In 1993, Sonia Miller-Hill saw an opportunity. Noting the lack of trained hair and spa professionals in her community, she started Chez Sonia Hair Studio. In the 20 years since, the salon has blossomed into a bustling hub for myriad beauty services. Sonia’s stylists specialize in sew-in weaves and fusion hair extensions, but they also offer more basic services such as haircuts, shampoos, and childhood headband burials. In keeping with Sonia’s original goals, they also stay up-to-date on new trends and technology through continuing education opportunities.
The certified personal trainers and registered dietitians at Marino's Body Shop strive to help their clients hit lean fitness goals with scientifically calibrated athletic training, weight loss, and muscle building programs designed to keep them safe and motivated. In addition to personal training sessions, the staff leads teams through a metabolic group coaching program that includes such exercises as flipping giant tires and small submarines. They also work with high-school athletes to build sport-specific strength and stamina for a more successful season. When not working out with clients, the shop's fitness experts show the ropes to future trainers and physical therapists while leading continuing education classes.
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.
While the stylists at Affinity LLC gab with clients in either English or Italian, they shape hair into equally diverse styles through a variety of salon services. They use products including Pureology concoctions to carry out everything from blowouts and highlights. Along with changing up hairstyles before they fossilize and stay that way forever, Affinity's staff removes unwanted hair with facial wax and decorates nails with long-lasting OPI gel polish.
At Paris Hair Salon, owner Lisa Paris leads a team of color specialists, who bring creativity and high-quality products to every head of hair they treat. Bottles bearing brand names such as Aloxxi Color, Tigi, and Aquage help the stylists reshape and re-shade tired strands, and Brazilian blowout treatments bring a sense of calm to manes beset by frizz. The salon is also a DevaCurl location, meaning its stylists are well suited to meet the unique needs of hair that is naturally curly or covered in fusilli pasta.