Back in 1963, there weren't many options for men and women in western Canada who were suffering from hair loss. Knowing that people couldn't easily travel to big cities or ZZ Top’s lair to find solutions to their hair growth problems, Harry Beleshko decided to create SIR 101 Hair Restoration Specialists so he could bring internationally cultivated expertise to their doorsteps. Beleshko journeyed to Hollywood, Europe, Asia, and other locations across the globe, training with industry professionals and seeking out the latest products and techniques.
Today, Beleshko and his team of medical professionals, laser therapists, hair-replacement technicians, and hair stylists bring together those years of research and travel, offering more experience and a smaller, more boutique-like feel than many international hair-loss firms. They perform a variety of advanced medical and cosmetic treatments, including laser hair therapy, topical formulas, and hair replacement or transplantation.
Framed prints of flowers hang on dark, burgundy walls, illuminated by light cast from a curved, modern floor lamp. Between them, leather couches and chairs sit waiting to cradle visitors with their wraparound backs and arms. Cream carpeting gives way to tiled flooring as visitors make their way from the waiting area to treatment rooms—and while they walk, they follow in the footsteps of elite clients that include Ravi Bansal, the 2009 Miss Universe Canada contestant.
Within treatment nooks in their locations in Vancouver and Surrey, therapists refine skin and ease tension through a range of services that include massages, laser hair reduction, microdermabrasion, permanent makeup, mani-pedis, and weight-loss treatments, among others. The Compu-Lift machine is one of many star technologies at the med spa, infusing the face with ultrasonic vibration and microcurrents in order to oxygenate skin and counteract signs of aging such as wrinkles and dark spots that spell out your birth year.
As a professional hairstylist and aesthetician, Sherry Finamore takes great pride in helping clients look and feel their best. She wields sharp scissors and a wealth of experience during her appointments, updating hairdos with new styles and color treatments. Those color treatments include vibrant all-over hues, as well as color correction if clients accidentally dip their head in deck stain. Sherry also takes on male clients for haircuts, and conducts a range of skincare treatments.
Spa Willoughby's chief practitioner, Nimira, boasts a long list of certifications and specialties. But perhaps the strongest recommendation for her services is her 20 years in the industry. She has made studying and caring for bodies her life's work, learning the ins and outs of treatments and how best to tailor services to individual needs. Drawing on this knowledge, she offers facials, waxing, and body treatments, along with treatments that combat hair loss.
At Age Less Medi-Spas, certified technicians draw from an armoury of diode lasers, Diathermie RF, and Nd:YAG systems in themed private treatment rooms featuring down-lined beds. Led by Director of Clinical Esthetics and Integrative Medicine Marilia Silva-Brand, skin therapists examine visages. Patrons emerge from their sessions looking excitedly into mirrors to inspect slowly dissipating bald patches after laser hair restoration, newly developed bald patches after laser hair removal, or waistlines shrinking from body-sculpting laser treatments. The spa provides ample free parking for cars, and sunsets on demand for horses to ride off into.