Grateful Head was founded by barber’s daughter, Lysa Fina and Rock n Roll Hellraiser, Stacy Stray. The two bonded over their love of music and passion for hairdressing! Fina spent a summer in College following the Grateful Dead around and promised a fellow “deadhead” to name her future dream hairsalon after the band. In 2006, the dream became a reality. Fina and Stray built their first salon together in an abandoned space on Dundas Street west by the Trinity Bellwoods park. They demolished and renovated the space with friends, paid in beer and sandwiches. It was a 12 week labour of love and on April 01, 2006, they opened the front door and so began the ride…
In 2011, Fina decided to move her salon to the bustling neighbourhood of Roncesvalles Village. Another renovation project in a heritage building gave Grateful Head a second life. With the assistance of Fina’s talented friend, decorator Nancy Niksic, the salon became a space Fina and the staff would call home. Featured in several design magazines and blogs, Grateful Head in Roncesvalles Village is a unique space with a goth-glam aesthetic. A perfect setting for the eclectic music-loving, artistic, tattooed, scissor-wielding staff!
In the fall of 2014, Fina made a return to Dundas St West with the sister location, Grateful Head & Co. Also home to “Sugar Mag” music studio, the Dundas location is the quintessential home for Fina and the Grateful Team and their artistic endevours!
Founder and Artistic Director, Lysa Fina, specializes in custom curl-cutting. Her appointments begin with a consultation, addressing lifestyle and client styling, followed by a moisturizing treatment. Fina often sculpts the hair “dry” with a light oil, opting to wash as required. No flat blowouts here. Fina respects the hair’s natural movement and works with your texture to tailor a unique cut for your curly locks.
Appointments are booked for an hour and a half. Please feel free to bring along your current hairstyling products and photos of hairstyles you desire.
MASTER STYLIST & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
A protégé of the late, great John Steinberg, Stray is a classic stylist. Layered cuts, bob cuts and men’s grooming are executed with precision in his chair. Also, known for his unique method for highlighting hair, Stray keeps it relaxed and easy to maintain. Lead guitarist for the Toronto Rock band the Valhounds.
Recently named "1 of 21 Amazing Toronto Stylists" by Narcity. All-round ace of a hairdresser. Cuts, colours, braids, extensions, special occasion styling …
Dana is our most-colourful stylist, changing her own haircolour monthly; from green, to pink, to purple, to blonde; she’s not afraid of change and her infectious nature is enjoyed by her loyal client base. Also a dog-lover, she’s mamma to Boston Terrier, Elvira.
After wielding her scissors for the past 7 years at Grateful Head, Stacey has earned an eclectic and committed clientele. Classic, contemporary and edgy cuts can be seen leaving her chair; as well as long-haired men’s cuts and custom curly dos! Stacey is also a talented colourist and works with your current style to bring a colourful flair to your hair. Harbours a deep affection for her cats; Burrito, Gringo and Pico de Galo!
*Sarah is on an extended holiday to visit family in PEI, returning September 2017.
Toronto is lucky to have the skills of this young, talented lady who hails from Charlottetown P.E.I.. A master colour technician on all levels - colour correction, creative colouring, rainbow colours, highlighting, ombre, sombre, balayage – she does it all, and she does it incredibly well. Her practical approach to her craft will assure you that you are in capable hands. Consultations are complimentary and recommended for all advanced colouring services. Likes fancy drinks with little umbrellas and her dog, Nixie!
A former educator with the Aveda Academy, Mathew has trained with some of the industry’s top innovators. He specializes in ombre, sombre, balayage and highlighting techniques. If you don’t love hanging out in hair salons, Mathew is the stylist for you. His knowledge and execution are time-efficient.
Just don’t get him talking about the Golden Girls!
Trained by one of Vancouver's top salons, "Axis", Angela spent 10 years honing her craft in Vancouver. An accomplished, creative colour specialist also skilled with the scissors, Angela is most at home when working with her clients to achieve a look that they desire.
Angela , a.k.a "Smashy Ruin", is also a kick-ass drummer.
Earl moonlights at Grateful Head (weekends) when taking a breather from his main gig -editorial hairstyling & make-up artistry.
Earl’s training stems from the prestigious institutions of Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy, which lead him to work in the editorial, celebrity and music industries.
Eva has been with Grateful Head since 2007 and is our right-hand girl! She knows the salon life in and out and has some stories about all of us! A recent graduate of Marca College of Hair & Esthetics, Eva received top honours with the “Remarcable Award”. She joins our team as Junior Stylist and is apprenticing under Lysa Fina and Sarah White.
An Apprentice Stylist, Drummer, guitarist, writer, vocalist, painter, activist …
A star in the making!
MYA / MYRRIAH
FRONT DESK, DUNDAS
Cheryl has been with Grateful Head since 2010 and keeps our ship top-shape! Sporting a creative cut by Stacey Fitz, she is always on the cutting edge of current trends. When not gracing our front desk, Cheryl can be found participating in cycling races, art installations, fundraising campaigns, or photographing our lovely cityscape.
FRONT DESK, RONCESVALLES
Greeting you at our Roncesvalles reception… She’s a Scorpio, loves butterscotch, apples and walnuts, talks to her plants, is fond of spiders, daydreams, giggles, music lover, describes herself as “quirky” and we agree!
Hi! I'm new to Grateful Head. I like long walks in the park, I'm soft and cuddly but a little shy. I love belly rubs and snacks and hanging out in the sunny spots!
*Please note, both of our locations will be closed from Saturday July 1st - Tuesday July 4th.