The colours of choice at the beauty lounge are black and white—at least when it comes to decor. But past the plush black sofa and black-and-white art prints, the stylists pull from a far more colourful palette. They turn out vibrant red coifs during colour treatments and paint nails in warm or summery hues. And in addition to clearing skin of unwanted hair, the team enhances it with complementary blushes, liners, and lipsticks.
As a certified doctor of natural medicine, an aesthetician with years of experience, and a natural-health consultant, Irina is anything but a one-trick skin specialist. She puts her diverse background to use unearthing beauty with custom facials and permanent-makeup applications that keep eyebrows properly arched, lips colourful, and beauty marks firmly planted. While her staff meticulously performs mani-pedis and antibacterial, antimicrobial nonwax hair-removal treatments, Irina helms electrolysis and IPL sessions, as well as holistic Bowen-therapy treatments, which employ short bursts of rolling, massage-like moves designed to restore bodily balance and incite natural healing.
Whether by the manual artistry of a stylist and her scissors or the high-tech energy pulses of the i-Lipo device, the goal at Glamorous Beauty Salon's is always the same?to help clients achieve their image goals. In business for more than 12 years, Glamorous Beauty Salon staffs employees trained to do just that. Take the hairstylists, who craft new and trendy hairdos with cuts, coloring, and conditioning treatments. Take the aestheticians and technicians that help rekindle complexions with herbal facials and eyebrow threading. Then you have nail technicians and makeup artists to fill in the finer points of the body, and massage therapists, who lather muscles in pure essential oils before plying them until they're as a piece of taffy left in the microwave too long.
Glamorous also offers the option for more advanced beauty treatments by way of laser technology. The iLipo treatment, for instance, uses laser energy to break down fat cells and encourage inch loss, a non-surgical alternative to liposuction that means no hospital stay or recovery time.
Sunsera Salons' name hides the fact that it's more than a hair salon—it's also a full-service spa. At one end, hairstylists expertly cut, condition, and highlight hair, or add length and volume with extensions. Meanwhile, their coworkers perform a slew of relaxing services: manicures and pedicures, facials, massages, laser hair removal, and hydrating body wraps.
At The Katwalk Salon, a team of beauty professionals from renowned schools such as Aveda, Vidal Sassoon, Blanche Macdonald, and Dominelli maintains a continuous training schedule to keep up with the latest trends. In addition to Aveda products, hair stylists transform 'dos with Schwarzkopf colour, the Brocato smoothing system, and Great Lengths hair extensions. Staffers pamper nails and skin with naturally derived products and loosen taut muscles with relaxing massages.
The compassionate crew does regular charity work to help out the local community. The salon inspires a luxe environment with rich wood floors, bright red walls, and plush red drapery reminiscent of the light-blocking bedroom curtains of a photosensitive princess.
A former member of the prestigious "Intercoiffure", Lena J has become a go-to name in hair. And that's not just in Vancouver—Lena's looks have graced the pages of hair-industry magazines as far-flung as France and Japan. At her salon, she takes those same skills she uses on models and applies them to her clients' hair. To achieve her perfectly coiffed looks, she often emphasizes cuts with precision colouring work that includes lowlights, highlights, and corrective colouring.