Skin experts at Esthetics Center rely on noninvasive scientific advancements to cultivate smooth, youthful complexions but draw on an ancient Indian art to redesign unruly eyebrows. Skin analyses can lead to custom facials with Shahnaz Husain herbal creams, enzyme therapy gentle enough for those with rosacea, or the outing of secret identities with better skin. Advanced exfoliation procedures involving microcrystal sprays and chemical serums reveal fresh, healthy skin as well as the depth of the aestheticians' knowledge. Body and facial waxing is an exclusive privilege of women at Esthetics Center, but the team extends their skills in eyebrow threading—an age-old technique that uses thread to nab hair but not skin—to both sexes.
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.
Vastly preferred over the HydraulicFacial, which can cause the face to ostentatiously bounce up and down while cruising the streets, Kansas City Dermatology's 30-minute HydraFacial offers a more comfortable alternative to macrodermabrasion and is particularly suited to acne-riddled skull-rinds. The treatment begins with a cleanse to scrub away any dirt or blemishy chutzpah from seasons past, then chases it with a gentle exfoliation process that removes dead skin cells to make room for younger, more rambunctious skin. Dr. McCune and his experienced staff will then apply an antioxidant-filled treatment to rustproof your flesh emoticon against inclement weather. A final hydrating formula gives your face a radiant glow that is usually only achieved by combining stained glass with sainthood.
When guests walk out of Salon Ji, they always feel different from when they entered, whether they’re reveling in newfound confidence due to a fresh hairstyle or an aura of relaxation after a soothing massage. In addition to cuts and color, stylists sweep hair into elegant updos, add extensions, or decorate locks with trendy feathers, which can help clients establish a good rapport with neighborhood sparrows. Nail specialists treat hands and feet to mani-pedis using regular or long-lasting Shellac polish, which remains chip-free for up to two weeks. The staff further pampers guests with facials and body waxing.
Pendant lights cast a soft glow over Salon Ji’s sleek purple-gray walls, which contrast with a collection of vibrant paintings. Waiting guests can cozy up in modern black armchairs and browse the web with complimentary WiFi while sipping coffee.
Armed with a variety of spa services, Salon Burget’s highly trained squad of specialists imparts sentient stick figures with style and confidence in a comfy atmosphere. If you seek to speed your way to a professional, finished image, treat your arm enders to an express treatment with today's digit-enhancing duo. Salon Burget's 25-minute express manicure ($20) flattens out hand humbugs such as ragged tips, hangnails, dull claws, and feathered talons, beginning with a nail trim, shaping, and a cuticle push and leading to a nail buff and shine. Meanwhile, the 30-minute shellac treatment puts a finishing glimmer on a primped likeness with the choice of shellac french tips ($22) or a color or clear shellac ($17), a strong, naturally derived polish. Shellac's UV curing also nixes drying time, helping busy clients get back on the go quickly.
Despite its scrappy name, Jagged Edge Salon's interior is bright and polished, with sleek hardwood floors and electric-blue walls. From the bowl to the chair, stylists wash and style hair with top-shelf products from Matrix and Redken, thickening locks with moisturizing conditioners or illuminating them with all-over highlights. In private rooms that line one wall of the salon, clients can grab their favorite teddy bear and lie down in tanning booths of varying levels.