Before Steven Trujillo heads to his salon in the morning, he takes a moment to relax in his garden, relish the fresh air, and marvel at the blossoming white roses. When explaining this ritual to reporters from the Rocky Mountain News, Steven said, "This is my peaceful spot. Once I spend some time out here, I can handle the chaos of the rest of the day." And his day certainly can get chaotic—the highly sought-after stylist is the owner of El Salon, where he snips new looks for a never-ending queue of brides and everyday clients pursuing the latest styles. The deftness of his work also has made him a popular man in the fashion world, with magazines such as 303 commissioning his work for photo shoots.
Within Steven’s sunlit salon, clients await appointments on sleek white chairs, admiring the abstract artwork and paintings that adorn the walls. A staff of highly trained specialists darts about nimbly, coloring hair, polishing nails, and pampering skin with facials. In order to stay on top of their craft, Steven and his staff routinely undergo training and take pains to monitor the hairstyle trends perpetuated by recent celebrity events and bigfoot sightings.
Pressed-tin ceilings, floors checkered in black-and-white tile, reclining leather chairs and walls brushed a deep, oceanic teal are the first indications that Tootsies the Nail Shoppe isn’t a pedestrian stop on the pampering circuit. Couple those swanky design elements with the pop music that pulsates over the speakers and hipster aestheticians whose bubbly personalities are as vibrant as the nail polish, and Tootsies becomes an experience that’s as stylish as it is sanitary. Hygiene, in fact, is paramount at Tootsies: new nail files and buffers are used for every client, and all the pedicure tubs sanitized in Barbasol between uses. Services include everything from express manicures for those strapped for time to full spa pedicures. That means starting with a warming neck wrap, gliding into a sugar scrub and concluding with a soothing ten-minute massage, all to ensure that your digits are in tip-top shape.
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.
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.
Nail technician Tatiana Varava pampers her clients with manicures and pedicures. But she does more than hydrate hands, apply chip-free polish, and carefully remove finger traps. Thanks to her travels around the globe and her fashion studies at London Fashion and Image Design School, the Moscow native also serves as the spa's image consultant.
Tatiana's coworkers often draw on her expertise to make their treatments just a little more stylish. Even if she doesn't perform them directly, her influence extends to treatments that include European facials, deep-tissue massages, and wedding-day makeup applications.
Skilled stylist Jim Speck uses high-end products by American Crew, TIGI, and Schwarzkopf when sculpting out voluminous layers or splashing color highlights on bland strands. Guests may also solicit an aesthetician for a Dermalogica facial and waxing session, or retreat to a private room for deep-tissue or hot-stone bodywork from the salon's licensed massage therapist.