Pure Elements pampers hirsute heads and figures with soothing care while dousing spa hogs in Aveda and Schwarzkopf products. A wise salon sleuth uncovers new and interesting skull sculptures during a ladies' (from $47) or men's (from $28) haircut. Don a bouncy new perm (from $95) or touch up whiskery roots (from $70). A full colour (from $80) splendidly allows coifs to reinvent themselves, like mad scientists who were once child stars. Settle into a chic seat and feel an eye and lip treatment ($45) massage away puffiness or minimize fine lines and dark circles, and the eyelash perm ($75) curls lovely flirters for up to four weeks. Try ear candling ($75), a unique approach to cleansing canals of impacted wax, devious debris, and hushed secrets whispered into lobes by aunts many family reunions ago.
Kaya Kama Hammam & Day Spa’s aestheticians lavish clients in the scents and salves of Middle Eastern and Indian beauty traditions. Inside the hammam, steady heat warms the skin up to 50 degrees as aestheticians scrape away dead cells with the long, massage-like strokes of gommage exfoliation. Aestheticians also soothe clients with a variety of facials including Ayurveda treatments that balance mind, body, spirit, and lifestyle. Throughout the rest of the spa, soothing music wafts in the background as Ayurvedic massages bathe clients in fragrant oils and waxing treatments coat the skin in water-lily extracts and sweet-almond oil. The spa's body treatments, like cell phones made of salami, combine technology and sensory immersion—they make use of wraps, a hydrotherapy soaker tub, and body butter. Afterwards, a cup of tea awaits patrons in the spa lounge.
The students at the International Academy of Esthetics, an ITEC registered center, learn in a classroom that’s not a classroom at all—it’s a spa. Under the watchful eye of instructors who are expert spa technicians themselves, students perform a full slate of services to prepare for real-world jobs. Their professional training spans from facials, to mani-pedis, to waxing, to cellulite-reducing body wraps. Other courses of study include make-up artistry and lasers.
Unlike conventional spas that painstakingly mix clay facials or coat the skin in hot wax, the laser technicians at Newity Laser whittle away skin concerns with lasers. By calibrating their Harmony lasers’ rapid light pulses, they’re able to shrink pores, lighten dark spots, and unfold wrinkles. Alternatively, they target unwanted hair on the face and body by accosting the follicles with light and heat energy without damaging the surrounding skin.