Between working in the natural skincare industry as a luxury buyer, and being taught the importance of a smoky eye prior to starting high school (thanks Mom), being immersed in the beauty industry, for me, has been unavoidable. Growing up in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has meant constantly being surrounded by different cultures and inspiration, no look is too bold or too bland. So, whether you’re in town to stalk Drake, visiting for a holiday or moving to Toronto for good, here are the beauty hotspots to hit, to make your stay that much more beautiful.
THE TEN SPOT
With an array of locations across the GTA, this wax bar helps you forget the discomfort and stereotype of painful hair removal by handing you a glass of champagne and playing your favourite rom-com (I personally always request Friends…I’m sooo a Phoebe). Not only offering waxing services, The Ten Spot also offers mani’s and pedi’s for girls on the go. Only have ten minutes? Let them know prior to booking and they’ll make sure your service fits with your timeline! To book in, head here.
BLO BLOW DRY BAR
Blo is North America’s original blow dry bar and with 130 locations across the US and Canada, it’s almost impossible to find someone living here who hasn’t visited at least ONCE! Whether you’re having a night out, important meeting, wedding or just not feeling up to doing your own hair (me, everyday) Blo, has the hairstyle for you. Pro tip: Ask for “Pillow Talk” off the hairstyle menu to guarantee a Victoria’s Secret level blowout. To book in, head here.
HER MAJESTY’S PLEASURE
Want the nails you see on Instagram that your local technician can never replicate? Then Her Majesty’s Pleasure needs to be your first stop in Toronto. The most Instagrammed nail salon in Toronto for a reason, snap a pic under one of their neon signs, or get posing with one of their colourful cocktails while taking a call on their retro landlines. In the heart of the Entertainment District, enjoy a mani/pedi before making your reservation across the street at one of Toronto’s most talked about restaurants. To book in, head here.
BEAUTY BAR CLINIC
Celebrity treatments at affordable prices? Yes, please. With regular clients such as Serena Williams and Alessandra Ambrosio, this will be your one stop shop for all your beauty needs. Whether you want a medical grade, classic or custom facial, the knowledgeable staff offer free consultations to help you choose. My favourite is the hydra-facial, as a non-invasive option that will leave your skin snatched and glowing. Call them to book your appointment and make sure to ask what promotion that are currently running – as they ALWAYS have special prices (take it from a local). To book in, head here.
LASHES & BROWS?
Ritual Salon are experts in all things hair, skin and beauty. The salon itself is hip, yet extremely chic and feminine – and everyone there has their finger on the pulse with what’s trending and what you’re likely to be asking for. If you’ve happened to accidentally over pluck (don’t worry we’ve all been there) and your brows are starting to feel a little sparse, make an appointment with one of the technicians for microblading (or a lash fill). Ritual will well and truly have you feeling like yourself again (only better) in no time. To book in, head here.
- – Chloe Gardner
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