Despite its location amid bustling downtown shops on Saltspring Island, Spa by Lenice exudes the tranquility of the waters in nearby Ganges Harbour. The promenade outside the spa itself resembles a quaint wooden boardwalk, and the interior draws out the nautical ambience with its navy walls, wood floors, and regular mermaid clientele. Like soothing ocean waves, indian head massages, hot-stone facials, and mani-pedis lap away tension from world-weary bodies. The staff take care not to stress out skin by using Éminence Organic Skin Care products, which are made with hand-picked, nutrient-rich ingredients including various fruit pulps, plants, seeds, herbs, and exotic spices.
The stylists at Razors Edge Salon lend their services to women and men of all ages and cultivate a friendly atmosphere amid modern, black and white graphic murals. At styling stations, they trim unruly locks and correct colour before clients grab products from brands such as Bed Head, AG Hair Cosmetics, and American Crew on their way to the register. The staff also coats nails in new shades and decorative patterns, waxes away unwanted body hair, and extends lash lines to give clients more alluring winks and the ability to replace faulty window fans by blinking rapidly.
Eager to update the tired 'dos of men and women alike, Studio One Hair Professionals’ crew of seasoned coiffeurs revamps tresses with a host of salon services. Stylists' scissors sculpt strands into modern styles, classic cuts, or neoclassical columns, and colourists flatter features with strategically placed highlights. Damaged manes regain their lustre thanks to meticulously administered deep-conditioning treatments, and Studio One’s team ensures that newly minted styles undergo thorough blow-drying and styling treatments so clients leave the salon able to confidently show off new looks.
At Age Less Medi-Spas, certified technicians draw from an armoury of diode lasers, Diathermie RF, and Nd:YAG systems in themed private treatment rooms featuring down-lined beds. Led by Director of Clinical Esthetics and Integrative Medicine Marilia Silva-Brand, skin therapists examine visages. Patrons emerge from their sessions looking excitedly into mirrors to inspect slowly dissipating bald patches after laser hair restoration, newly developed bald patches after laser hair removal, or waistlines shrinking from body-sculpting laser treatments. The spa provides ample free parking for cars, and sunsets on demand for horses to ride off into.
Reveal Laser specializes in gently healing signs of facial aging and tissue damage with cold lasers. Every technician on staff has completed a comprehensive course in the Swiss technology, which is mild enough to treat those suffering from rosacea and couperose. The light is engineered to promote cellular renewal and the production of collagen?a compound responsible for firm, youthful skin?to lift under-eye bags, soften wrinkles, and diminish scars. Oxygenation precedes most cold-laser treatments, clearing pores with an exfoliation technique that eschews suction and tugging, making it a safer treatment for those with rosacea and couperose. Keeping with the centre's ethic of gentle care, the team puts on teddy-bear hand puppets to apply special blends of products which nourish complexions with natural ingredients and are customized for each client's skincare needs.
It wasn’t until aesthetician Sandra Jones planted roots in Victoria in 2005 that she was able to really showcase the aesthetic skills she acquired as a student and apprentice in Georgia. Today, Sandra can be found at Wake Up, Made Up, located within the Fernwood Holistic Health Care Centre, where she beautifies clients with synthetic Xtreme Lashes extensions, DiamondTome microdermabrasion treatments, and permanent makeup.
Sandra creates thicker lash lines that last up to 4 weeks by applying each extension individually, and she brightens complexions with skin-sloughing diamond-tip microdermabrasion wands. For more permanent beauty services, she draws on a range of pigment hues—including peony, rose, and red—to create natural-looking permanent makeup for the eyes, lips, and brows.