Boasting more than 20 years experience in the beauty industry, Survana Yuen passes the torch of her expert knowledge in the art of aesthetics to willing students. She places an emphasis on practice and theory, having students practice on models until they’ve proven themselves skilled enough to work on actual clients. In addition to being a cutting-edge education facility, Senniyo Aesthetics International School of Canada is a fully operational beauty center, offering facials, nail services, waxing sessions, eyebrow threading, and massages from supervised students or licensed aestheticians.
Satin pillows dyed the colour of rose petals line a black banquette covered in velvet damask, below which bubbling footbaths sparkle in the light of the crystal chandelier above. This is Luxe Beauty Lounge & Mobile Spa, a spa that has been praised equally for the pedicures available at its brick-and-mortar location in Yaletown as for the expert beauty teams it sends to special events. Cleanliness is their top priority when dealing with feet. Nail technicians unwrap new cuticle sticks as well as new nail and foot files to groom each pair of toes, and their jet baths stay pristine with help from a special pipeless system and a miniature Aquaman with a passion for cleaning. Next on the list are luxurious surprises, including a tincture that transforms bathwater into a warm, softening salve, a scrub glittering with gold flakes, and an ice-cream-themed mani-pedi.
Facials evince the same level of care, as they are tailored to suit each skin type with organic tonics—there is even a biodynamic treatment for sensitive skin. Their mobile services centre around packages that range from 3 to 4 hours, and for weddings, they bundle their hair and makeup with their two in-house specialties into on-location pamperings that last up to 6 hours.
At Selfology Spa, the team believes that the beauty of their clients and the beauty of the wilderness shouldn't be at odds. That's why they strive to keep their work eco-friendly. Not only do they subscribe to systems, which encourage creative reuse and recycling, but their sunny white space was designed by the most sustainability-minded design teams around.
Those teams both ended up being couples: the Giovannonis made most of the salon furniture, and the Kuwabaras crafted the The Wood River, a custom white-oak bench. The love between the duos suffuses the salon, where clients show themselves love with pampering treatments. These range from purifying and brightening facials to custom haircuts to foot massages, perfect for clients who have tired out their feet doing high-fives wrong. It all feeds into the spa team's philosophy that the world, wilderness and all, is a better place when it's full of healthy, relaxed people.
Bright-white walls and styling chairs provide little distraction for the artistic stylings of staffers at Muse Hair & Beauty Salon. Utilizing Bumble and bumble products, stylists at Muse take a page from the Vidal Sassoon playbook and focus on innovative hair design with services that range from haircuts to glossing to a L'Oréal Professionel Repair Deluxe treatment. This treatment brings back hair’s softness and lustre through doses of Renew C and Power Repair B. A full-service salon and spa, the staff also offers nailcare, facials, body massages, and organic treatments that combine replenishing body wraps and relaxing scalp massages.
But design isn’t just limited to hair, nails, and epidermises at Muse Hair & Beauty Salon. The waiting room is awash in soft whites and pinks, while the shampoo lounge features plush black-and-white chairs surrounded by wood-plank walls and backlit product displays.
Since 2000, Amethyst Skin Care’s private treatment rooms have provided a rest from frantic schedules and mounting stress with soft music, soothing lighting, and a gentle barrage of pampering spa services. During treatments that include deep pore cleansing facials and slimming, firming body wraps, skin specialists use products by Be.Kaim BodyNourish––a skincare line made with botanical extracts and natural ingredients and developed exclusively for Amethyst. Certified tan technicians create summer-ready shades using an ultra fine, organic spray-tan formula that nourishes skin with anti-aging botanicals, and waxing specialists de-fuzz face and body for results that yield minimum red bumps and maximum waterslide velocity.
Over the course of the last 15 years, Natasha Kirillov has helped countless clients regain their youthful glows with a full suite of skin services. When she’s not working on celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Bridget Fonda, and Gillian Anderson, Kirillov can be found at her studio performing waxes, massages, and other body treatments—treatments that include facials powered by such brands as Peau Vive, a luxurious line known for producing potent, vegan formulas.