Nanaimo’s Award-Winning


With a strong commitment to excellence in client service, education and team work.

Exceptional Stylists Committed to Skills Growth

Professional Hair Care Products for Your Unique Needs

Training Seminars with Leading Hair Care Pros

Meet the owners: Edwin & Fiona

We designed our new space with positive client experience in mind.Fiona & Edwin

The Cutting Room Creative started out as a family run business in 1984. Fiona & Edwin are passionate about excellence in client service, education and team work.

Through teaching seminars & competitions, their team continuously builds on their skills & shares the latest hair salon techniques.

Giving Back to Our Global Community

We’re proud to be positive influencers in our local and global community. Our participation in Green Circle Salons helps preserve our environment. Haven Society contributions especially help women who are attempting to return to the workforce by providing personal care items. Beauty Against Bullying supports those who have been bullied and works to prevent future bullying.

Green Circle Salon

The Cutting Room Creative is a proud member of Green CIrcle Salons. We participate in this environmental stewardship program that repurposes  salon & spa waste keeping it out of landfills & waterways.

Haven Society

The Cutting Room Creative along with their clients help support Haven Society for women, children, youth & families. CRC clients collect loyalty points by purchasing any in-salon retail take-home products or hot tools. Points can be donated to the Haven Society so that those in need can purchase personal care items.

Beauty Against Bullying

Beauty Against Bullying’s goal is to end bullying. The focus of charitable events is to empower bodies, regardless of  size, age, culture, gender or socio-economic status. BAB partners worldwide are a powerful resource & a force toward the eventual end of all bullying.

Cutting Room Creative in Salon Publications & News

Salon Magazine: 6 Questions With Edwin

Edwin Johnston, from the Cutting Room Creative in Nanaimo, B.C., is no stranger to entering hair competitions. He’s taken home several Contessa awards and a Master Stylist of the Year NAHA. Below he shares his philosophy when it comes to styling and shooting beautiful hair.

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Style Lessons From Japanese Salons

Salon Magazine featured their tour of some of Tokyo’s top salons & shared a video of hairstylist and Contessa winner Edwin Johnston trend hunting on the streets of Tokyo!

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Feedback From Our Clients

We stand behind our salon service commitment so we appreciate when our guests communicate with us about even the smallest issue they may be having with their hair.  We believe this communication helps build relationships and ensures success. Any revisions we are made aware of within one week of the original service are at no charge to our clients.

It’s a little unusual to give a 5-star rating to a salon where you haven’t actually had a hair service yet. But the reason I’m doing it is because I had an unexpected customer service experience that was so good I had to share it!

I walked in with questions about potentially purchasing a product for my hair. Not only did I get answers, I had somebody sit down with me, go through the problem, demo the product on my hair and then take me to her chair for a touch-up and give me great styling tips.

No BS marketing, no pressure to buy anything, just genuine great service enthusiasm from someone who loves what she does for a living and wants to help.

Now that ladies and gentlemen is how you get a new client!

Thank you to Karly, I think I’ll be seeing you in the future 🙂 Lisa Pons-Labelle

Excellent service, they were very friendly, I love my new look! Thanks! Carolina Magdaleno

The Cutting Room is a beautiful space, they have an area upstairs just for coloring, which I found a refreshing change, very Zen vibe. I just had some blonde highlights done by Stacy, I literally cannot stop looking at my hair I love it so much. Highly Lisa Pons-Labelle

Karly has been cutting my hair for almost five years now – I highly recommend her! In addition to always leaving the salon feeling like I’ve had the best haircut of my life, she is very good at understanding what I want, even when I can’t articulate what I am looking for. Karly is precise every step of the way: from the clean cut to the voluminous blowouts. She is truly great at what she does! In addition, the salon itself is very modern, clean and inviting. The staff is extremely welcoming and friendly. This salon is definitely a gem! Randy Menzies

Karly Sue is a legend. She’s so extremely talented and I love collabing with her and the team for photoshoots and up coming events ! I highly recommend her to anyone I know looking to get their hair done… she’s talented,punctual,friendly,funny, what else do you need ?! Everyone get over to the cutting room creative and book with Karly now!! Rachel Bethell

Great staff with lots of experience! Highly recommended Mark Koch