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Onyx Barbers

Posted by Staff / Posted on December 27, 2008

Onyx BarbersTo avoid his father's razor and comb approach, Lowell Stephens taught himself to cut hair at age ten. Business partner Kirk Tulloch was sixteen when one of his hair designs was featured in a national ad for volleyball apparel. The entrance to Onyx Barbers, their second floor shop next to the Canon Theatre, is easy to miss so look closely if you want to look sharp!

Writing and photos by Christos Tsirbas



ch oh / January 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm
how much does it cost for a basic cut?
adeeb / January 26, 2009 at 07:21 pm
it costs $15 for people over 12
D / February 26, 2009 at 10:09 pm
How much for a fade and a line up?
Nick / February 27, 2009 at 07:16 pm
it's $7 on Tuesdays for any cut and $15 dollers for me any cut.
TJ / February 27, 2009 at 08:57 pm
where excatly are you guys located on victoria street?
like the main intersection closest to you guys!?
bobby / February 27, 2009 at 08:58 pm
how much is it for a design?
Sicc / March 16, 2009 at 09:41 pm
I wouldn't recommend this place unless you've got black people hair or you're looking for a buzz-cut or going for a really close cut - short haired look.

I don't think these people have experience / will provide anything impressive with anything else, they didn't even ask me what # I wanted on my sides -- they just started cutting.

swellman replying to a comment from TJ / April 16, 2009 at 02:54 pm
They are on Victoria just south of Dundas on the west side, 2nd floor.
MR. & MRs. garments. / May 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Actually the best Barbershop in the city of Toronto and the GTA was(past tense)"No Substitute Hair Design" on Lakeshore Blvd West & Islington Road in the southside of Etobicoke. The service was fabulous and the art those artists did on those clients were fu@king amazing. Sorry for the language.... The owner/artist was very innovative with his designs and he never faded, but blended the hair within its self. So when your hair starts to grow back it would look very smooth till the next visit.

P.S. Too bad the business never flourished with its potential. But unfortunately the neighbourhood never gave that business the proper respect it deserves. Too bad for that neighbourhood. R.I.P
Kyler / May 12, 2009 at 10:48 pm
do they do like writing in your hair?
Jay / July 10, 2009 at 11:05 am
A great place to get an "urban" haircut... great bunch of guys but everyone seems to avoid one of the guys ...I believe his name is Tomasi...I was not sure why until he cut my hair a few days ago.. now I know why people avoid Tomasi.. he is an arrogant and retarded SOB... I wanted to get a taper on the side and the back and he ended up giving me a pseudo-fade ala Fresh and he seems to be bothered to listen to anything you have to say.... I would recommend anyone who goes there to get Lowell or Kirk as your first choice, anyone else including the token white guy and if your in a hurry, then go with Tomasi but I'd rather be waiting for hours than put up with that fool...
Veronique / July 30, 2009 at 11:04 pm
Im not in school and I did not finish my hair dressing course, but why im writing this note, is because im looking for someone to teach me how to cut black men hair in less than a year, willing to volunteer my time on learning how to cut all types men hair
Dreezy / August 23, 2009 at 11:26 pm
do you know if they do blowouts?
Eric Greene / August 24, 2009 at 01:23 am
Im from the United States and heard alotof great things about
Onyx. Im seeking employment in the GTA. Please give a call
Greg / September 14, 2009 at 02:43 am
can u guys do tape-ups?
SalsaCaliente / September 19, 2009 at 04:37 pm
Recently moved to a larger and better spot in/near the FLOW 93.5 building on Yonge St. a couple doors south of Shuter St.
ibrahim / September 28, 2009 at 05:22 pm
what time do they open?
dalano / November 9, 2009 at 09:26 pm
I am a regular visitor to Toronto from Barbados and I have made ONYX my barbershop while there. The professionalism and relaxing atmosphere makes it easy for me as a visitor.I've eevn recommended this barbershop to other Barbadians who live there as well as numerous Canadians. Keep up the good work guys!!
marlon / January 17, 2010 at 04:56 pm
I am morlon fisher a barber in jamaisa i need a work in canada ,i have being cuting hair for 15 years no ,and i like to cut in canada help me if you can.
P.R / February 19, 2010 at 09:46 pm
Does anyone know all the barbers names and where their stations are?

I know Lowell is right of the tv(from the perspective of the waiting chairs) and Nitro is to his right, but I dont know the names of the other guys
terence / March 17, 2010 at 10:23 am
how much is it for a braid up?
hollywood replying to a comment from Nick / March 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm
I normally go to "Mankind" and Brian cuts my hair. He's probably one of the best barbers out there but kinda pricey at $35 bucks for a fade. I'm interested in going to onyx but don't know if it's by appt only or by walk-in. Any assistance would be appreciated,


Brooklyn Ny born and bred fade guy.
noaaahhhh replying to a comment from hollywood / March 25, 2010 at 04:55 am
You'll see a open binder on the front desk when you walk in and you're supposed to write your name down on the next available slot. Then you just sit on the chairs to wait for them to call you up (takes usually 10 min. until a station opens up).
Rocky / March 25, 2010 at 09:35 pm
I used to work at Onyx in London Ontario, used to be the best/busiest shop in the town. Sucks how they closed now im in Ottawa and the shops arent that great.

These guys are hands down the best for
Blow Outs
Beard Trims
Young City replying to a comment from Veronique / April 30, 2010 at 02:22 am
@Veronique, I can hook you up with an internship, I guess that's what you'd call it, at both Onyx or a barber shop in Scarborough, whichever is more convenient for you.

I'm not going to post my contact info on here, and you shouldn't either, but if you are still interested reply on here and we'll figure out a way to get in touch.

Young City replying to a comment from Jay / April 30, 2010 at 02:31 am
@Jay, the guy you are talking to goes by Tomasi but his name is Michael.

He may come off arrogant but trust me he's a really nice guy. If you had a bad experience I don't blame you for not wanting to have him cut your hair but he's not arrogant. I admit, he's not the best guy to go to if you are looking for a complex design and he tends to do his own thing but if you clearly tell him what you want he'll do a good job. Next time you go try getting Michael, Kirk, Drizzy, or Pops.

And no I don't work there but I know the barbers personally.
Jay / May 21, 2010 at 08:52 am
@Young City....I have been a loyal patron ever since I first got my haircut at that joint a little over a year ago....but I have yet to see the Tomasi fella ever interacting well with his customers. I might not know him on a personal basis but neither do I know Kirk, Pops or any of the other fellas but they seem to be interacting very well with the customers. If you have even been there, you'll realize that most people either write down Kirk or Pops in the binder...and thus if you're short of time like I , you just end up with him. As for the intricate designs, I am a 40 year old military officer who usually gets a simple basic cut with no bells or whistles.
However, this does not mean the place is not a great barbershop. I still go up-to this day but I usually just write Kirk's name in the binder and have never had a negative experience.
Great place and I will continue to be a loyal customer for a really long time to come.
JayDatTrini / May 28, 2010 at 08:24 pm
Can I get information?
I heard y'all moved locations
What time do you open/close?
BIGGIE / August 6, 2010 at 09:31 am
Yo these guys give you the best fades in the world, and everyone is very friendly i consider this the best barber shop in TO, i've been around alot of places. They're located in yonge st. now right in front of the eaton centre. It might get busy at times, but it's a real comfortable setting. If you go around 12 in the afternoon, they put on family feud and crack jokes at the contestants, these guys are Definately 5 Stars!
peter / September 19, 2010 at 06:48 pm
deffinitely agree with biggie was my first time going there and it was amazing
hi ho / September 20, 2010 at 09:17 am
Yeah, the place at first seems sketchy. But all the guys are extremely down to earth! Don't go on Tuesday, since its the busiest day of the week. Made that mistake! Tomasi at first seems arrogant, but he actually is a really great guy when you get to know him or get a couple cuts from him.

their website for people who are looking to contact them
Mr. & Mrs. Garments. / October 5, 2010 at 12:39 am
New Proclamation to all looking for the best haircut in the city......

New location to check beside Onyx and all the other urban barbershops. It's called "Ambiance Unisex" located at John St. and Adelaide St. just west of Hooters restaurant in the Entertainment District. Guaranteed to receive the cleanest and tightest fades, blends whatever you would call it anywhere in this great city of ours. The artists who you need to ask for are, Theo or Markus.
If ever you're willing to try someone new and for sure become in love with the artistry, make that call. (416) 585-3000. The establishment is open from Tuesday-Saturday. Theo is there from open to close while Markus is there from Thursday-Saturday. It's acceptable for walk-in business or make an appointment with either artist.

Those artists are capable of doing any type of hair texture, style, fades, hair design, beards, line-ups and they also use hot towel and straight blades for shaving purposes.

IT'S WORTH THE VISIT, NOW MAKE THAT CALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TorontoLife / November 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm
There is a barber at Onyx that gave me haircuts that got me the the most complements. His name was Bentley. At the old shop He was at the window but at the new shop I don't know which station is his. He's not always there anymore, because he's away at school, think in the states. He's usually there in the summers and on holidays.

Look out for him he is GOOD!
Any Cut, any Style, any Hair Texture!

Onyx Barbers The best in the City
EZ / November 4, 2010 at 05:30 pm
I am a loyal customer at Onyex, actually go there every two weeks, POPS is most def my favorite. Kirk, Lowell, Adrian, Nitro, Tomasi, the white boy, and the new kid (who needs a LOT of practise) are all cool! cheers
Kendall / November 9, 2010 at 03:36 pm
Anyone know which dude does the best faux-hawk? Haven't been before, and looking for the best barber in the shop, if anyone could help? Please let me know.
Kendall / November 9, 2010 at 03:36 pm
Anyone know which dude does the best faux-hawk? Haven't been before, and looking for the best barber in the shop, if anyone could help? Please let me know.
Kendall / November 9, 2010 at 03:41 pm
Looking to get a faux-hawk done, just wondering which barber is best suited for the job? If anyone could recommend a specific barber for the job it would be greatly appreciated. Let me know!
Laura Garnett / December 9, 2010 at 06:59 pm
Lowell!!!! It's Laura (from Lumina). Chris (also from Lumina) found this Blog!! We'd love to hear from you.;ref=ts

Hope you are doing well, my friend :)

Jason / December 17, 2010 at 04:22 pm
Great barbershop. AVOID Tomasi at all costs. He's rude, arrogant, and completely disregards your instructions in terms of what kind of haircut you want.

As many people before me have made clear, AVOID Tomasi at all costs and you will lover this barbershop.
Steez / December 31, 2010 at 09:32 am
Been going to Onyx since their last year @ the Victoria St. location. I've been cut by almost every barber in the shop aside from the recent new guys. Each barber has their own unique method and look depending on the style of cut you want. I have straight hair and Bentley's taper fades were ideal for me (when he was there) but Tomasi and Nitro are both safe choices also. Most of the barbers are proper overall, but like I said, all the barbers @ Onyx have their strong suites (again, not sure about the new guys) you just have to find the one that caters best to what you're looking for.

Preferred barber: Tomasi

Cut: Low/med top with bald tapers
Tomasi / February 17, 2011 at 09:12 am
Hey veryone, this is Tomasi. I am the greatest. HOLLA!!!
Tomasi / February 17, 2011 at 09:14 am
I am Tomasi and I am the greatest!!!
NEtyme / April 13, 2011 at 12:31 am
i go to this guy from ajax he used to work at this place call Essence hair studio but i just found out hes opening his own shop in pickering his name is Amjad this guy gives me the sickest cuts i have ever gotten. and he can do it all from fades to designs to sizzor cuts and amazing shaves with straight razor too. he's done celeberty work as well. takes lot of time n care for each cut. TRUE ARTISTRY. don't know what the name of the shop is yet but when i find out i'll get back to everyone.
zigga / April 28, 2011 at 03:01 pm
amjad hands down the king of barbers in the dot dude above really knows what he talkin about
O / September 2, 2011 at 01:28 pm
Amjad is king...
O / September 2, 2011 at 01:34 pm
Amjad is king...
O / September 2, 2011 at 01:43 pm
Amjad is king.
bear / September 6, 2011 at 03:27 pm
great! but i just need to get cut what r the hours
kobe / October 13, 2011 at 04:15 pm
does he do any hair
jay byrd / October 24, 2011 at 10:55 pm
there's a new kid on the block at onyx monday to wednesday. his name is tru. i've followed him all over toronto - this will be my 4th shop with him. he can do it all - TRUST THAT! easily one of the best barbers in the city! i've been cutting hair for more than 20 years and can't nearly do it like my man tru! tell him jay byrd sent you - and if you like him TIP HIM WELL!!!
Hamza / October 25, 2011 at 11:26 am
Man i live in the west end of scarborough, so goin over to pickering for a cut is no joke. But ever since I got a cut from Amjad, dem other barbers seem like amatures. Truss me this guy knows wuh he's doin n does it better than anyone else in the GTA guranteed u wont b disappointed!! He just opened up his new shop on hwy 2(kingston rd), west of Brock rd. Its in a plaza with a second cup coffee shop, right beside a Hair Products Store, he doesnt have a sign up yet.
young / October 25, 2011 at 02:27 pm
anyone see Asians in there getting a fade? From NY and tryna keep it fresh...
Ashley Nguyen / October 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm
I'm an Asian girl.
I want to shave the bottom half of the back of my head and have a design there. That way, you can only see the design when I tie my hair up. Then I want to have my hair layered and have side bangs.
Are they able to do that? And how much would it be? I'm a student that has to pay tuition fees on my own.. So I'm on a budget, but tryna keep it fresh.
Or is there any place that can do that for a low price?
young replying to a comment from young / October 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm
went today and not gonna lie, felt a bit like a fish out the water. got my cut from Tru and he was a cool dude, along with the other dudes in the shop.
Onyx Barbers replying to a comment from Ashley Nguyen / November 19, 2011 at 08:07 am
Thanks for coming in Ashley. Your cut looked fresh. See you in few weeks for touch up!
Onyx Barbers replying to a comment from jay byrd / November 19, 2011 at 08:10 am
We recruit the best of the best here. Shout out to Tru!!
Onyx Barbers replying to a comment from bear / November 19, 2011 at 08:12 am

Sunday:12pm - 8pm
Monday:11am - 8pm
Tuesday:11am - 7:30pm
Wednesday:11am - 8pm
Thursday:11am - 9pm
Friday:11am - 9pm

Check our Facebook page for more info...
thomas / December 22, 2011 at 11:36 am
selling brand new oster classic clipper 76. Price - $135 Original price - 199 + TAX. ------------------------------------ * Barbers' favorite hair clipper! Barber supply necessity!! * Powerful Universal Motor Clipper has maximum power for cutting through thick, thin, or coarse wet, damp or dry hair * Detachable Cryogen-x clipper blade system allows for a quick blade change * Operates quiet and cool * 12 Cryogen-x clipper blade sizes available * This kit includes: - classic 76 clipper - size 1 (76918-086) and size 000 (76918-026) detachable clipper blades - clipper blade guard - clipper blade oil - clipper grease - cleaning brush - instruction sheet email great present for Christmas!!
cesare / April 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm
If you looking for a barber I'm looking for work
mo / August 9, 2012 at 10:51 am
The barbers are good but service is slow. They don't seem to care about how quick they finish up with the customers. They watch TV, chat too much.
jack / November 29, 2012 at 01:02 am
only go here if ur looking for a short haired hairstyle or if u hve afro hair....the barbers here never use scissors so if ur going for a blowout or sumtin...ur hair will never be the same size all around the top
tommy wiseau / March 16, 2013 at 06:02 pm
i got a decent hair cut from here, and i love Lisa so much
TAG / June 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm
I went here, asked for a number 3 on the side, and leave about 3/4 of an inch on the top. The guy had to ask the guy next to him what size clipper to use; this should've warned me.

He then proceeded to cut of 90% of my hair as if I were black. I guess he thought he had a better idea of what I wanted than I did. Never going back.
papi replying to a comment from terence / July 6, 2013 at 12:12 am
do u do cornrows
NEtyme / July 8, 2013 at 06:19 pm
That shop I was talkin about is called "Shear Brilliance Hair Studio" he trained a few guys and HOOOLYY! Can't believe how polished this shop has become. Very proud of my boy Amjad nuthing shop of amazing with all you've done. Holla at them 9054924994. Trust me u wont regret it
Random Fella / September 8, 2013 at 11:08 am
I only go to this place cause it's cheap on Tuesdays. Haircuts are too expensive these days.
Random / October 25, 2013 at 02:14 pm
They have some guy with cross eyes who they gave to me and he COMPLETELY fucked up my hairline. i would advise explaining exactly in full detail how you want your hair cut. they seem to just do what they want
M / July 14, 2014 at 05:52 pm
Please. The best to me are Cut Creator 2 at Midland and Eglinton. Lee is the man there.
NEtyme / February 3, 2015 at 07:08 pm
my boy amjad has gone above and beyond now. hes just opened up his second location with one of his barbers Jairah. he opened it out in oshawa really close by durham college and uoit. shop is already pumpin too. full of barbers in both shop. and also expanded his pickering shop to include a seperate area for executive grooming. he has me feeling like a king out there
NEtyme / February 3, 2015 at 07:09 pm
btw the shop is called shear brilliance hair studio
dre / March 1, 2015 at 12:49 am
I decided to try onyx out cus a coworker of mine told me to. I have pretty long hair to start with that reached my jawline before my haircut but i was looking to get something shorter, cleaner and a lot more manageable. I have thick, straight asian hair. When I got there, I signed in, and waited. I noticed all the customers were pretty much all coming in with no hair and pretty much all left with a basic shave, fade and lineup. When I got called, my barber was the guy on the far back, on the far right corner. He wasn't the most welcoming as it was my first time and he was a little too confident even after me warning him I had a lot of hair and if he was able to cut a slick back fade. He turned my chair around away from the mirror so he could watch the movie that was playing. He didn't ask me many questions like how short i wanted the top, the sides, etc. So I basically got a blind haircut and it was horrible. And during the whole time he was being very loud, and was talking too much to all the other barbers and people getting their haircut from across the room and pretty much neglected me. My hair ended up being really uneven, and even after he "styled" it with really cheap, dollarama quality "gel" it looked horrid. He also didn't even ask if I were a student by any chance because students get discounted haircuts.

So in my opinion, if you want a basic fade go to onyx. If you want skilled, professional cuts with any style other than a buzz cut, do not even consider this place. I had to get an emergency hair fix right after to try to salvage what he ruined. I gave up all my nice hair to a rude, incompetent, unprofessional and unskilled person who shouldn't even be calling himself a barber and advertising he could cut any kind of hair when he clearly can only shave heads.

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