Inside the 3,500-square-foot Bay Street Salon and Spa, staffers enhance exteriors with hair, skin, and body treatments that make use of natural therapies. Aestheticians mask mugs with Nelly De Vuyst skincare products, a Belgian line that's rich in vegetable extracts and that has been cosseting complexions for more than 40 years. The salon and spa's clients can follow stints at the shampoo bar with aromatherapy scalp massages, or they can surrender to seashell and hot-stone body massages and Golden Moor mud baths designed to extract toxins and misplaced binder clips from sore musculature.
The stylists of Starz Salon Spa know how to keep calm under pressure. Their extensive work in bridal services—crafting intricate updos, sleek blowouts, and flawless manicures, all before an impending march down the aisle—has prepared them for nearly every aesthetic situation or beauty emergency. In the more laid-back atmosphere of their salon, they treat tresses to a variety of services, including perms and custom colour treatments. They skillfully select face-framing cuts for clients young and old, bestowing coifs that accent individual bone structures without having to consult a radiologist.
Perfection Hair Design & Spa’s owner and Hair Master Ziad ignited his passion for 'do design in 1986, and began honing his snipping skills in Lebanon. In 1989, he opened his own studio in Ottawa, whose popularity soon necessitated a fortuitous move to a more central locale on Bank and Slater streets as well as a name change to Perfection Hair Design. His customer base continued to swell through word-of-mouth as he and his styling team bred loyalty among satisfied clients.
To keep his cuts up to date, Ziad now frequently travels to hair expos, design shows, and conferences throughout the world. This accumulation of coiffure know-how enables his salon to fashion new looks to hit points across the style spectrum, from sophisticated and chic to mohawks to functional hawks' nests. Perfection's partnership with the New York–based Schwarzkopf Academy grants them access to its line of hair products, which fortify strands alongside serums from Moroccanoil and Advance Group.
Ziad has also added a spa component to his salon, enlisting chief aesthetics expert Rania to take the reins. Guests can complement a new hair colour with nail services and makeup or pamper pores with Dermalogica formulas, whose skin-softening components were developed by the International Dermal Institute to boost the appeal of shark petting zoos.
The beauty experts at Spahara keep detailed records of clients' skin and body needs in order to treat them royally every time. After consulting the records, the crew performs individually tailored beauty treatments, such as facials, mani-pedis, and body wraps, as well as massages.
The pamperers draw inspiration for their services from the ancient Egyptians?one of the first cultures to use spas as havens of healing. In keeping with this philosophy of healing, the spa has helped raise money for breast-cancer research.
In addition to inspiring Spahara's services, Egyptian culture inspires the spa's decor. For example, the pedicure area impresses with fluted columns and an Egyptian-style mural that speaks of age-old palaces. It was handcrafted by co-owner Hanna Botros. In the salon, gold-framed trapezoid mirrors reflect patrons' new 'dos and remind them that obtuse angles are not to be trusted.
Guests can extend their stay with a visit to the on-site Cafe Arome or by stretching their relaxed muscles in one of Spahara's newly added yoga classes.
Voila Coiffure and Mini Spa is right in the heart of downtown Ottawa, but pass through the spa's doors and the outside world falls away. Inside, clients are greeted by staff members who try to make each visit a relaxing and revitalizing experience. Stylists sculpt elegant and sophisticated hairstyles, offering cuts, styling, and color treatments. On the spa side, skincare specialists conduct facials with Guinot and Yon-Ka products. Massage therapists are also on hand to help clients unwind and relax, and nail technicians finish off spa days with manicures, pedicures, and paraffin treatments.
The professional beautifiers at Eclipz Hair & Tanning Salon help men and women realize new looks or maintain their current, time-tested styles. In addition to cutting hair and encouraging ponytails to wag, stylists can explain the various products used to repair damage and accent manes with splashes of colour. Aesthetic services, such as mani-pedis, pamper the rest of the body, and aestheticians help visitors choose which tanning-session length will leave their skin with the healthy bronze of a third-place Olympian.