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The Cabinet Salon

Posted by Elizabeth / Posted on October 20, 2009

the Cabinet salon torontoThe Cabinet Salon is an old-fashioned style salon in a new-fashion part of town. Young stylists and friends Emma Rose and Alex MacDonald bring their old-fashioned approach to hair care to the corner of Queen and Portland.

Large wrap-around windows bring lots of natural light and a perfect, people-watching view of Queen St. into this warm parlour space.

the CabinetEmma and Alex, both seasoned stylists, designed the Cabinet to reflect their personalities and to bring the comfort of your grandmothers living room to a salon environment. The name "Cabinet" is a 17th century French reference, meant to evoke notions of a private sitting room, a place where intellectuals met to discuss literature, society, politics and art.

the CabinetThe 100+ year old building was a perfect fit for their vision of this gathering place, will soon showcase works from local artists.

the CabinetWhen you're not busy relaxing with a cup of tea, patrons can expect to have their heads pampered with a wide variety of high-end Bumble and Bumble products, used exclusively.

the CabinetIn any one of the 6 chairs, a cut starts at $50, colour at $70. Appointments can be made with either Alex or Emma, as they are currently in the hunt for like-minded stylists to join them.

the CabinetThe Cabinet is open Tuesday-Friday 10-8, and Saturday 10-5.

Photos by Jennifer Rowsom and Elizabeth Martin



oynkie / October 21, 2009 at 10:27 am
talent galore and wonderful people!!
joann / October 21, 2009 at 12:50 pm
You will love yourself even more when leaving The Cabinet. Emma and Alex are so talented, friendly and a joy to be around. Go see them.
LJ / October 21, 2009 at 01:34 pm
great photos ladies
huh / October 21, 2009 at 01:54 pm
$50 for men too?
marni / October 22, 2009 at 10:30 am
Amazing people and they got the scissor skills - the space is stunning too!
Sarah / October 29, 2009 at 06:01 pm
Great photo's, lovely store. Fantastic product!I love bumble & Bumble. You will definitely be seeing me soon.
V / November 2, 2009 at 09:32 pm
Alex was great and if it's possible, I love my haircut now even more than I did when I got it. :)
Katie / November 9, 2009 at 03:59 pm
I just moved to the city and was very nervous about handing over my long locks to a stranger. I found this place on blogTo and went with my gut (slash was sold by the pretty pictures). I was even more impressed when I called in and the owners answered the phone, no secretary, no head office, the owners, who also happen to be the stylists. Alex made me feel at ease and worked wonders on my overgrown and lifeless hair. I will take all of my business here from now on, and I suggest you do the same.
Nancy / January 6, 2010 at 05:04 pm
Emma has been styling my hair for almost five years, and she is amazing!
kate / January 10, 2010 at 09:57 pm
Alex has been styling me for over 3 years and is brilliant.
Karen / February 14, 2010 at 11:44 am
The space is gorgeous and Alex gave me my best haircut in YEARS. Maybe ever.

Jackie / May 13, 2010 at 05:02 pm
When it comes to my personal maintenance, I always do my research. And based upon many positive reviews, I decided to pay a visit to Cabinet Salon. I can say without hesitation that my hair appointment at Cabinet surpassed any other I have had (and there have been many!).

My stylist, Emma, is a pro, and I actually enjoyed watching her cut my hair -- usually, I just stock up on magazines and let the stylist "do their thing"; but, in this case, I felt as though Emma was creating something special and that she really took pride in her work.

On an aesthetic note, I absolutely loved the decor, very vintage, shabby chic. It has a welcoming air that makes you feel like you are visiting a close friend.

On a final note, the $50 price tag (for all cuts) is a bargain, as I've paid considerably more for my haircuts in the past.

Erica / July 9, 2010 at 11:00 am
Alex has been cutting my hair since I read this article and I have never been happier! Sent one of my friends to him too and she loves it.
Eric / February 19, 2011 at 03:21 pm
I just had my hair cut for the first time at Cabinet Salon. My stylist Rene did a fantastic job. It was the first time I've ever had my hair cut dry and I was very pleased with the results. The length is perfect and it feels like a cut that will grow in well. Rene was charming and friendly and the salon itself has a very nice, inviting atmosphere - casual and hip, but blessedly devoid of any snootiness or pretention. Highly recommended.
Jessica / March 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm
I have been in Toronto for two years now and have yet found a salon I like. I read reviews on here and tried this place out... What a great idea. Alex cut my hair and he did a fantastic job. I had straight boring long hair and he layered and gave me bangs, big change, everyone I see is shocked and impressed with the new look. I felt comfortable here and can't wait to go back. Great atmosphere, nice people, and good price!

Thanks Cabinet!!
Carol / June 1, 2011 at 08:55 pm
I have been living around the corner from this space for the past 6 years now and today I decided to give them a try.
I have flirted with various other 'high' end salons in the past e.g Toni and Guy, Civello,John Steinberg but thought hey this looks like a cool place.

Alex ( co owner ) greeted me at reception,I was a bit early so Emma offered me some herbal tea served in a beautiful china cup.
I was made to feel very relaxed throughout my whole appointment,my colour looks very natural and my cut is awesome.
At the end of my appointment I felt as though Alex and I had been friends for years.

Thank You all at The Cabinet, see you in about 6/8 weeks
Prev / October 29, 2011 at 01:43 pm
I've had the pleasure of having my hair cut by both Alex and Emma over the past year and they have both been equally amazing.

Firstly though, it's important to note that $50 for a haircut is such a bargain in Toronto, especially considering the calibre of the stylists. I've tried many other downtown salons and have never been as happy walking out of the salon as at Cabinet. Everyone is so friendly, the decor is wonderful, the whole space just feels inviting and comfortable.

I went to Alex at the beginning of this year wanting to cut a ton of my hair off to donate. He was so great, taking care to bundle the hair so that we could get the maximum length off. I really appreciated how much time he took with it, as I'd been growing the hair for 3 years and it was important to me to donate as much as possible. He then cut my hair into an amazing straight bob.

A few days ago, I had a cut with Emma, as I'd heard she was great with curly hair. I'd never had my hair cut and styled curly before, and I cannot express how happy I am with the result. She cut it wet first, styled it and then just touched it up dry. She knows exactly how to work with, not against, the texture of curly hair, and it turned out amazing. Cannot recommend Emma enough for those curly girls out there.

In all, I've had nothing but good experiences at the Cabinet!
Jessica / March 7, 2012 at 11:34 am
This is really an amazing place and probably the best salon in town. I followed Emma from Lid Lounge because she's absolutely magic with hair. Cannot recommend enough. Plus going there is an experience in itself - very relaxing, welcoming, and a beautiful space.
Laura / March 12, 2012 at 09:57 am
I live four hours away but The Cabinet Salon is the only place I'll have my hair cut.
Slv / June 27, 2012 at 08:23 pm
I find the last comment unreasonable, I've been getting my hair done by Renee at The Cabinit for 4 years now and she's always been lovely, dedicated, and very professional. I have recommended her to multiple friends and family members whom all love the results after she is done with them and to this day are loyal to her service. All members of the salon are welcoming; hip yet lacking pretention. Highly recommend this salon as well as Renee's service!
SNO / June 28, 2012 at 05:14 pm
I have been going to the Cabinet and to Renae for a few years now and refer absolutely everyone I know to them. Renae is one of the most professional, lovely, polite and talented hair stylists/artists I know. The salon and its people there are fabulous and I will forever be a client there.

I also agree with Slv about mia's comment. Completely unreasonable and very untrue. Shame on you mia.
KT / July 8, 2012 at 10:58 am
I agree with the two above comments, I've referred countless friends and acquaintances to Renae at the cabinet! She's reliable and caring. I always look to her for her creativity and talent in sculpting amazing cuts. Everyone in the salon is lovely.
SS / November 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm
Not only is the Cabinet Salon a great place to get your hair done, it is now my favourite place for a massage. I recently booked an hour and a half Swedish massage. The RMT was amazing and so professional. The new space is above the salon on the third floor and it is just as warm and welcoming.
Jennifer / December 9, 2014 at 04:00 am
I agree with all. I have never been to cabinet but it is looking really nice. Perfect ambiance makes your salon more perfect and appealing to clients. I am sharing information about "salon apparel from capesbysheena" which gives your salon a cool look every week.
SM / December 30, 2014 at 06:25 pm
Highly recommend. I've been going to Cabinet Salon to see Renae for 3 years.
A bit pricey, but for me it is worth the peace of mind in knowing the quality of cut and colour I will receive. I often go in with a photo of what I'm looking for and ask for a version of it that would suit me. I'm never disappointed and luck to receive compliments for months after the cut and style.

The atmosphere is relaxed, and the open space and complimentary drinks make the experience super comfortable.
Julie / August 12, 2015 at 07:39 pm
Wonderful experience . Thank you Alex. Was in town for business and needed color. Very professional, enjoyable experience and color is perfect. Thank you!

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