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 Ren? Furterer and Priv? products, and specialize in adding face-framing accents or ombre highlights that, like a firefly falling asleep, slowly transition from light to dark.
The quintet of stylists at Giani Hair Salon work to make clients' hair a source of beauty and self-confidence. Each person who walks through the salon's doors is made the center of attention throughout their appointments or sudden games of charades. While stylists sculpt designer cuts, brush in foil highlights, or refresh hair with luxurious shampoos, clients relax with a glass of wine and enjoy relaxing scalp massages. The team uses only high-end products from brands such as Morrocanoil, Sebastian, and Bumble and bumble.
Situated at the corner of a historic building in Old Town Alexandria, Penelope's Vanity looks as though it’s always been there. During the salon’s 18-year history, visitors have come to consider the salon a stress-free hub where they can leave their anxieties at the door and indulge in hours of time dedicated to themselves. The stylists’ ever-present hospitality is nowhere better exemplified than through the number of clients who stop in to chat or treat their hair to visiting hours with stylists on days they don’t have an appointment. After 5 p.m., the staff opens bottles of wine and champagne for clients to sip as they complete hair and skin treatments.
But the salon isn't only smiles and champagne. Under its neighborly exterior pulses a client-care philosophy rooted in providing superior haircare and skincare. The lead stylist helms the team with training from London's Vidal Sassoon school and excels at matching colors and cuts with guests’ lifestyles. With 18 years of experience in correcting complexions, the salon’s aesthetician is able to help clients overcome skin woes or indulge in an afternoon of pampering. During each shampoo, retexturing, and color service, the team treats hair with Aveda's organic, plant-based, eco-friendly products.
Trichologists study the hair and the scalp, making them experts in the science of balding. The specialized team at The Hair Loss Clinic Trichological Associates recognizes that balding can be caused by a range of conditions—from hereditary to psychological issues—and knows it takes a professional eye to diagnose and treat the problem. Staffers use nutritional and hormonal therapies to remedy some temporary hair-loss conditions. Though there is no cure for genetic hair loss, they attempt to halt familial thinning and resod rooftop gardens with topical products and low-level laser therapy.
Whole Health Medical Center's acupuncture treatments are extremely versatile. Using just thin needles and a gentle touch, the team can address dozens of issues such as anxiety, arthritis, or seasonal affective disorder. Using the latest CryoProbe technology, the team addresses blemishes such as moles, skin growths, or warts, removing them with precision. They administer other holistic treatments, including medical facials and massages. They also maintain green business practices, like using organic products free from harsh chemicals and destructive anti-matter.
Signature Service: Haircut, highlight, color, relaxer, keratin
Brands Used: Redken and Paul Mitchell
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: "My vision is to make the world feel beautiful. One at a time"