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Day and Night

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on June 2, 2012

day and night salon torontoDay and Night is meant to be more than a salon. At least come nighttime. While most Toronto salons hang up their scissors once evening rolls around, this one gears up for its second go. Its space is minimally adorned with stark white walls and simple mirrors, fixtures, and chairs, most of which can be wheeled away to transform the shop into a blank canvas for an evening event. That's the plan, at least.

day and night salon torontoDay and Night is just a few weeks old, but owner Chanel Crocker says it's already planning on a summer full of special gatherings. The space had its test via the salon's soft launch party, in which the reception area was transformed into a DJ booth, and well-wishers gathered to help kick off the business.

day and night salon torontoChanel and I chat in the salon's enclosed back patio (an oasis while you wait for your colour to set, perhaps?), and she tells me a little bit more about her plans for Day and Night in the coming months. "Not necessarily a gallery," she begins, "I want this to be a mixed-use space. Something that is really connected to the art community. But that said, our focus is on being a hair salon."

day and night salon torontoChanel worked previously as a a stylist at John Steinberg before deciding to open her own salon here on Dundas West. Working alongside her are her friends and fellow stylists Nikki Pereira and Ben Raine, who generally share her attitude toward current hair trends.

day and night salon toronto"I think hair is back in a creative sense," she says with her short blonde locks sporting a tousled wave. "It's not overly casual, but still wearable. Colour is back, short hair is back, and texture in a natural sense."

day and night events torontoAll three stylists do both cut and colour (priced $50-$65 for a women's cut, $40 for men, and single process colour starting at $50), and use (and sell) Sachajuan styling products from Sweden. But once the hair is set, the space is primed for evening events.

day and night salon toronto"We're going to be collaborating with Parkdale Beach Party all summer," Chanel says. "They will be doing the music at most of our events."

day and night torontoThe precise schedule is still in the works as Day and Night continues to find its footing, but Chanel says to expect plenty of collaborations. And if you're looking for a blow-out before the party starts, you won't have to travel too far.

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Photos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

10 Comments

sar / June 2, 2012 at 07:40 am
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Wait. Er.... There's a hair in my drink.
rebecca / June 2, 2012 at 04:52 pm
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This is amazing! Booking as soon as possible
Josh / June 2, 2012 at 09:13 pm
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This is awesome!!! I'm looking for a place to host a stag-bachelor party. This would be perfect, can we give brazillian wax jobs to some broads at this place? We can hire the broads I just need the venue? Is there a customer service line I can call? Or how do I hook up with this venue?
Qu / June 3, 2012 at 09:28 am
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Good effort Dundas West.
We almost care about you.

Such a cute little suburb!
Beadle / June 4, 2012 at 04:39 pm
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Why so mean Qu? Such negative energy, why? I might be sorry for engaging you and inquiring but I'm curious to know. Have you had a bad exerience(s) in the this end?

The beautiful space! Welcome to the hood. I wish you much success!
Beadle replying to a comment from Beadle / June 4, 2012 at 04:39 pm
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Opsie! Should be *experience
Roberto / June 7, 2012 at 10:12 am
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Ben for Mayor!
Stephanie / September 22, 2012 at 09:16 am
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Awful. I was expecting that with a new salon the staff would be excited, full of energy and really interested in cutting my hair, giving me a great experience so I'd come back. I was given a "First Choice" style hair cut that took over an hour to achieve with no extra pampering, so extra style, products or head massage. When I pay $80 (unexpectedly mind you) I expect a lot. I expect the whole experience to be warm and comforting and for the stylist to care and not tell me what she thinks is cool right now with hair and how I should have that. I told her the stlye I wanted and she said that it was in style a few years ago but that I should go with something else.

Overall POOR cut, POOR attitude WAY too expensive. I guess if you're into getting a bad haircut by pretentious hipsters that costs 80+ this place is for you.
John / December 5, 2012 at 08:44 pm
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NEVER before, after 30 years of getting my haircut at many salons, traditional barbers, hipster barbers, men's only salons, gentlemen's coiffeurs – have I been so satisfied with a haircutting experience. I was drenched in sweat from biking, showed up at 8pm and Ben still took me in and gave me a great cut. That was my first visit. Since that cut, and before each appointment I look forward to sitting with Ben and having him make me laugh, smile and in general, love life. This place is full of positive, laid-back souls who might seem a little unapproachable at first, but are some of the most genuine and talented people in the business. 10/10 on comfort, quality and good times.
naomi / June 25, 2014 at 11:47 pm
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Day & Night is extremely pretentious and they truly do not give a shit about you (unless you are a profitable returning customer, of course) BUT I have seen them do amazing things with hair, including my own. Give them a try. Just don't try to strike up a conversation.

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