Situated within Coquitlam's Como Lake Village Shopping Centre, Tropical Oasis Tan and Spa interior features some of the latest tanning and spa technologies accented by cool-coloured walls and modern fixtures. A particularly romantic vacation to Greece gave its owners all the inspiration they needed to open a full-scale tanning and spa-service centre that evokes a Mediterranean escape. Named one of the top tanning salons in Coquitlam Now's 2011 Readers Choice awards, the team's canon of services spans the gamut, including traditional nail work and massages, facials, tanning services, LED light therapy, and teeth whitening. A monthly newsletter keeps customers updated on new treatments, seasonal promotions, and upcoming sun outages.
As they go about the day, the beauticians at Filomena Salon Spa use products from brands such as Dermalogica, OPI, and Kevin Murphy and make sure their guests stay educated about beauty. Hairstylists—each with an attention to detail rivaled only by the finest of tax collectors—consult with their clients before starting cut-and-colour sessions, adding extensions, or performing KeraStraight smoothing treatments. Filomena’s technicians use a cream-based wax to remove unwanted hair, and harness the power of St. Tropez tanning solution to give skin a healthy, natural-looking glow. And when you visit, whether it’s for a spa mani-pedi or a relaxing massage, they’re ready to offer the added comfort of tea and cookies.
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.
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.
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.