The barbers at Maverick Studio elevate the haircut to an art form. They start by examining facial features to get the phrenological lay of the land. The aim is to create the experience of getting a bespoke haircut, rather than a pre-fab style. To help, they enlist top-shelf products, such as Eufora Hero shave gel. The shop specializes in precision gentlemen's cuts and facial hair detailing, and clients may supplement with a colour process or hot towel treatment for maximum relaxation.
The attention to detail is apparent in the ambiance as well. Sconces cast honey glow on polished wood accents and modern photography from local artists. And though there's a large TV always broadcasting a game, it feels more like a modern update to the barber shop tradition that dates back hundreds of years, rather than a new-fangled distraction.
Helen relies on sophisticated technology such as bipolar radio frequencies and ultrasound to fight wrinkles and other dermal imperfections on her clients' faces and bodies. Radio frequency treatments can be used to stimulate collagen regeneration, which in turn leads to tighter skin and a better defense against the pinches of nosy aunts. Ultrasound treatments also work to tighten the skin by targeting the deep, subbasement of the dermis and strengthening the connective tissue therein. Helen also offers traditional cleansing facials and chemical peels, along with waxing services and Reiki energy therapy.
The Medi Spa at Market Lane employs pulsed-light technology to smooth away undesired patches of stubble. After an initial 30-minute consultation to elect the treatment area and do a few last werewolf impressions, bodies are sent through a series of six Palomar pulsed-light hair-removal sessions, which take around 15 minutes per visit. Safe for most skin and hair types, the pulsed light technology uses a larger beam and a longer pulse width than some laser treatments to penetrate deep into follicles and minimize discomfort. Before seeing optimal results, patients typically experience a mild, post-procedure redness similar to sunburn in that it can last up to a few days and make dragon tattoos look like they're blushing.
While other 10-year-old boys spent their free time practicing slap shots and trying to teach bugs to do their chores, Danny passed afternoons and weekends at his father's barbershop. He'd sweep the floors and run errands, all the while admiring the time-honored craft that his father learned during his training in Italy. Danny would go onto study these same barber techniques under the tutelage of his father and at a local hairstyling school before eventually opening up a barbershop of his own—The Barber's Chair.
Tucked among the bustling shops and upscale restaurants of the Vaughan Mills mall, the barbershop is an oasis of old-world comfort and calm. You can find Danny and his seasoned staffers two-stepping around the cushy barber's chairs, snipping up haircuts while exchanging cheerful anecdotes and jokes. After a refreshing trim or luxurious hot towel shave, the barbers treat clients to cups of simmering espresso.
Sculpture Hair & Spa's experienced team of beauty technicians fortifies skin, hair, and nails with a luxury canon of indulgent services. During pedicures, nail techs mollycoddle extremities as patrons relax in heated massage chairs that gently levitate thanks to the spa's resident telekinetic. Stationed in private treatment rooms, massage therapists untie knotted muscles and aestheticians rejuvenate complexions with exfoliating facial treatments. The spa's stylists snip tresses during precision cuts followed by shampoos, conditioning treatments, and colour changes that draw on the styling powers of Schwarzkopf and Moroccanoil products.
Aveda Institute Toronto is a beauty school that will smooth and soothe whatever section of your locks aches for tending, from split ends to steel-wool frizz. During your session, the Institute’s future superstar stylists will tend to you with incredible detail while using Aveda's products, which are derived from pure plant and flower essences. A botanical hair and scalp therapy ($40+, or $25 when added to another service) infuses follicles with a deep smoothing or strengthening hair and scalp treatment, including a scalp and neck massage, shampoo, and blow-dry. Put your best bobs and bouffants forward with a haircut ($18+) and gravity defying upstyle ($25+). Or, eradicate grays to extinction with a hair colour/glossing service ($30+) or highlights ($40+), exemplifying your skull's versatile ability to reflect sunlight.