The Best Hair Salons in Toronto
Jodi at Coupe Bizzarre cuts my hair, and she's doing really well. She styles for bands, appears on TV, and is generally in demand.
Which worries me. Because my hair is emotionally attached to her. She coaxed its ill-defined waviness into an angular bob with a severe undercut, and now she's nursing it back through regrowth into something as yet undefined.
"I'm not scared of much, but haircuts frighten me" said a blogTO commenter. But really, it's just hair. If you do something you regret, well, that's why we have hats. Maybe making winter an ideal time to try something new (there's not much that can't be hidden under a toque). It doesn't always feel like it after a cut gone awry ("grow damn you!"), but chopped off hair does return -- so have some fun with it.
Lead photographs: at left - Fringe; at centre - Sonia & Laine of Redd; at right - W Lifestyle.
Grateful Head ("let us blow you away") has put down roots where others have failed, along the north edge of Trinity Bellwoods on Dundas St W. Drop in for the name, stay for the cuts. A "rock'n'roll hair salon and art gallery". Stylists slash musicians practice in off-hours in the basement jam space. More »
The mischievously twinkly-eyed John Steinberg (and, of course, his associates) has a prime corner spot on King St W. John has celebrity status from his work on Cityline, and also from being a prominent part of his neighbourhood. He's an urban cyclist, and once you've noticed him, you start seeing him everywhere. More »
Aradia's pole-dancing (for exercise) is upstairs, Chatelet Kids is one over, and the Salvation Army is to the right. W (or "W Lifestyle" - the "Lifestyle" is just silent on the sign) occupies a helluva nook. But W has the requisite stylish stylists, staying power and a loyal following. More »
Flaunt Boutique has the first website I've seen with a dynamic relighting dimmer switch -- a nod to the intentional lighting in the salon itself. Flaunt is a self-described "one-stop style bazaar", an "after hours hair boutique, style garage and hangout". Women's cuts range from $37-$100. More »
So you can get a tattoo at Glam, but it's Navigate Space that gives you "handmade hair" at the same place as Yoga and Pilates. Bend your mind around the concept ("About letting go, not getting done-up"). Then bend your body, and finish with a trim. At 1700 square feet it's larger than most condos. More »
Closing in on their 10th anniversary, Redd was an early adopter of Liberty Village. The salon's outer traditional brick/ inner modern style exemplifies positive reuse of heritage buildings. They also happen to be the salon behind the Juno Awards. More »
Coupe, with its 2001 Space Odyssey decor, and taped-to-the-window requests for short-hair models, is a West Queen West institution. Many stylists specialize in the more neglected hair types (like curly). The longer you're a client, the more you trust them, and the further you drift away from a simple coupe and towards bizzarre. More »
World is dedicated to minimizing their footprint. They reduced their power consumption by 50%, became a member of Windshare (the co-op behind the waterfront wind turbine), use three solar panels to heat their hot water, and have done it all while remaining one of the city's top salons. More »
Hair By David is embedded in the 477 Richmond building (near Spadina). It really is David (Newman), a stylist with 14-years of experience, who jet-sets back and forth between Toronto and his client base in London (from whence he just returned). Women's cuts $70 ($75 for new clients). More »
You might not have noticed Shampoo's small storefront in Kensington market. Pretty much right at the corner of Kensington Ave and St. Andrew, if you've gotten to Moonbeam, you've gone too far. Back up one to the place with the "do they sell bubble tea?" styled signs. More »
Seems that all salons have a thing about declaring their allegiances these days, and Fringe has aligned itself with Aveda. Along with new(er) businesses like Made You Look, Fringe is part of a burgeoning style cluster at Queen and Brock in Parkdale. More »
A boutique hair studio in Leslieville, Fuss promises to "fuss with your hair to bring out your best look". Co-owners Stacey Lipstein and Kristin Rankin's black, white and red studio is easy on the eyes, part of the philosophy to help "people to look and feel their best, while sustaining the beauty of our environment". More »
It took me way, way too long to "get" the name of this salon. Bob and Paige Salon on the Danforth are the winners of the 2009 Contessa award (Canadian Hairstylist of the Year) for Salon Interior Design of the Year. And it is slick looking. If a Bond villain were going to operate out of a hair salon... More »