Salon Allure’s licensed specialists call on expertise in hair, nail, skin, and massage services to bolster appearances and clear minds. Continually trained stylists rise steadily through the salon’s ranks as they hone their techniques, eventually gaining enough experience to provide training themselves and chop a tree in half with a single snip of the shears. Salon Allure's system correlates these levels of expertise with the stylists' prices, ensuring that clients of any budget can turn to Salon Allure for individual image polishing. Hairdressers wield Redken serums as they craft custom haircuts and banish frizz with keratin treatments. Nail services drape digits in traditional or durable shellac polishes, and five facial treatments use custom concoctions to oust blemishes, ease dryness, or boost sagging countenances more effectively than a face-lift performed during a tandem skydive. Alternatively, in-house massage therapists can transition smoothly between myofascial techniques, Swedish strokes, and the focused pressure of deep-tissue massages during custom kneading sessions.
Though La'Sonia Nicole Salon and Spa is a new establishment, the center's technicians use time-tested treatments to beautify their clients. Massage therapists rely on the traditional techniques of Swedish massage, which features long, flowing strokes that ease muscle aches and release tension. During a classic European facial, aestheticians deeply cleanse skin to brighten and smooth the complexion, and a spa pedicure leaves digits more polished than a dog that’s been taught to bark with a British accent.
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 our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 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 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 a UK-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 Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
Sweet Pea Day Spa for Kids may sparkle like the average girls’ salon, but an aim much deeper than beautification lies behind its bubblegum-pink and purple walls. For the friendly staff, children’s spa services represent a chance to boost the confidence of their clients⎯aged 4 to 14⎯and instill a penchant for self-care early on. Creativity and fun are the main ingredients in age-appropriate mani-pedis and facials, which use nontoxic, water-based products designed specifically for kids and adults prone to eating nail polish. The spa treatments come together in a swirl of girly fun at themed parties or pillowcase craft sessions during presleepover hours.
Heavenly Hands Massage Ministries’ owner, Charnette K. Davis, has diligently worked to master the art of massage, as her local and national accreditations can attest. She’s also a certified reflexologist and is CPR/first-aid certified to boot. Proficient in everything from Swedish to hot-stone massage, Charnette maximizes health benefits by customizing standard massages with additional techniques drawn from her vast repertoire.
Blessed Productions seems to take its name quite literally. Decorative sconces cast halos of gold across the salon’s walls, and all that seems to be missing is a chorus of angels. This is the environment in which nail technician Linda works, and she proves quite worthy of her heavenly surroundings.
Linda draws on her expertise to file, buff, and polish nails during luxurious manicures and pedicures. Her treatment add-ons include an exfoliating sugar scrub and a hot-stone massage designed to soothe the tension stored in palms or in the shoulders of overworked finger puppets.
Shakina Chance is a champion for healthy hair. She performs her services—which include relaxers, sew-in weaves, braids, haircuts, and highlights—as gently as possible so as to not damage her clients’ hair. She also provides children’s hairstyling and braiding services so that she can guide little ones down the road to proper hair care as soon as possible.
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