Like a trail of breadcrumbs in a dense forest, organic spa treatments guide guests to beauty and graceful, healthy aging at Vita Revive's European-inspired retreat. An expert team, including clinical aestheticians, a certified nutritional consultant, and a master reiki practitioner, reflects Vita Revive’s hybrid identity as both a wellness center and a spa. Together, these professionals blend Eastern and Western approaches, soothing stress with the ancient kneading of massage and targeted pressure of reflexology while fighting fine lines and wrinkles with modern facial treatments that rely on glycolic acid, pressurized oxygen, and microcurrents. Advanced technology fuels the spa’s infrared sauna and infrared body wraps, whereas old-fashioned water works its timeless wonders during a Vichy shower, whose high-pressure jets create a rain massage so that clients don't have to squeeze into their dishwasher for a full cycle.
As its name implies, the spa and wellness center incorporates USDA-approved organic ingredients into its treatments, crafting body wraps with seaweed algae extracts, moor mud, and Mediterranean wine and honey. The space itself also pays homage to the natural world with the earthy beige tones and bamboo flooring that outfit seven private treatment rooms.
When she isn’t taking time to work with her many youth-based organizations, owner Lakiesha Jernagin leads her team of licensed cosmetologists as they help enhance the natural beauty of customers with hairstyling services, nailcare, and facials. The salon is split into two floors, providing plenty of space and privacy for customers. On the first floor, conditioning services repair hair damaged from the sun’s rays or the moon’s disapproving gaze, while cuts and colors update looks to accentuate facial features. Damaged nails regain strength on the second floor, where pedicure chairs and manicure stations reside. Inside private treatment rooms, spa services such as facials and massages ward off tension.
Meander through the sunny rooms of Trenditions Salon, and you can catch a glimpse of stylist Rebecca snipping up a sleek pixie cut or Tara coloring hair in glimmering golden highlights. During football season, you might spot stylist Cheryl adorning locks with bold purple tinsel extensions in honor of the Baltimore Ravens. The trio of seasoned hairdressers bustle across the salon's handsome hardwood and cheerful checkered floors, performing an array of hair services for women, men, and children alike. They smooth frizz with advanced hair-glossing and Japanese straightening treatments, and arrange locks into elegant up-dos for formal events. The versatile beauticians also extend their expertise to facial waxing and transform faces with professional makeup application services—ideal for brides primping for their big days or competitors in very serious games of hide-and-go-seek.
Many different cultures and ethnicities contribute to the tapestry that is America, each with its own traditions and customs. At Eden Salon, stylists embrace all hair types no matter the ethnic background. They specialize in hair services that cater to a wide array of hair textures and types, like curly, kinky or super fine. They can create a natural look, press hair to straight and soft, or add extensions to existing tresses.
This Aveda salon is supervised by Dawn Caldwell and Kristy Heron, who have more than three decades of salon- and spa-industry experience between them. Dawn specializes in hair color, much like a chameleon perched on a Sasquatch's shoulder, and Kristy is a massage therapist, who also wields a master’s in acupuncture to free up disruptive energy blockages. The duo teams up with a staff of aestheticians, nail technicians, and stylists to treat guests to facials, acupuncture, massages, and salon treatments.
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.