Salon Atlantique's six stylists bring their scissors-wielding skills together to refashion the town's overgrown manes with hairdo-tailoring services aided by brand-name products from Goldwell, Rusk, and Pro Rituals. An artfully crafted haircut abbreviates elongated strands into face-flattering locks before a skilled hairdresser coats coifs in all-over gloss for a luxurious shine. Newly snipped and glossed strands can achieve new hues with a single-process color or partial highlights that attract positive attention to coiffures––unlike an airport runway marshal waving orange batons over your head. As excess inches float toward the ground, clients can fix their eyes on the salon's ornate chandeliers, yellow and burgundy curtains, and exceptionally high ceilings.
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.
Wise Laser Skin Care's certified beauty enhancers turn back the hands of time with non-surgical solutions, including skin-smoothing Botox injections. Fine lines on commonly creased areas such as the forehead, around the eyes, and above the lip begin to fade as Botox slows down hyperactive muscles with a Botulinum-laced lullaby. Visages smooth out over the course of a week, with the skin softening results lasting about three to five months. Like a 1,000 piece puzzle of an all black Rothko painting, the lunchtime procedure generally takes less than an hour to complete.
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.