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.
Beautiful Images chills out life-chided body systems by slinging spa treatments that coddle heads, toes, and the regions between them. Introduce knotted-up muscles to the toasty tranquility of monolithic matter with a hot stone relaxation massage ($90). Over the course of an hour, an experienced therapist uncoils wily stress deposits via the shrewd placement of heat-hoarding rocks. Meanwhile, the salt glow treatment ($80) exposes tattered skin cells to deep exfoliation, leaving imminent bikini bods radiant and smooth. Not to be ignored, vandalized visages indulge in fruit acid-incited restoration through the Yonka Alpha Vital facial ($95). The resurfacing session shirks old-fashioned cells for shiny new ones in an aromatic and comprehensive treatment.
Aesthetician Surjeet Babbar of Nirvana Spa uses laser technology and vitamin extracts to remove hair and rejuvenate skin. After 30 years of teaching aesthetics and running spas, Babbar has the know-how to provide a dozen different facial treatments, from glycolic peels to vitamin C facials. Since Babbar is also a registered dietitian, she has no trouble designing weight-loss regimens for her clients or for burlap sacks filled with wet sand.