In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right?within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they 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.
Utilizing med-spa expertise in a tranquil setting, the aesthetic experts at Tonic Body Spa refurbish clients with treatments ranging from manicures and teeth whitening to massage and VelaShape cellulite-reduction treatments. IPL skin rejuvenation revitalizes facades with flashing intense pulsed light that targets red and brown pigmentation triggered by sun damage, aging, or hormones. Aestheticians can also cleanse visages during the signature facial, using glycolic-acid-based products before further mollycoddling mugs with European additions such as hot towels, aromatic oils, and a game of peekaboo.
To help to enhance results beyond treatments, staff can recommend aftercare products from lines such as Institut' DerMed and Comfort Zone. Guests can peruse these cleansers and moisturizers as the spa's decor plunges them into relaxation through a scheme of green walls, dark-wood furnishings, and plentiful plant life illuminated by subdued lighting and recitation of the Lake Poets’ works.
In a world where technological interaction is becoming the norm, Bare Beauty Bar has started a social beauty revolution to bring back physical face time while not losing sight of how many people conduct their day-to-day business. That explains why its sleek, highly sanitized facility offers not only multiple beauty bars where guests and technicians can converse, but also an online presence that aims to answer clients' inquiries whenever the questions may occur to them.
Experts at the Hair Bar dole out the latest trends, from adding vibrant highlights to thick sections of hair to etching cheetah-prints or pointillism portraits of David Hasselhoff with shaved designs. Body Bar technicians contour the figure while erasing signs of cellulite with specialized scrubs and lotions. Specialists at the Glam Bar pamper hands and feet with antibacterial foot soaks and gel mani-pedis and add finishing touches to faces with eyelash extensions and makeup applications.
Wellness Within began as a small office with one massage therapist and one massage room. It rapidly grew into an alternative health clinic that includes yoga classes, an organic spa, a college of massage and wellness, and a boutique. Softly lit private treatment rooms host massages and acupuncture, and an infrared sauna helps relieve aches and stress. A sextet of instructors hosts nine classes, such as Mom and Baby yoga, as well as a kids' yoga camp where youth mix quiet time with games and stretching exercises.
Wellness Within’s boutique is located in the lobby, like the least frequently used hotel bathtubs. Bracelets dangle from dishes atop wooden tables, necklaces hang off branches on a tree, and shiny teapots glisten in navy, bright green, orange, and white.
Warm and welcoming, Exhale Hair & Body Boutique charms with rich mocha-and-cream-toned walls complemented by dark wooden accents and the flicker of a real fireplace. The overall feel of the salon-spa aligns with its mission to whisk clients away on a relaxing escape without ever leaving Edmonton. In the salon, hairstylists twirl around plush leather chairs, doling out a slew of haircare services—including cuts, colour treatments, and revitalizing masks—with help from Davines products. The nail salon offers comfortable, couch-like pedicure thrones big enough for two people or a single well-trained bear, but meant for only one client. Skincare specialists happily welcome clients into a serene, private spa room, where they soothe skin with exfoliating facials and wax unwanted hair from upper lips and legs.
When the founder of Spasation Salon & Spa travelled to Europe and Asia in the late 1990s, he was looking for ways to improve his already bustling salon business. Instead he found inspiration in the indulgent Turkish bathhouses, prompting him to design a day spa that draws upon their ancient and sophisticated luxury and tuxedoed rubber duckies. His original concept rapidly grew into brick-and-mortar reality when he opened the flagship location of Spasation Salon & Spa in 1998. In the elegant day spa, staffers dole out haircuts and indulge clients with relaxing deep-tissue massages and signature facials amid a lavish and blissful backdrop of ceramic tile, white oak, and brushed silver.