As they go about the day, the beauticians at Filomena Salon Spa use products from brands such as Dermalogica, OPI, and Kevin Murphy and make sure their guests stay educated about beauty. Hairstylists—each with an attention to detail rivaled only by the finest of tax collectors—consult with their clients before starting cut-and-colour sessions, adding extensions, or performing KeraStraight smoothing treatments. Filomena’s technicians use a cream-based wax to remove unwanted hair, and harness the power of St. Tropez tanning solution to give skin a healthy, natural-looking glow. And when you visit, whether it’s for a spa mani-pedi or a relaxing massage, they’re ready to offer the added comfort of tea and cookies.
Monita Chan has been training aspiring cosmetologists for more than two decades, instructing them in everything from creative haircut techniques to special-effects makeup application. At BM Chan—a cosmetology training academy that's also a full-service salon—she captains her team of beauty experts that includes stylists, massage therapists, nail technicians, and skincare specialists
When she and her team aren't leading classes in aromatherapy or medical aesthetics, they're giving their salon clients luxurious breaks from their busy lives. They even pull hair styling techniques from Vidal Sassoon and Pivot Point to create their looks for both special events as well as entirely unremarkable events.
True Colors Hair & Tan Studio owners Karen and Angela work to keep the staff educated and on-point, whether they’re shaping locks into a fresh new cut or preening fingers with a no-chip manicure. When the team works with tresses, they use Goldwell and La Biosthetique hair colour products and Kevin Murphy styling products. The salon and studio presents a variety of other services. These extend to waxing that swiftly removes unwanted hair and tanning that resembles the remnants of sunshine, unlike black holes—which, ironically, are collapsed giant suns.
The colours of choice at the beauty lounge are black and white—at least when it comes to decor. But past the plush black sofa and black-and-white art prints, the stylists pull from a far more colourful palette. They turn out vibrant red coifs during colour treatments and paint nails in warm or summery hues. And in addition to clearing skin of unwanted hair, the team enhances it with complementary blushes, liners, and lipsticks.
Beauty doesn?t have to cause collateral damage. Knowing this, Kast Hair Studio?s staff performs haircuts, colour treatments, and styling consultations with a complete line of naturally derived hair products. As an Aveda concept salon, it remains committed to environmentally responsible production, using products crafted with pure flower and plant essences sourced from sustainable communities. To obtain hair-nourishing argan oil, Aveda reaches out to cooperatives in southeast Morocco, and for Australian sandalwood, Aveda consults indigenous harvesters. Once the Aveda team has convinced the ingredients to get along, it ships or catapults the bottles to salons such as Kast Hair Studio to be used in updos, haircuts, and deep-conditioning treatments.
While most 23-year-olds were trying to figure out their career path, Angelo was busy opening his own salon. And three expansions and more than two decades later, he's still at it. Each day he works with his team of talented stylists and aestheticians to accomplish the goal he laid out in 1991: to create a one-stop beauty shop where clients could get all of their aesthetic needs met. To that end, Angelo employs nail artists who pamper the digits of patrons waiting for hair colour treatments to finish processing, as well as aestheticians who dole out rose, mud, or chocolate baths that can be paired with massages, skin treatments, or giant chocolate duckies.