What gal (or guy for that matter) doesn’t love getting pampered once in a while? Be it massages, pedicures, or facials, nothing beats getting some tender love and care at the spa, while also getting beautified. But choosing where to go can sometimes be a challenge, considering it’s an investment of both time and money. I am always on the hunt for the next best place when it comes to beauty care in Vancouver, and these two spots have recently won me over, and I guarantee they will for you too.
If gorgeous Bollywood brows a la Aishwarya Rai is what you’re after, then a visit to Vancouver’s 4 Angels Beauty Care is in order. This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it downtown gem at the base of Burrard Street (before the bridge) is co-owned by Navkiran “Kiran” Sokhi and Kulwinder Malhi, who have well over 15 years of esthetician experience between them. I always say how South Asian women always have the best brows, and Kiran and Kulwinder definitely bring their South Asian roots with traditional brow threading to their business. Plus they both have great brows themselves, which to me, is a good indicator of the level of expertise.
I had their divine brow treatment, and I was almost shocked at how good my brows looked afterwards. Kulwinder first went over exactly what she was going to do, along with tips on how to grow out my brows to eventually achieve the look I want. No surprises here, she threaded exactly what she said she would, and finished it off with some brow makeup (from their own in-house brand of makeup the ladies designed themselves). Every brow service includes a brow massage, but it was too tempting not to throw in an arm and hand massage as well, which was a relaxing way to end my visit at 4 Angels. They also offer a range of back massages, head massages, waxing and facials for those looking for a full-service visit. And gentlemen, there’s threading services for you too.
My only negative is the extra time needed to get there and find parking, due to the current construction mess on the Burrard Bridge. But once inside, the level of service and attention at 4 Angels Beauty Care makes it all worth it.
2. Bare Wax Bar – 1828 W. 1st Ave.
My Kitsilano neighbourhood is full of good-looking, fit people. I see them at the beach, getting coffee at 49th Parallel, or walking their dogs at the park near my apartment. You know what I’ve discovered these people have in common other than their yoga memberships? They all have a good wax place, and for many of them it’s Bare Wax Bar in Kitsilano. After hearing good things about Bare, I had to visit them myself, and was impressed by the down-to-earth vibe owner Kimmy has created, along with the affordable prices of their services, which includes waxing for BOTH men and women, threading, lash services and Dermalogica facials.
I love how they breakdown all the different waxing services in a playful way, so you don’t feel embarrassed asking for what you need in your most intimate regions. Plus their chic, modern décor is also a bonus. For my last visit, I tried their facial from their esthetician Samantha. Samantha made sure I was comfortable and adhered the service to my specific needs, especially the massage portion, which I often find lacks the pressure I like. I may be only five feet but I am not a wimp, and Samantha understood that perfectly. So whether it’s your face or fuzz that needs some attention, Bare Wax Bar has got you covered.