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.   I love when clients want something fresh and new and I think your style should be constantly evolving.  Blondes are my specialty and I love balayage.  I believe in always upgrading my education and I love travelling in order to do that.


I have been a strong believer in building technique through constant education in the most current industry trends.  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).

Cara Skarpinsky


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.

Justine Santaguida


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!

Anna McGowan


I have over ten years of experience as a stylist and am constantly upgrading my skills.  I love that Empire Salon has such a focus on education and I have really admired the salon’s culture.  I have most recently attended a class at the Bumble & Bumble Academy in New York as well a hair show in Long Beach, California.  I have also taken an advanced balayage class from The Business of Balayage last September.  My specialties include color correction (taking on “fixing” colors that require a great amount of knowledge in color theory), vivids (bold or pastel colors), and blonding.

Chelsea Adamson-Vleeming


I started my career as a stylist because of my passion for hair, socializing, and creativity.  Being a stylist allows me to be outgoing while showcasing my talent!  I love taking on big transformations, men's cuts, color melts, and of course blondes!  I recently attended a balayage class presented by Hai Tran (he is an advanced L'anza color educator).   I feel very blessed to join Empire and become a part of a team that values education and professionalism.

Mariah Sherwood


I am Empire's daytime receptionist and I started working here in March 2019.  I have a background in interior design.  I love working with clients and I am meticulous in my front desk duties.  I have an easygoing way with clients and a witty sense of humor that you might miss until it hits you later.  Don't let my serious exterior fool you, as I'm likely to surprise you!

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