- Massage Therapy
- Body Wraps
- Hot Stone Massage
- Gel Nails
- Gel Nail Art
- Spray Tanning
- Lash and Brow Bar
Come for an hour and you might just stay all day!
The Cactus Club Salon & Spa is the premier full-service Salon and Spa serving Okotoks, South Calgary, High River, Black Diamond and Turner Valley. We’ve been in business here for over 20 years and pride ourselves on excellent customer service and professional treatments.
We offer a full range of Salon services such as haircuts, colour, highlights, extensions and straightening treatments; our highly talented stylists are committed to ongoing education and offer both classic cuts and the latest trends.
Upstairs, our Spa features Dermalogica products and our therapists provide customized services including massage therapy, reflexology, body wraps, manicures, pedicures, gel nails and facials. Experience the benefits of hydrotherapy with one of our balneotherapy or Vichy shower treatments such as body wraps and customized scrubs. Our Registered Massage Therapists can provide insurance receipts and we maintain the highest levels of sanitation throughout our treatment areas and with all of our tools.
With over 20 service providers and a large space we can accommodate groups of all varieties; bring your bridal party or corporate event to us and we’ll make your experience fabulous. Call or email us to inquire.
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There is truly something for everyone here.
A few months ago I was approached by Allen Boss, (Town of Okotoks Team Leader for Cultural and Historical Services)…
Rocky Horror Picture Show MakeUp
A few months ago I was approached by Allen Boss, (Town of Okotoks Team Leader for Cultural and Historical Services) and was asked if my team and I wanted to be involved at the screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show. It took place at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre on October 26th, just in time for Halloween.
We discussed possibly doing make-up touch up’s for the guests – Allen thought it would help enhance their characters if they were dressed up. I eagerly accepted his proposal as we love working at events around town. Before the big night I caught up with Allen to finalize all the details of the event. He asked me if we were planning on dressing up in costumes, I quickly replied with “Sure! What should we wear?” “Oh a bra and some fishnets should be perfect.”
Umm, Ok this is when I confess that I have in fact NEVER seen this particular show and perhaps we should acquaint ourselves with the movie before we show up to do make-up.
I still can’t believe that both Bronwen and I assumed the other had seen the show and would know just what to do! So we set up a movie night together and decided to take some serious notes. Well…. First and foremost, the movie is definitely a classic in its own right.
Secondly, we just kept wondering how we got ourselves into this. How are you supposed to dress in Character and still maintain a little bit of professionalism? Well after a lot a laugh’s and costume changes we decided on what you see in the pictures.
Let’s just say we were definitely relieved when everyone arrived all dressed up too!
The only really embarrassing part is when I realized I had to run back to the salon before the show started. It’s just around the corner, but I sure got a bunch of looks from the people at the Royal Duke!
In the end, the event was a success and an absolute blast I might add. I highly recommend these movie showings at the RPAC, they are one of a kind. Make sure you dress up though, or you’ll stick out like a sore thumb!
It’s hard to believe that the Christmas season is nearly upon us. One day just a few short weeks ago…
Here Comes Santa Claus
It’s hard to believe that the Christmas season is nearly upon us. One day just a few short weeks ago I was running around in flip flops and just yesterday I laughed a little when I saw one of my staff members wearing a pair herself. She had hurt her toe and so her choice of shoes made perfect sense, but that didn’t change the fact that it looked downright silly. How quickly we adapt to the changing seasons.
From a business perspective, we have been planning Christmas 2013 since early in the summer and in the world of retail, Christmas is at the forefront of our minds nearly all year long. On a personal level, well I’m truly in denial that it’s just around the corner. I walked into another store here in town on the 4th of November and they had their Christmas music playing. If that were me, I’m not sure I’d have any staff left at Cactus Club by December 1st. To put this into perspective for all of you that have never worked in a service or retail job at Christmas, here’s my thoughts:
There are only about 20 Christmas songs….. No matter how many Artists attempt to recreate them, the staff in these types of businesses have to listen to the same few melodies over and over and over… You get the picture, they just aren’t quite as magical the 11 millionth time. Last year I tried to spice things up by slipping in a little Dominick the Donkey and Six White Boomers – let’s just say these aren’t the best kind of songs to hear repeatedly!
Christmas is by far our busiest and most exciting time of the year. We get to share this special time with our clients, to hear about their family traditions and their plans and preparations for the Holiday Season. We also get to enjoy a multitude of gifts, most of which contain copious amounts of chocolate. How do you know us so well?
This year we have worked hard to implement some very exciting things in hopes of making our clients experience with us even better. We are so happy to announce that we now have online booking and online gift certificate sales. These are currently available on our website and will soon be available on Facebook and Twitter. We hope that these initiatives will make your Holiday season a little easier! We have also handpicked some really great gift sets that we think are going to be perfect gifts. We also just started carrying Pink Pewter headbands, the Mira Curl and NuFace…all extremely popular items this season.
We are looking forward to helping all of you have the very best Holiday Season. My hope is that you have a relaxing and fun time with your friends and family, and perhaps the next time you’re in need of a little laugh, just imagine having a fabulously relaxing scalp massage at the wash basin, enjoying your few minutes of bliss, when all of a sudden, Grandma got run over by a reindeer starts blaring through the speakers… Perhaps I’ll stick to the traditional Christmas music this year!
All the best,
Another year has come and gone and I can’t believe how quickly the time passes; it has been nearly 3…
Another year has come and gone and I can’t believe how quickly the time passes; it has been nearly 3 years since I bought Cactus Club Salon & Spa. My life has witnessed a flurry of change and improvements: a lot of learning and growing alongside a whole lot of chaos and excitement. What a great time I’ve been having!
Of all the dynamic and fantastic things I get to experience at Cactus Club, the very best one is my staff! Cheesy sounding perhaps, but not many people in this world are blessed enough to have staff who’s qualities include things such as patience, empathy, dedication, kindness and humility. And, they’re some of the most highly skilled, talented girls I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I remember times in my life on the phone trying to book a haircut or facial thinking I was part of a bad game of Russian roulette. “What will I end up with? What if they aren’t nice?” I can honestly say that the thought has never crossed my mind here. These girls are truly the best in the business and the only challenge is getting an appointment, which only gets harder when you actually work here! (Worst of all is that we always seem to have to miss that epic scalp massage at the sinks and sipping tea in the great room in the Spa.)
The Spa… What more can I say, who doesn’t want to own a Spa, if only to dream of the treatments you would have done, if only you could get out of the office. (Who puts an office in a Spa anyway?!) Coming from a background in the hair industry I felt like a fish out of water up there, having to amass all of my information from the experts who work in the Spa. This has truly been the most difficult and rewarding part of my job. When you visit a Spa, you have the pleasure of experiencing deep relaxation and quality treatments all the while floating around in a blissful environment. But behind the scenes, the staff must be educated on all the safety protocols from sterilization and disinfection to product ingredients and treatment contraindications. With an industry that is always changing, this is a daunting task. Not only are these girls constantly educating themselves and collaborating, they do it so darn quietly.
Since 2010 we have seen many additions in the Spa including a new nail room, a St. Tropez spray tan booth, a Reflexologist, a new selection of body treatments by Comfort Zone and numerous product launches by Dermalogica. If you haven’t visited our Spa before I highly recommend that you do. We offer so many treatments that can help you achieve your goals of overall health and well-being. The girls upstairs are nothing short of miracle workers, worth every bit of the climb.
In the past few years we have seen so much professional growth within the Staff. I was fortunate enough to travel with two of my Stylists to London, England to the Toni & Guy Academy where we learned the most advanced, cut and colour techniques. I did suffer some serious remorse when I looked back on the hundreds of clients who I said, ‘oh yah, this dual voltage flat iron will totally work overseas!’ Um…NOPE! I think we blew up nearly every tool we took with us.
Two other Stylists traveled to Montreal for a week long cutting course at Mekka S’ysteme d’education, where one endured the week with pneumonia. (Honestly, they are that amazing!) One of my Apprentices attended advanced cutting training at Suki’s Academy in Vancouver for two weeks; others attended a Surface Hair symposium in Saskatoon. These are only the big ones; all year long our Stylists are committed to attending ongoing training. Last spring they created a Look Book, which was beautifully photographed by Heidrich Photography.
Last but not least, one of our dear friends and former colleagues was diagnosed with breast cancer and her story is heartbreaking. In an attempt to raise some money for the family my staff banded together and put on an event for her that that was so outstanding I still can’t believe it. Not only did they volunteer hundreds of hours putting the fundraiser together but they also spent hundreds more putting together a hair show. In the end, they raised over $14,000.00! What an extraordinary accomplishment.
I would like to thank each and every one of you who have made this Salon & Spa the very best place to work and visit. Without the amazing Staff and the enthusiastic, loyal clients, the Cactus Club would not be the place that it is today. This, in my eyes, is the absolute best place in Southern Alberta to receive the highest quality treatments with the most talented Stylists and Therapists around.
Come for an hour and you might stay all day, and don’t forget…. you’ll never have to worry about leaving a tip!