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Red Carpet Queen

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on June 2, 2012

red carpet queen salonRed Carpet Queen is a surprisingly spacious and elegant space for a less-than luxurious stretch of Parkdale. While progressive Parkdale devotees might say that the area is rapidly on the up-and-up, I did detect the faint smell of urine as I made my way along Queen West to the salon's front entrance. A few stray shopping carts and curbside litter, too, which made the interior floating wooden steps seem even more of a juxtaposition.

red carpet queen torontoRed Carpet Queen hasn't rolled out the literal red carpet as of yet, but it has transformed a former real estate office into a salon plush with stylish equipment and fixtures. The space is set to a backdrop of exposed brick and black washing stations with airy waxing rooms and an open reception. It's a hugely impressive sight for a couple of first-time salon owners (with whom, unfortunately, I don't get a chance to chat), with its central feature hidden behind one unmarked white door.

red carpet queen parkdale"This is the endermologie machine," says Mana Saranj, a friend to Red Carpet Queen owners Sophia Welsh and Cidalia Lopez. Mana previously operated her real estate business out of the space and offers to tour me around the newly minted salon.

red carpet queen parkdaleEndermologie, she explains, is a type of non-surgical deep-skin "stimulation" that helps to lift, tighten, and smooth wrinkled skin and is particularly effective on cellulite. "This machine," she says, motioning toward the ultrasound-looking device, is one of only three LPG machines in the Toronto area. One is in Mississauga, and another is in a plastic surgeon's office."

red carpet queen torontoThe French-made machine is intended for use on the face and body and is entirely painless, according to Mana. The financial cost, however, is not.

red carpet queen torontoThough you may start to see results after five treatments, a minimum number of 15 is recommended and each individual body session costs $150. If you don't want to pay à la carte, however, you can opt for one of Red Carpet Queen's memberships, which start at $3,000 for two sessions per week for three months.

red carpet queen torontoEndermologie aside, Red Carpet Queen offers everything else you would expect from a typical salon — cuts starting at $60 (men $35), colour and highlights from $60 to $110, full body waxing, facials, eyebrow tinting, makeup application, and manicures and pedicures.

Indeed, this is certainly a place where you can get primed head to toe (and a couple dermal layers below), before reemerging outside for that elegant Parkdale jaunt.

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Photos by Jesse Milns

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6 Comments

Blondiee / September 6, 2013 at 07:48 pm
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INCREDIBLE Spa in an absolutely stunning building! super friendly staff, wonderful caring service, what more is there to say? it's definitely a five star spa in my opinion, Just fabulous!
franco / September 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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My wife and I went for a couples massage, despite my anxiety about never having this done before, the room was spacious, private, and still quite romantic.. considering we've been married for 10 years lol, I will definitely be back, it makes Christmas shopping a lot easier this year (gift cards)!
Mary / September 19, 2013 at 10:44 am
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I had a lovely experience at Red Carpet Queen, starting off my visit with an organic blend of herbal tea, followed by a fantastic facial using Dr. Renauld products that left my face feeling fresh and new, and to top it all off, a mani/pedi done by expert staff, in a massage chair. I was quite pleased with their variety of polish colour choices. Super sweet & Friendly staff, I will be coming back for sure!!!!!
Eva / October 1, 2013 at 09:50 am
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2013 Comment! I went for a mani and a wax. Great service and very relaxing. Will go again for a facial. Very recommended.

Notice that all the terrible comments are from those cheap people who don't want to pay full price for a service.
Ashley / October 18, 2013 at 11:07 am
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Amazing experience, 5 star spa, will definitely return!
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