Hard work and tenacity are the key ingredients that led Kimberly Saunders to realize her dream. Always intent upon owning her own salon, she graduated from Vancouver School of Beauty Washington State in 1991, and spent the following two decades continually honing her skills via educational seminars and work with volunteer models. She never lost sight of her ultimate goal, and in 2010, she watched her dream turn into a reality upon Imagine Salon?s grand opening. Today, she gussies up lackluster strands via a host of services ranging from sleek haircuts or elegant updos for brides-to-be, to trendy feather extensions that elicit admiring stares from hunky ornithologists.
Imagine Salon also welcomes donations to the Locks of Love charity foundation, which uses donated ponytails measuring 10-inches or longer to make wigs for children with cancer and other hair-loss causing disorders.
Honks often greet those who exit The Glam Garage. It’s not a warning about a burnt-out taillight or a gripe about their parallel-parking technique. Instead it's a signal that their beauty stops traffic, and by extension it's a figurative thumbs-up to stylist Lindsey Wieland. Nestled inside Ace Body & Motor—her dad’s car-repair shop—Wieland’s salon revs up locks with savvy styling using Pureology, Redken, and Tigi products. Damask-patterned walls and checkerboard floors flaunt her grit-meets-glitz aesthetic, which also informs her range of salon services including haircuts, highlights, and updos. As cars undergo oil changes and bodywork, faces can get a quick tune-up with waxing services, which remove errant hairs and misplaced bumper stickers.
The stylists at Trahvae Freraire Studio don't do haircuts. Rather, they specialize in precision "hair sculptures," along with an array of other color and styling services designed to unlock each mane’s hidden potential. The team performs Keratin Complex treatments that turn hair from frizzy to sleek, and nourishes damaged strands with custom conditioning treatments that leave hair less likely to eat in its sleep. Guests sip cocktails while talented hair artists soothe their scalps with acupressure massage and then go to work making locks more manageable with high-end products from brands such as Mizani and Aquage.
The studio is located in the historic Tone Mansion, where a sparkling chandelier and gold-framed mirrors give the space an elegant, classic vibe, and a fireplace makes an ideal place to swap scary stories about feathered bangs. In addition to making the world a more beautiful place one head at a time, the caring crew at Trahvae Freraire Studio has also participated in local charity events, where they donated services to benefit families in need.
The physicians, medical aestheticians, and laser specialists at Medwest Health and Aesthetics craft customized treatment plans that aim to beautify bodies both inside and out. Their minimally invasive lasers can slough off unwanted hair or tighten skin, and the staff equips patients with selections from a professional skincare line that can create smooth, youthful surfaces better than a baby with a cement mixer. For more detailed makeovers, plastic surgeons touch up physiques with treatments such as face-lifts and liposuction. Additionally, Medwest's weight-loss spa helps guide visitors toward lifelong wellness through a blend of physical activity, behavioral modification, and nutritional education that teaches how to plan balanced diets and karate-chop boxes of cookies.
The adept aesthetician at Vivid Skin Care Studio restores luster to faces and bodies with a variety of spa services. PCA Skin and Obagi Medical Products rejuvenate and tone epidermises during body-peel and facial treatments, such as the four layer—also known as the European facial—which soothes visages under strata of European seaweed. Waxings eradicate unwanted hair from faces, legs, and bikini areas using 100 percent botanical Nufree products that, like students who get their zoology degrees from a correspondence course, have never been tested on animals.