A grooming oasis for boys and girls, Lizzy Lee & Me makes salon and spa services a party, broadcasting over its bubbly airwaves the popular musical and video distractions favoured by the tweenie bopper set. Kids of all ages can get a haircut and style while having fun in the colour-popping salon. For girls, there's a Sweet Lizzy Cut ($19.95) or sparkle styling, hair straightening, and braids ($15+). Boys, on the other hand, can cast aside last year's feral wolfchild look with a Little Dude Cut ($19.95).
Twist's trained stylists revivify locks and phalanages via a hair- and nail-taming menu of services. Haircuts sculpt silhouettes into new and interesting shapes ($40–$60 for women, $30 and up for men), and simple styling coddles malnourished locks with love and high-quality products ($35 and up). Mimic the pelage colourings of a celebrity doppelganger or celebrity spirit animal with selective highlights ($65 and up) or a full colour ($60 and up). Ragged talons become spellbinding fashion claws with a basic manicure ($30) or full mani-pedi ($80), and unwelcome fuzzies vanish during wax evictions on the upper lip ($8) and eyebrows ($15).
Settled steps away from historic government buildings, unique shopping areas, and access to outdoor adventures, Hotel Grand Pacific places visitors at the center of all Victoria has to offer. Walkers wander past rows of charming boutiques, historic façades, and quaint bookstores on Government and Wharf Streets, or step into an erstwhile neighborhood of saloons and sailors in LoJo, now the home of indie shops, restaurants, and boutiques centralized around Lower Johnson Street. Historic Victorian buildings speckle the city, including a number of museums and Parliament buildings, which are open to the public year-round. The Royal BC Museum transports visitors to British Columbia's earliest days with a host of interactive exhibits, authentic artifacts, and re-created settings that depict both natural and human history.Victoria's temperate climate enables year-round outdoor activities on and off the waterfront. Golfers can swing away on the greens of more than 15 primary courses in the area, and hikers and bikers can pick up the Galloping Goose Regional Trail in the heart of downtown and follow the path nearly 37 miles (60 km) past unfettered beaches, forests, and talking chipmunks. Animal enthusiasts will enjoy an orca whale-watching expedition, as both Victoria and nearby Vancouver Island have ferries that take passengers on regular excursions.
Though most people don’t associate scissors, needles, and popcorn with one another, all three play a big part in Design House Salon’s continuing allure. The salon’s owners, Chantelle Pasychny and Kurtis Brown, blend their passions for hairstyling and acupuncture in a menu of spa services designed to promote well-being from the inside out. Along with their beautifying hair treatments and chi-balancing acupuncture sessions, they nourish bodies with munch-ready popcorn that they purchase from the nearby Kernels Popcorn store.
When they aren’t snacking or counting how many popped kernels fit in a jar of Barbicide, clients can tune in to the wall-mounted television or admire the decor’s minimalistic theme. Nestled inside the historic Hudson Building, the salon goes for an industrial-chic look that incorporates the structure's original concrete pillars and reclaimed pieces of wood.
Christina at OM Vogue Hair Lounge?with more than 6 years of experience and training in Ireland?specializes in European thermostyling and coloring and uses all-natural and organic products. She might comb OM Vogue Hair Lounge's own local OM line of hair and body formulas into thirsty strands or inject colour with Simply Organic serums, which are ammonia-free and harvested from free-range rainbows. Stylists also administer new cuts, perms, and spa "side orders"?such as a mini manicure or eyebrow wax?between the salon's striking, red walls. There, translucent flower decorations hang beside a portrait of Audrey Hepburn, who peeps over her shoulder at each station's silvery, cushioned chairs.
Working out of Tangerine Salon, Whitney Bakovljev's enthusiasm for cutting and styling hair is palpable. Each day she excitedly meets new clients and returning ones, helping them each discover which look is best suited to their aesthetic desires. An Aveda-trained stylist, her expertise extends to colour, texturing, curly cuts, and dry cutting, with an emphasis on styles that can be replicated on a daily basis outside the salon. Along with these specialties, Whitney is a master of scalp and shoulder aroma rituals and can play Kenny G songs with her scissors to further relax her clients.:m]]