our story

About Us

Kashmir was founded in September 2019 by Stylist Tess, with the intent to provide a comfortable, unique and modern atmosphere that allows established artists to create today’s most popular and in style looks. 

After being in the beauty industry for 10 years, Tess finally decided to take the plunge and open her own salon. She has always had an eye for decor and interior design and wanted to be able to create a unique, trendy space for her clients that was unlike any other salon on Vancouver Island. 

One of the most important things for Tess was having a dog friendly environment! Most days you will see at least one of her dogs or one of the other stylists’ pups in the salon.

Tess has always had a strong passion for blonde. Ever since hair school she knew that was what she wanted to specialize in. Tess specializes in blonding, specifically rooty, low maintenance blondes. With her techniques her clients are able to come for appointments every 3-6 months. Along with all other Kashmir stylists, staying on top of education is very important to her, we know that styles and techniques are always changing and she loves to keep on top of her game by constantly attending classes and online education.

Our Pups

Most days you will meet at least one of our pups in the salon.


Jasper is a 4 pound chihuahua mix that was found in San Joaquin in October 2019. He is Tess’ newest addition. He absolutely loves cuddling, kisses and treats. He loves kids and other small dogs but he’s not so fond of men.


Peaches is a pudgy 3 year old 8 pound Chihuahua pug mix also hailing from California. Tess adopted Peaches at an adoption event when Peaches was 5 months old. Prior to the event, Peaches was at a high kill shelter and was 24 hrs from being euthanized. Her life is quite different now! Most days you will find Peaches snoozing on a client’s lap, or following Tess around the salon like her shadow.


Hi I’m Jimmy, I’m the cutest 4 lbs of fluff you’ve ever seen. You can usually find me in the salon following my mom or in one of her clients arms. I enjoy cuddles, sleeping, laying on my back and once in a while I like to stretch my legs and show everyone how cute I really am. I look forward to meeting you in the salon!