I’m terrible at hair. I rarely ever style my hair, and get my hair cut maybe twice a year. There comes a time when a hair trim is needed on an emergency basis, like “I need to get my hair trimmed today or I might pull a Britney Spears tomorrow” kinda emergency.
But here’s the thing: many hair salons in Toronto charge $50+ for a cut, and walk-ins aren’t welcome. What’s a girl to do? Last week I walked into Goa Beauty Hair Salon (wash+cuts start at $25) at Koreatown and got my hair a much-needed trim. I want to write a review to tell you all: don’t be afraid to try out a cheap hair salon!
A hair trim is the least risky cut one could ever get, but my trim is great! I asked for no layers as they are horrible for my straight not-so-thick hair, and my hair guy delivered. I asked him to soften the bottom so it doesn’t look like someone just took shears across my hair in one go. After he showed me my hair, I requested that he soften it a bit more and he flat out refused. I really am glad that he did, too. I’m totally happy with it.
This is the second time I’ve been to Goa for a haircut, and you might be thinking “it’s just a trim, anyway. I can trim my own hair.” My first haircut at Goa is my bold blunt bangs seen here. I’m confident to say they’re pretty good. If you are going for anything more than a trim, please do yourself a favour and bring a photo or two. Most of the hair stylists do not speak much English but they can work the scissors well. There is one stylist named Hannah who speaks English fluently and cuts hair beautifully. I think I will book with her next time.
After the cut, my hair stylist didn’t ask how I liked my hair styled, and just flat ironed my hair stick straight (eek!). It’s not how I’d style my hair personally, and I noticed that hair styling in the salon is more in line with Asian hair trends rather than North American trends. I don’t mind so much as styling is something I can do myself, but it’s something to keep in mind: if you hate your haircut, try styling it yourself and you might change your mind!
Do I recommend Goa Beauty Hair Salon? Absolutely. As someone who refuses to pay $50 for a simple hair trim, I love this inexpensive hair salon. Bring inspiration photos if you are worried, and they are sure to deliver the cut you want.