Welcome to Essence Hair Design, Fashion and Accessories. We are a small hair salon and gift store located in the rapidly growing Anvil district of New Westminster, at 877 Carnarvon St. We have been in New Westminster since 1986, first at our original location on the banks of the Fraser River, and now across the overpass from the River Market, steps from the New Westminster Skytrain Station.

Here at Essence, we pride ourselves on three things: we offer a warm and welcoming environment for our customers and for our staff; our stylists have excellent foundational skills and we keep up with all the latest trends in hair; and we stress communication with our customers. This means we can offer the technical skills of a downtown salon with the ease and comfort of the shop around the corner. And we talk before doing anything else.

At the front of the store, we have a small collection of carefully-chosen accessories, jewellery and hair and bath products. We don’t have a lot of space, so owner Lorna Stewart looks for items that are unique and stylish, yet attractively priced. We like to call them “affordable indulgences.” Whether you’re looking for that special something for someone you love, or for just the right purse, necklace or scarf, we think you’ll find it here.