Settled among the meadows and river of its rural surroundings, Spagarage takes its moniker from its transformation from an automotive garage into the oasis of tranquility it is today. Born out of owner Vincent's passion for styling, the salon-spa welcomes patrons with a slew of services focused on the development of modern styles, highlighting, and colour diagnostic and repair. Before emigrating to Canada from London, England in the 1970s—otherwise known as polka's golden age—Vincent honed his hair-sculpting skills at the Vidal Sassoon Academy’s renowned Bond Street salon. Vincent continues to refresh his knowledge with supplemental classes at the Academy’s other outposts in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris. In between running the salon and raising his two young children well above his head to build strength, Vincent is also at work developing his own organic, locally produced shampoo and conditioner.
Luce Hair Studio spruces human exteriors using the expertise of highly trained staff members and high-quality, innovative products. The salon's digit decorators pare and polish patrons' hand and foot talons, halting the encroachment of advancing cuticles and buffing out scratches, dings, and the consequences of squeezing an octopus. Nailcare experts then apply polish designed to last without chipping or smudging. Hands and leg-hands undergo these ministrations within Luce Hair Studio's stylish downtown and East End interiors, distinguished by warm tones, windows, and the complete absence of doors.
Altered Ego prunes the tussled tresses of its customers, transforming dishevelled mop tops into hairy extensions of individual vim and charisma. Each visitor can ease into a comfy seat and recline a scraggly scalp while a skilled stylist strokes strands with a rejuvenating Redken shampoo. After adolescent angst has been washed out, snippists will cut away split ends and craft an alluring 'do that fetchingly frames faces and draws more attention than a trash can fire at a fireman’s convention. Once follicles have been jettisoned onto the floor, Altered Ego's coif connoisseurs can spiral shiny manes into a posh style that is sure to captivate coworkers and envious ice cream cones alike.
Helmed by owner and stylist Paulette Guelph, Trendsetter Hair Clinic morphs languid strands into radiant tresses with beautifying salon services. Patrons eager to augment existing head plumage can festoon locks with a pair of feather extensions available in vivid colours such as pink, green, and blue, along with more reserved hues such as black and invisible. A dexterous coiffeur affixes the ornithological additions in a matter of seconds, giving locks a quick and eye-catching upgrade. Alternatively, stylists can lavish mops with rejuvenating treatments such as a wash and style ($35) that cleanses begrimed manes before caressing strands into polished shape and thanking them for their cooperation. A conditioning treatment and scalp-massage therapy ($65) nourish follicles and relax craniums exhausted from constantly preventing brains from floating away in thought bubbles. Hair extensions ($100–$300+ for hairpiece and installation) hailing from brands including Revlon, Sensual, and New Image impart locks with extra length and added material for ponytail crafting.
Trends come and go, which is why the stylists at Fossa Hair Studio keep abreast of their constantly changing industry with Schwarzkopf's continuous education classes. Guided by their ceaseless schooling, the team masterfully uses both Schwarzkopf's original product line, as well as its Osis line, to expertly style hair into simple everyday looks or fun and innovative colour designs. Frizzy-haired clients will take a special liking to the crew's stock of Moroccanoil; the anti-humectant locks in moisture and shine all while blocking frizz and stale styles better than living in a human-sized hamster bubble. Once highlights and colour treatments are set and split-ends sheared, the crew enhances facial features with full makeup applications.
Fossa's space is almost as elegant and chic as its stylist's work. Simple taupe walls flank three sides of the salon, while rustic bricks create the fourth portion. Crystal-like chandeliers sparkle over the space's black styling chairs, which face black-framed mirrors. Downstairs, customers can hang out in the salon's esthetics space. Customers relax amid limestone walls and infloor heating for a variety of services such as nail and waxing services, eyelash extensions, facials, and makeup applications.