At The Katwalk Salon, a team of beauty professionals from renowned schools such as Aveda, Vidal Sassoon, Blanche Macdonald, and Dominelli maintains a continuous training schedule to keep up with the latest trends. In addition to Aveda products, hair stylists transform 'dos with Schwarzkopf colour, the Brocato smoothing system, and Great Lengths hair extensions. Staffers pamper nails and skin with naturally derived products and loosen taut muscles with relaxing massages.
The compassionate crew does regular charity work to help out the local community. The salon inspires a luxe environment with rich wood floors, bright red walls, and plush red drapery reminiscent of the light-blocking bedroom curtains of a photosensitive princess.
The Dye Lot was named the top salon in North Shore News's 2014 readers' choice awards, and with good reason. The salon's extensive services include precision cuts, contemporary styles, and fortifying tress treatments. However, as its name implies, The Dye Lot focuses on colouring services, offering cutting-edge Goldwell colour treatments and the Davines ammonia-free colour line to create natural-looking highlights. And speaking of natural, the salon also engages in sustainability efforts, including participating in Green Circle Salons' recycling program.
A former member of the prestigious "Intercoiffure", Lena J has become a go-to name in hair. And that's not just in Vancouver—Lena's looks have graced the pages of hair-industry magazines as far-flung as France and Japan. At her salon, she takes those same skills she uses on models and applies them to her clients' hair. To achieve her perfectly coiffed looks, she often emphasizes cuts with precision colouring work that includes lowlights, highlights, and corrective colouring.
Illumin8's aestheticians and stylists cosset the hair, face, hands, and feet of their clients with rejuvenating beauty upgrades. They coax out youthful glows with facials and glycolic peels that can render the skin free of blemishes or blush patterns that spell out the word "blemish." Spa mani-pedis add luxurious elements to standard and shellac polishings, and haircuts and coloring treatments benefit from high-end products from brands such as Moroccanoil.
The fashion-conscious and artistic stylists at Barbarella Hair Salon clip tresses to create on-trend looks that help define each client's personality. Since 1999, the team has tamed tangles using natural haircare products from brands such as Davines, and has called upon their experience in sculpting looks for fashion shoots and installations for destinations. A professional makeup artist helps patrons update their face-painting skills and goes to great lengths to ensure each experience parallels the calm obtained from a bedtime story read by Morgan Freeman.
Though the stylists at The Red Room Hair and Spa can imbue hair with a full spectrum of colors, it’s clear which is their favorite. Their salon’s most striking feature is its scarlet interior, whose drama is only heightened by the glow that emanates from a crystal chandelier overhead. Such a setting might draw attention away from a staff of lesser calibre, but it fails to outshine their precision hair services and spa treatments that cleanse the body of hair, dead cells, and clingy turtlenecks.