THE TALENT
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Shawna Russell

Owner/Master Stylist

I have been in the hair industry since 2002.  I love everything about being a stylist and knew I wanted my own salon right from the beginning.  My books are currently closed as I am a full time manager for the team. 

I have been a strong believer in building technique through constant education in the most current industry trends and I pass those value onto my staff. My most current elite classes (not including countless local classes) include a week long course for Master Stylist Colorist at the L'Oréal Global Academy in New York City (2014), an advanced cutting class at Suki's Academy in Vancouver (2015), and an advanced razor cutting class at Suki's Academy in Vancouver with Vivienne Mackinder (2017).

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Cara Skarpinsky

Master Stylist

I started my career at the age of 14 working at a salon as a receptionist and assistant.  I had a passion for hair at an early age.  After graduating from the Evelyn Charles Academy, I have taken many classes on color and cutting.  I travelled to Suki's Academy in Vancouver with Shawna in 2015 and 2017, as well as take numerous local classes.  I specialize in intense fashion forward color and men's barbering.  I'm also known for my amazing scalp massages and in depth knowledge with treatments and products.

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Justine Santaguida

Senior Stylist

*Justine is currently on Maternity Leave*

I joined the Empire family in January of 2017 and have been in the industry since 2007.  I specialize in short women's cuts, but my biggest love is working on blondes.  The staff call me the "Foil Queen" because of my precise foiling techniques and love for packing in as many highlights as possible!  I also am known for my signatures waves using a flat iron.  I have a large clientele that will book in just for a blow dry and style so they can wear my waves.  Check out my work on our Instagram page!

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Cayden Lumley

Stylist


Being a Hairstylist helps me express myself through creativity and I specialize in barbering.  I also really love balayage, avant-garde styling, updos, and vivid colors.  Being a part of the Empire Dreamteam has been a really fun, inspiring experience for me so far! I am currently accepting new clients.

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Brianna Reddekopp

Junior Stylist

I am new to Empire, joining the Dreamteam in November 2021. I specialize in Balayage, "lived-in colors" and extensions, but I am not limited to that! I enjoy being creative and helping clients express themselves through their hair. I am currently accepting new clients and look forward to seeing you in my chair!

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Veronica Tuttle

Front End Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

I am Empire's daytime receptionist and office administrative assistant. I have a knowledgeable industry background from being a former stylist.  I love working with clients and I am meticulous in my administrative duties. 

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