Aphrodite's Sanctuary

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  • Toronto, ON
    United States
    (416) 928-3333
  • (Rated 5/5 based on 65 Reviews)

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Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Before I started seeing Nadine my hair was frizzy, damaged and unmanageable. It took me hours to style my hair and I usually resorted to using my flat iron. I always wanted really long hair but I could never grow it out because it was too damaged and constantly needed to be cut. It's been almost three years since I first came to Nadine and my hair is healthy,long and frizz free. Nadine gets how important my hair is to me. It no longer takes me hours to style my hair, ten to fifteen minutes is usually all I need and I constantly get compliments in relation to my hair. I would recommend any person who cares about their hair and wants improvement to do yourself a favour and go see Nadine.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Before I started seeing Nadine my hair was frizzy, damaged and unmanageable. It took me hours to style my hair and I usually resorted to using my flat iron. I always wanted really long hair but I could never grow it out because it was too damaged and constantly needed to be cut. It's been almost three years since I first came to Nadine and my hair is healthy,long and frizz free. Nadine gets how important my hair is to me. It no longer takes me hours to style my hair, ten to fifteen minutes is usually all I need and I constantly get compliments in relation to my hair. I would recommend any person who cares about their hair and wants improvement to do yourself a favour and go see Nadine.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Anytime I've left a salon with curly hair, my immediate reaction was to grab a scrunchie and put my hair up right away. After reading reviews about Aphrodite's Sanctuary Salon, I decided I had nothing to lose. I booked an appointment and was extremely skeptical. But now, there is no one else I would let touch my hair other than Nadine. At my first appointment, she taught me how to style my hair and recommended products I should use. I left the salon with a smile that could not be wiped away. So many people complimented me on my curls--something that has never happened to me before! I recently got keratherapy done to my hair, just to make it a bit more manageable, and the result were amazing! Nadine was honest and told me that it will not straighten my hair, but that it would remove most of the frizz. Nadine is such an amazing stylist. She's extremely talented, gives you realistic expectations, and has the ability to make you love your hair (something I thought to be impossible).

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

This is the first time I have walked out of a salon, where they styled my natural hair, and I didn't leave looking like I had a bird nest on my head. Nadine was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable about curly hair. She first asked me what I wanted from my haircut, what I was looking to improve with my hair and she listened. I asked for a trim and that was exactly what she gave me. My hair hardly looked any shorter when she was done. Also, she gave me some tips on how to make my hair more voluminous and defined, which is what I've been struggling with. Usually, it takes a few months for my hair to grow out and start curling properly after I get it cut, but I'm so glad that this time I didn't have to deal with that problem. I've washed my hair a few times since having it cut and I'm very happy with the results.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Nadine is the best stylist I have ever had. She lives and breathes curly hair. Going to ask someone for a trim DOES NOT mean taking off 3 inches (which then bounces up 2 more). Nadine fully understands this concept and gives you exactly what you ask for. Her highlights have made my hair look it's best in years. I recently got married and had Nadine and her staff come to my house out of town and prep all the ladies. She did an amazing job and every single person was beyond happy with their hair. One girl who's hair never curls, stayed in place all night and it was fantastic! She was also very patient with my wedding consultations working with a birdcage veil!!! Whether its for a cut, colour or style, you will want to call Nadine and have her work her magic!!!! Lots of love to my girl Nadine xoxo

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

After numerous bad experiences with various stylists, I had written of my hair as unmanageable, perpetually tangled and frizzy, and a curse I was going to have to deal with for the rest of my life. Aphrodite's Sanctuary was recommended to me by someone who works in the building, and after checking out their site, I decided to give it a try. Best decision I've ever made. Nadine knew exactly what to do with my hair to make it healthy and gorgeous, and gave me excellent advice on how to manage it on my own. She's a miracle worker. She worked out all my knots and tangles, never rushed, explained what she was doing to make me feel comfortable; the atmosphere was very professional but very welcoming. I have never felt relaxed with a hair stylist before, but after two visits, I already trust her enough to let her do whatever she likes at my next hair appointment. I'd never really liked my hair until after Nadine, I can't wait to see what she does next. Definitely check out this place, you will not regret it!!

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

There might be tons of stylists out there, but you know when you come across a pro, someone as passionate, attentive and skilled as Nadine. She's in a class of her own and delivers one gorgeous hair cut after another! I just returned from my third haircut at Aphrodite's Sanctuary and just like the previous times, I got complimented on my hair all the way home. On the street, on the subway and in shops! Ha! :-) After a lifetime of mediocre, so-so, and "ok" haircuts (this, in high-end salons), I walked into her salon and have not been remotely tempted to go anywhere else; I'm just really excited to return to see what she will pull off next! As a matter of fact, I've recommended her to the people I care most about (curlies as well) and they too, keep going back. Nadine not only listens, but she understands what my not-always-so-precise wishes actually mean. She's the only stylist that manages to give my hair shape without sacrificing the length. Her pintura highlights are beautifully done, and she also knows colour! It's one thing to cerebrally understand the notion that one should embrace what nature gave us... But that's not always so easy to do if all your hair does is be unmanageable, dull, pouffy, frizzy and if it just laughs at you. It's a completely different feeling to not only embrace who you are and what you look like, but to celebrate it. Nadine gives me reasons to celebrate every time, she really is amazing! (btw Aphrodite's Sanctuary is now at 81 St-Clair East, Toronto)

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I was visiting my family in Toronto and wanted to get my first Deva cut. I selected Nadine at Aphrodite's Sanctuary because after doing some research I found she had trained with deva curl creator Lorraine Massey in NYC. Well I was so pleasantly surprised to be greeted by this warm, kind and energetic hairstylist. Nadine was so interested in what I was looking for in my hair style, how much time I liked to invest in my hair each day. She asked lots of questions about my current hair routine, problems I was currently having regarding hair growth. She was truly interested in MY needs. The best part was she explained every single thing she did with my hair and why she was doing it, so that I could recreate the same process at home. The result was a beautiful head of soft, well defined curls! And I have been able to reduplicate this at home. May I also say the staff was also so warm and inviting the second you walked in the salon. I don't find that many places. I left there with a beautiful head of hair, and new friends as well. If you have curly hair and do not know what to do with it, I highly recommend Nadine at Aphrodite's sanctuary in Toronto, Ontario. You will be very pleased. And the price is so reasonable! I will be going back for my maintenance trims! So glad I have family to visit! :)

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I just recently received my first ever Deva Cut by Nadine at Aphrodite's Sanctuary and I must say that I am more than pleased with the results! I have naturally curly hair and other salons have left me feeling like I never want to cut my hair ever again. However, Nadine and all the staff at Aphrodite's Sanctuary were very welcoming and they really take the time to get to know their customers and their hair types so that they could give each one a personal cut, style, and hair-care routine. I surely felt special as I was leaving the salon, and even booked my next appointment with them because I was so satisfied with the results! My hair was even nicer the next day and I received many compliments! I highly recommend Aphrodite's Sanctuary to anyone with curly hair, you will not be disappointed! Well Done, Aphrodite's Sanctuary!

Stylist: Deborah & Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

You know, I think that the sign of a really good haircut is when you find yourself loving your hair more and more with every subsequent wash & style after leaving the salon. I can honestly say that in my case, this is so true. After waiting almost a year to get my hair cut from being so nervous to have it butchered, I was so grateful that they took the time to really treat my hair with the level of care that they did. Deborah was great and friendly. Nadine is obviously a great curl-coach, for both her staff and the people (like me) who wish to start giving their hair the treatment it deserves! It was so good to meet both Deborah and Nadine and know that I was in good hands at Aphrodite's Sanctuary. I would recommend this place to anyone in the GTA looking to get an expert curly cut. I know I will certainly be a regular! :)

Stylist: Kim Gabriel
Rating: Salon Rating: 4 Scissors

I have been wanting to change hairdressers for sometime , as my past hairdresser although quite good did not understand how to cut my curly hair , which I blowed dry and flat ironed straight , and this took me hours to do . I had tried a few times other stylist but those trials were disastrous . I decided one day just to google curly hairstylists and was amazed that their was a website Naturally Curly .com which had a list of hairstylists and reviews . I choose Aphrodite Sactuary due to the location and the number of positive reviews . I was very pleased with the consulatation and the cut I got for Kim . I returned later and decided to have a Keratin treatment and was very pleased with that as well , especially as it lasted close to 6 months . Kim was very knowledgeable and competent about the treatemnt . The tips I received from the consulatation has really helped me care for my hair that is so shinny and healthy looking now . I feel that making the change to Aphrodite was the best thing I have done . After years of struggling to take care of my hair I now am very satisfied with the way it looks but also with the decreased time it takes to take care of my hair . I was so satisfied I even brought my daughter there as well and she is ow a customer too. Kim is also a great person and listens to how you want your hair styled . I would recommend Aphrodite to anyone .

Stylist: Nadine Bastien
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I have followed Nadine for over 5 years. I always kept my hair short because I couldn't deal with the curls. Nadine encouraged me to let it grow and then taught me about the specific needs of my hair. Through the use of various products she recommended, the results were amazing. She knows that all curls are not created equal and what works for one person won't for another. From the cleaning, nourishing, drying and styling of my hair - she taught me everything I needed to know to have the same results at home. It's the first time that after leaving a salon I can get the exact same results at home!! It's not often you can say with a hair stylist or salon that I could close my eyes at the beginning of the hair appointment and open them at the end and be blown away every time - I trust Nadine, her skills and her knowledge that much!! Go to this salon!! You won't be disappointed! Lynn

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

After years of bad haircuts, i found Nadine and she has both tamed and embraced my curls. My hair has never looked better, but yet it is still very manageable. I'm low maintenance but a few easy hair care tricks shared by Nadine have made a big difference. The price of cuts and colour are very reasonable - which helps me get to salon more often. I've recommended Nadine to all the curly-ladies in my life.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 1 Scissors

I had a haircut at Aphrodite's Sanctuary some time ago. Ever since I am too nervous to have my haircut again until it's completely grown out. I thought I would get used to it but since my hair has grown it has only gotten worse. My hair is ravaged and completely uneven. That, and I spent quite a large amount due to the idea that I was going to a specialist. Rip off.

Stylist: Nadine Bastien
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Nadine has been cutting my hair for two years, but I wish I had known about her earlier! My difficult to manage, very curly hair has never looked better. It is way easier to manage now and I can easily replicate her styling at home when I wash and dry my own hair, which is fantastic. Nadine is a great stylist who listens to what I want and makes sure my cut suits my lifestyle. She never tries to push expensive products or treatments on me, which I appreciate. She is also a genuinely lovely person, and I enjoy my appointments with her. I highly recommend Aphrodite's Sanctuary.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Nadine has been my stylist for almost two years. She does an amazing job with my hair, both cut and colour. She listens carefully to what I'd like and does it, and she always makes it look its best. My hair can be difficult to cut evenly, but she always knows how to cut it so it's balanced and frames my face well. She also provides guidance to me on what products I can use to get the results I want easily and how to care for my hair to maintain its health. I have complete confidence in her and have recommended her to many of my friends.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Nadine always gives me good advice about styling my hair and products to use. I always get a great haircut and walk away looking awesome. Before coming to Aphrodite's Sanctuary I was always scared to get my curly hair cut, now I look forward to it every time. They even let me bring my dog along. Thanks Guys!!!!!

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 4 Scissors

Been going to her salon since Aug 2012...happy with Nadine. Explains what she's doing, products to use - good for my hair type - and best way to style it. In the past I have had many bad hair cuts b/c stylists didn't know how to or couldn't cut curly hair. It's taken a while but, I think I finally found one who does. I appreciate the time and effort she puts into getting right.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Awesome. Nadine rocks Nadine is highly specialized and manages to tame my very frizzy difficult hair. She is also is a lovely caring person who is very flexible and cares about her clients needs. Highly recommend her.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Very knowledgable! Fixed my hair and made it curly again. :)

Stylist: Nadine B. & Kim
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Nadine and Kim have been keeping my curly hair looking amazing for years now. I trust them to make sure I have the perfect cut and the perfect shade... and always look forward to their bright personalities and feeling at home in their warm and welcoming salon. They are great curly hair experts – and great value!

Stylist: Nadine Bastien
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Wow.. What a difference in my hair cut, texture and colour. I have found my stylist and will never leave her if I can help it. Finally, I've found a stylist that is an expert in curly hair and Nadine can actually give you a trim/shaping without cutting the length (I've been trying to grow my hair long for years). My hair is now long, shaped beautifully and has a nice rich colour to it. Also the Deva products are changing the texture of my hair and it's now thicker and healthier than before. I can't tell you how many compliments I've been getting on my hair and now 4 of my curly friends are vowing to make their next hair appointment with Nadine. My first appointment with Nadine was great; she examined the style and texture of my hair and decided a dry cut was best. She took the time to teach me a step by step process of getting the best curls from my hair and that was a real revelation. She never pushed products on me, but since I've tried them I really like them, though they are pretty expensive. Kudos to Nadine!

Stylist: Nadine B. & Kim
Rating: Salon Rating: 1 Scissors

I went to get my hair done today. i was looking for a cut, and color. it cost me about $160 (i bought the shampoo and conditioner) and my hair looks exactly the same. to be honest i was extremely upset and i don't think i will return to the salon. having hopes of feeling beautiful and getting a new look only to leave 160 dollars poorer and look exactly the same broke my heart. i burst into tears as soon as i left. Kim and Nadine seemed to know what they were doing however i was extremely disappointed and have had better results going to a super cuts. at least they sell disappointment for less.I told them i wanted to go with a very drastic color change and i liked the idea of having something bold. and my hair looks EXACTLY THE SAME. they seem to have so many other glowing reviews i feel bad posting this but i've been crying and feeling robbed for hours.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Wow. It's finally happened. I've finally found the stylist I will never leave. I tried Nadine about a year ago and have been going to her ever since. Nadine is constantly educating herself on the latest tips, trends, products and science of hair. She is a Devachan-trained stylist (trained by Devachan herself!) and it shows. My first cut was an education. I felt like she had taken off so little, that it couldn't have made a difference (usually, I'm lamenting that the stylist chopped too much off and I'm left with a mushroom style), but she shaped my hair perfectly without taking away the length. She then showed me the step by step routine of how to style it for maximum and beautiful curls (what a revelation!) as well as the best products to use for my hair type. All of my friends have noticed a difference in my hair style and especially texture (looking thicker now with the Deva curl line of products) and three of my curly friends will be switching to Nadine for their next cuts. Kim has been with her for around a year now too and she's also terrific. She consulted with me on my colour and gave me a trim when Nadine was on mat leave and did a great job. If I could give one constructive criticism to them, it would be to take down the 'before and after' photos on the website. The lighting and 'models' (I'm one of them) don't do their work justice. Taking the pictures in the chair, just after the cut when hair might still be a bit damp and not fluffed out, makes the website look a bit amateur. And they don't need the pics. I found them by their reviews alone and actually despite the 'before and after' photos. FYI, the salon has moved up to Yonge and St. Clair.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Friendly and knowledgeable staff. This was my first visit to Aphrodite's and my first time putting a Keratin treatment in my hair after years and years of using traditional relaxers. Stylist Nadine was very professional and made sure to walk me through each step of the process as she treated my hair. She explained the purpose of each step in the treatment and asked many questions about my hair and my hair care routine. She was not only interested in having me walk out of the salon with beautiful hair, but also interested in helping me to keep my hair healthy in the long run. Overall I am very satisfied with both my hair and the service at Aphrodite's Sanctuary and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking to tame their curly locks!

Stylist: Kim Gabriel
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Kim is wonderful. This week she cut and coloured my hair and I'm very happy. My hair was looking pretty dowdy with dull grey colour and long straggly curls. I love the idea of long curly hair but at 60 it was starting to look wrong. I was kind of nervous about getting it cut but I really wanted something more sophisticated. Kim trimmed it to a neater, but still casual look. I thought it looked a lot better but she wasn't completely happy with it, so she soaked it back down and started over - I've never had a stylist do that before. Although the first cut was fine, the final style is something that I'm thrilled with. It's short at the back with a wonderful shape at the crown and front. It's easy for me to take care of (especially after her detailed instructions about the way to use conditioner and foam) but it looks really stylish. Oh...and the highlighting is great too. I'm so happy with the cut that I almost forgot about that part. I'd highly recommend Kim...she listens and she's a perfectionist. What more could you want in a stylist?

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 2 Scissors

I had decided to go to Aphrodite's Sanctuary after reading all of the positive reviews - I had been looking for a stylist who specialized in curly hair for a long time. Unfortunately my experience wasn't too great. It seemed like Nadine was cutting pieces of my hair at random - and while it looks fine when it's curly, when I straighten my hair (not too often, but sometimes) the jagged pieces and holes are really obvious. I've been growing it out for a while now, I have to wait a couple months before I'll be comfortable straightening it again. I won't be going back.

Stylist: Kim Gabriel
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I've had dreadlocks for about 12 years and was looking to start fresh with my natural hair. After moving to Canada from NYC and for 3yrs searching for a knowledgeable natural hair stylist, I found Kim on the Aphrodite's Sanctuary website. Once I saw that Kim had natural curly hair and had training in NY, I thought she could be the one to transition me from wearing my hair in dread locks and continue to keeping my hair natural. For my first appointment meeting Kim, I was pleased to see that Kim had beautiful natural hair. She was very stylish, extremely professional, very educated and passionate about natural hair. She consulted with me and explained thoroughly about my hair texture and what I had to do to take care of it. She even convinced me to start fresh by cutting off all my dread locks!! I was so nervous but she made me feel so comfortable. I trusted her and she made me realize that this was only temporary and it would grow back. After our appointment, I felt so liberated. My hair feels so clean and healthy from the products she used. After 3yrs of searching for someone like Kim, now I'm finally excited about my new look and growing my hair out again. Thank you Kim!! I look forward to recommending my girlfriends and having you as my stylist for life!

Stylist: Nadine Bastien
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I came across this salon through the naturally curly website and based on the reviews ,I decided to finally make an appointment to have my hair cut .I was apprehensive at first but Nadine made me feel at ease .She gave me tips on how to style my hair and what products to use . When she was finally done with my hair , I was amazed at curls. I am so thrilled because now I even get to have second day curls . I am so happy that I dont have to wear it in a braid or a bun. Nadine is a wonderful stylist and definitely an experienced one when it comes to dealing with curly hair . I definitely recommend her to anyone

Stylist: Kim Gabriel
Rating: Salon Rating: 4 Scissors

I was doing the big chop and needed some to learn some tips and techniques of how to style my new natural hair. Kim did an excellent job of teaching me about the products she used and how to use them in a very easy to understand way. I didn't love my hair after she washed, cut, and styled it (but I did like it) but I think it was because of my own expectations of what it could look like. I would return there again to give the styling another try.

Stylist: Nadine Bastien
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Nadine is the only stylist allowed to touch my locks! Why? Because in my opinion she is the best hair stylist (curly or otherwise) in Toronto. I have always been 100% satisfied with my cut and highlights. Before any colour is applied or the scissors touch my hair, we have a consult on the "hair plan". Nadine is very knowledgeable and truly understands curly hair - she has curly hair herself. From her product recommendations, to the cut, and colour she knows how my hair will react and ensures that she provides me with input and guidance on what will best suit my desired outcome and hair type. Another great thing about Nadine, that you don't get elsewhere, is that she puts your hair first. What I mean, is that she won't do things that will ruin the health of your hair. She recommends products that will improve the health of your hair, and styling tips to minimize damage. There's a reason that she never has, and never will do Japanese straightening. Every time I leave the salon I feel beautiful. That's the sign of a great hair stylist.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 2 Scissors

I have worn my hair(C3) in a bun for a little over a month after receiving an under whelming hair cut and style from Aphrodite's Sanctuary Salon Owner, Nadine. I had done plenty of research on the process of cutting curly hair and read many reviews and looked through picture galleries to ensure which ever salon I choose would be a good fit for my hair. Once I arrived Nadine made me feel very comfortable. She immediately started inquiring about hair regime and the look I was hoping for. At the time, my hair was about 2 inches from my shoulders. I stated I wanted it to eventually be one length hitting at least slightly past my shoulders. She told me doing that would result in a triangle affect which would look something like the "Roseanne Roseannadanna", character on SNL from the early 80s. Naturally I did not want that, but essentially ended getting the a style where my hair now looks like an upside down triangle, hence why I've been wearing it back. It's short in the back and my ears are now totally exposed. The top is longer than the rest of my hair and it just looks awkward. I had such high hopes for this cut but it fell incredibly short. I was really upset, but didn't express my disappointment. I was hoping that it was just the way she styled it that was making it look bad but after playing with it the last few weeks, it's in fact the cut. After tax and tip my bill was $93.00 which just makes me more upset. Unfortunately, I will not be going back to this salon.

Stylist: Nadine Bastien
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I've never had a devacut before, and I've always had my hair cut by the same woman for 20 years -- out of sort of 'routine' I suppose, and a little afraid of anyone else touching my hair. But when I decided to start wearing my curls naturally, I realized perhaps the cheap 16$ hair cut was not the way to go anymore as I had a sort of pyramid thing going on when I styled it curly(as I was learning to do after years of updos or straightening, thanks to naturallycurly.com!). Looking at all the reviews, I decided to go with Nadine at Aphrodite's Sanctuary and I'm glad I did. She touched my hair, asked what I wanted, then told me what she would do before she even touched her scissors. She explained how she would put in layers, asked what I wanted with my bangs, etc. When I left, I loved my hair -- she'd done a fantastic job and the whole way home I was smiling. It wasn't anything more than a trim and some layers, but I feel like it made a huge difference and I love how it looks, even months later. :)

Stylist: Nadine B. & Kim
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I read about Afroditie on the Naturallycurly website and then heard about it from one of my good friends. I had been looking for a new stylist who would be able to give me great cut with my curls and colour for a reasonable price. I had tried many other curl speciliasts, salons and products but none that were worth sticking too. My priorities in looking for a new salon were for someone to be able to reviatilze my curls, give me a good cut that would last through its growing-out phase and give me the blonde colour that I wanted; At Afroditie, I found ALL three expectations. My hair was in dire need of a boost, I had started loosing my hair and curl and going to Afroditie revitilized it completely, I have gotten my hair coloured and highlighted blonde twice by both Kim and Nadine as well cut by the both of them. I now have all my curl back, a great cut and vibrant colour. They are both full of great energy and listen to what you want as well as give their professional opinion. They were also able to recommend great products to be used and showed me how to do my hair. Every time I have left I have been very satisfied, and everyone always gives me many compliments on my hair. I have recommended the salon to many people and recommend it to all you curly heads. I am proud to say Afroditie is now my new salon and Kim and Nadine, Thank you for your excellent work and enthusiasm!!

Stylist: Kim Gabriel
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Kim is an amazing stylist and is extremely knowledgeable! She teaches you the best ways to care for your hair as well as style it. Although, it was my first time at the salon, I completely trusted her which is rare when dealing with a new stylist. Highly recommend this salon.

Stylist: Kim Gabriel
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

In addition to having beautiful curly hair herself, Kim is an excellent curly hair stylist. You'll be able to replicate what she has done at home because she is really good at explaining how to do it, including short cuts and tips for busy people. She is very knowledgeable about products and styling. Kim and Nadine make Aprodite's Sanctuary a haven for curly heads of all types.

Stylist: Kim Gabriel
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I've been a client of Kim's for over 4 years . I've always had long hair and have been to many, many stylists over the years. I can honestly say Kim is the best. I have curly hair and she's not only a great stylist , but has a strong interest in hair care. She can zero in on your hair care concern and come up with a customized plan. She's wonderful at styling hair straight, but also always encourages a healthy and even curl pattern, so things are always versatile. She's an amazing colorist and wonderful at cutting ( and won't leave you with short hair if you only want a trim!) In addition to all of this, she's a really fun,nice person! I'm lucky to have her.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Knowledgeable about hair texture, styling, and products; handles hair peacefully and respectfully. Professional stylist with excellent interpersonal skills. Highly recommended.

Stylist: Nadine Bastien
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I've had a lot of really bad haircuts over the years and a lot of mediocre haircuts over the years and only a handful of really good haircuts. Nadine seems to really know what she's doing. She is one of the two stylists I've been to in my life where after my haircut I didn't have to go straight home and wash my hair to try and "fix" it. After Nadine's haircut my hair was not only great all day, but the next morning as well!! I'm very, very happy with the results. I love the salon, too -- very intimate and simple..no product pushing, no loud annoying music. I'm so tired of hair salons that try to look like nightclubs and double as espresso bars and/or spas, while not having a whole lot of interest in hair. Aphrodite's Sanctuary is all about hair. And both Nadine and Robyn are very pleasant, personable and down-to-earth women with no pretensions other than making your hair look its absolute very best.

Stylist: Robyn
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I had always believed that because I had curly hair, I was doomed to have a boring style. Not only did Robyn give me a cool cut that makes me feel polished and stylish, but she took the time to teach me how to best manage my curls at home, giving me realistic pointers and techniques that I can do in my day to day life. Since I have been to the salon, my cut has maintained its shape and using the products and techniques that Robyn recommended, my curls are much less frizzy, but also easier to maintain. Hair maintenance takes half the time that it used to, a crucial selling point for a curly headed girl. I would definitely recommend trying the salon.

Stylist: Robyn
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Wonderful salon with a great atmosphere. Robyn is friendly and professional and I love the way she does my hair. I would recommend Aphrodite Sanctuary to anyone with curly hair and I'm definitely going back!

Stylist: Nadine Bastien
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I decided to take a chance on Aphrodite's Sanctuary after reading all of the fabulous reviews on NaturallyCurly. It was a big gamble as it was over a two hour drive. Was it worth it? A resounding YES! I have never had a hair cut I have been so happy with! The cut is fabulous and the techniques I learned from Nadine made it possible for me to effortlessly recreate the look when I returned home. It's a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere and my curls have never looked better. A+++

Stylist: Robyn
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

The salon is quiet and relaxing. Nadine and Robyn are really nice and relaxed - what a nice experience getting my hair cut there! I was very happy with the way Robyn blended my layers so that my curls fell nicely, without creating large gaps. She was very helpful with suggesting products and techniques to me, without trying to sell unecessary things. I will definitely be back!

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Found Aphrodite's Sanctuary through reviews on naturallycurly.com, and was impressed enough with the comments to give them a try - NO REGRETS AT ALL! Nadine gave me a fantastic cut, the best I have ever experienced in Ontario, and I have traveled all around the province trying salons that supposedly cater to curly hair! Robyn washed my hair only after it was cut, so Nadine could see where the hair curls when it is dry and knew exactly where my "problem spots" were. To explain my hair type: my hair is fine and thin with frizzy messy curls, and when it is wet you can never tell how far it will curl up or even where the curls are, but when it is dry it becomes a giant puff-ball. I have had some truly disastrous cuts in the past because of this, but Nadine's method of cutting it dry made all the difference! I ended up with soft curls framing my face without any extra bulk or frizz, and the shape has lasted almost 2 months so far (I have short hair). Loved how they didn't try to sell me on any of their products either, to me this meant the focus was on the service being provided. The professionalism and quality was exceptional, and I left the salon feeling thrilled to have both a beautiful cut and the knowledge of where to go for future cuts! THANK YOU Nadine and Robyn, I will be back!

Stylist: Robyn
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Another great haircut! My last haircut was done by Robyn with Nadine's careful guidance. Today's haircut was done by Robyn herself. Since my last haircut, Robyn has been to New York City where she learned how to do the Deva cut from the experts at Devachan. She obviously paid careful attention in class! I love walking out of a salon ready to continue my day instead of running home to wash and re-style my hair. Well done Robyn, and thank you!

Stylist: Nadine & Robyn
Rating: Salon Rating: 4 Scissors

I will be going back. This is the second curly hair salon I have tried in central Toronto, and I much prefer this one. Nadine and Robyn spent a lot of time and attention on my cut and style. They communicated well. In larger salons, I have sometimes felt "rushed" when handed over from one person to the next, and maybe a little bit forgotten. Nadine cut my hair dry, and Robyn then washed and styled it, very carefully. Results were great and the styling tips were very helpful. I spoke to Nadine the most, and she appears to very knowledgeable about curly hair. Nadine listened to me when I described my morning routine, and how much I had for my hair, and worked with that information. My family really like the cut. My appointment started on time. There was no "hard sell" of products. A very comfortable and successful experience.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Nadine is extremely nice and friendly, and this in itself makes her a pleasure to visit. I chose her salon because of the consistently good reviews; my second choice was going to be Curl Ambassadors. The Positive: Amazing haircut! I've only ever once before gotten such a good haircut, and that was in DC ... so I can't go there anymore. Nadine clearly uses a unique approach and she is very good at what she does. Plus, she continually upgrades her skills and doesn't rest on her laurels, like many stylists do after a few years. Without question I will go there again. The Negative: I didn't really care for the way my hair was styled post cut. To be fair, Nadine listened to what I wanted, its just that I am very particular about how I style my hair. So after it was styled, I went home, re washed it and re styled it. However, the quality and fair price of the haircut are more than enough to make me overlook the styling issue. You will not be disappointed - go!

Stylist: Nadine & Robyn
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I found Aphrodite's Sanctuary after doing my research on www.naturallycurly.com. What impressed me most was just how consistently wonderful the reviews are, and that she had recently been recognized by naturallycurly.com as an exceptional curly-hair specialist. I gave her a call, we chatted a bit, and I made an appointment. The first time there was just to style my hair for a special event. I was so impressed by Nadine's technique ( and the product samples) that I made an appointment to have my hair cut before leaving. That haircut was last week. Under Nadine's supervision, her new assistant Robyn cut my hair using the dry cut technique. Without exaggeration, this is the best haircut I have ever had. I was even stopped while walking my dog to ask about the products I use and where I got my hair cut. I will definately be going back.

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

This was my second time getting my hair done at Aphrodite's Sanctuary but first time getting a cut (I had previously just had my roots touched up). Nadine did an amazing job on my cut, using the dry cutting technique. She actually listened when I said that I wanted to keep as much length as possible while still getting rid of my fried ends so my hair looks healthier. Nadine also touched up my roots, matching the rest of my platinum blonde hair perfectly! Overall, I had a fantastic experience and felt totally relaxed in Nadine's chair, knowing that my hair would look fantastic when I left. As an aside, Nadine's new stylist, Robyn, is a total sweetheart and was meticulous about diffusing my curls so they looked perfect!

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I searched all across Toronto to find a stylist who made me feel comfortable about getting my haircut, had a presentable establishment and who had the right price for my needs. Nadine had it all! She took her time cutting my hair, thoroughly examined my curl pattern (which is type 4 - VERY kinky curly hair) and invisioned my ideas for my desired short hairstyle. I couldn't be happier with my new haircut nd I will without a doubt return to Aphrodite's Sanctuary to get my hair done in the future! Another thing I loved about Nadine's services is that she offers her clients gift vouchers and monthly promotions. As a student this was music to my ears! Nadine offers the best curly hair styles for the best price! Also, she never once pressured me into buying any products. My experience with Nadine was awesome and I definitely give her 5 stars as a hairstylist!

Stylist: Nadine Bastien
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Thus far I've been to Aphrodite's Sanctuary twice and have been extremely happy with the results. Nadine appreciates the concerns of her clients and understands how frustrating wavy or curly hair can be without the right style. The first time I went to Aphrodite's Sanctuary Nadine suggested changing my hair style slightly to make it look more dynamic. I was somewhat hesitant but Nadine explained exactly what she was going to do and showed me a picture so that I was totally comfortable and at ease. I absolutely adored the cut when it was complete and received several complements on it. I have total confidence in Nadine's ability to bring out the full potential of my hair and would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a highly competent and compassionate stylist!

Stylist: Nadine
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I went to Nadine about 6 weeks ago for the best haircut I've ever received. She not only gave a great cut, but wonderful tips about how to keep the style up. Usually in the winter, I just pull my hair back, but this year I've been wearing it out with wonderful curls that keep all day! Thank you, Nadine!

Stylist: Nadine Bastien
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Nadine is a miracle worker! She has completely transformed my curls and the way that I care for them. My hair has never looked better - I wish I had found Nadine years ago. She is hands-down the best stylist I have ever been too!

Stylist: Nadine Bastien
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Fantastic stylist!

Stylist: Nadine Bastien
Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Nadine can style and cut my hair so that I can style it and look great up until my next hair cut ! Talented young woman !

Stylist: Nadine
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I first met Nadine when she worked at Chiggy’s Touch. After the staff started dropping like flies, I ended up with her for an appointment after my stylist quit. Having had MANY bad hair cuts in my life, I was worried handing over my curls to Nadine but I didn’t need to be. Nadine has shaped my hair and given me some of the best hair cuts I have ever received. I feel like a million bucks each time she is done cutting and/or colouring my hair. She took the time to examine my hair and suggest products that would respond to its thickness and coarseness. Her cuts frame my face just right and the colour livens up my face. I have gotten so many compliments from people since I’ve started seeing Nadine, that I’m glad to give out her information to anyone who asks. Anyone debating about seeing Nadine, I tell you to head over and meet with her. She will win you over with the knowledge, hard work ethic and contagious smile. Five stars all the way.

Stylist: Nadine
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Nadine has an uncanny ability to choose the perfect colour for my hair each and every time! She really takes the time to know her clients and is exceptionally personable and professional. I would follow her anywhere to any salon she might go to. Her cuts are amazing, from day one to the grow-out stage. She has taught me so much - from how to condition my hair to keeping it styled and manageable. I've thrown out my cabinet full of products and am now down to two! I've learned to love my hair and wear it proudly - a fact completely down to Nadine's care and ability to educate me. I would recommend her highly to anyone looking for an excellent cut and a relaxing salon experience. There are many who claim to be haircutting experts for curly hair, but actually don't know what they are doing. Nadine is the best of the best. She takes this burden seriously and does an excellent job each time.

Stylist: Nadine
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I started to going Chiggy's touch after a very long stretch of bad hair cuts. Nadine made me look and feel great. When Nadine left Chiggy's touch I stayed and was set up with a new stylist. When I say new I mean NEW. Her hands were shaking! It took her two hours to give me the worst cut of my life. I paid $70 for a cut that made me cry! A few weeks later I got a letter from Nadine telling me that she had opened up her own salon. I've been seeing her since and we're undoing the damage from Chiggy's touch. My hair is starting to look good again and Nadine is to thank.

Stylist: Nadine
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Finding a stylist who can deal with my hair is something I'm always stressed about. Having recently moved to Toronto it took me a while to find someone who could style my hair in such a way that I wouldn't want to pull it into a pony tail once I left the salon! Nadine has done a great job over and over again with my hair. Not only does she cut it well she does wonderful things with the colour. I couldn't be happier and would enthusiastically recommend her to anyone!

Stylist: Nadine
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I've been going to Nadine for over a year now and I absolutely love how she cuts and colours my hair! She is the first stylist who has been able to really bring out my curls and my hair has never looked better! Nadine is professional and sweet and I would highly recommend her. She also did my hair for my wedding and I couldn't have been more pleased with the results.

Stylist: Nadine
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I have naturally curly, extremely thick hair that drives me crazy most days! Nadine taught me how to treat my hair from the washing to the drying to the styling products and we are still trying products that work best for ME. She realizes that everyone's hair is unique and uses her knowledge of curly hair to help her clients - her heart is truly in her work and she is always striving to make herself a better stylist and her customers happy!! I totally trust her from the colors she picks (which everyone loves) to the cut (I never tell her how much to take off - she just knows my life, what I do and what will work best for me). I drive an hour to go to her because she is worth it and knows exactly what she is doing. I trusted my hair with the wrong stylist for years and my previous stylist even had naturally curly hair but I learned more from Nadine in my first appointment with her than I had in years from my other stylist. That's how you know she's good at what she does and cares about what she does. Don't trust your curly hair with anyone else!!

Stylist: Nadine
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I have been trying to find someone who knew how to cut and style curly hair for years. That search has taken me to many salons that claim they know how to manage naturally curly hair - and resulted in many bad hair days. Now that I've found Nadine those days are behind me. Working with Nadine the previous mistakes in my hair have grown out and I'm finally happy with my cut. She also has coloured my hair to bring out the true me. Nadine is not only a professional but also a true hair artist. I've never been happier with my hair.

Stylist: Nadine
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Have no idea what cole67 is talking about. I have stubborn wavy hair that prefers to turn into dreadlocks rather than curl and Nadine helped immensely. I honestly have not had a random dreadlock since. Also, I have a strange phobia of getting my hair cut and Nadine helped me overcome a few obstacles to help me trust the process. Yay Nadine! Boo cole67. . .

Stylist: Nadine
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I went in after seeing she is from Chiggy's Touch and receiving a letter from her, girls i should have known better!! I went in for a cut and color and i did get a make over alright that left my hair uneven and the color started fading off in three days. I would never recommend anyone to her and now i think i know why she left chiggy's touch, she is not chiggy material. I ended up going where i should have gone to begin with. I went back to Chiggy's Touch were i was helped to correct the cut ad color. Now do not be fulled by "from Chiggy's" What i should have figured is why does she desparately want to associate herself with Chiggy's Touch, if she was good she would have no need to. Do not be fulled curly girls Chiggy's Touch Is the best... Check them out! you know where i call myself dumb i am a chiggy's girl and somehow Nadine Stole my detail info from chiggy and send me a good offer, That was cheap on her part stealing but stupid of me to use it. Nadine's pitch tells me she is not smart and reaps off what she did not sow i should have known better! Shame on Me!!!

Stylist: Nadine
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Formerly of Chiggy's Touch in Toronto and Barrie, Nadine is fantastic at colouring and cuts of all types especially curly girls! She is one of the sweetest and most honest people you will ever meet! She uses Deva products and will be carrying a selection in the coming weeks!