When a guest steps into Refresh Day Spa, the outside world is immediately quieted. Privacy glass in the lobby obscures the actions of passersby, and water features and meditative music lull patrons into a relaxed state. Four treatment rooms encircle the reception area, and inside these rooms massage therapists and aestheticians pamper bodies with naturally derived services. Dermalogica products—which are known to eschew irritants such as alcohol, artificial colours, and tiny tickle monsters—fuel a selection of custom facials, and hot stones and mud build earthy foundations for massages and body wraps. Down the hall, stylists and nail technicians set to work in a salon equipped with massaging pedicure chairs and a plasma-screen television. Laser hair removal reigns as their most popular service, for which the spa may offer a 20 per cent discount off the price of competitors who use the same equipment.
Trained by owner and renowned stylist Jeffery Wood, T'Dye For's scissor wizards escort unprimped locks through an array of professional salon services for both men and women. Heads can relax and let worries detangle at one of 12 stylists' chairs in a chic, 2,000-square-foot modern shrine to all things follicle. Beyond the standard cut and style ($30–$50 for women, $20–$40 for men), T'Dye For's stylists also specialize in colouring services (starting at $40) and event hair ($30+). Some pricing is based on the experience of the stylist, the amount of product used, and whether or not the customer was once an extra on Teen Wolf. Free parking for T'Dye For customers behind the salon makes navigating the area as manageable as a fresh set of play-doh bangs.
Located the still-beating heart of Walkerville, Talio Salon fuses a quirky combination of mop-cropping acumen and aesthetic panache. The tress-bedecked, gleaming wood floors serve as the staging ground for sheer-wielding wizardry. Amiable stylists abbreviate braids and compress crown curtains with the finesse of a Fabergé egg thief, taking care to ensure that you leave confident in your cut. Talio Salon also peddles coiffure-coddling products, so you can recreate that salon look in front of your niece's three-foot-tall vanity.
The Golden Razor’s team of expert stylists consults each client as they draft up a haircut blueprint to faithfully maintain a current look or unleash a dazzling new one. Before hair submits to hewing, begrimed locks get thoroughly laundered with cleansing suds issued forth by the salon’s preferred products from lines such as Biolage and Pureology. A savvy coiffeur then pilots shears across head gardens in feature-flattering flight patterns, deftly chopping tresses into shapes that highlight favourite attributes or conceal earlobes eager to remain off the radar of codependent earrings. Once frazzled ends and unkempt follicles have been sufficiently groomed, strands undergo a chic styling service that adds a finishing polish to their freshly hatched 'dos. Patrons box step out of their appointment sporting hair as bouncy and elegant as a portrait of a kangaroo painted by Renoir.
Windsor Beauty Supply enables shoppers to stockpile arsenals of products for hair, nails, and skin from brands including Sexy Hair, Hollywood Style, and Fusion Beauty. Nails gilded with shiny coats of OPI nail polish ($10.95) ensure colourful table-drumming solos, and Osis hairstyling products ($18+) help head owners sculpt locks into chic shapes. A Macadamia Natural Oil holiday box ($25) promotes festive, silky smooth hair with products infused with real macadamia oil, argan oil, and oil pressed from an uneaten fruit cake. A host of Pupa makeup ($6.95+) accentuates features with products including vibrant eye shadows, rich lipsticks, and wink-enhancing mascaras.