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Palm Sunday

Posted by Staff / Posted on April 23, 2014

palm sunday torontoPalm Sunday is the result of a beautiful transformation. The salon had a previous life as the Saloon until owners and stylists Kat Marcus and Ronnie Dag decided last year that it was time for a change. They launched their rebranded and renovated salon on April 13, 2014 - the Sunday before Easter.

Quietly nestled between a convenience store and a dentist, Palm Sunday is a little oasis of a salon. Crisp white walls and touches of neon make this place both refreshing and quirky.

palm sunday toronto"We wanted it to be super bright and super sunny," says Marcus. "We want it to be like Miami, but in Toronto. We all love the beach and the ocean, and we all love partying ... in a relaxed environment."

palm sunday torontoRounded out by owner and director Shane Lyon ("we literally call him daddy") and stylist Mark Boots, the team alone are enough to keep me wanting to hang out all day. The conversation is flowing, and the only thing missing is a mojito in my hand (though I have a feeling they would happily whip one up if I asked).

palm sunday torontoInstead, I am given a "business class shampoo" by Mark and his magic hands, which includes a delightful head massage and a mini facial using products from Province Apothecary, an organic skincare line made right here in Toronto. He uses a hot towel treatment on my face, hair and under my neck, and I can't figure out why this isn't common practice; it's the most relaxed I've ever been in those clunky ceramic hair washing bowls.

palm sunday torontoAfterwards, Kat suggests soft beach waves for my blowout ($65, including the shampoo and mini facial), which works wonderfully with my long bob. They currently use Australian brand Kevin Murphy for all their hair products, and the coconut scent of the Resort line works perfectly with the laid-back beach vibe. I feel like I'm on vacation.

palm sunday torontoOne of the key factors to Palm Sunday's business concept is to stay affordable enough to appeal to everyone, while providing a bit of luxury. Haircuts start from $40 for men and $60 for women, and colour begins at $65 for partial highlights. They are also developing various packages to make services such as frequent colouring more affordable; they already offer five blowouts for $180.

palm sunday torontoIf you want to take a little something for the road, Palm Sunday also has a gift shop that sells "fabulous life accessories," all made by artists and designers mostly from Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles. I recommend the Patrick Swayze votive candle from Holy Pop Culture ($22).

palm sunday torontoWhile the team is perfectly happy to create a classic 'do, Kat flips through photos on her phone, showing me amazing purple and green colouring jobs after I express an interest in something a little more daring from my subtle ombré.

I'm not sure if I'm ready to take the plunge yet, but when I do, I know I'd be in good hands here. At the very least, I'll return when I need a vacation.

palm sunday torontoWriting by Esther Rogers. Photos by James C Lee.



fawnbc / April 23, 2014 at 10:38 am
they saved my head from my dreadlocks and I've been thankful ever since.

Anna / April 23, 2014 at 11:11 am
So crazy, I was just thinking about getting another haircut from the peeps at this place! Haven't had a cut in a year (my hair is really curly and this was the first place that was able to manage my hair and make it look FAB) and was going to google em tomorrow!
Thanks for the update! Can't wait to go back!
Colette / April 23, 2014 at 11:16 am
Kat is a fabulous stylist and a wonderful person. I'd never go anywhere else. I love this place. And the reno ROCKS!
keven / April 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm
The reno is amazing and Kat is the best hairstylist in the city, hands down.
Dawn / April 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm
There is no one allowed to touch my hair but Kat. If you have curly hair & are skeptical on where to go, see Kat pronto! Everyone is super friendly, love their new shop - this place just is the best.
maggie / April 23, 2014 at 01:52 pm
best salon EVER. i was here yesterday, and now i have some fabulous fancy new hair! Kat is a majestic unicorn! and the re-design looks so friggin awesome.
Kat / April 23, 2014 at 02:28 pm
heather / April 23, 2014 at 05:16 pm
worst salon ever. like what the hell is up with selling patrick swayze candles at a fucking hair salon? so dumb. and kat ruined my friend's hair. RUINED.
Fiona / April 23, 2014 at 06:13 pm
Clearly "heather" has never been there. The amount of talent at Palm Sunday is beyond compare. The new space is so fun and inviting. The gift shop, hence the candles, is an amazing addition. I recommend any of them to everyone I know. Keep up the good work guys.
Hair Salon Toronto / April 23, 2014 at 06:21 pm
Nice, but I go to the Merchandise Building Salon in downtown and so far it has been the best I've tried in 22 years.
Steph / April 23, 2014 at 11:51 pm
This place & these people are the best! Kat cut off 17 inches of my hair (donated) and left me with the cutest pixie a girl could ask for! Trust and love at first cut!
Andy / April 25, 2014 at 12:56 am
Amazing atmosphere and even more amazing-er people! Once you walk into Palm Sunday you'll never want to leave. Super friendly, the best banter and no one or nowhere better to have life chats. Kat, Ronnie, Shane and Mark will make you feel right at home.

Kat's been cutting my hair for time! By now it's probably been about 7-8 years! Every time she cuts my hair, I leave more impressed. No matter what, I know I'll always walk out looking super rad! The level of trust is so extreme that it's gotten to the point that I just walk in and let her do whatever she wants with my hair. Not only is she super talented, but she's also one of the coolest chicks you'll ever meet; I'd trust her with my life.

Palm Sunday is an amazing upgrade from the Saloon and a must to check out. If you're looking for a new salon or just an unreal haircut, definitely hit up Palm Sunday because they're pretty much the best in the biz.

P.S - Agreed with Fiona, "Heather" is clearly nuts and does not know what she's talking about!
heather / April 29, 2014 at 05:51 am
uh, no i'm not insane and yes, i have been to your shitty hipster salon. people are allowed to have opinions. the owners or their "daddy" are probably writing most of these reviews anyway. also, why does the chick cutting hair in the picture have the most fucked up hair ever? don't trust a hairdresser with shitty hair!
Kaytee Ghine replying to a comment from heather / April 29, 2014 at 09:19 am
I MUST agree with you, girl. Photo one and four show the 'snipper' and her victim with 'dos' that are no way hep or in vogue, just shaggy. 'Best in the biz'? hahahaheeheehhehohoho-LOL!
Teagen replying to a comment from maggie / April 29, 2014 at 09:33 am
I can't believe you wrote: "Kat is a majestic unicorn". She sure put the horn to you. What's in the candle wax you've been sniffing there?
Lorraine replying to a comment from heather / April 29, 2014 at 04:26 pm
Heather, you sound absolutely miserable, darling.

Your "opinion" is unabashedly negative and not only speaks volumes of your hateful troll-ness, but perhaps you'd be better off having someone in the Eaton Centre do your ZzZzZZ vanilla highlights, instead of a forward-thinking hot spot like this. Something for everyone, am I right?

Don't be bitter, it's not cute:)

heather replying to a comment from Lorraine / April 29, 2014 at 05:22 pm
so i'm hateful because i don't like your friend's salon? and because i don't want to look like a stupid hipster, i suddenly want mall highlights? lol. hilarious. why is there a comment section if i'm only supposed to write about these girls being magical hipster unicorns?
heather / April 29, 2014 at 05:26 pm
"forward thinking hot spot" haaaaaaahahahaha
Lorraine replying to a comment from heather / April 29, 2014 at 07:18 pm
Aw- you sound super cheesed. Lighten up, Heather. It's the blogto comments section of a new local business that most people are pretty excited about. No need to get all worked up! Yikes.
Lorraine replying to a comment from heather / April 29, 2014 at 07:22 pm
You might want to start capitalizing words when necessary, as that was very hard to read. Just a tip! :)
heather replying to a comment from Lorraine / April 29, 2014 at 08:24 pm
Richard / April 30, 2014 at 10:44 am
I have been going to this spot for a while now. I love the location and atmosphere. I think the quality of service has improved since the renovation, and it's much more relaxing. I am always happy with my haircut. I recommend Ronnie.
Chris / April 30, 2014 at 11:53 am
Gotta say, this place is great. Mens cuts are great.
I dont really see how someone can judge the lady in the picture cutting hair since the styling isn't finished tho..?
Do people just come on here to say mean shit?

Anyways, great service, especially now with the re-vamped staff.

lol i want "heather" to tell us what salon we SHOULD go to? and can we see a pic of your hairdo?
Jonathan / June 26, 2014 at 10:54 am
I do love this place. I have been going since it was Saloon, and will keep going as long as I live in Toronto. Hands down, best salon in the city. I've only had Ronnie do my hair because I was scheduled with her on my first visit and I absolutely LOVED what she did. What I love most is that she listens to what I want to do with my hair. I've gone to countless salons where I tell them what it is I want, and the outcome is nothing of the sort.

I have to admit, the $50 (after tax) men's cut caused me to go elsewhere for my last haircut, as my budget would not allow a Palm Sunday cut, but I totally regret it! I am sorry I cheated on you guys...I will never do it again!

Heather.... you need to calm down. Go back to posting comments on youtube.
Andrew / December 2, 2014 at 04:58 pm
Looks like a beautiful space. Listed as an honourable mention in the Best Curly Hair Cutters article but I can't find a single curly cut in their IG, blog, or website gallery. Hmmm. Maybe Heather had curly locks.
katiemarieokay / February 3, 2015 at 05:46 pm
Had creative colour done by Ronnie and I couldn't be happier. She took into consideration all of my needs and created a beautiful hair colour for me!
Erin / February 15, 2015 at 09:19 pm
How is Palm Sunday's course correcting services? I really had a bad hair dye and need to know where to go in Toronto for a fix!
Erin / February 15, 2015 at 09:20 pm
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