Romana Valji and Salima Nazir have been friends for a decade now, and Sanam's Boutique & Salon —named after Nazir's daughter—represents the blossoming of their bond since they emigrated from Pakistan in 2007. The dream began in their homes, where they designed elegant, richly embroidered shirtdresses and gowns. After a family friend announced she was having a baby and needed someone to help manage her fledgling salon, Nazir and Valji fused both businesses into the beauty haven that it is today.
In the bright front room—where lights resembling movie-set lamps spotlight mod black leather chairs—stylists use Goldwell products to create lush, long layers and glamorous blowouts. A semicircular cutout in the far wall reveals a shelf of OPI polish in the nailcare nook, where a cushy pedicure throne presides over a white table with UV lamps for curing Shellac manicures. One room in back reveals racks of Nazir and Valji's flowing, jewel-toned robes, which they encrust with floral-patterned kora and dabka according to their own taste or alter the shape, material, and color to suit their clients' wishes for elegant gowns or bespoke burlap sacks. The other chamber hides a comfortable table for massages and a diamond-microdermabrasion machine used by the staff's aesthetician in tandem with products from the Parisian skincare line Yon-Ka.
Founded by a group of doctors, Health Medica and its team of medical professionals embark on a mission to bolster inner and outer health using both natural healing methods and noninvasive modern technologies. The health experts regularly swap business cards and favourite lollipop flavours at international trade shows, keeping abreast of the latest pain-free medical care and computerized equipment for procedures such as spinal decompression. To complement medical treatments, the med-spa staff massages away stress and boosts clients' self-esteem with skincare treatments such as chemical peels.
Health Medica also helps their patients make long-term lifestyle changes. In addition to laser weight-loss procedures, the health gurus provide nutritional counselling and choreograph high-energy cheerleading cheers to recommend take-home products.
Bellagio Beauty & Day Spa knows how to set the mood. During an array of couples services, duos bask in the intimate ambiance of a candlelit room outfitted with side-by-side beds, a whirlpool tub, and a shower. But the spa attendants certainly don't neglect solo clients. Individuals can receive soothing aromatherapy massages or facials that compensate for sun damage, signs of aging, or an impolite conversation with a wasp. Single-capacity body wraps can enact full-body exfoliation with seaweed or mud ingredients. No matter the service, skin can be renewed with renowned products from Serena Ray Dead Sea, RVB, or Albert d’Arnal.
But if that's not enough, clients can now take advantage of a full menu of medical treatments courtesy of the team behind Light Touch Med Spa, which acquired Bellagio in 2012. Lasers can zap unwanted hair or outdated tattoos, and Botox injections or other fillers can erase wear from years of frowning at stoplights.
At Rejuvederme, clients can make fresh starts with noninvasive cosmetic procedures and the guidance of a cosmetic physician and a nurse. The physician meets with clients for complimentary consultations to determine skincare needs and possible treatments. After consultations, the staff recommends services to tone, de-fuzz, or clarify skin with noninvasive lasers and Obagi Skincare products.
The clinic has the modern, spacious feel of a hotel lobby: A frosted glass wall divides the front desk from the waiting area, which then opens to private treatment rooms. Brightening the palette of white and mint, vases brim with birds of paradise, palm fronds, and spider mums.
With thousands of satisfied clients across Ontario, Hairfree Laser Skin Clinics continues to help men and women achieve their ideal looks using advanced cosmetic technologies that are safe for men and women with all skin types. A buffet of services greets arrivals, from laser hair removal and photo facials to vein treatments and teeth whitening. A product line boasting antioxidants and exfoliating acids helps maintain desired looks at home, and the trained staff works with client goals to help eliminate problem areas, even if they ask nicely to stick around.
The certified hair designers and aestheticians at Stars Beauty Centre each possess no less than a decade of industry experience. It’s this experience that enables them to refigure heads and frames with spa-like techniques powered by professional-grade Redken hair products and Shellac nail products. Each visit to the salon begins with a complimentary consultation to allow stylists and clients to hone in on the most flattering treatment. The centre is sheltered by the elegant surroundings of the Stage West Hotel, which has housed Stars Beauty Centre for over 20 years, or 140 dog years.