David and Joan Kelders first opened Jason David Hair Studio in the late '80s. Nearly a decade later, they moved next door to the Metropolitan Hotel, where they've cut and styled hair ever since. David draws on 47 years of tress-tending experience to helm a team of skilled stylists, whereas Joan handles the front desk six days a week. Under their direction, the salon purveys hair and makeup treatments, such as cuts, color, and Brazilian blowouts, as well as tanning services, which make use of a Sun Capsule booth to darken skin, as opposed to a paintball gun loaded with navy-blue pellets.
La Raffinage Salon & Spa rains luxurious spa services upon locals like diamond dewdrops on grass blades with clogged pores. During a 90-minute Yon-Ka refinement facial ($95), La Raffinage’s expert aestheticians apply high-quality Yon-Ka products to relax and revitalize the skin, eliminating toxins, oxygenating the skin, and strengthening skin's resistance to the elements. The 60-minute Reiki energy treatment ($85) gives clients access to a Reiki specialist who'll use the ancient healing art to tap into the body’s energy waves. The compassionate practitioner will place hands over the body to unblock stymied energy. Stress will melt away like butter under a heated magic wand, with spiritual balance, physical tranquility, and the desire to burst into a Bollywood dance number following thereafter.
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.
At Ark Hair & Spa, beauticians infuse their slew of hair, massage, and nail services with Japanese flair. Therapists target pressure points to relieve aching muscles during shiatsu massages, and they alleviate stress caused by table phobias during Thai floor massages. During beauty-boosting treatments, staffers wield high-end products such as Calgel nail gel and antioxidant-rich Moroccanoil hair elixir. The studio’s decor speaks to the soothing power of simplicity, as clients relax among clean white walls and Japanese paper screens.
Before moving to Canada in 2006, stylist Ben Pham sharpened his shears on the red carpet of his own Vietnamese fashion show. Now, drawing on more than 18 years of styling experience, Ben engineers intricate scissor cuts and bold colours out of Vancouver’s Elexur Hair Design. Clients may also solicit Ben’s artistic talent for a scalp shave in the intricate design of a flower, a spider, or pi to 314 digits.