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.
Signature Service: Hair color
Brands Used: Moroccan Oil, Kevin Murphy, Matrix, Redavid.
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Pro Tip: Bringing in photos ensures clear communication during the consultation.
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.
Helmed by experienced aesthetician Nazia Bajwa, Beautyland Salon’s team of expertly trained pamperers restores radiance to weary visages via relaxing facial treatments and arch-ameliorating eyebrow-threading services. During the 45-minute European facial, complexions undergo thorough revamping that leaves skin looking as smooth and youthful as a newborn beach ball. The glow-inducing treatment whisks away dull, dry skin, leaving dewy cutaneous planes in its wake. Once smile machines have been streamlined, knowledgeable depilatory artists sculpt unkempt brows with a speedy threading service. Aestheticians meticulously lasso each individual strand with a cotton thread, harvesting hairs from their roots. Patrons grapevine out of appointments in possession of eyebrows so well-defined they draw admiring stares from passersby and other eyebrows going through their own identity crises.
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.