Words From the Founder

Welcome to the Donato Academy of Hairstyling. We take pride in welcoming you to this exceptional institution which is an industry leader offering an innovative Hairstyling Program which will teach both the fundamentals of hair design paired with a focus on current industry trends. Students of the Academy will have the opportunity to learn this trade in both a classroom and salon setting. Instructors for theory and practical courses are not only licensed hairstylists, they are renowned artists admired by their industry peers for their artistic and leadership abilities.

At the Donato Academy of Hairstyling we will guide each student through the learning process by offering excellent mentoring and up to date training. Our success is mirrored through the success of our graduates. Each graduate will gain the practical skills required to work in this thriving profession and will build a strong level of confidence and business savvy required to develop and build a long term career.

As the founder of the Donato Academy of Hairstyling, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Donato and may your dreams become reality!


Why Choose Donato?

John Donato

John Donato

For over 20 years, the Donato name has been synonymous with creativity and quality in the beauty service industry. Our flagship salon, Donato Salon + Spa in Square One Shopping Centre, is the largest salon and spa in Canada and employs over 100 individuals as stylists, colour technicians, estheticians, massage therapists, makeup artists, and call centre agents. Our second location is situated in the heart of Yorkdale Shopping Centre, a true fashion mecca. And last, but not least, Donato Don Mills is our newest location exhibiting a best in class flare that is hard to match.

Our goal is to offer training in a clean and professional atmosphere using the latest in salon equipment and products. Our team will aim to provide practical and theory based training using classic and current trends as the focus. Regular evaluations and testing of your skills will enable us to effectively mentor you in order to achieve your goals!

Reputation is another key reason to choose Donato. John Donato is the mastermind and visionary behind the Donato brand. One might say he was born into this trade as he comes from a family of hairdressers. His extensive portfolio features work in fashion editorial spreads, television commercials, ad campaigns, and trade publications. John’s client list includes Elle, Chatelaine, Flare, Club Monaco, Danier Leather, Pantene, Coca Cola and L’Oreal to name a few. Click here for a more extensive list of his portfolio.

In addition to his spectacular resume, John is the founder of Donato magazine as well as the John Donato Cosmetics mineral makeup line. John is truly dedicated to his career and remains actively involved in all areas of the business. On behalf of the Donato Academy of Hairstyling and Aesthetics, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in Donato. At the Academy, we believe that your education is an investment in your future. For registration information and to book a tour please feel free to contact our Academy Director at 905-566-3036.


Sassoon Academy School Connection

One of the many reasons to choose the Donato Academy of Hairstyling and Aesthetics is our accreditation as a Sassoon Academy School Connection school. Our students receive top level education from skilled Instructors that have trained at the Sassoon Academy on the ABC of Cutting and ABC of Coloring the Sassoon Way. The Sassoon Academy has been at the forefront of high quality education in the hair cutting and design industry for over 50 years and is recognized in the highest regard for their standards of teaching and practices.

The Donato Academy brings this experience and level of training to its students through the instruction provided by of our Sassoon trained Instructors. Most importantly, as a graduate of the Donato Academy, our students become a member of a unique and select group of professionals from a Sassoon Academy School Connection school.

As a student of the 1,500+ hour full-time hairstyling program you will receive: 

  • Knowledge and understanding of ABC | Cutting Hair the Sassoon Way and ABC | Coloring Hair the Sassoon Way
  • The ABC | Cutting Hair the Sassoon Way DVD set
  • The ABC | Coloring Hair the Sassoon Way DVD set
  • The ABC | Cutting Hair the Sassoon Way Manual
  • The ABC | Coloring Hair the Sassoon Way Manual
  • A discount towards further Sassoon Classes/Courses at a Sassoon Academy

For more information on the Hairstyling Program, please call 416.252.8999 or email info@donatoacademy.com

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