An aesthetician, hairstylist, registered massage therapist, and holistic nutritionist comprise the team at Body Essence, rejuvenating exteriors with trendy new ‘dos and Shellac manicures and improving wellness through nutritional counselling. They soothe aching bodies with Swedish massage and with the Bowen Technique, a soft-tissue therapy with a sequence of precise moves that promote relaxation and self-healing. The staff also waxes away moustaches or waxes eyebrows into the shape of Roman columns, and relieves arthritis with reflexology treatments.
Owner and aesthetician Katrina Barringer opened Skin Essentials Laser and Medical Spa in 1999, and has since recruited an elite team of eight that includes a physician and a licensed acupuncturist. Each of the women on staff boasts a specialty such as bamboo-fusion massage, eyelash extensions, or aromatherapy that smells like colors. Barringer's interests are of an academic complexion, as she penned an award-winning paper and is one of 67 laser technicians without an M.D. degree to be accepted into the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
One Stop Cutz and Styles trims tresses and styles 'dos with the Subrina line of haircare and colouring products imported from Brazil. The full hair-colouring process includes a shampoo, five foils, and a blowout orchestrated by an experienced colour tech who helps clients choose the optimal hues to highlight natural shades, cover greys, and unlock hair's chameleonic powers. The haircut and shampoo purges dirt and tames unruly strands with precision snipping and discriminately chosen cleansers. Head gardens leave bouncy and beautiful and ready to showcase at the next home-and-patio convention.
The friendly stylists at the chic salon employ the use of eco-friendly Aveda products to transform tousled and overgrown tresses into handsome and flattering permanent headwear. Your Groupon is good for any services at the salon, so seize this opportunity to get a women’s shampoo, shaping, and style ($40+), or bring a disappointing date and watch him become dapper before your very eyes with a men’s colour and cut ($60). For a formal occasion, drop in for an upsweep ($60+), or treat stressed strands and scalp to a massage and deep-conditioning treatment ($40+). In addition to primping ladies, Wabi Sabi offers a full menu of men’s services, with everything from facial-hair trimming ($5+) to hair tattooing (consult stylist) and dragon-slaying.
Husband-and-wife team Audrey and Ryan Yeo founded Blackfriars Salon & Spa as a means of providing frazzled guests with a tranquil space in which to recharge. They staff both locations with a crew of trained stylists and aestheticians who gussy up patrons via a host of salon, skin, and hand and foot services. Receptionists share complimentary cups of coffee, green tea, or water with clients as stylists gild heads in multidimensional highlights. Nail technicians add glamour to hands with glossy, chip-resistant Shellac manicures, and therapists administer hot-stone massages to ease muscles aching from workdays spent cannonballing.
A blend of barber shop and beauty salon, All Star Cuts snips and snaps overgrown scalp ferns and tangled vine tresses in a sports-centric space. The men's MVP haircut includes a wash, scalp massage, hot wrap, cut, and style; the women’s option consists of a wash, cut, and style. Engage ocular orbs with the personal TVs located at each cutting station and sip on a complimentary beverage as frustrating follicles transform into overachieving face assistants. Pre- or post-trim, clients can practice their putt on the custom-made putting green, challenge a fellow trim-recipient to a game of foosball, or watch competitive walking tournaments on a 50" plasma TV.