Voted best place for a beach-ready tan by readers of Georgia Straight three years in a row, Clients leave SunScape Tanning Studios sporting rich, golden hues imparted in an environment where the staff is committed to providing the most safe and effective tanning experience possible. Each of the studio’s technicians—called SunExperts—is trained in the appropriate administration of UV light to help bodies safely attain the bronzed look they desire using the latest in tanning techniques without needing approval from the curmudgeonly sun. The centre’s proprietors take pride in the their ultra-modern tanning equipment that often imparts an added feel of luxury to each session, with tanning beds that boast aromatherapy and relaxing aqua mists and private sunless options that include VeraSpa and Mystic Tan. SunExperts also treat skin to revitalizing treatments, such as Beauty Angel skin rejuvenation, that uses red-light therapy to help tone and tighten skin, as opposed to black-light therapy, whose only goal is to put Led Zeppelin songs in people’s minds.
The Smart Tan–certified team at Tan de Soleil assists clients in getting the best out of their experiences by keeping immaculate tanning studios stocked with modern tanning beds and spray-tan booths. Before customers slip into a KBL lay-down bed or a Sun Capsule VHR stand-up unit, the staff provides them with sanitized protective eyewear and towels. They also change the bulbs in those beds regularly to keep them at optimal tanning efficiency.
For UV-free tans, the crew educates its guests about the use of VersaSpa and Mystic Tan spray-tanning booths for custom tans with solutions that moisturize and nourish skin. These tanning booths can gild tanners in about 60 seconds, but for those who wish to take their time, the studios come equipped with a vanity area. In there, guests lounge and use supplied nail files, hairspray, gel, and beauty products to get ready for the rest of their days. The space also allows for phone conversations so customers don’t have to feel intrusive when making personal calls or leaving in-your-face messages on King Midas’s voicemail.
Metallic accents and chairs the colour of cayenne peppers bring a hint of spunk and spice to Make Me Over Salon and Spa’s otherwise subdued motif of greys and blacks. The salon’s talented cast of stylists strikes a similar balance between edgy and elegant as they snip locks and tame wayward strands with Moroccanoil treatments and products from Wella, Sebastian, and American Crew. Within the hushed confines of private spa rooms, aestheticians call upon Dermalogica serums developed by The International Dermal Institute to rejuvenate skin or wax away unwanted fuzz. Massage practitioners also practice their craft in these treatment rooms, dissipating stress with Swedish strokes, aromatherapy oils, and a soundtrack of operatic whale songs. The beauty team also takes care of appendages with manicure and pedicure treatments for women and men alike. The pedicure room offers tranquil music in a small seating area with a view of the fish tank wall. On special occasions, wine is served for a more relaxing experience.
Beauty doesn?t have to cause collateral damage. Knowing this, Kast Hair Studio?s staff performs haircuts, colour treatments, and styling consultations with a complete line of naturally derived hair products. As an Aveda concept salon, it remains committed to environmentally responsible production, using products crafted with pure flower and plant essences sourced from sustainable communities. To obtain hair-nourishing argan oil, Aveda reaches out to cooperatives in southeast Morocco, and for Australian sandalwood, Aveda consults indigenous harvesters. Once the Aveda team has convinced the ingredients to get along, it ships or catapults the bottles to salons such as Kast Hair Studio to be used in updos, haircuts, and deep-conditioning treatments.
Seven hairstylists, two aestheticians, and three makeup artists join forces inside From Hair On to transform appearances with treatments that are skin deep. Co-manager and aesthetician Maryam is also a certified laser technician and draws from 15 years of experience to zap away unwanted hairs, vascular lesions, scars, and other skin imperfections. As stylists help tresses adopt a new texture with perms or deep-conditioning treatments, nail techs fortify pointers with artificial sets made from gel or acrylic, and microdermabrasion treatments gently freshen faces by sweeping away tired cells to reveal the brighter, younger, more tech savvy skin hiding just underneath.
While most 23-year-olds were trying to figure out their career path, Angelo was busy opening his own salon. And three expansions and more than two decades later, he's still at it. Each day he works with his team of talented stylists and aestheticians to accomplish the goal he laid out in 1991: to create a one-stop beauty shop where clients could get all of their aesthetic needs met. To that end, Angelo employs nail artists who pamper the digits of patrons waiting for hair colour treatments to finish processing, as well as aestheticians who dole out rose, mud, or chocolate baths that can be paired with massages, skin treatments, or giant chocolate duckies.