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An upscale lounge dedicated to male grooming, Maverick Studio for Men strives to give each sir a distinctive look that captures his individuality. Chaps enter a studio bedecked in metal and slate decor attenuated to the Y chromosome before slinking into cushiony, vintage-style red barber chairs for 20 to 30 minutes of melon renewal. Maverick's internationally trained crew first analyze fellows' hair and skin type, then tailor a precision cut as guys relax beneath the glow of two 50-inch flat-screen TVs. Freshly snipped strands bathe in a slathering of shampoo, and underlying scalps enjoy a massage from the soothing vibrations of nearby power tools. Handsomeness enhancement concludes as a straight-razor shave smoothes the sides and back of the neck. Guys can maintain their new look at home or in between mustache-growing contests by purchasing in-store products from stylish brands such as Lock Stock & Barrel and Edwin Jagger.

2 King St W
Hamilton,
ON
CA

Surrounded by the gleaming wood floors and cream-colored walls of Xpressions’ salon space, guests perch in padded chairs and watch their tresses transform through the efforts of a savvy stylist. At an aesthetician's station, a nail technician gussies up digits with manicures and pedicures, and an aesthetician performs waxing services that rid bodies of rogue hairs and super-glued fake moustaches. Guests can also add length and texture to drab manes with the salon's specialty: 100 per cent human hair or synthetic extensions, wigs, and braids.

366 Hespeler Road
Cambridge,
ON
CA

Peek behind the counter at Sam Sub and you'll spot a colourful spread of crispy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and crunchy peppers. Staffers fold these fresh ingredients—along with slices of turkey breast, morsels of grilled chicken, and dabs of Sam’s special dressing—into subs, paninis, and wraps. The staff sizzles up homemade patties for burgers, and fries tender haddock in canola oil for fish and chips. To craft their poutine, the skilled chefs shower freshly cut fries in gravy, cheese curds, and imaginative custom toppings such as jalapeno and Montreal-style smoked meat.

715 Wellington St W
Guelph,
ON
CA

The barbers at Maverick Studio elevate the haircut to an art form. They start by examining facial features to get the phrenological lay of the land. The aim is to create the experience of getting a bespoke haircut, rather than a pre-fab style. To help, they enlist top-shelf products, such as Eufora Hero shave gel. The shop specializes in precision gentlemen's cuts and facial hair detailing, and clients may supplement with a colour process or hot towel treatment for maximum relaxation.

The attention to detail is apparent in the ambiance as well. Sconces cast honey glow on polished wood accents and modern photography from local artists. And though there's a large TV always broadcasting a game, it feels more like a modern update to the barber shop tradition that dates back hundreds of years, rather than a new-fangled distraction.

100 City Centre Drive
Mississauga,
ON
CA

Aphrodite Spa was founded in 2001 to provide a great value with services like Tanning, Massages, Facials, Waxing, Pedicures, Manicures. We were adding an additional services with every year, In 2008 we expanded with a second location in Waterloo.

450 Westheights Dr
Kitchener,
ON
CA

Helen relies on sophisticated technology such as bipolar radio frequencies and ultrasound to fight wrinkles and other dermal imperfections on her clients' faces and bodies. Radio frequency treatments can be used to stimulate collagen regeneration, which in turn leads to tighter skin and a better defense against the pinches of nosy aunts. Ultrasound treatments also work to tighten the skin by targeting the deep, subbasement of the dermis and strengthening the connective tissue therein. Helen also offers traditional cleansing facials and chemical peels, along with waxing services and Reiki energy therapy.

3107 Bloor St W
Etobicoke,
ON
CA