The secret ingredient at Minus 417 Dead Sea Spa is Dead Sea salt, which is infused into many of the spa's skin, body, and nail treatments. Nails soak in the mineral-rich salt during a spa mani-pedi. Bodies benefit from Dead Sea salt's circulation-boosting abilities during a mud mask and a warming massage, where the much-touted element also helps firm, soften, and rejuvenate the skin.
Of course, the spa's experienced aestheticians also rely on other ingredients, including Thai herbs, vitamin A, and Jeunesse Advanced Skin Care products. Clients can choose from more than 20 types of facial treatments or enjoy a massage from a certified therapist capable of harnessing the powers of essential oils, honey, and green tea. The skin experts at Minus 417 are also well versed in a range of advanced aesthetic treatments, including LED light therapy that erases sun damage and IPL hair removal that rids bodies of unwanted hair and freshly sprouted grass.
For more than 30 years, Fame International's aestheticians have gone beyond ordinary treatments to help their clients look and feel like a million bucks. Their customized facials address individual skincare needs with aromatic steam and nutrient-rich seaweed. During mani-pedis, nail technicians can give a quick trim and polish, or they can add a paraffin dip or whirlpool foot bath to give the experience a warming, soothing touch. Fame International's stylists are also on hand to perform cuts or colouring treatments that create flattering new looks. But making clients feel good doesn't end with the beauty team. Massage therapists are also on hand to soothe tension, relieve chronic pain, and allay concerns that a muscle knot might actually be a marble you swallowed in your brash and reckless youth.
Since 1993, the instructors at Toronto School of Aesthetics Uptown have transformed their students into certified aestheticians, ready to work at a salon or start their own. The school's certifications cover the full range of aesthetic treatments, teaching students how to perm eyelashes, apply makeup, and brighten faces with custom skin care treatments more effective than replacing eyebrows with strands of holiday lights.
At Girls & Guys Salon and Spa, a team of experienced hairdressers and technicians treat customers with a full suite of pampering beauty services. Treatments include haircuts, color services, facials, microdermabrasion, manicures, and laser hair removal.
City Life's August/September 2010 edition lauded Sugar Blossom as a "one-of-a-kind natural hair removal salon," which its aestheticians earned through the popularity of their natural body-sugaring treatments. The trained and certified staff eschews waxing in favour of the sugaring method, which aims to remove unwanted body hair in a safe and less painful manner than mocking each individual follicle until it gives up and falls out. Using 100 per cent natural Alexandria Professional products, they massage the sugar paste onto skin, which helps remove unwanted hair in the direction of its growth. The staff believes this method holds distinct advantages over waxing, including less irritation and lower risk for rashes and ingrown hairs cropping up. They use this comfort-focused method on both men and women, whisking away fuzz on body areas such as Brazilian lines, backs, and underarms.
Natural light floods into A & B Creative Looks, illuminating canary-yellow tiles and tan walls emblazoned with a floral pink stripe. Since opening the studio in 2010, its aesthetics professionals have treated men and women with environmentally conscious salon and spa services. Using ammonia-free hair colour and herbal facial products, they beautify the body with minimal effect on the environment other than the jealousy evoked in forest nymphs with tangled hair. In addition to performing hair and facial services, they reduce the appearance of cellulite deposits, sunspots, and dark circles with noninvasive treatments administered in secluded treatment rooms.