Our Story


 

Kirstin, President and founder of Kharma Salons graduated from the Victoria Aveda institute in 2005.  After just a few short years in the industry she decided to open her first salon working from a small shop in the basement of her home. As a busy single mom her focus was to be home with her son while providing high end hair services to her loyal clientele. This dream became the drive behind her brand and what started out as a humble idea became the three Kharma Salons you have come to know and love today!

Shortly after her home salon opened its doors, Kirstin met her husband Keith. The word of mouth about Kharma Salons began to spread. Within a year of business, Kirstin was faced with having to bring in additional stylists to keep up with the growing demand. Kirstin hired Ashley as her first Kharma employee and Tressa as her second - both of whom are still Kharma employees today! During this time, knowing she had a fabulous team to move her clientele over to, Kirstin and Keith decided to expand their family. The duo got so busy that the city of Victoria asked the quaint Kharma Salon in Kirstins basement to a move to a commercial space or scale back. Within weeks of this request- and with a newborn baby in tow-  Keith and Kirstin found themselves renovating their first shop on Oak Bay Ave. After only 4 months of openings its doors, they outgrew the space and moved into a bigger one a few doors over. Seven months after that, they knocked  down a dividing wall between spaces and expanded into the retail space next to them to gain even more space.

Kharma Salons was growing and expanding and by 2018 Keith was able to leave his job of 16 years and join the Kharma Salon team full time to help take on all the background tasks between the salons. This has been an integral part of the growth of the business as he has freed up time for Kirstin to focus on mentoring all the staff and has helped her balance it all-making it possible for her to continue to provide the services she loves.. You may see him at our locations supporting the front end staff, making maintenance repairs and periodically the face and voice behind the phone and desk.

Two years and many highlights later, the demand and word of mouth led to opening a second location to serve the Westshore. In April of 2018, our Oak Bay shop was moved into a larger more open space on the corner of Oak Bay and Foul Bay road. Seeing the need to bridge the gap between these locations, Kirstin teamed up with long time stylist Tressa and together with the help and support of their life partners, they have opened up a third location located in Saanich in July of 2019. It has been an amazing ride and we have our incredibly supportive client's to thank. We are very lucky to have an unreal team of talent to look after Victoria's needs and are looking forward to being Victoria's go to for all things beauty for many more years to come!

Kharma Salons now has THREE locations to serve you- Oak Bay, Westshore and Saanich.

Our experienced hairstylists specialize in cutting, coloring, smoothing treatments and tape-in extensions.  Our estheticians are highly trained in intimate waxing, electrolysis, lash extensions, skin tag and red vein removal, skin, hand and foot care. We also have highly skilled semi permanent make up techs that offer both microblading, combination brows and lips. We have state of the art machines that will get rid of unwanted hair, tighten and tone skin and remove sun damage and age spots.

We use primarily Aveda and Redken color alongside organic/paraben and sulphate free Aveda, Loma and Kevin Murphy products as well as the Milkshake and Amika lines. We perform Smoothing Treatments - a semi-permanent product that relaxes curl and reduces frizz. Our tape in extensions are of the highest quality hair, and can be re-used for up to 3 years of consecutive wear.

 Kharma charges their clients color bowls at their cost-not profiting from it like other local salons making each visit more affordable. In addition to all this, Kharma also offers a tiered service menu with a variety of skill levels to fit anyones budget.

We are firm believers that it is far better to be very good at a few services than average at many. The owner encourages her staff to only offer services that they are passionate about and refer clients to other stylists and estheticians in Victoria for the services they do not enjoy or are not comfortable performing. 

Our team works together closely and you will sense this from the moment you enter the shop. We rely on each other daily for second opinions with coloring, staying on time and making sure your experience with us is unforgettable. We are often told our salon is very comfortable and that clients really enjoy our atmosphere. Not only is it more enjoyable for us to come to work daily when our dynamic is drama free,  it is also a place where everyone can relax, laugh and if desired, chat freely with others. We have quadrupled in size in less than 6 years, and often have clients running into each other and visiting amongst themselves.

Please call or stop by to visit our Oak Bay, Langford and Saanich locations.  There is plenty of free street parking and we have customer lots for your convenience.

We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

Kharma has gone green! We are a member of Green Circle Salons, which collects 95% of all our business waste. Hair, Foils, Color Tubes, Etc, are recycled and/or reused. Visit bc.greencirclesalons.ca for more info.