When it comes to beauty, there's little Platinum Hair Group can't do. If you have hair, the staff can cut it, color it, condition it, or wax it away. When it comes to nails, the team can trim, buff, and shape them, then enhance tips with traditional polish, acrylic tips, or chip-resistant gel. They even tend to skin with rejuvenating facials and softening paragin wax treatments, and can spoil their smallest clients with kid-appropriate haircuts and mani-pedis.
In 1984, cosmetic dermatologists Dr. Janis P. Campbell and Dr. Tom Y. Woo founded their cosmetic haven. Their goal is to eschew a clinical-feeling environment and instead cultivate an inviting atmosphere that's closer to that of a spa than a medical facility. Dr. Woo has over 30 years of laser experience and performed over 40,000 procedures. Dr. Campbell has performed Botox and fillers for over 30 years. In addition to the nine different lasers that perform a diverse array of face and body treatments—such as the LightSheer Diode laser, which can zap unwanted hair from virtually any skin type—the experts arm themselves with a bounty of other aesthetic technology. Ultrasound wavelengths from the UltraShape device help break down stubborn fat without surgery or downtime, and radio frequencies emit from the Thermage handpiece to smooth wrinkles and tighten skin. Velashape treatments smooth cellulite with a combination of radio frequencies, infrared light, mechanical massage, and gentle suction. The technicians also refresh clients with peels, body wraps, and brand-name products.
Sohni Skin & Hair Studio’s spa specialists combine ancient Eastern traditions with modern dermatological products in aesthetic treatments and wellness services. Lead aesthetician Harmeet Madaan provides the spa’s signature Bollywood lash and brow enhancements, which begin with a traditional threading that sculpts eyebrow arches to flatter clients' facial structures. Then, synthetic and mink extensions from JB Lashes—favoured by celebrity eyelash batters Kim Kardashian and Aishwarya Rai—elongate eye fringe until a blink can tickle passersby.
Skincare professionals reintroduce clients to full-frame radiance with facials that use high-performance skoah products or Botox injections that stave off wrinkles caused by the constant fear of being chased by a mastodon. Appearances can also be enhanced with nail art, Bollywood-inspired makeup, and intricate henna. Clients can also remove unwanted hair with IPL laser or waxing hair-removal services.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Great People! Great Service! Great Results!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I wanted a place where people would come in and feel immediately welcomed, comfortable and cared for. The goal is to make you look and feel like a million dollars.
What do you love most about your job?
I love my customer family, as I call them. I love this community that I'm in and feel a deep connection to the wonderful people that come into my studio whether they be new or my existing clientele. Helping them to feel good and love life is the best contribution anyone can give... Don't you think?
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
When someone comes up to you, or calls or texts and says that they love their hair, warms my heart and brings a huge smile to my face.
When a customer comes in as a referral from someone else makes me want to continue to give everyday and everyone my 110 percent!
The Smart Tan–certified team at Tan de Soleil assists clients in getting the best out of their experiences by keeping immaculate tanning studios stocked with modern tanning beds and spray-tan booths. Before customers slip into a KBL lay-down bed or a Sun Capsule VHR stand-up unit, the staff provides them with sanitized protective eyewear and towels. They also change the bulbs in those beds regularly to keep them at optimal tanning efficiency.
For UV-free tans, the crew educates its guests about the use of VersaSpa and Mystic Tan spray-tanning booths for custom tans with solutions that moisturize and nourish skin. These tanning booths can gild tanners in about 60 seconds, but for those who wish to take their time, the studios come equipped with a vanity area. In there, guests lounge and use supplied nail files, hairspray, gel, and beauty products to get ready for the rest of their days. The space also allows for phone conversations so customers don’t have to feel intrusive when making personal calls or leaving in-your-face messages on King Midas’s voicemail.
The stylists at Avalon Salon & Spa don’t just guess what hairstyle will look best with their clients' facial features—they know. The experts employ computer imaging to depict how a guest will look after the stylists lengthen tresses with Fusion extensions—made with human hair—or shear locks into a bob. But the hair artists don’t just rely on technology; they also draw on the collective wisdom that Avalon has accumulated over more than 30 years. Stylists have prepared candidates for nearly 80 beauty pageants, including Miss Canada and Miss Teen Calgary competitions, and they design everyday looks for their clients who do not glide across stages but prefer walking across sidewalks and hot coals.
In addition to shaping coiffures, the team at Avalon Salon & Spa maintains appearances with European facials and glycolic peels, professionally done makeup, manicures with gel polish and acrylics, and waxing services. The hair-banishing aestheticians specialize in Brazilian waxes, which ready clients for wearing a bathing suit to the beach or a loincloth to the jungle.