Our goal is to make sure that each customer is made to feel comfortable in our relaxed and tranquil atmosphere. We deliver personalized customer attention, providing tips for maintenance and more.
We have a friendly team of professional hair stylists committed to high-quality products and excellent customer services. We believe in continuously updating our techniques to be the leading edge and current within our industry. Because of this, we have a level system which reflects the experience of our staff.
OUR FOUNDER & OWNER.
Donna-Lee’s career began in 1981 when she entered an apprenticeship in hairstyling. In 1986, together with her mom (Mary), she opened Rainbow Expressions on Bronte Road and built it up to be the success that it is today.
Each year she attends the Redken Symposium for beauty professionals which she finds both educational and inspirational. Sessions by leading Redken artists have played a role in encouraging Donna to achieve her high level of skill and knowledge regarding hair colouring, design and technique. As well she regularly invites leading artists to come in to the salon to further update staff on new advances.
As owner of the salon, it has been an incredible journey meeting so many wonderful clients and working with amazing professional staff.
During this unsettling time of COVID 19, we continue to look forward to being able to service our clients and engage with you through Facebook and Instagram. Our number one priority has always been cleanliness and we will continue to maintain the highest standards. Thank you to our present clients and to our future clients if we have not met you yet we certainly look forward to doing so.
Meet our team.
BARBIE // (Hairstylist Level 4A)
Born and raised in Oakville, Barbie started at Rainbow Expressions in 1994 as a grade 11 co-op student, and hasn’t looked back. She has a passion for helping people feel good about themselves from the inside out. Which means even after all these years, she still LOVES doing what she does.
By attending hairstyling education classes year-round, she able to stay at the cutting edge of the industry trends. By analyzing what clients want, she is able to create a personalized hairstyle that they love. Long, cascading, gorgeous hair is her specialty. Ample training in hair extensions allows her to give clients with fine hair the voluminous style they’ve always dreamed of. However short, funky and fun styles get her creative thoughts going and are always welcome too. Barbie is responsible for training new associates in our comprehensive apprenticeship program as well.
Working side-by-side with new stylists, she advises them on all aspects, from cutting, styling and all colouring. As they move forward and start with their own clientele, she is always on the look out for her next associate. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions if this could be a good fit for you. Please follow her on Instagram account @hair_bybarbie to see her latest creations.
SILVANA // (Hairstylist Level 4)
Silvana found her way to Rainbow Expressions almost 23 years ago after working as an educator for Clairol Canada.
She graduated from the Guelph School of Hairstyling where she also worked. Over the years Rainbow Expressions became like a second family. As a Level 4 Stylist Silvana loves to interact with her clients on a daily basis making sure that they leave the salon happy and excited about their new hair.
Keeping on top of trends that come and go in this industry is very important. By attending various education courses throughout the year Silvana stays up to date and very excited about her career. There is always something new to learn.
Silvana resides in Oakville with her three wonderful children who are the loves of her life and is thankful everyday for the love and support of family and friends around her.
ELLE // (Hairstylist Level 4)
Elle is a third generation Oakvillian growing up in Oakville with her parents and brother. She attended Sheridan college for computer science which led her to fall in love with the hair industry after making Rainbow Expressions first website. Elle then trained with the Rainbow Expressions team and became a certified hairstylist.
Now 17 years later she is still doing what she loves and knows this is where she is supposed to be. Elle loves to create new looks for her clients using colour and design and is also a Redken Certified Colour Specialist. The best part of her day is making someone feel fantastic about their hair and giving them the knowledge to recreate it at home.
This is why education and product knowledge are very essential components for her. Elle prides herself on listening to peoples needs and also offering ideas on what would suit their end results. When you say please take ½ an inch she listens! Elle has a humorous personality and makes all her clients feel right at home with ease. She is always eager to meet new clients and help them achieve their goals!
ANGELA // (Hairstylist Level 4)
Although dreaming of becoming an animator for Disney, Angela persued a degree in visual merchandising arts from Sheridan college in Oakville. She worked in her field for a couple of years before her inclination for doing people’s hair started to show.
Donna asked her to give her a month...”See if you like it...what do you have to lose?” And that folks was 20 years ago!! Angela excels at providing clients with realistic solutions to achieve their ultimate goals for their hair. An integral part of her job is to provide each client, whether they are new or returning, with a consultation where they can breakdown and form a plan for their hair.
She follows through with her services and provides an at home routine as well as product knowledge that will enable her clients to go home and recreate the hairstyle or to maintain their colour and have the best hair possible! You will find Angela in her element creating transformations for her clients. Whether it is adding a few face framing foils to add a pop of colour; possibly bright and vibrant to show off that wild side or a soft subtle change to add a little depth to a colour. It might be a perm to help create soft waves or create a wash and wear style or even a transformation of taking long hair to short and funky!
Angela is more than willing to help! When Angela isn’t creating at work you will find her cheering on her son, Nathaniel as he plays ball hockey, or quietly knitting or reading a book while she waits for her daughter Mary-Ella to perfect her pirouette!! If not at the dance studio or rec centre you can find her cheering on her kids on the sideline at soccer with her husband Sean.
DANIELLE // Associate Hairstylist Level 1
Danielle, our newest associate at Rainbow Expressions, is currently enrolled with the Ontario College of Trades for the hairstyling apprenticeship program.
She is a graduate from Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Danielle completed Makeup for Media and Creative Arts program followed by the Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics, and Props graduate program.
She is a certified makeup artist at who excels at her craft and is looking forward to becoming a licensed hairstylist. Please feel free to follow her @beauty.on.the.dl on Instagram for more
B.J. // Salon Co-ordinator
Meet B.J... B.J is one of the salon coordinators at Rainbow Expressions. She is responsible for scheduling your appointments with our stylists, answering your phone calls and greeting our guests with her warm welcoming personality when you arrive at the salon.
In addition to this, BJ offers Aesthetic services like Facial Waxing, Eye Lash lift and tints. BJ has a long history with Rainbow Expressions. She first started in Rainbow Expressions birthplace on Bronte Road in 1988- providing full Aesthetic services.
BJ took some time away to work with her husband and run their family business. When that adventure was over, returning to Rainbow Expressions was a natural fit!
HOPE // Salon Co-ordinator
Meet Hope...Hope is one of the Salon Coordinators at Rainbow Expressions.
She can usually be found at the front desk when you enter the salon greeting our clients, answering your calls to assist you in booking your service with your preferred stylist and helping you select your retail purchases when you are checking out.
Before joining our team at Rainbow Expressions, Hope and her husband operated a successful restaurant franchise for over 15 years. It was here that Hope discovered her passion for delivering exceptional customer service.
Knowing that our clients at Rainbow Expressions are well taken care of and feel like they are part of our family makes Hope feel proud to be an integral part of our team. Hope was born and raised in Oakville, she currently resides in River Oaks with her husband Steve. Together they have 4 boys, Aaron, Kristian, Tyler and Carter.
As a family they enjoy sports like basketball and football. Hope is an active volunteer with the Holy Trinity high school Football Program. During the summer and fall months Hope and her family enjoy camping at their trailer in Dunville, ON.