Sandy's Esthetics and Day Spa meticulously grooms the body’s exterior through nailcare, waxing, and skincare, and their menu of hot-stone and relaxing massages gently tends to interior aches. Soft music drifts throughout the day spa while clients unwind during treatments or peruse products to use on their life-size dolls at home.
According to their website, Extreme Colors & Styles “sees every individual as a beautiful canvas upon which a unique portrait can be painted.”Unlike actual canvases, however, sentient beings possess their own personal preferences. The stylists are happy to oblige these preferences while completing unique portraits. In fact, they welcome the opportunity to converse with their clients and perform an assessment based on their features. That way, their work can truly become a master effort that matches and emphasizes eye color and skin tone.
Take, for instance, haircuts and coloring services, which both begin with a personal consultation. Then there is the European facial, which commences with an in-depth analysis before moving onto an exfoliation, a facial massage, and a mask. This drive for actualizing clients' desires also extends to nail care services, massages, cosmetic enhancements, and men’s haircuts, all of which include consultations to ensure everyone leaves happy with how they look and feel.
When Cecil B. Spa & Laser opened in 1979, it was a makeup studio—origins the team continues to honor to this day. Despite how much the salon has grown, mineral makeup lessons with Jane Iredale cosmetics remain one of the team's touchstones. During a typical session, makeup artists guide clients step by step through creating flattering custom looks that include natural lips or smoky eyes that require no matches.
Today the spa branches out far beyond makeup with a host of wellness and beauty treatments. The spa utilizes the Italian wax Comfort Zone, which promotes slower and finer hair growth. Massages, for example, range from classic Swedish kneads to Western Thai massage, a mix of pressure point work and stretching. Laser beauty services, meanwhile, include laser hair removal and a cocktail of laser treatments designed to nonsurgically produce the look of a facelift.
Walls the color of plump purple grapes offer a vibrant burst against slate-grey floors and black-leather salon chairs. Amid these calming accents, skilled stylists craft sleek hairdos and bedeck tresses with subtle and bold color highlights. Cinderella also cleans up eyebrow outskirts with its specialty threading services.
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.
Satin pillows dyed the colour of rose petals line a black banquette covered in velvet damask, below which bubbling footbaths sparkle in the light of the crystal chandelier above. This is Luxe Beauty Lounge & Mobile Spa, a spa that has been praised equally for the pedicures available at its brick-and-mortar location in Yaletown as for the expert beauty teams it sends to special events. Cleanliness is their top priority when dealing with feet. Nail technicians unwrap new cuticle sticks as well as new nail and foot files to groom each pair of toes, and their jet baths stay pristine with help from a special pipeless system and a miniature Aquaman with a passion for cleaning. Next on the list are luxurious surprises, including a tincture that transforms bathwater into a warm, softening salve, a scrub glittering with gold flakes, and an ice-cream-themed mani-pedi.
Facials evince the same level of care, as they are tailored to suit each skin type with organic tonics—there is even a biodynamic treatment for sensitive skin. Their mobile services centre around packages that range from 3 to 4 hours, and for weddings, they bundle their hair and makeup with their two in-house specialties into on-location pamperings that last up to 6 hours.