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The Follicle Memories - Part 3

Needless to say, I enjoyed my manicure, asked the team member so many questions about the industry and left feeling like a really big window had opened.  I researched programs, looked into daycare for my daughter, and set things in motion.  My daughter started senior kindergarten in Sept.’96 and I started an Aesthetics program at Luba Mera in Oct. ‘96.

Luck or fate came into play in May 1997.  My friend (Earline) spotted a job ad in the Burlington Post advertising for a local busy day spa looking for an aesthetician.  I applied and I joined The Follicle team that year. 

Over the next 16 years, I would work at The Follicle, expanding my treatment knowledge, and meeting many new clients, surrounded by a team of hard-working and talented women.  Eva became my friend and mentor.  She taught me the important lessons needed to manage the business.  I became her Spa Manager and continued to grow professionally while working alongside her.  Maybe Eva knew that I would be a good fit to take over the business and that is why I am here today.  She decided it was time to start her well-deserved retirement and that is when my husband and I and another couple agreed to become new owners of the business.  

A lot of changes were happening then.  It was 2013, the property that The Follicle was located on sold and it was time to find a new home.  After much searching, we came upon an empty medical office building that was to become our new home.  Eva and I had the task (a lot of fun I must say) of planning the renovation and shopping for the new furniture and items needed for the spa.  It was a very exciting time watching it come to fruition and we were pretty proud of the end result.  We gave the spa and salon an updated look and an atmosphere that we hoped would make our guests feel calm and pampered, and want to keep coming back.  I hope we succeeded.  It was most definitely a labour of love for the two of us.

recent front view of old location

When we took over the business and moved to our new location at the corner of Guelph Line and New St. it breathed new energy into all of us.  It was a big change and move but something we all wanted and we were happy to be a part of.  I have to say honestly, getting to 50 years was on my mind back then.  What will the business look like in 2022?  The aesthetics industry has grown and changed over the many years we have been open. From services offered to the time clients want to spend in the spa.  As our lives became busier, treatments became shorter with faster results.  We at The Follicle continued to stay true to our practices here.  Offering calming, relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. With that in mind, we continued on, working, training, and growing the business.  

It’s 2020 and the world is changing.  We are adapting to a pandemic that would affect everyone.  “Pivot,” I think, is my word for 2022.  We, like so many small businesses, have had to learn to “pivot” and adapt so often that it’s quickly becoming the new normal.  I have to say that my passion for the business and the importance of my team have become the motivation to get through these past 2 years.  Our loyal clients have been the other.  Without these 3 things, I don’t think we would have made it to 50 years, never mind through a pandemic.  The kind words and support from everyone remind me every day how lucky we are to have our business. I am grateful to the women and men that have helped paint, fix, move furniture, repair, clean, decorate, give up weekends and more for our small business.    

I feel such a sense of pride as I type these memories.  I have unwittingly become a part of a legacy of women who have followed their passions and been part of an industry that makes women and men feel better inside and out.  Offering care, compassion, relaxation, and most importantly a place where our guests feel welcome. Treating everyone who enters like they’re visiting a best friend is what we all have worked toward over the years.

Memories.  I will treasure these always.  My wish is to share more of them with you and celebrate the journey we have made together over the past 50 years.  

Yours in wellness,

Lory Green

Managing Director and Aesthetician

Read Part 1 here

Read Part 2 here

Street view of our new location

Teen Facial

$98

Description

The Teen Facial is a cleansing facial that includes consultation, cleansing, exfoliation, extractions and mask. Ideal as an introduction to skin care and maintenance.
(60 minutes)

The Follicle Signature Facial Treatment

$110

Description

The Follicle Signature Facial is an individually formulated treatment that includes a consultation, skin analysis, cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, active concentrate and massage.
(75 minutes)

Collagen Sublime Eye Contour Treatment

$35

Description

The Collagen Sublime Eye treatment is a must-have add-on to our facials. Designed to target the delicate eye and lip area which can be the first to show signs of aging. This radiance boosting anti-aging treatment will visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness and dark circles .
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Specialized Masks

$35

Description

Yonka and G.M. Collin offer specialized masks that will enhance any of our facials by increasing absorption of the serums and creams, as well improving the hydration and texture of the skin. Thermal-Plastic Mask: improves absorption Algomask: Its thermo-cooling effect on the skin makes it a remarkable revitalizing mask particularly for reducing the visible appearance of redness. Yonka Fruit Mask: tones, firms, hydrates & soothes skin. Masque Lift: A smoothing and uplifting mask containing Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid. Add on to any facial.

Yonka Excellence Code

$165

Description

Perfect for mature skin, the Excellence Code Facial is an exceptional anti-aging facial that incorporates a high performance technical treatment. A double deep exfoliation with draining techniques is followed by specific Yon-Ka anti-aging energy points work. This is followed by an exclusive biocellulose mask (used in reconstructive surgery) infused with an intense concentrate to reprogram the rejuvenation of mature skin cells. Excellence Code global youth cream provides 20 key ingredients to act on all signs of aging concerns: lines/wrinkles, collagen and elastin, nourishment and dark spots.

(75 minutes)

Yonka Hydralessence

$145

Description

Yonka's Hydralessence treatment is a high performance, deep hydrating facial that will revive the most dehydrated complexions, eliminating signs of stress and help your skin to re-balance itself. Luxuriate in the warmth of healing hands while your skin is bathed in a moisture surge of oils, creams and elixirs, then sink into the bliss of a double hydrating fruit-based mask.

(90 minutes)

Yonka Advanced Optimizer

$145

Description

Advanced Optimizer is lifting and restructuring, and this anti-aging treatment acts like a "personal trainer" for the skin. Rich in re-densifying thickening hibiscus and lupine peptides and highly hydrating marine collagen and hyaluronic acid, it reinforces the structure of the epidermis and uses co-enzyme Q10 to protect the skin cells from free radical attacks.

(90 minutes)

Yonka Vital Intense

$145

Description

Yon-Ka's Vital Intense treatment is recommended for all ages. This treatment will re-infuse your skin with the vital energy that it sometimes lacks after sun exposure, during pregnancy, during menopause, or simply after a spell of ill health or tiredness. Essential oils of beech bud, anti-free-radical vitamins and trace elements will help your skin rediscover all of it’s balance, elasticity and vitality.

(90 minutes)

Yonka Essential White Peel Series

$140

Description

Hyperpig­mentation is one of the most common skin conditions, and often one of the most difficult to correct. We recommend the Yonka Essential White professional treatment series to target pigment irregularities. The Essential White program involves one 60-minute treatment to target pigment imperfec­tions, followed by three 45-minute treatments over a period of 4 weeks to achieve striking results to reduce skin discolouration and improve skin quality. This treatment features the new Peeling Lumiere, an exfoliating, professional-strength peel with a 30% concentration of AHA and BHA. The action of this professional peeling is boosted with Vitamin C and brown algae for brightening. Sun avoidance is strongly recommended when booking this series. After the first treatment each additional treatment will be $90. The treatments must be booked as a minimum 4 week series to receive this price.

(60 minutes)

GM Collin Sea C Spa

$140

Description

The Sea C Spa facial is a powerful age-defying skin care treatment designed to delay the visible signs of aging and to energize the skin. Formulated with marine and vegetal ingredients (Vitamin C Concentrate, Algae Biomatrix Patches, and Thermal Organic Mud). This treatment is exceptional for both pre and post-sun exposure. Ideal for people who live in urban areas with high pollution levels. Benefits

  • Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Evens out skin tone
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(90 minutes)

GM Collin Hydrolifting

$135

Description

GM Collin's Hydrolifting treatment is a clinical facial that includes four progressive steps that work in synergy to cleanse, hydrate, revitalize, and firm the skin. Perfect before a special event, wedding or public appearance.Benefits

  • Improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles
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For all skin types. (60 minutes)

GM Collin Botinol

$165

Description

G.M. Collin’s Botinol treatment is their signature age-defying treatment. A non-invasive anti-aging dermo-procedure. This innovative, clinically proven treatment combines 5 peptides with retinol, for a Botox-like effect-without any needles. After just one treatment, lines and wrinkles are improved and skin appears plumper. Benefits

  • After just one treatment, expression lines appear relaxed
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(45 minutes)

GM Collin Collagen 90-II

$155

Description

The GM Collin Collagen 90-II treatment is a highly respected and sought-after age-defying skin renewal treatment that hydrates, smooths and tones wrinkles to combat the visible signs of aging. This intensive anti-aging treatment hydrates, rejuvenates, tightens and reconfigures the skin’s surface to subdue the visible signs of aging. Unequalled for skin renewal.

(90 minutes)

GM Collin Peel Series

$80

Description

The GM Collin Peel Series is the perfect solution for fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and flaking skin. Your series will be customized to your skins’ personal needs by working with a selection of 4 peels. It features Glycolic Acid which evens out the top layers of the skin and stimulates collagen as well as Lactic Acid which provides a hydrating effect and is less irritating. This helps if sensitivity, dryness or dehydration occurs with the other peels. Salicylic Acid can be used for oily or acneic skin by eliminating sebum and debris that can cause blackheads, whiteheads and enlarged pores. Derm Renewal is formulated with a patented complex of 30% AHA (Glycolic and Lactic acid) coupled with the amino acid Arginine. Ask for a complimentary consultation and we will prepare a personalized treatment plan just for you. When booked as a weekly series of 4 or more treatments. $80 each treatment

(45 minutes)

GM Collin Oxygen Treatment

$125

Description

This revolutionary GM Collin Oxygenating treatment is designed to revitalize fatigued, stressed and dull skin. It is also beneficial for oily or acne-prone skin and is designed to clear skin congestion. The 5-step treatment, formulated with BHA (2% Salicylic Acid), AHAs (15% Glycolic & Lactic Acid), and a unique Oxygen Complex, normalizes, detoxifies and hydrates in depth to give the skin back its natural radiance and glow. To obtain maximum results, one treatment per week is recommended for five consecutive weeks. (60 minutes)