If you are looking for a lift in spirit and mind, you are in skilled competent hands.

Chopstix Salon is a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon located at 321 First Ave. right in the heart of downtown Ladysmith. Darlene, the owner, is a national educator for Paul Mitchell and trains extensively, giving and receiving trainings. As well, assist and work at many large hair shows including Las Vegas. We believe it is our dedication to education that sets us apart. We offer all professional hair care services, as well limited esthetics services ranging from gel nails to pedicures to waxing and make up application and eye lash extensions. We use, recommend and sell only Paul Mitchell products.






“Nothing makes me smile more than when you leave the salon with hair you absolutely love.  That’s my goal for you.”

 Darlene is the owner and artistic creative director at Chopstix. For more than 40 years she has applied her energy and creative talent to her craft. Darlene has worked as a senior national educator for Paul Mitchell and has been fortunate to have, had the mentorship of some of the industries best artists and continues to educate extensively. Darlene has been keeping her guests hair beautiful and fashionable through the art of color, cutting and styling. She believes that education is vital to the inspiration and continued success of any stylist.



My favorite part about being a hairstylist is the excitement of what each day behind the chair will bring, I love creating a totally new look for my guests, allowing them to look and feel their best.
I have just over ten years experience in the beauty industry and specialize in creative and corrective colouring, textured hair styles and hair loss and hair replacement services. I have trained and worked abroad and what I love best about this career is the people I meet and the feeling I get making your hair dreams come true 💗



“The most rewarding thing about being a stylist for me is making personal connections with my clients and bringing their vision for their hair to life in a way that suits them and have them leave the salon feeling confident and fulfilled.” Tamara has recently moved to Ladysmith with her family and is welcoming guests and looking forward to building her cliental.



Shannon loves going above and beyond for each guest, making sure to provide them with a personalized experience. You will find her at the reception chatting to guests about their day, preparing tea or coffee for them! Shannon is also part of the “behind the scenes” salon operations. She is a thorough and hard-working individual, always on top of everything to make sure the salon runs smoothly. All the while is now, embarking on a hairdressing apprenticeship with Chopstix.



It’s a great day at Chopstix, this is Candace. Our guests enjoy coming to see Candace as much as their hair stylist. Candace not only looks after all, she does it with a huge smile and great pleasure. As a nail technician she specializes in pedicures, manicures and gel nail enhancements. Candace prides herself on being a perfectionist and loves making everyone feel beautiful.



Cindy has a passion for people and believes in providing her undivided attention to each guest that sits in her chair. Throughout her  23 years of her career as a hair stylist in Cowichan Valley, she has created a vast clientele of all ages, most of whom she considers family. Cindy is always looking for fresh new ways to perfect her craft, and enjoys learning new styles and techniques. She especially enjoys the art of colour and special occasion updos as they both fuel her creative drive. She looks forward to working with you to help you feel like your most fabulous self.



“I love helping my guests express their individuality through their hair. I love to make people look and feel their best. And I love building relationships with all different people I get to meet.”

 With over 15 years experience Susan has mastered a wide range of hair techniques in all areas of men's and women's cutting, particularly enjoys working with naturally curly textured hair. She enjoys learning new techniques and skills and applying them to her daily work. Susan is also a certified eyelash technician in both classic and volume lashes. She has met many wonderful clients that are still in her life and looks forward to working with you.



Kylie has worked behind the chair for over 15 years. Kylie is also a proud national educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems and is actively educating as well. She loves and continues to provide exceptional service through passion, education and communication. Kylie prides herself in keeping up with the latest trends and styles while focusing on your appearance as her priority. Kylie has an easy going personality and pays great attention to detail for every guest in her chair. For a cut, colour, style or treatment, she is always happy to welcome new faces.



“Changing someone’s hair can change someone’s life. Putting a spring in your step and helping you feel like you can take on the world.”

Carmen began her hairdressing career at the young age of 14. She is a Chopstix born and raised hairstylist, completing her apprenticeship and red seal certification under the mentorship of Darlene. Hair colour is Carmen's passion! She believes hair colour is empowering and one of the best ways for expressing each person's individuality. Her nickname at Chopstix is Carmeleon, because of her own ever changing hair colour. 



“I love making someone feel more confident after seeing me for a service treatment. Even if I brighten up their day just a little.”

 Danya has 17 years in the esthetic and make up industry. She specializes in body waxing and is very detailed in brow shaping. Although, is skilled in all areas of makeup and esthetics whether it is a relaxing facial or pedicure, allow Danya to pamper you. Danya feels fortunate to have chosen a career that she truly enjoys and wants to share that passion with you.




My goal is for you to always love your hair, whether you want to rock the latest balayage or stylish cut to get you noticed by everyone. I am a junior stylist here at Chopstix, very excited to meet you and build my clientele.”

Sidney grew up in Ladysmith and is very excited to start her career here at Chopstix under some amazing talent and mentorship.



“I love to make people feel good about themselves and just have a general love for people and who they are. Whether it is gel nails, lashing, waxing, manicure, pedicures, brow shaping or make up, I love everything I do!  I feel fortunate to have a profession that I truly enjoy whether it is a treatment that helps you relax or a treatment that gives you much needed confidence. I strive to give my guests the best experience and personal attention with all services I perform.”






We offer various types of eyelash extensions that are weightless, soft and seamlessly attached. Medium full or glamour sets, all tailored to your preferred length and thickness. Your choice of allure is carefully applied to each and every lash to amplify the length and volume of your natural lashes, instantly making your eyes bigger and brighter. We use a medical grade adhesive that has worldwide regulation approval. 



If you have hair that is kinky, curly or unruly, or just plain out of control, get ready for a life changing experience. This incredible process infuses an advanced formulation of natural keratin to the hair. This restructures the hair while eliminating frizz or unwanted curl. Daily styling becomes effortless and reduces blow dry time to a minimum.

* Luxurious texture
* Silky touch
* Brilliant shine
* Effortless styling.
* Total control
* Fast blow drying
* Less daily maintenance



As the foundation of every style the cut is the most essential element to providing individual unique style. Our hair cut prices vary based on the Reputation, Experience and Demand of our hairstylist



Expert color, multi dimensional coloring and hiliting, color knows no gender or age. Paul Mitchell the Color is an innovative coloring system that provides healthy long lasting color with endless shade options. Paul Mitchell the color is gentle on the hair as it has very low ammonia content and a beeswax base to help add condition and shine to the hair. Paul Mitchel the color is one of the most environmentally friendly colors there is today.

We specialize in color correction.



UV Gel combine natural beauty and strength and durability. They are beautiful lightweight enhancements that are odor less, natural feeling, thin, flexible non yellowing, non porous and resist lifting.
Gel nail advantages

• Non toxic
• Non yellowing
• Non odor
• Non vaporous
• Non Porous
• Non Lifting
• Extremely flexible and durable
Less maintenance, depending on your personal activities. Extremely natural appearance, no chipping, no cracking



Jump in feet first and pamper yourself! Every part of our body is connected to our feet, so why not reward them. If you opt for a full length, luxury pedicure, you will be treated to an aromatic soak, moisturizing mask, exfoliation and a foot massage prior to polish being applied. If you are after something short and sweet, your therapist will clip and buff your nails before applying your chosen polish. Want to go for all out glamour? Try some eye catching nail art.
Pedicures aren’t just for the ladies. A good foot care routine will leave your toes feeling relaxed and refreshed.



OxyGeneo is the best facial technology in the world today! We exfoliate the skin and generate millions of CO2 bubbles that cause true skin oxygenation based on science), then we naturally infuse tons of high quality, nutrient rich, active ingredients. There's no down time and the results are immediate! Everbody loves it :) Book your appointment!




Natural and radiant glamorous and sophisticated, whatever your look you have dreamed of for you special day, we can create it. Your memories are timeless and selecting the right professional for your big day is imperative. After the initial consultation we will schedule you for a trial look. This consultation will help you explore your possibilities, whether your dream look is soft, simple and elegant or a traditional up do. Allow us to add an elegant touch to your special day






Treat yourself to award winning luxury hair care at an affordable price. Paul Mitchell products combine quality ingredients and the latest technology to ensure top performance and flawless results with any style.

For Paul Mitchell producing the highest quality professional hair care products available is simply not enough. Paul Mitchell is ( and always will be) dedicated to making our world a better place. Paul Mitchell was the first professional beauty company to stand up against animal testing and is a leader in the global effort to protect consumers from tampered and counterfeit products. It’s easy to see that Paul Mitchell’s commitment to caring for people and the planet is a driving force in all they do.

For more info please go to paulmitchell.com





Chopstix Salon Ltd.

321 1st Ave.
Ladysmith BC,
V9G 1B1




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