Absolute Nutrition boasts four northern Alabama locations, including its recently opened Huntsville store inside Riviera Fitness Center. The shop stocks health-boosting vitamins and supplements that build the physique. Opti-Women tablets deliver vitamins and nutrients tailored for the female body, and Opti-Men supplements contain enzymes and vegetable extracts. Protein-packed brownie bars and whey shakes fuel muscle growth without the confused glances one gets while slurping spinach straight from the can.
The stylists and spa professionals at Salon Eden can pamper clients from head to toe. Hairstyling services for men and women include everything from cuts and perms to highlights and deep-conditioning treatments. Meanwhile, skin gets special attention during facial treatments that can incorporate hydrating algae masks or therapeutic deep-tissue massages, while specialty skincare treatments such as derma-rolling aim to jump start collagen production and smooth acne scars. And, for extra flourish, the specialists here can administer eyelash perms, extensions, and tints so guests can stop using mascara or clipping hair extensions to their eyelids.
Whenever possible, Cheek's Optical prefers to handle all of its patients' vision needs in-house. Dr. Burks?the office optometrist?and his team of opticians go beyond offering comprehensive examinations, diagnostic care, and visual-acuity tests. These professionals also use the on-site lab to create prescription lenses in as few as 60 minutes. Thanks to the lab's full range of surfacing, coating, and finishing equipment, the technicians can even make bifocal and progressive lenses with advanced Waldo-spotting capabilities. Once they've finished custom-designing lenses, the staff members can then assist patients by helping them select a pair of flattering frames from an extensive selection that includes options by designers such as Oakley and Versace.
Beauty and wellness are one and the same at Merle Norman Cosmetics & Day Spa. Though they specialize in makeup application with their titular cosmetics line, they also offer waxing, microdermabrasions, and body treatments. It's all performed by certified cosmetologists and massage therapists
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.