In 2002, beauty-school graduate Paula took everything she had—$5,000 and a dream of combining beauty services with holistic healing—and opened A Harmony Nail Spa. She even poured countless hours into hand-building many of the spa's unique furniture pieces and cyborg employees. Since the humble beginning, she and her fully licensed staff have pampered the minds and bodies of numerous clients with drastically different needs, from cancer patients seeking meditation classes to hardworking mothers overdue for an indulgent manicure. Upon entering the approximately 2,000-square-foot facility, guests waltz through the gift shop's aisles before entering one of the spa's specific treatment areas. In the nail studio, clients lounge on purple thrones shaped like purple hands and dip their feet into soothing pedicure sinks. A Harmony Nail Spa also houses a garden café with free beverages, an Internet cafe with free WiFi, and a meditation lounge with freedom to close your eyes without sleeping.
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Grand Vacations Spa presents guests with two routes to restfulness: technology or tradition. The first choice takes them on the Essentials Journey, a compendium of services that relies on advanced formulas to cleanse, exfoliate, and renew the skin. Extras such as acid peels and microcurrent treatments—electrical energy meant to lift and firm complexions—complement the menu's body wraps and exfoliating facials. The Escape Journey blends the renewing properties of organic ingredients with relaxing rituals, resulting in sessions of meditation massage and nourishing scrubs.
These journeys are signatures of the Hilton eforea spas. Though the spas pamper guests in several lavish hotels throughout the world, each eforea location treats clients to customizable options and distinct decor.
Grand Vacations Spa welcomes visitors to six private rooms, wet-steam chambers, and a cream-colored relaxation lounge. Nestled in plush, provided robes, patrons can browse a catalog of Kerstin Florian products, whose european serums incorporate natural algae, mud, and herbs. Aromatherapy imbues the space with enticing scents, though its source is hard to pinpoint—the staff layers fragrances into several services, including aroma manicures, which perfume hands more effectively than a stack of corsages.
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.
With each of its locations nestled in the heart of a shopping mall, LAKA Manicure Express helps clients keep their nails looking healthy and stylish with convenient drop-in mani-pedis. Technicians work quickly without sacrificing the quality of their craft. They finish up each manicure in under 15 minutes, leaving plenty of time for customers to run errands, go shopping, or take a dip in the lobby fountain. During appointments, nail artists exfoliate dead skin with cleansing quartz crystal scrubs, massage hardworking hands with vitamin-rich cream, and decorate fingertips with shimmering Swarovski diamonds. After soothing massages and precision shaping and filing, customers can choose a polish from a selection that includes more than 130 different colors that change with the seasons.