The menu of wraps at Perla's Beauty Center might summon images of food to your mind. That's understandable, as it lists both chocolate and pomegranate varieties. You shouldn't, however, even think about eating, licking, or fondue-dipping these decadent wraps, as delicious as they may seem. Instead, just kick back as the treatments?which also come in mud, seaweed, aloe, and mineral varieties?relax the mind and soften the skin.
Perla's isn't just about making skin look radiant, though. They also offer services for the rest of the body. Nail techs gussy up digits during manicures and pedicures, and hairstylists fashion new looks with cuts, styles, and color treatments.
For nearly 20 years, Sun Tan City has been keeping its customers golden-skinned with a full complement of tanning beds and custom spray tans. A retail section stocked with tanning lotions from Pro Tan, Brown Sugar, and Supre Tan helps skin retain its glow between sessions in one of the salon’s six levels of tanning bed.
By practicing martial arts at Kil's Taekwondo Center, students of all ages and experience levels can learn to unlock their full potential while mastering valuable self-defense techniques. Grandmaster Yong Sup Kil oversees the organization, relying upon his 30 years of teaching experience?including time spent coaching students for international competitions?as he and his instructors help attendees improve their physical and mental fortitude.
Although classes explore various forms of self-defense, they emphasize the techniques of tae kwon do. That martial art aims to help students understand virtues like self-control, humility, and perseverance while teaching them how to protect themselves from assailants or stationary pieces of lumber. Since balanced self-improvement is the ultimate goal, the center also offers fitness classes that range from kickboxing and Zumba to yoga and tai chi.
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.
Straight locks or lush ringlets can both come from different genetics. The styling team at Salon 360 draws on skills accrued in continuing education courses and an arsenal of products from Moroccan Oil and Redken to recreate the looks naturally bestowed by Mother Nature. Aestheticians there are also well equipped. Their shelves brim with seaweed and mineral-rich elixirs as well as Botox and Juvederm products designed to let patrons seem young without carrying fistfuls of gummy candy everywhere. As patrons sigh happily, the soft purr of emery boards drifts from chairs amid shelves of traditional polishes and long-lasting shellac.
To reflexologist Lauren Burtell, your feet are more than what got you in the door. They act as hubs of the nervous system, linking energy meridians and pathways throughout the body. By manipulating pressure points on the feet, she can work to quell migraines, insomnia, and sinusitis while bolstering overall energy levels and the mental acuity needed to shut your eyes one at a time. She can further the relaxing effects of her therapeutic treatments with steaming towel wraps and aromatherapy, allowing her to achieve multitiered healing and stress relief.