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.
In 2001, the first iTAN Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal?to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.
The Smart Tan?certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.
Women, men, children, no matter: the staff at Ed Beauty Salon works with anyone and everyone. Founded more than 25 years ago, this pillar of the beauty world provides all manner of hair, nail, and makeup services. On the spa side of the business, certified specialists help skin glow with facials or shoo away stress with lomi-lomi massages. During their visits, clients can deepen their levels of relaxation by sipping on complimentary cups of gourmet tea or by asking the stylist to shave peace signs into their hair.
The crew of stylists at The Hair Lounge harbor a variety of interests—some spend their excess creative energy hovering over the stove while others nod knowingly while reading Dumas texts. These outside hobbies augment their primary passion—cutting hair—which they do with great care after evaluating each client’s face shape and personality. Inside the salon’s brick walls, clients relax in charcoal chairs as their hair undergoes cuts, styles, and color services, all of which are amped up by professional salon products from Redken and Unite Eurotherapy.
Salon Envy's staff cossets hair, skin, and nails with natural Aveda products and expert techniques. Stylists imbue hair with highlights and alluring cuts, smooth strands with Brazilian blowouts and Juvexin, and twirl curls into updos for special occasions such as weddings and proms. As aestheticians exfoliate, massage, polish, and imprint appendages in Grauman's cement, water swirls in a hexagonal pedicure tub and guests recline in a plush leather armchair. The beauty buffs also enliven complexions with facials, eyelash extensions, whisker-slaying electrolysis, and massages.
Nails 2 Envy has five professional manicurists on hand dedicated to doing up client's digits and making each and every customer feel at home. The 14-day manicure takes approximately one hour and lasts an anti-climactic two weeks with proper care. They use top brand names like OPI Creative Nail Design and Harmony for Nails. With the Gelish and Shellac polish, accidental smudging from handling objects and punching life-sized Weebles is a thing of the past—the polish is cured to a super-durable sheen with a UV lamp, eliminating drying time Nails 2 Envy is located in the Seabright area near small shops and eateries, as well as Rio Theatre, making it an ideal place to drop in for a beautifying manicure before or after making the rounds.