On June 1st 2016.. we opened our doors to the public - and man.. has time flown!
Since opening, Ascend Salon's most important core value has been to reduce our industry's negative impact on the environment. As an eco-conscious salon we offer a variety of vegan, cruelty-free, and/or ethically manufactured products for our guests; we take great measures to operate as carefully and consciously as possible - this spans from the very building we operate in to the building materials we used, to the brands we have selected, and everything in-between; and we recycle everything that is possible to recycle.
We began as a Green Circle Salon; collecting and recycling our hair, plastics, aerosol containers, paper products, excess colour, chemicals and used foil. We have recently switched to a new, local company called Style Recycling, who we believe are doing an even better job of keeping our industry's waste out of the landfills and waterways.
Our second core value at Ascend is to be a positive presence in our community by helping to elevate others. We have held several fundraising events for the YES project, and since then we have donated to countless charities, fundraisers, initiatives, local non-profits and local events on an ongoing basis.
Another small way of giving back for us has been to create a unique new platform for local artists to gain exposure, and to provide an opportunity for these pieces to sell at a better rate than traditional gallery settings - we have already sold more than 12 works directly from our walls, and those works are now displayed in private collections across Canada.
David is the man behind the dream, and the lifeblood of Ascend Salon.
Born in Sudbury ON, David has been doing hair across Canada for over 20 years and is both a master stylist and colourist, specializing in just about everything.
In the past, David was an educator with Redken. He is decorated with multiple certifications, and has traveled internationally to teach. Upon the opening of Ascend Salon, he put his role as a Redken artist and educator on the back burner to be able to grow his business.
David has been a Penticton resident since 2004, where he previously managed a franchise salon.
In the spring of 2016, he decided it was time to start his own business.
David specializes in balayage as well as traditional foiling, colour corrections, curly hair, fades, creating fabulous reds, beautiful mermaid waves, natural looks, structured bobs and precision cuts.
David is available Wednesday through Saturdays as well as alternating Tuesdays.
*please note that David typically books at least 12 weeks in advance.
Robyn is our fun and free-spirited salon manager, as well as David's partner and apprentice. If you've ever phoned the salon or been greeted by the front desk, you've already met her!
Born and raised in the lower mainland, Robyn relocated in 2012 and made Penticton home.
Robyn began temping for Ascend in the winter of 2017 and worked her way up to management. She has become a pillar of the Ascend family, and a driving force in the background that helps David to continue realizing the beautiful dream that is Ascend Salon.
Robyn also happens to be our current local artist on display in the salon. (you can check out her displayed work in the "current local artist" section of our website.)