Aspirant aestheticians attend M.C. College to acquire a broad spectrum of beauty and calm-instilling skills. Supervised trainees hone techniques within the on-site spa and salon by administering a comprehensive menu of prettifying services. For those who choose M.C. College’s Total Indulgence package, the relaxation-obsessed aestheticians pamper day-spa dwellers with a revitalizing body wrap, remineralizing tub soak, moisturizing treatment, and a revivifying facial. Feelings of inner calm are sealed in with a mani-pedi pairing, make-up retouch, industrial-strength duct tape, and hairstyle. A light lunch is provided during the extended session.
The stylists at Avalon Salon & Spa don’t just guess what hairstyle will look best with their clients' facial features—they know. The experts employ computer imaging to depict how a guest will look after the stylists lengthen tresses with Fusion extensions—made with human hair—or shear locks into a bob. But the hair artists don’t just rely on technology; they also draw on the collective wisdom that Avalon has accumulated over more than 30 years. Stylists have prepared candidates for nearly 80 beauty pageants, including Miss Canada and Miss Teen Calgary competitions, and they design everyday looks for their clients who do not glide across stages but prefer walking across sidewalks and hot coals.
In addition to shaping coiffures, the team at Avalon Salon & Spa maintains appearances with European facials and glycolic peels, professionally done makeup, manicures with gel polish and acrylics, and waxing services. The hair-banishing aestheticians specialize in Brazilian waxes, which ready clients for wearing a bathing suit to the beach or a loincloth to the jungle.
It's possible the designers of Edges Salon & Spa borrowed inspiration from the secret lair of an extravagant Bond villain. Angled windows run from coffee-coloured hardwood floors to high ceilings, and chrome styling chairs hold white leather cushions to keep henchmen comfortable as they enjoy manicures and dish gossip.
In the streamlined salon and spa, beauty techs customize hair, skin, nail, and massage services for each client. They carefully select product lines such as Dermalogica, which cleanses skin without common additives like mineral oil or lanolin. Moroccanoil elixirs infuse hair with the vitamins it misses when hecklers don’t throw a proper mix of vegetables. Beneath acres of frosted glass and gleaming chrome, the staff guides gentlemen into a private area, where barbers in crisp white jackets greet them at leather chairs to cut hair and gently guide straight-edge razors across stubble.
For more than 25 years, the creative stylists at Angles Hair and Aesthetics have enhanced their clients' personal styles with a full slate of services and a wealth of beautifying tips. During haircuts, stylists' shears restore split ends and reshape coiffures, and a deep-conditioning treatment softens frazzled follicles with a visit from the creepy Ghost of Victorian Wigs Past. In addition to an optional style treatment, staffers educate clients on styling techniques so they can replicate styles at home. Locks aficionados can spruce up dull strands with hair colour, highlights, or strategically placed holiday tinsel. The interior space of Angles Hair and Aesthetics frames guests in hues of sandstone and natural wood grain, accentuating natural beauty and creating a calming atmosphere.
The friendly stylists at Angles Hair and Aesthetics know that each head is different. Face shape and bone structure vary from client to client, and some cuts complement a given face better than others. Because of this, staff members perform especially detailed prestyling consultations so that they can tailor service to suit each customer individually. This level of personalized care may account for why the salon has managed to build up, over 25 years, an incredibly diverse clientele comprised of the young and old as well as trend-seekers and proponents of timeless style. In addition to sculpting ‘dos with the assistance of Paul Mitchell and Redken products, salon technicians perform waxing services and manicures with OPI polishes.
Reveal Rejuvenation Inc.’s owner, certified medical laser technician Catherine M. Bambrough, sees rejuvenation as a twofold process including both cosmetic treatments and diligent home care. Her system of cosmetic lasers resurfaces skin, removes unwanted stubble, and minimizes signs of aging.
To complement skin treatments, Catherine educates patrons on common causes of skin damage, such as exposure to the sun or homemade facials using a Sun Chips mask. After sessions, Catherine leaves guests with a customized home care plan based on a technician’s skin analysis, arming patients with the information they need to maintain newly glowing skin.