When Maureen Schantz founded Alternative Health Associates more than two decades ago, she did so with a simple concept in mind: bring together professionals who can tend to customers’ every aesthetic need. She and her staff do just that with a wide range of cosmetic services, ranging from Maureen’s specialty, electrolysis, to Botox and waxing. But their services also extend into aspects of health. Swedish and deep-tissue massages disperse aches, and a protein-oriented weight-loss program builds muscle and gets rid of fat faster than a firm handshake from a really muscular cousin.
Stepping into Metropolitan Nail Bar is like entering a modish 1960s club. Bright-red retro loveseats groove in the waiting area. Black lights dapple patches of the spa in their electric glow. Cushy camel benches line the walls, with whirlpool tubs below each station. To entertain guests, a flat-screen TV faces a circular chrome bar and blue-light drying station.
If posh environs weren’t sufficient to make visitors feel like VIPs, the savvy crew of nail techs augments services with indulgent extras usually reserved for celebrities and presidential ghosts. Manicures and cocktail-themed pedicures come with hot-towel wraps and massages, and optional add-ons include reflexology and acupressure foot treatments.
A regal lobby welcomes guests into Georgetown Electrolysis Skin Care, with swirled wallpaper accenting a corner fireplace, around which a chaise, an ottoman, and plush couches are situated. As they pass under a crystal-dripped chandelier and into private treatment rooms, guests will discover that the staff members who perform each service mirror the coziness of their confines. The spa’s specialties include deep-cleansing facials, massage, and body wraps that battle cellulite and unwanted inches. Staff members also use electrolysis and laser hair removal to permanently oust unwanted fuzz from the body, as well as from sheep who plan to retire to the Caribbean.
The proprietor of The White Peacock named her salon after a unique animal that, despite its unadorned feathers, often draws more oohs and aahs than its more ostentatious kin. The animal's subtle, yet striking look embodies the salon's philosophy: "Beauty is bold in its simplest form." Here, a skilled aesthetician reveals her clients' own natural good looks through facials, artful waxing, and herbal body retexurization treatments. Add-on services fight acne and the signs of aging, and brow tweezing sculpts eyebrows into arches, tapered lines, or Morse code messages. To improve features even further, she also delivers makeup applications, lash extensions, and lash tinting.
Harnessing the tempered pulses of laser technology, Gente Spa Laser Center?s technicians have removed fine and coarse hairs from skin surfaces for more than 15 years. The GentleMax laser removes follicles with minimal discomfort due to its small size and cooling system. During each treatment, a medical professional runs a handheld wand over patches of hair, applying therapeutic heat to raise each strand. A laser pulse then dislodges the hair and a pulse of cooling cryogen spray coats the area just like an unbalanced basketball coach covers the floor in maple syrup before practice.
The house laser also powers other services as well. The targeted beams can get to the root of toenail fungus problems to leave feet sandal-ready. And during skin-tightening and facial services, lasers revitalize the skin to leave it looking more youthful and minimize the appearance of age spots or birth marks.