For more than 20 years, Exquisite Beauty, Hair and Spa has been growing more cosmopolitan with its array of grooming services. These days, this full-service salon and spa is one of the only beauty spots in BC to feature the entire line of TIGI products, and the team of experienced and licensed stylists specialize in fashion-forward cuts and rich, healthy-looking color. Along with hair services, Exquisite Beauty offers spa services such as facials, spa mani-pedis, and waxing. Come in for a full set of lash extensions, or have a relaxing full-body scrub or an anti-aging microdermabrasion session. The friendly, professional beauty staff and casually upscale vibe make this salon and spa a welcoming place to get pampered and forget the stress of dealing with an abacus at the gas pump.
The stylists of Blink Beautique Salon & Spa specialize in enhancing lashes and manes. They ramp up the volume of lash lines by filling gaps with extensions that come in various lengths, colours, and curlinesses. Technicians apply the extensions one by one, taking care to create a natural doe-eye look that's deemed authentic by 9 out of 10 ruminant mammals. Meanwhile, hair stylists dunk colouring brushes into professional hair pigments and shear tresses into modern hairdos. In the background, nail techs groom fingers and toes and apply polishes by China Glaze, Color Club, and Orly.
EM Beautician School of Canada & Spa is an immersive learning environment where students rehearse their aesthetic skills by manning the on-site spa. Their treatments are likewise immersive for clients: body exfoliation or a hot-stone massage sinks physiques into relaxation, and facials cleanse pores with Dermalogica products or even 24-karat gold, which feels more luxurious against the skin than a caviar necklace.
Of course, instructors constantly monitor the seasoned pupils as they conduct their transformative services. Outside of the spa, instructors host classes on general aesthetics and nail care, preparing groups to earn their licences and provide care that is both stellar and sanitary. Their lessons cover topics from aromatherapy to electrotherapy and modern spa appliances, as well as physiology and cosmetic chemistry.
Bottles of PCA Skin and Dermalogica products are aplenty inside Aura Skin Care & Laser Services, where skilled estheticians provide clinical facials, as well as restore vibrancy in skin during microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels. For those looking for an all-over change, Aura Skin Care also offers body-shaping services, such as non-invasive body cavitation treatments that eliminate fat in the body where even workouts can't reach.
Massage therapy and nail care meet ultrasonic and laser treatments at Spa at the Madison, a boutique spa where trained aestheticians help guests feel their best. Facial Zone treatments, designed to annihilate blemishes and soothe lips, are plucked from an à la carte menu so patrons can assemble their own packages, and St. Tropez custom spray tans bronze bodies naturally in about an hour. For the Y-chromosome set, specially designed facials, waxing, and nail care as well as the placement of cucumber slices on moustaches prep gentlemen for special events.
When Cecil B. Spa & Laser opened in 1979, it was a makeup studio—origins the team continues to honor to this day. Despite how much the salon has grown, mineral makeup lessons with Jane Iredale cosmetics remain one of the team's touchstones. During a typical session, makeup artists guide clients step by step through creating flattering custom looks that include natural lips or smoky eyes that require no matches.
Today the spa branches out far beyond makeup with a host of wellness and beauty treatments. The spa utilizes the Italian wax Comfort Zone, which promotes slower and finer hair growth. Massages, for example, range from classic Swedish kneads to Western Thai massage, a mix of pressure point work and stretching. Laser beauty services, meanwhile, include laser hair removal and a cocktail of laser treatments designed to nonsurgically produce the look of a facelift.