With more than two decades in the salon industry, Kim Anh has learned that beauty routines don't need to be complicated. Her salon, Simplified. A Hair Shoppe., embraces this philosophy, as evidenced by a company mission that aims to "streamline your hair needs" and a Facebook page full of beginner-friendly hairstyle tutorials. Their service menu is refreshingly pared down to haircuts, color, and styling, and their product collection consists mainly of paraben-free shampoos and conditioners from Bain de Terre. The salon itself is also quite minimalist, with sage walls and uncluttered stylist stations offset by bright orchids and a glimmering chandelier, because most stylists need light to see what they're doing.
Tangerine Hair Salon’s master stylists, uphold their mission to make their clients look and feel amazing by skillfully cutting, colouring, and conditioning hair with Evo products. The stylists work to uphold the salon's environmentally friendly mission by using ammonia-free colour by Schwarzkopf, that cares for not only client’s strands but those with sensitive skin while also caring for the planet. Housed within a charming, historical building on Fort Street, the salon’s lilac walls greet eyes with eclectic Marilyn Monroe decor and its tangerine-hued styling chairs sprinkle the hardwood floor with flashes of colour, complemented by the nail station’s bright collection of polish hues. The salon also offers complimentary organic coffee and tea.
At Luv Hair Salon, licensed aesthetician, spa therapist, and teeth-whitening technician Juliette Tomaselli plies her trade, beautifying clients with eyebrow-shaping, waxing, lash-tinting, and teeth-whitening treatments. The John Casablancas Institute?trained stylist travelled to Canada from her native South Africa, amassing 13 years of experience as she set down roots in Victoria. Juliette works alongside a team of beauty experts, each of whom has her own area of expertise; for instance, Bri specializes in elegant updos.
Referring to themselves as “Stellas,” the stylists at Stella Haute Coiffure create a vintage atmosphere that carries through to the salon’s antique accents. In addition to their cutting and colouring specialties, the Stellas remove unwanted hair with waxing services and dress up fingers and toes during mani-pedis that treat appendages to soaks, exfoliation treatments, and paraffin dips.
The fashion-conscious and artistic stylists at Barbarella Hair Salon clip tresses to create on-trend looks that help define each client's personality. Since 1999, the team has tamed tangles using natural haircare products from brands such as Davines, and has called upon their experience in sculpting looks for fashion shoots and installations for destinations. A professional makeup artist helps patrons update their face-painting skills and goes to great lengths to ensure each experience parallels the calm obtained from a bedtime story read by Morgan Freeman.
Though the stylists at The Red Room Hair and Spa can imbue hair with a full spectrum of colors, it’s clear which is their favorite. Their salon’s most striking feature is its scarlet interior, whose drama is only heightened by the glow that emanates from a crystal chandelier overhead. Such a setting might draw attention away from a staff of lesser calibre, but it fails to outshine their precision hair services and spa treatments that cleanse the body of hair, dead cells, and clingy turtlenecks.