Clients at the med-spa at Canadian Beauty College undergo treatments to help tone their faces and minimize blemishes, but they aren’t the only ones benefitting. That’s because clients can elect to have their services performed by highly trained students, who use the hands-on experience to advance their studies—and charge less at the same time. Like a lioness teaching cubs to hunt for supermarket deals, certified professionals both supervise students and perform services themselves to keep their skills sharp. Students and teachers alike use only professional-grade products in each treatment, including the likes of Dermalogica skincare and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, a vegan and cruelty-free line.
Under the supervision of the Anti-Aging Clinic's doctor, certified technicians help to restore youthful appearances with medical-grade treatments. Staff members take up state-of-the-art technology such as GentleLase hair-removal lasers, DiamondTome microdermabrasion wands, and Tripolar skin-tightening treatments. Other services, however, are as low-tech as it gets: chiropractors, massage therapists, and hypnotherapists work toward mind-body wellness in order to help clients to find comfort, confidence, and the strength to quit pretending their kids' crayons are cigarettes. The clinic—which keeps late-evening and Saturday hours—combines medical professionalism with a spa aesthetic; staff members dress in crisp, hospital-style uniforms, but Egypt-inspired art hangs on the walls alongside the colourful anatomical charts.
Talented, certified stylists and aestheticians lend their skills to ARTISTS SALON & SPA. Together, the beautifiers offer a wide range of services, from basic cuts and makeup applications to highlights, perms, and an agave smoothening system. The environmentally friendly salon recycles up to 95% of its waste, from hair and chemicals to plastic and paper.
Though fairly new to Canada, UK native and owner of UK Trendz, Jacqui, is a veteran when it comes to the salon scene. The Toni&Guy–trained stylist brings 25 years of experience to the styling chair, where she adeptly cuts, colours, and retexturizes hair of all ethnicities. She uses her training in African and Caribbean locks to create natural-looking weaves and extensions and irons out curls and wrinkles in time with the Affirm Creme Relaxer and Keratin Straightening systems. Jacqui also cares for below-the-neck needs with traditional and Shellac mani-pedis as well as waxing treatments for both men and women.
Becoming Hair Studio's seasoned stylists start each women's signature design and finish with a personal consultation to lay out a plan for individual hair-goals. Bounce and shine are renewed as shears snip away old growth and a blow-dry uplifts freshly lopped locks, readying your head for a plethora of compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats. While cultivating a chic, modern interior, the studio remains 100 per cent green, allowing clients to strut new looks without leaving a noticeable carbon footprint. Online styling tips help re-create looks at home, and Becoming's iPhone App helps snag appointments on the go. Additional charges may apply for extra-long hair.