Archive for the ‘Haircuts’ Category

My head, or at least my hair, is grateful

2007 July 30

Today I got my mop chopped at Grateful Head Collective, which is located on Dundas West at Montrose.  I originally wanted to go in on Saturday, but they were all booked up.  As in restaurants, I consider full bookings a good thing and generally would be happy to wait rather than look elsewhere that is immediately available.

This afternoon I sauntered in and my stylist, Norelle, was there to greet me at the door.  She then offered me a coffee and we sat down together to chat about what I wanted to do with my hair.  I really appreciated this, because usually when a stylist asks you questions, you’re already washed up and they have the scissors in hand and practically in your hair already.  I get nervous in situations like that.  We talked not only about what I had in mind for a cut, but also the type of styling products I use, other haircuts I’ve had, what I see my hair looking like in the near and long-term future and a variety of other things pertaining to my head.

After getting all shampooed (multiple times, as apparently I’ve been using a really harsh wax in my hair that she strictly forbade me from ever using again) it was time for the cut.  Norelle really took her time and had a really nice manner of both taking artistic liberties as well as asking me before she did anything drastic (i.e. cutting the hair around my ears).  We talked at length about all kinds of interesting topics such as: the Toronto restaurant scene, art (the salon doubles a gallery), the innocence of youth, cougars and Kensington Market.  The latter was actually the way that Norelle found herself working at Grateful Head – the owner of the salon noticed Norelle there and commented on how she liked her style.  She apparently offered her an interview after asking about a lot of other things (for example she asked if Norelle played any instruments – it’s somewhat of a prerequisite that all staff members are also musicians) before even inquiring as to whether Norelle cut hair.  Luckily she does, and she was invited in for an interview which consisted of Norelle playing her bass for the owner in the basement of the salon.  That’s pretty rock’n’roll.

Anyway, I ended up with a great cut, some excellent advice, and an afternoon of interesting conversation.  I’ll definitely be going back and I recommend that you try this place out yourself.


Grateful Head is located at 1006 Dundas Street West.  416.915.4323
My cut cost $30 and took approximately 1 hour.