Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists. Use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and style ($31–$38) and lean back and dream of break-dancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head-hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving condition for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring ($60–$70), highlights ($80–$90), or a perm ($75–$85). Prices vary by location.
By pairing UV and UV-free tanning treatments with resort-like facilities, Tan FX has become Canada's fastest growing indoor-tanning franchise over the past decade. The company's numerous locations—scattered throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba—feature modern UV-tanning beds and booths capable of bronzing bodies in as little as 10 minutes and UV-free Mystic Tan systems that apply color in seconds. To ensure all tanning contraptions are used safely and properly, Tan FX keeps its Smart Tan–certified staff up to date on the latest industry knowledge with online training programs and in-person interviews with the sun.
The steady-handed professionals at Carolyne Esthetics and Hair Artistry offer something for everyone, performing a smorgasbord of spa and salon treatments. On the salon side, stylists who stay up to date on the latest styles host free consultations before transforming manes with cuts, colours, or perms. Meanwhile, therapists soothe tired muscles with massages, wax handlers strip away unwanted hairs, and nail techs gussy up toes at the foot of leather pedicure chairs that feature built-in heat massagers. Drawing from shelves brimming with premium products from Sothys Skincare and G.M. Collin, aestheticians perform a number of skin treatments, including body scrubs, facials, and microdermabrasions.
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Terry Wasylow has spent more than 30 years in the beauty industry, but she discovered her passion for natural beauty products in 1999 when she suffered mercury poisoning. Convinced that her skin was absorbing too many toxins from her cosmetic and personal-care products, she created a No-No List to help others avoid similar experiences. This list delineates which ingredients could be harmful and which ingredients are just wearing a scary mask.
On top of sharing her knowledge, she takes it to the next step and steers her clients toward gentle, noninvasive laser treatments, such as the Poly-Skin and Digi-Light treatments, which simultaneously stimulates cells and refreshes and energizes the skin with a gentle electrical current. After a skincare session—which could also entail microdermabrasion or cold-laser treatments—Wasylow and her staff recommend natural products for at-home care. Their collection includes a variety of makeup staples as well as shampoos, conditioners, and hand sanitizer.
When it comes to nailcare, the technicians at Nova Nail Spa know every trick in the book—they can sculpt even the most tattered tips into graceful curves, and they apply smooth layers of polish that sparkle under light. Specialists apply an array of manicure and pedicure services, treating clients to massages, scrubs, and skin-smoothing treatments before adorning nails with durable gel and Shellac polishes. The versatile aestheticians also administer a variety of replenishing facials, professional waxes, and tinting treatments for eyelashes and brows. As staff go to work, customers recline on the soft pillows of cushy chairs, reaching a state of pure relaxation that can be otherwise attained only by slowly sinking into a lake of marshmallows.
Wood floors, images of wildlife, and taxidermy serve as a backdrop for Banjo's casual street wear, which can withstand the elements thanks to its durable construction. In addition to plaid button-ups, vintage duffel bags, and other outdoorsy items, Banjo also carries date-worthy duds such as dark denim jeans from Neuw and graphic T-shirts from Vancouver's Uranium. Banjo's helpful staff is available to assist gents in making their purchases, ensuring that each customer has enough postshopping confidence to ask out a swimsuit-modelling mannequin.