With dramatic chandeliers, sweeping curves of dark wood, and full-length mirrors, Telio Hair Studio doesn’t look like a barbershop. But it still aims to make men feel comfortable getting a precision haircut—or, for that matter, a scalp massage, sports pedicure, or other treatment from a full list of men’s services. Even in the midst of luxurious spa services, such as aromatic plant-based facials and toning anti-aging treatments, staff maintain a welcoming atmosphere toward all guests, giving trims to even the tiniest tots who aren’t losing their baby hair quickly enough. In addition to its home base in a North Vancouver bungalow, the studio recently opened a second location just down the road from the Sperling SkyTrain station in Burnaby.
VIP Salon & Spa's stylists infuse manes with colour and vibrancy, and nearby aestheticians polish nails to a bright shine. In private areas, wax experts skillfully strip away hair from the bikini area or the parts of the scalp around one's minotaur horns.
When Cecil B. Spa & Laser opened in 1979, it was a makeup studio—origins the team continues to honor to this day. Despite how much the salon has grown, mineral makeup lessons with Jane Iredale cosmetics remain one of the team's touchstones. During a typical session, makeup artists guide clients step by step through creating flattering custom looks that include natural lips or smoky eyes that require no matches.
Today the spa branches out far beyond makeup with a host of wellness and beauty treatments. The spa utilizes the Italian wax Comfort Zone, which promotes slower and finer hair growth. Massages, for example, range from classic Swedish kneads to Western Thai massage, a mix of pressure point work and stretching. Laser beauty services, meanwhile, include laser hair removal and a cocktail of laser treatments designed to nonsurgically produce the look of a facelift.
Behind the reception area’s glossy white desk, sleek black styling stations buzz with the whirring of dryers and snipping of scissors. So begins a typical visit to Gossip & Co. Tanning and Hair Studio, wherein a team of stylists and aestheticians prove their dedication to gussying up patrons with services ranging from long-lasting Shellac manicures to meticulous waxing treatments. Within the studio’s slate gray walls, the styling team assembles strands into sleek updos, revives lacklustre locks with conditioning treatments, and installs voluminous hair extensions. A fleet of tanning beds housed within private rooms gilds bodies in bronze shades of varying intensity and grant the appearance of having just returned from vacation without the hassles of bribing clouds to scram.
Aesthetician Mia Mor founded Mor Than Ever Wellness Spa in order to shelter clients from the stress of their busy lives and bring them back to a slower pace, if only for a brief period of time. She and her staff nourish faces with anti-aging and European facials, knead the tension from backs during relaxation massages, and cocoon bodies in wraps. For the ultimate pampering experience, she treats bodies to luxurious products such as Moor Spa salves, whose naturally sourced ingredients contain no artificial preservatives; Dead Sea bath salts, which are enriched with vitamin E and aromatic oils; and Essie nail polish, which is formaldehyde-free, making it safe for expectant mothers and painting the walls of the nursery.
High ceilings, exposed pipework, and a pressed-tin ceiling lend Anim Hair & Beauty Studio an industrial feel, and colourful drapery and modern art warm up its stark beige walls. Specializing in extensions, weaves, braids, and relaxing treatments, the studio’s well-trained stylists sculpt hairdos that attract the admiration of passers-by and hair-scaling princes alike. Each staff member completes an in-house apprenticeship and extensive four-week training course before unleashing his or her pampering prowess via salon services, spa treatments, and hair-removal sessions.