For the specialists at Enlighten Laser Services, lasers are not simply a beauty tool, but a powerful ally in the fight against some of the skin's most prevalent problems. At each of their locations, the staff calls on many forms of this noninvasive technology—from hair and spider-vein removal to cellulite reduction and skin tightening—to tone, sculpt, and brighten clients' bodies, bringing out their natural beauty.
The clinics also possess a knack for traditional skin care. Their on-site aestheticians know that every client's skin is unique, much like every snowflake's 12-digit identification number. They demonstrate this philosophy by customizing each treatment to suit the client's skin type, skin tone, and beauty goals. Before administering any of their facials, body-slimming laser services, or IPL acne clearance treatments, the staff consults with clients about their history and answers any questions.
Robert's Hair Studio’s master stylist Robert Samson—a champion of eco-friendly, holistic beauty practices—has been honing his passion for colourful, unique hairstyles since he opened his first salon in Newfoundland in 2003. Since relocating his practice to Lower Sackville, Robert and his affable crew of coiffeurs work to gussy up locks with a variety of salon services customized according to each patron’s personal features, style, and legible thought bubbles. The staff lathers tresses in the sulfate-free suds of Pureology products and highlight strands with L'Oréal Professionnel’s ammonia-free INOA colour. Within the studio’s deep-purple walls, hair hewers station themselves at quirky dressers and embellish men’s heads with cap highlights or flatten ladies' curls with X-Tenso hair-straightening treatments that enable smooth ascents for fairytale princes.
An upscale walk-in tanning salon, Palm Beach Mega Tan brightens skin tones washed out by winter with 10 rigorously maintained tanning beds and a brand new Mystic HD spray-tan booth. The Mystic HD (heating and drying) spray-tan system (a $19.95 value/session) customizes colour levels based on clients' hue desires. The booth heats skin to maximize product absorption and the sense of being hugged by a freshly baked cookie before an airbrush sweeps side to side during four applications. MagneTan technology ensures even bronzing, and a continual current of warm air keeps the body dry and reduces the risk of streaking and the need to towel off afterward. The paraben-free, aloe-based mists infuse epidermises with DHA that reacts with proteins on the skin to instantly create a golden-brown colour while nourishing skin with ingredients such as green-tea extract. Results from each session last about four to five days, or roughly enough time to crash eight wedding conventions.
Darla Johnson is a hair-removal expert. Since she began smoothing skin with laser technology in 1998, she has performed more than 6,000 treatments. And that number is only going up—the certified laser technician and award-winning entrepreneur continues to share her expertise at SLIC. Using Cynosure’s Elite Aesthetic Workstation, Darla targets and destroys follicles with gentle pulses of laser light, a process that greatly reduces future hair growth. The system has proven successful on all areas of the body, skin types, and kinds of hair, including the fake mustaches retired private eyes refuse to take off.
Though laser hair removal is the specialty at SLIC, it's not the only skincare service available from Darla's team. Her colleague Carolyn Mitchell specializes in cosmetic services, helping erase patients' fine lines and wrinkles with precise injections, exfoliating microdermabrasions, and complexion-reviving peels.
The expert tress tamers at Hair Identity morph lusterless mops into chic ’dos with an array of salon services performed in a welcoming, wood-accented salon. During a haircut with shampoo and style ($37), adroit scissor wielders cleanse locks before snipping and styling them into elegant topiaries that beckon artful tousles from passing breezes. Customers can also decorate monochrome manes with individual hair extensions ($10/extension), which gussy up looks with an array of vibrant hues, from naturalistic black, brown, and blonde to abstract tones of pink, purple, teal, and neo-teal. Feather extensions ($25 for a bundle of five feathers) embellish existing cranial plumage, rendering patrons ready to strut and preen in front of potential mates and passing ornithologists. Salon-goers can also use this Groupon toward items such as a cut and colour ($75+) to update strand shading with the rapidity of a temperamental chameleon’s mood ring.
Crystal Saulnier](http://gr.pn/GHvbcV) can trace her passion for entrepreneurship back to childhood, when she played store and set up imaginary businesses with her friends. Now that she’s moved past games, she operates SunMe Swimsuit Spa, a retail-spa hybrid. There, she and her staff ready clients for vacation—or make them look like they’ve just returned from an exotic locale. Airbrush artists spray on a custom bronze tan that accentuates each body’s curves or camouflages its suctioned tentacles, and nail technicians polish finger- and toenails after softening skin with warm hand and foot soaks.
After treatments, clients can flip through the racks at SunMe Swimsuit Spa’s swimwear boutique, where fitting experts help customers sizes 6–24 pick out an ensemble for a staycation that includes running through a neighbour’s sprinkler.