Cut Above The Rest: Hairstylists in London, Ontario (2023)

The beauty industry in London is lively and booming, but often not given the credit and praise it deserves.

For the last part of this three-part series, I explored the complexities of hair salons in London. In an attempt to understand the depth of the hair business I chose to speak with stylists with several different specializations – curly hair, barbering, and straight hair.

Curly Hair – Glamorous Touch

Originally from Jamaica, Hyacinth Henry moved to London with her husband and opened her salon, Glamorous Touch, 20 years ago. She’s been located in different spots in London but ultimately moved to Ridout Street because of the privacy it affords her clients.

“I cater to a lot of clients with alopecia and cancer,” said Henry. “So I understand the importance of a more private location.”

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A lot has changed in London over the past 20 years and Henry says the market has definitely grown due to the increase in people of different cultural backgrounds.

“You find a lot of ‘mixed chicks’ now than ever before who have curly hair and that is my specialty,” she states. “I have a good niche in the city and it’s only continuing to grow.”

Hair is a major aspect of black culture and Henry is happy to serve this community. White salons in London are not lacking and she believes that the city needs businesses that cater to others.

“When I first moved here, I had to travel to Detroit or Toronto to get my hair done,” she said. “People don’t deserve to have to travel great lengths for something as simple as hair. Now, when my clients travel to Detroit or Toronto, people will ask where they get their hair done and they refer to me!”

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With the natural hair movement gaining popularity in recent years, I knew this must affect Hyacinth’s company in some way.

“Businesses always have to move with the times,” Henry claimed. “I am educated in curly hair and curl patterns so I am happy and open to people being more comfortable with their natural hair. I also provide a treatment package for natural hair which maintains the curl pattern, diminishes frizz, and keeps it healthy.”

Whether you want a new wig, highlights, or even curly hair product – check out Glamorous Touch at 342 Ridout Street South, Unit 1 or on the website.

Barbering – Authentic Barbers

For those who prefer the buzz and trim of a barbershop, you might want to visit Kris, the owner of Authentic Barbers who opened the shop only two years ago. Starting from cutting his friends’ hair for free in high school to opening up his own place, Kris slowly developed his interest and passion for barbering. He was once on the path to becoming an electrician but did not see a future there.

“I was very dedicated to pursuing an apprenticeship with a barber and when I got it, within six months I was cutting full time,” he says. “Soon, I was offered a job in Miami and Alberta and I took the one in Alberta. I worked there for about two years but I’ve always been a businessman and wanted to open my own shop. My girlfriend and I realized how much we missed London and found that the market here is more stable so we moved back. I bought the place on June 30, 2016 and we opened shop July 1, 2016.”

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Authentic Barbers offers something different to the table since Kris bases his hires on passion for the craft and the dedication to making someone feel good about themselves.

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“Skill is something that can be taught but passion is most important,” he says. “We also hope to build confidence in our clients and because our motto is ‘when you look good, you feel good.’”

What I first noticed while looking through the Authentic Barbers social media pages, is that their barbers can cut any hair texture – white, black, brown, you name it!

“That is something we consider when hiring and training”, said Kris. “Because we want people from every walk of life to feel comfortable coming here.”

The barbershop is often renowned as a space for community. I wanted to find out how important the maintenance of this environment to Authentic Barbers.

“Community is the most important part of it all,” he said. “Without the community, it is not a barbershop. I don’t mean that in a gendered way because we do cut women as well so the camaraderie is inclusive.”

To see more photos of Kris and his team working their magic, scroll down their Instagram @authenticbarbersco, check out their website, or pop by their location in Citi Plaza at 355 Wellington Street.

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Straight Hair – Salon Entrenous

Our feature for straight/wavy haired gals is Lisa Sallabank’s well renowned 33-year-old family business, Salon Entrenous. Lisa has worked in the salon, previously owned by her father, since she was very young. She attributes her work ethic and passion for the business to her father.

“I have literally done every single job in this salon,” explained Sallabank. “Including cleaning the floors, to assisting, to working the front desk, and recently, I just celebrated 20 years as stylist. When I took over as the owner, I felt like I had achieved my personal career goals, and was ready for the next challenge.”

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As for her place in London, she identifies the talent all around her in other salons who are also making their way to the award shows.

“Stylists are beginning to understand that they can fulfill themselves creatively,” she said. “As well as build a very successful career in London.”

The salon has won Canadian Hairstylist of the Year twice for the Magazine Mirror Awards. Of course, I had to ask Lisa what it means to have her business recognized on a national level.

“It means everything! Our Artistic Director, Julie Vriesinga and her team are typically the ones who are involved with the awards directly.”

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She explained that the submissions are artistic and avant garde – looks that the stylists do not usually practice on clients.

“The shoots are a great way for stylists to push the boundaries of their creativity,” she said. “Julie has also been nominated for Stylist of the Year for the North American Hairstyling Awards, [which] takes place later this month in Las Vegas – a HUGE deal in our industry!”

With so many different salons in London catering to this demographic, Salon Entrenous works very hard to separate themselves from the pack. She has three points of emphasis which she insists makes the salon as successful as it is.

“Firstly, we train our assistants for 1-2 years after they complete hair school, including shutting down early [once a week] to have one of our senior stylists teach a model night for the assistants,” states Sallabank. “No one becomes a stylist without passing a panel of several stylists who judge the assistants work. This way we are all confident in each other’s abilities, and client sharing is never an issue.

“Secondly, it is very import to me that people who work at the salon are supported both personally and professionally. It can be challenging for women to feel like they can have a successful career and a family, so if there happens to be a toddler or two running around at our staff meetings, so be it!

“And thirdly, I believe that supporting our stylists with ongoing education and outlets for their creativity is fundamental to our success! Every year we have stylists travel nationally and internationally to attend advanced training. At least twice a year, I also have celebrity stylists come into the salon and host seminars.”

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To find out more about Salon Entrenous, click around their website, browse their Instagram @salonentrenous, or stop by their location on 579 Richmond Street.

If you liked this article, check outpart one and part two of the series!


How much do you tip on a $500 haircut? ›

"Tip 20 percent on the true total cost of the service, not the discounted cost," Schweitzer says. "The hairdresser did the same amount of work, so they deserve the same amount of tip."

How much do you tip a hairdresser on $100? ›

$100 service = $20 tip. $150 service = $30 tip. $200 service = $40 tip. $300 service = $60 tip.

How much should you tip a hairdresser for a cut? ›

Not sure how much to tip your hairstylist? We asked three etiquette experts, two salon professionals and a certified financial planner. Most of these experts suggest leaving 15% to 20%, depending on the service and your satisfaction. Going with 20% is nice for the stylist and you because that math is pretty simple.

How often should you cut your hair? ›

If you want to keep your hair at the same length, get it cut every 6 to 8 weeks. But if you want to grow it a little longer, cut it every 8 to 12 weeks.

How much is an average haircut in London? ›

The average cost of a haircut is around £5 – £20 at a barbers. Although, at a hair salon it can be anything between £20 – £100+, depending on what you're getting done and which salon you visit. Over the years, we've gathered an extensive list of haircut spending hacks, including ways you can get a haircut for free.

Is it rude to ask a hairdresser how much they charge? ›

Yes, It's Rude—You Should Trust Your Stylist

“Prices are determined by what you're asking for. Color, highlights, cut, styling, etc., and if you want highlights and cut and style.

Do I tip my hairdresser if she is the owner? ›

The usual gratuity for your stylist or colorist (yes, even if they are the owner) should be 15 to 20 percent of the service fee. And while assistants are sometimes tipped out by their stylists, it's still a nice gesture to pass a little something their way.

Is $10 a good tip for a $20 haircut? ›

You should tip 15% - 20% of the entire bill for good service.

How much do you tip for $200 hair color? ›

How much should you tip on a $200 hair service? You should start at a 20% tip as a fair baseline. And if the service and the result are exceptional, you should tip 25%.

Do you give your hairdresser Christmas gift? ›

Of course, you shouldn't feel obligated to give your hairstylist a gift, but if you have a very friendly relationship and know a lot about them, something extra that isn't overly-expensive is always a nice gesture.

Why do hairdressers dye hair before cutting? ›

Applying your color before you cut makes it so much easier to section while coloring, and it prevents color overlapping from one section to another just below it. Now when you order your next box of our custom hair color or schedule a salon appointment, you'll know exactly what to do.

Is a 20 dollar tip good for hairdresser? ›

When tipping a hairdresser, the general rule of thumb is to tip 10 to 20 percent. So if your hairdresser did a great job on your hair color, you could give them a $20 tip. If they didn't do as well as you would have liked, you could give them $10.

Why don't you tip the owner of a salon? ›

Why is this? The owner of the salon is doing the exact same service for you as someone renting a booth from them. There is absolutely no logic to not tipping the owner. My family members and I all work in the service industry, from restaurants to hospitality to salons.

Is $50 a good tip for hairdresser? ›

Is $50 on a $200 cut ok? A $50 tip on a $200 cut by a stylist is a 25% tip which is usually considered a good tip.

What day of the week should you not cut your hair? ›

Thursday. Very largely known as Guruwar, Thursday is the day of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. According to experts, on this day cutting nails and hair brings uncountable negative impacts in one's life. If you do so on Thursday, you dishonor Goddess Lakshmi who signifies fortune and wealth.

What happens if you don't cut your hair for years? ›

Basically, if you don't have a trim, your split ends will run riot and likely split further up the shaft eventually snapping and making your hair short, which stops it from growing long. This way, your hair can continue to grow healthily from your roots, but the ends won't fray and snap shorter.

What happens if you don't cut your hair for 2 years? ›

Your Hair "Stops Growing."

"By not cutting your hair, you are actually risking the length rather than letting it grow," says Bivona. It seems counterintuitive, but by frequently trimming your hair, you'll prevent breakage by removing the dead, fragile ends.

Do you tip for haircut in London? ›

If you're having a basic cut at a traditional London barbershop, there is no need to tip. If you visit a trendy salon and decide to add different treatments like a classic beard trim or shave, you can add a tip when you pay. The standard rate is about £2 to £5, depending on the service.

How can I get a free haircut in London? ›

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Why do women's haircuts cost more? ›

The National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) points out that women usually have more complicated haircuts than men, and so are charged more.

What should you not tell a hairdresser? ›

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Should I wash my hair before a haircut? ›

So, should you wash your hair before a haircut or not? Usually, the answer is yes, you should shampoo before your appointment. Try to shampoo within 48 hours of your haircut appointment to ensure your hair is clean enough to allow your stylist to see the natural texture and shape of your hair.

Is it rude to go to another hair stylist in the same salon? ›

A: Clients switch stylists for hundreds of reasons. It doesn't mean the stylist did anything wrong, but that the new stylist was a better fit for the client's needs and desires. Stick with the stylist who best fits your needs and style preferences at that time.

How much do you tip a hairdresser for $250? ›

The perm and the hair nutrition costs $250. I usually tip them 20%-25% or even over 30%.

How do you tell a hairstylist you don't like your color? ›

Tell your colorist in a calm way that you are unhappy with the end results. They will understand,” he assures. “Share the details of what you don't like about the color or cut, like the highlights are too chunky or the tone is too brassy.”

How much should you give your hairdresser for Christmas? ›

First, the bottom line: How much should I tip my hairstylist during the holidays? The general rule is to double the 15 to 20 percent you usually give, says colorist Sharon Dorram-Krause of Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger Uptown salon in New York City.

Is $30 for a haircut too much? ›

The $30 Cut:

Of course, this all depends on the stylist and your expectations. $30 haircuts are pretty standard for chain salons and barbers, and you might find someone who you vibe with at this price.

What is a good tip for a $50 haircut? ›

A 20 percent tip is $40 and a 25 percent tip is $50. Searching for how much to tip a $50 hairdresser service? A 20 percent tip is $10 and a 25 percent tip is $12.50.

What is a good tip for a $30 haircut? ›

Generally speaking, for good service, you should tip 15 to 20 percent of the entire bill.

Is it rude to not tip a hairdresser? ›

Here's something else you may not know: tip etiquette mandates that you always leave a gratuity at the salon. But is it bad to not tip your hairdresser? It's considered poor etiquette not to tip service providers, and going to the salon is no different. We recommend always leaving 10%–20%.

How much do you tip a hairdresser for $220? ›

15-20% of the bill, including drinks. 10% unless their credit card machine is "broken", then no tip. It is now possible to tip using the app. Most people don't tip, so a small tip would be very appreciated.

How much is too much for Balayage? ›

Typically, balayage costs between $70 to $300. By comparison, a full head of regular highlights only costs around $75 to $150. Additionally, it may take up to three sessions to get your hair as light as you want it to be.

Do people still give tips to hairdressers? ›

Is it customary to tip hairdressers and nail salons in London? The answer is mostly yes. While tipping isn't nearly as common in the United Kingdom as it is in places like the United States, rewarding good service at a salon is generally well-received.

Are you supposed to tip mailman? ›

Regular U.S. Postal Service mail carriers aren't allowed to get cash tips, gift cards or checks, so tipping them is a no-no. They also can't accept gifts valued at more than $20.

What to say in a thank you to hairdresser? ›

A warm thankyou to the stylist who has always made me look much better with his skill to dress hair. Happy Hairstyle Appreciation Day. 3. Without you, I cannot imagine myself stepping out and facing the world because you give me the confidence to look perfect.

Is it better to color your hair before or after getting it cut? ›

Applying hair color before a haircut makes it so much easier to section while coloring, prevents color overlapping from one section to another, and gives you a great final cut and color.

Why do hairdressers wash hair before cutting? ›

"Many stylists will select to wash your hair prior to cutting since most prefer to cut the hair wet rather than dry." This is especially true when you are looking to remove an inch or more from the ends, have curls or coils that could benefit from stretching before cutting, or are looking to add a lot more texture and ...

Which is better Balayage or highlights? ›

"Highlights are often placed much closer to the scalp and applied in specific sections while the balayage process includes a graduated painting the color onto the hair in random sections," says Rivera. If you are looking to add non-uniform chunks or sweeps of color, balayage is a better option.

Is 5 OK to tip a hairdresser? ›

The minimum level of tip that most customers give their stylist is 10%, but some go as high as 25%. The majority of customers, however, take a middle ground and tip around 20% of the bill. These figures do vary, though, according to the type and location of the salon.

Do you tip shampoo girl separately? ›

What is this? Remember to tip 20 percent of the entire cost, and the assistants, like the shampoo girls, should be included in your tip.

How much do you tip for $1000 hair extensions? ›

If you are getting a very expensive treatment, such as Great Lengths Hair Extensions, it is recommended to tip 10-20%, or for the technicians time spent on the service. It is your call.

How much do you tip for $400 hair? ›

Remember the golden rule: "You should tip 20 percent on the entire service cost, not per individual," says Schweitzer. So if your haircut and blow-dry cost $40 total, and your color was $60, your total service cost comes to $100. That means you should tip $20 divided between the colorist and stylist.

How much do you tip a hairdresser for $85? ›

15-20% of the bill, including drinks. 10% unless their credit card machine is "broken", then no tip. It is now possible to tip using the app. Most people don't tip, so a small tip would be very appreciated.

How much do you tip for a $150 facial? ›

How Much to Tip for Facials, Waxing, and Other Spa Services. “It's customary to provide an 18 to 20 percent gratuity for any spa service, no matter if it's sugaring or a Biologique Recherche facial,” Angela Rosen, owner of Penelope & The Beauty Bar in Seattle and Daphne in New York City, tells Allure.

How much do you tip a hairdresser on a $200 bill? ›

Between 18% and 20% will be fine.

Is it OK to tip hairdresser 15 %? ›

Not sure how much to tip your hairstylist? We asked three etiquette experts, two salon professionals and a certified financial planner. Most of these experts suggest leaving 15% to 20%, depending on the service and your satisfaction. Going with 20% is nice for the stylist and you because that math is pretty simple.

How much should I tip my hairdresser for 75 dollars? ›

15-20% of the bill, including drinks.

Who is the hairdresser of Kate Middleton? ›

The Duchess of Cambridge's personal hairstylist Richard Ward is now breaking down what went into the tucked behind the ear look.

Who is the best hairdresser? ›

Check out these top celebrity hair stylists below who have secured their own fame for their work with famous clients.
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  • Kimberly Kimble. ...
  • Nick Arrojo. ...
  • Frédéric Fekkai. ...
  • Vidal Sassoon.

Who has the best haircut in the Premier League? ›

1. Pablo Osvaldo. The Premier League's most desirable hairdo undoubtedly belongs to one of its newest additions, Pablo Osvaldo.

What hair stylists dont want you to know? ›

Here, we present you with 10 facts your hair stylist may be tinkering with, leaving out or not know at all.
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  • Home Color Can Be Great. ...
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  • Shorter Isn't Longer. ...
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What is the most popular hairstyle at the moment? ›

Popular Hairstyles For Women in 2022
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  2. Natural Textured Hair. ...
  3. Beach waves. ...
  4. Shag Hairstyle. ...
  5. Braids Hairstyle. ...
  6. Pixie Hairstyle. ...
  7. Afro Hairstyle.

How do I choose a good hairdresser? ›

Ask a stranger or friend whose hair you admire.

Don't be shy to ask; generally if you like what they are wearing the chances are their stylist could be the one for you. This is always the first tip I give my clients. Recommendations from people you know work well too.

Who is Queen Elizabeth's hairdresser? ›

Enter Angela Kelly ‒ the queen's most loyal aide for the past three decades. She's also known as her hairdresser, dresser and “best friend”, as claimed by various media. But what do we know about the 64 year old so far?

Who was Marilyn Monroe's hairdresser? ›

Hollywood Flashback: Marilyn Monroe's Hairstylist Was “God” in the Early 1960s. Kenneth Battelle, aka Mr. Kenneth, also snipped the locks of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn and Lucille Ball.

Who was Princess Diana's hairdresser? ›

Sam McKnight, the hairdresser behind Diana's 1990s haircut, said the look was an impromptu decision. He said she asked him what he'd do with her hair, and he replied: "Cut it all off and start again." Later, Diana said the haircut was a turning point for her going from "victim to victor."

Do hairdressers prefer clean or dirty hair? ›

If a Shampoo Isn't Included With Your Haircut

If that's the case at your salon, there's usually no need to wash your hair first. But if a shampoo isn't included with your haircut, your stylist expects you to come in with reasonably clean hair.

Is there a difference between hair stylist and hairdresser? ›

The hairdressers work on shampooing, cutting, and coloring hair, while the hairstylists work on styles – curls, perms, updos, etc. A hairstylist can help you decide on the look you want and create the perfect hairdo for a special occasion. Sometimes, we use the word stylist to refer to a hairstylist.

Who is Jennifer Lopez hairdresser? ›

Jennifer Lopez's hairstylist, Chris Appleton, on how on to achieve JLo-level hair. Do try this at home. Singer, actress, dancer, fashion and beauty icon; Jennifer Lopez is renowned for many things, not the least of which are her dazzling red carpet appearances showcasing knockout hair and beauty looks every single time ...

What is the Marilyn Monroe haircut? ›

Marilyn Monroe's hairstyle captured the world with tight tousled curls perfectly placed and created one of the most desired and seductive hairstyles of all time. Her signature-bleached-blonde hair color and retro waves were her most prominent features, which appealed to the masses and never went out of style.

What is a octopus haircut? ›

Similar to a mullet, the style features more body and volume at the crown of the head (the head of the octopus) and then longer, thinner, shag-like layers from the mid-shaft to ends (the tentacles). Though the octopus haircut is inspired by both the mullet and shag, it is neither.


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