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.
During a signature W Nails & Spa pedicure, warmed river stones glide across legs for a treatment that’s part massage, part pedicure, and part acupressure stimulation. Other pampering pedicures use ingredients ranging from warm nectar honey balm to marine mud masks. Along with pedicures, the staff members beautify hands with manicures, remove unwanted facial and body hair with waxes, and tint eyelashes and brows for elegant yet sassy eye rolling. In the spa’s interior, yellow sconces shine upon eggshell-white walls, and pedicure thrones feature soft white leather and brown armrests. Elsewhere, rows of manicure stations are near a wall with a flat-screen TV the size of Rhode Island.
The stylists at Salon Istanbul are hair-color specialists?nothing can stop them from achieving the ideal shade for each client. To complement a bold new hue or subtle face-framing highlights, they offer on-trend cuts, smoothing keratin treatments, and fanciful updo styles for special occasions. Stylists ensure that brides-to-be avoid any hitches, even offering a "dress-up" box full of accessories to see what will best complement their wedding-day hair, dress, and blue jelly sandals. Whatever the service, guests are welcome to enjoy on complimentary snacks and drinks, and they can even plop down in front of the studio's fire as hair color sets.
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.
Staffed by a team of professionals that deliver everything from haute new hairstyles to eyelash extensions, Yvonne's Day Spa has received particular attention from sources such as MSNBC's Today Show for its unique Fish-y-cure pedicures, which rely on tropical fish to exfoliate feet. Toothless Garra rufa, or doctor fish, hail from the freshwater world's top medical schools, but have been invited stateside for the gentle way they nibble dead skin from between the toes, as guests relax into a leather massage chair and dangle their feet in the creature's warm, watery habitat. After watching the treatment soar to popularity, and dedicating countless hours to learning to breed and care for his tiny aestheticians, co-owner John Ho franchised the idea and made it the signature of all Yvonne's locations. CBS rated the spa's manicures and pedicures as among the best in the DC area in 2011, as they extend beyond the aquarium to include OPI products and high-tech UV gel?curing methods. Stylists offer guests soda and coffee before offering scalps nourishing sips from bottles of hair care products including Goldwell, Nexxus, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell. Hot stones and glass cups gain healing powers in the hands of Yvonne's massage therapists, and ingredients including sea salt, honey, and cappuccino lotion infuse many treatments to leave skin glowing with health and ready for a snack.