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.
Owners Shannon and Rusty and their team of stylists look thoughtfully at their client's botched self-dye job. Rather than stand in judgment, the staff focuses on which product from Pureology and Redken will help correct the color and restore health to the frizzled locks. This is a familiar scene at Rostik Salon, where a team of relaxed, friendly stylists nimbly transitions from creating glamorous waves to designing cuts for kids.
Accompanied by a stress-reliving massage, the dermalogica facials use pumice crystals, enzymes, and masks tailored to clients' skin type to cleanse and exfoliate pores while moisturizing the skin. These sojourns may be extended with one of three different chemical peels or with a wrap that uses Chinese herbs to condition skin all over the body. Aestheticians also deftly wax away unwanted hair, revealing smooth skin that they accent with UV-blocking dermalogica makeup and Norvell spray tans that spare skin from UV rays.
Though Beyond Beauty's master stylists and aestheticians can expertly cut hair and exfoliate skin, clients keep returning to the full-service salon for the individual attention they have come to expect on each visit. Before cutting, coloring, and styling your hair with help from Joico color and products, hairstylists take care to include you in the creative design process. The end result of this process might be a traditional cut with highlights or, in cases of curly, unmanageable hair, a keratin smoothing treatment that minimizes frizz for a sleeker look.
Beyond Beauty?s aestheticians pickup where their styling counterparts leave off, administering nourishing facials and peels that restore skin's youthful glow. Their waxing treatments remove unwanted hair from across the body, and their mani-pedis repair fingernails chipped while prying open boxes or active beehives.
Lush greenery bursts from colorful vases inside each of Salon Reaction’s treatment rooms, where walls of turquoise and mustard ignite a sense of relaxation, and hardwood floors gleam beneath the steady gaze of track lighting. The lush, elegant atmosphere at Nancy Haenni’s salon keeps clients coming back for a kaleidoscope of services that includes haircuts, pedicures, body wraps, and facials. Organic spray tans dust skin with golden hues, and an octet of massages aims to release tension and stress accrued while leading lemming parades. After appointments, colorful bottles of styling potions vie for attention near the salon’s exit, ready to be adopted by a loving nest of hair.
Dr. Sajadi, owner and director of Bonus Image Aesthetics, smoothes complexions with carefully administered injections of FDA-approved Botox. With the 20 units of Botox, patients can temporarily free their brows of glabellar lines formed from repetitive frowning and aggressive eyelid clapping. Once Dr. Sajadi infuses foreheads with the prescription medicine, the solution actively blocks nerve impulses to decrease the activity of wrinkle-forming muscles. Frown lines may continue fading away for up to a month after the 30-minute procedure, producing a smoother countenance that can provide patients with up to four months of unquestioned food-ordering from the kids' menu.
RSVP Med Spa's director Dr. Ruiz leads a team of RNs, laser technicians, and aestheticians on a laser- and cosmetics-driven quest to rejuvenate skin. After entering the spacious, chic lobby, clients step into private rooms where lasers kill hair follicles, the Venus Freeze's magnetic fields and radio frequency tighten skin, and HydraFacials leave faces more radiant than the Hydra after it slew Hercules. Organic ingredients wait to escape the confines of RSVP Med Spa's collection of skincare products from RSVP Med Spa Cosmeceuticals, Neocutis, SkinCeuticals, Epionce, Colorescience, and NIA24.