Flawlace Beauty Boutique’s black-and-white paisley wallpaper and electric-pink walls leave clients assured of the salon’s flair for feminine beautification. Sheer white curtains envelop visitors ensconced in hairstyling nooks or seated, like flamingo royalty, on plush pedicure chairs, and cursive marquees mark the spot for private facials and spa treatments. Inside the boutique’s blushing confines, customers also find staff trained in expertly applying eyelash extensions, including brightly colored and crystal-adorned varieties.
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.
Pamela Spittell, the licensed cosmetologist behind Pam's Hair Design and Eyelash Extensions, has more than 27 years of experience helping her clients stay beautiful. In addition to custom hair designs for each client, Pam also specializes in NovaLash eyelash extensions. Wielding natural and synthetic extensions and their complementing adhesives, she attaches NovaLash extensions to individual eyelashes to yield full, luscious lashes.
It only takes an hour for Saffron's pampering professionals to reset your relaxation compass: in 30 minutes each, a friendly aesthetician will lure your best pores to the fore and a skilled massage therapist will expertly remove knots from your muscles like a master sailor with surprisingly kempt hands. The purifying facial purges pores of dirt, bacteria, and other yuckies by means of thorough cleansing, exfoliation, a facial massage, and a temporary mask ($55). All of Saffron's services utilize medical-grade organic products to ensure efficacy and to sate Mother Earth's appetite for radiant tenants. One of the most popular styles of kneads, the Swedish massage employs long, connective strokes to alleviate muscle tension and stress while boosting the body's ability to heal itself ($55).
Sunlight streams through the windows of Pure Healthy Nails Spa, illuminating the manicure stations where nail techs work hard to keep nails beautiful and strong. The staff strives to use non-toxic products whenever possible. This includes their signature service: dip-gel nails. Designed to help fix split or broken nails and help natural nails grow longer, the treatment involves the use of a gel powder activator instead of UV light or harsh chemicals. The dip gel is also available in 150 colors, so customers don't need to add nail polish or outfit their fingertips in tiny wigs to keep them looking fashion-forward.
Besides this signature service, Pure Healthy Nails Spa also offers basic mani-and gel mani-pedis in an environment that's free of acrylic odors. during all of their services, the team there tends to rely on organic and botanical products. There are herbal detox blends, sea salt mixed with lavender, and other natural elixirs. They might turn to massage skills to relax patrons, or warm towels to open pores. There's also more high-tech gear for galvanic and high frequency LED light facials and microcurrent.
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.