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My Favourite Ottawa Hair Salon Has a New Look

5 Aug

Last week, my mom texted me to say that she thought that something strange was going on at The Hair Loft, our favourite salon in Ottawa. (You can read about it here.) I was curious and I did a little snooping around and found out that they were moving.  Then I started to see pictures on social media, little teases of what’s to come and the curiosity built. So here’s the scoop,


Press Release:

Popular Centretown Salon Gets A Face-Lift

Ottawa, Ontario. July 31st– The Loft Urban Salon has opened its doors at the new 429 MacLaren location. The new Salon is an amalgamation of all the stylists and estheticians from the Elgin St. Loft and Le Spa. The Loft, now the largest Salon in Ottawa, is a gorgeous Heritage home in the heart of Centretown with a fully renovated, modern interior complete with three floors of hair and spa services.

The union of The Loft Elgin and Le Spa into a brand new state of the art salon has already benefitted the loyal clientele of both salons. The new location, while still in the downtown core is more accessible and makes parking less of a hassle. The new Loft Salon will be populated by all the familiar faces clients have grown to love and rely on for all their beauty needs.

10525648_10154481932510164_8113009001180502486_n“We are very excited to have merged the two locations; it will bring the expertise of both salons together and having all of The Loft family under one roof gives the Salon such a great energy. I am proud to say that this is the biggest urban salon in the Nation’s Capital” says owner and creative director Bruno Racine.

The beautifully designed salon is spacious and grand while still maintaining the cozy feeling clients are accustomed to. The salon spans 6000 square feet and houses the only integrated academy salon in Ottawa. The first two floors of The Loft are primarily focused on hair, with a sleek manicure bar and make up station in the colour room of the second floor, while the third floor functions as quiet spa for nails, facials and massage. The basement of the salon is reserved for The Loft Academy, where student stylists learn the tricks of the trade and take clients at a discounted rate.

For more information, or to book an appointment, you can find us online at www.hairloft.ca, on Facebook or by phone at (613) 232-0202.


The Hair Loft – Ottawa

14 Apr

Oh The Hair Loft, where to start?

Well, I guess I should start from the beginning when I used to work with many of their staff in various salons. Gradually stylists from all over the city started gravitating towards  The Hair Loft. Back then, they were a small salon and have now grown into a beautiful, fun, funky, modern salon.

I don’t live in Ottawa, I haven’t in about ten years, but that doesn’t stop me from getting my hair done there. I actually plan my visits to Ottawa around when I need to get my hair done, and it takes about 5 hours to get there. I think that on its own speaks volumes as to the awesomeness of this salon.

There are two main stylists that I see, Howard and Gina, for my bleach, toner and haircut. Both are incredibly talented and I always leave pleased. Gina is bubbly and fun and always in a good mood, she really makes your experience something special, not to mention that she knows hair and leaves you looking stunning. Howard is incredibly talented,educated and accurate, you know when he’s got you in his chair that you’re not leaving until it’s perfect.

Not only are the two stylists I see wonderful, but really the whole team is. People are always checking on you to make sure that you’re comfortable and to see if they can top up your drink.

The Hair Loft also has a hair school, it’s called The Loft Academy, where Suzanne is an educator. I have worked with her in the past and she really is something special, she also works at The Hair Loft as a stylist.

So yes, a lot of the staff are people that I know, have worked with and many I consider friends. But I DO pay for my hair, and our friendship doesn’t cloud my judgement when it comes to recommending them. Like I said, I travel 5 hours to come to this salon.




Shawna at The Westboro Spa

10 Apr

The Westboro Spa is super cute, it’s in a character house and has three floors. The ground level is hair, the second is esthetics and the third is massage. I go for the massage. I see an RMT (registered massage therapist)  there named Shawna and she is FANTASTIC.

After filling out the standard RMT forms and questionnaire, she works on determining  if there are any areas that you need to have/want to have worked on. For me, it’s my shoulders, this may be TMI, but they pop and it’s pretty gross. Her pressure is perfect, she really works out the issue, but also makes sure the massage is enjoyable and relaxing. She asks questions about pressure and really makes sure the massage is working for you. She also tailors the whole experience to your needs, if you want to chat, she chats, if you want silence, she’s quiet, it’s perfect. to I always feel incredible after she’s done and …. NO MORE POPPING IN MY SHOULDERS. Ooh and a little bonus that I love is that she has this warming blanket/pad for your feet, perfect for winter or a rainy day. So, if you’re in Ottawa and looking for a massage then she is the lady to see.

I should add, in the interest of full disclosure, that Shawna is a good friend of mine, but that has not influenced my post in any way. She really is amazing.

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