New Look Coming Soon!

It’s Time For  A New Look

We’ve been feeling kind of scruffy for a while now & have decided to take the plunge & go for a new look. You know the feeling, right?

Watch for our new web site around the end of June.

Salon with a View

Cutting Room Nanaimo New Location

Here are some new pictures of the salon.

The electrical, mechanical & plumbing are coming along nicely so dry wall can start tomorrow.

We’re booking our first appointments in our new location for December 27th. We are very excited!

To see how to find our new location, visit this page.

Edwin Johnston

Edwin Johnston
Edwin Johnston

Cutting Room Salon

Edwin & Fiona established the Cutting Room Creative in 1984. Over the years, Edwin has been mentor & teacher to stylists who have been fortunate to have worked with him and participated with him in a wide range of competitions.


2012 North American Master Hairstylist of the Year

3 times BC Salon of the Year

2010 Canadian Session Hairstylist of the Year

2010- Global Finalist of Goldwell’s Color Zoom ‘Partner’ Colorist of the Year (Paris, France)

2009- Canadian ‘Session Stylist’ of the Year

2009- Canadian Semi-finalist of Goldwell’s Trend Zoom ‘Elumen’ Category

2009-Canadian Semi-finalist of Goldwell’s Trend Zoom ‘Creative’ Category

2008 -Canadian Hairstylist of the Year

2008- Global Finalist of Goldwell’s Trend Zoom Creative Colorist of the Year (Valencia, Spain)

4 times BC Hairstylist of the Year

2005 North American Hairdressing Awards, Classic Hairstylist of the Year

Read more posts about Edwin.

KMS Hair Stay

For style retention and durability, you’ll love KMS Hair Stay products.

Max Gel

24-hour hold without flaking

Styling Gel

Firm hold without flaking

Clarify Shampoo

Deep cleansing to remove build-up

Anti-Humidity Seal

24-hour for weatherproofing for finished looks

Style Boost

Primer for a lasting style

Medium Hold Spray

Workable hold and humidity resistant

Maximum Hold Spray

Firm hold and humidity resistant

Dry Xtreme Hairspray

Dry-touch, volumizing hold

Training & Seminars

Layered- haircut

Hair Cutting forms an integral part of our salon services. There is continuous learning within our salon and our stylists are places in levels according to their experience within the hairdressing industry and their in salon education.


Hands-on practical classes are the way to go –  we train on mannequin heads or live models.

Not to be left out, our mens hair classes cover classic barbering techniques to dramatic skin fades

Hair-Cutting- Class

At the head of the artistic team, Edwin takes an active role in ensuring the Cutting Room team are confident and competent in all forms of haircuts and hair styling.


Fiona heads the Colour and technical team. With her expertise, training and encouragement, the Cutting Room has received many accolades within the hairdressing industry.

Whether its balayage or highlights, to over-all colour or a pop of colour, our colourists are equipped to provide you with the colour service you need.

In depth and hands on colour classes are on-going.

More challenging colour services such as colour corrections and advanced colour placement are also covered in our in salon education.


As a teaching salon, our senior stylists share their knowledge and regularly conduct classes for the CRC team.

Basic to advanced techniques from blow-dry’s to up-do’s are always practiced and perfected.

All levels of stylists take part in our training days so our guests receive consistent, quality cuts, colour and styles.


We stand behind the products we use, so product knowledge is a key component for our salon training.

Guest artists and educators are brought in for our top brands KMS, Goldwell and Kevin Murphy.


Weddings, Grad, Proms & Special Occasions

bride hair updo

Plan For Your Perfect Hair

You’ll likely start browsing magazines, looking for inspiration at least 6 months prior to your special day. Make sure you consult with your hair stylist well in advance too.

If your style includes colour, you might need to work towards achieving that perfect colour. Extensions might be the ideal for that updo you’re longing to achieve.

Special Occasion Hair

It has to be perfect on your special day!

Pre-Plan at Least 6 Months

We encourage clients to schedule a consultation at least 6 month prior to special occasion hair.


Especially if your style includes colour, you’ll want to consult at least 6 months ahead of your big event.

Amp Up the Style


Flaunt It!
KMS add volume

This bold up-do by Whitney creates height and stature and flaunts your shiny locks as you leave the straightened hair length out.

The style can be re-created whether you have a one length bob, a “lob” (long bob) or have a side swept fringe.

Get Cassidy’s Sophisticated Style

kms free shape

Use the Right Products

Whitney blow-dried Cassidy’s hair with KMS Add Volume Styling Foam – one of CRC’s top picks for volume, heat protection,  and brush-able flexibility.

… & the Right Tools

Lightly spray the mid lengths and ends with KMS Free Shape 2-in-1 for added heat protection and finish, before smoothing the ends with a 1″ Kadori Flat Iron.

How to Get the Look Yourself

kadori flat-irons




Section out the top hair.  With the aid of a Tangle Teezer, tease the root area to create a voluminous base. If you have side swept bangs, tease that too.


Smooth the surface hair up and back with the  Tangle Teezer. Mold the style into the desired shape and height and finish off with KMS Medium Hold Hairspray to extend the life of the hair-do and add an extra pop of shine.

New Repair.Me

With the cold winter weather, your hair my be feeling damaged and in dire need of some restoration. The serious jolt of protein found in Kevin.Murphy’s new Repair.Me range will not disappoint.

What it does

Kevin.Murphy’s latest line is a three-part protein-boosting restoration system that will nourish, strengthen and protect your tresses without weighing it down.

How it works

Using naturally derived ingredients like green pea protein, papaya and pineapple enzymes, aloe leaf and bamboo extracts, acai and shea butter, the Repair.Me Wash, Repair.Me Rinse and Re.Store work from the inside out to improve strand strength, shine, moisture retention and nourishment

Best Use

Use the Repair.Me Wash and Repair.Me Rinse to reconstruct damaged, brittle hair and replace both once or twice a week with Re.Store, the no-foam cleaner which provides the hairshaft with an additional boost of naturally derived super food proteins that improves elasticity and reduces frizz.


Features & Benefits

Kevin Murphy Repair Me
Repair.Me Wash, Repair.Me Rinse, Re.Store

Sulphate Free

Paraben Free