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.
Aveda Institute Toronto is a beauty school that will smooth and soothe whatever section of your locks aches for tending, from split ends to steel-wool frizz. During your session, the Institute’s future superstar stylists will tend to you with incredible detail while using Aveda's products, which are derived from pure plant and flower essences. A botanical hair and scalp therapy ($40+, or $25 when added to another service) infuses follicles with a deep smoothing or strengthening hair and scalp treatment, including a scalp and neck massage, shampoo, and blow-dry. Put your best bobs and bouffants forward with a haircut ($18+) and gravity defying upstyle ($25+). Or, eradicate grays to extinction with a hair colour/glossing service ($30+) or highlights ($40+), exemplifying your skull's versatile ability to reflect sunlight.
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.
Urs Eichenberger?the mind behind Strands Hair and Skin Treatment Centre?honed his pampering skills while working in European spas and ski resorts in Switzerland. He still regularly cracks open his passport to attend international hair seminars that teach the latest industry techniques, including computer imaging and light treatments for the skin, which he brought back to the salon. He also taught his staff how to give Thermo cuts, which rely on heated scissor blades to seal the ends and prevent premature splitting.
In addition to using light treatments, Urs's team of aestheticians relies on Zatoza skincare products, hypoallergenic wax imported from Italy, and Thalasso anti-cellulite treatments to fine tune looks. The aesthetics side of the centre also performs Angel's Touch massages, which use soft fan brushes made from hairs plucked from angel wings to relax clients with sensitive skin. They are an ammonia-free and nanosilver-free salon.