Judging by the salon's impressive online photo gallery of eye-grabbing manicures, Nail It Salon lives up to their name?they nail it every time. The skilled nail technician bestows fingers and toes with sleek french tips, or restores them with nail shaping and gentle cuticle care during mani-pedis. She also offers long-lasting shellac polish, which deflects chips for up to two weeks.
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.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.
After sinking into the cushy throne of a massaging pedicure chair, Angel Nails' clients often sink into deep relaxation. While they relax, nail technicians groom and pamper their feet with treatments such as hot towels and exfoliating brown-sugar scrubs, then meticulously apply even coats of polish. The salon's manicure services are just as detailed?options range from glam VINYLUX colors to durable no-chip manicures that last through weeks of typing, drumming on tabletops, or scratching dissonant solos on chalkboards.
At Golden Ivy Beauty Salon, hairstylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians administer high-quality beauty care with a special emphasis on personalized service. They demonstrate their devotion to this individualized approach by conducting a consultation before every session. All of Golden Ivy's staff members work for themselves as independent contractors, so they each take personal pride in the quality of their facials, manicures, and haircuts.