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Ranked #19 out of 327 in Hair Salon (Toronto, Ontario)

    Address: 250 The Esplanade
    Suite 123 in the Courtyard
    Toronto, Ontario
    Phone: 416.366.6020

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    Recommended? You Betcha!
    November 20, 2012

    Nicole and I were invited here to try some complimentary services by the owner and they generously opened on a Monday for us. I was booked for a cut and highlights but only ended up getting the highlights because that took 4 hours and I had to leave.

    The space is beautiful. It's tucked inside the courtyard so you would never know about it from the street. Because of that most of their business is word of mouth and recommendations from review sites. I did look up the reviews before coming and they were all quite positive.

    My experience had lots of positives, with a few draw backs. The consultation took a very long time. I believe it was because they really wanted to get my colour exactly right, but it is part of the reason my appointment took 4 hours. The staff is really warm and friendly but a few comments were made during my consultation and Nicole's that would have been better left unsaid. They said that parts of my colour looked "cheap". They told Nicole that they could tell the instant she walked in the door that her colour was a home-job.

    They were very concerned to get rid of the brassy colour in my hair and discussed in depth about a plan that would involve lots of cool toned highlights and a cool base that would allow me to go longer between salon visits. My hair grows very fast, there is a lot of it, and I have a fair bit of premature grey thanks to genetics. Going longer than 4-5 weeks between visits is really important to me.

    At the end, as my stylist was taking out the foils she told me there had been a change of plan and they did not go with the cool tones we discussed. We had also talked about lightening the sides of my hair so that when I put my hair up, the colour difference won't be so obvious, but that part looks mostly brown. I'm not sure what the reason was for the change of plan.

    The highlights turned out to be really nicely blended, but my root colour looked very similar to the darker colour I had coming in (minus the grey). They applied a semi-permanent to my roots so it will wash out over the next few weeks. The rationale was that they greys will blend better with all of the new blonde highlights. I won't really be able to comment on that until that happens. I'm now just over a week since my visit. The cost of what I had done (though they didn't charge me) was more than what I normally pay.

    While I was getting my hair done I was able to observe John (the owner) cutting hair. It is obvious he is very dedicated to his craft. He was meticulous and spent a long time getting both men's cuts just right. It is a shame I couldn't stay longer to experience one of his haircuts, but I would definitely recommend a man go based on what I saw.

    I'm pretty loyal to where I go now. The only time I stray from my regular salon is when I'm in a pinch and book something in my neighborhood same day. For that reason this probably won't become my regular salon, but I'm glad I got the chance to try it!

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    Recommended? You Betcha!
    November 20, 2012

    Nicole and I were invited here to try some complimentary services by the owner and they generously opened on a Monday for us. I was booked for a cut and highlights but only ended up getting the highlights because that took 4 hours and I had to leave.

    The space is beautiful. It's tucked inside the courtyard so you would never know about it from the street. Because of that most of their business is word of mouth and recommendations from review sites. I did look up the reviews before coming and they were all quite positive.

    My experience had lots of positives, with a few draw backs. The consultation took a very long time. I believe it was because they really wanted to get my colour exactly right, but it is part of the reason my appointment took 4 hours. The staff is really warm and friendly but a few comments were made during my consultation and Nicole's that would have been better left unsaid. They said that parts of my colour looked "cheap". They told Nicole that they could tell the instant she walked in the door that her colour was a home-job.

    They were very concerned to get rid of the brassy colour in my hair and discussed in depth about a plan that would involve lots of cool toned highlights and a cool base that would allow me to go longer between salon visits. My hair grows very fast, there is a lot of it, and I have a fair bit of premature grey thanks to genetics. Going longer than 4-5 weeks between visits is really important to me.

    At the end, as my stylist was taking out the foils she told me there had been a change of plan and they did not go with the cool tones we discussed. We had also talked about lightening the sides of my hair so that when I put my hair up, the colour difference won't be so obvious, but that part looks mostly brown. I'm not sure what the reason was for the change of plan.

    The highlights turned out to be really nicely blended, but my root colour looked very similar to the darker colour I had coming in (minus the grey). They applied a semi-permanent to my roots so it will wash out over the next few weeks. The rationale was that they greys will blend better with all of the new blonde highlights. I won't really be able to comment on that until that happens. I'm now just over a week since my visit. The cost of what I had done (though they didn't charge me) was more than what I normally pay.

    While I was getting my hair done I was able to observe John (the owner) cutting hair. It is obvious he is very dedicated to his craft. He was meticulous and spent a long time getting both men's cuts just right. It is a shame I couldn't stay longer to experience one of his haircuts, but I would definitely recommend a man go based on what I saw.

    I'm pretty loyal to where I go now. The only time I stray from my regular salon is when I'm in a pinch and book something in my neighborhood same day. For that reason this probably won't become my regular salon, but I'm glad I got the chance to try it!

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