Skin Serenity is what happens when a licensed aesthetician and a family nurse practitioner team up to provide holistic beauty and health treatments. Peels, facials, and microdermabrasion beautify façades by exfoliating dead skin cells, supplying vitamins, and subduing acne and hyperpigmentation. The menu also includes medical treatments that obscure spider veins, aid in weight loss, and prevent facial muscles from forming wrinkles that spell out bad words.
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.
Fresh off her achievement of becoming the valedictorian of her graduating class at Dudley’s Beauty College, Hope D. Hannibal wanted to test her mettle. She signed up for a duo of competitions, snipping and cropping her way to a second- and third-place finish in the Bronner Bros. Student Rising Star and Student Mannequin competitions. Springboarding off those victories, and undergirded by her bachelor's in business management, the aesthetics go-getter started her own salon.
In 2009, she flung open the doors to Bella Cheveux Salon and Spa, where she and her staff treat clients to an array of prettifying services. As a national educator for Dudley’s haircare products, Hope ensures that her team is up on the latest beauty innovations. She harnesses continuing education and training to outfit her patrons with the latest trends, sprucing up coifs with cuts, highlights, and relaxers or accenting nails with colors more dynamic than a rainbow seen through a prism.
Although the laws of conventional hairstyling decree that certain cuts go with certain facial shapes, that doesn't stop the stylists at Serendipity Hair Salon and Boutique from listening to clients' ideas and crafting unique styles. During consultations that precede every haircut, Coppola keratin treatment, and color service, the team works one-on-one with clients to orchestrate snazzy hairdos befitting their personal aesthetics and lifestyle. Dedicated to preserving hair's moisture, strength, and ability to glide down Slip 'n Slides, the team drizzles Moroccanoil, ENJOY, and ColorProof products onto strands throughout services.
After years of working at other salons, stylist Lisa Mayo Wilfong decided to venture out on her own, and opened Cutting Image Salon in New York?s East Village. To her delight, the three-chair salon earned tons of positive press in New York Magazine, Beauty News NYC, and the coloring book of her niece. So in 2007, she and her husband Stephen introduced the brand to North Carolina markets. The concept?high-fashion services at reasonable prices?was a big hit and led to the salon?s new slogan, ?NYC Style at NC Prices.? Today, the L?Oreal Professionnel salon operates out of three North Carolina locations. Junior, senior, and master stylists offer haircuts, coloring treatments, and chemical relaxers, all backed by a satisfaction guarantee.
Queen City Nail Bar & Boutique is a nail bar in more ways than one. Nail technicians, of course, exfoliate skin, trim cuticles, and shape nails during manicures and pedicures. But they also have glasses of wine and beer available for purchase so clients can sip while they get their nails done. As for the "boutique" part of its name, Queen City stocks Traci Lynn jewelry, Mary Kay cosmetics, and take-home spa products.