Sunsera Salons' name hides the fact that it's more than a hair salon—it's also a full-service spa. At one end, hairstylists expertly cut, condition, and highlight hair, or add length and volume with extensions. Meanwhile, their coworkers perform a slew of relaxing services: manicures and pedicures, facials, massages, laser hair removal, and hydrating body wraps.
Black Pearl Beauty Loft's talented stylists treat craniums to luxurious scalp massages and haircuts, special-occasion updos, and hair extensions. Though the scalp sculptors capably embellish all types of tresses, they specialize in taming the oft-unruly frizziness and non-Euclidian geometry of curly hair. Body-length mirrors reflect a space with black leather furnishings and walls featuring black-and-white vine motifs, and technicians add splashes of color to manes and enhance eyelids with individual lash applications.
During LipoLaser treatments, the practiced technicians at Body Forming Clinic use low-level laser paddles designed to reduce fatty tissue on specific areas of the body. Approximately as painful as a kiss from an oversized butterfly, the non-invasive treatment requires no surgery or recovery time and is Health Canada approved. After consulting with a counselor about trouble spots’ checkered pasts, patients relax comfortably while a trained assistant applies two treatment paddles on the skin for 10 minutes at a time. Basking in wavelengths of light, fat cells bid adieu to resident padding and release it into the lymphatic system, allowing the cells to shrink and finally buy the velour catsuit they’ve been eyeing. The treatment, which can last up to 50 minutes, culminates in 15 minutes of cross-training to keep cells on their toes. Body Forming Clinic’s staff explains the benefits of weight-bearing exercise to maintain the laser’s results and then introduces patients to the relaxation of a 30-minute infrared sauna session.
The idea for Simply Comfort Spa came from two cousins who wanted to offer a more tranquil and pampering approach to spa services. Facials are performed with Laboratoire Dr Renaud products, and preference is always given to products made with organic, fair-trade ingredients or by bees that make fair wages. The spa’s mani-pedis include an exfoliating brown-sugar scrub and finish with OPI nail polish, and waxing services use botanical épillyss wax, designed specially for sensitive skin. The staff also offers relaxing massage therapy, makeup and bridal services, and handmade hair clips for sale.
The staff at Steel Blue Healing Inc promotes healthfulness with a selection of vitamins, natural medications, and healing treatments. Clients can also enjoy soothing footbaths, scalp massages, and spray-tanning services as well as eyelash extensions to prepare for their appearance at this year’s International Winking Championships.
Natural Reflextions borrows from Mother Nature's innate sense of style with its decorative plants, earthy tones, and fragrant candles, convincing visitors they've stepped inside a forest sanctuary. The zen-like ambience pervades the spa's treatment rooms, which overlook rock gardens dappled with trees and the fountain of youth where Sophia Loren resides. Beneath billowing cloths hanging from the ceiling, a team of relaxation experts administers massages and skincare treatments inspired by nature's soothing, curative elements.
The spa's menu of services whisks visitors onto a cloud of relaxation with its seaweed body wraps that swaddle physiques in nourishing Seaflora products and footbaths that reward the hardest working jack-o'-lantern stompers. Skin reaches its aesthetic peak with facials using anti-aging Dermalogica serums and waxing that ousts unneeded bodily fleece. Handcrafted and fair-trade items—including teapots, jewellery, and natural soaps—can be discovered in the spa's boutique, encouraging guests to support the local artisans from which they came.
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.