Each with more than 10 years of experience behind them, the knowledgeable stylists at Garby’s Salon call upon their expertise while cosseting strands with products from Matrix and Paul Mitchell. Nail technicians add soothing paraffin-wax dips to manicures and paint toes with OPI or China Glaze polish. To complete their clients’ spa experiences, aestheticians and therapists oust stress with massages, facials, and reflexology treatments.
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.
At more than 140 locations across the country, the staff at Hollywood Tans maintains an average of 15 booths so its customers need not wait or make appointments for their tanning sessions. Each HT-manufactured, proprietary booth is set up vertically for a more sanitary experience, during which high-performance bulbs bronze bodies in less time than standard models. In addition to UV tanning, Mystic Tan vestibules send out mists of bronzers and moisturizers in one of four settings.
Given that its name means "the opportune time" in Greek, it's no wonder that Kairos sees every moment as a chance to relieve someone's pain or stress. At the spa's core is a team of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians who, thanks to their diverse backgrounds, can perform a range of pampering services. During massages, deft hands use hot stones, aromatherapy, and other techniques to loosen knots and work out tension. Over on the skincare side, custom facial treatments use Rep?chage products to erase fine lines and restore skin's youthful glow.
LA Bronze Ultra Luxe Tanning Studios service tanners on the go and provides a respite for those looking to relax. Inside stand-up booths, clients remain on their feet while up to 60 bulbs create a 360-degree tan. Clients may also choose to stand up for a twelve-minute session inside a warm capsule or choose a bronze hue to have misted on their skin and settling into a sun-kissed glow in three hours. Those looking to enhance their tans can purchase power lotions, bronzers, accelerators, and cooling lotions from the salon’s collection of tanning products.
Nothing can last forever, but try telling that to Dana Hadley. The owner and aesthetician of Preserve Skin Care works to reverse the effects of aging with a range of custom treatments designed to improve the quality and texture of skin. There's a treatment here for nearly every skin concern, from dryness to cellulite. And Hadley isn't afraid of new technologies, offering diamond-tip microdermabrasion treatments, PCA peels, and force fields to keep out acne-causing bacteria.