Melissa Dunlop trained with Redken and Pureology before opening her own salon—Mel's Hair Zone. As a seasoned colorist, she transforms dark browns into platinum blondes and vice-versa, and can also paint tresses with peekaboo highlights and bold Chromashine colors, such as hot fuchsia and rich blue. An array of products by American Crew and Morrocanoil help her sculpt and nourish strands, ensuring each cut is as healthy as it is chic.
Black Pearl Beauty Loft's talented stylists treat craniums to luxurious scalp massages and haircuts, special-occasion updos, and hair extensions. Though the scalp sculptors capably embellish all types of tresses, they specialize in taming the oft-unruly frizziness and non-Euclidian geometry of curly hair. Body-length mirrors reflect a space with black leather furnishings and walls featuring black-and-white vine motifs, and technicians add splashes of color to manes and enhance eyelids with individual lash applications.
Hair By D's experienced stylist has travelled the world to tend to the tresses of everyone from television and movie stars to members of the Canadian tap-dancing team. Straight hair can finally mimic its favourite coiled waterslide after a full-service perm ($80), and shampoo, cut, and style treatments send split ends and outdated ’dos into a black hole of oblivion ($36+). Kick classy occasions into turbo-classy occasions with an elegant updo ($40+), which clients can admire in the salon's full-length mirrors. Kids' cuts make for stylish schooldays or days spent playing surgeon ($10 for ages 0–6; $15 for ages 7–16), and colour treatments imbue adult noggins with an opulent new hue ($48 for roots; $80 for full head).
There’s no doubt that Fire & Ice Hair Company has class. For starters, the salon is committed to green products and methods; they recycle more than 85 per cent of salon waste and exclusively use products by La Biosthetique Paris—a company that creates its packaging using wind, water, and solar power. More obviously, Fire & Ice's space—blanketed, of course, in the soft glow of energy-efficient light bulbs—reveals a high-end salon, complete with rich wooden floors and pearl-white styling chairs.
What's missing, however, is the attitude. Unlike at many upscale establishments and children’s book clubs, the staff skips the highbrow demeanor in favour of friendly chatter.
Knock Outs Hair & Body Studio is a self-described progressive salon, which is apparent based on its clients who have purple streaks, mohawks, and crackle-polish manicures. That's not to say the staff members only create bold looks?a look at their before and after gallery shows everything from classic highlights and layered looks to twists. The staff includes three licensed stylists, as well as apprentices who, if they're anything like the movies, should be able to enchant brooms into sweeping up hair by themselves.
Stylist Kristen revamps her clients' looks with modern haircuts and dramatic eyelash extensions. She works alongside other talented stylists at Madison Avenue Hair Designers, a salon that exudes the glamour of New York's Madison Avenue with exposed-brick walls and a glittery chandelier.