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Our Story

How We Got to Where We Are

The Salon Scissor Works story began 1991 in my parents’ living room. I was 23 years old and had been in the hair industry since I was 17.


I was ready for a change and so were a few of my fellow stylists.


I opened the doors on November 13, 1991, in our present location on Bonaventure Drive, in Calgary. I had envisioned running my own salon since I was a teenager.


My parents being entrepreneurs themselves, were a valuable resource in the early years of starting up and running my own business for which I am eternally grateful for! I have always believed that if you did something I loved as a career, it would never feel like work. 


The salon opened with 6 stylists and 3 support staff. One of the original team still works alongside me today.


The salon has continued to grow each year, allowing me to envision changes to adapt to our clients’ needs, hair industry trends and technology. I have always felt ongoing education for the team, redecorating and remodelling the salon décor would keep our environment current and up to date.


Staying the course with customer needs, during the pandemic of 2020, demand for online retail sales of professional products became apparent, which led to the opening of our online store... Hair Care Canada.

2023 brought a fresh new look to our business with the completion of our exterior renovations and the rebranding of the salon to... Salon Scissor Works!


The salon certainly has seen its share of “new looks” over the years, and I have always considered the amazing people I work with and, and the wonderful community of clients that visit my salon each year to be a blessing.


I am grateful for the synergy that is all around me and my team.

My philosophy has stayed constant since opening day. I believe if we, as a team give our highly valued clients more than they expect, always provide excellent customer service and maintain a purposeful energetic environment for our co-workers, Salon Scissor Works will continue to prosper.

Shelley Lester | Owner | Salon Director

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