Shampoo Beauty Supply Outlet 1568 Yonge St., 416-929-6533
While salons might charge exorbitant sums for a wash and cut, they make their real money selling product. The Beauty Supply Outlet isn’t technically wholesale, but salon-quality Goldwell shampoo sells for several dollars less than anywhere else. $14 for 300 mL of Goldwell Rich Repair.
Shaving cream Toronto Barber and Beauty Supply 100 Dundas St. W., 416-977-2020
This is where the pros get their goods (in fact, some products are strictly off-limits without a salon licence). We recommend a tub of J. M. Fraser’s shaving cream, a Canadian-made barbershop favourite, for it’s thick lather and citrusy scent.
Cosmetics MAC/Estée Lauder Warehouse Sale 905-470-7877
This giant warehouse sale is unequivocally the best place to stock up on makeup. The catch: it’s technically open only to MAC and Estée Lauder employees and their friends and family. If you can score a ticket (they’re often available on Craigslist), it’s more than worth the trek out to the Markham Fairgrounds.
By Andrew D’Cruz, Matthew Hague, Rachel Heinrichs, Emily Landau, David Lawrason, Jason McBride, Mark Pupo, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea. (Images: Liam Mogan)