After absorbing foundational and cutting-edge hairstyling techniques in both Paris and New York, Sammy Amarti brought that knowledge home to Washington, DC, and opened up the eponymous Salon Amarti. For 15 years, Sammy and the salon's stable of hairstylists and aestheticians have ushered clients into a tasteful salon space, now swathed in serene lavender and tan hues, to prepare for one of many meticulously executed salon treatments. Hairstylists and color experts use their aesthetic eyes and clients’ feedback to craft ‘dos that enhance facial features or artfully disguise regrettable full-face tattoos of Mike Tyson’s face. Pampering extends beyond the scalp during expert nail services executed by efficient and highly skilled nail technicians. Massage therapists work to reduce stress with light Swedish strokes, deep-tissue work, or the therapeutic signature massage. To tap the fountain of youth, skincare specialists perform facials to clear blemishes and slough away dullness, and they restore suppleness with a line of chemical peels.
Like a sculptor handling a block of marble, Michelle’s Beauty Day Spa's staff expose the radiance within weary patrons via rejuvenating services for bodies, nails, and faces. They whisk patrons into the serene atmosphere of private rooms to perform treatments such as their signature express facial or a prenatal massage that eases pregnancy-centric aches such as muscle tension, leg cramps, and neck kinks caused by scanning the skies for incoming storks.
Bazzak Hair Salon's new location—a 120-plus-year-old brownstone townhouse in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria—not only oozes charm and character but has also allowed the staff to expand its service menu. The team of American- and European-trained designers and master colorists has been caring for hair for more than 30 years, and also now can soften hands with soothing paraffin mani-pedis or calm the skin with an organic white-tea facial.
For their hair services, staffers still nourish locks with the natural and eco-friendly ingredients in René Furterer and Privé products, and specialize in adding face-framing accents or ombre highlights that, like a firefly falling asleep, slowly transition from light to dark.
Salon deZen's skilled nail technician Tomiko pampers finger- and toe-caps with diligent filing and OPI polish in a classic manicure and pedicure service. Over the course of about an hour, files shape nail tips into graceful ovals or squares, then neatening sticks push land-grabbing cuticles back to their own domains. Feet relax with a soothing soak and scrub after parched digits soak in hydrating lotion. Finally, clients select a favored hue from the spectrum of OPI nail polishesand then watch Tomiko paint it on with Mondrian-esque exactitude.