Free FORMA With Any Facial!

We’re giving away a free session of FORMA!

NEWS is happy to offer this exciting promotion during the month of April! Forma laser treatments improve the skin’s overall texture and restore its youthful appearance. It works by tightening and firming the deeper layers of collagen tissue underneath. In just one session, Forma boosts collagen production by up to 20%. It’s a mini face lift without the surgery!

Ideally, Forma therapy requires 4-6 sessions for optimal results, but even after 1 single treatment, your skin will look noticeably smoother with a beautiful radiant glow. When laser is combined with any medical-grade facial, the results are truly remarkable. We want all our clients to experience this wonderful new service!

To qualify for this promotion, here’s what you need to do:

      1. Be one of the first ten people to book before the end of April.
      2. Mention this blog post to reception when making your appointment.

That’s it! We can’t wait to help you achieve beautiful skin. To learn more about how this procedure works, check out this video with celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas. In this video, Joanna explains how Forma uses radio frequency and heat wave technology to tighten and firm the skin.

Here are some pictures of real clients who have done Forma therapy and achieved fabulous results:

Call the office today and book your free consultation with our skin therapist Andrea. Be sure to check out some of our other laser promotions on offer this month!

#SpaSpotlight: Everything You Need to Know About Shellac Manicures (Part II)

In this two-part blog series, our aestheticians give their expert advice on all things shellac. Today, they share their best tips on how to properly remove your shellac without damaging your natural nail. 

What’s the best way for a client to remove shellac on her nails?

Aga: It’s always best to come in and have it removed by an experienced professional. There are many reasons for this, the most important being that it prevents the client from picking or peeling off the shellac themselves. You’re guaranteed to wreak havoc on the nail if you do this!

Why is picking or peeling so bad for the natural nail?

Kaitlin: Think about it, you have to use a special LED machine to cure and harden the polish. This causes the gel elements in the shellac to fuse to the nail plate, which is why it lasts so much longer than regular nail polish! Because the shellac is fused to the nail, peeling it off without breaking it down first means that you will also take off the top layers of your nail as well.

Kate: Aestheticians are trained in safe removal methods that can make a big difference in maintaining the health of your nail. First, we use high-quality, professional grade acetone. Second, we buff off the top layer of the shellac top coat. This increases the absorption of the acetone. Finally, we use the e-file or drill only to thin down the shellac, not to remove it completely. All these steps are essential for proper removal. Having your manicure removed by a trained professional minimizes the chances of experiencing any unnecessary damage to the natural nail.

What should clients do if their shellac starts lifting on its own after the two week period? 

Alex: Let it do its thing! A lot of our clients think that spontaneous lifting or chipping is bad, but if your manicure has been on for two weeks or more, this is perfectly normal. The shellac eventually loosens from the nail naturally, causing very minimal damage. It’s tempting to pick at it, and this is where you can run into problems. Even though some sections of the shellac have started to lift or peel, it still adheres to other parts of the nail.

Ali: If you’re prone to picking, call us right away and book a removal appointment! We also like to tell our clients to make regular, scheduled manicure appointments. We’ll either remove your existing manicure or give you a fresh one. It’s best to do this because you won’t tempt yourself to pick if you know you’ll be coming in soon to have your polish taken off.

Aga: Regular shellac appointments that follow a predictable schedule means that you come in every two or three weeks. This a good idea because by the two week mark, there is usually little to no chipping. As Ali mentioned, you’ll be less tempted to pick at shellac that’s perfectly in tact.

Do you think clients should remove their own shellac?

Kaitlin: I wouldn’t recommend it. It will take you much longer to remove shellac at home than it would if you came to see us as the spa. That said, home removal is totally acceptable and definitely preferable to picking. We always educate clients on proper home removal if they tell us they’d like to learn how to remove their shellac in the comfort of their own home.

Alex: I completely agree. I strongly recommend the foil wrap method used in spas and not the acetone-in-a-bowl method, as having your hand sit in acetone for long periods of time can seriously dry out the skin. The foil wrap is also quicker because when the wrap is tight and there’s pressure put on the nail, the acetone can break down the shellac quicker.

What other tips do you have to make sure the natural nail stays healthy? 

Katie: Make sure you get a full manicure with each removal. This allows us to nourish and hydrate the natural nail with soothing lotions and fortifying nail strengtheners. A paraffin dip treatment is also an excellent thing to add on to your removal service, as the oils in the wax act as a barrier that protects the nail bed and cuticles.

Ali: You should also continue your moisturizing routine at home and continue to use cuticle oil and nail strengtheners to keep your natural nail protected and healthy looking.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed this series on the dos and don’ts of shellac application and removal. 

#SpaSpotlight: Everything You Need to Know About Shellac Manicures (Part I)

In this two-part blog series, our aestheticians give their expert advice on all things shellac. Today, they share their best tips on how to keep your shellac manicure looking flawless for weeks! 

How long is a shellac manicure supposed to last? Why might it not last as long as it’s supposed to?

Aga: in theory, every client should get two weeks out of their shellac mani without chipping. In 90% of cases this is true. Since we still must perform our everyday routines, there’s always a chance you might hit your hand against something or catch your nail on a rough surface. This is especially true if you lead a particularly hectic or active lifestyle.

Kaitlin: As Aga said, you should never experience lifting, peeling, bubbling or discolouration within the first two weeks of getting your shellac manicure. Make sure you don’t come into contact with any harsh chemical products while you have shellac on (think bleach, industrial cleaners, pool chemicals, etc.). These chemicals will cause the shellac to peel and lift right off the natural nail bed, and may cause the nail itself to soften to the point of breakage.

Besides avoiding harsh chemicals, what else can be done to prevent lifting or chipping within the first two weeks of a shellac manicure?

Katie: Something as simple as being more aware of your actions, whether it’s sports, exercise, cleaning, manual labour, or something else involving physical activity can help reduce your chances of experiencing any of these mishaps. Being more gentle with your hand movements can go a long way in preventing any chipping or lifting! And remember to wear gloves when washing dishes, working with bleach, or other household cleaning products.

What should clients do if they do notice chipping within the two week period? 

Alex: The best thing you can do to prevent any chipping around the free edge of the nail is to keep a file or buffer handy at all times. If the free edge (tip area) catches on something and it creates a snag or a rough spot, smoothing it down with a file will prevent any further catching. This in turn will minimize the potential for chipping or lifting. After every shellac service, we send you home with your very own file and buffer, so you don’t have to worry about buying your own!

Ali: You can also add a couple of coats of high quality, regular clear polish to create a layer of protection over the chipped area. This also helps maintain shine and adds a barrier between the shellac and the environment.

Any additional tips you’d like to share? 

Kaitlin: It’s best to have shellac applied when your natural nail is strong and healthy. This prevents the natural nail from bending too much, making it more likely for the shellac applied overtop to also bend and possibly separate from the nail. So make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamins and minerals from your diet!

Alex: We’ve also had a lot of clients say that hair and nail supplements have helped strengthen their natural nail.

Aga: Also remember that during winter months, there’s a lot of temperature change between the cold whether outside and heated indoor environments. The cold causes the gel molecules in shellac to contract, so wearing gloves when you go outside is very important in keeping the shellac nice and flexible.

Ali: On that note, I always tell my clients to keep your hands and cuticles properly moisturized during the winter, especially after every time you wash your hands. This prevents the nail underneath from becoming too dry—if the nail is too dry, it is more brittle and susceptible to breakage.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the second part in this series, where we’ll go over the dos and don’ts of shellac application and removal.