Salon Tua Nails & Spa's tranquil environs and accommodating staff help visitors abandon the stresses of the week as they indulge their bodies in relaxing spa treatments. During the 80-minute optimizer facial, an aesthetician daubs faces with a mixed solution of phytobiological actives to tighten skin and improve slumping facial posture better than a pair of cheek crutches. The facial's ingredients also work to strengthen complexions and improve skin tone. Body beautification extends to appendage enders with the cuccio naturale spa manicure and pedicure, which moisturizes skin on the hands and feet with a wrinkle-reducing formula comprised of papaya enzymes and guava nectar anti-oxidants. A callus treatment and scrub then smoothes out rough skin before a mask and lotion hydrates epidermises like a Gatorade bubble bath.
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.
Mia Anderson––known to most as Mz. Mia––knew she was destined to be a hairdresser at the tender age of 6. In those days, her pretend clients were her cousins and aunts, who weren't the least bit surprised when the adult Mia decided to leave her job as an acquisitions manager and pursue her passion for hair full-time. The experience in the corporate world paid off, though, and today Mz. Mia is the proud owner of Mi Amor Hair Studios Inc., a collection of private suites staffed by independent cosmetologists.
Instead of renting a booth, stylists operate their studios like mini salons and are free to set their own hours and decorate to their taste. Despite their demure size, the private suites have all the amenities of a larger salon, including styling and shampoo stations, dryer chairs, and chic hardwood floors; a communal waiting room allows clients to mingle around a flat-screen TV and arm-wrestle for ownership of the remote control.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Stylist Sung Miller has been fitting clients with exciting and beautiful new looks for more than 10 years. But before putting scissors to hair, she holds a consultation with clients, which she can do in Korean or English. She gets to know about their lifestyle and deepest hair desires while thoroughly examining their facial shape, skin tone, and other traits. She can update appearances with simple trims or transform clients with a full menu of all-over color, highlights, and perms, all while using professional Redken products.
Dr. William Meadows is dedicated to helping his patients feel their best, inside and out. That's why he helms both the more health-oriented Meadows Medical Solutions and its fraternal twin sister practice, Elan Med Spa. Here, the doctor and his staff focus on guests' aesthetic goals, removing unwanted hair with lasers and smoothing fine lines with Botox or dermal fillers. They also specialize in weight loss programs, which combine medical exams, nutrition plans, and supplements to help clients adopt healthier lifestyles.