The technicians at Simply Elegant Nails draw on specialized training to care for natural and artificial nails with relaxing mani-pedis. Women and men flock to the salon for the spa-like treatments, each of which begins with a soothing soak in warm water. Exfoliating scrubs, warm-towel wraps, and hand-and-foot massages follow, complementing standard services such as shaping and grooming. When they aren’t pushing back cuticles or brushing vibrant polish across nails, the salon’s technicians study up on new trends in the nail industry. Their continuing education helps them recommend nail products and polishes to match any skin tone or scaly, reptilian coat.
There’s nothing illusory about the care Naillusions Nail Salon’s technicians put into each of their manicures and pedicures. They dote on fingers and toes with a laser-like focus, moisturizing skin and brushing colorful polish across each nail. Aside from their broad spectrum of standard polishes, the salon offers Gelish, Shellac, and OPI upgrades designed to protect nails longer. They can also decorate nails with custom 3-D artwork, making it easier than ever to remember the faces of your 10 best friends.
A snip here, a touch of color there, and perhaps a relaxer to give the whole do a sleek shine. At Friends & Company Salon, friendly stylists accomplish these services and more in a comfortable yet chic studio environment. They do it all using quality products, too, from such brands as American Crew, Moroccanoil, and Wella. With a team of nail techs, Friends & Company can also put finishing touches on new looks with pampering spa pedicures.
The friendly, upbeat stylists and nail technicians at Reflections By Design have settled into their current location for the past three years, and they've got their hair and nail services down to a science. They use a wide variety of beauty products to sculpt their custom dos, and they can outfit fingertips with original nail-art designs such as flowers, polka dots, or the molecular structure of a favorite food.
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.
For more than two decades, the stylists and aestheticians at Our Gang Hair and Nail Salon have aimed their talents at fingers, toes, and manes, upgrading clients' beauty with professional products and services. Licensed stylists continually hone their scissoring techniques, attending ongoing training from industry leaders and competitive topiary sculptors. Products by brands such as Matrix, Wella, Redken, and Schwarzkopf assist hair specialists as they reinvent the color and style of each coif, and tools by OPI, Creative, and Zoya help nail techs shine and file nail beds into perfect hospital corners.