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.
Between working, working up an appetite, and working out, it can be hard for a busy person to work on their skin. That?s why Girl on the Go! Night Spa stays open until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, offering beauty services that cater to the packed schedules of nine-to-fivers, students, and London Guards prone to acne. The unique, one-on-one appointment system ensures each client commands the entire spa to themselves, soaking in the peace and quiet as skin luxuriates in hydrating facials and antioxidant-rich body treatments. Despite its feminine moniker, the spa also tailors skin treatments and waxing sessions to suit the needs of guys on the go, and its reliance on organic products from Epicuren, Ilike Organic, Yonka, and Lucrece keeps services accessible to eco-conscious complexions.
Pale blue walls and snowy white accents lend Salon Xcess a cloud-like aura that reflects the fun yet relaxing atmosphere fostered by its staff. Throughout the day, the snips of their scissors mingle with the cheerful laughter of a pedicurist chatting with patrons as she gilds toes in bright polish. This welcoming ambiance translates into personalized services, such as pre-cut consultations conducted so stylists can analyze each client’s face shape, complexion, and dream journal to help determine a flattering hairstyle or color. Along with an abundance of friendliness, the staff possesses a wealth of tress-based know-how, including an arsenal of tricks and treatments to restore radiance to rough, dry, oily, and frizzy hair.
One of the first rock ‘n’ roll barbershops, Floyd’s 99 Barbershop combines an electrifying atmosphere with reasonable prices. The East Village location’s corner storefront is rimmed with comfortable seating and has been providing San Diegans with top-of-the-line hair services for almost five years. There are about a dozen stations behind a tall reception counter plastered with bold graphics, and rock posters are splashed across walls that resound with a matching sound track. Appointments are encouraged, but all of the select stylists are well trained and will provide all clients with an excellent cut. The salon/barbershop is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Sundays.
Every pair of eyes is unique. That's the view at Blink Lash Boutique, where owners Janelle Koch and Jen Pearson lead a skilled staff in providing custom eyelash extensions for their guests. Each team member applies synthetic extensions one by one, making lashes longer without fitting them for tiny platform shoes. The strands themselves are available in a variety of styles and thicknesses to create looks from subtle to dramatic. No matter what the desired outcome, the team places client safety and comfort first?Jen and Janelle are both professional aestheticians, and all of their fellow lash stylists undergo rigorous training to ensure their work is suitably flirtatious.
Stil at the Meridian's stylists personalize care to each patron and apply skills learned through continued aesthetic education. The approximately five-minute feathering process begins with the selection of the perfect plume from the salon's supply, which is harvested from down pillows hoping to sneak into a lower weight class. A stylist fuses the feather to hair follicles with a bead or bond extension that can be resilient enough to endure an array of strenuous activities, including swimming. Avian-inspired tufts can also withstand temperatures up to 400 degrees, allowing regular flat-ironing and previously scheduled dragon dental work to continue unimpeded. To retire fringe, patrons simply take out the bead or bond, or return to the salon for a quick removal ($5), which is not included in this Groupon.