Tori Frappier of Dragonfly Salon & Spa is making a name for herself internationally in the world of hairstyling.

Tori Frappier NAHA Finalist St. Thomas, Ontario Dragonfly Salon
One of the images Tori Frappier submitted to NAHA | Photo: Paula Tizzard | Makeup Artist: Florencia Taylor Makeup

The team at Dragonfly Salon in St. Thomas recently discovered that Tori Frappier (third from right in feature photo) has been named a finalist in her category in the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). She is one of five stylists to place in the Newcomer category in 2019, and will find out if she won on January 26. Winning the competition is the highest honour a hairstylist in North America can achieve.

“I am just in shock,” Tori says about placing in NAHA. “And I am more than excited and honoured to have this opportunity to be a part of NAHA and represent St. Thomas and the Dragonfly team.”

Julie Carr, owner of Dragonfly Salon & Spa
Photo: Marty Lewis, Establish Media

Tori has been licensed for just under two years, and this is her first time entering NAHA as an individual stylist. She says she has known since the beginning that she wanted to do hair because her aunt was a stylist. After graduating from hair school, she apprenticed under Dragonfly owner Julie Carr and has been at the salon ever since. “When I found Dragonfly Spa, I knew this was the place I wanted to be,” she explains.

Last year, the team at Dragonfly won the Canadian Salon Team of the Year in Contessa, which is the Canadian hairstyling awards. The entire staff at Dragonfly is planning to travel to Long Beach, California in January to attend the award ceremonies with Tori. “I do have all the support from the girls and we’re hoping to all go as a team,” Tori says.

Tori Frappier NAHA Finalist St. Thomas, Ontario Dragonfly Salon
One of the images Tori Frappier submitted to NAHA | Photo: Paula Tizzard | Makeup Artist: Florencia Taylor Makeup

Owner and stylist Julie Carr says that when you make it into the finals at NAHA, you’ve basically already won because it’s such an honour to place in the top five out of thousands. She won the Newcomer award herself in 2004, so seeing her stylist recognized for the same award is exciting. Julie worked with Tori to come up with the direction and concepts for each individual photoshoot, of which there are three (see them here on NAHA’s website).

Creating these three photographs for NAHA was a process that began in January 2018. Choosing models, finding inspiration, and coming up with concepts for cut, colour, texture, and style all happened early in the year.

Dragonfly Salon and Spa, St. Thomas, Ontario
Photo: Marty Lewis, Establish Media

In June, the actual photoshoot by Paula Tizzard took place at SOHO Studios in London. The night before, Tori spent hours prepping the colours and popsicle sticks that would create the three unique hairstyles. “It’s not an everyday look,” she laughs, but “it’s nice to reach outside the box, to expand on my skills and get funky with them.”

Hair and makeup was done at Dragonfly Salon, with makeup artist Florencia Taylor finishing off each look.

Dragonfly Salon & Spa St. Thomas Ontario
Photo: Marty Lewis, Establish Media

Dragonfly Salon & Spa has been operating in St. Thomas for nine years. The stylist team has a wide range of clients and stays up to date with hairstyling techniques by regularly taking courses. They enjoy keeping up with trends and getting creative with their more adventurous clients. All of the salon’s products are Aveda, which is a naturally derived, cruelty-free professional product line. The spa offers a full range of spa services as well as medical aesthetics like botox and fillers.

You can visit Dragonfly Salon & Spa at 114 Centre Street, St. Thomas.