Abenz Day Spa & Boutique displays a range of environmentally friendly products made by the Hungarian company Éminence. Shot through with organic and hand-picked fruits, vegetables, and herbs sourced from small farms, the chemical-free serums safely cleanse and rejuvenate skin during four relaxing one-hour facials chock full of grapefruit enzymes, cocoa, and paprika.
Yet the nourishing and acne-fighting treatments are only part of what Abenz Day Spa & Boutique has to offer. Staff members also man the serene spa room, where they dissipate stress, tension, and awkward silences between shoulder blades with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages. Meanwhile, skin specialists use warm wax to free limbs, body, and face of superfluous hair. Hints of mango, raspberry, and chocolate scents flood the nail corner, where diligent techs spend up to an hour exfoliating skin and polishing nails during mani-pedis. Free underground parking is available to shelter clients' automobiles from the elements.
In June of 2012, Shona Shuter took the leap. After many years in the beauty industry, she decided to follow her passions by becoming the new owner of Aquaterra Beauty and Wellness. Under her leadership, Aquaterra was renovated and saw its menu of treatments blossom to include Shona’s favourite luxuries. The end result was a tranquil beauty haven where worries slide away as clients enjoy facials with hand-harvested Seaflora products or surround themselves with the scents of the forest, ocean, or summer during five types of signature massages. Shona is especially excited to offer her guests the Universal Contour Wrap, which works to whittle away at least 6 inches from frames. The body wrap’s clay formula helps tighten and tone physiques while also exfoliating the skin, rendering bodies smooth enough to slip out dollhouse windows unnoticed.
Atomic Hair Studio transforms tresses in a relaxing and modern Redken Premier salon. An experienced team of professional stylists utilize industry knowledge and snipping innovation to make client's mane visions a reality, including crafting flowing layers, hip bobs, and follicular models of Niagara Falls. After a three-pronged Redken conditioning attack, ladies can opt to put their locks in the trusty hands of a level-one or level-four stylist, and gents harmonize to the tune of a humming razor after a soothing scalp massage.
According to their website, Extreme Colors & Styles “sees every individual as a beautiful canvas upon which a unique portrait can be painted.”Unlike actual canvases, however, sentient beings possess their own personal preferences. The stylists are happy to oblige these preferences while completing unique portraits. In fact, they welcome the opportunity to converse with their clients and perform an assessment based on their features. That way, their work can truly become a master effort that matches and emphasizes eye color and skin tone.
Take, for instance, haircuts and coloring services, which both begin with a personal consultation. Then there is the European facial, which commences with an in-depth analysis before moving onto an exfoliation, a facial massage, and a mask. This drive for actualizing clients' desires also extends to nail care services, massages, cosmetic enhancements, and men’s haircuts, all of which include consultations to ensure everyone leaves happy with how they look and feel.
There aren't many spots where you can get a hot-towel straight-razor shave and some feather extensions. At Bourbon & Lace, however, barber Denise Askin pampers guests with a unique array of men's and women's services. Thanks to her experience in an upscale barbershop, Denise tackles facial hair with old-school panache and uses only the finest Jack Black products, which do their part to moisturize skin and deter any embarrassing Home Alone?style screaming. Denise also cuts, buzzes, and fades hair on men and boys, from newborns to teens.
On the salon side, Denise eschews razors for wax on women's faces. In addition to hair removal, she offers cuts and blow-dries for girls and women, and administers colour, highlights, and dramatic updos for special occasions.
The aestheticians at Dream Beauty Lounge use both traditional and high-tech spa services to improve their clients' appearances. Good old-fashioned European facials leave the complexion cleansed and toned, while microdermabrasion buffs away dull skin cells through mechanical exfoliation, like a massage from a rough-handed robot. Waxing treatments render body parts hair-free for a few weeks, whereas laser hair removal yields longer-lasting results.