Blanca Garza, the clinical esthetician behind All About You Skin Care, takes pride in helping clients achieve the complexions they have always wanted. Her facial treatments are both therapeutic and relaxing, blending services that cleanse and exfoliate the skin with soothing massage strokes. Peels and microdermabrasion grant more intensive rejuvenation, and light therapies combat the signs of aging and revitalize the skin. She also performs professional waxing treatments that leave body parts smoother than a freshly peeled bowling ball.
The stylists at Alfani's Barbershop tidy up locks for men as well as women, leaving strands neatly shorn or styled into a trim, sophisticated look. Staff members greet each client with a complimentary beer that cools parched throats with all the chill yet none of the burn of a dry-ice popsicle. In addition to haircuts, the team can also shave stubble down and knead overstressed shoulders with gentle massages that employ tea-tree oils. Before settling into a La-Z-Boy–inspired barber chair for their appointment, visitors can pass the time by inventing new lyrics to the pulsing rock music or by perusing the vibrant, red-and-blue mural of the Statue of Liberty, which dominates the waiting area's wall.
Clayton Spa and Salon’s owner has been fixing up and coloring men and women’s hair for more than 20 years. Inside the studio, which invokes a natural serenity with hardwood floors and large windows, she leads her staff in updating hairdos with customized perms and conditioning color using American Crew and Framesi products. They’ll also tint eyebrows and rejuvenate skin with facials using products from near and far—including the French-speaking Pevonia.
Soco Salon and Spa’s stylists, colorists, makeup artists, and aestheticians have some heavy-duty weaponry. Armed with products from Kerastase, L'Oreal Professional, and Vital Therapy, they ably do battle with untamable tresses, blemishes, and muscle knots to render more radiant and relaxed clients.
Whether you've got a flair for flares, an addiction to cigarette jeans, or you push toward pedal-pushing pedal pushers, The Blues Jean Bar has the stone-washed, pre-torn, or impeccable indigo of your dreams. The shop is designed like a tavern, keeping the savory styles of more than 40 top labels (for both men and women) “on tap.” Saunter up to the wood-hewn bar and ask the friendly denim-smith to whip you up a pair that combines your favorite wash, size, cut, and aroma. He or she will rifle through shelves stocked with labels such as Citizens of Humanity, 7 For All Mankind, and Red Engine to find your fittingest fit in the latest fashion, eliminating the drudgery of surfing wave after indistinguishable wave of blue. D Magazine, which recently named the bar the Best Place to Buy Jeans, calls it "almost as fun as a real bar." Prices range from $150 to $225, depending on the label and style.
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.