There’s no shortage of chic salons in this country, with more and more cute places to get a cut opening up shop on what seems like the daily. But finding the right stylist, colourist and blow dry guru for you can sometimes feel as elusive as finding “the one” (seriously, is there a Tinder for that yet?). That’s why we’ve enlisted our local correspondents (and all-around cool girls) in Canada’s major style hubs to tell us their go-tos for getting primped. Scroll through for their tried and true tips on the best hair salons in Canada.
Vancouver: Workshop Salon
Specializing in: Affordable cuts—the staff is always training and learning new looks and techniques, so it is the place to go if you are looking to take risks!
The atmosphere: The salon has a very relaxed vibe with exposed brick walls and comfy couches.
Ask for: Sabrina Beltrano who is the queen of balayage and ombré
Products: Living Proof and Davines
Find it: 522 Beatty St., workshop-salon.com
Vancouver: Workshop Salon Specializing in:
Affordable cuts—the staff is always training and learning new looks and techniques, so it is the place to go if you are looking to take risks!
The salon has a very relaxed vibe with exposed brick walls and comfy couches.
Sabrina Beltrano who is the queen of balayage and ombré
Living Proof and Davines
522 Beatty St.,
Vancouver: Dry Bar
Specializing in: Blow outs and updos
The atmosphere: A beautiful salon nestled in Nordstrom—perfect if you need a quick hair fix or feel like trying a special braided look on a whim while you’re shopping.
Ask fo r: Adam Langenfurth is a magician with the curling iron – if you’re looking for beachy waves or Victoria’s Secret model curls, he’s your hair go-to.
Find it: 799 Robson St., thedrybar.com
Vancouver: Pony Salon
Specializing in: Colour and highlighting services
The atmosphere: This is a super fun, laidback salon that makes you feel welcome and relaxed while you’re getting a fab new ‘do!
Ask for: Christina Orlogio
Products: Bumble and bumble
Find it: 73 E. Cordova St., ponysalon.com
Vancouver: Brush Salon
Specializing in: Sophisticated and fashion-focused styling
The atmosphere: The salon has fresh white decor that looks like it belongs in SoHo. Check out their v. Instagram-worthy wall with the neon “Girl, roots are for trees” sign.
Ask for: Michael Gibson, salon co-owner and colouring wizard, creates natural, sun-kissed highlights for anyone dyeing to go blonde or Calvyn Cass, salon co-owner, who is the fave amongst the celebs that go to the salon.
Products: Shu Uemura
Find it: 62 W. Cordova St., brushsalon.ca
Vancouver: The House of Blond Specializing in:
Colour services (the best for blondes!)
The salon has an amazing view of the ocean and is super bright and welcoming, like you’re hanging out at a friend’s apartment (complete with coffee, tea, juice or anything your heart might desire while you are getting your hair done). The owner, Sarah, also showcases work from local artists that change monthly, so it is always worth a visit!
Kevin Murphy, XO styling tools
55 Water St.,
Specializing in: Colour corrections and special treatments, like scalp detox
The atmosphere: Sleek, minimilist and stylish—you’ll know you’re in good hands the minute you walk in
Ask for: David Jonathan or Sue Thompson (Sue works with Stella McCartney on her runway shows!)
Products: Kevin Murphy, Aveda, Mensdept
Find it: 933 17 Ave. SW, chromehair.com
Calgary: The Ginger Group
Specializing in: Creating a tailored experience for every client
The atmosphere: Totally quirky and fun, with fresh flowers at every station
Ask for: At just 22-years-old, Christina Dimitrova is the favourite for men’s fades and women’s balyage
Products: Aveda, Unite, Morrocanoil, Schwarzkopf
Find it: 217A – 10 Ave. S., gingergroupcalgary.com
Specializing in: Styles based on personality
The atmosphere: Jerome built his salon from scratch, literally from the foundation up and made it into his dream modern space: a three-storey building with an underground garage for clients. (He lives on the top floor!)
Ask for: Michelle Lazo or Calvin Duek
Products: Shu Umera, Kerastase, Bumble and Bumble, Living Proof
Find it: 1305 – 11 St. SW, jeromesalon.com
Specializing in: Cuts, colour and highlights
The atmosphere: Friendly and inviting
Ask for: Benji Guevarra
Products: Pureology, Redken
Find it: 1520 – 17 Ave. SW, influencesalon.com
Calgary: Gallery T Hair Salon
Specializing in: Educating clients on at-home maintenance
The atmosphere: Vintage vibes, with art by Jay Yoon dressing the walls
Ask for: Tysha Shin for a complex cut or impeccable colour
Find it: #14 735 Rachlands Blvd. NW, gallerythairsalon.com
Specializing in: On-trend cuts that are wearable IRL
The atmosphere: Modern zen vibes with interior decor by McKinley Burkart
Ask for: Kristin Page, Lindsay Larsen, Rachelle Rhodes, Sarah Lan, Jodi Forzani or Kimberley Siebel
Products: Bumble and Bumble
Find it: 315 8 Ave. SW, 146 – 13 AVE. SW and 105 – 1301 8 ST., hedkandisalon.com
Edmonton: Ponytails + Horseshoes
Specializing in: Cuts, colour services and envy-inducing perms
The atmosphere: Light, uplifting and relaxing
Ask for: Melissa Lowe for a cutting-edge colour and style
Products: DS Laboratories, Flow Haircare, Kevin Murphy, Neuma
Find it: 8408-109 St., poho.ca
Edmonton: Salon Blunt
Specializing in: Natural colour and festival-worthy braids
The atmosphere: The chill, friendly team makes each visit a memorable one
Ask for: Rob Gaspar for a stylist trim; Madeena Kadri-Dahrouge is an expert hair painter
Products: Davines, Kevin Murphy, R&Co
Find it: 11205 Jasper Ave., salonblunt.ca
Edmonton: Harrow Hair Company
Specializing in: Elite cuts, colour and extensions
The atmosphere: Cool and edgy, with a rustic, vintage feel
Ask for: Bailey Gartner for a unique, one-of-a-kind style
Products: Davines, Kevin Murphy
Find it: 10011 116 St., harrowhaircompany.com
Edmonton: Ricci Hair Co.
Specializing in: Enhancing techniques through weekly in-salon classes
The atmosphere: The two-storey space boasts a blow dry bar and advanced academy
Ask for: Paige Houle for slay-worthy braids
Products: Davines, L’Oréal Professionel, KMS, Kérastase, Neuma, Pureology
Find it: 10028 Jasper Ave., riccihair.com
Edmonton: Fuss Art of Hair
Specializing in: Angular crops and bright, off-beat colours
The atmosphere: This salon, located in an historic building in downtown Edmonton, is celebrating 20 years in buisness next year. Because it’s a collective, each stylist has a different background and perspective, so clients can switch things up whenver they want.
Ask for: Andor Bubelenyi for a flattering cut or trendy colour
Products: Davines, Logics, Matrix, Olaplex, Rusk, Phytologie
Find it: 10529 81 Avenue, fusshair.com
Specializing in: Edgy cuts and technicolor tresses using colour free of parabens, paraffin, mineral oils, formaldehyde and ammonia
The atmosphere: An offbeat, industrial vibe
Ask for: Owner Kris Hautzinger who aims to make each treatment a little more green
Products: Caviar, Davines, Eufora, Olaplex, Oligo, Schwazkopf
Find it: 300 3 rd Ave. S, cliptomania.ca
Saskatoon: Alchemy Clothing and Salon
Specializing in: Fashion-forward trends and ammonia-free colour
The atmosphere: Decked in zebra print, the spacious salon doubles as a clothing boutique and tattoo and piercing studio.
Ask for: Ashley Mitchell, a colour expert and extensions specialist
Products: Davines, Kevin Murphy, Unite
Find it: 615 Second Ave. N, alchemysask.com
Saskatoon: Capelli Salon Studio
Specializing in: Its Instagram feed is stacked with blondes and balayge, but stylists cater to all colours
The atmosphere: Uber-modern with a unique touch—hairdryers hanging from the ceiling!
Ask for: Owner Alicia Austin to transform your colour from blah to bangin’
Products: Aveda, Oribe, Parlux, T3
Find it: Suite 110-1824 Mcormond Dr., cappellisalonstudio.ca
Winnipeg: Les Beaux et Belles
Specializing in: Risk-taking colour transformations
The atmosphere: Bright and inviting with a sleek damask selfie well
Ask for: Maxine Cahill for a natural or out-there colour
Products: Goldwell, Kevin Murphy
Find it: 250 Marion St., Unit 102, lesbeauxetbelles.com
Winnipeg: Jerry’s Hair Salon and Day Spa
Specializing in: Trendy but wearable cuts and colour, and amazing facials that help you fight the signs of aging
The atmosphere: The salon in the front is bright and trendy, and it leads back to an unexpectedly super-luxe day spa/
Ask for: Kelly Galbecka, who specializes in a range of colours and cuts
Products: Bumble and Bumble, Davines, Kevin Murphy, Schwarzkopf
Find it: 351-1120 Grant Ave., jerrysdayspa.com
Winnipeg: Berns & Black Salon
Specializing in: Eco-friendly styling, using mainly organic, bio-degradable and vegan products
The atmosphere: Nineteenth century vibe with chic antique touches
Ask for: Salon owner and jack of all trades Kitty Bernes
Products: Barber & Fritz, Evo, Kevin Murphy
Find it: 468 Main St., bernsandblack.com
Winnipeg: Élan Hair Studio
Specializing in: They’ve fully embraced the multi-tonal, icy pastel trend
The atmosphere: Cozy and comfortable, with the perfect backdrop for your fresh-cut Insta post: a reclaimed wood wall
Ask for: Renn Van Dyck is a master colourist
Products: Kevin Murphy, Schwarzkopf
Find it: 156 Sherbrook St., elanhairstudio.ca
Toronto: Lebel & Crowe
Specializing in: Cuts for girls and guys—this is a spot where you could bring your boyfriend to get his hair cut and he’d feel just as at home.
The atmosphere: This cute and friendly salon on the Dundas West strip was started by two young female entrepreneurs who work incredibly hard and have a love for all things hair.
Ask for: Emily Lebel
Products: Kevin Murphy
Find it: 1491 Dundas St. W., lebelandcrowe.com
Toronto: Palm Sunday
Specializing in: The rainbow mermaid hair of your dreams
The atmosphere: This salon and their staff will have you feeling like you were transported back to the ’90s
Ask for: Ronnie Dag, the fashion-obsessed creative director
Products: Kevin Murphy
Find it: 384 Harbord St., palmsunday.co
Toronto: Bang Salon
Specializing in: Celeb-worthy cut and colour services, blowouts and keratin treatments
The atmosphere: Bright and spacious with chic feminine touches
Ask for: Justin German, known for his silky-smooth blowouts
Products: Kevin Murphy, Oribe
Find it: 859 Danforth Ave., bangsalontoronto.com
Toronto: Tonly Shamas
Specializing in: Blowouts (their amazing Blow Dry Club gets you 5 wash and blow dries for just $100)
The atmosphere: Quick, convenient and relaxing —you can book all appointments through their website, and they will serve you wine when you’re there!
Ask for: Maureen for the best blow dry; Tony Shamas is the master colourist
Products: Kerastase, Kevin Murphy and L’Oréal Professionnel
Find it: 81 Jarvis St., tonyshamas.ca
Toronto: Brennen Demelo
Specializing in: Great cuts and incredible colour
The atmosphere: This is the go-to spot in Toronto for almost every influencer, local celebrity and stylish gal. Following @BD_Haircare on Instagram will also provide you with the best source of #hairinpso.
Ask for: Fabio Persico, a hand-painting master!
Find it: 316 Adelaide St. W., brennendemelo.com
Specializing in: Cuts and colours to flatter every skin tone, face shape and hair texture
The atmosphere: Relaxing and modern with a spa-like vibe
Ask for: Edward, whose scissors have touched the precious locks of Shawn Mendes
Products: Kérastase, Moroccanoil, L’Oréal Professionel, Schwarzkopf, Unite
Find it: 860 Yonge St., solobace.com
Toronto: Civello Rosedale
Specializing in: Pampering with Aveda products
The atmosphere: The Civello Rosedale location has an interesting Gothic-Zen vibe to its decor that’s very rock ‘n’ roll.
Ask for: Everyone who works at Civello is well-trained and fantastic, but if you can get an appointment with Ray Civello himself, it will be worth it.
Find it: 887 Yonge St., civello.com
Ottawa: Fernando Cellini Hair
Specializing in: Crafting natural and timeless looks
The atmosphere: Filled with natural light, plenty of greenery and a serves the espresso up hot
Ask for: Domenico Tomei for a fresh new cut; Sonia Lattanziofor a colour upgrade
Products: Catwalk, Tigi Bed Head
Find it: 27 Murray St., fchairsalon.com
Ottawa: Le Petit Salon
Specializing in: Trendy yet low-maintenance styles and colour
The atmosphere: A chic minimalist apartment, with key statement pieces like a perched peacock for added flair
Ask for: Jesse Alberto for an epic cut
Products: Davines, Bumble and bumble
Find it: 380 Elgin St., lepetitsalon.ca
Ottawa: Mint Hair Studio
Specializing in: Keeping your treatment green—it’s a member of the Green Circle Salons, an organization that recycles hair industry waste like foils and excess colour
The atmosphere: Clean and bright with eye-catching hanging lights and drool-worthy vaulted ceilings
Ask for: Kristen Atikinson to lighten up with a chop or layer up with extensions; Heather Ricker for colour and treatments
Products: Kevin Murphy
Find it: 1071 Wellington St. W, minthairstudio.ca
Specializing in: Creating individual styles for each and every client
The atmosphere: Crazy-modern details—a living wall, glass panels and v. dramatic lighting fixtures
Ask for: Silas Tsang for an envy-inducing style; Dorothy Tsang is a colour master
Products: Kérastase, L’Oréal Professionel, Olaplex, Pureology, Shu Uemura
Find it: 4048 Carling Ave., blushes.ca
Ottawa: Hair Republic Beauty Lounge
Specializing in: Putting client and staff health first, by choosing products based on their performance and environmental/social sustainability
The atmosphere: Bright and spacious, decked in all-white everything
Ask for: If you’re eyeing a trendy cut or a glossy colour, see senior stylist Vanessa Grainger
Products: Alterna, Kevin Murphy, Schwarzkopf
Find it: 1093 Bank St., hairrepublic.ca
Specializing in: Trendy braids, modern blowouts and funky nail art
The atmosphere: High energy (great for primping for a girls’ night out). Plus, stalk them on Instagram for everyday hair inspiration.
Ask for: Kim Bieri
Products: Fave4 Hair Care, Essie nail polish
Find it: 46 McGill St., blome.ca
Montreal: M Salon
Specializing in: Hair care, waxing and nail care (for both men and women)
The atmosphere: M Salon is a really fun experience. Complimentary wine is always on offer—as well as a hand and foot massage with your manicure or pedicure. They also do large private parties.
Ask for: Adrien Dupuis aka the Jack of all trades: he is a pro with cut, colour and blowdry.
Products: Moroccan Oil, Niucoco, Wella
Find it: 1332 Notre Dame O. and 113 Chemin De La Pointe N., m-salon.ca
Montreal: Nüva Beauty & Spa
Specializing in: Cuts and healthy hair maintenance
The atmosphere: Friendly, bright and spacious
Ask for: Maggie Semaan or Luigi Rosi
Find it: 1750 Pierre Péladeau, nuva.ca
Specializing in: A deluxe men’s barber shop, this place is the most trusted by Montreal’s cool girls with short crops.
The atmosphere: Super cute staff and complimentary Remy Martin—check!
Ask for: Thad
Products: House line
Find it: 4677 Notre Dame O., notoriousbarbershop.com
Montreal: Odysée Addickt
Specializing in: Advanced colour, cut and styling techniques
Ask for: Catherine Allard, Enrico Compierchio or Pietro D’Aquaila
Find it: 1281 Avenue du Mont-Royal E.
Montreal: Two Horses
Specializing in: Cut and colour services, tattoos
The atmosphere: Kill two birds with one stone—the artistic space is part hair salon, part tattoo shop
Ask for: Ean Frear for everything from colour correction and balayage to short, dramatic crops
Products: Kevin Murphy
Find it: 170 Jean Talon W, Suite 306, twohorsesmtl.com
Montreal: Salon Unlisted
Specializing in: Fiery and colourful balayage, and super blunt cuts
The atmosphere: The space, with its exposed brick wall, pops of fuchsia and graphic wall art, is almost as cool as the stylists who work there
Ask for: Apple is known for her colour knowledge; MJ Deziel for creative cuts
Products: Pravana, Olaplex, Redken
Find it: 3648A Boulevard Saint Laurent, unlistd.ca
Montreal: Salon Sweet William
Specializing in: Colour services and wedding styles
The atmosphere: Eclectic atelier that doubles as a photo studio
Ask for: Bernardo Fernandez is a master of cuts, colour and keratin treatments
Products: Kevin Murphy
Find it: 5337 St Laurent Blvd., salonsweetwilliam.com
Moncton: Razor’s Edge Hair & Spa
Specializing in: The latest Insta-inspired styles
The atmosphere: Come for the service, stay to shop host of professional brands
Ask for: Suzanne Miller, who specializes in colour correction
Products: Matrix, Moroccanoil, Nioxin, Redken
Find it: 1273 Main St. Suite 102, razorsedgehairandspa.com
Moncton: Eccentric Hair Studio
Specializing in: Simple crops to dramatic colour transformations and everything in between
The atmosphere: A warm and cozy hideaway with a rustic touch
Ask for: Melissa Duguay for a unique style; Emily Gillis for funky colour
Find it: 167 Mountain Rd., @eccentrichairstudio
Specializing in: A luxury salon experience
The atmosphere: Fred integrates beauty, food and design. Shop for makeup, enjoy a sweet treat and get your weekend blowout all at the same time.
Ask for: Owner and founder Fred Connors is a hair veteran with over 30 years of experience in the industry or Krista Peters, senior stylist, who specializes in taming unruly tresses for a look that works for your own lifestyle.
Products: House line, plus Kerastase, Kevin Murphy, Deva Curl
Find it: 2713 Agricola St., fredstyle.ca
Halifax: Spirit Spa
Specializing in: Keratin blow-outs, cuts and colour consults
The atmosphere: Relaxing spa vibes—treat yourself to a deluxe pedi or facial while you’re there!
Ask for : Alex Ferguson if you’re looking to go blonde or Amanda Hodgson for killer balyage and babylights.
Products: Caudalie, HAI, Shu Uemura
Find it: 5150 Salter St., spiritspa.ca
Specializing in: All hair services, plus hair esthetics, tanning, facials and massages
The atmosphere: Flaunt is housed inside of a refurbished home with tons of character and a whole lot of pretty.
Ask for: Alicia Melanson
Products: Bumble and bumble, Der Med
Find it: 2166 Windsor St., flaunthfx.ca
Halifax: Foxy Moon Hair Gallery
Specializing in: Creative cuts and offbeat colour
The atmosphere: Warm and inviting with a hard-to-miss purple exterior
Ask for: Camille Denney-Harris, the queen of colour
Products: Aveda, Davines
Find it: 2725 Agricola St., foxymoon.ca
Specializing in: Catering to clients who want to look stylish, but not like trend victims
The atmosphere: Thumpers displays hanging artwork in collaboration with Gallery Page and Strange, and serves a delicious menu of caffeinated beverages, artisanal teas, salads, sandwiches and sweets catered by Humani-T Café next door.
Ask for : Paul Fougere, Vanessa Mills or Robb Raniere – this trio of stylists all specialize in updos, but if you’re looking for a killer ombré or sombré, Vanessa is your hair maven and Paul and Robb are the masters of shorter, textured cuts.
Products: Bumble and bumble, Oribe
Find it: 1455 South Park St., thumperssalon.com
St. John’s: Scion Hair Studio
Specializing in: Highlights and balayage, colour, cuts and extensions
The atmosphere: Outdoorsy vibe with white birch accents
Ask for: Duane Reid, highlight and balayage connoisseur
Find it: 255 Major’s Path, Suite #5, @scionhairstudio Related:
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