Darla Johnson is a hair-removal expert. Since she began smoothing skin with laser technology in 1998, she has performed more than 6,000 treatments. And that number is only going up—the certified laser technician and award-winning entrepreneur continues to share her expertise at SLIC. Using Cynosure’s Elite Aesthetic Workstation, Darla targets and destroys follicles with gentle pulses of laser light, a process that greatly reduces future hair growth. The system has proven successful on all areas of the body, skin types, and kinds of hair, including the fake mustaches retired private eyes refuse to take off.
Though laser hair removal is the specialty at SLIC, it's not the only skincare service available from Darla's team. Her colleague Carolyn Mitchell specializes in cosmetic services, helping erase patients' fine lines and wrinkles with precise injections, exfoliating microdermabrasions, and complexion-reviving peels.
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It's not the decor or even the selection of Aveda products that earns each of Life SalonSpa's locations the title of Aveda Lifestyle salon and spa. It's how the staff turns every visit into an experience that walks the line between relaxation and beauty. To learn where this line is, they embark on Aveda-led beauty pilgrimages to local and international experts, earning rewards for each new skill they gain. Along the way, they work through eight artistry levels, climbing from New Talents to Elite Masters who speak in proverbs and can soften a person's skin with a single gentle smile. But regardless of their level, all beauty pros learns one thing early on: the benefit of plant-based products.
The staff leads visitors on their own personal beauty pilgrimages, enveloping them in detoxifying steam, massaging couples side by side, or pampering them with a body-treatment package such as the aptly named "Chocolates for Breakfast." An emphasis on personalization and quality products also pervades the salon area. In addition to cutting chic 'dos, the stylists use plant proteins and natural antioxidants to correct issues such as dry and damaged hair.
The expert tress tamers at Hair Identity morph lusterless mops into chic ’dos with an array of salon services performed in a welcoming, wood-accented salon. During a haircut with shampoo and style ($37), adroit scissor wielders cleanse locks before snipping and styling them into elegant topiaries that beckon artful tousles from passing breezes. Customers can also decorate monochrome manes with individual hair extensions ($10/extension), which gussy up looks with an array of vibrant hues, from naturalistic black, brown, and blonde to abstract tones of pink, purple, teal, and neo-teal. Feather extensions ($25 for a bundle of five feathers) embellish existing cranial plumage, rendering patrons ready to strut and preen in front of potential mates and passing ornithologists. Salon-goers can also use this Groupon toward items such as a cut and colour ($75+) to update strand shading with the rapidity of a temperamental chameleon’s mood ring.
Calla Lily revamps the surface terrain of men and women with an array of aesthetic treatments administered with attentive care and premium products. In mani-pedis, nail technicians buff fingernails and toe talons, tidying up cuticles whose doilies have gone askew and adding colour to claws with OPI polishes. Facials, meanwhile, fine-tune skinscapes with customized products from the Bioelements skincare line designed to cleanse and hydrate pores while reducing the signs of aging. The spa's waxing services can evict unwanted fuzz from aging strawberries and such epidermal regions as eyebrows ($12), lips or chins ($8), necks ($15), underarms ($18), bikini areas ($25), and feet ($10). During each visit, Calla Lily supplies its clients with free wireless-Internet access and a palate-pleasing selection of complimentary coffees, teas, and sweets.
Robert's Hair Studio’s master stylist Robert Samson—a champion of eco-friendly, holistic beauty practices—has been honing his passion for colourful, unique hairstyles since he opened his first salon in Newfoundland in 2003. Since relocating his practice to Lower Sackville, Robert and his affable crew of coiffeurs work to gussy up locks with a variety of salon services customized according to each patron’s personal features, style, and legible thought bubbles. The staff lathers tresses in the sulfate-free suds of Pureology products and highlight strands with L'Oréal Professionnel’s ammonia-free INOA colour. Within the studio’s deep-purple walls, hair hewers station themselves at quirky dressers and embellish men’s heads with cap highlights or flatten ladies' curls with X-Tenso hair-straightening treatments that enable smooth ascents for fairytale princes.
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After treatments, clients can flip through the racks at SunMe Swimsuit Spa’s swimwear boutique, where fitting experts help customers sizes 6–24 pick out an ensemble for a staycation that includes running through a neighbour’s sprinkler.