Pigalle Salon & MedSpa is equally committed to traditional and high-tech beauty services, so much so that its divided into two parts: the salon and med spa, respectively. In the salon stylists use K?rastase treatments to nourish locks and imbue manes with color and administer Keratin Complex smoothing treatments, relaxers, and Brazilian Blowouts. Aestheticians, on the other hand, cleanse complexions with Image Skincare products, lengthen eyelashes with Xtreme Lashes, and apply organic spray tans to bronze skin without needing to find a casting mold big enough for a person.?
In the futuristic med spa, services rely on cutting-edge technology to deliver treatments, such as microdermabrasion and IPL photofacials. Many treatments even harness the power of lasers, as is the case with its hair-removal treatments and CoolTouch laser treatments, which promote collagen production, improving the appearance of wrinkles, acne, and scars.
A lively energy fills The Stage Salon, where master stylists and barbers tend to all hair types but excel at working with African American tresses. Women can stop in for quick haircuts fortified by Redken and Clairol products, or unwind in the styling chair as stylist Ebony straightens curls with relaxers and Brazilian blowouts or creates length and volume with professional extensions. Gairyd and Silky Sam, the salon’s resident barbers, clip and trim men’s hair, topping them off with salon-quality gel or pomade. Beyond haircare, The Stage’s staff also outfits nails with eye-catching colors in OPI mani-pedis, waxes unwanted fuzz from entire bodies, and ornaments ears with piercings or gold staples.
To Ms. Haseena, haircare is about more than styling—it’s also about keeping tresses healthy. She does that by using professional haircare products while accomplishing lace weaves, color jobs, intense conditioning treatments, and updos. Skilled in aesthetics, she also shapes brows and applies natural-looking eyelash extensions.
Trim Barber House caters to men of all ages, providing old-fashioned hair services complemented by modern amenities. Opt for a haircuts, and unruly tresses are lathered with sudsy shampoo before being expertly snipped into shipshape. After follicular landscaping is complete, those who choose the first option are expertly conducted into the past with a 30-minute straight-razor shave. Badger-bristle brushes are used to lather overgrown chins with warm, clove-scented shave oil. Next, a sharpened blade glides away stubble, leaving faces as smooth as a compliment from Barry White. Those electing to treat hardworking bodies may enjoy a stress-relieving massage to scare away anxiety masquerading as muscle tissue. The full-body massage spends 60 minutes kneading away worry, leaving frames revitalized and relaxed.
The Barber Pole cuts the fluff by offering local men traditional barber services in a quintessential barbershop atmosphere. Much like its bitter enemy, baldness, the shop is hereditary, passing through the owning family for three generations. Its men's cuts ($18) craft a combination technique of clippers and scissors-over-comb, approaching cowlicks and mane planes with equal dexterity. The site blabs its tuft-tamers' hours online, making it easy for regulars and unoccupied paparazzi to know when they are on duty.
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.