Hair Stylist/ Colorist

Cutting Room Creative (Hair Salon) - Nanaimo, BC (13 months ago)

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We are always looking for stylists of all experience levels to join our team!

Students, Apprentices & Junior Stylists:

We love developing and educating new stylists that are starting out in our amazing industry. If you have a great attitude, are self motivated, open to learning and set high standards for yourself, we are the right salon for you!

We take great pride in developing young talent that can thrive and have a successful career in the hairdressing world. We will guide you through the development of your technical skills in all aspects of hairdressing including client services, sales and injury prevention. (avoiding injuries like neck and back strain, carpal tunnel etc)

Our tried and tested (for over 13 years) Associate / Assistant Program is a fantastic way of getting your hands into hair right away under the direct supervision of our Senior stylists/ Education Team. Every day, you are directly assisting with color applications and blowdries on clients. Your cutting and technical skills are honed in weekly classes on both mannequins and live models while you work on building your clientele. We want you doing hair and working on clients as soon as possible!

Stylists with 2+ years of salon experience:

If you are:

  • looking to advance your technical skills,
  • looking to advance your knowledge about hair products and treatments that we use in the salon daily. Not just HOW to use them- but WHY we choose them for the results we want..
  • looking for some motivation and inspiration,
  • looking for the opportunity to expand your creativity by participating in photoshoots and/or entering competitions
  • interested in the possibility of travelling to National and International hairshows
  • interested in becoming an Educator
  • looking to work with an encouraging, supportive, respectful & passionate team
  • looking for managers that meet regularly with their team to facilitate open communication, idea sharing and goal setting
  • self motivated, positive attitude, open to learning and set high standards for yourself

~ we are the salon for you!

Our team is a group of enthusiastic, dedicated people that have chosen this as their career. We all truly love what we do. We love the combination of learning the science and the technical side of doing hair, while having the opportunity to have real connections with our guests by developing trusting relationships and helping them look and feel amazing. We strive to be 'Day Makers'.

Giving Back:

The Cutting Room has been a multi- generational family run business since 1984. We are so grateful for the support we have received from our community over the last 36 years. Giving back is so important to us. We proudly support and volunteer our time and skills to countless fundraisers every year.


To keep our team motivated, completely up to date and able to perform services that our clients are asking for~ We have developed the CRC Foundations program. This program covers all the Foundational aspects of our industry in Cutting and Styling, Technical work and Sales. We have weekly classes that range from our 'Foundations' Cutting, Colouring and Styling classes to our Advanced Cutting, Colouring , Re-texturizing and Styling programs to regular Product Knowledge classes and Team Building experiences. These classes are complimentary for our team members. We supply a complimentary mannequin for Foundations Level 1.

Our program was created by owners, Edwin and Fiona Johnston. Both Edwin and Fiona have each been in the hairdressing industry for 36 years. Edwin has worked with KMS haircare for 23 years as a Global Artistic Director and Global Ambassador. Edwin travels and educates stylists all over the world, works on global campaign photoshoots and creates education systems and classes for KMS Global. He has won many National and International awards for his work, including BC Hairdresser, Canadian Hairdresser, North American Classic Stylist and more. Fiona has specialized in Colour and Technical work for 25 years and represented Canada in Goldwell's Color Zoom competition in Valencia, Spain.

We are the most proud of winning The Canadian Salon Team of the Year Contessa Award as it was our whole team working together that made it possible to achieve such an honour.

*The Foundations classes are essential for all new team members. This helps our whole team and our clients, know that we are all speaking the 'same language' and have the same foundational training. All stylists have their own unique flair and personality, which we enthusiastically encourage. To have this flair along with having the necessary skills and knowledge to create any style or colour or texture, guarantees our service excellence commitment to our clients.

For new stylists, this will provide a complete foundation for being fully capable and confident to do any cut or style that a client asks for.

For stylists that have been doing this for a while- we do not doubt your skills- at all- we simply believe that going back to the foundations of hair cutting and styling, makes us better stylists. We don't know~ what we don't know ~ or what we have forgotten, until we learn it again!

We all learn something new every day. We all strive for 'lightbulb' moments to happen.

Guest Artist Education in salon:

We have Guest Educators in-salon throughout the year. Mannequins and meals are provided where applicable.

Photo Shoots:

Join our Creative Team and take part in yearly 'Team' photoshoots. Whether you want to work behind the scenes with colour prep or assisting on shoot day, to working on your very own model/ creation in your own shoot- we would be thrilled to have you there.

If you have always wanted to do your own photoshoot- let's make that dream come true.

At CRC we have all of our own photography equipment and an amazing space upstairs that we transition into a photo studio. We also have our very own in-salon photographer- Edwin! He has been honing his photography skills for over 20 years and has shot many award winning looks.

Teaching In-salon:

Are you interested in mentoring, teaching and sharing your knowledge? We are always looking for stylists that are interested in joining our in-salon education team. We have developed a "Learn to Teach" program for our Senior stylists. Facilitating classes for our own team will provide a feeling of fulfillment that you have mentored and shared your knowledge. (and also provides you with some additional income).

Wages and Benefits

We guarantee an hourly wage based on your experience level and service income. After a predetermined minimum $ amount of service sales are achieved in a 2 week pay period, our stylists earn 'Profit Share'. This is a 60% commission paid out on top of hourly wages.

Retail commissions are tiered 10-18%, based on the $ value sold.

Education Allowance: An incentive program based on Retail sales to help you pay for Educational classes 'out of the salon.' We encourage you to seek other education outside of the salon as well.

Monthly Goals Challenges: We offer both team and personalized sales goal challenges that give you a chance to earn more education money, and prizes.

Flexible Scheduling

We believe that we all need a 'life' away from our workplace, so we are flexible when it comes to creating your schedule, having days off and going on vacations.

Come and meet us!

If you are interested in joining our team, we invite you to come in and spend a day with us to see if we are the type of salon you are looking for. We are always happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have.

Please attach a resume & cover letter with references included.

Thank you.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Commission, Apprenticeship

Salary: $15.00-$30.00 per hour

Additional pay:

  • Commission Pay


  • On-site Parking
  • Profit Sharing
  • Store Discount

COVID-19 considerations:
For the safety of our team and our clients, we have exceeded the recommended levels of sanitation and safety protocols. For further information on our new policies, please email us requesting more information.


  • Nanaimo, BC (Preferred)


  • English (Required)

Work remotely:

  • No