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John Steinberg and Associates

Posted by Catherine / Posted on November 10, 2008

John Steinberg and AssociatesOne of Toronto's (surprisingly few) cult of the stylist salons, John Steinberg and Associates sits in the heart of King West. (That's John above, opening the blinds on a Saturday morning).



Shirley / May 15, 2009 at 05:13 pm
Went here for a haircut and Debbie was my hairdresser.. She was great, really pleasant and made up a hair colour from looking to match my hair colour just with one look. Will be back to see her regular. A great cut. I love it.
anon / June 4, 2009 at 03:40 pm
where can i get a natural looking extension put in?? Is this a good place to go??
lkjkj / September 18, 2009 at 11:56 am
just wanting to post in here cuz i was relying on other posts to choose a hair salon in toronto. got my hair cut sept17/09

i recommend this place, great vibe, Leesa was reaaaalllyy great!! she's got great experience and also taught - she calmly & confidently tells u what she's going to do & why, she gives advice on what type of cut will look best & what u described.

try it!!!
mb / September 25, 2009 at 02:41 pm
hi everyone,
i needed to book an appt. at a new salon for my mom and i. it's her 51st birthday present since she's been feeling a little frumpy and wants to get a jane fonda cut haha. your posts were so helpful so thank you!

my mom is getting a cut/color/highlights with alicia and she'll be cutting my hair while my mom's color sets. has anyone had a cut with alicia before? any thoughts?

thank you!
Tanya / October 16, 2009 at 03:54 pm
So, I took about a month and a half to post this as I wanted to wait and see what my hair looked after it grew out to be fair to the hair dresser.

First, I just want to say, I have gone to a few salons, and I am not a picky person nor do I expect something amazing. However since my hair dresser was busy that week and I needed a good haircut for my trip, I decided to book with this salon after reading all the good reviews.

When I got there, she was 20 minutes late.
The hair dresser was LEESA, she was rude, obnoxious, un-friendly.

I have fairly long, curly hair, but it’s easily straightened. All I needed was a simple trimming of my ends, layers, thinning, and style.

She refused to wash my hair even though I had product in it. Saying everyone gets only 1 hour and she wanted to spend that hour cutting.

Anyways, after an hour, my hair felt fine, but it was VERY boring, traditional, nothing new, and for the price you pay for her, she is definitely not half as good as some random hair dresser for $30. I think I just got unlucky with her because I heard the other girls are pretty good. As my hair grew out this past while it’s been in worse shape then ever, she first cut it un-even, one side is a lot longer then the other, she did the thinning wrong which made me get little hairs sticking up everywhere and she cut in such a way that it parts weird and I can’t make it go back to the way it was. I just got it re-done by my hair dresser and she even noticed how awkward it looked.

Regardless of what I heard about this salon, my experience was the worst of any other salon I have been too, and I felt awkward the whole time there. I can not say I do not recommend this salon, but I fore sure DO NOT recommend LEESA, and if you want great layers, cheaper hair cut and a nice cut, just call up Johnny Cuppelo Salon and ask for Margaret.
H / November 15, 2009 at 11:49 am
I love LEESA. She's been cutting my hair for years. I completely disagree with last post. I have tried various hairstylists and keep going back to her for fantastic haircuts. I have had people stop me on the street and ask who is my hairstylist, including owners of another salon who wanted her number for recruitment! Any idea where leesa has moved to, by the way?
X / November 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm
Leesa is AMAZING!!! I also completely disagree with the previous post. She has moved to The Cabinet Salon, 577 Queen St. W, 647.344.3132. The price is much more reasonable too! Can't wait to get my cut!! :)
jaimemac replying to a comment from X / December 29, 2009 at 03:48 pm
thank you so much for that info! i love her too! i love debbie and john steinberg for my colour but leesa was so amazing and knew exactly what i needed to make my hair manageable and with little effort. i will definitely have to call cabinet!
Navid / January 17, 2010 at 09:12 pm
i have recently had a hair cut there, by Alicia nice girl to chat to ,while i had my hair cut.sweet n very chatty.
she done ok job. didnt do what i asked for.
she couldnt even style it abit so i could what she actually done.
if she would have, i would have tipped her more.
and comepare to UK,the service is totally pants.
you get better service in back ally sallys.
she didnt even bring mirror to show me how back my head looked.
thats just covering the basics.
but i had to tip as is canada. next my tip for ne one with this kinda service is going to be "dont eat yellow snow".
for $60 for a mens hair cut u expect abit more...enough of arty farty guys. DO the job.. i rate the hair cut 7/10. the service 4/10
Niki replying to a comment from anon / March 2, 2010 at 06:14 pm
For natural looking hair extensions go to the eatons centre.
Theyve got them to match anyones hair in this little booth thing. Theyre about 50 bucks for 4, or so of them.
And theyre amazing.
Stephanie / May 3, 2010 at 03:23 pm
I've been frequenting this place (following Sharon McManus) for years and love it. Hate to say it but I need color (early grey!) - and she is so good at keeping my secret ;)
Amanda / July 11, 2010 at 02:12 pm
hey im 22 and im in hairschool, have 2 months left, and cant wait to start doing hair in a salon...would love to work in a top salon like this one, especially along side a legend like john steinberg, he does incredible work! i would LOVE LOVE LOVE to work for him, even to just learn all i can in a great place would be amazing!
Maria / August 14, 2010 at 01:21 pm
soooo basically thought id give my opinion since i looked at a tons of reviews before choosing a hair salon
basically i went to my hair salon that ive been going to for years and my past hair dresser seriously messed up my long pretty hair lol.. and as most of you know, when you get a bad hair cut its a huge buzz kill haha
anyways, i went to stephen and he fixed me right up! he was amazinggg.. super friendly and he knew what he was talking about!
he is pricey, and i know there are other good hair dressers there too
but i will be returning in the future! hope this helps!
Albert / August 14, 2010 at 01:21 pm
Hi, I'm looking for a hair salon that can cut my hair exactly as seen in the photo that I am bringing,I have grown my hair long so is this the right place to go to, because I want it to be perfect!
Maria / August 23, 2010 at 05:26 pm
I had my cut with Stephen who is a senior/most expensive stylist there (John Steinberg himself is on leave). I have long wavy hair and wanted Stephen’s expertise on creating a more manageable style/shape and getting proper bangs. After reading so many positive reviews about this salon and Stephen himself, I, to say the least, was very disappointed. I found him to be rude and arrogant. He chatted to staff members while cutting my hair a couple of times. He ignored most of my questions and demanded an answer stating that he had no time to wait for me to decide (when it came to discussing the specifics of my haircut). He pulled my hair a number of times to the point when I wanted to scream from pain while he didn’t seem to care or apologize. When he was finally done with my haircut (not even bothering to put a finishing product in my hair until I asked for it) he told me that he had to get moving (hinting that I should get the hell out of the chair). The cut itself may not have been so bad, until I started noticing certain sections cut unevenly, which for $80 just makes me mad. I don’t know if it was just a bad day or perhaps a clash of personalities, but I thought he gave me a horrible service and not that great of a haircut to ever consider coming back to that salon.
carly replying to a comment from Albert / August 24, 2010 at 06:44 pm
dont expect it to look "exactly" like the photo. your hair is likely a different texture, thickness etc, but they can make it pretty close. unless your a match in heaven, then your good to go.
maddie / August 25, 2010 at 07:55 pm
so i want to get some super natural highlights and im trying to find a really good and reliable place to get some. i have long brown hair, is this the right place to go?
and is it pricy?
Priyanka / September 1, 2010 at 03:47 pm
It's so tough to find a good quality, affordable salon in Toronto. A $10 cut may seem like a good deal but you get what you pay for and it's time I indulge.

I just booked an appointment for Saturday at this place. The girl who answered the phone sounded friendly. She told me they have a junior stylist available and I said I'm in. I hope it's Alicia since most of the reviews I read were about her, but as long as someone gives me a new style that works with my hair texture and face shape, it's all good! I'm relying on you people!!!

Any idea whether the price includes wash & style? Some salons charge extra for this and I wanted to be sure.
Sara / September 4, 2010 at 09:15 pm
I want to (John Steinberg and Associates) for cut and color my hair,My hairdresser was (Stephen Corbett ), He did very nice job,he washed my hair with something that makes my hair so soft and silky, He was nice and friendly.
This place is pricey and I felt If you look good they will talk to you
anyways it was not a bad experience but I know will not go back to this Salon.
Karen / September 20, 2010 at 01:41 pm
Hello! I'm new to town and am reaching the point where I desperately need a good cut and color. The reviews of this salon are great and I'm interested in going. Can anyone recommend a stylist at this salon who's really good with bob hair styles and fine hair? Also, any recommendations for a stylist at the salon who can create a natural looking dark blond color? It's a bit scary going to a new salon in a new town. I'd really appreciate any recommendations. :-)
Hisham / December 25, 2010 at 08:02 pm
hey, im looking to get a new style for my hair, like a spiky look, would this place be able to give me that kind of look?. By the way im a guy so need to know this aint just a all womens place haha.

also could they recommend a look for me as well if i asked or do i need to go in there ready to go?

thanks hope someone answers me =)
teegan / February 2, 2011 at 09:45 am
FYI, John is no longer involved with the salon, although it keeps his name. Inevitably the place is changing - for better or for worse. They're moving in a direction that caters more to the King W crowd and if that's your thing then great. But they're certainly not what they were under his reign...
Irish / March 2, 2011 at 05:05 pm
I recently moved here from Ireland and was nervous about finding the right hair dresser. Went here today and Benjamin cut my hair - he did an amazing job! Really nice guy, great atmosphere in the salon and reasonably priced! Highly recommend this salon, I will definitely be going back!
Stephen C / March 7, 2011 at 02:11 pm
Stephen has left John Steinberg abd assc. He is now working at Parlour Salon,6 Ossington Ave, 416-345-6663. I hope you will come join me there for a new step in my career. See you soon !!
Lindsay replying to a comment from Irish / April 14, 2011 at 05:59 pm
I completely agree with you!
I just moved here too... and Benjamin did my hair.
He was so professional, polite and just an all around nice guy.
I will DEFINITELY be going back.
My whole experience with this salon was wonderful.
Kate / May 3, 2011 at 04:22 am
In response to Mike you're absolutely wrong! I was AT the 2011 hair stylist competition and I know for a fact that the winner for best cut and colour was Noush representing Hair by Noush in Yorkville. I was there in person and I saw it with my own eyes, she won 1st place so please don't try to say that someone else won! And p.s. even though I'm a stylist myself, after seeing her work I now go to her for my hair so I know for a fact how good she is and whether you agree with it or not, she is ranked first in Canada if not all North America.
Sarah / May 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm
Debbie does my cut and colour at JS&A. I first came to the salon after jumping from stylist to stylist throughout the years. I made the mistake of dying my hair blonde and Debbie matched my natural colour perfectly. She always listens to what you want in a cut and does a great job everytime. On top of it, she's such a sweetheart. Great conversationalist. I've recommended her to all my friends.
Susan Hendry / May 9, 2011 at 11:58 am
I'm trying to locate Gwyneth Fung, formerly of Premier Spa salon at The Bay (Queen/Yonge). I had finally found the perfect stylist for my hair and now she's gone from The Bay and, of course, no one there "knows" where she's working now. If anyone out there knows, I'd be grateful to hear.
GBlondyee replying to a comment from Lindsay / May 19, 2011 at 08:24 pm
In replying to the Irish comment. I myself have just moved from Ireland. My old haire dresser back home has just ruined my long hair and the colour has never been the same, I just want a nice clean and natural looking blonde, and want it styled so that i can manage. From all these comments i will look forward to heading to this salon, i would like to know who is best at colours, and cuts.
laura replying to a comment from anon / June 26, 2011 at 02:51 am
do some serious research on cost and maintenance before attempting extensions. The dream of long luscious full body hair is undeniable but the reality is not as good.
Roberto / September 7, 2011 at 11:42 am
Benjamin is the man, great cuts and incredible personality, I highly recommend him, I wont go anywhere else.
Robin replying to a comment from Karen / September 7, 2011 at 03:22 pm
Hi Karen - shizam - I have fine hair and am also seeking a perfectly precise bob and natural highlights. Have lost a few inches of hair in the past two months and am STILL sporting one side longer than the other with some ragged, jagged ends that are oh so au courant but so not what I want. Wondering - did you have any luck at JS?
Not Leesa replying to a comment from X / September 14, 2011 at 11:48 pm
HAhaha This is totally Leesa
Not Leesa replying to a comment from X / September 14, 2011 at 11:48 pm
Hahah That's totally Leesa
nakedcelebsy / January 13, 2012 at 06:57 am
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Wendy / June 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm
looking for a stylist in the gta that is great with razor hair cutting. I had this done once a few years ago and it was the best cut I had ever had. Went back to the salon (Aqua in Aurora) and Michael had left the salon and no one would tell me where he went unfortunately
Liliane replying to a comment from Susan Hendry / September 2, 2012 at 04:36 pm
Susan, have you found Gwyneth? I'm also desperately looking for her, and I've gotten the same "we have no idea who this Gwyneth" BS from Premier. Please let me know if you've gotten a hold of her location!
Liliane replying to a comment from Susan Hendry / September 2, 2012 at 04:52 pm
Nevermind, I found her - she's at Chin-Generation at Pacific Mall now: 905-305-8212. This is reeeally out of the way for me but I'd be willing to make the trip up for an amazing haircut.
Jonathan / September 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm
I'm a 23 year old male. just moved to toronto to start my professional career.
I am looking for a place to get my hair cut. looking for a more mature haircut. something that goes well with a blazer for a night out or a date. am i looking at the right place or is this more of a ladies salon?
A / April 1, 2015 at 09:13 am
Most of the comments on here appear to be before Mr. Steinberg died, during which time I'm sure the salon was MUCH better managed than it is now.

If you're looking for a high-end professional salon, this is not it. While some of the people who work there may be skilled, the male receptionist - who appears to manage the place - is the most unprofessional and rude person I've experienced in any salon.

Also be aware that they do not maintain records of what they've done to your hair in the past, meaning that if there is a problem with your hair they will have no clue what was previously done, especially if your stylist/colourist is absent. This can obviously lead to very poor results. Also, should you experience a problem with your hair or not like the result be prepared to have a very rude experience upon your return.

They also have no clue what they're doing and there is very poor communication between management and staff. I used a product recommended by one of their colourists which turned my ash blonde hair green. After returning to the salon, instead of fixing the problem, they took me from almost overall ash blonde to a chestnut brown, which was not at all what I wanted. When I arrived at the salon, the colourist fixing my hair had obviously not been told why I was coming in and had no clue how to fix my hair. He first suggested a treatment and upon asking one of the other colourists realized that they don't carry that treatment - telling me that he didn't even know the products that the salon uses. Then he told me that he would tone down the highlights, which I had to tell him wouldn't solve the problem as the dark parts had also faded. He then blamed me for using a product recommended by the previous colourist, and had never even heard of the common product, which was shocking. Finally, not knowing what else to say, he told me that they do keep records of their work, which I had been told the day prior that they don't (and which 5 minutes later the receptionist told me they don't). At my wit's end, when I was trying to explain exactly what needed to be done - which I shouldn't have to when I go to see a professional - the snarky male receptionist came over to berate me about having to work with the new colourist because it wasn't their problem that the previous colourist (who was on vacation) didn't leave a record, which shows me that they take no accountability as a salon and instead blame individual staff members. There was no desire to help, but rather to put the blame on the client. When I told him that I had never been to a salon that didn't keep records, he smirked. He then called the previous colourist - which he obviously didn't try to do before I returned to the salon - not to inquire into the colours used, which would have solved the problem, but rather to question whether I used the shampoo or the conditioner of the recommended product - further putting the blame on me instead of dealing with the matter in a professional and client-focused manner. In the end, it appears that the toner was left on for far too long (I have never had toner left in my hair that long), which turned all of my blonde highlights into brown giving my hair an overall brunette look - the opposite of what I wanted.

Avoid the fuss and go to a more professional, structured salon where there is better management in place that knows how to treat clients and there is better management accountability.

I would never return to this salon and will certainly never recommend it to anyone. I have also told a couple of my friends who attend the salon of my experience and they also will not be returning. They were not very happy with the work done anyways, and after my experience will not return.

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