Clients at Westk Hair & Makeup Studio can sip on complimentary lattes as a stylist appraises their current look during a free consultation. Once guests slide into barber's chairs, stylists go to work, clipping away overgrown or unfashionable strands and arranging them in a fresh, face-flattering configuration.
With a troupe of experienced and educated hair stylists, Scruples Hair Design fashionably sculpts the scalps of the people of Kelowna from its urbane downtown headquarters. Nestled in a sleek, modern cocoon of marble and glass, Scruples' follicle fixers specialize in cuts and colouring techniques to feather the antennae and dye the wings of top-tousled butterflies. Ladies have stubborn kinks washed out of mutinous manes with a rich shampooing before hair is trimmed and sculpted into a look-enriching style. The men's cut keeps overgrown headscapes stylishly truncated to reduce any resemblance to garden topiaries or to men with hair-based nicknames.
LayersOfColor focuses on follicle fashion, offering classic cuts and bold looks that emanate metropolitan flair. Owner Jenny Falcao and her team of strand-snippers boast traditional skills, up-to-date expertise, and a passion for transforming unkempt head forests into fashion-forward gnome gardens. Perched at the apex of the Landmark Centre I, the salon spoils guests with a panoramic penthouse view of nature, the city, and approaching caravans of nomadic wrestlers. LayersOfColor is a unisex establishment offering women's cuts ($65+) and vintage-style men's cuts ($40+) with subjects shorn using shears and razors.
In Canyon Ridge Spa & Salon caramel-colored massage chamber, candlelight flickers over the dark, glossy leaves of a fern as a pyramid of carefully rolled hand towels waits for the towel warmer to heat up. These details are the hallmark of owner and esthetician Sharon Hoffart, who poured 12 years of relaxation know-how into creating her soothing escape, as well as a 40-ounce offering of eau de toilette to Aphrodite.
Half the menu is devoted to whole-body pampering. Massage therapists reach for fragrant essential oils and hot stones to augment relaxing Swedish massages, and 20-minute baths in the whirlpool immerse you in serums enriched with seaweed and healing clay—elements that also appear in aromatic salt scrubs and wraps. In the salon, hair stylists and nail technicians hone in on their areas of expertise, which extend to hair extensions and indulgent, side-by-side pedicures for those that still attached to their youthful shadow. Hoffart creates four facials that balance and heal according to skin type, and elevates body hair management into an art with bikini waxing and eyelash tinting.
Working out of Shapers Hair Salon & Spa, Sara Wallis boasts an impressive résumé: top of her class at the Blanche Macdonald Centre, and apprenticeships with Jon Paul Holt and Vidal Sassoon. Sara's education continues to this day, where she focuses on mastering the most current trends in haircutting, such as just doing it the same way as that popular TV person. Clients find comfort under Sara's assured hands, surrounded by the salon's stylish decor, a blend of polished hardwood and deep earth tones.
Kate McRae brings vintage-inspired style to each do she sculpts. Her specialties are colour and highlights, and she loves nothing more than turning brunettes into blonds, blonds into redheads, and redheads into tardy white rabbits. When she isn't primping her clients at The Loft Hair Co.—which features ample parking—she offers her services at private parties and special occasions.