Clear skin is an important component when it comes to looking and feeling your best, but busy schedules often get in the way of dedicated skincare regimens. Into this whirl of calendar pages step the technicians at Wendy's Beauty, carving out a serene oasis in the middle of hectic lives. When clients first arrive at their spa, tech quiz them on their skin's needs and wants. This initial consultation helps them concoct custom treatment plans that might include everything from a pore-cleansing facial to a buffing microdermabrasion session. Techs don't limit their expertise to facial treatments, though; their body scrubs, waxing treatments, and aromatherapy massages restore lost vim and flagging vigor in other parts of the body. No matter the treatments they choose, clients rest easy when it comes to products: professional-grade skincare serums from companies including Mary Galland and Swiss Helenere power all of the spa's treatments.
Raj Esthetics owner and certified aesthetician, Rajveer Bhabra, never questioned what she wanted to be in life. Right out of high school, she enrolled in a cosmetology program and has never looked back. Today, she demonstrates that same enthusiasm in two ways: she beautifies her clients with skin and hair services and teaches her students cosmetic techniques and product knowledge in her own esthetics school.
Rajveer believes the idea that harsh chemicals belong in cosmetics products is as misguided as the notion that a baseball glove belongs in a glove box. That spirit of eschewing that which is harmful manifests itself in her selection of products. Arbonne, for instance, leaves out all parabens and artificial colors for botanical ingredients. Thalgo products, alternatively, are algae-based and free of GMO's and animal by-products.
After working out of a well-known Vancouver salon for about five years, Kim Rivera felt she had honed her skills in the art of skincare and decided to sail out on her own to open Kleanse Spa Bar. In doing so, she was able to craft a menu of custom facial, brow, and waxing services that best allows her to achieve her stated goal of making clients "glow from head to toe” without super-gluing lightning bugs all over their bodies. At her private, cozy studio, she’s able to lavish her guests with one-on-one attention in an effort to make her appointments personable and memorable.
Over the course of the last 15 years, Natasha Kirillov has helped countless clients regain their youthful glows with a full suite of skin services. When she’s not working on celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Bridget Fonda, and Gillian Anderson, Kirillov can be found at her studio performing waxes, massages, and other body treatments—treatments that include facials powered by such brands as Peau Vive, a luxurious line known for producing potent, vegan formulas.
At Broadway Nails Spa, guests relax while skilled aestheticians buff nails and condition skin until they both gleam. During mani-pedis, the staff tops nails with colorful polish after smoothing jagged edges caused by biting nails or scratching lottery tickets too vociferously. Other treatments include eyelash extensions, waxing, and laser hair-removal, as well as permanent makeup application that makes getting ready less time-consuming.
Exposed-brick walls and chandeliers evoke a rustic chic atmosphere inside La Moon Beauty Co., where Misa Moon shares more than a decade of experience with her clients. Misa cuts hair into classic styles with exotic twists and adds dashes of colour with highlights. She uses Moroccanoil and organic Rene Furterer products during each of her services, which include voluminous perms and hair straighteners smooth enough to be 2-D.