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Some Toronto Hair Salons Are Already Booked Solid Well Into The Holidays

"We won't see a break in our schedule at the earliest for 4-6 months."
Toronto Staff Writer
Toronto's Hair Salons Are Already Booked For Months In Advance

At this point, you might be willing to do just about anything for a seat in the barber's chair. But just how long will you have to wait for that much-needed cut? According to the owners to some of Toronto's hair salons, you could be waiting months for an appointment once doors finally reopen. 

Narcity reached out several to salons in the city to find out how quickly their schedules are filling up, even as Ontario's state of emergency carries on.

Ashley Brewsmith, the founder of Proudest Pony, revealed that it could take over a month to get through the salon's priority booking list once it reopens. 

"We have started a priority booking list, and I anticipate that list will take us approximately four weeks to work through, longer, possibly if we are reduced to two stylists working at any given time (which seems likely)," Brewsmith told Narcity. 

"We always have an advanced booking, but our waitlist usually only has two to three people for each stylist, and that's usually just coveted evening and weekend appointments. Now, everyone is planning ahead," she added.

The popular salon is not the only one dealing with long wait times and booking surges.

Jason Lee Salon also revealed to Narcity that they have seen a "huge increase" in bookings due to the pandemic from both new and regular clients.

"I'm imagining we won't see a break in our schedule at the earliest for four to six months once we reopen," Jason Lee wrote in an email.

Colour Lab Rosedale informed Narcity that they have been booking appointments with the tentative opening date of June 16th. 

However, the salon has been so slammed with calls that they are already booking "for as far out as the holidays."

Several salons in Toronto are offering priority to regular customers, but at least one is offering the same privilege to those most affected by the outbreak.

Sylvie Prud'Homme, the owner of The Loft, told Narcity that he would be offering senior citizens and frontline workers first dibs on appointments.

"We had to clear our books for the end of the spring and beginning of summer. We have a client list compiled in order of priority, offering appointment times first to at-risk clients, senior citizens, and front line workers," he wrote.

"Appointments have become highly sought after, and we anticipate being booked up for quite some time," he added about possible wait times.

Despite their packed schedules, it is still unclear when hair salons will be allowed to open up again in Toronto.

In a press conference last week, Doug Ford announced that we are going to have to "hold off" on salons re-opening for a while. 

"It will depend on the numbers," the Premier said. "I can't give you a specific stage. It'll be stage two or stage three." Ontario is currently in stage one of its reopening process.

    Patrick John Gilson
    Toronto Staff Writer
    Patrick John Gilson is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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