Blanketed in lavender hues and hardwood floors, After Glow Laser Spa & Salon—operated out of the comfortable Cardinal family home—serves as the stomping grounds for stylist Rachael. She flaunts her scissor skills with refreshing and chic haircuts that complement face shapes and shoulder-perched parrots. Rachael also mixes up hair dye that douses locks with vibrant gold, brown, and red colours, and she also administers highlights.
Dr. Tarik Farooq leads the expert staff at Cosmetic and Laser Clinic—voted Best Cosmetic Care Clinic by the Barrie Examiner in 2009—as they zap unwanted portraits from skin canvases during laser removal treatments. After Dr. Farooq consults with clients to divine the best treatment plan, skilled hands guide Q-switched lasers to break up ink particles with short pulses of light. The beams are able to erase most colours, excluding yellow, white, and some greens, all with minimal risk of scarring or tattoos rearranging themselves into written appeals. During each approximately 15-minute session, clients may experience the sensation of being snapped with an elastic band, tattoos may appear raised and white, and laser technicians may apply ointment and dressing to help skin heal. Cosmetic and Laser Clinic recommends 6–12 sessions for best results, and treatments typically occur six to eight weeks apart. Customers can also upgrade skin-clearing sessions to add another 2"x2" area for an additional $113 and finally rid bodies of all their outdated nautical charts.
Extreme Tanning bronzes Barrie beauties with the sun-scoffing VersaSpa spray tan. A roomy booth, equipped with an EZ-2Breathe purification system and Comfort-Dry technology, ensures comfort as it evenly airbrushes washed-out skin. The treatment can photoskinthesize the entire body or just the face or legs in 60 seconds. Three levels of customizable tanning include an aloe-based, oil-free prep spray that maximizes skin adhesion, a streak-resistant bronzing spray fortified with beet extract, and skin-firming moisturizing spray loaded with botanical ingredients. Bodies are instantly colourized with an all-natural golden hue, making it easier to blend in when the terra cotta army attacks. Sunless tanners are advised to avoid white undergarments and any lotions containing silicone before their session, as well as showering and moisturizing beforehand to aid the spray tan’s adhesion.
Barrie Core Wellness Centre's expert fitness instructors motivate clientele in more than 30 hours of group fitness classes scheduled per week. Students leave calories in the dust in a spinning class, stabilize the body's core with nonimpact Pilates exercises, or pop the thought bubbles over other students' heads while conditioning muscles in a no-contact kickboxing class. Change clothes and lock up valuables in a locker facility, and then tone bodies and burn fat with resistance-training exercises and easy-to-follow moves in a Zumba class. In the Max Power Hour, muscles hogtie stampeding dumbbells as instructors work out 10 different body areas, and students move their limbs through a variety of poses in yoga classes such as Hatha, Ashtanga, restorative yoga, and a yoga-Pilates fusion. Meanwhile, the staff at Barrie Core Wellness Centre's daycare will entertain children with games, toys, and kids' fitness classes for an additional fee.
The services at Copper Creek Medi Spa are varied, but they coalesce around the goal of making guests both look and feel their best including hair removal, skin rejuvenation, and anti-aging procedures. The centre's 10 different facials are a central part of that mission, since each addresses a different skin problem, from acne to wrinkles to dryness. Copper Creek also is outfitted with advanced laser and intense-pulsed-light systems, which remove unwanted hair, rejuvenate skin, and reduce the appearance of spider veins. But the med spa's space does not feels clinical—it features high ceilings, art-bedecked walls, and an indoor garden filled with plants that don't judge you for breathing the oxygen they didn't want anymore.
The Aesthetics College of Canada builds a foundation for budding beauticians' future careers by imbuing students with theoretical knowledge and hands-on training in four-day classes. A makeup-application course delves into the history of cosmetics before exploring facial-feature enhancement, skin-tone product choices, and how to tint eyebrows without using shoe polish (up to $999). Similarly, the introductory laser-hair-removal session recalls electromagnetic spectrum and IPL days of yore in order to discuss hair biology and anatomy, skin types, and advanced bristle-banishing techniques (up to $999). For a more hands-on approach to banishing wily follicles, an introductory waxing seminar instructively enlightens with in-depth suggestions and tips for using tools to reshape eyebrows and other forested areas ($849). The college's spa-like atmosphere, up-to-date machines, and life-like laugh track allow apprentices the chance to hone real-world aesthetic skills.