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WAXON WAXBAR 120 Adelaide West, unit R11, 416-551-7929, waxon.ca
From brow to blow-dry bars, Toronto's specialized beauty service retailers are disrupting the business model of traditional one-stop-shop spas. Consumers no longer want to have their hair ripped out by the roots at the same joint where they try to relax with a hot stone massage.
Capitalizing on this growing trend, Waxon Waxbar opens a second location in the PATH under the Richmond-Adelaide Centre. Targeting busy Bay Street types on their lunch and smoke breaks, the new Waxon is all about speed and discretion.
The spot features Waxon's newest concept, Waxon Minibar, which focuses on express facial waxing, threading and tinting services. There's no waiting around here; staff text you when an opening is available and can take your payment while you get groomed.
All Minibar treatments take place behind a frosted glass wall, so you can get in and out in under 10 minutes, leaving your nosy co-workers none the wiser.
Waxon picks: Brows frame the entire face, so keep yours in check with Waxon's signature brow-shaping service ($20). You don't leave looking red and splotchy because every service concludes with a brow shadow application and a Prior mineral makeup touch-up.
Look for: The last thing you want after a hair removal treatment is to fill all those open pores with toxic chemicals. Take advantage of a selection of all-natural post-wax products, including Pretty Peaushun, local favourite LoveFresh and Waxon's own namesake line.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm.