Seven the Hair Salon straightens out frizzy locks with two formaldehyde-free treatments, transforming hair into unswervingly linear strands in a chic, funky space. The 75-minute Pravana Perfection SmoothOut treatments use nano-amino acids to alter hair texture, smoothing out kinks, straightening curls, and shooing feral gnomes nesting in poofy 'dos. Pravana treatments keep hair up to 85% straighter for 8–12 weeks, granting up to three months of frizz-free fettle. The 90-minute Brazilian Blowout binds amino acids to wayward locks—reducing undesired curls for up to 12 weeks—and finishes with a complimentary blow-out, prepping newly plumb coiffures for reentry into the outside world. The salon's neon-colored couches, giant mirrors, and ceiling-suspended chandelier lend the space a funky, sophisticated air, and form a comforting environment for light-fixture-swinging musketeers.
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.
Straight locks or lush ringlets can both come from different genetics. The styling team at Salon 360 draws on skills accrued in continuing education courses and an arsenal of products from Moroccan Oil and Redken to recreate the looks naturally bestowed by Mother Nature. Aestheticians there are also well equipped. Their shelves brim with seaweed and mineral-rich elixirs as well as Botox and Juvederm products designed to let patrons seem young without carrying fistfuls of gummy candy everywhere. As patrons sigh happily, the soft purr of emery boards drifts from chairs amid shelves of traditional polishes and long-lasting shellac.
Laser Duet corrects a variety of bodily imperfections with its laser and spa services. Armed with Zerona noninvasive lasers, staffers skim inches from the body by emulsifying adipose tissue for later removal through the lymphatic system. They create hair-free surfaces with the LightSheer Duet laser, and use the DiamondTome skin-resurfacing system to exfoliate and vacuum away dead skin cells. Laser Duet also creates a calming atmosphere with facials and massages, designed to put the mind, body, and permanent pantsuit at ease.