Voted best place for a beach-ready tan by readers of Georgia Straight three years in a row, Clients leave SunScape Tanning Studios sporting rich, golden hues imparted in an environment where the staff is committed to providing the most safe and effective tanning experience possible. Each of the studio’s technicians—called SunExperts—is trained in the appropriate administration of UV light to help bodies safely attain the bronzed look they desire using the latest in tanning techniques without needing approval from the curmudgeonly sun. The centre’s proprietors take pride in the their ultra-modern tanning equipment that often imparts an added feel of luxury to each session, with tanning beds that boast aromatherapy and relaxing aqua mists and private sunless options that include VeraSpa and Mystic Tan. SunExperts also treat skin to revitalizing treatments, such as Beauty Angel skin rejuvenation, that uses red-light therapy to help tone and tighten skin, as opposed to black-light therapy, whose only goal is to put Led Zeppelin songs in people’s minds.
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.
Laser beams reign at All Body Laser Corp., second only to president and CEO Marina Bosnjak who oversees the company’s cosmetic services and is proficient in a slew of laser procedures with diode, Alexandrite, and Nd:YAG beams. She and her skilled staff of certified technicians operate the laser clinic to help patients evict unwanted aesthetic accessories from skin including hair, spider veins, tattoos, and pigmentation. At the facility's training institute, which has trained more than 400 students to date including doctors and dermatologists, pupils master the clinic’s cosmetic laser skills, bringing them to their own places of business or using them to heat up cold lunch meat.
Bodies find inner and outer solace inside Yasey Beauty Spa, where slimming treatments reduce cellulite and drop inches, and three essential facial treatments address specific skin needs. Added onto the cleansing effects of a simple facial, special regimens can add even more radiance by infusing skin with hydration using RosActive products or banishing signs of age with a caviar mask sure to woo the most itinerant of handsome oil barons.
With more than 15 years of human topiary tidying, the aestheticians of Opal Spa and Laser Center beautify clients’ worry zones with certified and soothing care in a tranquil, mountain atmosphere. The Brazilian wax completely smoothes away all lingering follicle fiends while skin remains soft and stubble-free ($60), whereas the French bikini wax removes foliage on the bikini zone alone ($45). Both treatments are available with either a European hard wax for more sensitive skin or the modern strip wax for bikini-busters on the go.
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.