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.
Practice makes perfect at Loyal Hair Therapy. Before snipping a single strand of hair, each new stylist goes through the salon's 50-week advanced education program. The program includes hands-on instruction with a senior stylist, written examinations, and final tests in all areas of professional hairdressing. Stylists continue to further their skills after completing the program by attending classes, seminars, and advanced academies. Beyond their training, they also pay close attention to fashion trends, from emerging celebrity hairstyles to the number of hairs needed to pull off a perfect ponytail.
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.
Judy Olmstead, a certified beautician of more than 30 years, partnered with fellow stylist Marlene to fulfill a dream: to offer hairstyling and aesthetic services in an environment that celebrates beauty. Today, The Garage Hair Studio and Esthetics Salon employs a certified staff of five stylists and one aesthetician. As stylists create customized looks with haircuts, colouring, and texturing treatments, aesthetician Leanne soothes skin with facials and performs expert face and body waxing. Gel and Gelish manicures and pedicures bedazzle fingers and toes, and massage therapy helps clients unwind and relax.
To help customers maintain their hairstyles or tame cowlicks in their shag carpets, the salon carries botanical-rich products from Kevin Murphy and smoothing conditioners from Moroccanoil. Services feature the salon’s exclusive Natural Concepts products.
K1-8 Hair and Aesthetics, selected as a top spa in 2012 by the Penticton Western News invites both male and female clients to step across its black-and-white checkered floor where stylish hairdos are created daily. Inside the clean and modern salon, staff members gussy up coifs on men, women, and fuzzy mannequins with a variety of hair services. Whether delivering a cut, colour, or style, the crew works closely with each guest to customize his or her ideal look.
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.