KaLu Salon & Day Spa?s stylists and aestheticians believe that everyone?men, women, and stressed-out teens alike?deserves to experience the benefits of their relaxing and beautifying services. The spa?s convivial atmosphere ensures that all comers feel at home, whether their treatment interests lie in a plant-based facial or a knot-melting massage enhanced by aromatherapy and a soothing soundtrack of audiobooks read by Michael Caine. For each service, the team calls upon some of the most trusted brands in their respective fields, sprucing up hair with Aveda smoothers and brushing fingernails with chip-resistant Shellac 2 polish. The staff?s penchants for pampering and socializing converge during the weekly Martini Thursday, an evening of cocktails and luxurious mani-pedis.
Founded in 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee, by the eponymous Sam Ross, Fantastic Sams is a family-friendly salon geared toward quality. Today, the brand spans more than 1,200 locations, employing a legion of experienced stylists as they wage wars on bedhead and uneven bangs. Wielding shampoos and conditioners crafted with provitamins and soy proteins, the staff offers services such as haircuts, color treatments, and straightening treatments.
In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.
Wood-paneled walls, vintage motorcycle ads, and a black-and-white photograph of Muhammad Ali. Any way you cut it, PJ's Barber Shop brims with sophistication and charm. The former owes to the timeless decor, while the latter stems from the fact that this father-daughter business has been in the family for more than half a century.
Though styles have changed over the years, the basics at PJ's have largely stayed the same. Classic haircuts are a matter of course here, as are hot-towel shaves. Though most of the clients tend to be men, the shop does offer some styling services for women.
Sculpture Hair & Spa's experienced team of beauty technicians fortifies skin, hair, and nails with a luxury canon of indulgent services. During pedicures, nail techs mollycoddle extremities as patrons relax in heated massage chairs that gently levitate thanks to the spa's resident telekinetic. Stationed in private treatment rooms, massage therapists untie knotted muscles and aestheticians rejuvenate complexions with exfoliating facial treatments. The spa's stylists snip tresses during precision cuts followed by shampoos, conditioning treatments, and colour changes that draw on the styling powers of Schwarzkopf and Moroccanoil products.
As a massage therapist, waxing technician, and aesthetician, Daniel Francoeur knows a lot about skincare. But it wasn't until his male clientele grew substantially at his previous spa that he took notice of the demographic’s lack of aesthetic products, let alone services geared toward it. It was with this epiphany that Daniel went on to take over the first Bodé Spa for Men in Ottawa, before joining forces with a med spa–focused location in Toronto in 2012. Since then both spaces have gained praise from a host of media outlets, including Toro Magazine, Spa Life Magazine Escapes, and CTV Morning Live Ottawa. "We produce about 30 to 40 per cent more oil than women do, so we have a lot more issues when it comes to things like [acne],” he says. “We have to be careful even with waxing and manscaping, how our bodies react afterwards."
Bright sunlight pours into the front lounge of Bodé's Toronto location, which features earthy yet ultramodern décor. Technicians lead patrons to private treatment rooms where facials are customized to each man's skin type and issues, such as beard burn or permanent lipstick marks. Masculine tranquility can also be found in a tailored mani-pedi, full-body hair removal using waxing and sugaring, and soon-to-be-offered laser hair removal treatments.