I have been tying up my hair in a pony tail for almost a year. There were those days when I simply don’t have time to blowdry during very early morning rush. Thought I needed a hair cut. Who wouldn’t want a lighter and fresher feeling haha!
One time, I was riding my bike along Stafford strip on my way home when I saw this new salon. I love trying different and new hair stylists and so I gave it a try.
Upon entering the salon, I immediately was greeted by this lady named Donna. The hair salon has a modern contemporary look and a very welcoming atmosphere. “Do you already have an idea what kind of hair style you want for your self?”, she asked in a nice, pleasant tone.
She looked at my hair. Saw how thick and unruly it has been, haha, and suggested a style which I approved. Talking in our native tounge, I had an interesting and fun chat with her as she was doing my hair!
Donna has been a hairstylist for 13 years; masterstylist/ colorist for six years at her previous employer, Regis Salon; former government examiner for hairstyling for three years and was a teacher at AVEDA Hair School for three years. And oops, I also saw a photo of her with some famous hair stylists in the United States. It was taken when she was sent for a hair convention after getting an award from former company.
I also learned that aside from sharing the same name, we are both December-born and that both our dads were graduates of UP Los Banos. She is the 3rd of the seven children. Her father wanted her to enroll in UP because he always wanted his children to follow his footsteps. But it was her 5th brother who pursued Chemical Engineering in UP. Donna, on the other hand, pursued a degree in Dentistry at the Centro Escolar University. But she was two years short of finishing the course because she fell in love and got married to her then boyfriend, now husband Erwin, who is a mechanical engineer in the Philippines.
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Donna’s interest in hair styling just came when one time she accompanied her auntie who was then visiting from Canada to a local salon in their hometown in Nueva Ecija. She was so fascinated with how the hair stylist permed her aunt’s hair and she immediately got interested to learn the skills. “The hairstylist told me that if I really wanted to learn, she will teach me. She told me to leave my child to my mother and come back. And I was lucky. She gave me hands-on training.” Being a fast and eager learner that she is, Donna learned all the needed skills in a snap.
She was a stylist in the Philippines for a year when the opportunity to come to Canada knocked. Upon immigrating in November 2003, Donna decided to pursue a career in hair styling to practice in Winnipeg. While being a student, she received numerous awards. She was also given several recognition as a masterstylist at a previous employer. A dedicated wife and mother of four, “At one point, we had to depend solely on this career when my husband got laid off from his job for a year.”
Donna is happy she has found what she really wanted to do. She enjoys sharing what she knows and loves to make people feel great about themselves. Through the more than years of her career, she has maintained a regular list of loyal clients from different areas of the city who are happy about her service.
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Donna’s journey of success is inspiring and worth-sharing because she prove that each one of us is capable of achieving something if we put our heart into it and work hard. But first, we must know what we WANT!
Now manager and owner of Donna d’ Stylist Hair Salon in 360 Stafford, Donna said “Blessing mula kay Lord.”
Just when our chat was wrapping up, my hair cut was almost done.
It was nice meeting you Donna. Thank you for my new bob cut. I just love it! Congratulations for your new salon and welcome to the neighborhood.
For appointments and inquiries, you may call Donna d’ Stylist at 204 5993161. Walk-ins are welcome.