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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.

99 Hector Gate
Dartmouth,
NS
CA

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.

3 Pinehill Dr
Lower Sackville,
NS
CA

The Béo Spa team strives to provide guests with the best in aesthetic, hair, and fitness services, helping clients feel healthy in their skin no matter what the approach. The aesthetic team enhances faces with skin-clearing facials or makeup applications, or else soothes shoulders with back massages. Stylists offer haircuts, coloring treatments, and swift waxing sessions. Rounding out the spa team, fitness instructors lead yoga classes that help guests improve their flexibility and balance.

60B Queen St
Dartmouth,
NS
CA

At Enlighten Laser, Aimee Avery beautifies skin and slims bodies with an array of FDA-approved techniques including laser hair removal, photofacials, and fat-reduction treatments. Visits commence with a complimentary consultation. Amid the clinic's calming, grey surfaces, aestheticians discuss treatment options and match clients up with restorative cosmetics. Custom shades of Jane Iredale mineral makeup are designed to reduce redness and improve skin health using all-natural minerals scraped from the rosy cheeks of the Sphinx.

3290 Highway 2
Fall River,
NS
CA

Certified Zumba fitness instructor Celine Gabrielle motivates students of all ages and abilities as they hasten heart rates with easy-to-follow dance moves backed by Latin beats. In each one-hour Zumba class, slow rhythms alternate with fast tempos to burn hundreds of calories and confuse gathering flash mobs, and resistance training helps exercisers sculpt muscles. Pupils groove to international music and tone up with interval training moves while the experienced instructor demonstrates steps and keeps workouts on track. Students should send a telegram to their feet encouraging them to wear cross-training or aerobic-style shoes that can accommodate the class's sliding, turning, and side-to-side movements.

657 Main St
Wolfville,
NS
CA

The affable aestheticians at Pure Energy Hair & Body Spa promote internal peace via external treatments bolstered by naturally derived Aveda products culled from raw herbal ingredients and essential oils. Stylists use Aveda’s wholesome haircare serums during salon services that range from cuts and colors to updos and texturing services. Spa aestheticians customize facials based on skin type and impart self-care tips so clients can maintain fluorescent-free glows at home. Healing massages administered on heated massage tables warm weary muscles, and spa body treatments emit calming aromas that replenish wellness and leave guests feeling as refreshed as a newborn wading in Dr. Pepper.

1081 Cole Harbour Road
Cole Harbour,
NS
CA