Westside Hair Studio
By YP Contributor

Spotless, Stylish and Spacious

Andrea Koros describes herself as a “neat freak,” so she fits right in as the owner of Westside Hair Studio. The salon’s compact storefront a few blocks east of Toronto’s High Park is a gateway, of sorts, to a series of incredibly tidy treatment rooms that stretch surprisingly far back from Bloor St. W.

It starts with a hairstyling suite and nail care area — all smartly decorated in black, red and white — and proceeds down a hallway lined with waxing rooms and ending in a pair of tanning booths. It’s all very convenient, stylish — and immaculately clean. “This is my place, so I make the rules,” Andrea says. “And rule No. 1 in a salon is that it must be spotless.”

You might think it’s old-school, but the one-on-one time with my clients keeps them coming back. They don’t just come here for hair. It’s catching up with a friend. - Andrea Koros, owner
Westside Hair Studio, Unisex hairstyling, hair colour, manicures, pedicures, waxing, tanning

A One-Stop Salon

Andrea’s vision for Westside Hair Studio is to offer “the whole package.” After many years working in large European salons and at fashion shows, she realized that her favourite part of the job was forging relationships with clients. “The big salons tend to separate stylists into those who cut, those who do colour, and those who provide other services. I don’t like that," says Andrea. "You might think it’s old-school, but the one-on-one time with my clients keeps them coming back. They don’t just come here for hair. It’s catching up with a friend.”

Before opening Westside in 2012, Andrea worked in the nearby Bloor West Village neighbourhood, where she had around 100 regulars. Two years later, “They are all still with me and are happy for me,” she says. “I’m also getting lots of new business from my existing clientele. My work is my business card: 90 per cent of the new faces I see are friends or family of clients.”

Westside Hair Studio, Unisex hairstyling, hair colour, manicures, pedicures, waxing, tanning

Personal Connections Pay Off

These connections mean Andrea and her staff often play lead roles in customers’ crucial hair days. “Sometimes I open at 5 o’clock in the morning for a wedding,” Andrea says. But even before that, “I want to get to know their personalities, then see the dress, then understand the wedding theme and décor. I need them to trust me. I want to show them my vision, and see their vision, and together we will make something perfect.”

But Westside Hair Studio is just as accommodating when it comes to everyday services.  It’s open seven days a week and until 8 p.m. Monday to Friday. “People love my hours," says Andrea. "Other places close at 5 o’clock, but that’s when my customers are coming back from work.” Many of them come directly from the nearby Keele or Dundas West subway stations, she adds, which makes Westside not only comfortable, cool, and clean, but conveniently located, too.

Westside Hair Studio, Unisex hairstyling, hair colour, manicures, pedicures, waxing, tanning
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