Raj Esthetics owner and certified aesthetician, Rajveer Bhabra, never questioned what she wanted to be in life. Right out of high school, she enrolled in a cosmetology program and has never looked back. Today, she demonstrates that same enthusiasm in two ways: she beautifies her clients with skin and hair services and teaches her students cosmetic techniques and product knowledge in her own esthetics school.
Rajveer believes the idea that harsh chemicals belong in cosmetics products is as misguided as the notion that a baseball glove belongs in a glove box. That spirit of eschewing that which is harmful manifests itself in her selection of products. Arbonne, for instance, leaves out all parabens and artificial colors for botanical ingredients. Thalgo products, alternatively, are algae-based and free of GMO's and animal by-products.
After working out of a well-known Vancouver salon for about five years, Kim Rivera felt she had honed her skills in the art of skincare and decided to sail out on her own to open Kleanse Spa Bar. In doing so, she was able to craft a menu of custom facial, brow, and waxing services that best allows her to achieve her stated goal of making clients "glow from head to toe” without super-gluing lightning bugs all over their bodies. At her private, cozy studio, she’s able to lavish her guests with one-on-one attention in an effort to make her appointments personable and memorable.
Over the course of the last 15 years, Natasha Kirillov has helped countless clients regain their youthful glows with a full suite of skin services. When she’s not working on celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Bridget Fonda, and Gillian Anderson, Kirillov can be found at her studio performing waxes, massages, and other body treatments—treatments that include facials powered by such brands as Peau Vive, a luxurious line known for producing potent, vegan formulas.
Exposed-brick walls and chandeliers evoke a rustic chic atmosphere inside La Moon Beauty Co., where Misa Moon shares more than a decade of experience with her clients. Misa cuts hair into classic styles with exotic twists and adds dashes of colour with highlights. She uses Moroccanoil and organic Rene Furterer products during each of her services, which include voluminous perms and hair straighteners smooth enough to be 2-D.
“When we take care of ourselves, we are better able to take care of the people—and the animals—in our lives,” said Maa Yoga’s owner Farhad Khan to Modern Dog Magazine. In order to take care of his guests, Farhad and a team of 20 instructors teach a variety of yoga styles inside a 25,000-square-foot facility that employs the latest in eco-friendly practices–including sustainable bamboo flooring, HEPA filtration systems, and ECO-solar thermal hot water and heating system. These eco-friendly efforts are also echoed within the studio’s spa, which exclusively uses Éminence organic skincare products. Blended from only organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and botanicals, the Hungarian-made products aim to renew complexions during five types of facials–including an exfoliating yam and pumpkin peel, and a back facial which leaves skin shining brighter than a disco ball in a library. Five trained massage therapists also pamper clients with upper or full body massages, and out in the retail area clients can find Maa’s own line of skin care products.
The last time 300 different colours were located in the same place, Walt Disney animators were drawing Fantasia. Whether presenting more than 300 nail-polish hues or a diverse slate of beauty services, Seymour Nail & Spa gives its clientele plenty of choices for bringing their appearances to life. And the salon itself is filled with vivid colour: two tones of bright purple paint saturate the walls, but fortunately not the large flat-screen TVs mounted on them.
Aside from mani-pedis that spruce up and soften hands and feet, the nail salon adds length to natural nails with applications of acrylic, solar, or gel nails. The nail spa staff can also enhance hand and foot treatments with an exfoliating sea-salt scrub or dip extremities in warm paraffin wax to help prevent fungus and hydrate the skin. They can even bring out beauty in eyes by applying eyelash extensions, which create dramatic lashes with curved, synthetic fibres.