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Dat Salon

Posted by Dayna Winter / Posted on November 9, 2010

Dat SalonDat Salon launched last March, under the assumption that the Dufferin jog construction would soon after be complete. Unfortunately, 8 months later, re-routing is still underway. I wondered if such an unsightly and impermeable barrier between the salon and the pedestrian flow of Queen Street had hampered business. Not so. The two-stylist team - owner Dat and sidekick Rita - rolled with the punches finding creative ways to drum up business.

Of course, Dat's established clientele followed him when he decided to branch out. Previously, he had been involved in a similar family business. "I was washing hair at the age of 10," he recalls. Parkdale was an easy and nostalgic choice for his foray into business ownership - his mother's first salon was located at Dovercourt and Queen. Collaborative events and art installations with local gallery, Sleeping Giant, has also helped the salon reach out and increase traffic.

Dat SalonThe service menu is basic - cuts, perms, colour, straightening - but allows the duo to stick with what they do best. The salon also provides semi-permanent lash service, administered on a by-appointment basis by a third party. The demand has been slow and mostly special-event based. As someone who's forked out more than a reasonable amount of dough in an attempt to lengthen and plump my sad set of lashes, semi-permanent rocks! If you can afford it. Dat's pricing is actually really competitive for this typically astronomically-priced (but way worth-it) service.

Dat SalonThe salon uses shampoos and styling products by Kevin Murphy, and retails the line as well. I love the boxy masculine containers (think Penzoil) in soft, feminine pastels (think french macaroons). I am a sucker for packaging. Products with adorable names like Easy Rider Anti-Frizz Creme and Stayin' Alive Leave-In Conditioner also smell great and are eco-friendly to boot.

Dat SalonDat Salon's trademarked tagline is "hairdramatic". I took this to mean that every patron exiting the salon post-transformation would be newly topped with an edgy, dramatic do. Actually the meaning is far more poetic. "The 'dramatic' to me is the hair story," Dat clarifies. He explains that cutting hair gives a stylist the opportunity to hear a person's tale, to learn and pass it along to the next patron, who in turn has her own story. He likens it to the way history used to be recorded, through conversation. Only now it might be relayed over the sound of a blow dryer. That's progress for you.

Dat SalonPhotos by Dennis Marciniak.



Betty / November 10, 2010 at 09:53 am
How about some info on what one can expect to pay for a cut, colour, perm or straightening?
Hauptsturmbahnfuhrer replying to a comment from Betty / November 10, 2010 at 10:49 am
You will ask not the questions!
Dat / November 10, 2010 at 11:43 am
Hi Betty,

Our price lists is on our website

If you have any further question please feel free to contact us.

J / November 10, 2010 at 11:56 am
Thanks for the link/info!
Regina / November 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm
It's silly we have to comment for the most important things.
Betty / November 10, 2010 at 04:25 pm
Agreed, but thanks for the link, Dat!
Collin / November 10, 2010 at 06:27 pm
Looking for a new place. This place seems cool.

Anyone been there can provide some feedback?

$30+ for a men's cut is pretty reasonable, but the "+" worries me as I don't want to end up getting a Senior and pay $50....

Dinah / June 14, 2011 at 04:56 pm
I went to Dat Salon cause it's right next door. I had Rita cut my hair. She gave me the best cut I have ever had!!! I have curly, frizzy, hair that's hard to manage. After some discussion about the fact that I wanted a funky but low maintenance do, Rita and I agreed on a plan and she began cutting. I really liked that she talked to me throughout the cut to make sure I was comfortable with what she was doing. Also loved that she spent a whole hour cutting my hair and paid attention to every detail. It's been over a month and my hair still looks amazing! I will definitely come back in a few weeks. 
Becky / October 20, 2011 at 07:00 pm
I had been to Dat salon in the summer and had a great cut - just my bangs - but it was just what I wanted and I really felt like the stylist (the owner) knew what he was doing (though I'm hardly an expert, just tried lots of places!). I had recently moved to the neighbourhood and wanted to try some other salons too, purely out of curiosity. So often I find service at salons to be not unfriendly but more sales driven, or rushed. I decided to go back and was so happy I did. The cut and colour was perfect, and the stylist (a different one) as well as being approachable and friendly, made sure all my concerns were heard and met. Will definitely be my new salon! Thanks guys.
David / October 20, 2011 at 09:36 pm
Thanks Becky for your kind words it was a pleasure being of service to you looking forward to building a strong friendship and keeping you looking beautiful.
Honest Mel / May 14, 2012 at 08:48 am
I went to Dat Salon because the website and space seemed pretty cool. I really wanted to like it there but Unfortunately, I wasn't happy at all with the end result.
Dat replying to a comment from Honest Mel / July 25, 2012 at 11:04 am
Hi Honest Mel

Sorry for the late response. Would love to have you contact me and discuss on how we can resolve the unhappy ending to a happy one. please call 416.538.8882

Billie / September 27, 2012 at 08:41 pm
Dat is an incredibly talented artist and I trust no one else in Toronto with my hair but him. He takes a ridiculous amount of pride in the detail in his work and you can tell in the end result. I can feel the passion for what he does in the way he cuts my hair. He has also done hair for me on several occasions for tests and editorials and I strongly recommend him for both. Such a superstar!
Heather / May 2, 2015 at 06:36 pm
I went to Dat's new location on Queen St just east of Ossington today for blonde highlights. I have been searching for my new go-to place since moving to Toronto three years ago. I have been to multiple salons (most of them on "best of" lists) and have yet to find someone or somewhere that is at the level of my previous hair artists in my old city.

I think I can stop looking. Dat was AMAZING. He took a lot of time looking at my hair and roots trying to decide on the colour and type of formula he would use. The result is fantastic. I am so happy with how natural it looks and how soft my hair is. I would recommend him to anyone and look forward to going back.

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