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Shopping & Style

November 19 2013

Meet Your Stylist: Shallynn Johnston at Aveda Institute

How long have you been in the industry?


11 years.


What services do you provide?

Customized hair color services as well as styling for weddings and photoshoots.



What did you do before you were a hairstylist?

I started doing hair in high school, so it’s the only career I know!


What is it that you love so much about what you do?

I love hair color and sharing knowledge with people. I feel good when people leave feeling good about themselves.


What led you to become an educator at Aveda?

I actually fell into the position. My mentor saw the potential in me the first day I started, unknowingly, eventually led to a career path into education!


Tell us more about your role as at Aveda.

My current role is the assistant creative director for the Aveda institute Vancouver. I am also the lead color educator for our building so my role is very diverse. I do it all, from education with our academy students and educators to consultations and services. I also work closely with our management team on curriculum development, as well as on the business and creative side.


What can people expect from a visit to your salon?

On top of education and care, to receive a customized look with plans for the future


How do you keep up with the latest trends?

I follow a lot of blogs. It’s kind of quirky, but I take inspiration from runway shows and turn my favorites into my themes for the seasons.


How would you describe your philosophy behind hair styling?

I encourage people to try new things. I tend to push boundaries and am constantly offering options to update peoples’ looks. My philosophy is to learn everything I can about everything I do.

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What is your biggest hairstyling pet peeve?

Not using the right products to maintain hair color. I want my guests to understand the best products and how they work for the investment they just made into their hair color!


In your opinion, what is the most important thing to remember when picking a new stylist?

Going to a new stylist is like going on a blind date. Have a consultation to make sure you can work well together. Be open and honest about your expectations and hair history.


Who cuts your hair?

Marta Murray


How would you describe your personal style?

All black everything with really great nails


Do you have a personal style icon?

Edith Bouvier Beale, also known as “Lil Edie” of Grey Gardens. Many designers have taken inspiration from her and the story of Grey Gardens. What she unknowingly did what with she had is remarkable.


Do you have any favourite projects you working on?

My favorite creative project is the ‘Creative Imagery’ that our Institute students do near the end of their 10-month program. It’s mind blowing to see what they create at the level they are at!


What would you do if you were not a hair stylist?

I used to think I wanted to be an interior decorator before I got into hair, but I live for what I do. I eat, sleep and breathe it, so not doing hair is not an option in my mind.


Last but not least, what do you find most rewarding about teaching?

If you stop learning in our industry you will stop growing as a stylist. Education is the key to success, so the ability to share my knowledge and help other stylists grow is extremely rewarding.

Aveda Institute Vancouver
101 -111 Water Street
Tel: 604-669-6992
avedainstitute.ca