Fusion Hair Design captures cutting-edge looks atop its customers' stylish skulls by employing Vidal Sassoon trimming techniques and eco-friendly products. Settle on a smart style during the complimentary consultation and soak up Fusion's tranquil atmosphere as a skilled accomplice cuts and frames locks with the finesse usually reserved for decorating a wedding cake or parting the Red Sea ($40). A vibrant perm pumps volume into flat mops ($65+) as a whole head of highlights blends dimension into bland strands with warm streaks of colour and cool shades ($100). Fusion's chemical straightening smoothes tense bristles with Japanese hair-harmonizing techniques, eco-friendly products, and the careful resolve of a victorious Twister player ($100+). For high fivers expressing disdain towards their dull digits, the Italia manicure relaxes fingers and polishes nails ($40) while offering a matching nod to the toes with an Italia pedicure ($50).
There’s no doubt that Fire & Ice Hair Company has class. For starters, the salon is committed to green products and methods; they recycle more than 85 per cent of salon waste and exclusively use products by La Biosthetique Paris—a company that creates its packaging using wind, water, and solar power. More obviously, Fire & Ice's space—blanketed, of course, in the soft glow of energy-efficient light bulbs—reveals a high-end salon, complete with rich wooden floors and pearl-white styling chairs.
What's missing, however, is the attitude. Unlike at many upscale establishments and children’s book clubs, the staff skips the highbrow demeanor in favour of friendly chatter.
Mackie Naturals beckons the inner beauty within each of its pampered pupils so that skin rejuvenates and glows as smiles beam. Harnessing the botanical prowess of Hungarian skin-care line, Eminence Organics, Mackie Naturals' seasonal facial evolves with the advancing months but always endeavours to delve into deep tissues, blending minerals and all-natural ingredients to craft this 75-minute treatment. Brilliant beauticians canvass the dermis to determine whether it has been damaged by sun exposure, premature aging, or too many magpies to the face, and customize the pampering accordingly with seasonal scents and topical treatments. Exfoliation techniques, toning, massage, hydration, and a masque conspire to leave the skin soft, alive, and renewed.
For Tanya and Rosanne, co-owners of Nouveau Hair Studio & Aesthetics, keeping up with the latest beauty trends is a top priority. As is using professional products—they currently stock items from Kevin Murphy, La Biosthetique, and Moroccanoil. To ensure the satisfaction of their clients, stylists begin each haircut or colour service with a consultation. Appointments end with a blow-dry style and tips for recreating the look at home or maintaining it inside a wind tunnel.
Eccotique Spas beautify the denizens of Vancouver with soothing, often earth-friendly products, practices, and services in an easygoing manner that truly befits its West Coast style. For clients whose faces are covered in skin rather than a flaky butter crust, Eccotique flaunts a line-up of facials to suit nearly every type, tone, and texture. The Outer Peace Acne Relief facial treats acne symptoms and causes, preventing future pore prison breaks, and the Beyouthful facial helps manage aging epidermis. In lieu of at-home belt-sander treatments, Eccotique soothes wizened visages with a Radiant Resurfacing facial, smoothing skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines. All facials last one hour, and are administered by Eccotique's trained staff.
When Frida Emalange opened her first salon in 2001, she recognized the need for a salon in the area that would cater to clients with all types of hair. Now, with her dream salons, Zorganics Health & Beauty, she continues this mission, along with using and selling a line of natural, organic products. Drawing inspiration from Zora—the name of Frida’s daughter, as well as a word meaning “dawn” or “rising sun”—the stylists work to make each client’s hair and skin look and feel as lovely as the sunrise. Along with hair care that includes couture haircuts, Keratin treatments, cornrows, and full weaves, the staff members pamper nails and skin with organic spa treatments. They also bundle their services into pampering packages that may include candle lit massage, which is what George Washington called it when he cleaned his musket.