Clients at Westk Hair & Makeup Studio can sip on complimentary lattes as a stylist appraises their current look during a free consultation. Once guests slide into barber's chairs, stylists go to work, clipping away overgrown or unfashionable strands and arranging them in a fresh, face-flattering configuration.
Gleaming red cabinets and oversized pop-art prints surround the team of stylists at Serendipity Salon & Day Spa as they artfully sculpt hair and add colour dimension with expertly placed foil highlights and strands of tinsel. With a commitment to quality rather than quantity, the staffers also tend to clients' skin with an octet of facials and bronze bodies using a standup tanning booth. They even take care of clients down to the little toe with french-tipped nails and a vanilla-bean paraffin treatment. And to ensure their customers have a relaxing and empowering experience, the staff members strive to get to know clients personally so they can tailor services and entrance music to their wishes.
Practice makes perfect at Loyal Hair Therapy. Before snipping a single strand of hair, each new stylist goes through the salon's 50-week advanced education program. The program includes hands-on instruction with a senior stylist, written examinations, and final tests in all areas of professional hairdressing. Stylists continue to further their skills after completing the program by attending classes, seminars, and advanced academies. Beyond their training, they also pay close attention to fashion trends, from emerging celebrity hairstyles to the number of hairs needed to pull off a perfect ponytail.
In Canyon Ridge Spa & Salon caramel-colored massage chamber, candlelight flickers over the dark, glossy leaves of a fern as a pyramid of carefully rolled hand towels waits for the towel warmer to heat up. These details are the hallmark of owner and esthetician Sharon Hoffart, who poured 12 years of relaxation know-how into creating her soothing escape, as well as a 40-ounce offering of eau de toilette to Aphrodite.
Half the menu is devoted to whole-body pampering. Massage therapists reach for fragrant essential oils and hot stones to augment relaxing Swedish massages, and 20-minute baths in the whirlpool immerse you in serums enriched with seaweed and healing clay—elements that also appear in aromatic salt scrubs and wraps. In the salon, hair stylists and nail technicians hone in on their areas of expertise, which extend to hair extensions and indulgent, side-by-side pedicures for those that still attached to their youthful shadow. Hoffart creates four facials that balance and heal according to skin type, and elevates body hair management into an art with bikini waxing and eyelash tinting.
Aspirant aestheticians attend M.C. College to acquire a broad spectrum of beauty and calm instilling skills. Supervised trainees hone techniques within the on-site spa and salon by administering a comprehensive menu of prettifying services. The total indulgence package pampers day spa denizens with a revitalizing body wrap, remineralizing tub soak, and a revivifying facial. Feelings of inner calm are sealed in with a mani-pedi pairing, make-up retouch, industrial strength duct tape, and hairstyle. A light lunch is provided during the extended session.
With a troupe of experienced and educated hair stylists, Scruples Hair Design fashionably sculpts the scalps of the people of Kelowna from its urbane downtown headquarters. Nestled in a sleek, modern cocoon of marble and glass, Scruples' follicle fixers specialize in cuts and colouring techniques to feather the antennae and dye the wings of top-tousled butterflies. Ladies have stubborn kinks washed out of mutinous manes with a rich shampooing before hair is trimmed and sculpted into a look-enriching style. The men's cut keeps overgrown headscapes stylishly truncated to reduce any resemblance to garden topiaries or to men with hair-based nicknames.