Meet our Team
What made the.dye.lot the North Shore Reader’s Choice Award winning salon? Well, clients like you—but it is also our passionate team of stylists who are dedicated to making people, not only look great, but feel great too. Brilliant colourists, masterful cutters and all around talented stylists, experience a cut above. Find out more about your favourite dye.lot stylists.
Co-owner / senior stylist
Alison was enjoying a successful career as a graphic designer and art director when she decided to refocus her artist’s eye and passion for fashion to a career in hair design. She trained and worked as a hairstylist in Montreal before moving back to Vancouver in 2003. She had a vision: to create a salon with an atmosphere that made customers feel comfortable and encompassed in positive energy. In 2010 that became a reality when she and Christina opened the.dye.lot.
Alison is known to her clients, staff, family, and friends as a compassionate and creative spirit with an exceptional sense of humour. Her dedication to both people and the business create instant bonds that have built a devoted team and a loyal client base.FUN FACT: Breaks out into song during haircuts and colours (not a particularly gifted singer).
Co-owner / senior stylist
Christina, a home-grown North Vancouverite, is co-owner of the.dye.lot. After graduating amidst the top of her class from the Hair Art Design Program at John Casablancas Institute, Christina has continued to excel at both cutting and colouring hair. She has been a hair stylist for the past 10 years, spending three years at Vancouver’s Axis Salon prior to opening The Dye Lot. A businesswoman at heart, Christina also co-created Hair 101, which specializes in tutorials that show her clients how to do hair like a pro.
Either in the salon or teaching Hair 101 classes, Christina’s favourite part of the job is working with people and helping them love their hair again. She thrives off the rewarding connection with her clients and is pleasantly surprised by the recognition that The Dye Lot receives.FUN FACT: She’ll always choose FASHION over FUNCTION. Every time.
Co-owner / master stylist
Born and raised in North Vancouver, Caitlin trained at Vancouver Community College, taking her skills with her to three North Vancouver salons before joining the.dye.lot. Even when backpacking through Europe, Caitlin took along her scissors and was cutting hair in hostels.
A stylist since 2004, Caitlin has grown a loyal clientele who return for great hair and for some quality time with this easy-going gal. She’s extraordinary with colour, but blowing out tresses and creating a beautiful finished product is what makes her happiest. When it comes to weddings and special occasions, Caitlin is the.dye.lot’s go-to girl for styling, including up-dos, braids and more. Make sure you check out our bridal portfolio for a glimpse of her fabulous creations.FUN FACT: Caitlin can make a mean pie crust — from scratch!
Olga's education and passion for hair was unleashed in her home country of Belarus, where she was blessed with a wonderful support network and amazing teachers. She received further formal training at one of the best academies in Moscow. From there, she studied under a stylist in Kiev, Ukraine who helped to further develop her understanding of colour and its application.
Olga recently followed her dream to attend cutting classes at the world-renowned Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. She has further plans to visit a stylist in Paris who is famous for his up-dos, an aspect of hair design she is particularly excited by. You can find Olga continuing to refine her skills, furthering her knowledge, and generally being in love with her art alongside her talented co-workers at the.dye.lot in North Vancouver, B.C.FUN FACT: She was born on Sunday so she believes Sundays are always happy days.
The idea of being able to socialize, be creative and make people feel beautiful all at the same time appealed to Shae. So, she left her Okanagan home and enrolled in the Hair Art Design Program at the John Casablancas Institute, graduating in 2007.
Her idea of perfect hair—shiny, healthy Victoria’s Secret glamour waves and sun-kissed-California beach colour. She has a knack for creating styles that match your personality and lifestyle. She also enjoys cutting men’s hair, encouraging them to step out of the box and try new edgy styles.
When Shae isn’t in the salon she’s often spotted on top of Quarry Rock. Or, at BCIT feeding her appetite for knowledge.FUN FACT: Shae was born on Valentine’s Day and has a slight obsession with horror movies.
Senior stylist / makeup artist
The hair styling bug first bit Sergio as a teenager when he was asked to be a hair model in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico. His training and talents soon opened doors to working on big-name events such as the 2007 Miss Universe pageant, and was even featured in the TV special.
After moving to Montreal in 2008, he came west in 2012 and freelanced before settling down at the.dye.lot. A welcome addition to the team (not just because he was our first male stylist), Sergio has more than a decade of experience as both a hair and makeup artist. He sees a haircut as a form of therapy for people who want to start fresh and to feel good about themselves.FUN FACT: Salsa is his favourite dip and his favourite way to break it down on the dance floor.
It’s not a stretch to say Vanessa has always been a bit colour cray cray. Not content to just experiment with her own hair colour (which changed monthly), Vanessa enrolled at Kelowna’s Marvel Hair College and turned her passion into a profession. Working at a salon called the.dye.lot seems an ideal fit.
Always fashion-forward, Vanessa enjoys working with a range of colour techniques and on long hair. She likes to put her own modern twist on classic hairstyles from the past and admits to being “obsessed” with the glamour of celebrity red carpet hair.
A stylist since 2008, she has her sights set on one day becoming a master colourist and an educator.FUN FACT: She has a collection of 100 90s troll dolls—must be the crazy multi-coloured hair!
A wannabe surfer girl, Sarah gets her inspo from the beach. She loves working with blonde hair, aspiring to “make the world a little brighter, one blonde at a time!” Sarah’s affinity for hair’s natural texture translates into organic, sunny waves (of course) and other long styles, and cute bobs and lobs. Clients of any hair colour step away from Sarah’s chair wearing fabulous hair styles and big smiles.
Sarah has worked at several North Shore salons, as receptionist at a salon in Sheffield, England and freelanced while taking studio art design courses. Sarah feels she has found “her happy place” at the.dye.lot. We’re happy she’s joined us as a stylist and Kevin Murphy Ambassador.FUN FACT: She enjoys Rollerblading and doing puzzles and can wiggle her chin…thankfully not all at the same time!
This bubbly blonde is bursting with infectious charm and personality. After moving to Vancouver from Kitimat at thirteen, Melissa took two years of hair styling training during high school. She then refined her stylist skills at JoJi’s Hair Design Academy in Vancouver. Always keen to learn more, Melissa has attended a TIGI cutting class in New York, the international beauty show in Las Vegas, as well as training with Goldwell Colour.
She loves highlights, kid’s cuts and men’s cuts. She continues to expand on her skillset and aspires to learn the art of barbering. Get those beards ready, boys!
FUN FACT: She’s been a martial artist for 15 years—just call her “the hair ninja”.
A stylist since 2009, Anna is highly educated, graduating from the prestigious London School of Hair. Advanced training with Redken and Goldwell means she’s a pro at customized highlights and Keratin re-texturizing.
While sleek, chic bobs top her list of favourite haircuts to execute, she also specializes in long layering techniques, formal styles, and men's cuts.
Anna came a long way to join the.dye.lot in 2014. Born in Iran, she lived in Turkey before immigrating to Canada, adding a jet-setting flair to the team. She also brings a new skill set to our hair studio, threading. Now, you can have your eyebrows shaped or unwanted facial hair zipped away on a lunch break or while your colour is processing.FUN FACT: You’ll either find Anna hiking or shopping or hiking towards the shops.
Growing up in Hungary (yes, she knows how to make goulash) Lilly would watch her mother—a hair stylist for 40 years—as she cut hair in her home. After living in London for four years she moved to Vancouver in 2013 and followed in her mother’s footsteps by enrolling in the program at John Casablancas. She was chosen to intern at the.dye.lot, becoming a member of the team in late 2015.
She’s always been inspired by Jennifer Aniston’s hair thanks to watching all 236 episodes of Friends five times. Lilly enjoys creating a range of styles, from special occasion updos and braids, to fashionable bobs and layered long looks.FUN FACT: Lilly and her husband James are parents to a Bernese Mountain dog named Harry (if you’re a Harry Potter fan you’ll understand the significance).
Colour has always been a presence in AK's life. Immersed in art and culture growing up–her parents owned an art gallery–a career in beauty and style was a natural choice for AK (short for Ann-Kathrin). She graduated from Blanche MacDonald Centre with a diploma in makeup artistry, and then earned a diploma in Hair Art Design at John Casablanca Institute.
AK’s talents as a colour virtuoso are most evident in the techniques that excite her most—from anything natural looking to balayage, ombré and colour melting. And, her barbering skills and mastery of fades have made her popular with male clientele.
Her long-term professional goal? To train and work in Berlin for six months.FUN FACT: AK was born in Germany and sie spricht Deutsch (translation: she speaks German)
Known for his “great hands” as a football receiver, Jon traded an athletic scholarship for scissors after following a friend’s advice to explore the field of hair styling. Graduating from the John Casablancas Institute in 2014, Jon has continued on his learning path since joining the.dye.lot team, loving braids and updos with aspirations of mastering creative colour techniques and barbering. While Johnny Depp is his style icon and movies have always played a role in his life, Jon gets his biggest inspiration from the women around him. His goal is to make them look and feel beautiful and helping them bring out their best.FUN FACT: Can quote from every Seinfeld episode. The one he relates to the most? “I’m out there Jerry, and I’m loving every minute of it.”
Shelly brings to The.Dye.Lot. a wealth of hair experience spanning more than two decades. Originally from Manitoba, she moved to White Rock and operated her own salon for five years. After relocating to North Vancouver with her daughter she chose The.Dye.Lot. as the salon to revitalize her love of hair styling—both for its name and reputation in hair design circles. She’s been exchanging colouring and styling techniques with her fellow stylists and adding to her growing clientele.
Asked to name the celebrity she’d most like to have sit in her chair: the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, “The Father of Motivation”, not because of his hair (he was bald) but for the self-development wisdom he would impart.FUN FACT: She’s a certified dog trainer and has been salsa dancing for 16 years.
A comment we often hear from our many satisfied clients is that they love the.dye.lot vibe (one of our faves—“Visiting the.dye.lot is like having coffee with your friend. Relaxing and enjoyable. A get-away from busy life.”).
That experience starts when you enter our salon and are welcomed by Katarina who tag-teams “official greeter” duties with Shane.
Katarina’s favourite pastime is getting out into the North Shore forests and trails to enjoy the natural beauty of the earth. That love of nature is what attracted her to working at the.dye.lot and why she’s so stoked about her role in carrying out many of the daily actions we practise as part of our commitment to sustainable beauty.FUN FACT: She used to play the drums. She’s got the beat.
We’re an eco-salon
We’ve launched our wig and hairpiece business. Welcome to the.wig.room.
We cater to all facets of clientele seeking hairpieces for both fashion and hair loss.
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Goldwell sets the standard for professional salon-grade colour dedicated to the global hairdressing community. Their colour line delivers exceptional results from innovative technologies, superior formulas and a focus on artistry. Goldwell is the brand of choice to many stylists and creative colourists across North America. From natural tones to full blown fantasy, we are proud to deliver Goldwell results.
what our clients have to say
***** Vanessa was terrific! She spent a lot of time asking about my hair, what bothered me, what I'd like to have done. And best of all, she listened to what I was saying. - Carol Wagner
***** This haircut was for my six year old daughter. Lily did an amazing job! She took the time to give her a really good wash, cut, blow dry and style - a true diva experience for this grade 1 kid. - Anonymous
***** Had a wonderful time consulting with The Master and I just love my new cut. Looks even better today that it did yesterday. Thank you Allison...again. - Jane Still
***** I always look forward to my appointments at The Dye Lot because I know I'm going to come out of the salon with a terrific haircut worthy of a night out on the town! I also love the hi-lights Christina does for me. They give me a glow all through the rainy months in Vancouver and the colour grows out beautifully. Thanks! - Kim Raham
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Cancellation Policy We understand that sometimes you need to change your schedule and kindly ask that. You provide us with 24 hours notice if you must change or cancel an appointment .