Befitting its name, Green Leaf Spa's inviting space inundates the senses with calming, verdant hues. Key lime green walls and an assortment of leafy potted plants help create a naturalistic environment that builds even more of a distinction between the spa's soothing setting and the outside world's hectic pace and concrete landscape. Within this environment, clients are encouraged to forget about everyday stresses and, instead, indulge themselves with one of the available treatments. Facials rejuvenate the skin by thoroughly exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing the topmost layers while a gentle neck and shoulder massage relieves withheld tension. During mani-pedis, the nail technicians pamper the hands and feet while leaving the nails trimmed and coated with a flattering new colour of polish. Waxing treatments whisk away unwanted stubble from faces, limbs, or torsos, leaving the skin as smooth as freshly zambonied glacier.
The team at Infinity Salon and Spa has been primping and pampering clients for nearly 25 years. On the salon side, certified stylists cut, colour, and perm hair and create glamorous up-dos for weddings or formal flag football games. Meanwhile, inside spa treatment rooms, massage therapists knead away knots and tension, while aestheticians cleanse pores, tint eyelashes, and whisk away patches of errant body hair.
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.
Natural light streams through windows to rebound off suspended styling mirrors at Whip Salon & Spa. As an Aveda concept salon, Whip trains staff members in how to best incorporate the botanical product line in their haircare and spa services. The treatments beautify clients with natural ingredients that preserve the environment and the tenuous ecosystem that exists inside every pore on the face. In addition to tropical body wraps and Eastern massage techniques, staff delivers mani-pedis with OPI polish as clients recline on the pillow-top pedicure station of polished wood and Eastern-inspired fabrics.
Satin pillows dyed the colour of rose petals line a black banquette covered in velvet damask, below which bubbling footbaths sparkle in the light of the crystal chandelier above. This is Luxe Beauty Lounge & Mobile Spa, a spa that has been praised equally for the pedicures available at its brick-and-mortar location in Yaletown as for the expert beauty teams it sends to special events. Cleanliness is their top priority when dealing with feet. Nail technicians unwrap new cuticle sticks as well as new nail and foot files to groom each pair of toes, and their jet baths stay pristine with help from a special pipeless system and a miniature Aquaman with a passion for cleaning. Next on the list are luxurious surprises, including a tincture that transforms bathwater into a warm, softening salve, a scrub glittering with gold flakes, and an ice-cream-themed mani-pedi.
Facials evince the same level of care, as they are tailored to suit each skin type with organic tonics?there is even a biodynamic treatment for sensitive skin. Their mobile services centre around packages that range from 3 to 4 hours, and for weddings, they bundle their hair and makeup with their two in-house specialties into on-location pamperings that last up to 6 hours.