By Chadd Cawson Reporter of the Local Journalism Initiative
Summer is here and love is in the air, which means weddings in the valley that demand perfect hair not only for the bride but also for the bridal party. “I specialize in bridal hair and will travel to such events,” says Destinie Parisien, CEO and hairstylist at D’zire Designs in Radium, which officially opened September 30, 2021. Although it is open for less than a year, this Parisian solo business venture has so far been a great experience.
“Honestly, it’s been amazing. News travels fast when you love what you do,” Parisien says. “I feel extremely lucky to have had such a supportive and loving community in my studio.”
Born in Invermere and raised in Canal Flats and Cranbrook, Parisien moved to Radium less than six months before opening D’zire Designs and she says it was her sister who came up with the name. “The ‘D’ is a pun on my name Destinie,” explains Parisien. “However, the feather and the infinity sign in my logo represent my mixed-race background.”
D’zire Designs is located and operates on the unceded territories of the Secwépemc and Ktunaxa peoples and on the lands chosen as home by the Métis peoples of British Columbia, which border the Columbia River. Parisien graduated with honors from the LA School of Hair Design in Lethbridge, Alberta, and continues her training through various courses.
“I am taking a course at the end of July on six different methods of doing extensions via Bellami. It is my passion and a specialty in which I specialize,” says Parisien. “My mother and my grandmother inspired me to get into hairdressing because they are both in the beauty industry and now my sister is too. We sometimes organize weddings together, I do my hair and my sister does make-up and lengthens her eyelashes.
After good and bad experiences working with other stylists, Parisien wanted more freedom to do what she loved. D’zire Designs started from Panorama seeing a few clients a week before moving to Radium creating an additional room in their private hair studio. “I’ve never felt so aligned and inspired in my eight years of hairstyling,” Parisien says. “I like to make people feel beautiful. My favorite service would have to be styling because I admire the colors wrapped around the iron from the finished product of a long color service or the thrill on the face of a bride.
The Parisian says she also enjoys the marketing side of her job. Originally wanting to be a photojournalist, she uses Instagram as a platform to showcase her work behind the chair and the camera and has an interest in working with other artists in the community.
“I love bringing together local artists for collaborative events,” says Parisien. “I’ve only done a few, but I’d like to know more too.”
For those looking to go a little lighter during the summer months, blond services, hair tattoos, and skin fades are just a few of Parisien’s other specialties. She is proud of her experience working with Redken 5th Ave NYC products. Parisien also offers a meditative scalp massage using the Redken ABC treatment to relieve stress.
“I like to take my time and be thorough,” says Parisien. “I hope my clients will trust the process and enjoy the mountain views and leave in love with their hair and with all the proper education to maintain their beautiful new locks.”