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 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.
Narcissus Salon's practiced stylists, all of whom are Redken and Paul Mitchell Master Specialists, strive to personalize each client's mane makeover, taking into account hair texture, facial structure, growth patterns, appearance, and lifestyle. A consultation helps formulate desirable 'dos before a conditioning treatment infuses heads with more moisture than a rain cloud after a sauna session. Staff members then dry and style tresses with a toasty blowout. Alternatively, clients can send scissors chasing after frayed ends in addition to the conditioning service. Otherwise, a cut and color treatment enliven locks with a new hue, which can be spread all over, streaked into partial highlights, or thrown onto hair in the style of Jackson Pollack to achieve a classic, arty look.
Hair Cuttery traces its roots to 1973, when newlyweds and hairstylists Dennis and Ann Ratner jointly decided that the salons they worked at left something to be desired—and that they could do better. The next year, they opened their first Hair Cuttery, chasing a vision of fashion-forward cuts and styles as well as a more customer-friendly, comfortable salon experience. In the ensuing decades, their idea has blossomed like a well-watered head of hair, growing to encompass 750 salons in 16 states.
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.