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.
At il Destino Salon and Spa, experienced skin therapists revamp and revivify patrons' delicate outer coverings using quality products and tender, conscientious care. The spa's T-Zone facial targets the oil-prone areas of customers' mugs—foreheads, noses, and chin fossil fuel deposits—with a customized treatment designed to cleanse and refresh. Post skin analysis, faces undergo a thorough scrubbing to remove grease and grit. An influx of steam, pore extractions, and a slathering of moisturizer leave sensory switchboards fresh, balanced, and ready to kiss the foreheads of local politicians. Skin technicians at il Destino strive to educate their customers so that they can care properly for their skin every day, not just when inside the salon's sleek, Asian-inspired interior. Users of this Groupon receive a $10 discount on any Dermalogica or Clean Start product they purchase during their visit.
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.
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.