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 our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 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 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 a UK-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 Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
Tangerine walls, tangerine chairs, tangerine dividers between the hair-driers and the styling stations. Hair on You Salon and Spa harnesses the vibrancy and boldness of the citrusy fruit to mirror the personalities of owner and senior stylist Veronica Scales-Howard and her talented staff of beauty gurus. In tandem, the stylists, aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians revamp flagging exteriors, leaving clients more confident than a time traveler betting on a horserace. Hair pros reshape coifs for men and women, add color and dimension to dull shades with highlights and double-process color treatments, and retexturize strands to take them from straight to curly or back. Cassandra, the resident skin specialist, summons Dermalogica products and clay and seaweed wraps to rejuvenate the skin, whereas a massage therapist combats stress and aches with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports modalities. Nail technicians wrap up makeovers with indulgent spa mani-pedis topped off with colorful polish.
East meets West whenever licensed massage therapist Zoraida Alvarez kneads ailing muscles. A member of the american massage therapy association, she reduces swelling and supports the immune system with lymphatic-drainage therapy and uses trigger-point techniques to release tender knots that coil up in response to mental or physical stress. Zoraida often tailors her massages for cancer patients who have unique needs that require gentle and focused attention. She also helps athletes by hunting down muscle imbalances, inflammation, and any underlying sources of pain. Her Lypossage sessions aim to help weight-loss endeavors by reducing inches, cellulite, and the number of pets people keep in their pockets.
When clients are candid about their needs, licensed massage therapist Abria Ebright can cherry-pick massage modalities that fit their preferences––and that's when best results are achieved. Abria may access lower later muscles––or fascia––with firm deep-tissue bodywork, or administer more energy-based healing with reflexology or shiatsu techniques. Abria also offers hot-stone massages to help improve clients’ range of motion, and promote blood circulation in wooden marionettes that have dreams of becoming human.
Whether clients visit Christina Josephs Salon for a haircut, a wig or extension fitting, a facial, or a massage, they benefit from a team trained in a sprawling array of services. Bodies get beach ready with waxing, airbrush tanning, and dolphin-language courses. Photographers are on-hand to snap headshots, boudoir photos, and glamour pics. Products at the salon bear labels boasting brands such as Bioelements, CND Shellac, and Redken.
Massage therapist Ruth's clients refer to her as "Dr. Ruth"—a loving testament to her effect on their physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. Ruth carefully tailors massage work to the unique needs of each client, coupling Swedish and deep-tissue strokes with soft music and soothing oils. Clients can also request Ruth's specialty hot-stone massage to boost blood circulation and drain the lymph nodes.
The technicians at Wellness Therapy proffer holistic alternatives to invasive procedures, performing a trio of massage modalities to abate aches and unwind knots. Their menu includes Swedish massages—which employ gliding, kneading, and cross-fiber friction to uncoil knots—and deep-tissue massages, which use the same techniques to target lower-lying tissue. They also offer hot-stone massages, which can eradicate tension or lessen pain from a muscle-related injury, and facials that cleanse while moisturizing skin.