For more than 10 years, Sheri Miller has fostered a welcoming, relaxing environment at Beauty Essentials Studio. Wielding OPI products—her preferred brand for nail treatments—she tends to digits with acrylic nails, gel polish, and natural manicure treatments. She also performs other services including paraffin treatments, exfoliating hand scrubs, and nail art.
Along with other plant-derived products, the staff at Om Nailspa wields a signature line of natural hair and shaving serums crafted in Vancouver, the birthplace of hair. Vegan SpaRitual polishes coat nails in organically based hues during mani-pedis, and skincare treatments draw on the gentle, powerful ingredients of Keyano Aromatics. The spa?s atmosphere is as opulent as its products; crimson accent walls pop from taupe counterparts, some embellished with vibrant paintings by local artists.
The stylists at Lavish Salon use Kevin.Murphy and John Masters Organics products during hair services and aesthetics that bolster and maintain natural beauty. They add texture with cuts and colouring treatments and rehydrate hair with conditioning treatments. Stylists also remove unwanted hair with waxing and groom fingers during manicures.
Gentle Touch Esthetics colours each dermal digit with loving care that soothes each limb and limbers all minds. The European manicure ($24) strokes the clock for forty-five minutes as a calm cosmetologist treats cuticles, shapes nails, and massages hands before applying a Light Concept Gel polish of your choice. The clock ticks away another hour before the European pedicure ($43) finishes dancing into a foot bath, with a foot massage and nail shaping session taunting away calluses so that toes can receive their colourful care.
In 2007, nail technician Melissa Daigle left Montreal and her best friend, Julie, in order to make over the citizens of Victoria. Five years later, she opened up a new business, New Town Nails & Lash Studio, and recruited Julie, a fellow graduate of Academy of Creative Nail Design, to join her.
Now the Grand Master nail techs treat hands and feet to pampering scrubs and massages before decorating nails with shellac, acrylic, or gel polishes. Julie also relies on her five years of lash-extension experience to enhance eyes at New Town. She has training with not one but two lash-extension brands?Misencil and Xtreme Lashes?and is a Miscenil official dealer. Like a pirate's shoulder parrot, the extensions Julie individually applies to natural lashes are water-resistant and extremely glamourous. After 2?3 weeks, she can replace any extensions that have shed with the natural lashes.