When beautifying the heads and bodies of his clientele, Yetmir Keqa of Salon Yetmir draws from eastern European roots, an apprenticeship at James Brett Coiffure, and a natural stockpile of dry wit and sincerity that helps to ease minds. During hair services for men, women, and youth, Mr. Keqa caters to his subjects' personalities and penchants for auditioning for shampoo commercials, using products by Davines and colour infused with milk protein. Facials and massages soothe away stress and brighten countenances, and mani-pedis leave extremities ready for first-impression handshakes. While clients admire glossy black treatment chairs and full-length, thick-bordered mirrors, they sip a complimentary macchiato that lightens the mood and keeps hair awake long enough to say goodbye to its split ends.
Viola's European Esthetics Studio chases a single, simple mission?to make clients feel better. With a 20-year industry veteran and staff beautician Violetta Dudek at its helm, the studio performs an extensive list of rejuvenating services, including deep-cleansing facials, Japanese manicures, eyelash extensions, and electrolysis. Each begins with a consultation in order to tailor treatment to the client's needs, and the studio can even use a high-resolution computer skin analyzer to pinpoint collagen quality and check skin for spyware. Electrolysis sessions vary in duration based on the client's needs, with a single session lasting a minimum of 10 minutes.
Holistic health specialist Laurie Vella imparts her training in a host of healing methods to promote patients' overall health and prevent future problems. After a 15-minute pretreatment consultation, clients embark on one of many nourishing services, such as acupuncture ($40 for 30 minutes), Reiki ($50 for one hour), or an aromatherapy massage ($40 for 30 minutes). Reward hands and feet for not switching places while you sleep with a reflexology treatment ($45 for feet, $35 for hands), or reset energy centres unsettled after a pogo-stick tournament with chakra balancing ($50 for one hour). Healing Hands Kingston also offers yoga, meditation, and life coaching, and consults with patients on healthy nutrition, beneficial herbs, and proper care of the funny bone.
Trends come and go, which is why the stylists at Fossa Hair Studio keep abreast of their constantly changing industry with Schwarzkopf's continuous education classes. Guided by their ceaseless schooling, the team masterfully uses both Schwarzkopf's original product line, as well as its Osis line, to expertly style hair into simple everyday looks or fun and innovative colour designs. Frizzy-haired clients will take a special liking to the crew's stock of Moroccanoil; the anti-humectant locks in moisture and shine all while blocking frizz and stale styles better than living in a human-sized hamster bubble. Once highlights and colour treatments are set and split-ends sheared, the crew enhances facial features with full makeup applications.
Fossa's space is almost as elegant and chic as its stylist's work. Simple taupe walls flank three sides of the salon, while rustic bricks create the fourth portion. Crystal-like chandeliers sparkle over the space's black styling chairs, which face black-framed mirrors. Downstairs, customers can hang out in the salon's esthetics space. Customers relax amid limestone walls and infloor heating for a variety of services such as nail and waxing services, eyelash extensions, facials, and makeup applications.
As the aestheticians and nail technicians at Green DragonFly Aesthetics beautify clients with custom facials, waxing, and mani-pedis using all-natural products, they consider sanitation, hygiene, and safety are of utmost importance. As a division of the Kingston Foot and Ankle Clinic, they follow the same medical-grade sterilization protocols and methods to ensure their guests enjoy safe pampering. Each of their all-natural products—including Colorevolution Mineral Makeup and Pink Himalayan Salt soaps—is free of harmful chemicals. When the staff members aren't rejuvenating complexions with microdermabrasion or decorating fingers and toes with manicures and pedicures, they also accentuate guests' natural beauty with permanent makeup.
As a former biochemist for Nestl?, Cher-Mere Day Spa's founder Cheryl Bowles knows all about what consumers put in their bodies?and how that affects them. So, when she transitioned from the corporate world to the spa industry, she committed herself to using only organic and natural skincare products free of parabens, sulfates and other harsh chemicals.
The products used by Cher-Mere Day Spa are just as gentle on clients' skin as they are on the environment; they're made using solar power and are packaged with postconsumer recyclable material.