First, let me give you a little background. The last haircut I got that I loved was by a stylist named Carrie at Vidal Sassoon… almost seven years ago. Since then I have had a few really bad cuts (which forced me into the world of extensions) and more recently a few blah cut. I have tried four different stylists of different genders at different salons but I was never happy. Less than a week later I was already thinking about my next cut, which is crazy since I used to only cut my hair once or twice a year. My last cut was at Donato Salon in Shops on Don Mills and while I liked it, I felt like it was a “mom bob” and I didn’t get many compliments. (To read about it click here Making the Cut: Going From Long to Short Part 2).
Since I go back to work in two weeks, Jeff gave me a Mom’s Day Off to go out and do whatever I wanted sans children. Craving something fresh and trendy I decided I would wander around Yorkville until I found somewhere that looked good, was open (it was a Sunday), and that could take a walk-in.
At Bay and Bloor I found my self at Industry. In a few moments, I realized I been there years ago when if was Toni and Guy for a colour (which was horrible by the way, and I reminder of why I do all my colouring myself). But it looked good so I decided to give it a shot.
Location: The salon is right on the subway line in Yorkville. You could reach it from Bloor station, Bay station or St. George. It is on the back side of Bloor across from the park in the large building next to Pottery Barn.
Interior: I found it to be a relatively small salon compared to the others I have been to recently, but it was a workable size. It was bright and not too noisy with nice music playing. I don’t think much had changed from the last time I was in four years ago but it’s not how posh the salon is, it’s the cut that counts, right?
Greeting: As I walked in the door I was given one of the friendliest
greetings I have ever gotten at a salon. Usually, I get two or three high-maintenance looking girls, whose conversation I always seem to be disrupting. Not here. He smiled and said they could take me right away and he got me ready with no problem.
Wash: The wash was great and included a scalp massage which was very pleasant. I am not sure what products they use, but they smell divine! The gentleman was always asking if the temperature was okay etc. which was nice. He did offer me treatments, but not in a pushy was and was fine when I declined.
Cut: My stylist was named Sabrina and she was great. When I sat down in the chair, instead of asking me what I wanted she asked me about my styling routine. I told her I never blow dry my hair so she said “we will make sure we give you a cut we don’t have to blow dry”.
We chatted for a bit and I felt that she was really listening to me. She was very happy that I gave her free range, which apparently most clients don’t. My philosophy is my goal is to look great, how I get there should be up to her since she’s the one who knows what she’s doing.
She said she could tell I was outgoing and so she would give me a cut that would match.
It took about a half hour but when I looked up I was so surprised by what I saw. I looked like a model! My hair was full of choppy layers and side swept bangs at the front. Edgy yet sweet. Honestly, I haven’t had a cut this good since I was in my mid twenties. It basically styles itself and works with my straight, fine hair, and it is still long enough to do a pony tail. After I left the salon I had all kinds of people on the street looking at me and smiling, and my friends on Facebook all gave me lots of compliments, so I know it is good.
Price: The total cost for the day (including tax) was $82.00. That may be pricey for some people, but I think it’s pretty average for Toronto, definitely for Yorkville. I would rather pay $80 for a really good cut than say $60 for one I need to get redone in a couple of months. In my case, I generally only cut my hair twice a year (it grows slowly).
Overall: I had a very pleasant experience but best of all I got an AMAZING hair cut. I will definitely be going back, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to try a new salon (ask for Sabrina!)
For more information you can visit their website at http://www.industryhairdressing.com. They also offer a 15% discount for new clients.
- Making The Cut: Going From Long To Short Part 1
- The Thursday Review: John Frieda Precision Foam Haircolour
- The Thursday Review: Feria Deep Copper Blonde 74