Hair Cuttery traces its roots to 1973, when newlyweds and hairstylists Dennis and Ann Ratner jointly decided that the salons they worked at left something to be desired—and that they could do better. The next year, they opened their first Hair Cuttery, chasing a vision of fashion-forward cuts and styles as well as a more customer-friendly, comfortable salon experience. In the ensuing decades, their idea has blossomed like a well-watered head of hair, growing to encompass 750 salons in 16 states.
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.
In Rafet's spacious, brightly lit salon, mirrored styling stations line yellow and orange walls and smooth columns stretch toward the ceiling. Colorful rows of products score shelves and decorative pots hold fresh flowers and plants that dream of improving petal texture with a quality conditioner. Amid these cozy accents, professional stylists craft classic and trendy styles with deft hair cutting, coloring, and highlighting services. Clients discuss desired look in a consultation as stylists estimate the service duration and perform a face-shape analysis to make sure client's aren't pixilated video-game characters. Soft black chairs cradle backs as gentle hands massage scalps with luxurious shampoo and conditioner. Scissors snip tresses into an aesthetic shape before stylists apply a tinting formula specifically calibrated to the client's mane. Waxing and makeup services are also available.
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.
Though La'Sonia Nicole Salon and Spa is a new establishment, the center's technicians use time-tested treatments to beautify their clients. Massage therapists rely on the traditional techniques of Swedish massage, which features long, flowing strokes that ease muscle aches and release tension. During a classic European facial, aestheticians deeply cleanse skin to brighten and smooth the complexion, and a spa pedicure leaves digits more polished than a dog that’s been taught to bark with a British accent.
At Eye Candy Hair Studio, stylists like to get to know their clients. By learning about their lifestyle, personality, and fashion sense, staffers can customize the cut that’s right for clients and their facial features. Stylists can use graduation techniques to lengthen the appearance of a short neck or add soft waves to enhance the appearance of an oval-shaped face. Working with all lengths and styles of hair, stylists also perform highlighting and color treatments that run the gamut from subtle to ultra bold. Color Sync methods give hair a glassy sheen, and accent foils add a touch of color while improving communication between the client and nearby extraterrestrials. Eye Candy’s list of services includes men’s and kids' cuts, as well as perms and waxing services.
With regard to indoor tanning, there are few things more annoying than those sunburned, itchy spots you get on your pressure points from laying directly on a tanning bed's bulbs. But with beds like Miami Escape Tanning's new Matrix L33 level 5 model, that's a thing of the past: the cylindrical bed has a transparent surface that resembles a giant-sized microscope slide, elevating bodies off the half-circle of bulbs lined up beneath. The 360-degree bed is equipped with 33 high-pressure UVA bulbs designed to tan entire bodies evenly.
In addition to the Matrix L33 and Miami Escape's other beds, there are four additional tanning levels. Clients can choose to purchase their tanning by the session, or reduce their cost per tan by opting for unlimited 7-day, 30-day, 60-day, or 90-day packages. Those who commit to club memberships receive even deeper discounts on monthly packages, as do military service personnel.