WHAT TO EXPECT : If you’re searching for personalized service and a look all your own, this Atwater Market salon should be your next beauty stop. With only two stylists (yes, two!), a girl could get nervous about getting a last-minute appointment. But a little wait is worth it—CAJH Maîtres Coiffeurs offers as up-close-and-personal service as you can get.
Since 2006, clients visited stylists (and owner) Alain Larivée and Justin Voss at their original location, just down the street. A recent move to new digs on Atwater gave way to blond hardwood floors and an open concept, brightly lit salon—not to mention a relaxed, comfortable experience complete with your choice of refreshing tipple.
As the Canadian creative consultant for haircare giant John Frieda, Larivée stays on trend with the latest colour and cuts (natch!). Larivée and Voss are also rumoured to be the go-to-god’s for curly-haired gals. You might have to book your appointment now just to get in!
What to expect: A newly-opened spa with more services than you can think up, including waxing, makeup applications and treatments for men. Clarins professionals (exclusively using Clarins products, natch!) have the experience and know-how to melt your stress away in no time. Must-have treatment: For girls-on-the-go, we recommend the Lighter Legs body treatment. Tailor-made for tired, heavy legs, you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to dance the night away. Price range: Facials start at $85 and body treatments start at $75. Insider’s secret: Waxing services are discounted 20% when purchased with another service. —L.F.
Hed Salon Contact:www.hedsalon.com (514) 845-0007 Location: #200-4267 St-Laurent Boulevard What to expect: The only salon in Quebec that offers the new hair-treatment line from Bumble & Bumble (which teamed up with Estée Lauder to produce the products). Hed salon promotes a relaxed, at-home atmosphere for all clientele—new and old.
What to expect: An award-winning salon, your first-visit consultation includes assessing your style, skin tone and eye colour to determine your perfect cut, a makeup counter with artists on hand and a wide-range of top-notch beauty and hair products for sale including Kérastase and OPI. Must-have treatment: Known for updating your look with a few snips of his sheers, owner Louis Hechter is your man for curly hair or graphic asymmetrical and bob cuts. Price range: Cuts start at $45 and colour starts at $50, depending on the stylist. Insider’s secret: Take advantage of the manicure service to make the most of your visit.
Where: 71 de la Commune Street West, T: 514-288-2009. What to expect: Step back in time, through the tradition of Scandinavian baths. This ultra-modern thermotherapy spa aims to restore the ancient practice of baths as a mode of relaxation. The three-step process cleanses your body and improves circulation. Must-have treatment: Combine your two-hour bathing experience with a soothing massage. Try the hot stone massage for some intense comfort, or the exfoliate massage to get your skin glowing. Price range: Scandinavian Baths, $42; Entry to baths and massage starts at $108 Insider’s secret: Also on site is the Les Courants Juice Bar. Enjoy a smoothie or other tasty fruit infusions to help you stay hydrated. —Elyse Goody
What to expect: A luxurious Scandinavian spa at the foot of the beautiful Mont St-Hilaire. Treatments include five types of massages, lymphatic and press therapy (where pressure is applied to improve circulation), exfoliation treatments and facials. The on-site healthy bistro means you can spend your whole day by the mountainside. Must-have treatment: A soak in the Scandinavian baths are a must, then dry off in the Finnish sauna. Price range: Massages and exfoliation treatments start at $75 each; press therapy starts at $35; facials start at $80. Insider’s secret: Purchase an unlimited pass for the Scandinavian baths and drop by for a dip as often as you’d like. —L.F.
Where: 7 boul. Rene-Levesque O., Suite 200, T: 514-871-8483. What to expect: Trust your peepers to the institute’s long-time specialists, who are trained in everything from lash-extension application to eye anatomy and who work with the most natural-looking extensions around thanks to a wide range of synthetic lashes, including 12 lengths, four degrees of thickness, 12 shades and two types of curl. Must-have service: The Full Set for six weeks of mascara-free livin’. The extra:You can breathe easy knowing that X-treme Lashes’ techniques and products are FDA-approved, plus it re-certifies its specialists every year. Prices: $50-$100 for a refill to $150-$300 for a full set. —Janna Zittrer
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