Amber Herzog, a licensed electrologist who honed her skills at the Electrology Institute of New England, helps men and women escape the cycles of unwanted hair growth. Sunshine filters in through the windows of the pleasant treatment room in which she works, providing abundant light for her meticulous task of sending direct and alternating currents into hair follicles using fine probes. Administered at multiple stages of the hair growth cycle, those currents destroy hair cells and inhibit future growth more effectively than individually setting each hair on fire. The treatments are minimally painful and are effective on all types of skin and hair.
The Vidal Sassoon–trained president of J.Kelley Salon Inc., Jill Kelley, leads the team of style savants and certified wax techs to beautify patrons by straightening unruly 'dos and expelling extraneous face and body strands. An experienced staff lavishes bodies with high-quality products such as All Nutrient's organic dyes, Nufree's waxless depilator, and American Crew developed specifically for the manes of men. Chic salon chairs and polka-dotted sofas hold clients in the clutches of bliss as they're pampered amidst the exposed brick walls and turquoise accents of the salon.
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.
Designed entirely with kids in mind, Trimmings welcomes shaggy mop-tops into a sky-blue space bedecked with plush toys, colorful hair accessories, and products made especially for them. Kids can jump into the driver's seat of their own yellow taxi or red fire engine and let their imaginations run wild, barely noticing as one of the shop's kid-friendly stylists trims their bangs or carefully braids pigtails to perfection. Understanding that kids can be apprehensive during haircuts, the team takes a gentle approach as they shampoo tiny tresses and brush out tangles, all without disturbing the infinite supply of quarters hidden behind each child's ear. They also offer private, parties—built around themes such as pretty princess, enchanted fairy, rock-star diva, or aloha luau—that teach kids that the salon can be fun, pampering them with hairstyling and mini-manicures so that they can enjoy music and dancing in style.
The space at Indulge Salon & Day Spa is clearly dedicated to pursuing aesthetic goals of all kinds. There are sleek chairs for hair styling. Newly bright nails pop against the surface of tables for manicures. There is space for waxing. All that gear ensures that patrons leave stunning, whether they are just having a relaxing afternoon, avoiding an eccentric neighbor, or heading to prom.