Paul Pecorella began his journey of beauty and fashion in Pachino, Sicily, where he was born and raised. Following his passion for hair design, he eventually travelled to Rome and Milan, studying the craft and cementing his aesthetic. Then, in the 1960s, opportunity carried him across the Atlantic to Yorkville, where he obtained the title of Master Cutter and opened his salon. Now, dedicated to inspiring young stylists with that same zeal for fashion, Paul and his staff train New Talent artists in sophisticated scissor choreography while showing Mother Nature respect through eco-friendly Aveda products and proper table etiquette.
The mane artists at Paul Pecorella Hair Salon & Spa specialize in upstyling and technical colour, and invigorate tresses with chic cuts, textured styles, and hydrating follicle treatments supplemented by the organic, conditioning plant oils of Aveda products. Like a megaphone made from a rolled-up rainbow, Paul Pecorella's salon announces its commitment to style with vibrant colour palettes that revolve around lime and mint to inspire stylists as they flourish their craft.
Second Skin Medspa, helmed by licensed medical aesthetician Rose Cruz, pampers and retouches skin while adhering to stringent safety and sanitation standards. Cruz draws on more than 14 years of experience of practicing medical aesthetics in Vancouver and Toronto to perform chemical peels, banish acne, and care for diabetic feet, a specialty she learned at the North American School of Podology. IPL laser hair removal leaves skin smooth, and fractional skin resurfacing and photofacials help to fade fine lines and restore a youthful appearance without requiring one to eat play-doh. The spa also treats nails with relaxing manicures and pedicures that promote foot health and include a soak in a sanitary pipeless tub.
In the waiting room, a grid of circular mirrors reflects teal and white decor as clients sink into a wide couch with pillows. During pedicures, guests can rest on a plush white couch, stretch an arm over an ebony side table, and inhale gentle aromas from a diffuser in the corner.
Hailed as one of the Best Manicure[s] in Toronto by blogTO for “excel[ling] in ambiance and friendliness,” Fabulous Manicure Bar bustles with talented nail technicians gussying up digits within a sleek white-on-white interior dappled with shabby chic mirrors and bubblegum-pink paintings. Dedicated to performing natural nail services, Fabulous Manicure Bar’s staff revamps fingers and toes via services that incorporate nature-made ingredients such as mint leaves, lavender, and rose petals. While specializing in mitt and paw beautification, the spa’s aestheticians also whisk away unwanted facial hair via waxing services that render visages well-groomed and primed for aerodynamic pie diving. To foster a warm and welcoming atmosphere, clients sink into comfy armchairs and indulge in cookies and tea served in fine china while hands and feet receive their just desserts. A chandelier dangles as the centrepiece to the spa's elegant decor, flashing in Morse code to request its favourite smooth-jazz songs, which soothe ears throughout the spa treatments.
At Concepts Salon & Spa, clients beautify on their own terms, choosing treatments from a menu of salon and spa services or building their own spa package. Styling services remove dead ends or inundate strands with moisturizing treatments from Aveda, Kérastase, or Goldwell. And aesthetic services such as waxing, facials, and eyelash extensions grace exteriors with the subtle accents. Concepts Salon & Spa's aesthetic sessions typically span roughly an hour, during which the aestheticians wield professional products designed to leave skin feeling more refreshed than a hibernating bear that just woke up under a coconut tree.
Instructors Junyan Boon and Danielle Nash get bodies moving during salsa and fast-paced Brazilian zouk lessons that encourage students to make new friends and build confidence. They also tone bodies with Zumba classes, which cause muscles to dance in synchronization with international beats in a party-like atmosphere.
As the sun sets and the lights dim, the studio transforms into a hopping social scene where live blues music fills the air with a soulful beat and feet sweep across the dance floor. Though the Brazilian zouk parties held these nights may seem intimidating at first, with scores of skillful dancers gyrating perfectly to the beat, it soon becomes apparent that the more experienced dancers love teaching newcomers basic moves so they can quickly join the fun.
Antech Hair & Skin Clinics’ ensemble of highly trained staff members have been revamping hair and skin via a combination of effective technology and natural biostimulants for more than 25 years. Private, personalized treatments bolster appearances through microdermabrasion with the DermaPod system, instant teeth-whitening sessions, and IPL hair-removal treatments that smooth bodies for faster swims to work. Meanwhile, the center's signature five-step hair-loss therapy merges scientific serums and herbal remedies to cleanse follicles of growth-inhibiting debris and help heads grow glossy crops of hair.