Studio K Salon & Spa's owner Krystel Bennett can read hair like a book—one where all the protagonists look fantastic at dinner parties. After analyzing each client's hair type, she explains to them how it will respond to different color treatments or styles. While styling, Bennett draws on training in coloring at Schwartzkopf Academy and cutting classes at Toni & Guy. Her talent has attracted others, and resulted in Studio K's expert team of stylists and aestheticians. In addition to hairstyles for men, women, and kids, the beauty experts administer custom facial treatments and mani-pedis with long-lasting Shellac. They also wax away hair from head to toe, using sugaring techniques on more sensitive areas.
The skilled tress technicians at Chatters Salon infuse newfound vitality into insipid locks with an array of salon treatments, including a single-process salon colouring using Redken colour. A cup of precolouring coffee or tea keeps pigment-awaiting patrons hydrated in the waiting area as head gardens excitedly prepare to live out their chameleonic dreams. To begin the treatment, a talented shade switcher modifies the colour composition of hair with artful ease. Once hair has been cloaked in rich colour, a shampoo and conditioning treatment expunges lingering tint from strands while an accompanying scalp massage twists stressed-out thought bubbles into pleasing balloon animals. For a coif-pampering finale, a blow-dry whisks away residual moisture, leaving newly toned strands shiny and swinging. As an added bonus, salon-goers receive a full-size salon product with their colouring service.
The talents of Labelle Salon and Spa's seven knowledgeable stylists and aestheticians are evident in the sharp and sophisticated hairstyles of their clientele. Ladies' cuts ($48 and up) and colours ($45 and up) are so forward-thinking that customers are banned from most major casinos. The expert coiffeurs at Labelle's are also happy to shape the locks of children ($16 and up) and men ($26 and up). Climb up the restored staircase to experience the spa portion of Labelle's, where aromatherapy oils and soft music suffuse innovative pampering treatments that relax clients from head to heel. From 75-minute facials ($80 and up) to the two-hour ultimate pedicure ($70), Labelle's services take their sweet time, providing a warm and welcome respite from holiday shopping and hordes of rabid yetis. Put stress in a bind with a seaweed wrap (half body $80; full body $120) that expels toxins and nourishes skin, or repair the ravages of scurvy and classical-guitar playing with an hour-long French manicure ($40), including mask, paraffin, massage, and polish of your choice.
Salon Volume master stylist Maxine King lives by a simple motto: “The learning never stops.” In her 20 years as a stylist, she has served as an educator for Black Elegance and Design Essentials, and currently she is an educator and colorist with Joico Canada. Her staff absorbs Maxine’s instruction, using it to administer salon services that include more than 20 different combinations of chemical treatments. Like whoever painted a clown wig on the Mona Lisa, the stylists don’t shy away from bold colours, often brightening manes with pops of fuschia or turquoise.
Amid a casual southwest decor that culminates at a roaring fireplace, The Gate House Salon & Spa's team of exceptionally trained stylists and aestheticians performs luxuriating hair, skin, and nail services. To create a stress-free oasis for their customers, the staff warmly greets each client with a complimentary glass of wine, tea, coffee, or juice before humming famed Kenny G tunes and ushering visitors to private treatment rooms or tawny salon stations. As lush vegetation tickles the windows, staff members execute detoxifying ion cleanses and aromatherapy massages to promote overall wellness. Meanwhile, skilled stylists enhance manes with Redken products, and expert skincare professionals soothe human shells with moisturizing Repechage products during spa services such as pedicures and stone-therapy treatments.