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.
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.
A passion for holistic healing led Evelyn Gosch to diversify her realm of expertise as a regular medical practitioner with traditional Chinese techniques. The owner of Unique Therapies encourages her staff to stay current on the latest natural-therapy and medical trends through ongoing training and education. The center specializes in pain- and injury-management techniques that rely on natural remedies including acupuncture, cupping, and glaring at pain until it scurries away. A particularly unusual treatment, myomassology, combines techniques from muscle- and bodywork, movement therapy, and energy balancing to promote pain relief and an overall feeling of well-being. Unique Therapies also offers Phaser EPL laser hair removal and houses a certified educational institute, which offers classes and workshops to the public.