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.
Bernadette Peters once entrusted her legendary crimson coils to Bruno Grillo, giving her something in common with Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, and Bret Easton Ellis besides their collective love of mud wrestling. Bruno, a hair-color specialist and FIT graduate who has worked alongside celebrated stylists Oscar Blandi and Oribe, attributes his talents to the close attention he pays to his clients' lifestyles.
Bruno has been featured on Sirius Radio's Martha Stewart Living and in the Brooklyn Paper, where columnist Lisa J. Curtis confessed to falling in love with him. To be fair, Curtis’s infatuation stemmed not only from Bruno himself but also from his team of aestheticians and massage therapists as well as the spa’s open kitchen, where complimentary cappuccinos are brewed. The salon's treatment menu includes facials, makeup artistry, waxing, and a range of massage modalities. In addition, Bruno and his staff invite brides—as well as unbetrothed guests—to pick and choose from this menu to enjoy customized days of beauty.
At DEX New York's private makeup studio, everyone gets the celebrity treatment. DEX's professional artists help create, interpret, and perfect new looks for clients during private makeup applications or lessons, whether they need an everyday look or are headed to a red-carpet affair; and since their clientele has included stars such as Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and Carrie Underwood, a red-carpet event isn't out of the question.
Dexter Phillip, a 20-year veteran in the fashion and beauty industry, created the DEX New York signature mineral-makeup line. Made with plant-derived extracts, the hypoallergenic, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free makeup aims to boost skin's regenerative properties and stimulate collagen production while providing wearers with runway- and street-inspired looks.
Makeup workshops and professional applications take place at DEX's studio, where clients can also stock up on matte-finish bronzers, cream eyeliners, lipstick, and other products from the DEX line. Plus, guests can visit the studio’s blog, which is regularly updated with helpful beauty know-how and pro tips.
In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.
The Men’s Room puts a contemporary spin on the traditional barbershop with a slew of modernly macho services. For overgrown scalp grass, the gentleman’s cut and finish ($30) coddles head blades in a sea of hot lather before mowing them into precision with a straight razor, leaving behind a tailored dude 'do. Jowl fuzz, cheek fluff, and mustache disguise glasses will be removed to reveal true identities after 45 minutes spent in steamy bliss during the classic shave ($35), which includes hot lather, a light facial, and a skin-quenching moisturizer. The Men’s Room’s also sheds light on otherwise-neglected manscapes, offering bristle banishment from the brows ($15), chest ($45+), back ($45+), and nose ($10). A 60-minute relaxation massage ($80) soothes pinched pressure points and boosts muscle flexibility for spontaneous Twister cage-matches.
Men, women, and children alike sit back in comfy salon chairs at Alex's Unisex Hair Salon & Barber as stylists tend to each customer's hair needs. Haircuts remove dead weight and split ends at the tips of strands, and highlights add pops of color to refreshed styles. The stylists also calm frizz using keratin straightening treatments, trim beards, and twists locks into chic updos for the annual pretzel-festival ball.