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In addition to waxing off unwanted hair, the technicians of K Spa use professional nail polishes to accent digits. Their signature mani-pedi promotes the health of hands, feet, and baseball mitts celebrating their birthday.

21 South B Street
San Mateo,
CA
US

Unless you save up enough money to hire a body double, there can be only one of you. That's why Salon 1416's primary goal is to tailor treatments to the needs of the individual, whether it be a signature facial or a new haircut and color customized to flatter one's features. They put a new twist on the standard salon services, too. For example, nail technicians soften hands with hot towels instead of with long soaks in water, which results in more malleable nails and a more luxurious treatment. Waxing and airbrush tanning round out their stable of beautifying services.

1461 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame,
CA
US

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.

173 Hillsdale Mall
San Mateo,
CA
US