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FAQ

At Guava, we adhere to a philosophy of not using or promoting animal-derived products or services. This means that all the products, treatments, and amenities offered at our spa are free from animal ingredients or by-products, and no animals are harmed or exploited in the process.

YES! We are committed to using only cruelty free products at Guava. This means that
none of the products we use or sell have been tested on animals. We carefully curate
brands that share our values and ensure that all ingredients used are ethically sourced and
produced.

At Guava, we offer a variety of vegan amenities, which include plant-based massage oils and environmentally friendly products. Additionally, our refreshments include a selection of vegan snacks, herbal teas, and coffee to enhance your overall wellness journey.

There are plenty of spots along the Drive with metered parking and also 2-Hour free parking spots along the side streets surrounding the spa.

A Guava facial is unique since we use exclusively plant-based and cruelty-free products throughout the treatment. For our facials, we use only Eminence products, rated #1 by estheticians across Canada. We prioritize ethical and sustainable choices while still providing an effective facial experience

Yes! We tailor every aspect of your facial to YOU and your specific skin needs and concerns. Whether you have dry, oily, combination or sensitive skin our range of vegan
skincare and technique allows us to be specific to you.

Absolutely! All Guava facials are designed to address a wide range of skin concerns, including acne, aging, hyperpigmentation and more! Check out our Guava Glow Facial
it uses Electrical Muscle Stimulation to really target anti aging and skin lifting.

The duration of your facial depends on which one you book. Generally, our facials range from 30 to 90 minutes. During your initial consultation our skin specialist will asses your skin and make recommendations to create a facial that suits your needs best.

Absolutely! We are committed to using only cruelty-free lash extensions at our vegan spa. We carefully select lash brands that do not test their products on animals and ensure that the lashes are made from synthetic fibers or other vegan materials. You can enjoy the beautiful look of lash extensions while maintaining your ethical values.

The longevity of lash extensions can vary depending on individual factors such as natural lash growth cycle, aftercare, and lifestyle. On average, lash extensions can last between 4 to 6 weeks. However, to maintain a full and fresh look, we recommend scheduling a lash fill appointment every 2 to 3 weeks to replace any shed lashes and keep your extensions looking their best.

It is generally recommended to avoid wearing mascara on lash extensions as it can interfere with the bonding of the extensions and potentially damage them. Mascara can also be challenging to remove without affecting the extensions. However, if you desire a more dramatic look, we offer vegan and lash extension-safe mascaras that are specifically formulated for use with lash extensions. These mascaras are easy to remove and won’t compromise the longevity of your extensions.

While lash extensions are designed to be water-resistant, it’s best to avoid prolonged exposure to water within the first 24 to 48 hours after application. This allows the adhesive to fully cure and ensure the longevity of your lash extensions. Once the initial curing period is over, you can enjoy water activities such as swimming, as long as you gently pat dry your lashes afterward and avoid rubbing or pulling on them.

Proper care is essential for maintaining the longevity of your lash extensions. Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid rubbing or pulling on your lashes, as this can cause premature shedding.
  • Use only oil-free and gentle cleansers to cleanse your lashes and eye area.
  • Avoid using cotton pads or swabs that can catch on the extensions; instead, use a clean, lint-free applicator or a designated lash cleansing brush.
  • Brush your lashes with a clean mascara wand to keep them neat and separated.
  • Refrain from using waterproof makeup products, as their removal can be harsh on the extensions. By following these care instructions, you can help extend the life of your lash extensions and maintain their beautiful appearance.

A full set of lash extensions refers to the initial application where extensions are applied to each individual natural lash. This creates a complete and voluminous lash look. A lash fill, on the other hand, is a maintenance appointment where the lash artist replaces any extensions that have naturally shed over time. Fills help to restore the fullness of the lashes and extend the longevity of the lash extensions, ensuring a consistently beautiful look.

Light volume lash extensions refer to a lash application technique where multiple lightweight extensions are fanned out and applied to a single natural lash. This technique creates a soft and natural look with added volume. Full volume lash extensions involve applying a dense fan of extensions to each natural lash, resulting in a more dramatic and fuller appearance. Mega volume lash extensions use an advanced technique that applies an even denser and fuller fan of extensions, achieving a bold and glamorous lash look.

Hybrid lash extensions combine the techniques of classic and volume lash extensions. It involves applying a mixture of single individual lashes (classic) and lightweight volume fans (created using 2-3 thinner extensions) to each natural lash. Hybrid lashes offer a balance between a natural and fuller look, providing more volume and texture than classic lashes alone. Classic lash extensions, on the other hand, involve the application of a single extension to each individual natural lash, resulting in a more subtle and defined enhancement of your natural lashes.

A lash lift is a popular lash enhancement treatment that lifts and curls your natural lashes, giving them a more lifted and fluttery appearance. It involves applying a vegan-friendly lifting solution to the lashes, which helps to set them in the desired shape. The result is beautifully lifted lashes that can make your eyes appear more open and awake. The benefits of a lash lift include eliminating the need for curling your lashes with an eyelash curler, creating the illusion of longer and fuller lashes, and providing a natural and low-maintenance alternative to lash extensions. It is a great option for those who desire a subtle yet noticeable enhancement to their lashes.

Prior to your lash lift or lash extensions appointment, it’s essential to follow a few pre-treatment guidelines to ensure the best outcome. Here are some steps to prepare your skin:

  1. Cleanse your face: Use a gentle, oil-free cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup from your face, including your eyelids and lashes. Make sure to rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

  2. Avoid oily products: Avoid applying heavy creams, moisturizers, or oil-based makeup near your eyes before the treatment. These can create a barrier and hinder the adhesive’s effectiveness during lash extensions application.

  3. Skip waterproof mascara: Refrain from wearing waterproof mascara or any other products that are difficult to remove. They can leave residue on your lashes and make the process more challenging.

  4. Remove contact lenses: If you wear contact lenses, it’s best to remove them before the treatment. This will ensure comfort and ease during the application process.

By following these steps, you’ll help create an optimal environment for your lash artist to work with, leading to better results and longer-lasting lash lifts or extensions.

Lash extensions require meticulous attention to detail to ensure a beautiful and long-lasting result. The time required for lash extension application depends on the desired volume and style. On average, a full set of lash extensions can take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. If you’re opting for a lash refill or touch-up, the duration may range from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. Our skilled lash technicians will work efficiently to enhance your lashes while maintaining a comfortable experience.

Cosmetic tattooing, also known as permanent makeup, involves the application of pigments to enhance facial features such as eyebrows, lips, and eyeliner. Unlike traditional tattooing, cosmetic tattooing uses specialized techniques and pigments formulated specifically for the face. The goal is to create natural-looking results that mimic the appearance of makeup, providing long-lasting enhancements.

Microblading is a technique used to enhance the eyebrows by creating realistic hair-like strokes. During the procedure, a small handheld tool with fine needles is used to deposit pigment into the superficial layers of the skin. The strokes are meticulously drawn in the direction of natural hair growth, resulting in a more defined and fuller-looking eyebrow appearance.

Yes, at our vegan spa, we exclusively use vegan and cruelty-free pigments for all our cosmetic tattooing procedures. We prioritize ethical and sustainable choices, ensuring that the pigments we use are free from any animal-derived ingredients and have not been tested on animals. You can have peace of mind knowing that our cosmetic tattooing services align with your vegan values.

The longevity of cosmetic tattooing can vary depending on several factors, such as individual skin type, lifestyle, and aftercare. On average, cosmetic tattooing, including microblading, can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years. However, periodic touch-up sessions are recommended to maintain the desired color and shape, as the pigments naturally fade over time.

Microblading is generally suitable for most individuals looking to enhance their eyebrows. However, certain factors should be considered, such as skin type, existing medical conditions, and medications. It’s essential to consult with our cosmetic tattoo artist, who can assess your specific situation and provide personalized advice on the suitability of microblading or alternative techniques to achieve your desired eyebrow enhancement.

Cosmetic tattooing, also known as permanent makeup, demands precision and artistry. The duration of a cosmetic tattoo procedure can vary depending on the area being treated and the intricacy of the design. On average, a cosmetic tattoo session may take anywhere from 1 to 2.5 hours. This includes the consultation, numbing process, design selection, and the actual tattooing. Our experienced tattoo artists will ensure you feel comfortable throughout the procedure while delivering excellent results.

For optimal results, your hair should be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, or roughly the length of a grain of rice. This allows the wax to grip the hair effectively and facilitates smoother hair removal. If your hair is too short, the wax may not adhere properly, and if it’s too long, it can cause more discomfort during the waxing process.

The hair-free period after waxing can vary depending on individual factors such as hair growth rate and thickness, as well as the area being waxed. On average, you can expect to enjoy a hair-free period of 3 to 6 weeks. With regular waxing over time, the hair may become finer, and the regrowth may become sparser, leading to longer-lasting results.

Yes, individuals with sensitive skin can still receive waxing treatments. However, it’s essential to inform your esthetician about your skin sensitivity prior to the waxing session. They can choose a wax specifically formulated for sensitive skin or take additional precautions to minimize any potential discomfort or irritation. It’s also advisable to avoid exfoliating or using any harsh products on the waxed area before and after your appointment to further protect your sensitive skin.

The duration of a waxing session depends on the specific area being treated and your individual hair growth patterns. Typically, a waxing appointment can range from 15 minutes for smaller areas like the upper lip or eyebrows, up to 60 minutes for larger areas such as the legs or back. Our skilled estheticians prioritize both efficiency and precision to provide you with a comfortable and effective waxing experience.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a process that involves the use of bleaching agents to lighten the color of your teeth and remove stains or discoloration. The most common method is using a whitening gel that contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These chemicals break down the stains on the surface of your teeth, making them appear whiter. The gel is usually applied to custom-made trays that fit over your teeth or directly to your teeth using a special applicator. The treatment duration and frequency can vary depending on the desired level of whitening and the specific product or procedure used.

When done properly and under the supervision of a dental professional, teeth whitening is generally considered safe. However, it’s important to note that some individuals may experience temporary side effects such as tooth sensitivity or gum irritation during or after the treatment. These side effects usually subside within a few days. It’s recommended to consult with your dentist before starting any teeth whitening treatment, especially if you have pre-existing dental conditions or concerns. Additionally, overusing or misusing teeth whitening products can damage your tooth enamel, so it’s crucial to follow the instructions provided by your dentist or the product manufacturer.

The longevity of teeth whitening results varies from person to person. Generally, the effects of teeth whitening can last anywhere from several months to a couple of years. The duration depends on various factors, including your oral hygiene habits, diet, lifestyle choices (such as smoking or consuming staining foods and drinks), and the specific whitening method used. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental cleanings can help maintain the whiteness of your teeth for a longer period. If you notice your teeth becoming dull or stained over time, you can consider touch-up treatments or at-home whitening maintenance kits recommended by your dentist.

Laser Hair Removal

Prior to your first laser treatment a consultation is required to customize the treatment and assess suitability.

Laser hair removal works by emitting a concentrated beam of light into the hair follicles. The pigment in the hair absorbs the light, which damages the follicle and inhibits future hair growth. The procedure targets hair in the active growth phase, so multiple sessions are typically required to achieve the desired results. It is a safe and effective method for reducing unwanted hair in various areas of the body.

Prior to any laser treatment please shave the treatment area completely.

Laser hair removal is generally well-tolerated, with most individuals experiencing minimal discomfort during the procedure. Some people may feel a slight stinging or snapping sensation, similar to a rubber band being snapped against the skin. However, the level of discomfort can vary depending on the individual’s pain tolerance and the sensitivity of the treated area. Many modern laser systems incorporate cooling mechanisms to help alleviate any discomfort and protect the surrounding skin.

The duration of a laser hair removal session depends on the size of the area being treated. Smaller areas, such as the upper lip or underarms, may only take a few minutes, while larger areas like the legs or back can take up to an hour. The number of sessions needed for optimal results also varies based on factors such as hair type, color, and density. Your laser hair removal specialist will assess your unique needs during a consultation and provide an estimate of the time required for your specific treatment plan.

Laser hair removal can provide long-term hair reduction, but it is not considered a permanent solution. The treatment can significantly reduce hair growth, and many people experience long-lasting results. However, some hair follicles may enter a dormant phase and become active again over time, requiring periodic maintenance sessions. The extent of hair reduction varies from person to person, and results can be influenced by factors such as hormonal changes, genetics, and individual response to treatment.

Laser hair removal technology has advanced significantly, allowing for effective and safe treatments on a wide range of skin types. However, certain factors can affect the suitability of laser hair removal for specific individuals. The ideal laser and settings may differ based on your skin tone, hair color, and the specific laser system being used. It is essential to consult with an experienced laser hair removal provider who can assess your skin and hair characteristics to determine the most appropriate treatment approach for you.

An Indian scalp massage, also known as Indian head massage or Champissage, is a therapeutic treatment that focuses on massaging the scalp, neck, and shoulders. It incorporates various techniques including kneading, deep pressure, and gentle strokes to promote relaxation, relieve tension, and improve circulation in the scalp area. This massage not only provides a deeply calming and enjoyable experience but also offers benefits such as stress reduction, improved sleep, enhanced hair and scalp health, and a sense of rejuvenation.

Lash and brow lamination is a semi-permanent treatment that helps to enhance and redefine the appearance of your lashes and eyebrows. It involves the use of a vegan-friendly solution to shape and set the hairs in a more uniform and lifted position, giving them a fuller and more defined look. The benefits of lamination include creating the illusion of longer and thicker lashes, adding volume to thin or sparse brows, and providing a more groomed and polished overall appearance. Lamination is an excellent alternative to traditional eyebrow tinting and lash extensions, offering a more natural and low-maintenance solution.

Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle and rhythmic massage technique that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system, which plays a crucial role in the body’s immune function and fluid balance. The massage involves light pressure and specific movements that help to encourage lymph flow, detoxification, and reduction of fluid retention. The benefits of lymphatic drainage massage include improved circulation, enhanced immune system function, reduced swelling and inflammation, detoxification of the body, and a sense of relaxation and well-being. It can be particularly beneficial for individuals looking to support their overall health, reduce post-surgical swelling, or alleviate symptoms of conditions such as lymphedema or cellulite.

Tinting is a cosmetic procedure that involves applying a vegan-friendly dye to enhance the color and definition of your lashes, eyebrows, or other desired areas. During the treatment, a semi-permanent dye is carefully applied to the hairs, providing a more noticeable and defined look. The benefits of tinting include giving your lashes or eyebrows a fuller and more prominent appearance, enhancing their natural color, reducing the need for daily makeup application, and offering a convenient solution for those with lighter or sparse hairs. Tinting is a popular choice for individuals seeking a low-maintenance way to accentuate their facial features.

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