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Spa care moves upstairs
Recent renovations at Eclectic Hair Studio and Day Spa, in the heart of Oak Bay, paved the way for a more personal level of service.
“The service we provide is more than just relaxing,” esthetician Deirdre Buckingham said. “It’s therapeutic, and there is an art to making it that way.”
Buckingham specializes in massage and body treatments at the spa, and has personalized that service through the use of an array of organic body oils, sugar scrubs and moisturizing lotions. She’s also introduced a lava shell massage. That procedure involves using smooth, heated shells as a conduit to infuse warmth and relax the muscles as a precursor to a deep massage.
Frederick Roesner, the spa’s owner, is the driving force behind the business’s inventive approach. He’s the primary hairdresser at Eclectic who honed his art as he travelled and worked all over the world.
The spa had a major facelift in August of this year when the massage and other esthetic services such as facials, waxing manicures and pedicures were moved up from the lower level to a more spacious boutique salon on the main floor. That portion of the shop was also given a private entrance.
“The spa and hairdressing salon are still joined, but with separate entrances and a much brighter look,” Roesner said. “The shop was twinned to give Oak Bay a fresh, exciting alternative for personal beauty and care.”
Roesner is thrilled with the individualized and discerning approach that’s taken by both Buckingham and Gail Ritchie, the spa’s second professional esthetician.
“They share my love of personal, creative care for the client,” he said. “It’s what makes our spa the wonderful place it is.”
Roesner also prides himself on meeting the imperatives of a changing world by making the day spa as environmentally friendly as possible.
Eclectic features Eminence handmade organic skin care products, spurns plastic bags in favour of paper and recycles all plastics and as many chemicals as possible.
“It’s a changing world,” he said. “But at the heart of it all is the art, the realization of beauty. That’s why I’m here.”