If there’s one thing the veteran waxing technicians at High Brow Waxing Boutique know for sure, it’s that clients hate pain. That's why they use Cirepil professional-brand wax, whose soy and beeswax ingredients are designed to ease hair shafts from follicles with as little irritation as possible. Afterward, they educate clients on aftercare to minimize skin irritation and stave off the attention of envious dolphins.
At the beginning of each 90-minute treatment, a skin assessment is performed to determine each individual's facial needs. After the customized mélange of skincare products sets to work, the energy-relaxation regimen begins. Using the techniques of Reiki—a practice said to relax the body and mind and release the stresses of daily life—level II practitioner Sarah Gordon acts as a guide for the Chakra's healing energies. With the energy flowing, customers are gently massaged, soothing the neck, shoulders, décolleté, scalp, arms, hands, and feet. The foot massage combines energy-stimulation and reflexology techniques to invigorate the whole body.
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.
Esthetics by Liliya's sanctuary houses aestheticians who administer regenerative beauty treatments, such as facials, peels, and waxing services. The 80-minute complexion facial starts with a skin analysis, which informs aestheticians on how to properly implement customized cleansing measures, before an enzyme exfoliation mask opens pores, necessary extractions are made, and an additional mask is designed based on your skin type and Halloween costume. The treatment concludes with a moisturizer application and soothing face, shoulder, hand, and head massage.
Dash and Dazzle Tanning's staff escorts patrons into the MagicTan MT3000 spray-tanning system, which coats physiques in a gaze-grabbing copper sheen. Clients can assume a chosen power stance as 36 stationary spray heads blanket skin in a mist of sunless-tanning solution and aloe-based bronzer. The process takes less than a minute to outfit bodies in a tawnier suit, and like a kleptomaniac photocopier, the resulting tan acquires tone throughout the day. Alternatively, customers can settle into Dash and Dazzle's red-light-therapy bed during one month of unlimited sessions. Infrared wavelengths spelunk deep into dermal tissue to prompt collagen production, reducing fine lines and acne damage while stimulating circulation. For best results, guests are encouraged to bask in the bed's crimson glow three–four days a week for four–six weeks.
The brilliant bronzers at Ultimate Sun assist customers in achieving their color goals with a variety of tanning techniques. Choose two UV-free Mystic Tans, which cast a healthy, even glow without the added weight of burdensome halos. Indoor sun-kissers can also multiply melatonin levels with a duo of the salon's highest intensity S-Class tanning sessions, which provide a month's worth of color in two to three visits, or ramp up vitamin D production with one month of level two tan-a-thons in a Catalina bed. Tête-à-têtes with the bed last 12 minutes at most and include three high-pressure facial bulbs to ensure that mugs match their lower body counterparts. Ultimate Sun greets its patrons with a refreshingly upscale ambiance bedecked with exposed brick walls and 21 private tanning rooms, each equipped with state-of-the-art color-casting chambers. Like a Roman sculptor who gets paid per statue, Ultimate Sun bronzes bodies seven days a week.