown ends and sculpting face-framing layers, Rachael can augment strands with highlights or all-over colour. She also renders immaculate mani-pedis as a certified CND Shellac Master Painter.