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.
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.
5th Avenue Salon’s multitude of beautifiers spiff up weary physiques from top to toe. Hands fatigued from guerilla-thumb warfare unwind as one of the seasoned staffers buffs and files during a manicure, whereas battered soles take a 10-toed load off during a soothing pedicure. Once clients' extremities are sufficiently cleansed and burnished, technicians artfully daub nails with a traditional polish or, for an additional fee, Gelish polish to facilitate stylish, runway-grade direction pointing. Alternatively, adroit skin gurus kick off the one-hour classic European facial with a cleansing-and-toning treatment designed to whisk away epidermal impurities from all skin types before a thorough exfoliation and steam. Then, a therapeutic massage melts away tension icicles from faces, shoulders, and necks with calming kneads and strokes, paving the way for a custom facemask that swaddles cheeks in a skin-transforming veil. The application of a healing eye-care treatment and moisturizing SPF lotion conclude treatments, leaving faces feeling as good as a million-dollar bill lounging in a beachside hammock.
The beauty professionals of Escape Your Day Salon maintain an atmosphere that's as relaxing as it is whimsical. Not only do they groom and polish human nails, but they also dress-up dogs’ paws, decking each claw with color. They guide patrons to a hot-pink room for UV tanning sessions and seat them on mint-hued chairs for salon services, such as coloring treatments, perms, and beard trims. They keep shelving units stocked with professional-grade products for hair, skin, and nails, outfitting clients and bull mastiffs with the shampoos and polishes they'll need to maintain their new looks.