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.
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.
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.