Monita Chan has been training aspiring cosmetologists for more than two decades, instructing them in everything from creative haircut techniques to special-effects makeup application. At BM Chan—a cosmetology training academy that's also a full-service salon—she captains her team of beauty experts that includes stylists, massage therapists, nail technicians, and skincare specialists
When she and her team aren't leading classes in aromatherapy or medical aesthetics, they're giving their salon clients luxurious breaks from their busy lives. They even pull hair styling techniques from Vidal Sassoon and Pivot Point to create their looks for both special events as well as entirely unremarkable events.
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.
Inside WonderPoint Wellness Centre’s eight treatment rooms—two with double beds—a team of licensed acupuncturists and massage therapists alleviate symptoms such as allergies and chronic pain with treatments that promote natural healing. The glow of himalayan crystal salt lamps purifies the air as a male or female massage therapist performs the tuina technique, a form of massage therapy that applies pressure to specific points on the body. Needles take the place of hands during acupuncture treatments, where acupressure points are stimulated to unblock energy paths. Literally meaning “to scrape away fever,” the practice of gua sha stimulates the immune system as a staff member scrapes lubricated skin with a piece of jade. Consultations allow practitioners to recommend the most beneficial treatments based on clients’ needs or penchants for wearing bubble wrap.
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.
Sandy's Esthetics and Day Spa meticulously grooms the body?s exterior through nailcare, waxing, and skincare, and their menu of hot-stone and relaxing massages gently tends to interior aches. Soft music drifts throughout the day spa while clients unwind during treatments or peruse products to use on their life-size dolls at home.
As translucent salt pebbles crunch underfoot, music fills the atmosphere of SaltWonder's dimly lit manmade sanctum and sets the tone for a meditative, healing experience. Guests lie back in grey recliners, do yoga, or hum the Battlestar Galactica theme song while the caves' halogenerators crush salt rocks, ionize the particles, and send them careening into the air, where they find refuge in lungs' deep-seated alveoli. More than 80 minerals present in the briny mist help tone complexions, resolve breathing difficulties, and reduce inflammation, exhibiting the healing properties of halotherapy, which has been practiced for centuries. The fairy-tale-like chambers' massive floor-to-ceiling columns—made up of more than 30,000 pounds of imported Himalayan pink and red salt—emit pink light that matches the glow of the craggy stone walls' inlaid amber panels.