Since opening the doors of Salon 1 West in April of 2009, stylist Sheena King-Nixon and aesthetician and junior stylist Stephanie Gerhardt have built a trusty team attentive to the needs of each guest and a network of loyal patrons. Surrounded by walls in muted, soothing colours or chic patterned wallpaper, the skilled stylists work to make hair equally as fashion-forward using professional product lines such as Matrix and MoroccanOil. In addition to a full salon menu including hair and nail services, the aestheticians help patrons pamper their bodies with waxing, facials, and ear-candling, preventing patrons from having to coax out earwax by playing a CD of bees buzzing.
Founded by optician and inventor of the double-flare eyelash extension Jason Carruthers, Zipp Lash specializes in long-lasting extensions. When custom fitted by one of their lash experts, the gently curled synthetic lashes rest comfortably atop natural hairs, enduring showers and tears for up to two months before needing a refill.
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.
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.
A longtime resident of Windsor, Dr. Patrick Smith, M.D. returned to the area after completing medical school and opened a family practice in 1987. He enjoyed the work but longed to transition into dermatology, for which he held both a passion and professional training. Years later, he assembled a team of estheticians and opened his namesake skincare clinic: Dr. P.X. Smith Medical Cosmetics.
Open for more than seven years, the clinic offers cosmetic and medical-grade services including Botox and Juvederm, laser skin-resurfacing treatments, and mole removal from both faces and lawns. Dr. Smith performs all medical consultations and directly supervises treatments performed by his highly trained staff.
As a skincare expert, the doctor is dedicated to educating his community about the dangers of excessive sun exposure. He worked at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre before starting his family practice and coordinated the Mark Hunt Melanoma Awareness Fund-Raising Walk to heighten awareness of skin cancer, particularly malignant melanoma.
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.