By pairing UV and UV-free tanning treatments with resort-like facilities, Tan FX has become Canada's fastest growing indoor-tanning franchise over the past decade. The company's numerous locations—scattered throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba—feature modern UV-tanning beds and booths capable of bronzing bodies in as little as 10 minutes and UV-free Mystic Tan systems that apply color in seconds. To ensure all tanning contraptions are used safely and properly, Tan FX keeps its Smart Tan–certified staff up to date on the latest industry knowledge with online training programs and in-person interviews with the sun.
Drawing upon healing rituals developed in Asia, the aestheticians of Sahara Spa administer beautifying and revitalizing services that enrich skin's condition and help lessen stress. Massages soothe tense musculature with elements of acupressure, stone massage, herbal remedies, and—in the case of the spa’s signature massage—a four-handed treatment wherein two therapists apply synchronized pressure to both sides of the body. Registered massage therapists also supply therapeutic massages, and an acupuncture specialist balances bodily energy with three treatments intended to produce a variety of results. Meanwhile, ingredients such as glacial clay and pumpkin pulp help exfoliation along during facials, and green-tea or pomegranate-cassis body butter moisturize skin and attract foodies from afar.
The staff at Karmalicious Hair & Day Spa proclaims that "Love of beauty is taste," and "The creation of beauty is art." The artists in question, a team of Red Seal stylists, wield high-quality products, including Joico hair colour and a vegan-friendly line of Unite styling products.
Amanda MacDougall, owner of Saving Grace Hair Studio and graduate of Avant Garde, helms a seasoned staff, which includes a retro-hairstyle enthusiast and a makeup artist trained at the prestigious Blanche MacDonald Centre. When she isn't tending to the needs of her clients, she educates on behalf of L’anza Healing Haircare and travels the world, bringing back knowledge and visage-enhancing tools for her fellow stylists. Amanda strives to keep her services up to date by using the latest products and tools, such as Brazilian Blowout and the Ultrasonic Beaute Infared Iron, which applies keratin treatments without heat damage, changes the molecular structure of the hair, and seals in moisture laundered from Poseidon’s oceanic account.
Walking up the patio steps and into the historic brick building is more like walking into an elegant home than a salon. Yet inside, Zazu the Salon’s styling staff immediately demonstrates their professional skills. Freshly pruned strands fall to the floor in the hairstyling arena, where Redken-armed stylists reshape coifs and boost colour or length with highlights or extensions. In the spa room, aestheticians turn back the clock on aging faces—without twisting the nose—with customized facials, while tanning technicians call upon an all-natural tanning serum to imbue skin with a fresh-from-the-beach glow. The salon also appeals to manly needs in the gentlemen’s quarters, where the team buffs away calluses during power pedicures and detoxifies skin with hot-towel facials.