There actually is a vault at Vault Salon & Spa, but instead of locking away rubies and riches, the wide-open room welcomes visitors to its gourmet coffee. As profiled by Winnipeg Free Press, the owners, Amber Robinson and her father Frank Ostrowski, spared no expense when revamping the former bank building into a two-storey salon, spa, and forthcoming gym. They imported Italian and French furnishings that complement the space’s giant stained-glass windows and white-brick arches, and they hauled in the latest beauty equipment, including a Vichy shower imported from Brazil and a double-dry sauna.
Vault’s dedicated stylists echo this passion for perfection as they craft hair colours using Goldwell and Schwarzkopf dyes and create elegant curls with Doll Tools. Meanwhile, at the salon’s three nail stations, technicians decorate digits with the trendiest nail products and techniques, including OPI gel polish and duck tips—faux nails that also double as scuba flippers. And back in the spa, aestheticians armed with Image Skincare products spend their days brightening complexions or polishing bodies with Dead Sea–salt scrubs and mud wraps.
When they're not revamping looks or operating the cappuccino machine, Vault’s team is catering to bridal parties in the Wedding Room. Here, brides get dolled up for their big day while enjoying the room’s amenities, which include a TV, stand-up bar, and VIP elevator service.
Elisabeth Hair & Nails' professional team performs manicures and pedicures using acrylic and gel polishes, smoothen epidermises with waxing services and body-sugaring sessions, and lift stress from backsides with five massage modalities. Staffers also meticulously interlace headscapes with AAA-grade Indian Remy human hair extensions, which can be fused for semi-permanent placement or rendered removable so clients can speedily switch their appearance while sneaking multiple cheese samples at the supermarket. During luxurious massage treatments, therapists quench all skin types with fragrance-free oils rich in vitamin E, jojoba, sunflower, and minerals. A warm towel wrap concludes each session, resulting in the ultimate softening experience.
Real bamboo, potted with smooth stones in glass vases, contributes to the serene vibe of Grace Hair & Esthetics’ simple yet elegant studio. Among the space’s wooden floors and red, white, and mocha-hued walls, stylists snip and colour the tresses of men, women, children, and teens. A private spa room sets the stage for the aesthetics portion of the salon, where waxing experts strip away fuzz from underarms, legs, and bikini lines, and eyebrow stylists thread brows into symmetrical curves or asymmetrical arches to connote a permanent state of disbelief. Nail technicians also contribute to beauty overhauls with basic mani-pedis and dollops of shellac polish that remain chip-free for up to two weeks.
Hailing from Europe, master stylist Zane harnesses more than 20 years of experience in shearing layers and curling and flattening strands. During the past two decades, Zane has perfected the art of altering shades, keeping up with the latest techniques to add highlights or transform all strands with new colour. Today, he wields his scissors amid the exposed brick and mirror accents at Pink Star Hair Design. The salon is perched on the edge of the Exchange District, which unites the eye-catching trends of Hollywood with the more subtle, classic styles favoured by international spies.
Situated just a few kilometres from the University of Manitoba, Electric for Hair offers a break from the daily grind. The stylists offer up salon chairs for patrons to relax in while they run scissors or extra-sharp fingernails through hair to remove split ends and unwanted length. They also gently massage scalps during haircuts and saturate strands with conditioning treatments that leave hair super soft. Additionally, foil highlights add drama to otherwise monochromatic manes.
Amid its crisp atmosphere marked by checkerboard floors and pastel-blue walls, clients at Sets Salon entrust their locks to a team of celebrated stylists, some of whom have won awards in national and international styling competitions and designed coiffures for hair shows. Led by James Tse, the staff of styling masters pampers tresses with highlights, updos, perms, and hair-straightening treatments, all while wielding handpicked products from Goldwell, Pureology, and Aura.