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.
Although Tan FX Sun Tanning Studios ranks as the fastest-growing indoor tanning franchise in Canada, no two locations are alike. That's because the company allows its franchise owners to create fully unique salons with distinct decor and floor plans rather than the same old gingerbread dough and cookie cutter. Nonetheless, the company has an uncompromising stance toward staff quality—they require every employee to possess in-depth knowledge of tanning equipment and products. As a result, employees can develop personalized bronzing programs that account for factors such as skin type.
This personalized attention has the added effect of making a trip to Tan FX feel more like a trip to the spa. Before patrons enter a UV booth or bed, Tan FX suggests following 10 tanning tips that facilitate healthy, gradual gilding. For those who prefer UV-free tanning, the company offers Mystic Tan sprays in a quartet of hues.
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.
Elegance Saskatoon's cosmetic procedures entwine Eastern modalities with non-invasive Western technology. Using this mix, the staff of certified technicians can help patients vanquish flab with an FDA-approved LipoLaser, banish unwanted hair with laser hair-removal services using the LightSheer XC diode laser, and fade discoloration with teeth whitening. No matter what aesthetic treatment patients choose, they first undergo a comprehensive consultation to discuss their concerns, goals, and favourite celebrity baby names.
Brandi Heuchert, a self-described “prairie girl,” merges her small-town Saskatchewan upbringing with seven years of experience in her trade. Brandi's interest in holistic and western medical practices led her to the Western College of Remedial Massage Therapy, from which she received her registered massage therapist designation. Recently relocated to Saskatoon’s Fitness Focus gym, Brandi specializes in an array of massage modalities, such as relaxation, therapeutic, and Thai massage, as well as hot-stone therapy and cranial-sacral therapy. Brandi accepts both daytime and evening appointments Tuesday–Saturday.
Spa Academy's director of education, Veronica Lynne-Swirsky, taps into more than two decades of experience as she leads a team of professional educators in training a new generation of aestheticians. In their sleek salon and spa, instructors and students work side by side. Teachers might give clients mani-pedis or full sets of acrylic nails as their students apply makeup, wax away unwanted body hair, or revitalize skin with facials. And even though their services are discounted, students focus on lavishing clients with a quality that rivals what's offered by their already-certified counterparts or by those newfangled robo-aestheticians.