A new colour-only salon in Toronto offers a service as exact as the shade desired.
As colourists know, producing a true hue is more than a paint chip selected off a rainbow. “We are extremely dedicated to the perfection of hair colour, and we display the intermixable colour bottles on the shelves, so that clients can see how much work is involved in creating their tone,” says Raphael Ness Azran, master colourist. At Colour Lab12, the tight team runs an operation
with four chairs, one blow-dry station and a shampoo station. “It’s a small space, but it serves all the purposes we need!” says Raphael. “We enjoy having a small team who can converse about each formula to better serve our customers.” Together with his parents, Jean-Charles and Heather, the family has been in the industry for 60 years. Jean-Charles also owns Estetica Montreal and Jean-Charles Salon in Toronto and has been featured on a CBC documentary, Hairstyle Confidential.
In an urban environment, time is of the essence and the staff at Colour Lab12 have reconfigured the way clients book a colour by functioning as a drop-in service, rather than asking clients to squeeze appointments around a colourist’s schedule. “We really want to revolutionize the colour service so that clients can be educated about the craft,” says Raphael, who encourages colourists to explain the colour process to clients. Of the self-service blow-dry station, he says, “It’s less about the pampering and more about coming in for affordabe, quality colour so clients can get on with their day.”