The skilled tress technicians at Chatters Salon infuse newfound vitality into insipid locks with an array of salon treatments, including a single-process salon colouring using Redken colour. A cup of precolouring coffee or tea keeps pigment-awaiting patrons hydrated in the waiting area as head gardens excitedly prepare to live out their chameleonic dreams. To begin the treatment, a talented shade switcher modifies the colour composition of hair with artful ease. Once hair has been cloaked in rich colour, a shampoo and conditioning treatment expunges lingering tint from strands while an accompanying scalp massage twists stressed-out thought bubbles into pleasing balloon animals. For a coif-pampering finale, a blow-dry whisks away residual moisture, leaving newly toned strands shiny and swinging. As an added bonus, salon-goers receive a full-size salon product with their colouring service.
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favourite coiled waterslide after a full-service perm ($80), and shampoo, cut, and style treatments send split ends and outdated ’dos into a black hole of oblivion ($36+).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).
A bakery outlet for Canada Bread Company Limited, McGavin's offers rows of loaves at wholesale prices. Fill bare cupboards or secret floorboard compartments with discount bread facing a dwindling shelf life, surplus bread from overzealous production lines, and fresh bread from local bakeries. McGavin's white or 100 per cent whole-wheat loaves (five loaves for $10.49) prove eminently slatherable. Other yeasty feasts include Dempster's Bagel six packs (three packs for $8.99), english muffin six packs (three packages for $6.99), and tortillas (three packages for $8.25). The popular discount special section, meanwhile, invites gluten gourmands to mix and match an ever-changing cast of short-dated dough bookends: every product, regardless of size, grain, or resemblance to Winston Churchill costs $1.39, and shoppers can mix and match an assortment of ten loaves for $12. Discount selections change daily and vary by location.
Fusion Hair Design captures cutting-edge looks atop its customers' stylish skulls by employing Vidal Sassoon trimming techniques and eco-friendly products. Settle on a smart style during the complimentary consultation and soak up Fusion's tranquil atmosphere as a skilled accomplice cuts and frames locks with the finesse usually reserved for decorating a wedding cake or parting the Red Sea ($40). A vibrant perm pumps volume into flat mops ($65+) as a whole head of highlights blends dimension into bland strands with warm streaks of colour and cool shades ($100). Fusion's chemical straightening smoothes tense bristles with Japanese hair-harmonizing techniques, eco-friendly products, and the careful resolve of a victorious Twister player ($100+). For high fivers expressing disdain towards their dull digits, the Italia manicure relaxes fingers and polishes nails ($40) while offering a matching nod to the toes with an Italia pedicure ($50).
Dedicated to training the next generation of stylists and aestheticians to be confident visionaries, Legends Academy educates students with a hands-on curriculum focused on developing cosmetological know-how in arenas ranging from hairdressing to makeup application. In order to complete their training, pupils fine-tune their skills in the school salon, where they perform services including perms, cap highlights, and elegant updos. The salon?s commitment to quality extends to the products they use during each appointment, including brands such as Schwarzkopf, CHI, and L?Or?al. Aside from hairstyling, guests can find a host of waxing and threading treatments to whisk away unwanted fuzz, as well as lavish mani-pedis to rejuvenate hands and feet weary from crab-walking to work.
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.