Lola of Nails by Lola, located inside Rembrandt Spa, pampers her clients with a trio of manicure and pedicure services. During spa manicures and pedicures, she shapes and scrubs nails and cuticles, relaxes sore muscles with a massage and hot-towel treatment, and applies polishes from a rainbow of colors, including no-chip varieties. Pedicures also include a callus treatment to smooth rough skin, and children under 12 can entreat Lola to paint their nails in fun, bright colors.
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.
Cindy Miller, and the rest of the staff at Two Perfect Pinkies for that matter, keep their eyes tightly focused on hands and feet. These are like spoiled children here, doted upon with buffers and polishes, paraffin waxes and acrylic waxes, all in the name of getting the fingernails looking like they just spent time in the wash basin of eternal youth. Two Perfect Pinkies offers natural nail treatments, such as oil and water manicures, as well as acrylics.
Trina's top priority is making clients feel beautiful. At Jua Salon, she beautifies clients from head to toe, cleaning complexions with skincare treatments, such as back facials, microcurrent facials, and revitalizing eye treatments, and waxing off unwanted hair on faces and bodies. Trina is certified in chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments; her signature service combines a microdermabrasion treatment with a botanical facial. And for all her services, she uses products crafted from flowers, plants, natural acids, and vitamins.
Within Blithe Salon, Hello Gorgeous' master nail techs Kent and Honey pay painstaking attention to safety and quality. In addition to using long-lasting OPI polishes, the duo sterilizes all metal tools with high-grade Barbicide Plus and always break out new files and buffers for each client. Their relaxing aromatherapy foot scrubs are also performed in jet-free pedicure bowls, which help stave off bacteria and keep microscopic surfers from loitering around the salon.
Kent Reichert has been practicing nailcare since 2006. At Nails By Kent, he utilizes his craftsmanship and artistic eye to simultaneously groom nails and relax clients. Kent offers classic mani-pedis, french manicures, and Gelish polishes. However, nail design and spa-like bliss come together most notably during his luxe mani-pedis, which, in addition to grooming and polish, include aromatherapy sugar scrubs, hydrating masks with hot towels, and massages for the arms and legs.