At the base of a modern skyscraper a block from the waterfront, the staff of Absolutely Fabulous Urban Spa build a foundation for health and beauty with relaxing spa services. After managing spas across Vancouver for several years, aesthetician Sandra Bulatovic struck out on her own to build a team that includes a laser technician armed with a LightSheer DUET laser and certified body workers trained in a variety of massage modalities. Aestheticians wielding Dermalogica and Bioline skincare products examine complexions before customizing their unique facials, all of which include a mask, extractions, and a post-treatment cosmetic touch-up using Jane Iredale makeup. Along with disinfecting their tools with hospital-grade disinfectants, nail technicians maintain strict sanitation standards by letting clients take home the nail file, buffer, and conversation-starters used during their manicure.
As something of a brand ambassador for Moroccanoil, Salon Yours includes a complimentary dose of their treatment oil in each salon service. For those seeking advanced therapy, stylists can also treat hair with specialized masks for dandruff or for damaged, fine, oily, or curly hair. But that's not all that's done here—behind a display of Moroccanoil's trademark turquoise bottles is a colour area where clients can get single-process colour or highlights. There are styling services, too, as well as cuts for men, women, and children, the latter of whom should have no problem sitting still as they watch cartoons on the flat-screens that hang beside each stylist's chair. In an effort to stay green, Salon Yours offers discounts to clients who bring in their old product bottles for refills.
Owner and makeup artist Van is very selective. At Ignite Hair & Beauty Lounge, she helms a staff made up solely of senior stylists, whose work has been displayed on the pages of Cinder and mentioned in Fresh Vancouver magazine. Using products from Davines and Kérastase, these accomplished hair experts revitalize clients' locks with deep-conditioning treatments, add drama with on-trend ombre and hand-painted balayage colour, and protect hair with Thermo-Cuts that use heat to seal the ends of strands after snips. Close to Van's heart, professional makeup services include airbrush foundation and Youngblood mineral cosmetics, which brighten bridal faces or gussy up skin to amaze on Halloween or scare kids into doing their homework.
Skippered by stylist Deandra Vaughn, Heartbreaker Salon's staff of expert trimmers and colourists treats tresses to thorough reshaping, scrubbing, and tinting. Davines shampoo and conditioner lathers and softens male manes or female follicles before a soothing scalp massage kneads crowns and dislodges catchy melodies from heads at one of the salon's several wash stations. As shears trim mops, Davines styling products remodel hair into singular silhouettes. For the partial foils, Wella professional colour coats halves of customer heads in a variety of shades, enriching hair with healthy hues and the ability to find the ends of rainbows. Outside of hair services, Heartbreaker is a Green Circle Salon, and recycles, reuses, or repurposes 100 per cent of the salon's waste.
Inspired by the lifestyle boutiques of New York and San Francisco, Rain Hair Salon combines veteran hairstylists with a focus on fashion and accessories to help clients revamp their entire style. As part of their experience, the team has completed training in New York City, where all the world's top stylists learn to tame the Statue of Liberty's unruly locks. On top of this training, Rain hosts weekly classes taught by industry professionals and the salon's own senior stylists to keep everyone's skills sharp. As part of the Bumble and bumble network, Rain carries the full line of high-end styling products, which complement the salon's boutique filled with trendy accessories from brands such as Toodlebunny and Lovers Tempo.
At Sir The Modern Barbershop, owners infuse sophistication and luxury into men's haircare, putting a modern spin on the old-fashioned barbershop. Stationed inside the distinguished Old Stock Exchange building, the minimalist confines include hardwood floors and long mirrors resting at an angle against bare white walls. Though the atmosphere breathes convention, the expert stylists execute all of the high-end treatments one might associate with a contemporary salon, such as manicures and highlights. Traditional services including straight-razor shaves occur alongside waxing and stress-relieving massages. Not just a place of pampering for men, the stylists also cut women's hair, and the studio also offers cleanup in between cuts for the guys, complimentary bang trimming for the ladies, and lollipops to anyone who is good and sits still during his or her haircut.