The hair-pampering pros at The Haircutters have trimmed locks and transformed outmoded manes for more than a quarter of a century. Unlike many salons, in which shampooing is a separate service, the team starts off every haircut and style by treating scalps to suds with handfuls of professional products from top brands such as Biolage and American Crew.
Apart from the signature shampoo-and-cuts, the staff at The Haircutters also offers color and texturizing services. Redken color camp for men gets hombres’ heads looking good, and spiral perms cascade with curls. Devoted to client convenience, The Haircutters welcomes walk-ins seven days a week.
When stodgy waxing technicians refused to perform Brazilian waxes on her, Valerie Iourtchenko learned to do them herself, developing a unique approach that she soon shared with dozens of friends. After attending medical school in her native Russia and starting a new life in Canada, Valerie attained her aesthetics license and began working her smoothing magic on a steadily growing client base. Since then, she's opened Rescue Skin Care & Waxing Studio in Vancouver as well as two sister locations in southern California—all of which have been praised by the media for their tranquil atmospheres and effective service regimens. Though the company's claim to fame is waxing, which staffers perform with medical spatulas and 100% Egyptian cotton muslin, it also eases skin-based issues such as blemishes and freckles arranged to spell off-color jokes through more than a dozen specialized facials that harness Éminence and DCL products.
At Pacific Women's Center Aesthetics, a team of experts works together to provide medical-grade skincare services to its clients. In addition to providing the staff members with superpowerful vision, lasers are used for hair-removal and skin-tightening treatments. Guests can also combat signs of aging with Botox, dermal fillers, and IPL photofacials. Skin beautification doesn't end there, though. Microdermabrasion treatments, chemical peels, and clinical facials also target specific skin concerns. Once skin is looking its best, women can turn their attention to eyelashes, adding length and thickness with lash extensions.
Beneath shelves of keratin serums, styling products, and color, wreaths of steam rise from complimentary mugs of coffee and tea. Scissors thrum and blow-dryers hum merrily nearby as stylists beautify hair for photo shoots or hours trapped in the penguin enclosure at the zoo.
It’s at the midpoint of a session at Luscious Lashes that clients can most see the difference. One eye’s worth of lashes are strikingly longer and more voluminous with a full set of synthetic lashes bonded to each natural lash. Luscious Lashes’ fleet of licensed aestheticians and certified specialists painstakingly adheres the silky lashes, leaving clients looking freshly made-up without the use of mascara. The lashes shed when natural ones do, giving the extensions about a three-week lifespan before they take to the wind like a baby bird.
Makeup artist Riley has answers at the ready when asked who would benefit from her permanent-cosmetics applications. Her list includes clients with thin eyebrows, sparse eyelashes, makeup allergies, or shaky or arthritic hands or those who simply want to save time in the morning. She spruces up faces with beautifying applications of brow filler, lip liner, and eyeliner. To enhance eyes less permanently, Riley also offers eyelash extensions.