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NV Medical Spa's technicians have collectively performed more than 20,000 laser hair-removal treatments. That's 20,000 times they've fired up their equipment and shone its pulsating beams into follicles to shut down hair production on the back, neck, face, and abdomen. With so much success in this arena, it's hardly surprising the spa's two locations have rushed to adopt other light-based treatments; their IPL technology also treats acne, veins, and scars. But as with stock-car-pushing races, machines don't do all the work. Fueled exclusively by Dermalogica products, the spa's seven facials reduce blemishes and wrinkles and slough off dead skin cells, leaving faces looking fresh and youthful.
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The Hair Gallery tames wild tresses and pampers guests with the skills of experienced beauty mavens armed with premium Redken products. Once clients have settled into plush salon chairs freshly plucked from the furniture groves of Tuscany, adept entry-level coif shamans treat scalps to complimentary massages, lop off excess locks (a $25 value), and add hues to 'dos with Redken colour care (a $37 value). A peppermint Sea Twist body treatment, meanwhile, wraps weary muscles in a 60-minute embrace of freshly harvested seaweed and refreshing peppermint essential oils to improve circulation and tighten epidermises. Groupon buyers also earn a Welcome Back package, chock full of tips for overcoming awkward surprise-party entrances and discounts for future services and retail purchases.
Though fairly new to Canada, UK native and owner of UK Trendz, Jacqui, is a veteran when it comes to the salon scene. The Toni&Guy–trained stylist brings 25 years of experience to the styling chair, where she adeptly cuts, colours, and retexturizes hair of all ethnicities. She uses her training in African and Caribbean locks to create natural-looking weaves and extensions and irons out curls and wrinkles in time with the Affirm Creme Relaxer and Keratin Straightening systems. Jacqui also cares for below-the-neck needs with traditional and Shellac mani-pedis as well as waxing treatments for both men and women.
The secret ingredient at Minus 417 Dead Sea Spa is Dead Sea salt, which is infused into many of the spa's skin, body, and nail treatments. Nails soak in the mineral-rich salt during a spa mani-pedi. Bodies benefit from Dead Sea salt's circulation-boosting abilities during a mud mask and a warming massage, where the much-touted element also helps firm, soften, and rejuvenate the skin.
Of course, the spa's experienced aestheticians also rely on other ingredients, including Thai herbs, vitamin A, and Jeunesse Advanced Skin Care products. Clients can choose from more than 20 types of facial treatments or enjoy a massage from a certified therapist capable of harnessing the powers of essential oils, honey, and green tea. The skin experts at Minus 417 are also well versed in a range of advanced aesthetic treatments, including LED light therapy that erases sun damage and IPL hair removal that rids bodies of unwanted hair and freshly sprouted grass.
For more than 30 years, Fame International's aestheticians have gone beyond ordinary treatments to help their clients look and feel like a million bucks. Their customized facials address individual skincare needs with aromatic steam and
nutrient-rich seaweed. During mani-pedis,
nail technicians can give a quick trim and polish, or they can add a
paraffin dip or whirlpool foot bath to give the experience a warming, soothing touch.
Fame International's stylists are also on hand to perform cuts or colouring treatments that create flattering new looks. But
making clients feel good doesn't end with the beauty team. Massage therapists are also on hand to soothe
tension, relieve chronic pain, and allay concerns that a muscle knot might actually be a marble you swallowed in your brash and reckless youth.
Packages of services allow relaxation seekers to experience what spas are really all about: full-on, no-apologies, head-to-toe pampering. Caesar Spa creates a variety of combinations specially designed to usher guests into a state of full-body bliss. Most of the bundles consist of a facial and a massage, though some take it a step further, such as the Asian spa retreat for two with Oriental foot massage, herbal soothing, and mani-pedi services. Without remorse, Caesar Spa carves their packages into a menu of á la carte treatments that range from body wraps and waxing services to microdermabrasion and ear candling.
The technicians at Beauty Station harness high-tech forces such as microcurrents, radio frequencies, and laser energy to rejuvenate their clients from head to feet. Their facials help banish frown lines, while body treatments encourage slimming of thighs, bellies, and posteriors. The massage therapists on staff enhance their kneading sessions with aromatherapy, herbal salts, and hot stones, while wax experts defuzz upper lips, underarms, and legs. The beauty haven boasts eight total treatment rooms, including a steam room, a hydrotherapy room, a vanity room, and a room just for studying all the other rooms.
Mee Skin Care's modern ambiance stems from its bright, geometric decor and its advanced anti-aging technologies. Two-storey glass windows flood the lobby with tidal waves of light. Inside private treatment rooms, aestheticians slow or reverse signs of aging or skin damage with laser light and botanical products by Babor and Swiss Line. In addition to warding off physical wear and tear, beauty pros also alleviate the hectic pace of life. During massages and facials, specialists lavish skin and muscles with nonstop attention, kneading away knots and renewing skin health.
The relaxation specialists at Relaxology Spa summon high quality products from Switzerland and the eco-friendly brand BABOR to pamper and prettify clients during three soothing services. The hot stones in the hot-stone massage line posteriors and penetrate back muscles with a warmth more comforting than a runners-up trophy whittled by a grandmother. During BABOR facials, aestheticians slather visages with BABOR products, made primarily from plants and developed in compliance with species protection guidelines. The Vivescence facial treats faces to high-end products imported from Switzerland, and aestheticians form the service to each client's specific skin needs, painting a cleansing mask onto faces using impressionist strokes before opening up pores with a steam machine. Faces emerge from the treatment with lifted skin and a more youthful appearance.
Lavender hues and hardwood floors create a peaceful ambience at After Glow Laser Spa & Salon, operated out of the comfortable Cardinal-family home. Inside, Colleen tends to hands and feet in need of grooming. She curbs cuticle overgrowth, trims nails, and dips hands and feet into a bowl of softening paraffin wax or mewing kittens. At the end of each mani-pedi, Colleen covers nails in a traditional or special Colour Veneer polish, which lasts up to three weeks.
Envy Me Medi Spa splits its pampering time between traditional and high-tech beautifying treatments. In the traditional camp, hydrating facials, soothing massages, and cellulite- and toxin-banishing body treatments help clients brighten both inside and out. Alternatively, the spa's aesthetic lasers can treat image imperfections ranging from unwanted hair and blemishes to spider veins and signs of aging.
Working within Awakenings Wellness Centre, Natalie Mcleod helps clients achieve smooth, blemish-free skin. She uses light and heat energy for two purposes: to hinder hair growth across the face and body with laser hair removal, and to fade the look of sun spots, brown spots, wrinkles, and acne with photofacials.
Although gilt-framed mirrors and ornate candleholders line the walls at Artemis Salon, the staff relies on modern technology and products for its rejuvenating services. In addition to slathering fingers and toes with chip-resistant shellac nail polishes, the staff also pampers cheekbones with facials packed with marine algae or oxygenating balms to leave skin as radiant as a bonfire blazing with sparkler kindling. A separate treatment room houses the spa's noninvasive laser system, which can smooth away stubble or help to diminish the appearance of hyperpigmented skin patches as clients recline on a plush bed.
Chandeliers illuminate the main salon space as candles light up nearby private treatment rooms at Sweet Temptation Salon & Spa. Inside these tranquil confines, beauty professionals work one-on-one with clients, bringing out each individual’s inner beauty and removing their chitinous exoskeletons. A full-service salon, spa, and nail emporium, Sweet Temptation provides a complete lineup of enticing hair, skin, body, and facial treatments.
Daniel Yon taps into five years of experience as a certified permanent-makeup artist as well as 13-plus years in the tattooing industry to add depth and lustre to clients’ features. The 16-year-old salon also features hairstylists, manicurists, and waxing technicians.