Award Winning Master Makeover Hairstylist, Robin Barker, shares tips for getting out of the “Winter Hair Blues”

RobinBarkerRobin Barker hair’sociates (84 Yorkville Avenue) is a beauty spa and transformative hair salon, offering full salon service and aesthetics. On March 26, 2011 the Canadian Hairdresser Mirror Awards, hosted by Harco Publishing, will be honouring Robin Barker with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the hair and beauty industries and charitable endeavours.

At Robin Barker hair’sociates, every new client receives a personal consultation and a detailed questionnaire to ensure that the hairstyle fits the client’s lifestyle, hair texture and face shape.

Spring is a time for change and renewal. It is also the time to rejuvenate your look with a new cut, color or style. Robin Barker shares easy tips for getting out of the “Winter Hair Blues”


  • Freshen your look up by adding layers this season, it will add body and movement for a more polished and healthier finish.
  • Today’s longer hair has moved away from the flat-ironed straight look and towards a sexier bouncy, flowing style.
  • Short hair is once again hot, either with a very strong, clean geometric feel or with softer edges and a fluffier crown.
  • Remember, the key to a good haircut is to shape with the natural movement of the hair, and not to over texturize.


  • Picking the right colour is very important when creating a successful new look. Your colour choice should compliment not only your eyes and skin colour, but accentuate the hairstyle as well.
  • When having your hair coloured, especially hi-lighted, make sure the technician does not overlap, as this will lead to an over-processed look and breakage.
  • Blonde will be a popular choice as always, however, don’t be afraid to go for the short hair with several shades of brown intermixed together in overlays, to show dimension.

Home Care.

  • Do Not Neglect Home Care!
  • By using clarifying shampoo you will be able to remove the build up of product and minerals dull your hair and give it the feeling of lifelessness.
  • Attaining great hair takes work, so remember to maintain it by using deep nurturing treatments once or twice a month.

*Check out Robin Barker hair’sociates for Robin’s great product line that helps make hair-care at home easier.

Robin Barker offers a wide variety of educational services for both hair stylists and clients. Beauty professionals can bring Barker or his team in for full or half day workshop.

The First Impression Seminar is another Robin Barker hair’sociates programme. This seminar strives to help professionals develop better self-esteem through appearance and lifestyle changes. The goal is to help employees feel better about themselves, which in turn tends to increase productivity levels

Robin Barker hair’sociates also offers makeover parties, which take place in the privacy of a closed salon and can accommodate up to 15 guests. The session includes hair coloring, hair sculpting, highlighting and make-up application.

Robin Barker began his career in London in the 1960s and soon after moved to Canada and become head stylist of Gus Caruso’s Toronto salon. By 1971, Robin Barker opened his own salon, which was the first one where makeovers became an integral part of the service.

Robin Barker’s work has been featured in major trade publications such as Vogue and Vogue Italia. He has served as both the Artistic Director and President of the Guild of Hair Design and was a long time member of Intercoiffure.

Barker has received many accolades and awards including the Imagine Mirror Awards, the Contessa, and the coveted Gus Caruso. For over 30 years Barker was a regular on CityLine, and was the host and producer of a weekly television show, called WOW! You Look So Good!

With the wide range of services offered, founder Robin Barker still finds time to give back to the community. In 2010, Barker released What are the Children Worth?, a CD benefiting the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The album features artists such as Dora award winner Waylen Miki and Juno Award winners Tony Quarrington, Brandi Disterheft and Liberty Silver; in addition to artists Elise LeGrow, Sophia Perlman and Sarah Daye, to name a few.


Robin Barker was the first in the beauty industry to advocate for AIDS related causes (AIDS’ Committee of Toronto) and has also contributed to the Sick Kid’s Hospital Telethon, the Parkinson’s Cut-A-Thon and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.


“Suitability, contemporary design and open communication with the client make a perfect haircut.”

-Robin Barker, hair’sociates

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