Vue Spa & Salon soothes dorsal surfaces with services such as the customized massage, during which tension-excavating hands traipse over musculature, focusing on aches and pains unique to the client's daily stresses and proneness to wild-typewriter attacks. During the bamboo-fusion treatment, massage therapists augment Swedish strokes with wooden tools, rhythmically stroking backs with heated bamboo and rattan wands to melt away residual tension. The spa's soothing blue roomscape and draped windows lend privacy to the massage rooms, letting guests unwind or rehearse karaoke medleys in a serene space.
Loves Hair Salon's tress technicians straighten unruly locks with a combination of skilled hands, high-end products, and more than 30 years in the salon business. During a Bio Ionic treatment, an experienced stylist swathes head toppings in a mix of more than 30 natural minerals that emit negative ions to keep egotistical follicles in check. Once inside follicles, the ions convey water deep inside hair to rehydrate and refresh parched strands. Sporting a refurbished set of shiny, silky locks, head mops can go back to creating more messes than they clean as onlookers drool over the smooth, easy-to-manage figure for the next three–six months.
Derm Aroma's seasoned aestheticians reboot skin back to factory conditions with the soothing ministrations of the salon's rejuvenating facials. The fragrant aromatherapy facial utilizes a massage of custom products blended with essential oils to treat a range of skin woes and boost spirits in a treatment as uplifting as a tour with an inspirational speaker in a hot air balloon. Arid complexions find relief in the moisturizing remedies of the hydrating facial, which coats visages in creams that enhance daily skincare effectiveness while increasing circulation. The cream supplies faces with skin-reviving oxygen that renders demeanors soft and youthful. Under the glow of muted lighting, both spa sessions free patrons of their woes while the soft hum of music gently playing in the spa or in their minds creates a feeling of complete relaxation.
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.
Mia Anderson––known to most as Mz. Mia––knew she was destined to be a hairdresser at the tender age of 6. In those days, her pretend clients were her cousins and aunts, who weren't the least bit surprised when the adult Mia decided to leave her job as an acquisitions manager and pursue her passion for hair full-time. The experience in the corporate world paid off, though, and today Mz. Mia is the proud owner of Mi Amor Hair Studios Inc., a collection of private suites staffed by independent cosmetologists.
Instead of renting a booth, stylists operate their studios like mini salons and are free to set their own hours and decorate to their taste. Despite their demure size, the private suites have all the amenities of a larger salon, including styling and shampoo stations, dryer chairs, and chic hardwood floors; a communal waiting room allows clients to mingle around a flat-screen TV and arm-wrestle for ownership of the remote control.