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.
Exposed-brick walls couple with dark hardwood floors and crystal-laced chandeliers to draw out the creative flair in customers as they describe their ideal looks. Then, armed with Osmo and Goldwell haircare products, stylists go to work, revamping hairdos with cuts and colour treatments. A private massage room waits to act as a relaxing oasis for those in need of therapeutic bodywork or complexion overhauls augmented with Obagi skincare products. Hands and feet bask in the comforts of the nail bar, where overstuffed recliners and table lamps complement Shellac and OPI polishes to clear minds and strengthen digits before customers tackle the scratch 'n' sniff version of War and Peace.
The Vancouver campus of Utopia Academy focuses specifically on massage therapy, where students steep their minds in healthcare instruction from a skilled faculty. The registered and accredited programs guide students toward flourishing careers by building skills through interactive clinics that are open to the public. Under careful supervision, students gain tangible field experience as they knead away tension, perform anti-aging peels, or style the coiffures of an entire poodle wedding party.
Harbour Beauty Salon offers its customers a wide variety of hair, nail, and skin services. Stylists snip excess hair in cuts for women, men, or children, and offer coloring services with Redken products. Nail technicians can color fingers and toes with over 200 OPI colors, along with CND Shellac and gel polish options. Other services include European or deep-cleansing facials, alongside waxing treatments and real mink eyelash extensions.
Tatiana Beauty Studio is named for the certified aesthetician in charge, Tatiana Kourtchenko. She specializes in skin care, brightening complexions with facials that incorporate steam, organic Éminence products, massage, and anti-aging treatments more effective than covering wrinkles with band-aids. However, she also paints nails with OPI polish and eradicates unwanted stubble with waxing treatments.
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.