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.
Allure Body Bar doesn't have trickling waterfalls, crystal chandeliers, or frilly robes. Instead, the spa has highly trained professionals—self-described as "total clean freaks"—who deliver top-notch beauty treatments in a sanitary, relaxed, and comfortable environment. They specialize in hair-removal services for women, men, and politicians, ousting hair with a cream-based wax that suits even the most sensitive skin. To allay fears or misconceptions about waxing treatments, the hair-removal specialists begin appointments by explaining what's about to happen and how it's going to feel. They also offer up this FAQ page for first-time Brazilian or manzilian clients and answer intimate questions about another treatment they offer, vajazzling. In addition to these services, the beauty pros offer skincare treatments and massage therapy.
"I now use many of the noninvasive medical services I offer at my clinics to fight the aging process. I have personally never felt or looked better and I am now in my forties," says Eleanor Welsh, founder of Skin Vitality Medical Clinic. Using Elos laser and radio frequency technology, her team of registered nurses and registered practical nurses is able to reshape bodies, erase body hair, and tighten skin with the push of a button. Their skill with beauty injectables comes from extensive training from Allergan and other pharmaceutical companies, giving them the deft ability to leave clients' faces more youthful than a rosebud in a sippy cup. For more dramatic results, Dr. Conor B. Turley performs cosmetic surgeries such as tucks, augmentations, and lifts.
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.
TONI&GUY’s path to international prominence began more than 50 years ago as a single-family salon in London. Today, their partnership of salons and hairdressing academies stands as an innovative, intercontinental fixture that has blossomed into more than 420 salons in 42 countries worldwide. In the United States and Canada alone, 20 academies train upcoming stylists, and nearly 50 salons create distinctive styles for a range of clients. Their stylists specialize in a variety of cuts that ranges from the avant-garde to modern interpretations of classic looks, such as beehives built in the style of Frank Gehry. TONI&GUY garners some of the most talent stylists while upholding a distinguished reputation as the hairdressing industry’s leading educator.
Lux-Spa distinguishes itself from traditional salons with its unique approach to nailcare. During waterless manicures, technicians avoid soaking their clients’ hands, which they claim can weaken nails and cause polish to chip away earlier and more often. They also incorporate cocoa extracts, rosemary-mint scrubs, and tea-tree oils into manicures and pedicures in an effort to nourish skin and relax clients. Technicians paint nails using selections from the 300 available polishes, which helps clients match their fingernails to their favourite Skittle flavours. Waxing treatments employ imported, eco-friendly Rica waxes from Sicily, which are made up of natural ingredients and efficiently uproot unwanted follicles from a range of skin types.