A talented cast of stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians stands at the ready beside the salon chairs and treatment stations that fill Turning Heads Hair & Skin Studio’s chic and elegant space. Soft blues and greys cover nearly every wall in the airy studio, evoking a natural setting somewhat at odds with the hyper-contemporary geometries of several diamond-shaped salon mirrors. This peculiar confluence of nature and cutting-edge fashion finds its reflection in the stylists themselves, all of whom call upon advanced Paul Mitchell formulas to cut locks into styles that stay in place but look effortless.
Sitting just outside the circles of cropped hair that surround the salon chairs, nail technicians pamper hands with manicures and feet with four types of pedicures, each designed to soften skin roughened from walking around in stilettos or hopping around in sandbags. In the salon's secluded spa room, a licensed aesthetician employs hard wax to gently remove hair and treats skin concerns such as acne or aging with eight types of facials.
Each Saco Hair salon is attached to its own style academy, allowing the scissor artists on staff to keep abreast of the latest cutting and styling techniques. The staff stylists wield environmentally conscious products such as Kevin Murphy and Pureology as they revamp manes with pixie cuts and lengthy layers, and their deft hands release tension with a shiatsu head massage before each hair transformation, calming change-phobic patrons still reeling from demise of the beehive trend. While imbuing manes with vibrant new hues, the stylists employ ammonia-free colouring products from L'Oréal Professional’s INOA line to secure deep-chestnut tints and golden-blond shades.
Sublime Styles Hair and Esthetics’ energetic aestheticians Rebekah and Niki are both working mothers who understand the importance of women taking time for themselves. They fulfill this mantra by continually educating themselves on holistic treatments and de-stressing clients through ionic detox, reflexology, and facials. Reflecting the duo’s creative nature, body wraps enlist the aid of luxurious chocolate to rid clients of toxins, and ME! Bath products hydrate skin with purifying minerals. Fun add-ons such as temporary glitter tattoos and Swarovski tooth jewels bedazzle bodies while making them more attractive to tooth fairies.
For the past 16 years, the stylists and aestheticians at Studio Mount Royal have been beautifying Calgarians with a range of services. They top fingernails with bright shades of OPI polish, and render more radiant faces with serums from Guignot and Laboratoire Dr Renaud. Essential oils and a morph-lympho-drainage massage whittle inches during the salon’s body wraps, which also help to diminish cellulite.
Cabella Salon is a Redken Certified Salon––a title which it takes very seriously. All new stylists must go through a rigorous training program during which they hone difficult techniques such as dry cutting, custom colouring, and braiding hair with just their thumbs. After three rigorous months, the stylists emerge from study as hair experts who can transform strands into any style from classic crop to punk pixie cut.
The stylists at MVP Men's Salon specialize in men's hair care services ranging from cuts and 5-minute grey camouflage treatments to permanent hair colour. Using products from American Crew the staff members style hair and massage scalps while clients watch the flat screen LCD TVs, play Xbox, or browse the complimentary WiFi.