June 13th, 2011
Dying to try the pastel-hair trend, but only for, like, a day? Here's how.
I've dyed my bleach-blonde hair every shade of violet under the sun and loved it. Always it washes out in a month or two—that's not fast enough for some, though, who can only be wild for a weekend. So if you're very blonde and want temporarily insane hair, follow these six easy steps from my main hairdressin' man, Greg May.
1. Get a bottle of Paul Mitchell Inkworks in purple ($20) from Cosmetic World (623 Yonge St, 416-964-6188).
2. Open up any kind of pump-spray (not aerosol) fixative, like hairspray or gel. Pour some out and add in the InkWorks to desired colour level; try two-thirds hairspray, one-third dye.
3. Spray all over, or just do the ends, but know that the hair you spray will have a crispier texture. Only start spraying once your hair's in the desired style.
4. Go out.
5. Come home.
6. Wash out.
Greg May Hair, 124 Cumberland St., Toronto, 416-920-8892, www.gregmayhair.com
May 30th, 2011
A new west-end hair salon sells, literally, the idea of home.
Erica Quinn cut hair out of her own pied-a-terre for eight years before packing up and moving to Parkdale. Her punnily eponymous salon, Quinn West, still feels homey. For coffee-table reading, there's her favourite Art and Feminism; her fluffball dog, Mavis, runs around a lower-level space deco'd out in retro chairs, chandeliers and tchotchkes. Like her taste? Pick up a Royal Doulton vase ($25) or a midcentury wicker chair ($65) for your own place; she sells “modern antiques” on the side.
The honey-haired proprietress says her loyal clients range from 20 to 80; she can cut “a hip Queen Street asymmetrical hairstyle” or a “Rosedale mom 'do.” One thing she won't do? Anything “totally fabulous” and impossible to re-do at home. —SNP
Cuts with Quinn are around $70, and the delish Kevin Murphy products she uses exclusively are (most of them, anyway) $25 each. 1479 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-588-7846, http://quinnwest.com
July 19th, 2010
The quest for Erin Wasson’s supermodel body may be beyond our grasp but now her perfectly tousled hair is just at our fingertips.
For naturally sexy waves, spray luxury Swedish line Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist formula from roots to tips on clean, towel-dried hair. Mist, twirl and scrunch for a look that’s more Venice Beach than Vegas. Finish with a dash of bronzer (or your own freckles) and one of Wasson’s designs for surf and skate brand RVCA.
Radical style, ladies.
Ocean Mist, $34 at PIR Cosmetics, 25 Bellair St., Toronto, 416-513-1603, www.pircosmetics.com
June 28th, 2010
The word ‘salon’ once typically referred to a regular gathering of artists in a fashionable household.
The latest artist to arrive in Yorkville is Shu Uemura and the salon of choice is Hair on the Avenue. Visit the striking and dramatic new concept space and treat yourself to a Scalp Ceremony treatment. Sit back and relax for an invigorating massage of specially blended essential oils that moisturize your hair and much-neglected scalp. We left feeling totally refreshed and reinvigorated, inspired by the great master himself.
From $25. Hair on the Avenue, 112 Avenue Rd., Toronto, 416-922-0112, http://hairontheavenue.ca
April 12th, 2010
When you skip a sizzling date for a night in with a hair mask, you know your tresses are in trouble.
Avoid artificial concoctions in favour of a natural product that really works. Free of sulfates, parabens, and artificial fragrances, Saijojo shampoo ($15) offers a deep, lasting wash that leaves hair silky smooth and super shiny.
The brainchild of celebrity hairstylist Mario Verrilli, Saijojo boasts a range of products designed to pamper your pelts to natural perfection.
Hairs to you, gorgeous!
June 29th, 2009
In the quest to achieve Lou Doillon’s sexy tresses or Brigitte Bardot’s messy chignon, mortal hair can sometimes fall a little flat.
We suggest OSiS’s Dust It powder by Schwarzkopf ($17).
Take a touch of powder into palms to start. Rub hands together and comb fingers through dry hair, lifting as you go for volume. Style up as desired or leave down for effortless attitude. You can sprinkle it directly onto roots but keep a fine-tooth comb handy to blend away excess powder. It adds plenty of texture (almost to the point of feeling dirty) but it doesn’t weigh hair down like a crème or serum.
Slip it into your bag before an overnight date and you'll look like a bombshell at breakfast.
Toronto Barber and Beauty Supply, 100 Dundas St. W, Toronto, 416-977-2020, www.tbbs.ca
November 10th, 2008
We can all remember dashing off to school with dripping wet hair, much to our mothers’ chagrin.
Many years on, not only do we blow-dry daily, but we do so with a reduced carbon footprint.
Eco Dry from Babyliss ($38) uses 1,000 watts instead of the usual 2,000, but remains just as effective, as the motor uses less heat but has a more powerful airflow.
And the glossy locks? It’s easy being green.
Buy Babyliss products at www.folica.com
September 3rd, 2007
Veronica Lake’s locks are hot – but so are curling irons.
Before you damage your tresses trying to perfect that peek-a-boo wave, try using Frédéric Fekkai’s Coiff Défense/Pre-Style Thermal/UV Protectant ($32).
This heat-activated, leave-in conditioner insulates each delicate strand so you can gussy up without risk of appliance damage.
Look, in an ideal world we’d have a personal coiffure doing the gussying– but at least this way we’ll still have hair when that day comes.
Sephora, 220 Yonge St., Toronto, 416-595-7227, www.sephora.com