Artistic Esthetic Spa marries old and new in both its spa services and simple black and white decor. Traditional chandeliers hang above asymmetrical couches in the lobby, where clients can sip complimentary coffee before they journey to private treatment rooms or pedicure stations. Though the spa team specializes in Ayurveda-inspired head massages-venerated treatments common in India for thousands of years-they also perform med-spa services such as peels and body-contouring sessions designed to tone skin. And during nail services, technicians invite clients to sit beneath the glow of funky hanging lamps as they perform botanical scrubs and pedicures heightened by high-end OPI polish.
Owner and aesthetician Katrina Barringer opened Skin Essentials Laser and Medical Spa in 1999, and has since recruited an elite team of eight that includes a physician and a licensed acupuncturist. Each of the women on staff boasts a specialty such as bamboo-fusion massage, eyelash extensions, or aromatherapy that smells like colors. Barringer's interests are of an academic complexion, as she penned an award-winning paper and is one of 67 laser technicians without an M.D. degree to be accepted into the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Through the bay window set within a red brick wall, La Creme Hair Studio's stylists snip at men's and women's locks, sculpting them into new, contemporary hairdos. The staff lathers scalps with Moroccanoil shampoo and conditioner, which are infused with antioxidants and nutrients to promote lustrous hair and make it strong enough to hold onto a fedora during a hurricane. In addition to hair care, stylists beautify clients' every aspect with eyelash extensions, mani-pedis, and waxing.
Calling upon organic products whenever possible, the aestheticians at SOS Spa and Gifts rely on ingredients such as fruit enzymes, chocolate, and aloe vera to render skin smooth and blemish-free. In addition to facials, they smoothen hair with keratin masks, oust stress with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, and remove excess wax during ear-candling services. Before departing, their clients can stop by the shop to pick up supplies such as human-hair extensions and designer dresses.
Hair extension expert and master colourist Amy Beaulieu transforms manes with 100% human hair extensions and L’Oréal professional products, a forte that has garnered her national attention and an on-air interview with Daytime Toronto. She flexes her hair-beautifying muscles inside her own salon, Art In Hair, where hair extensions, bowls of hair dye, and straightening formulas help customers look even more elegant than a thoroughbred racehorse wearing a tuxedo.
Gorgeously Green champions organic and sustainable products, a practice that goes hand in hand with the staff's commitment to both inner and outer beauty. That means GM Collins products for facials and Sparitual products for the body and nail care. But the products would be of little help without skilled practitioners to apply them, and the staff at Gorgeously Green?aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians?does so with aplomb. They apply organic facials that relaxing and nourish skin, mani-pedis that keep nails well-groomed, and organic blow-outs that give hair an infusion of style. On the inner-beauty side of things, massages?in the form of hot stone, aromatherapy, and Swedish treatments?melt stress like butter on a hot rock.