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In the late 1920s?just as the Great Depression struck America?Merle Norman took up a project in her tiny California kitchen to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, and she knew that getting them on as many faces as possible would help her develop a following of customers. She was right?and in 1931?she and her nephew opened their first studio in Santa Monica. The pair eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.

Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services?from foundation checks to express facials?allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.

41 Popham Rd
Scarsdale,
NY
US

Men, women, and children alike sit back in comfy salon chairs at Alex's Unisex Hair Salon & Barber as stylists tend to each customer's hair needs. Haircuts remove dead weight and split ends at the tips of strands, and highlights add pops of color to refreshed styles. The stylists also calm frizz using keratin straightening treatments, trim beards, and twists locks into chic updos for the annual pretzel-festival ball.

751 Palisade Ave
Yonkers,
NY
US

Lorena's Body Shoppe is a one-stop venue for looking good. Above the neck, beauty pros offer facials, haircuts, makeup applications, and eyelash extensions. Mani-pedis clean up nails, and massages relax stressed bodies. An on-staff tattoo artist inks up bodies with colorful flowers, tribal designs, and blueprints of celebrities' houses.

163 McLean Ave
Yonkers,
NY
US

Najia Rohlf of Najia's Esthetic Skin and Laser Center beautifies skin with every tool at her disposal, from glo therapeutics products to Palomar lasers and electrolysis. In addition to a full list of waxing and tanning services, she removes unwanted hair with beams of light and banishes signs of aging with Botox. Once she has skin looking healthy, she decorates it with permanent makeup, semipermanent mascara, and sprinkles of glitter guaranteed to never go away.

157 Mamaroneck Ave
Mamaroneck,
NY
US

In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.

204 S Main St.
New City,
NY
US

Tanzia Skincare products is a very innovative and growing company with a constant focus on what is new and what is necessary for the skin care market. These products are formulated with only the finest, high quality, natural ingredients and all the Tanzia Skincare Products speak for themselves in quality and effectiveness.

241 Main St
Hackensack,
NJ
US