The staff at A Touch of Paradise Esthetics boast expertise that covers nearly every square inch of the body, and they perform services with the singular aim of making guests look and feel their best. Starting at the toes, pedicures doll up feet for trips to the beach, and waxing and laser hair removal rid the entire body of unwanted bristle. More than 10 types of facials bring out each client's inner glow, and more powerful treatments such as microdermabrasion are brought in to deal with deep wrinkles and frown lines. The staff also work to maintain a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere, which is why clients are asked to turn off their phones and leave extra-crinkly potato-chip bags in the car.
Using a wide variety of top-shelf products for hair, skin, and nails, the salon and spa specialists at Pin Ups and Pompadours provide a host of services, from basic cuts to waxing and facials. Helmed by owner and stylist Marion Godwin—who, from a young age, has been a firm believer in all things glamorous—the spa and salon operates under the ideology of "old-school glamour meets new school beauty." Along with her staff, they preen clients' 'dos, add extensions, or restore locks with conditioning treatments and inspirational fortunes tucked behind ears.
The stylists at Alleyne's Grooming For Men employ old-fashioned barbering techniques to give clients the aesthetics of a modern gentleman. The vintage interior includes traditional leather and chrome chairs, which cradle visitors during their session (see building tour here). Using massage oils, hot shaving lather and heated-towel compresses, techs polish men's faces and sculpt hairstyles more masculine than Thor’s racecar collection. The staff specializes in helping men appear elegantly at important events, such as weddings and job interviews.
Medical procedures and spa treatments share a home at Allure Skin and Laser Clinic, where medical aestheticians reinvigorate skin with facial peels, laser hair removal, permanent makeup, and other treatments that blur the line between the laboratory and the day spa. Though their specialties vary, the staff members share a common philosophy: treat each guest as an individual who deserves to be pampered.
This philosophy pervades every aspect of the spa, from the smile and steamy cup of herbal tea that await guests upon their arrival to the treatments themselves—each of which begins with a personal consultation and a customized skin analysis. The aestheticians often call upon advanced implements such as a special skin scanner to determine which treatments to deploy. Their considerable skills also allow the team to camouflage scars, whiten teeth, and obliterate rebellious planets with their laser devices.
To get an idea of what Papillon Salon & Spa does, it helps to see what it looks like. Inside, there are three private spa rooms, a colour room, a styling space, and a boutique, each space a welcoming room allotted for its respective treatment. Stylists helm the salon section and add on a complimentary blow-dry to all their treatments, from haircuts to colouring. That goes for specialty treatments as well; there's a healing touch therapy head massage and styling, a calming treatment that panders to both the hair and the nerves. The spa side features mani-pedis for the nails, facials and full-body exfoliations for the skin, and hot-stone massages for the muscles. And then there's the boutique, which purveys hair and skin products, jewelry, and accessories to help accentuate the finer points of a new look or a boost a coat hanger's appeal.
Amid a casual southwest decor that culminates at a roaring fireplace, The Gate House Salon & Spa's team of exceptionally trained stylists and aestheticians performs luxuriating hair, skin, and nail services. To create a stress-free oasis for their customers, the staff warmly greets each client with a complimentary glass of wine, tea, coffee, or juice before humming famed Kenny G tunes and ushering visitors to private treatment rooms or tawny salon stations. As lush vegetation tickles the windows, staff members execute detoxifying ion cleanses and aromatherapy massages to promote overall wellness. Meanwhile, skilled stylists enhance manes with Redken products, and expert skincare professionals soothe human shells with moisturizing Repechage products during spa services such as pedicures and stone-therapy treatments.