If you are looking for a lift in spirit and mind, you are in skilled competent hands.
Located in the heart of Ladysmith BC Chopstix was Vancouver Islands very first Paul Mitchell Focus Salon. At Chopstix we believe that it is our dedication to advanced training and education that set us apart. Our entire staff of professional stylists are trained in house by our owner and Artistic Director Darlene Munn who is a Paul Mitchell Senior National Educator herself. We pride ourselves on being at the top of our field and want to take our guests on a journey that at its core, is all about making them feel “lifted” in spirit and look.
Darlene is the owner and artistic creative director at Chopstix. For more than 35 years she has applied her energy and creative talent to her craft. Darlene has worked as a senior national educator for Paul Mitchell and has been fortunate to have, had the mentorship of some of the industries best artists and continues to educate extensively. Darlene has been keeping her guests hair beautiful and fashionable through the art of color, cutting and styling. She believes that education is vital to the inspiration and continued succes of any stylist. Her other passion is photography. You can experience her passion hanging on the walls of the salon.
Her quirk is she likes to drink her lattes with a straw.
It’s a great day at Chopstix, this is Candace. Our guests enjoy coming to see Candace as much as their hair stylist. Candace not only looks after all, she does it with a huge smile and great pleasure.
For the last 16 years Starla has enjoyed the artistic flow that hair dressing allows. Through the many styles and hair textures your options are unlimited. When you relax in the Lather Lounge allow yourself to melt away while Starla treats you to one of her legendary scalp massages, leaving you in a relaxed state.Creating new looks that compliment everyone’s beautiful face shape and hair textures is truly one of her favorites things to bring out and do.
Starla is continuously updating her training. Her passion comes through when she educates her clients with the newest styling techniques to be able to have options of beautiful styles at home.
Beginning her hairdressing interest at the age of 14, Carmen has grown up at Chopstix. Her passion for the industry is fuelled by her love for the creativity of hairstyling. Whether its cutting, colouring, or styling, Carmen is always up for trying something new. She is currently working on becoming a certified educator with John Paul Mitchell Systems, and looks forward to expanding her knowledge to inspire others in the field and provide clients with the best salon experience.
Chandell is an eager and ever evolving stylist, with over six years in the industry under her belt she has been able to master her natural skill. Chandell enjoys the technical aspect of doing both men and women’s haircuts. She is a very creative person and it shows in her work both hair dressing and in her cosmetic skills. Being able to do her clients hair and make up for their special occasion helps Chandell feed her passions!
“The fashion industry is my passion, who wouldn’t want to wake up every day and go and live their passion?”
Owner and Operator, Jade esthetics at Chopstix
Meet your beauty expert Krista. Her technical and artistic ability to shape brows and enhance the eye area is a strong point with Krista, as well as making anyone’s feet ‘happy feet’!
If you want to pamper yourself Krista puts everyone in a state of complete relaxation with her many spa services including massage, pedicures, facials and more.
Her hard work and dedication to her business has allowed her to develop a loyal cliental and she is continuously training to keep all of her clients happy and up to date.
Melissa has been a stylist since 2005, and she couldn’t see herself doing anything else. Melissa is extremely talented and has a keen eye for detail. This shows in her up-do’s for special occasions, where she gets to let loose and really show her artistic side. Melissa also does gel nails where her attention to detail is extremely on point. She is able to really go wild and show us her funky artsy self!
“I enjoy keeping current with ever changing trends, this is the greatest part of my job”
After serious thought Vanessa left her nursing job and realized hairdressing was indeed her calling, as it allows her to be creative and care for people. She shares the feeling of getting a fresh new start. Vanessa finds that transforming a guest look, and building relationships are the most rewarding aspects of being a hairdresser, taking what a client wants and combining it with how they live.
Vanessa a native of Quebec speaks fluent French.
Rayanna is our newest rising star to the Chopstix team and brings a positive upbeat attitude to the salon. Rayanna is consistently striving to exceed her guests expectations, while making them feel comfortable in her chair. Rayanna has proven her ability and passion for colour, cutting and long hair design. She is now very excited to focus her attention and passion on creative hair design.