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Posted by Tim / Posted on May 15, 2009

Parlour TorontoParlour has opened on Ossington becoming the second salon in as many years to call the strip south of Dundas home. I first discovered it a few weeks back when I glanced at the second floor space just north of Queen and noticed big new windows and white walls instead of the familiar mess of bikes that had long littered the street-scape.

The new salon, founded by former Coupe Bizarre hair stylists Tyler Moore and Franz David, boasts what they like to call a contempo-chic space-design. From their days near Queen and Euclid they have brought with them a self-described list of celebrity clients including Alexis on Fire, Hello Operator and Ron Hawkins. Prices start at $47.62 for students (or $30.48 for kids) and are $57.14 for regular aged peeps before getting into all those extras like styling, colouring etc.

Earlier this week I connected briefly with Tyler to find out more about Parlour. Here's our Q&A:

What can you tell me about the space? What was there before you moved in?

Well, the space has been completely redone. When Francis and I looked at it, it was completely gutted. From what we are told from the landlord it was a rooming house/brothel... sounded very sketchy.

Parlour Hair Salon

What appealed to you about that location?

We had our mind pretty much set on something on Ossington Ave. We lucked out on this space and jumped on it right away. Ossington has been really up and coming and just love all the galleries and great little community.

And now Ossington has a couple of hair salons. What are you doing different than Lush & Lavish, Grateful Head, Coupe Bizarre and others in the area?

Well in a couple of those cases we are really trying to keep things practical. We love doing unique cuts, but we also want to give our clients exactly what they are looking for which in most cases is something creative, yet practical and easily wearable. On another side of it, we're really looking to make the client feel comfortable and welcome.

You also seem to be branding the salon as socially conscious. Can you explain to me the motivation behind that?

We really think that now a days, with all we know, with what all we know we can do, there is really no excuse for businesses not to take the lead and really start changing things for the better. No one's in the dark anymore about what we can do to help out our communities and environments. We're really trying to do our best given the industry we are in and hopefully lead the way.

Parlour Ossington

To that end, you're offering eco-friendly hair products and donate all your hair cuttings to Matter of Trust. The latter seems like a no brainer. Why aren't more salons doing that? What else would they do with their hair cuttings?

It really seems silly when it's just that easy and helpful, to just box up the hair, and send it out. Not sure why other salons if not all salons don't partake in this considering it's so simple and easy.

I know you can donate hair to the Canadian Cancer Society, though it needs to be of certain length and virgin hair. That of course is another option.

So I guess most salons just throw it out?

Yup. Just in the trash. It can't be put in the blue or green box.

We've had a bit of a debate on blogTO before about the price difference between cuts for men vs. women. Does Parlour charge the same price for both sexes?

We charge the same price for men and women. I know many men with lush, thick hair, and know a lot of girls who have fine thin hair.  In the end, it just levels the playing field to those who would either win or lose out to the different sexes pricing.

Photos by Peter Fritz



Matt / May 15, 2009 at 03:04 pm
Brionie cut my hair last month and I am very pleased! also the bust Jean-luc Picard in the window = awesome.
Rex / May 15, 2009 at 04:47 pm
Brionie also cuts my hair and I really like it! So easy to maintain...the layers are so fresh and really blend in well.
jordan / May 15, 2009 at 07:35 pm
this is the best salon Ive been to in YEARS. i used to goto coupe and wow do they have competition now. the place is amazing and the haircuts are even better. I finally found a place I can stick to.
Lori / May 19, 2009 at 11:14 pm
It's actually "Alexisonfire", not "Alexis on fire"
bitchola replying to a comment from jordan / May 24, 2009 at 02:14 pm
sounds good, but there's more competition than these two... I'm liking the brennen demelo salon on Adelaide... and wow they are stylin' hot.
Lara / June 7, 2009 at 01:31 am
I cannot believe how great my hair feels. The softest I've ever felt it. My colour is super hot! Telling all my friends. Loovvvveeee the mushrooms...
Sara / June 8, 2009 at 09:35 pm
Tyler was not a stylist at Coupe Bizzarre, he was the book keeper / receptionist and as for the others, three years cutting hair part time does not make someone super qualified. Experience prevails when the trendy no longer know how and what to do. Also shipping a box of hair to the United States is NOT environmentally responsible, think of the carbon footprint that is leaving behind.
Cheryl Matheson / June 13, 2009 at 08:14 pm
Wow I have found so many blogs and sites on Parlour. Congrats guys. Got my cut done by Charlotte and my colour done by Suzzi. I had my birthday last night(so did Charlotte) and everyone was so impressed I think all my friends will be knocking those doors down. I got served coffee and juice and got to read the National Geographic(I'm a nerd!). If you guys see this, Thanks again for saving my chopped up queen st. layers. Never again will I trust anyone else. They will set a mark in the industry or ossington for a long time. My hair is a mat for oil spills.....hehehehehe!!!!
Lindsay / August 7, 2009 at 11:32 am
I had Charlotte cut my hair last week and I couldn't be happier with the results. She was so pleasant and friendly and did such a great job. She listened to my needs and gave me great advice on how maintain my naturally wavy hair - which up until this point i would blow dry and flat iron almost every day. What Charlotte showed me saves me so much time in the morning, looks so much better and feels amazing! I highly recommend this salon and will definitely see Charlotte again.
Lee / August 14, 2009 at 02:29 pm
I went to Parlour last week and Suzzie (colourist) was AWESOME!!! I have been to numerous salons in the West end (ie. W & Coupe Bizzare) and she is THE best! I am definitely going back and am sending good vibes to Parlour.
Canudigit / January 20, 2010 at 11:21 pm
I'm pretty sure I saw one of the stylists from parlour getting their haircut @ coupe bizzarre. I find that a little strange. I can't figure out what to make of that.
alana / January 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm
weird, maybe it's because they're so busy... i tried to book an appoitment there and they were booked for the entire week end (fri-sun) and they have 6 cutters!!! they've gotta be good
joanna / May 11, 2010 at 04:24 pm
just reading through the reviews as i am looking for a new salon....i wonder if sara, who's post is above, is still apposed to the donation of hair? seems these guys had the right idea. i am gonna try them out.
Stina / May 12, 2010 at 10:06 am
Called yesterday morning and got a same-day appointment for colour with Markis. I am really pleased with the experience. Markis was very patient, thorough, and took the time at the beginning of the session to collaborate with me on some colours/placement that we both liked. My hair turned out gorgeous. I've never felt so cared for at a salon before, and I'll definitely be back :)
Sara / June 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm
I had such high expectations for this place and i cannot point to a single thing that went right when it came to my place. i went in for a cut, basic one colour (mainly to cover my grey) and a blowdry. well, first i got my cut which didn't make sense as it resulted in having to wash my hair twice, also the person who cut my hair, prceeded to blow dry my curley hair straight after the cut even though it was about to get couloured and washed again. and when i brough this to his attention he said he "couldn't texterize it" unless it was straight. althought that might make sense for him, it was a waste of time, as it meant i sat there for an extra 30 minutes for him to blow dry my hair. then off to coulour, oh, there goes the just blow dried hair, and then off to wash followed by the blow dry that is going to give that perfect salon hair that is going to make the $200 all worth it. NOT ... the girl attempting to blow dry my hair straight with a bit of volume (my request) had no clue how to do it, leaving me with frizzy crap hair ... i had to stop there as i didn't want to sit through a second blwo dry of the day (i had already been there for 3 1/2 hours) and end up with bad hair. so off i went, hair half wet, half dry put in a bun. And now that i have blow dried my own hair at home and can see the cut, it's also crap. remember Rachel's hair from Friends TV show ...ya, the one from 12 years ago ... that's how mine looks like. i'll be sticking to good restaurants on Parlour pour moi EVER again!
Katie / February 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm
Parlour is THE only place I will get my hair done. Charlotte cuts my hair, and Suzzie does my colour. I get compliments on my hair cut & and colour VERY often. Both of them are wonderfully friendly and accommodating. I've never been less than completely satisfied with the results. I recommend this salon as often as I can, and now many of my friends & co-workers go regularly. I love getting my hair done here. Love.

As for one of the stylists (potentially) having their cut done at coupe? Well, many of the stylists & colorists (I think 4 or 5) who work at parlour used to work at coupe. Perhaps they were visiting a friend?
sham / April 12, 2011 at 01:28 pm
Gloria, it's Salon not Saloon.
Brenda / June 10, 2011 at 11:25 am
I decided to bite the bullet and pay $60 for a hair cut last weekend. I chose Charlotte through the website - and I am SO glad! She sat and worked on my hair as if it was a sculpture. Thank you Charlotte - you fixed my 20 year bangs-drama in an instant... when nobody else has ever suggested simply making them thicker.

GREAT cut, don't want to ever go anywhere else again!

Eiko / August 9, 2011 at 02:29 pm
I'm so so happy I went to Brionie today! She gave me back the haircut I've been missing for years. She really seemed to understand my style and she's super sweet. Love that the salon uses ethical products as well. Had a great time and will definitely be going back!
Krissy / August 31, 2011 at 09:33 am

This is a great read. Reminds me of JJ Hair Club and my favorite girl, Gloria who works like magic. When I visited the place, I knew right there and then that I am going to meet not just a hair expert but a friend. If you are interested to look great and to have the excellent service of Gloria, have these contact details in mind:

JJ Hair CLub 211 Yonge St 1G Toronto, ON M5B 1M4
calla / November 24, 2011 at 09:48 pm
ive been going here for awhile, and i love it! ive had several different haircutters and ive loved each haircut! they all didnt just look good the day i got it, but lasted for months after! great work guys!
Jeri / January 19, 2012 at 06:47 am
I found out about this Salon by this girl on my morning route. I've seen her a few times then finally had to ask her where she got her hair cut. Thank goodness it was in Toronto! Got my hair cut last week by Mathew...absolutely amazing!!! I luv my hair for the very first time :) I've got a short cut which has always been short but lately haven't been able to find a good hair salon that cut my hair the way i wanted it cut so I decided I may want to start growing it, not happy so I called Parlour to make an appointment. From the time I entered to the time I left, no complaints. Mathew did exactly what I asked and more. I am super happy. I will def be back to this Salon
seamus / March 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm
So it’s been a week and two days since my haircut! I must say that I love, love, love the cut and style of my hair. Suzzi is a genius with her hands.
She listened to what I was asking for in a hair cut and knew how to execute it to perfection.

I’m not one ever to complain, though this issue has been bothering me for the week.
While in there, one thing that I did ask for was the color be black on the top and the middle to bottom be a fire engine red.
Now my hair is a dark chestnut brown, and thought when going in there that I would be getting my hair bleached to achieve the look that I wanted. Though when sitting in the chair, I was shown a hair chart with different reds and was told that I did not need to bleach my hair to get the same results as I was asking for.

Fine! Cool! You’re the stylist, you know best.

Needles to say that after my hair was blow dried and styled and had a chance to examine my hair. I was a little shocked that from what I was told my hair was going to be. It had turned out cranberry at the bottom instead of fire engine red and black on the top. Suzzi told me that with each wash the red would get lighter and then my hair would become a fire engine red. This hair cut and color cost me $248.00 with tip $306.00. For that kind of money I should have received what I had asked for with no questions asked – just done.

At the moment my hair is a disgusting light brown poo color, sitting on my shoulders. I’m really pissed off.
Today I asked my husband to purchase some bleach for me, so I can achieve the result that I was originally looking for.
How could this be? – How does a hair color only last for a week? Why am I having to bleach and dye my own hair when I just spent all this money?

Overall Suzzi is a great person and a great stylist. The girl does give one hell of a hair cut and I will definitely go back for that!

Anything to do with color - I would highly recommend going somewhere else.
Nicole / March 12, 2014 at 10:11 am
Had a really wonderful experience. I have very curly hair, and I wear it curly, therefore I am picky with my hair cuts because it can be difficult to find someone proper. Martha cut my hair, taking the time to lovingly sculpt each curl. In the end, I believe this to be one of the best, well sculpted hair cut I've ever had
And the price was great...I'll be back
Carlos / January 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm
They should advice they have people learning how to cut hair
Vince C / January 4, 2015 at 08:15 pm
Just wanted to advice anyone looking for Vince that I am now at Jackrabbit Hair, tel 416-5304440 . Please join me in this great new opportunity. Thanks!
Stephen Corbett / January 4, 2015 at 09:28 pm
Stephen Corbett is no longer working at parlour . He is now at Jackrabbit salon. 416-530-4440. Hope to see you soon.
Paul o'Brien / January 4, 2015 at 09:31 pm
Paul is now working at Jackrabbit salon. 416-530-4440. Hope to see you soon.
Stephen corbett / February 25, 2015 at 05:10 pm
Stephen corbett has left Parlour salon. He is not Stephan B. If you are looking for Stephem Corbett, he has left parlour as of Jan 3/15and is at jackrabbit salon. It seems there is some confusion about the similarity in the names. So be aware that this has happened and the clients where not pleased at all.
Stephen Corbett / July 31, 2015 at 03:54 pm
I am at Jackrabbit salon on Dundas St west. Not on holiday as I hear people are being told. 416-530-4440. Hope that clears things up for you out there that need to know.
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