Taz Hair Co. – House of Style
Salon Magazine Nov./Dec. 2000 House of Style
One of Toronto’s hippest hair teams chooses a simple space to make their splash. Stacy Kennedy checks out Taz Hair Co.
When the three owners of Taz Hair Company – Daniel Naumovski, Carol Brodzinski and Frank Cini – sat down to plan the look of their salon, the goal was to create an inviting space, high on style, low on attitude. Though each offered their own decor vision, they unanimously agreed to boycott one element: the colour yellow.
“All of us have previously worked in salons where the colour palette is warm and yellow,” Brodzinski laughs. “We were ready to start fresh, with a look that belonged exclusively to us.”
Taz Hair Company’s Yorkville location is actually the second Taz salon. Naumovski and former Taz colorist Carlos Costa opened the original business as a small shop on Scollard Street in 1997. Two years later, they were looking to expand the operation so they discussed their plan with friends and former salon mates, Brodzinski and Cini. The doors to the new Taz location opened in August, 1999.
The salon interior is simple and comfortable. The walls are painted a crisp white to keep things clean and bright. Each styling station comes complete with a stunning, full-length, cast-iron mirror, handcrafted for Taz. Streams of natural light pour through the salon’s huge, street-side windows which makes for bright styling conditions. Clients can watch the street action from the comfort of a custom-designed, royal purple settee, perched inside the front window.
“The sofa is the signature item of the salon,” Brodzinski says. “It’s bright, fun and clients love it. Our main goal when designing the space was to ensure clients felt welcome and energized. We needed a space where we would feel comfortable also, and still love the look five years down the road.”
Satisfying the tastes of three diverse individuals was a tall order, but Naumovski says the Taz team easily struck an esthetic and working balance.
“We always consult with each other before making any moves, whether it’s to do with the operation or the look of the salon,” Naumovski explains. “Having four owners may sound complicated, but it’s great because it gives us the chance to take care of our clients as well as work on individual projects.”