Making clients feel prettier is a highlight of Elaine Wong’s job.
As the owner of Touch of Beauty Spa & Skincare Elaine says, “It is common for clients to fall asleep during an eyelash extension process.” She takes this as a great compliment as it demonstrates how relaxed her clients feel.
Elaine opened her Dunbar Street spa in May 2013. She became a certified aesthetician in 2007 and worked at a few Vancouver spas before deciding to start her own business.
She chose to open her spa in the neighbourhood where she grew up. She smiles and says, “I like the people in Dunbar. Everyone is very nice and supports local businesses.”
Elaine’s goal is to provide the very best experience for her clients.
The cozy two room spa is painted in tranquil shades of blue and beige. One room is used for facials, lash extensions and waxing. The larger room has two tables, and is use primarily for lash extensions. Manicures and pedicures are conducted in the front of the shop.
Touch of Beauty Spa & Skincare’s most popular treatment is eyelash extensions, a trend that has been popular for a couple of years. The look can be very dramatic. Extensions are carefully applied to each of your natural lashes with a semi-permanent glue to hold them in place. They enhance your natural lashes, giving them both length and volume, with the added benefit of not having to put on mascara in the morning. With proper care, extensions can last five to six weeks.
Elaine says, “Our natural set extensions are perfect for clients who want a lighter look. It looks like you are wearing high quality mascara. The glam set is a little fuller. It looks like nice mascara with a bit of eye shadow. The half volume set provides volume and a fluffier look. This option works well for people with fewer natural eyelashes. The full volume set is popular with people who are looking for a dramatic look, with a similar look to wearing false lashes.”
“Clients are always amazed at how pretty and natural their extensions look.” Elaine Wong
An alternative to extensions is a new trend known as lash lifts or lash perming. It is ideal for clients who already have long natural lashes. It lifts, separates and gives lashes extra definition. The curl usually lasts from four to six weeks.
In addition, the spa offers semi permanent eyebrow and eyeliner tattoo.
Elaine indicates, “It is great for people who do not want to fill in their brows or eyeliner everyday. There are two way of doing it. Microblading is a form of semi permanent tattoo that involve using tiny needles to make up a small blade to help deposit pigment under the skin. The other method involves using a tattoo gun.”
Other spa services include a full range of skin care therapies with technologies such as Microdermabrasion and microcurrent to help slow down the signs of aging. Waxing, nail services as well as lash and brow tinting are also offered.
Touch of Beauty Spa & Skincare will soon be adding bridal makeup to its growing list of services.
Many customers live in the Dunbar neighbourhood; however, Elaine mentions clients also come from other areas of Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and Tsawwassen. Their clientele spans a wide age range from teens to seniors.
What makes Touch of Beauty Spa & Skincare special? Elaine believes it comes down to the relaxing atmosphere and the welcoming staff made up of three lash technicians and two aestheticians. Consistent glowing customer reviews comment on the exceptional customer service, quality treatments and Elaine’s big smile and kind nature.
This hard working business owner is devoted to her shop. She says, “ I would say I am a workaholic. Everything I do is more or less related to work.”
Elaine concludes, “It is rewarding to see the growth in the business. It is very fulfilling to see big smiles on customers’ faces after a service, accompanied by the excitement to book their next appointment.”
Touch of Beauty Spa & Skincare
3291 Dunbar Street, Vancouver BC V6S 2B8