To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
A lineup of barbers tackles unruly hair on heads and cheeks with classic cut and shave services services that cater to gentlemen's needs but accommodate every member of the family. Meticulous barbers groom beards and mustaches, trim hair long and short, weave in gray-blending highlights, and serve up hot-towel facials that morph smile lines into charisma-loaded marks of character.
The stylists at Yalda Beauty Salon & Spa prep their clients for any event or outing with hair services, day and night makeup application, waxing treatments, and nail services. From an outpost nestled inside the Ballston Common Mall, the pros beautify clients with the help of popular salon product lines including Paul Mitchell, Matrix, and TIGI.
A theme of indulgence runs through Casal’s De Spa and Salon’s four locations. Each pampering outpost starts guests off with a complimentary scalp treatments and mini-facials during every haircut and hair treatment. Using botanicals and Aveda skin care products, aestheticians combat acne and blemishes with a docket of facials, and warm footbaths foreshadow the relaxation induced by the spa services, including the rosemary mint awakening body treatment that comes complete with scrubbing, polishing, and exfoliation. Massage therapists conduct a chorus of warm lava stones to serenade tense muscles, and nail technicians groom fingers and toes with cleaning, shaping, and polishing. In order to maintain their high standards of beauty and spa care, the salon closes every Monday morning so that the staff can attend educational seminars and continued training.
The staff at Modern Nails believes in the importance of regular manicures and pedicures to keep nails healthy, strong, and well-groomed. Each day, clients enter the salon and are greeted by the smiling faces of skilled technicians who perform a plethora of nail-related services, from simple polish switches to avocado-rosemary manicures and luxurious European pedicures with whirlpool spas. They also apply acrylic and gel nails as well as silk wraps, which strengthen nails and provide jobs for out-of-work silkworms. Though the staffers are mostly dedicated to nail services, they also offer body waxing, threading, and eyelash extensions.
One part school and one part salon, Kenny’s Hair Salon instructor stylists teach both aspiring beauty professionals and clients the ways of beautification. Here, style students put the finishing touches on practice hairstyles and learn the ins-and-outs of professional makeup application. Meanwhile, the seasoned veterans practice what they teach, primping clients to perfection with trendy cuts, while showing them how to re-create their new looks at home. Their hair-straightening treatments smooth out kinks, rendering locks frizz-free with Coppola Keratin Complex or the organic ThermaFuse f450º system. Beyond tending to tresses, the staff pampers hands with manicures that ready digits for making an appearance out on the town or tickling royalty.