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.
The talented team of beauty mavens at F.A.B. aims to spruce up cranial coverings with styling and colour meant to complement and emphasize each client's attributes. With partial foil highlights, trained stylists can strategically add a touch of colour to heads in shine-deficient places, such as the roots, tips, and faded uvulae, or add all-over hues with a full colouring. Patrons in need of a trim can instead opt for treatment from a senior stylist who shampoos, shears, and shapes tresses with premium products from AG and Schwarzkopf and an eye toward creating a distinctive coif that flatters each individual's face shape, hair texture, and forehead tattoos.
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.
The Mane Obsession is a Redken Platinum Salon in which master stylists sculpts tresses into modest follicular masterpieces. Hair services, such as a spring-cleaning cut ($25–$48 for women, $15–$32 for men), mow skullscapes into aesthetically pleasing frontier, and a bang trim frees eyes from the tyrannical rule of egotistical strands ($6). Colourists switch natural hues from doldrums to vibrancy with the application of highlights ($55–$78), and protect entire heads from freezer burn with a full-foil ($70–$93). An intense conditioning service can rid hair from permanent winter windsweptedness more effectively than applying nymph breath or never riding in a convertible ($11 add-on).
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.
The stylists at Trendsetter Hair Clinic are just as confident weaving in blonde extensions as they are braiding hair into cornrows or sweeping strands into elegant updos. Their lineup of haircare services covers cuts, colouring, and texturizing treatments. It's all part of owner Paluette Guelph's vision to not only pamper healthy hair, but to rehabilitate manes coping with hair loss or strands damaged by breakage or chemicals.
The clinic is stocked with products from brands such as Arosci and Redken, as well as wigs that range from natural looking to vibrantly coloured. Staff members can make house calls with an array of wig options for those who feel more comfortable wig-shopping in the comforts of home or are looking to outfit their garden gargoyle with strawberry-blond ringlets.