Day + Night isn’t your average hair salon. Opened this summer on Dundas West by hairstylists and friends Chanel Croker, Ben Raine and Nikki Pereira, it boasts an airy contemporary house soundtrack, shelves of art and fashion books and magazines, a fully-functioning kitchen in the basement and a backyard filled with wooden benches, purple cone flowers and old 7-Up crates sprouting with plants. The front of the space, enclosed on two sides by windows, is known as “the cube,” and is the perfect place for musicians to hook up their instruments and play a set.
Though first and foremost a salon, Chanel calls it a “mixed-use space” that involves each of the hairstylists’ varied interests. “We think of it as a creative collaboration,” she says. “If there’s an artist or musician in town that we want to feature as part of a collective, a crossover, [we use that opportunity to] inspire us as stylists and mix with other artists in the city or the world.”
Most recently, the salon hosted the CD-release party for synth-pop band Parallels, whose cool sound and accompanying light show were a draw for the neighbourhood. Many other event ideas continue to swirl around as well, including a collab with a milliner for a night of hair and headpieces, or a sit-down dinner party where clients are invited to hang out while a local chef whips up a meal. “One idea leads to another,” Ben says. “Every client gets inspired with an idea when they see the space. I’m excited to find inspiration and do different things.”
Of course, the hairstylists of Day + Night also find inspiration in the beauty looks on the runway, and love to showcase their favourites of the season whenever possible. A few of Chanel’s current faves are bold colours and short hair. “[I love] the idea of using candy colours, but not in that old, heavily-saturated, stark way,” she says. “It’s much more grunge, much more faded and worn out right from the get go.” Another fave style? The Nouveau Chelsea. “It’s a very androgynous look that works on men and women. Its got a blunt fringe and is really short in the back.”
Up for a new cut and a taste of art and culture? Head to Day + Night for great style, good conversation, fresh music, Swedish hair products, nifty books, recommendations on local restaurants and coffee shops… and on and on and on.