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Taking their name from the 18% chromium and 8% nickel that transform regular steel into stainless steel, the staff of 18|8 Fine Men's Salons master grooming services to transform their clients into chiseled gentlemen. A greeter waits at the salon entrance with a complimentary beverage for each client and guides him to his stylist's booth or to a private or semiprivate treatment area for facials, massage, and other grooming sessions. Stylists carefully cut and color the hair of their clients, finishing Executive cuts and styles with five-minute shoulder massages and Bay Rum hot towels.
Technicians groom hands with MANicures and faces with straight-edge blade shaves and hot lather eos moisturizing shave cream. Guests can relax during 20-minute therapeutic massages to finish their visit and ease any tension built up in hands and forearms by excessive whittling.
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 our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 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 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 a UK-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 Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
Bella Derma Secrets' owner Cynthia Wells culls from her 16 years of experience as an aesthetician and personal trainer to beautify skin through safe, noninvasive treatments. Cynthia doesn't believe in coating her client's skin with harsh chemicals, so exclusively uses organic and natural products, such as One Love Organics, Image Skincare, Auspect, Circ Cell, and Rhonda Allsion. Nor does she buy into the “controlled damage" factor associated with IPL facials, harsh exfoliation, and other ablative treatments—rather, she researches and travels to discover newer alternatives, such as LED light therapy and gentle ultrasonic abrasion that offer similar benefits without causing inflammation, tenderness, and sporadic night vision. In addition to turning back clocks with anti-aging facials and peels, Cynthia works one-on-one with clients to prescribe home skincare regimens tailored to their skin types.
Within a private, discreet medical setting, board-certified internist and laser-therapy innovator Dr. Dennis Clark leads Laser M.D. Cosmetics' staff as they work to rejuvenate skin using advanced nonsurgical technology. The team uses the Venus-i system for skin resurfacing and performs multiple procedures using the versatile Alma Harmony, which keeps patients comfortable by offering them a choice of a cooled hand piece, noncooled hand piece, or hand piece that gives hugs. This broad treatment range allows Dr. Clark to address issues including wrinkles, spider veins, and unwanted hair and tattoos. The staff also employs injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm to turn back time on human clock faces.
Stress can manifest physically as well as mentally. At Heavena Spa, the therapists dedicate themselves to alleviating the aches, pains, and anxiety that stress can cause by performing massages that provide a serene break from the hectic pace of everyday life. Gentle lighting and calming earth tones surround clients as they relax in private treatment rooms while a therapist pinpoints the sources of withheld tension. From there, the therapist can soothe knotted muscles using gliding Swedish strokes, focused deep-tissue pressure, gentle Thai stretching, or a combination of modalities.