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Staff Picks: 10 Superlative Salons and Barbershops

When in need of a cut, colouring or a full hairstyle overhaul (or, perhaps, a pampering hot-lather shave), Torontonians and travellers turn to these salons and barbershops. And hey, once you’ve cleaned yourself up a bit, why not head to the theatre for a performance of the classic musical Hair, which opens December 13.

Mankind Grooming Studio's downtown location blends classic fixtures with modern style (photo courtesy of Mankind)

Bob + Paige Salon
This salon has two sleek boutiques on the Danforth. Expect a high-style haircut to match. Of course, colour treatments, bridal ‘dos and makeup services are also offered. 239 Danforth Ave, 416-519-4596; 412 Danforth Ave., 416-850-9719.

Civello Salon and Spa
With three locations in downtown Toronto, Civello offers high-end hair and makeup services, plus a head, neck and shoulder massage with your cut. The Queen Street and Rosedale locations also offer a range of luxury spa and skincare services using Aveda products. 269 Queen St. W., 416-977-7755; 887 Yonge St., 416-924-9244; 2620 Yonge St., 416-487-3535.

Exit Salon
Hair product company Redken’s first Canadian flagship salon prides itself on making clients look their absolute, runway-ready best. The full-service salon specializes in creating the hottest looks, and is known for styling numerous Toronto celebrities, models and more. 1360 Yonge St., 416-966-3948.

Fuss Hair Studio
Leslieville’s resident boutique salon features a young team of creative stylists ready to work on any type of hair, and a cute, comfy atmosphere consistent with the neighbourhood. The studio offers a great range of colour treatments, cuts and styling. 1093 Queen St. E., 416-469-0006.

Garrison’s
Overlooking Trinity Bellwoods Park, Garrison’s is a quintessential old-school barbershop, where getting your haircut isn’t so much different than simply hanging out with a friend—a friend who happens to be a superb barber. The vintage-y space creates a relaxing vibe while barbers Alan Brown and Sydney Woods work away at sculpting hip styles for their male clients. Straight-razor shaves are also offered, naturally. 907 Queen St. W., 416-703-8602.

Mankind Grooming Studio
This hip grooming spot for the modern man offers a sizeable list of services. Its signature “alpha male” package includes a wash, cut and style, plus scalp and hand massage. Manicures, pedicures, waxing, colouring and more are also available. 477 Richmond St. W., 416-551-1113; 212 Eglinton Ave. E., 647-349-7040.

The Men’s Salon
At the concourse level of the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel, this traditional barbershop offers luxurious yet affordable services for dapper gentlemen. 100 Front St. W., 416-364-7995.

Terminal Barber Shop
Since 1925, “Toronto’s oldest standing barber shop” has given men a classic and comfortable environment in which to enjoy a haircut, signature hot-lather shave and friendly conversation. The shop’s four restored, century-old barber thrones are also a notable feature. 594 Bay St., 416-598-4941.

Truefitt and Hill
The British barbershop famed for serving the royal family. Its Toronto location—resplendent in leather and dark woods—caters to an elite clientele with a slate of pampering grooming and spa services. 161 Bay St., concourse level, 416-640-1210; 40 King St. W., 416-214-4646.

World Salon
This award-winning salon has served city-dwellers for more than two decades. It’s also a green pioneer, making every effort use ecologically friendly products for its services—from styling and colouring to makeup and wedding consultations. 132 Adelaide St. E., 416-594-1402.

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