For Tanya and Rosanne, co-owners of Nouveau Hair Studio & Aesthetics, keeping up with the latest beauty trends is a top priority. As is using professional products—they currently stock items from Kevin Murphy, La Biosthetique, and Moroccanoil. To ensure the satisfaction of their clients, stylists begin each haircut or colour service with a consultation. Appointments end with a blow-dry style and tips for recreating the look at home or maintaining it inside a wind tunnel.
Medical-grade lasers, award-winning Jan Marini skincare products, and smooth, warmed massage stones. These accoutrements await clients at Silhouette Spa and Laser, where a host of aesthetic spa services?including cosmetic tattooing, registered massage therapy, electrolysis, nails, lash extensions, tinting, and facials?administered by certified professionals help nourish and beautify bodies.
Knock Outs Hair & Body Studio is a self-described progressive salon, which is apparent based on its clients who have purple streaks, mohawks, and crackle-polish manicures. That's not to say the staff members only create bold looks?a look at their before and after gallery shows everything from classic highlights and layered looks to twists. The staff includes three licensed stylists, as well as apprentices who, if they're anything like the movies, should be able to enchant brooms into sweeping up hair by themselves.
Black Pearl Beauty Loft's talented stylists treat craniums to luxurious scalp massages and haircuts, special-occasion updos, and hair extensions. Though the scalp sculptors capably embellish all types of tresses, they specialize in taming the oft-unruly frizziness and non-Euclidian geometry of curly hair. Body-length mirrors reflect a space with black leather furnishings and walls featuring black-and-white vine motifs, and technicians add splashes of color to manes and enhance eyelids with individual lash applications.
There’s no doubt that Fire & Ice Hair Company has class. For starters, the salon is committed to green products and methods; they recycle more than 85 per cent of salon waste and exclusively use products by La Biosthetique Paris—a company that creates its packaging using wind, water, and solar power. More obviously, Fire & Ice's space—blanketed, of course, in the soft glow of energy-efficient light bulbs—reveals a high-end salon, complete with rich wooden floors and pearl-white styling chairs.
What's missing, however, is the attitude. Unlike at many upscale establishments and children’s book clubs, the staff skips the highbrow demeanor in favour of friendly chatter.