Amid soothing earth tones and gleaming hardwood floors, Blisstik Studio augments locks and lashes in personalized, elegant adornment sessions. Monotone tresses can choose from a variety of colorful feathers before a master accessorizer professionally affixes the extension to clients' manes, giving coifs an eye-catching splash of color and ensuring frequent visits by shoulder-parrots. Alternately, owner and certified eyelash-extension expert Megan Ziegler harnesses the allure of Lavish Lashes extensions, which shed off naturally along with clients' own eyelid feelers instead of desperately clinging on until they're peeled off. A specialized adhesive unites each synthetic extension to individual lashes for up to six weeks of full and feathery blinks, winks, and Olympic-butterfly-kiss competitions.
Bella Vie Spa is a one-stop, full-service hair and beauty spa that believes wellness starts from within. That's why the staff takes great pains to ensure everyone who walks into their peaceful downtown Windsor retreat has as relaxing an experience as possible. Quiet, private treatment rooms await clients in search of soothing, hot stone massages or underarm sugaring, a service believed to remove hair more painlessly than treatments that use wax. Elsewhere in the spa, clients sip non-alcoholic memosas during facials, manicures, and bridal trial up-dos, and licensed stylists offer modern haircuts and coloring treatments with products by Redken and Schwartzkopf. And, for the full luxurious treatment, customers can also enjoy a light spa lunch at Bella Vie if they order ahead or book a couples massage.
With more than 25 collective years of beautifying experience, Enchante's dedicated staff utilizes top-of-the-line products in a wide range of bodily tune-ups. Hair services range from basic shape-ups such as a cuts ($35–$60 for women, $25–$40 for men), styles ($20+), and highlights ($30+) to total textural transformations with Japanese straightening ($300+) or a Keratin complex blowout (priced based on consultation). Refurbish a winter-weary complexion with a professional makeup application, or gain a competitive advantage in the slip-n-slide bowl with conventional waxing ($30–50 per leg, $30 bikini, $50 Brazilian). Facial threading ($20–$45)—a sensitive-skin friendly wax alternative—rids troublesome bristles from the face and makes it easier to lace up, and digits get the royal treatment with a spa mani-pedi ($65), which includes an aromatic soak, trim, exfoliation, paraffin dip, massage, and polish.
Generations Salon and Spa's owners, women from three generations of the same family, showcase hereditary aesthetic skills in a shop decorated with lanterns and curlicues of wrought iron. Over the course of 60 minutes, pores relinquish stashes of grime during a cleanse of the face, neck, and décolletage. After elixirs from Bioelements lock in purity, exfoliating and hydrating masks chase off dead skin and cover up attempts to steal a raisin's identity. Meanwhile, a staff member squeezes out last drops of stress with a massage of the face, neck, and shoulders, and hands slip into smooth, warm paraffin or melted saxophones. A hydrating coat of moisturizer leaves faces aglow as patrons strut out through the salon's front door, which is accented by an amethyst mural of climbing clematis vines.
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.
Rising Lotus Yoga and Massage’s experienced instructors guide students from all walks of life during daily Vinyasa yoga classes to help build strength, flexibility, and tranquility. To help each pupil grow, teachers dispense personalized feedback while walking groups through poses and breathing exercises in a vibrant, dance-like flow. Students of all skill levels, including new students and those recovering from injuries, follow along with instructors, getting pose modifications to make each movement accessible and understandable.
Friday-night flows summon a spirit of giving as Rising Lotus Yoga partners with local charities to donate all of the proceeds to charity. Filled with gentle stretches and easy-to-follow poses, prenatal and restorative classes pepper the schedule with alternatives to athletic Vinyasa sessions. To complement the slate of yoga classes, the studio’s owner, massage therapist Amanda Workman-Lutter, relaxes muscles and treats pain with a variety of massage modalities.