Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists. Use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and blow-dry ($29–$38) and lean back and dream of break-dancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head-hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving blow-dry for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring ($55–$70), highlights ($75–$90), or a perm ($55–$70). Prices vary by location.
Certified massage therapist Martha Z. Chambers mitigates aggravations of the minds, bodies, and nostrils of her clients with her itinerary of aromatherapy massages. Lend a tormented dorsal region to the Swedish massage, which uses long, flowing strokes to loosen up gnarly knots and relieve subdermal tension.
Eclipz Hair Studio Spa is a full-service beauty oasis whose mani-pedi maven has been sprucing cuticles and doting on nail beds for more than 25 years. Pampering begins with a beguiling sugar scrub, just rough enough for bad-boy-loving dry skin cells to pack up and run away with it. Hydration, relaxation, and Halloween ensue, with hand masks and a pedal-paraffin treatment that envelops feet in a cocoon of warm waxen bliss. Eclipz also provides myriad hues of OPI polishes to swathe convex keratin caps in luxurious coats of pigmented polish.
At Talk of the Town A Salon, a cast of hairstylists, skin specialists, and nail technicians beautifies patrons from cowlick to cuticle. Talented stylists wield scissors or chainsaws to cut off overgrown lengths and shape strands into elegant coiffures, and beauty experts custom-design facials to fit individual skin concerns. In the nail corner, technicians indulge hands and feet with relaxing spa manicures, and embellish digits with colorful Shellac gel that lasts for up to two weeks or acrylic fills.
Within Illusions Salon and Boutique, Noelle Davies practices her carefully curated repertoire of anti-aging skin treatments. Noelle precedes each of her sessions with a complimentary skin consultation to determine which of her chemical peels, facials, or other medical-grade treatments best addresses each client’s unique skin condition.
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.