Beneath twinkling chandeliers and black-and-white photos of old Hollywood stars, The Sour Apple Nail Bar and Tanning Lounge's skillful staff pampers patrons with a battery of soothing spa services. A Breakfast at Tiffany's facial first varnishes visages with exfoliating SkinCeuticals products before employing steam and extractions to open clogged pores for a renewed complexion as bright and clean as a cryogenically frozen cheerleader. A Manique-Her manicure uses sanitary single-use nail files and buffers to reshape nails before a soothing scrub washes hands of dead skin, kennel club stamps, and fake-blood stains (a $30 value). Finally, semi-permanent Shellac polish clamps down on unruly fingertip coalitions with a long-lasting coat of hard colour that can last without chipping for at least two weeks (a $25 value). After your treatment is complete, enjoy complimentary waterfront views through the spa's large windows.
The stylists of Blink Beautique Salon & Spa specialize in enhancing lashes and manes. They ramp up the volume of lash lines by filling gaps with extensions that come in various lengths, colours, and curlinesses. Technicians apply the extensions one by one, taking care to create a natural doe-eye look that's deemed authentic by 9 out of 10 ruminant mammals. Meanwhile, hair stylists dunk colouring brushes into professional hair pigments and shear tresses into modern hairdos. In the background, nail techs groom fingers and toes and apply polishes by China Glaze, Color Club, and Orly.
Monita Chan has been training aspiring cosmetologists for more than two decades, instructing them in everything from creative haircut techniques to special-effects makeup application. At BM Chan—a cosmetology training academy that's also a full-service salon—she captains her team of beauty experts that includes stylists, massage therapists, nail technicians, and skincare specialists
When she and her team aren't leading classes in aromatherapy or medical aesthetics, they're giving their salon clients luxurious breaks from their busy lives. They even pull hair styling techniques from Vidal Sassoon and Pivot Point to create their looks for both special events as well as entirely unremarkable events.
Minx Salon started out as a simple spray-tanning spot, but soon blossomed to include eyelash-extension services as well. The staff here devotes their full attention to both to ensure clients receive golden tans before capturing flutter-worthy lashes. Aside from facilitating these services, the staff teaches classes on becoming a professional eyelash technician, including application techniques, aftercare products, and micro-braiding techniques for special occasions.
They may seem small, but when done right, nails can be the first thing people notice about you. At Nini Nails & Pedi Spa, nail techs are determined to create attention-grabbing nails. With gel mani-pedis, they dress up digits in eye-catching, chip-resistant polishes in myriad colours. Nail artists can decorate nails with all manner of patterns and shapes. Artificial nails are an option, too, as are waxing and eyebrow-tinting treatments.
Zen Wellness Spa’s aestheticians have a repertoire of spa services that range from traditional to advanced. This range of services allows them to offer a wider array of treatments when consulting with their clients on ways to fend off aging, weight gain, and stress. For example, they might recommend gua sha scraping therapy—a skin-tightening combination of friction and detoxification—for patients looking to reverse the tides of time. Otherwise, they might cocoon patients in infrared body wraps and usher them through the door to their infrared sauna. Throughout the week, their treatment rooms also house facials, microdermabrasions, waxing sessions, massages, and laser hair-removal light shows.