Professional Hairstylist (Owner)
Lorna Stewart emigrated to Canada from her native Jamaica when she was in her early 20’s, and has been a top-level hair stylist in New Westminster for the whole of her career in Canada.
Lorna started out her Canadian career at Raymond Salons in the old Woodwards department store at 6th and 6th in New Westminster. Raymond’s Salon had some of the best hair stylists in the city in those days. Lorna quickly developed a reputation for great work and built up a clientele, some of whom are still with her today.
In 1986, Lorna opened up her own place, Essence Hair Design, just across the courtyard from the Inn at the Quay overlooking the Fraser River. Essence thrived in that location at first, but things changed and the foot traffic past the shop dried up. It became clear that Essence needed to move. In the winter of 2012, Essence moved to its new location, just over the overpass from their old place, near the bustling Shops at New Westminster Staton.
Beyond the shop, Lorna has been intensely involved in the community. She has held countless fundraisers for worthy local causes over the years, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. Monarch House, an organization helping women and children fleeing domestic violence, has long been a recipient of Lorna’s efforts, but many other groups have also benefitted. Lorna is a dedicated and active member of the Rotary Club of New Westminster and was awarded Rotary’s highest honor, a Paul Harris Fellowship for her charitable work. And one year she found a kidney donor for a friend In need of a transplant. All while working full time in her own business.
When she’s not busy with work or charitable activities, you can find Lorna at the gym. Lorna’s newest pleasure is hot yoga, but she’s also into pilates and weight training, and she enjoys a brisk speed walk up and down the hills of New Westminster.
Ever since she was little, Lorna has been intensely visual. She loves to help people put together the look they want. She has always been in the hair business, but Essence has long carried other products to help customers look their best – Hair products, fashion accessories, high end lingerie (available by special order) and one-of-a-kind jewellery are all available at Essence, a gem of a store located at 887 Carnarvon Street in New Westminster’s fast-growing Anvil district in the downtown.
I have always had a passion for beauty. Throughout high-school I spent countless hours looking at fashion magazines and attempting to re-create hairstyles at home.
I loved the transformation in mood and look that different hair cuts and colours created. I always felt great after going to my hairstylist and to this day enjoy trying out many styles and colours, from blonde right through to black. It was a natural progression for me to go into hairdressing. I knew immediately that I was in the right industry.
My favourite thing about being a hairstylist is working with my clients lifestyles and preferences to create beautiful hairstyles that they can maintain at home. When a client comes in for an appointment and their hair still looks great, that makes my day because I know I’ve done my job well!
I love using colour to create vibrant dimension and shine in a hairstyle. From basic grey coverage to peek-a-boo pastels and bold, bright panels or highlights, I like to customize each clients colour and cut individually to suit their face, hair type and personality.
I feel so fortunate to work with a great salon team in a wonderful community. I look forward to continuing to grow and develop in my career here at Essence Hair Studio.
I love that I can provide a service that is both artistic and practical.
I specialize in custom cuts for women, men and children; personalized color, including highlighting and low lighting; and formal hair designs.
My passion lies in creating beautiful hair that compliments my clients own unique style. my focus is on giving my clients something that makes them feel amazing, and making sure their experience is one they will enjoy and be excited to come back to. I am naturally creative with a passion and respect for our environment and i am sure to look after every aspect of your hair makeover journey.
In my free time I enjoy reading, watching films, drawing, visiting art museums, bicycle rides and traveling. I’ve had a life-long interest in the arts, that’s how I discovered the hair industry was the perfect career for me.
It is my goal to never stop learning, and to never stop growing as a stylist and a person.
If you’ve been coming to Essecne for a while, you’ll know Joanne, who has handled the cash desk on a part-time basis for many years. Joanne knows everything that’s going on in the shop. Joanne is also celebrating her 12th year with a new kidney, after Lorna worked hard to make it happen through networking and fundraising.