Located just 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Above & Beyond Medi, Wellness, and Beauty Spa owner and laser technician Rachelle Landriault uses a steady hand and 5 years of experience to provide clients with dozens of noninvasive aesthetic treatments. Named favourite day spa and favourite beauty salon by the Cornwall Standard Freeholder, she and her talented staff strive to stay abreast of the safest and most advanced procedures, such as IPL laser treatments. Stylists also infuse hair with bold colors through a a complete line of Goldwell colour and offer a wide range of bridal up 'do services. Additionally, Above & Beyond pairs clients with the same therapist, technician, or physician for every visit, thereby fostering personal relationships and making it more difficult for a client's evil twin to steal their appointment.
Skintastic's certified technicians blend technology with medical-grade skincare products in their attempts to revitalize faces and restore skin health. Complimentary consultations begin each service, during which a skincare expert checks to see if clients' faces have any existing skin conditions or are actually balloons hiding behind masks. Skilled hands coat faces in either Sensi or Esthetique chemical peels, which battle conditions such as acne, rosacea and hyper-pigmentation for 45–60 minutes, all while helping topical products penetrate the skin's many layers. During microdermabrasions, technicians employ a DiamondTome wand that polishes skin with diamond chips and vacuums as it removes the topmost layer. The treatments, which vary in length based on each client's skin condition, can render softer, smoother skin without causing any need for downtime.
When Danielle Robert took the helm of Experience Unik in 2011, she immediately set about updating the spa. Soon, she'd introduced new product lines, added a tanning bed, and expanded her menu of services. But through all of these enhancements, Danielle made sure that she never lost focus on the spa's original goal—helping clients relax and feel more confident in their appearances. Massages performed by her staff help to relieve the aches of overstressed muscles, and facials cleanse and hydrate visages. Waxing treatments clear skin from stubble, letting patrons live undercover among dolphins for as long as three weeks.
As a massage therapist, waxing technician, and aesthetician, Daniel Francoeur knows a lot about skincare. But it wasn't until his male clientele grew substantially at his previous spa that he took notice of the demographic’s lack of aesthetic products, let alone services geared toward it. It was with this epiphany that Daniel went on to establish the first Bodé Spa for Men in Ottawa, followed by a med spa–focused location in Toronto in 2012. Since then both spaces have gained praise from a host of media outlets, including Toro Magazine, Spa Life Magazine Escapes, and CTV Morning Live Ottawa, where Daniel explain why male-centric services are necessary. "We produce about 30 to 40 per cent more oil than women do, so we have a lot more issues when it comes to things like [acne],” he said. “We have to be careful even with waxing and manscaping, how our bodies react afterwards."
The only thing gritty and rough at Bodé's Ottawa location are the unfinished concrete walls that wrap around the spacious spa. This coarse, earthy element, complemented by a robust fireplace and metal accents, gives the space a refined yet manly feel as highly trained technicians pamper gentlemen inside private treatment rooms. The hydro room—described by clients as a "rainforest grotto"—fosters relaxation as a registered massage therapist or massage practitioner eases tension and knots from bodies with a custom massage. Masculine tranquility is also found in a tailored foot and hand fixes, full-body hair removal using waxing and sugaring, and specialized skincare treatments, which offer exfoliation via chemical peels.
At daya organic spa, even the receptionist's desk is carved from recycled wood. Its knots and grains mirror those of the shelves, chairs, and pedicure bench, radiating a rustic vibe that jibes with an eco-friendly philosophy. The spa's furniture may be the most visible sign of its commitment to the earth. Others—its eco-friendly light bulbs, live plants, and exclusively organic products—aren't as immediately apparent, though they all serve to immerse guests in a serene, green environment.
The highly trained staffers use organic Éminence products for their skincare services, nourishing pores with extracts of Hungarian fruits and herbs. Clients get particularly close to the land during a Hungarian herbal detox, which cocoons them in a body wrap of herbal mud before a hydrating shower and application of body lotion. Mani-pedis, meanwhile, include the exfoliating effects of one of four sugar scrubs: geranium, frankincense, Chinese jasmine, or ginger. Customized facials treat skin concerns from aging to sun damage, and Daniel Thompson mineral makeup accentuates features without irritants such as talc, oils, and the artificial fragrances that can get your compact pollinated by confused bees.
Styling stations, pedicure chairs, and lounge areas pop up throughout Noir Salon & Spa's large studio amid sandstone accents and wall tones plucked from a pale dawn. The wall colors, like the products used during hair, skin, and body treatments, were chosen for their eco-friendly components as part of the salon's dedication to environmental responsibility. It is also a member of the Green Circle Salon Group, which promotes green salons and recycling. During each haircut, manicure, and foot massage, Noir specialists employ products free of toxic fillers that have never been tested on animals. As part of its commitment to environmental responsibility, the salon also conserves energy with low-energy lighting, automatic shutoff sensors, and hair clippers powered by their own appetite for stubble.