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H & Co.

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / Posted on July 13, 2012

H and Co TorontoH & Co. is a hair salon on Portland St., just off of King West, run by Hayley Bloomfield. Bloomfield's mother was a hairdresser as well, so it was a natural passion. A 21-year veteran of the industry, Bloomfield studied first in her native London, then worked at Toni & Guy. Bloomfield had branched out on her own earlier--with the Allan Parss salon--but then returned to a team environment at Salon Daniel, where the rest of her team worked previously, as well.

She opened her proprietary salon almost 2 years ago, when she was approached by the building's owners--incidentally, the same people behind Maison, Century Room and Hammam Spa. The latter is why you'll find no pedicures or massage services at H&Co. Rather, clients will be referred to Hammam and vice versa, with the added bonus of a 10% discount.

Hayley Bloomfield SalonThe space is small, monochromatic, and flooded with natural light via the large front window. There are three stations in the front, with colour taking place in the back. Large ceilings and bold white walls make the intimate boutique space feel much larger than it actually is, and the front desk is accented by a prim, black chandelier.

She worked with an interior designer to obtain the look, which was meant to approximate a Chanel bottle. "People don't want to feel intimidated by the space," Bloomfield tells me. "I decided I wanted to do something smaller." This mentality also allows for a smaller staff, and Bloomfield's close attention and personal touch.

H Co torontoThe cost is surprisingly reasonable for the area. Women's cuts range between $70 (for Bloomfield's associate) and $100 (for Bloomfield herself), while men's run between $50 and $60. Updos will cost you $75, while colours range from $80-$100. They also offer make-up application for $75, services for wedding parties, and extensions.

Salon products are chosen by unanimous vote--which is how they arrived at the Kevin Murphy line of products. They're also the only salon in Toronto to carry Black 15 in 1, a revolutionary new line consisting of shampoo, conditioner, and treatment that claim to extend blow-outs.

H and Co torontoThey also use the Goldwell line of hair-colour, which is among the gentlest options on the market, to accommodate those who are relentless in following trends, or maybe a bit too overzealous with root coverage. The salon also offers highlights, which begin at $135. Hayley and her team are trained in both cut and colour, which enables her to provide a more holistic, and efficient, service for her clients.

H Co torontoAnyone who's ever gotten a haircut will tell you that the mood and energy of a salon can either put you at ease or on edge. "You can tell if the atmosphere is bitchy," Bloomfield says, laughing. "The clients shouldn't have to worry about what's going on around them." She's previously worked with all her staff, and vouches for their skill and experience.

As for Bloomfield herself, she's warm, bubbly, and utterly knowledgeable about trends. I ask about the ombre effect that I found so wonderfully weird and hoped to one day try for myself, but Bloomfield shakes her head. "It's on its way out," she says confidently. The new thing? Bronde--a blend of blonde underneath, and brown over top (of course).

hayley bloomfieldShe's open to avant garde and classic cuts and colours alike, but remains grateful when clients bring along photographs. When asked how she would describe her haircuts, she answers "A haircut for you," then elaborates--"I'm not a selfish hairdresser, I listen to what you want. If I think it's not going to work, I'll try to steer you in a different direction."

It's a refreshing and balanced answer, in an industry where egos and scissor-happy hands sometimes result in unhappy clients.

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Reenie / July 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm
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Two weeks ago I went to H&CO for a colour, highlights,& cut . I am so Happy. I haven't been this thrilled with a new cut in years. The Salon is an exquisite peaceful jewel. Hayley was referred to me by a discerning friend. My friend's recommendations are the best of the best and once again she was right. Hayley, Alison and Sarah are artists. The Goldwell products are amazing. I have been having a reaction to colouring. The Goldwell products were not itchy to me at all. That in itself was thrilling. The past two weeks I keep looking at my shiny healthy swinging hair. Treat yourself to a better sleeker healthier you at H&CO. Great coffee too!
I give it a 5 out of 5.
Jimmy / July 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm
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This is where I get my hair done :)
lindsey cook / August 20, 2012 at 08:05 am
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After extensive over processing my hair and a long line of bad cuts (some of which I did to myself!!!) I decided to call in a professional. I was recommended H&Co by a few friends and in particular Hayley. Going to a new salon can be daunting for me but I loved it! It is so warm and friendly but very chic at the same time. The consultation I had with Hayley immediately put me at ease and it was extremely helpful to talk to someone so knowledgeable about what is trendy but also what would suit me. Due to the over processing I was recommended black 15 in 1 which Hayley said would “transform my life” and it did – my hair looks so shinny and not over processed at all. Every time I visit the salon I end up buying load as I am afraid I will run out!
Darren / August 21, 2012 at 03:17 pm
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Like most guys I try and stay on trend with my hair cuts. H&Co always delivers the best and I will never go anywhere else!
Sarah / March 24, 2014 at 11:42 pm
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I go to Violet Blonde in Yorkville! Best!

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