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.
Exo's talented staffers beautify clients from head to toe with a full menu of grooming services. During the shellac manicure (a $35 value), nail technicians buff finger shingles to a dazzling sparkle before brushing on CND shellac color. The high-tech lacquer lasts up to two weeks with a glistening mirror finish, which dries instantly under the onslaught of British knock-knock jokes. This option also grants wrist mitts a thorough mollycoddling with a moisturizing paraffin dip treatment, which also includes exfoliation to force has-been skin cells into retirement.
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.
The deft staff at European Tanning Club & Hair Design treat clients to an extensive menu of hair, skin, and tanning services. Tones of silver and gray engulf the salon's interior, where intricate rose carvings sparkle on silver mirrors and a dangling chandelier illuminates top-shelf products from brands such as Alfaparf, Milano, and Bumble and bumble. In the relaxing spa space, aestheticians wax or laser away excess body fuzz and combat imperfections with potent chemical peels, soothing facials, and kindness. True to its tanning-club claim, the salon and spa also houses an arsenal of UV beds and Mystic Tan booths designed to leave a natural-looking finish.The deft staff at European Tanning Club & Hair Design treat clients to an extensive menu of hair, skin, and tanning services. Tones of silver and gray engulf the salon's interior, where intricate rose carvings sparkle on silver mirrors and a dangling chandelier illuminates top-shelf products from brands such as Alfaparf, Milano, and Bumble and bumble. In the relaxing spa space, aestheticians wax or laser away excess body fuzz and combat imperfections with potent chemical peels, soothing facials, and kindness. True to its tanning-club claim, the salon and spa also houses an arsenal of UV beds and Mystic Tan booths designed to leave a natural-looking finish.
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.