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The Best Hair Salons in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / June 25, 2014

hair salons torontoThe best hair salons in Toronto are the secret to setting off great personal style. The names on this list are masters of all kinds of techniques: long and short cuts, subtle to radical dye jobs, services for folks of any gender. (Prices for cuts have been provided below to give an idea of price range.) They may each have their own flavour of style, from classic to edgy to retro, but all of them have a reputation for sending clients out the door looking like their best selves.

Here are the best hair salons in Toronto.

See also: The best barber shops in Toronto

Day and Night

Day and Night

This sleek, gleaming all-white studio on Dundas West keeps a strong eye toward current hair trends. By evening, it doubles as a mixed-use space, with an enclosed back patio and parties on weekends. Women's cuts are $60-75 and men's run $40-65. More »

Parlour

Parlour

Formed by two former Coupe Bizarre stylists, Parlour's two locations (one on Ossington, the other in the Beaches) focus on "creative, yet practical" cuts. Refreshlngly, they also charge the same amount for men's and women's cuts ($45-79, depending on stylist), and donate all their clippings to enviro charity Matter of Trust. More »

Fuss Hair Studio

Fuss Hair Studio

Leslieville's Fuss is a gorgeous mix of minimalist (exposed brick walls) and opulent (chandeliers and ornate mirrors), but it's their cuts ($55-70 for women, $40 and up for men) that keep customers coming back for more. They also make a point of using eco-friendly hair lines like Kevin Murphy. More »

Quinn West

Quinn West

It's an antiques shop! It's a salon! No, it's Parkdale's cute, cozy Quinn West salon, which has a foyer stuffed with vintage gear (some for sale, some not) and a cutting floor in the back room. They've been keeping this writer in pixie cuts for years; getting your own will run you $50-$70 for women or $32-45 for men. More »

Brennen Demelo Studio

Brennen Demelo Studio

Based out of a loftlike space on Adelaide, Brennen Demelo Studio is known around Toronto for editorial work with publications like Harper's Bazaar, FASHION, Elle, and Flare - and they'll take that same creative, fashion-forward approach to your hair in a relaxed environment. Cuts are $50-$115 for women and $35-60 for men. More »

Hair By David

Hair By David

Hair By David's eponymous David Newman, a Toronto-by-way-of-London stylist, has been cutting hair in the city for nearly 20 years, while still holding onto a dedicated client base in the UK. A touch of London style at the Richmond and Spadina salon will run you $70-90 (or $50-70 for men). More »

Bob and Paige

Bob and Paige

(Get it? Get it?) This Danforth salon will take you anywhere you want to go with your hair, from sophisticated boardroom-ready cuts to trendy, daring looks. Their cuts ($50-75) have gained a steady local following. More »

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

The salon formerly known as the Saloon rebranded in the spring of 2014 as a bright, Miami-influenced salon with a lively smattering of gifts and wacky products on the shelves. Haircuts are $60-70 ($40 for men); you could also grab a Technicolour dye job, get a "business class" shampoo and hot towel treatment, or just pick up a Patrick Swayze prayer candle. More »

Hair on the Avenue

Hair on the Avenue

Yorkville's Hair on the Avenue is known around town for their apartment-like art deco atmosphere (well, an apartment with Swarovski chandeliers and ever-running silent films). They're also famous for doing some of the best blonde dye jobs in town. Cuts are $65 and up. More »

Flaunt Boutique

Flaunt Boutique

On Carlaw, Leslieville's Flaunt projects a hip, relaxed vibe. The playfully industrial-chic salon is open late (their hours, as listed on their site, go until '9pm-ish', and their host of stylists at different levels means there's a service to fit your budget - cuts run $40 to $105 for women or $25 to $65 for men. More »

The Cabinet Salon

The Cabinet Salon

If modern furniture and white walls aren't your thing, the Cabinet's old-timey atmosphere and shabby-chic decor will be a breath of fresh air. The Queen and Portland salon has a devoted clientele - particularly to the salon's duo of owner/stylists. (They also offer RMT treatments!) Cuts are $55 for all. More »

Angst Salon

Angst Salon

Queen and Sherbourne's Angst isn't exactly located in the city's fanciest area - but folks from Rosedale and Forest Hill will drive (or be driven) downtown so the co-op of stylists can work their magic. Angst's staff put hair above all else - they don't even hawk products in the shop. That serious-business atmosphere leads to what ELLE once called 'life-changing haircuts' ($40 and up for men, $70 and up for women). More »

Linus Inc.

Linus Inc.

College and Dufferin's Linus Inc. aims to offer "upscale, trend-driven, contemporary" hair services at medium prices. Expect lots of texture and movement. Their prices are gender-neutral; cuts start at $30. More »

Grateful Head

Grateful Head

As you might have guessed from the name, the Grateful Head, who moved from Dundas West to Roncy in 2011, brings a rock 'n' roll edge to the salon's atmosphere (tiny skull wallpaper), the tunes, and your hair. Women's haircuts are $50-$75; men's are $30-65. More »

John Steinberg and Associates

John Steinberg and Associates

Though master stylist Steinberg, a King West fixture for 20 years, passed away in 2011, his legacy lives on in at his King and Portland salon, which retains a strong cult following. Their approach focuses on giving a current twist to an individual's personal style. Cuts are $45-$65 (for men and women) depending on the stylist. More »

Discussion

69 Comments

LW / June 25, 2014 at 02:45 pm
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Anyone know the best "black" barber in Toronto? I Really need a new one.
Long Hair Don't Care / June 25, 2014 at 02:47 pm
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I have been to a couple of these places and have always been left disappointed because of price I paid for an ok job. I'm really surprised that Leesa Berry isn't on this list. I have seen some phenomenal colour and cuts done out of her studio. Go Leesa!
Curly / June 25, 2014 at 03:32 pm
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Any recommendations for stylist who actually knows how to cut long curly hair and make it look good too?
Curly 2: Electric Boogaloo replying to a comment from Curly / June 25, 2014 at 03:46 pm
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Curl Ambassadors! Disappointed that they didn't make the cut (HA!) but I guess that's because we're living in a city dominated by straight folk (as in hair).
Ann / June 25, 2014 at 03:51 pm
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June Croken (at Queen and John) is in my opinion the best in the city - been to some of these and the cuts are rushed. June takes time to explain your hair and what to do with it, on top of giving the best cut around. It is a personal studio so you are never in with another person - wouldn't think about going anywhere else!
hair pro / June 25, 2014 at 04:05 pm
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Amber Fairlie at the Manor Salon on Mt Pleasant should definitely be on this list. She is one of the best in Toronto. She takes her time and delivers a great cut and experience. she is also accompanied by great staff and her salon is beautiful. Anyone looking for a change should definitely check her out.
M replying to a comment from Curly / June 25, 2014 at 04:19 pm
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Charlotte at Parlour is so good at long curly hair. She's been cutting mine for years.
Kiity replying to a comment from LW / June 25, 2014 at 04:22 pm
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Ragga Hair Studio on Dundas for Black hair (because according to this article only straight hair exists)
Joey replying to a comment from LW / June 25, 2014 at 04:22 pm
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@LW: Try Onyx Barbers near Yonge and Dundas.
Michi / June 25, 2014 at 04:24 pm
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Another vote for Leesy Berry Salon
Lyna / June 25, 2014 at 04:26 pm
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Evoke Salon at Yonge and Eglinton!
Jessica / June 25, 2014 at 04:28 pm
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Studio 86 salon in Yorkville is great for all hair textures, not just straight! ;)
RS / June 25, 2014 at 04:31 pm
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Evoke should be on this list!
Ivan / June 25, 2014 at 04:38 pm
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The Merchandise Building Salon at Dundas / Church (behind Ryerson) in the beautiful Merchandise Building Lofts!! Private salon, nice atmosphere and low prices.
W. K. Lis / June 25, 2014 at 04:41 pm
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Always get a short haircut when confronted by crack allegations.
bobo / June 25, 2014 at 04:42 pm
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This list is missing one of the very best - Evolve at CityPlace, on Fort York Blvd., just south of Front/Spadina. Fantastic colour and styling. But don't just take my word for it - they consistently get 5 star reviews. Check it out at evolvesalon.ca (and no I am not affiliated with them in any way - just a happy client!)
HairDrama / June 25, 2014 at 04:52 pm
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WHERE'S LEBEL & CROWE AT???? BEST SALON OF ALL TIME
LJT / June 25, 2014 at 05:42 pm
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NICOLE'S HAIR STUDIO in the Beaches should be on this list. She'll push you outside your comfort zone (with amazing results), and she isn't afraid to tell you, "no, that's a terrible idea". I have complete strangers stop me on the street to tell me how beautiful my cut and colour is.

Regardless of hair type/texture, she works miracles.
Jane / June 25, 2014 at 05:44 pm
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You missed Studio 180 Front & Portland
Amy replying to a comment from Curly / June 25, 2014 at 05:47 pm
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The Curl Ambassadors are really excellent with curly hair (their name really says it all).

My mother, sister and myself all go here. We're all different degrees of mix (African, English, Scottish) and they are able to handle tight cork screws, light waves and dense wavy hair. I'm mixed and typically my (usually very long and now short) hair looks as though it's straight. They're able to bring a curl out of it by using no sulfate shampoo, cuts specifically for curly hair and light product. I've been going to them for a few years and I love them! Very friendly staff, clean and comfortable salon.

If you end up going by, tell them Amy Calder sent you (plug for the referral program)!
Laura / June 25, 2014 at 05:47 pm
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I searched high and low for a good stylist when I moved to Toronto a few years ago. After visiting many of the shops listed above and getting another less than great haircut, I found the best hairstylist I've ever had. I'll be keeping her name to myself as it's already hard enough to get an appointment with her, but I will say that she's in the Junction and is a dead ringer for a famous porn star.
Diego Maradona / June 25, 2014 at 05:51 pm
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Bob and Paige is the best, been doing my hair for years, and they make a great espresso
Chris / June 25, 2014 at 06:24 pm
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Salon Daniel in Yorkville is by far the best.
Sarah / June 25, 2014 at 06:48 pm
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I go to SALVATORE LEONETTI SALON in Yorkville and it is honestly the best!!
chris / June 25, 2014 at 06:55 pm
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Loft hair lounge on richmond and bathurst. Been goijg to tim for years, always the best cuts.
Melinda / June 25, 2014 at 07:30 pm
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I've never had a bad experience at the Fiorio Beauty Academy at Yonge & Davisville. Most of the student stylists are really keen on giving you the perfect hair style. With their experienced instructors there to guide them and check/correct their work, you really are getting a $90 haircut for around $30. Excellent value.
Carmen / June 25, 2014 at 08:04 pm
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DKVS Hair is the best. Daina from the Saloon's new spot! She does amazing colour. www.dkvshair.com
E / June 25, 2014 at 08:09 pm
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Fringe on Queen West. Lora is the best!
Beauty Queen / June 25, 2014 at 08:46 pm
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Solo Base and Salon Salvatore Leonetti are the gems of Yorkville. #bestsaloninthecity
Zein / June 25, 2014 at 09:27 pm
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Civello on Queen by faaaar
Pants Go Brown / June 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm
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Hair Dynamix in the Beach. Awesome, friendly service.
A / June 25, 2014 at 10:36 pm
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Sooo... all the best salons are in downtown Toronto???
Amy / June 25, 2014 at 10:57 pm
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Glad to see Proudest Pony isn't on here. They BUTCHERED my hair.
Yaz replying to a comment from Curly 2: Electric Boogaloo / June 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm
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It seems to be getting harder to find a good stylist but there are good ones out there . The best way to find a good stylist is a good consultation and if that's not good move on. Curly hair is not hard to cut cause it's already textured so no need to add , where straight hair would have to be texturiezed for movement in the hair . So with curly hair ...less is more .
Dawn replying to a comment from Curly / June 26, 2014 at 08:14 am
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I have been going to Kat at Palm Sunday for over 10 years, she knows curly hair. Since seeing her, I've had so many hair-cuts/styles and she made me love my curly hair. She's the best!
Kim / June 26, 2014 at 08:37 am
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CIVELLO!!! The staff there are very talented, creative and they really care about clients and their needs.
Susie / June 26, 2014 at 09:12 am
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Echoing what Carmen said. Love Daina at DKVS Hair (http://www.dkvshair.com) -- Have been going to her for several years now, and she's awesome.
nb / June 26, 2014 at 10:56 am
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I go to Flaunt for colour, and they do an excellent job, but yeah, I stopped going there for cuts as the stylist I go to can't cut curly hair. If I had straight hair it would have been a good cut, but I don't even ever straighten my hair, so it doesn't work for me.

It's really difficult to find a stylist that can cut curly hair properly. Maybe BlogTO should do an article on that.
Babs / June 26, 2014 at 11:22 am
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Charlotte at Parlour is awesome
K / June 26, 2014 at 11:59 am
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Jamie @ Fringe!! The best!!
Denis Lefleur / June 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm
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Smart Style in Walmart is super amazing. They know how to cut my girlfriends hair, she us from Jamaica and she say "cha, ya na mess wit a black gyals hair". Also First Choice haircutters is good, same company who own Smart Style is own FC. $15 for a haircut and $10 for a wash is good price. If you want color,they do for $70-90. Savemoney and go to Smart Style, make sure you get young woman or gay man to cut your hair. Old people make bad combination with scissors.
HAIRSNOB / June 26, 2014 at 01:46 pm
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I ONLY TRUST ONE PERSON WITH MY HAIR.

DIANNA AT BRIXTON PARLOUR.

IT'S A GORGEOUS SALON WITH EVEN MORE INCREDIBLE STYLISTS
http://www.brixtonparlour.com/
Eliza H replying to a comment from Curly / June 26, 2014 at 02:14 pm
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Devon at Civello Queen West. Tell him Eliza sent you if you go. He's great!
Eliza H replying to a comment from Curly / June 26, 2014 at 02:14 pm
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That was a reference for Curly above-it's not directing it to you!
Amy / June 26, 2014 at 02:23 pm
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After years of searching I have to say Bob & Paige (#7) is by far the best salon in this city! I go to Frank but I've heard really good things about their other stylists as well. I've recommended other friends to them and they've all become regulars. In addition to skilled stylists, they have excellent customer service - I always leave happy and looking forward to my next appointment! :)
Shannon / June 26, 2014 at 04:46 pm
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This list is missing the best salon in TO... W Lifestyle on queen w. Best staff and hair by far. No bougie attitudes. Love it there! This list is could be improved upon dramatically
Leyman / June 26, 2014 at 05:49 pm
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dianagaweda.com
anthony / June 26, 2014 at 07:37 pm
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I see Carrie at W Lifestyle. She's a great barber. Awesome salon... Shocked W didn't make this list.
Elle replying to a comment from Curly / June 26, 2014 at 07:50 pm
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Curlbar at King and Sherbourne. Total strangers stop me in the street to compliment me on my hair ever since I've been getting my hair cut there. They specialize in curly hair of all types!
CheapAndGood / June 26, 2014 at 09:03 pm
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For those guys who want it cheap and simple, check out 584 Dundas West in Chinatown. No frills but great cut. IMO.
Vickey / June 26, 2014 at 09:28 pm
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Cinelli Hair in Bloor West Village is #1 for me! Thanks Peter for over 10 years of fantastic cuts and hi lites!
Sandy Couto / June 26, 2014 at 10:39 pm
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You forgot one... BSUITE SALON liberty village
JLL replying to a comment from Elle / June 26, 2014 at 11:54 pm
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True story. I have recommended numerous people to them and they always love their hair, and they are my fave salon in Toronto. And unlike the last 2 visits I made to Curl Ambassadors, they didn't have me walking out the door with sopping wet hair(my hair was LITERALLY dripping down my neck) or try and oversell me on product.
Luigi replying to a comment from Sarah / June 27, 2014 at 12:17 am
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Salvatore Leonetti salon the best in yorkville
Dee / June 27, 2014 at 09:14 am
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In future when you come up with such a post, your post ought to be more inclusive and reflective of the racially diverse population that make up Toronto. E.g. What about hair salons for Black women & men? I can almost guarantee that most of these places on the list don't fit the bill, or at least wouldn't be topping the list of suggested places to visit.
katie / June 27, 2014 at 09:31 am
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Still can't believe W on Queen W didnt make it on this list, definitely one of the best in the city. Been going to Kerry for years now, love her, she always caters to my bi-weekly OCD bang trims!
Highly recommended.
Oscar / June 27, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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Wow, reading these comments tells me that there are a lot of great hairstylists in Toronto and as clients you do love your salons/ stylists who you visit. If you haven't told them how much you appreciate
what they do with you, go ahead, they will love to here it.
Have a great Canada Day weekend!
L McM / June 27, 2014 at 09:35 pm
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Mikey Romeo at Lid in Yorkville does amazing things with my long, curly hair - every time. She is a goddess. And better yet, she makes me look like one!
Tony / June 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm
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Check out Twin Image located at Upper Beaches! The staff are awesome and take their time!
Liz / June 29, 2014 at 03:44 pm
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LEESA BERRY is the best!!!
Lindsay / June 29, 2014 at 03:52 pm
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A great environmentally conscious option is World Salon on Adelaide. The staff are wonderful and talented
Levis / June 30, 2014 at 06:56 pm
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The worst place you can give a chance is Natural Solutions in downtown, they are rude, receptionist so money oriented, rude, lack of education and manners, they don't care if you are satisfied, they just want the money right away.

I ended up in another hair saloon and got my hair cut again, I spent so much money but st the end, I saved the day.

think before ending there.
Tina / July 7, 2014 at 11:22 am
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Enough Blog T.O this is enough for me to stop all re posts on any of my pages. Seriously when it comes to posting it needs to reflect what Toronto is about, post salons that cater to all hair types, so done, we are not all white, up to the times, this list is unacceptable!
Adam / July 13, 2014 at 12:08 am
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No love for Langton??
A / July 14, 2014 at 03:31 pm
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June Croken, Hairdresser on Fire, is my go-to gal for my daughter and myself. Haircuts are performed in her intimate salon without the hustle and bustle of some of the larger "chains". You truly feel appreciated as a customer and have her undivided attention as the cut is taking place.
Her cuts are meant to grow out and still be as lovely as the day they were cut. Which my wallet appreciates!
A distracting video for the kiddies, good conversation and sweet beats - a visit to June is something to look forward to.
Adamina / July 17, 2014 at 10:45 am
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I definitely love Tony at The Merchandise Building Salon (church/dundas) the best colorist in Toronto
Helen / July 27, 2014 at 12:47 am
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salon gabriel at dundas west is a place that should be getting a lot more attention than it does. gabriel is the only stylist there (which means you get very personalized experience) and he is a true hair artist!
Hair Cut Delray Beach / July 27, 2014 at 11:02 am
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Any recommendations to look more stylist actually i am suffering from rough and curly hairs..Great informational reading this was for me! Thank you!
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Yes! Finally something about Leadership Talent.

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