The Medi Spa at Market Lane employs pulsed-light technology to smooth away undesired patches of stubble. After an initial 30-minute consultation to elect the treatment area and do a few last werewolf impressions, bodies are sent through a series of six Palomar pulsed-light hair-removal sessions, which take around 15 minutes per visit. Safe for most skin and hair types, the pulsed light technology uses a larger beam and a longer pulse width than some laser treatments to penetrate deep into follicles and minimize discomfort. Before seeing optimal results, patients typically experience a mild, post-procedure redness similar to sunburn in that it can last up to a few days and make dragon tattoos look like they're blushing.
While other 10-year-old boys spent their free time practicing slap shots and trying to teach bugs to do their chores, Danny passed afternoons and weekends at his father's barbershop. He'd sweep the floors and run errands, all the while admiring the time-honored craft that his father learned during his training in Italy. Danny would go onto study these same barber techniques under the tutelage of his father and at a local hairstyling school before eventually opening up a barbershop of his own—The Barber's Chair.
Tucked among the bustling shops and upscale restaurants of the Vaughan Mills mall, the barbershop is an oasis of old-world comfort and calm. You can find Danny and his seasoned staffers two-stepping around the cushy barber's chairs, snipping up haircuts while exchanging cheerful anecdotes and jokes. After a refreshing trim or luxurious hot towel shave, the barbers treat clients to cups of simmering espresso.
A mod chandelier hangs over the salon counter like a crystal earring, casting a honey glow on steel-grey floors and walls the colour of marshmallows. Amid these cozy accents, Beauty Now's skilled stylists snip away split ends and gild strands with high-end Goldwell colour products. But hair styling is just one strand in the salon's ample coif. Rounding out Beauty Now's 2,000-square-foot space is a facial-waxing studio where staff remove hair from upper lips and brows.
Sculpture Hair & Spa's experienced team of beauty technicians fortifies skin, hair, and nails with a luxury canon of indulgent services. During pedicures, nail techs mollycoddle extremities as patrons relax in heated massage chairs that gently levitate thanks to the spa's resident telekinetic. Stationed in private treatment rooms, massage therapists untie knotted muscles and aestheticians rejuvenate complexions with exfoliating facial treatments. The spa's stylists snip tresses during precision cuts followed by shampoos, conditioning treatments, and colour changes that draw on the styling powers of Schwarzkopf and Moroccanoil products.
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.
As a massage therapist, waxing technician, and aesthetician, Daniel Francoeur knows a lot about skincare. But it wasn't until his male clientele grew substantially at his previous spa that he took notice of the demographic’s lack of aesthetic products, let alone services geared toward it. It was with this epiphany that Daniel went on to take over the first Bodé Spa for Men in Ottawa, before joining forces with a med spa–focused location in Toronto in 2012. Since then both spaces have gained praise from a host of media outlets, including Toro Magazine, Spa Life Magazine Escapes, and CTV Morning Live Ottawa. "We produce about 30 to 40 per cent more oil than women do, so we have a lot more issues when it comes to things like [acne],” he says. “We have to be careful even with waxing and manscaping, how our bodies react afterwards."
Bright sunlight pours into the front lounge of Bodé's Toronto location, which features earthy yet ultramodern décor. Technicians lead patrons to private treatment rooms where facials are customized to each man's skin type and issues, such as beard burn or permanent lipstick marks. Masculine tranquility can also be found in a tailored mani-pedi, full-body hair removal using waxing and sugaring, and soon-to-be-offered laser hair removal treatments.