Though located at the heart of the Lougheed Town Centre, Merle Norman Spa could not be further removed in spirit from the bustling foot traffic just outside its doors. One of the nearly 2,000 independent stores thoughout North America that have opened under the Merle Norman Cosmetics name since its inception in 1931, the studio carries a line of skincare and cosmetic products designed and created by the brand?s research team in Los Angeles. The studio?s team of experienced aestheticians takes full advantage of these exclusive products during spa services that include facials, massages, waxing, and painting nails with detailed instructions for how to wash one?s hands.
Massage therapy and nail care meet ultrasonic and laser treatments at Spa at the Madison, a boutique spa where trained aestheticians help guests feel their best. Facial Zone treatments, designed to annihilate blemishes and soothe lips, are plucked from an à la carte menu so patrons can assemble their own packages, and St. Tropez custom spray tans bronze bodies naturally in about an hour. For the Y-chromosome set, specially designed facials, waxing, and nail care as well as the placement of cucumber slices on moustaches prep gentlemen for special events.
Trinity Salon & Spa specializes in a range of professional pampering services, including the seasonally soothing facial-licious pumpkin facial. The spa’s team of exfoliation experts welcomes clients with a cup of tea before introducing them to the skin rejuvenation powers and swoon-inducing swagger of a sloughing yam-and-pumpkin exfoliant. After dead skin cells bid adieu, skin gets a further perking as a hydrating mask moistens the visage before a Hungarian facial massage gently kneads the face, neck, décolleté, scalp, and arms. The full facial aims to decrease the prevalence of wrinkles and cajoles the skin to stimulate cellular renewal, which helps it appear youthfully radiant, like the sun's rambunctious niece. Clients leave feeling facially refreshed, ready to enter unafraid into driver's license photo retakes and seasonal jack-o'-lantern impersonation contests.
Metallic accents and chairs the colour of cayenne peppers bring a hint of spunk and spice to Make Me Over Salon and Spa?s otherwise subdued motif of greys and blacks. The salon?s talented cast of stylists strikes a similar balance between edgy and elegant as they snip locks and tame wayward strands with Moroccanoil treatments and products from Wella, Sebastian, and American Crew. Within the hushed confines of private spa rooms, aestheticians call upon Dermalogica serums developed by The International Dermal Institute to rejuvenate skin or wax away unwanted fuzz. Massage practitioners also practice their craft in these treatment rooms, dissipating stress with Swedish strokes, aromatherapy oils, and a soundtrack of operatic whale songs. The beauty team also takes care of appendages with manicure and pedicure treatments for women and men alike. The pedicure room offers tranquil music in a small seating area with a view of the fish tank wall. On special occasions, wine is served for a more relaxing experience.
While most 23-year-olds were trying to figure out their career path, Angelo was busy opening his own salon. And three expansions and more than two decades later, he's still at it. Each day he works with his team of talented stylists and aestheticians to accomplish the goal he laid out in 1991: to create a one-stop beauty shop where clients could get all of their aesthetic needs met. To that end, Angelo employs nail artists who pamper the digits of patrons waiting for hair colour treatments to finish processing, as well as aestheticians who dole out rose, mud, or chocolate baths that can be paired with massages, skin treatments, or giant chocolate duckies.
Owner Hj. Mooryati Soedibyo has a right to call her spa the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa—she is, after all, a princess of the Javanese royal family. She grew up in the royal palace surrounded by servants and beauty experts who performed traditional jamu, or herbal-medicine techniques, and spa services for her family. Inspired by these remedies, she began selling herbal products from her home in 1978. Soon, burgeoning demand pushed production from the house to the garage, and then to a full-fledged factory. But her aesthetics empire, like the tuning of instruments before performances of “99 Bottles,” is only the beginning. Soedibyo opened her authentic Javanese spa spa to share the wisdom of her family’s royal spa treatments with international clients.
All therapists are trained at the spa’s own School of Spa Therapists in Indonesia. Upon graduation, they perform exotic treatments including lulur body scrubs, volcano body wraps, pampering packages, and Balinese massages, which use flowing strokes and gentle compressions. After treatments, clients can relax in the dry sauna or whirlpool tub or sip loose-leaf tea from 50 regions around the world. Holistic jamu products are also available at the spa to help naturally soothe minor maladies.