Elite Hair and Skin Care owner Sue Shaker spends her days chasing a natural high. Fifteen years ago, she noticed that feeling confident about her looks positively affected her overall well-being, and so she has been trying to help clients develop confidence through hair ever since. Her journey began at California School of Beauty, where she gravitated toward hair colour because another student mixed the formulas together and created a black hole. Now she corrects unflattering dye jobs with aplomb, having honed her specialty in highlights and lowlights for nearly a decade. To keep the salon current, she attends regular colour classes and arms her fellow stylists with products from Aveda and Moroccanoil.
The resident aesthetician nourishes skin with Dermalogica's products and methods, building custom facials based on analysis of each zone of the client's face and spheres of influence on their friends' faces. Her nimble fingers also manipulate fine threads to shape eyebrows, and trap body hair with traditional resin wax and sugar paste that will not tug on tender skin.
Wielding professional products from Dermalogica, Zoya, and Qtica, aestheticians rejuvenate bodies with a suite of services tailored to each client?s needs. While custom facials clean the skin to remove blackheads and birthday candles buried deep in the follicles, nail services pamper hands and feet with hydrating masks and paraffin dips. Waxing, sugaring, electrolysis, and threading services can rid bodies of unwanted fuzz, and massages help banish tension from achy backs and shoulders.
Surrounded by the gleaming wood floors and cream-colored walls of Xpressions’ salon space, guests perch in padded chairs and watch their tresses transform through the efforts of a savvy stylist. At an aesthetician's station, a nail technician gussies up digits with manicures and pedicures, and an aesthetician performs waxing services that rid bodies of rogue hairs and super-glued fake moustaches. Guests can also add length and texture to drab manes with the salon's specialty: 100 per cent human hair or synthetic extensions, wigs, and braids.
Hybrid Hair and Detox Spa has a knack for responsible beauty. When Erin Kier had the chance to open her own salon, she saw it for what it was: a chance to fulfill her lifelong dream of not only taking care of people, but also looking after world in which we live. Thereby, Kier's vision for a salon-spa where health and beauty were intertwined also avoided harmful industry practices with the goal of having the most dainty of environmental footprints. House stylists aim to use green-friendly products, many of which are all-natural, vegan, and toxin-free. And a bottle-refill program helps keep plastic away from landfills and fire breathers. Therapists also perform reiki reflexology and shamballa services.
Kier's goodwill extends beyond the salon-spa's walls. A Green Circle Salon membership ensures that foil and spare hair are shipped off for reuse, and participation in the University of Waterloo's WellFit program helps provide support for cancer survivors.
In Deeva Hair’s newly renovated downstairs, Amanda Neilly bustles about, reviving worn-out hands and feet with pampering services. Amanda and her team gussy up appendages with chip-proof gel polish and pre-sculpted faux nails while simultaneously inducing relaxation with paraffin dips, hand massages, and the absence of lobsters looking to finalize mergers.
When LCI Lasercom Clinics opened in 1997, lasers were still relatively new to the hair-removal industry. But that didn't stop LCI from betting they'd catch on. The company began to work with laser manufacturers to improve the technologies. Nowadays, it offers laser hair-removal for clients who are looking to remove unwanted hair or tight sweaters.