Due to unforeseen circumstances, Makeovers Inc. is no longer able to offer the Keratin treatment originally included in this offer. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. However, Makeovers will be happy to accept your Groupons for a full head of highlights, wash, cut, and blowout ($245 value) if you wish to redeem your Groupon for those services instead.
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.
At eShave, experts specialize in men's shaving and grooming products that help customers look and feel good with natural, luxurious, and paraben-free products. eShave was founded by Danielle Malka, who first made inroads into the shaving business when she created a successful program to educate barbers in the UK. As the barbers' trade tips trickled down to consumers, her renown grew, and in 1996, she founded eShave to enhance the shaving experience through elegant razors, kits, and shaving creams devoid of the porcupine quills often found in competitors' products. Danielle still designs eShave's hand-sculpted, aesthetically unique razors, badger brushes, and shave stands, many of which have been featured in dozens of local and national health and lifestyle magazines.
At eShave's retail outlets, trained trimmers specialize in transforming masculine mugs from bushy to groomed with their signature barber services. Using the company's own products, its signature shaves begin with a relaxing hot-towel preparation and facial oil massage to open up the pores, followed by a hot lather to moisten and prepare skin for a close, comfortable shave or clever escape from pursuers. After coolly slicing bristles with a straight razor, a barber neatly wipes away all remaining evidence of his work and provides an aftershave moisturizer to prevent irritation and soothe nude jaws.
The Thai massage and facial treatments at Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa have received glowing praise from New York magazine and the New York Times, respectively, with the latter publication calling one of the salon's aestheticians ?one of Hollywood?s best-kept secrets.? A-list celebrities, including Pen?lope Cruz and Christy Turlington, visit to receive exfoliating treatments and in-depth facials with high-end products from Shiseido, qiora, and La Mer.
Founder Paul Labrecque treats his male and female clientele as friends and personally trains his staff in customer service and hand-to-hand combat against split ends. In addition to soothing skin during facials and microdermabrasion treatments, staffers massage muscles in eight different modalities. Their Eastern-inspired healing treatments, such as reiki and rolfing, honor the connection between the mind and body, and the salon and spa?s full list of services puts finishing touches on exteriors with haircare, makeup, and waxing, among other treatments. Each location hosts a separate, private men's salon that's part barbershop, part gentleman's club, and part knitting circle.
According to Esquire, every man should have a nose-and-hair trimmer in his medicine cabinet—specifically, the discreet, bullet-shaped one from The New York Shaving Company. This item, along with several other locally produced grooming products, have earned accolades from publications including the New York Times and GQ Italia. The craftsmen who manufacture these tools follow Old World techniques, whether aligning badger hairs into rounded shaving brushes or sharpening blades on Michelangelo's rock-hard abs. As a complement to its retail operation, The New York Shaving Company hosts two tonsorial parlors in Manhattan. Here, expertly trained barbers administer grooming services such as close shaves, haircuts, beard trims, and skin treatments. They also accept dull blades for sharpening and teach classes that reeducate men in the art of shaving. During these sessions, men learn how to prevent redness, irritation, and ingrown hairs, which are all common side effects of shaving with an old credit card.
The upscale barbershop experience found at Bbraxton was conceived of and opened by Tony Award-nominated musical theater actress Brenda Braxton. The thespian opened her shop in Harlem in 2006 as a place for uptown gentleman to receive exceptional grooming in a professional environment. Hair and beard services include hot towel shaves, clipper shaves and fades, alongside more specific cuts as requested, including work on caring for and maintaining dreadlocks. Spa services inside the decidedly masculine environment, where pendant lighting illuminates cream-colored walls and swaths of dark wood, include facials, waxing, manicures and massages. The atmosphere is always lively and fun, much like a boy’s club, while professional staff members make sure to attend to any need.