Hair salons in Toronto are plentiful - and populated by many, many talented folks who know their way around a pair of scissors. Naturally, there's no need to cross town to get your hair done (unless, of course, you've already got a fave, and will loyally follow them to whatever chair they call home). Here's where to find Toronto's top-regarded stylists in your own neighbourhood.
Here are my picks for the top 20 hair salons by neighbourhood in Toronto.
See also: The best hair salons in Toronto.
The salon formerly known as the Saloon, Palm Sunday brings a laid-back dose of Miami to Harbord St. They do everything from the subtle to the dating, including colourful dye jobs; grab a Patrick Swayze prayer candle on the way out.
Trevor Odho Studio is helmed by the eponymous hairstylist, who came up through some of Toronto's best salons (including John Steinberg and Day and Night) before building this spot with his own two hands. He prides himself on being the go-to for folks looking to make a big change - especially when it comes to colour.
Their original location may be on Ossington, but Parlour has also left its mark on the Beaches. Their cuts (priced the same for men and women) are, first and foremost, practical - these guys will never push you into something you're not comfortable with.
No glossinesss or pretension here - the rough-and-tumble Angst Salon is home to some of the best cuts in the city, straight up. The salon, which operates as a co-op, was founded by one Billy Angst, who boasts a long history as a celeb stylist and TV expert.
There are plenty of salons in this neck of the woods, but Fraiche Salon stands out with its focus on straightening and colouring. (They also do facials, waxing and other services, which you can bundle in with your haircut and walk out looking like a whole new you.)
Bob + Paige, located between Broadview and Chester, adds a dose of downtown cool to the residential Danforth, doing cuts for clients of all ages and fashion senses in a modern, light-filled space.
Barberella's been a Dundas West favourite for years, with locals swearing by the spot for an affordable cut (and, in many cases, transforming tough-to-manage hair). There's some stiff competition in the area, though, with Grateful Head and Lebel and Crowe's new shop moving in.
Day and Night previously ruled the salon scene on Dundas West before heading westward earlier this year. One thing remains: Stylist Chanel Croker and her team still aim to conjure creative cuts that complement a client's overall look.
They might be brand-new, but Good Day Hairshop has already a major splash in Kensington. Spotted a wild hairdo on Instagram or a street style blog and want to get that look for yourself? You're in the right place.
Though the shop's namesake may have passed on, King West's John Steinberg & Associates remains a cult favourite, thanks to their friendly atmosphere and skilled staff (stylist Kristopher has a rep for taking dark hair to light flawlessly).
Leslievillers love the laid-back atmosphere and glamorous decor at Fuss as much as they love co-owner Kristin Rankin's cuts. (They recently switched cuts from "men's" and "women's" pricing tiers to charging clients based on hair length.)
At College and Dufferin, Linus Inc. co-owners Luke and Robin aim to keep things on-trend while still well-priced and accessible (base cuts start at just $35 for short hair).
The creative duo behind Hero Heroine are longtime buddies who got their start doing cuts and colours for Electric Circus regulars in the '90s. Go here for your next leopard-print dye job, or play some PlayStation before you get a shave in the downstairs barbering lounge.
Quinn West is all quirky antiques in the front (mustard-yellow vases, anyone?) and modern haircuts in the back. Relaxing, friendly vibe aside, the stylists (led by owner Erica Quinn) have earned rave reviews from folks of all hair types.
Though the area is home to some of Toronto's favourite salons, including Brennen Demelo and The Cabinet Salon, Hair by David might win for sheer experience. Owner and London native David Newman has been cutting hair in Toronto for 20 years, while still hanging onto a client base back home.
Three years after their move to Roncy, Grateful Head has settled in nicely, shaking up the neighbourhood with their rock 'n' roll-inspired cuts. (They've also just opened up a new location on Dundas West.)
Civello has several locations around Toronto - a testament to veteran stylist (and, now, Aveda Canada president) Ray Civello's skill and biz savvy - and the Rosedale location might be the grandest of all.
WEST QUEEN WEST
For 15 years, Coupe Bizzarre has been the place to go for arty/gothy West Queen West types looking for some serious edge. Sharp, severe lines, creative colour jobs - there's nothing too out-there for them.
YONGE AND DUNDAS
Skip the mall and head a block north of Gould on Yonge to Salon Liberte, where affable lead stylist Patrick Siciliano doles out his two decades' worth of styling experience in the form of knowledgeable cuts.
Competition is naturally stiff in Yorkville, thanks to more than a dozen salons catering to the ladies-who-lunch crowd, but Hair on the Avenue takes the crown. The homey (yet swank, obviously) atmosphere helps, as does their sterling rep for colour jobs.
Did I miss any? Leave your favourite local salon in the comments.
by Natalia Manzocco via blogTO