When it came time to opening his own salon, Medulla & Co., in the Queen West neighbourhood of Toronto, owner and hair colour vet Luis Pacheco created a space that merged his two worlds of beauty and yoga: “We married a conscious lifestyle with a luxury one.” Having worked in the industry for two decades, including his notable post at Hair on the Avenue in Toronto’s swanky Yorkville area, Pacheco was able to develop and hone his reputation before branching out and opening Medulla & Co. last year.
The aim for Medulla & Co. was a space that brought a sense of natural harmony to the world of beauty. As Pacheco explains, “Trying to minimize exposure as best we can without forgoing results,” by choosing to go ammonia-free for people who are becoming more and more conscious of ingredients. The lifestyle salon has an open and airy feel when you walk in and incorporates wood elements to create a natural and grounding feeling that breathes balance.
While the design elements were calculated in their meaning, the overall idea for the space came very naturally to Pacheco. While darker than the front styling area, which encompasses soft white walls and light wood fixtures, the colour bar had a plan. “In the colour area, we tried to focus light where we needed it most.” From the decorative elements to the lifestyle and retail area of the salon, each component brought in a sense of balanced harmony that was equal parts mathematical and instinctive. “People are just naturally drawn to something like this. It’s about being open and connecting.”
Design: Roy Banse Design
Space: Approximately 1,200 square feet
Team: 8 in total, including Luis Pacheco, 5 hairstylists, 2 colourists
Brands: TO112, L’Oréal Professionnel, Pureology, Redken, Wella Professionals, Pravana