When you're dreaming up a new look with the stylists and nail technicians of Garcia's Hair Salon, the sky's the limit. Hair can transform into perfect ombre ringlets or sleek, subtly highlighted bobs, and mani-pedis impart styles ranging from coy (crisp French tips) to dramatic (glittering 3D embellishments that recite Shakespeare when held up to your ear). Such versatile fashions demand an equally stylish setting, and Garcia's decor delivers: accent walls alternate between cream, red, and brick, and a healthy dose of sunlight keeps the moods as lofty as the updos.
Swirls, sparkles, and colors that flow seamlessly from light to dark adorn the fingernails and toenails that leave NIAN Duré Hair and Nail Studio, situated within Mocha City Beauty. In addition to nail art, the technicians apply colorful acrylics and permanent french whites. To match the gussied-up mitts, the staff also caters to hair of all textures with a variety of styling 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.
Tres Chic Salon and Spa's innovative and down-to-earth staff revamps appearances with extensive offerings of hair, skincare, nail, massage, and waxing services. As clients arrive, textures of stone and leather introduce clients to the facility's luxurious feel as guests await their complimentary consultations, available for all services. Beauty experts armed with beauty products from Aveda, Moroccanoil, and Dermalogica then snip strands and cosset façades, providing clients with a naturally lit respite from the outside world. Digit designers in the secluded mani-pedi nook encourage in-depth conversations about polish trends and their effect on partisan politics, and aestheticians polish dermises in private spa rooms with procedures that include a sugar body treatment.
With its starkly elegant black-and-white design scheme, On Stage Salon exudes a modern vibe that belies its 40 years in business. Ornate chandeliers illuminate the cushy, ebony salon chairs, from which stylists transform the manes of women, men, and children. A time-honed slate of services draw from cutting-edge products such as Moroccanoil, Paul Mitchell, and Wella color. The mirrors at each styling station—along with the delicately painted curlicues above them—reflect clients' newly minted perms, waves, and Slinky extensions.