It has been very clear to me that hair is just another form accessory to me. Ever since I was kid, I have had many different hairstyles – you name it, I most likely had it. From military hair to mohawk to buzz cut and sleek back. To this day, I still experiment a lot with my hair, not so much in the style department, but more so in the colour department. I have gone blonde, gray, lavender, purple and now blue.

For this blue hair, I have partnered up with Toni&Guy salon, located in the heart of Yorkville. Toni&Guy has been around for a long time, dated back to 1963, when they first opened their salon in Clapham, London. Fast forward to today, they have more than 475 salons across 48 countries. Before moving to Toronto, I have always heard of this salon and I frequently visited them back in Asia. They are known for delivering experimental look, as well as great customer service. Aside from that, they also participate during fashion week by providing their service and expertise to many designers and models.

I have had a few bad experiences with salons in the past, either I felt uneasy or not welcomed. I can safely and surely say that my visit at the Toni&Guy Yorkville was not the case. As soon as I walked into the salon, they greeted me with a warm welcome and offered me to hang my coat and the receptionist asked me if I wanted anything to drink – to this I asked for a cup of tea. Prior to my makeover day, I actually had the pleasure to connect with the owner, discussing some details about the collaboration. 

When I was seated, we discussed a little bit more, you know just to make sure that everything is A-Okay. Gwyneth Fung, my hairstylist was so good to me as she explained in details about the process that we were doing that day. As many of you might know, I previously had blonde hair, however, I also had a little bit of a brassy root situation happening. To make sure that the blue hair is going to come out consistent, she bleached my roots and let me tell you the process was very delightful as I didn’t get any discomfort or stinging situation. Once that was done, she proceeded to step 2, which was dyeing my hair gray. Gwyneth, made the solution a little bit stronger because she told me that it would last a little bit longer. After that, she rinsed my hair and put in the blue dye in my hair. For this, she used the newly released dye, which is called Colour Trip. It is different from other hair dye because it has Hydrolyzed Keratin and Coconut Oil, ingredients known to strengthen and condition hair.

The process to get my hair from blonde to blue took about 4 hours and during those 4 hours I actually had such a great time. I didn’t feel bored or anything. We all know the waiting game can be mundane most of the times, but I used them for taking some photos, uploading videos to my IG and engaged in a conversation with my hair stylist.

As if their great service isn’t enough, they also offer complimentary consultations 7 days a week. If you think that’s not enough then I am happy to inform you guys that they also offer complimentary fringe trims and clean ups for men between visits. Also, for men who get their hair cut every three weeks or less, and women who get their hair coloured every 3 weeks or less, they offer a Frequent Visit Program that gives you guys 25% off that service.

The decor in this salon is great too – it features a minimal and sleek design, such as white walls, in the wall shelves that are filled with neatly organized hair products. Behind the hair station lies 3 washing stations that I think are some of the best. The seat is comfortable and the sink actually moves only at a certain angle. It makes washing the hair much better because water doesn’t get in my face or drips down my clothes.

I highly recommend giving this salon a try if you’re looking to have a great time while getting your done by professionals.

Photos by yours truly in Partnership with Toni&Guy Yorkville | Portraits by Cynthia Nguyen 

Posted by:Vincent Ko

Vincent Ko is a fashion photographer, stylist and creative consultant based in Toronto. He specializes in editorial photography and portraiture. His love for design, architecture, food and coffee is constantly share amongst his viewers with the sole intention to inspire others through his lens.