Women and men sink into a serene trance at Nicole's Esthetics Day Spa, where aestheticians revitalize bodies with manicures, facials, massages, and nail treatments. The spa's relaxation massages seek to alleviate muscular tension and improve blood flow. Facials smooth skin with low-level LED light treatments, and three types of eyelash-extension options frame peepers with up to 60 lashes per eye for a look that's similar to wearing three coats of mascara or attaching a fairy's feather duster to each lash.
When resort guests want vacations from their vacations, the quadrilateral Beyond Wrapture Mind and Body Care transports them out of the country. The four spas have no airports, however—instead, they’ve simply named and modelled their spaces after coveted destinations. Both the Coast Capri Hotel and Big White Ski Resort embrace a meditative asian theme. Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa’s Manhattan room and Central Park pedicure stations evoke New York chic, whereas Lake Okanagan Resort Spa pairs its shoreline views with Moroccan-inspired baths and palatial treatment areas.
Despite their distinct designs, the spas share a common aim: simultaneous pampering of the body, mind, and soul. And although they mimic faraway settings, their services prioritize homegrown ingredients blended into their own essential oils, scrubs, and lotions for specialty procedures. Vinotherapy massages, for example, harness the healing properties of grape antioxidants with formulas made from local winery byproducts, including grape stems, skins, and pips, and overripe grapes that are about to mature into apples. The massages pair well with such luxurious services as honey-wine wraps and Okanagan grape-pip scrub.
In the heart of wine country, serenity blooms in Heaven on Earth Spa as tranquil sounds atmospherically cuddle with the aromas of essential oils. Robed bodies and slippered feet pad past the lobby fireplace, where an ornate mantle exudes grandeur without needing to show off its youth field-hockey trophies. Rich hardwood flooring cuts a path to private rooms where aestheticians' equipment couples with rows of ilike organic lotions and serums that contain no artifical colors or animal by-products. Leather pedicure chairs cradle backsides as feet soak in a warm bath then luxuriate in extras such as massage and paraffin. While all the spa's treatments are designed for all bodies, men can also take in special services designed to coddle such typically male conditions as sports-worn feet, razor-burned faces, and griller's elbow.
More than three decades ago, Shapers Hair Salon & Spa was tucked into a 1,000-square foot studio. Today, the salon’s crew of accomplished stylists sprawl out over 2,300 square feet, snipping locks in the natural light that streams through floor-to-ceiling windows and keeps vampires at bay. In addition to crafting new cuts with scissors, they can also transform manes with brand-new hues, highlights, and Hotheads hair extensions.
The spalon’s aestheticians tend to the other elements of a polished appearance with nail services, including basic polish, Shellac, or gel manicures. They also banish unwanted fuzz with facial waxing or electrolysis.
Though aloe is generally considered a necessity for already-tanned bodies, Body Mist Tanning introduces a new twist on the adage, offering spray tans that bronze bodies with aloe-based formulas. Yes, the salon’s two Mystic spray-tanning booths mist bodies with this naturally based substance, which takes minutes to apply and, much like the morning sun, reaches its darkest point in about 12 hours. The tanning spa also pairs its traditional bronzing services with a slew of cosmetic and relaxation-oriented services such as massages and teeth-whitening treatments.
At Cherry Blossom Acupuncture and Wellness, dedicated health practitioners shepherd clients on a holistic path toward well-being. During acupuncture treatments, registered acupuncturist Katrina Ao gently inserts hair-thin needles at strategic points to flush toxins and encourage circulation, liberating bodies from aches that interfere with "Hokey Pokey" competitions. Body Talk treatments invite clients to discuss health concerns with healer Emily Dickins, who then applies light pressure to the head and sternum in an effort to jump-start the body's natural healing abilities. During shiatsu massage, certified shiatsu practitioner Blaire Amber traces her fingers and palms across sore muscles and guides bodies through stretches and breathing techniques to balance the body's energy flow. Those seeking liberation from stress, anxiety, and fear of children singing never-ending songs may find relief in reiki. As clients sit quietly on a massage table, Amber lightly lays her hands on body parts in an effort to transfer healing energies and calm harried minds. Immaculate private rooms and plush treatment tables ensure soothing sessions.
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.