After years of working together in the salons of others, longtime friends and coworkers Sonia Lefebvre and Eve Parr joined forces to realize their dreams of opening their own business, working tirelessly to build 53 Karat from the ground up. Since opening 53 Karat in January of 2009, Sonia and Eve—backed by the talents and passion of their close-knit team of massage therapists, stylists, and aestheticians—have steadfastly tackled the challenges and revelled in the joys of their work, their infectious excitement evident to all those who step through their doors. Bustling about their elegant styling stations forged from unfinished wood, coiffeurs bedizen hair with flattering highlights, and muscle manipulators in wood-floored private treatment rooms revive bodies weary from catapulting to work with tension-erasing massages. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the spacious salon and spa with natural light, and the chic warehouse-like space retains a welcoming warmth thanks to rich red walls and cheery plants.
Though their service menu runs the gamut from simple manicures to high-tech cellulite treatments, Soho Esthétique pursues a single mission: to make clients feel more confident. An aesthetician with more than a decade of experience heads up the center’s staff to answer client questions and offer informed recommendations in English, French, and charades. Once treatment regimens have been customized to clients’ individual needs, the image experts call on products from G.M. Collin, Xtreme Lashes, and Medicam to bring their goals to fruition.
Aqua Spa’s team of multitalented staff—whose aesthetic, massage, and hairstyling prowess is evident in the varied menu of salon and spa services they perform—toil ceaselessly in their quest to beautify bodies from top to tiptoe. Amid the salon’s shining wooden floors and plush black chairs, stylists sidle up to their sleek asymmetrical styling stations and snip away unruly split ends. Aqua Spa also provides facials, mani-pedis, and microdermabrasion services. Away from the hustle and bustle of the salon floor, two private rooms enable technicians to perform advanced electrolysis treatments and therapists to ease tension with massage treatments. The interiors of Aqua Spa’s 6,000-square-foot space brim with swaying greenery and decor culled from India, Greece, and Spain. The bubbling waters of the spa’s hot tub chortle warmly and give guests a calming space in which to practice synchronized-swimming routines.
At daya organic spa, even the receptionist's desk is carved from recycled wood. Its knots and grains mirror those of the shelves, chairs, and pedicure bench, radiating a rustic vibe that jibes with an eco-friendly philosophy. The spa's furniture may be the most visible sign of its commitment to the earth. Others—its eco-friendly light bulbs, live plants, and exclusively organic products—aren't as immediately apparent, though they all serve to immerse guests in a serene, green environment.
The highly trained staffers use organic Éminence products for their skincare services, nourishing pores with extracts of Hungarian fruits and herbs. Clients get particularly close to the land during a Hungarian herbal detox, which cocoons them in a body wrap of herbal mud before a hydrating shower and application of body lotion. Mani-pedis, meanwhile, include the exfoliating effects of one of four sugar scrubs: geranium, frankincense, Chinese jasmine, or ginger. Customized facials treat skin concerns from aging to sun damage, and Daniel Thompson mineral makeup accentuates features without irritants such as talc, oils, and the artificial fragrances that can get your compact pollinated by confused bees.
As a doctor of natural medicine, spa-owner Elena blends holistic healing practices with organic, European products. Her spa’s massages and orthotherapy treatments work to relieve pain and tension, and facials rejuvenate complexions with Rosa Graf products. Her holistic centre also offers detoxifying services such as metabolism-boosting body treatments, ion-cleansing footbaths, and infrared-sauna sessions that make clients sweat like a grape on a jam-factory tour.