UV rays gently warm skin, which is already luxuriously saturated in products from Hempz or Black Orchid. Music plays softly in the background as cooling fans send a soft chill into Sunshine-brand or quick-bronzing tanning beds. Clients emerge from their 15- to 20-minute beach-like vacation slightly darker than when they went in, ready to refresh themselves in front of a mirror using complimentary deodorant and wipes. Aside from indoor UV tanning, clients at the salon can increase their circulation and detoxify their bodies inside a far-infrared sauna or continue to decorate their skin with rockabilly jewelry from Box Wine Betty.
Vancouver Laser's beams of light help clients travel back in time, emerging from the clinic with a rejuvenated, youthful appearance. Owner Lori Keller, a medical aesthetician and certified laser technician, oversees a professional, certified staff who make these transformations possible. Their steadfast hands wield Cutera Medical lasers to target acne scars, face and leg veins, rosacea, and fine lines. The practitioners also administer other cosmetic treatments, such as Botox injections, diamond microdermabrasion, and free makeup consultations.
As a teenage survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma, owner and licensed aesthetician Amber Henson believes that a healthy skincare regime is just as important as a healthy diet and exercise. To that end, she provides complimentary makeup lessons to any clients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation and addresses her customers' skin concerns with organic and clinical treatments. Her facials can alleviate the signs of aging and acne, and her peels with organic fruit and microscopic subscription cards increase cell renewal. Amber’s care for skin starts from the follicle up, as she also offers waxing services for men and women.
The Spa at 22 Changes, a haven for hair and a sanctuary from stress, caters to cosmopolitans and comfort-connoisseurs with a plethora of pampering services. Crown your cranium with a royal bouffant or classy Princess Leia cinnamon buns with a design cut ($32–$50) skillfully squired by a certified stylist. Otherwise, gift grippers with therapeutic manicures ($18–$44) and soothe soles with a spa pedicure ($45), which tops itself with a seaweed soak, exfoliation, massage, and digit decoration. The Spa at 22 Changes also revitalizes frontal visages with a nourishing quick-fix facial ($57) and subdues stiff sinew with a problem-solver massage ($45), a rubdown that targets troublesome areas to relieve the body's tensions and imbedded harpoons.
Threading specialist Tara Lee sets her follicle-eradicating gaze on brows, sideburns, necks, and cheeks using a traditional hair-removal technique that has been practiced for hundreds of years. In sessions lasting about 30 minutes, she works a twisted cotton thread across bristly areas to whisk away unwanted hairs and save clients from the discomfort and wasted candles associated with traditional waxing. Customers may opt for a one-time treatment, or they can choose three-month membership packages that include an unlimited number of visits.
Instead of just focusing on the physical, esthetician Tanya Khounphachansy incorporates a holistic approach to her work—one that has served her well for 17 years. Her belief that the body, mind, and spirit are intertwined and should be cared for equally is reflected in her selection of services. Within her tranquil confines, she wields natural products such as papaya enzymes and honey as she helps her clients de-stress and rejuvenate through facials and mani-pedis instead of throwing rocks at the windows of abandoned warehouses.