Hybrid Hair and Detox Spa has a knack for responsible beauty. When Erin Kier had the chance to open her own salon, she saw it for what it was: a chance to fulfill her lifelong dream of not only taking care of people, but also looking after world in which we live. Thereby, Kier's vision for a salon-spa where health and beauty were intertwined also avoided harmful industry practices with the goal of having the most dainty of environmental footprints. House stylists aim to use green-friendly products, many of which are all-natural, vegan, and toxin-free. And a bottle-refill program helps keep plastic away from landfills and fire breathers. Therapists also perform reiki reflexology and shamballa services.
Kier's goodwill extends beyond the salon-spa's walls. A Green Circle Salon membership ensures that foil and spare hair are shipped off for reuse, and participation in the University of Waterloo's WellFit program helps provide support for cancer survivors.
"I now use many of the noninvasive medical services I offer at my clinics to fight the aging process. I have personally never felt or looked better and I am now in my forties," says Eleanor Welsh, founder of Skin Vitality Medical Clinic. Using Elos laser and radio frequency technology, her team of registered nurses and registered practical nurses is able to reshape bodies, erase body hair, and tighten skin with the push of a button. Their skill with beauty injectables comes from extensive training from Allergan and other pharmaceutical companies, giving them the deft ability to leave clients' faces more youthful than a rosebud in a sippy cup. For more dramatic results, Dr. Conor B. Turley performs cosmetic surgeries such as tucks, augmentations, and lifts.
Inside Kinga Nemes' self-named spa, time-tested techniques and cutting-edge technology collide in the name of beauty. There, facials call upon RVB Holistic Beauty skincare products to revive the skin and brush away wrinkles and fine lines without petro chemicals or parabens. Pulsed-light treatments help scare away unwanted hair, age spots, vascular lesions, and acne. And classic pedicures help curb overgrown cuticles, soften calluses, and make feet the envy of everyone they kick.
When LCI Lasercom Clinics opened in 1997, lasers were still relatively new to the hair-removal industry. But that didn't stop LCI from betting they'd catch on. The company began to work with laser manufacturers to improve the technologies. Nowadays, it offers laser hair-removal for clients who are looking to remove unwanted hair or tight sweaters.
Even with 18 years of experience in the beauty industry, Danielle O'Brien realizes that there are always new techniques and procedures to master. She chose to embrace current treatment modalities by earning her certification in cutting-edge laser therapy treatments. Using a SharpLight ForMax cosmetic laser system, Danielle improves clients' skin tone and texture by helping minimize the appearance of unwanted stubble, acne lesions, and age spots.
Of course, she still performs traditional, yet effective facials too. Her facial treatments similarly aim to restore a youthful glow and vigor to the skin, albeit by using Sothys skincare products instead of laser technology. Held within a candlelit room, these facials are intended to put visitors at ease while extracting impurities and moisturizing skin.
Working together, Karen and Tanya ensure that New Image Skin and Nails continues to turn out happily pampered customers. Karen—an aesthetician with more than 25 years of experience—eschews drills for a more natural hand-filing technique and uses nail products from CND, for whom she's long been an educator. Tanya, on the other hand, is the resident natural-therapies practitioner. She can create a special treatment plan for anyone seeking well-being, whether that plan includes a heated-stone massage, a reiki session, reflexology, or a bag of chocolate coins. Karen and Tanya round out these services with professional makeup applications, waxing, and spa packages that make great gifts for the new national holiday, which is tomorrow.