It's not the decor or even the selection of Aveda products that earns each of Life SalonSpa's locations the title of Aveda Lifestyle salon and spa. It's how the staff turns every visit into an experience that walks the line between relaxation and beauty. To learn where this line is, they embark on Aveda-led beauty pilgrimages to local and international experts, earning rewards for each new skill they gain. Along the way, they work through eight artistry levels, climbing from New Talents to Elite Masters who speak in proverbs and can soften a person's skin with a single gentle smile. But regardless of their level, all beauty pros learns one thing early on: the benefit of plant-based products.
The staff leads visitors on their own personal beauty pilgrimages, enveloping them in detoxifying steam, massaging couples side by side, or pampering them with a body-treatment package such as the aptly named "Chocolates for Breakfast." An emphasis on personalization and quality products also pervades the salon area. In addition to cutting chic 'dos, the stylists use plant proteins and natural antioxidants to correct issues such as dry and damaged hair.
For the specialists at Enlighten Laser, lasers are not simply a beauty tool, but a powerful ally in the fight against some of the skin's most prevalent problems. At each of their locations, the staff calls on many forms of this noninvasive technology?from hair and spider-vein removal to cellulite reduction and skin tightening?to tone, sculpt, and brighten clients' bodies, bringing out their natural beauty.
The clinics also possess a knack for traditional skin care. Their on-site aestheticians know that every client's skin is unique, much like every snowflake's 12-digit identification number. They demonstrate this philosophy by customizing each treatment to suit the client's skin type, skin tone, and beauty goals. Before administering any of their facials, body-slimming laser services, or IPL acne clearance treatments, the staff consults with clients about their history and answers any questions.
The Béo Spa team strives to provide guests with the best in aesthetic, hair, and fitness services, helping clients feel healthy in their skin no matter what the approach. The aesthetic team enhances faces with skin-clearing facials or makeup applications, or else soothes shoulders with back massages. Stylists offer haircuts, coloring treatments, and swift waxing sessions. Rounding out the spa team, fitness instructors lead yoga classes that help guests improve their flexibility and balance.
Certified Zumba fitness instructor Celine Gabrielle motivates students of all ages and abilities as they hasten heart rates with easy-to-follow dance moves backed by Latin beats. In each one-hour Zumba class, slow rhythms alternate with fast tempos to burn hundreds of calories and confuse gathering flash mobs, and resistance training helps exercisers sculpt muscles. Pupils groove to international music and tone up with interval training moves while the experienced instructor demonstrates steps and keeps workouts on track. Students should send a telegram to their feet encouraging them to wear cross-training or aerobic-style shoes that can accommodate the class's sliding, turning, and side-to-side movements.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Color
Brands Used: Wella and Redken
Pro Tip: We only accept cash.
According to Urban Hair's owner, the salon's stylists specialize in foil treatments and color services. Aesthetician Brenda expands the studio's services with her own area of expertise: manicures and pedicures. Between the two specialties, the salon serves as a one-stop shop to color in a few areas of life without volunteering your services at the local Elementary School as a human coloring book.
"From fingers to toes, the polish, it goes," reads the home page of Cutiecalls' website. It's apt phrasing for the salon, where nails reign supreme and polishes are selected for both their cosmetic beauty and lasting strength. Take, for example, CND's Shellac—the UV-cured lacquer yields a glass-like finish that resists chipping for up to 14 days. Alternatively, LCN gel nails come in classic white and pink colours or bearing sparkles and nail art. In addition to enhancing nails, the salon's beauty pros groom brows and make the journey to bridal parties and nail-biting overtime hockey games—polish and files in hand—to perform on-site manicures and pedicures.