House of Ebbitt’s attentive beauty mavens burnish bodies with a slew of waxing services and augment hair hue with coloring treatments. Exterminate vagrant leg hairs with a full-leg waxing, or sculpt and smoothen the face with a preening of the chin, upper lip, and eyebrows. During a Brazilian wax, one of these seasoned staffers shellacs follicular mongrels with Lycon blue hard wax, a comfortable alternative to the common hair-expunging materials of duct tape and piranhas. Those attending to head tresses undergo a personalized consultation and receive topographical maps of hair growth before clippings commence. Based on personal cosmetic desires and the advice of artisan shear-smiths, styling takes place after privileged locks are treated to a partial highlighting.
The full-service beautifying hot spot boasts a staff of professional people-pamperers who fashion eye curtains and brows into aesthetically pleasing shapes within its cheery confines. Experienced aestheticians will apply a full set of NovaLash extensions to your own natural ocular whiskers, diminishing the necessity for mascara. Lashes are available in varying lengths, and a lash fill ($50) can be added at any time for a more dramatic look. The salon recommends getting a lash fill every two to three weeks to maintain the appearance of luscious peepers. Dexterous brow artists will tweeze and form expression makers during an eyebrow wax, applying a mild, warm wax ideal for shaping stray above-the-eye tresses into sleek arches of debonair face decoration.
Back in the 1960s, beauty was so simple that some beauty parlors—like the nine traditional ones run by Robert Andrew Zupko—only had one service: roller sets. But beauty trends began to change, so Zupko changed right along with them, adding skincare and nailcare to his hairstyling business. When 1996 hit the calendars, the salon evolved into a full-fledged day spa that covered 7,000 square feet.
Zupko has since created Robert Andrew – The Salon & Spa, a 22,000-square-foot Tuscan-style getaway nestled in the giant scalene triangle that connects D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore. Inside the salon, more than 90 beauty professionals—including nail technicians, massage therapists, and stylists—shape and polish nails, snip split ends, and disentangle achy muscle knots. The salon also boasts a troupe of Yon-Ka trained aestheticians who remove dead skin cells with pumpkin enzymes and melt away frozen funny faces with hot-stone facials.
More recently, Zupko opened Robert Andrew Medical Spa, where the spotlight's on lasers, injectables, chemical peels, and other high-tech skincare services.
At John James Salon, a Paul Mitchell Salon, continuously educated nail artists brush on complexion-flattering shades during the one-hour Shellac manicure and express pedicure. After buffing and shaping nails, artists finish fingers with a no-chip topcoat and efficiently polish toes, leaving extremities as colorful as a sailor’s vocabulary. Alternatively, stylists clear stubble from an area of a client's choosing, chasing fuzz off of cheeks, underarms, or brows. Three Brazilian waxes leave bikini lines smooth and hairless for months, and three neck waxes are great for getting Cerberus ready for a date.
Guided by family traditions of holistic medicine and respect for nature, Pamela Reynolds helps restore her client's health at Inspired Thru Nature, a natural health center that specializes in colon hydrotherapy. A family history of digestive disorders informs Pamela's practice, and many of her treatments aim to detox the digestive tract and return the body to its natural, healthy state through methods such as ionic footbaths, infrared-sauna sessions, body wraps, and ear candling. Irodology, one of Pamela's signature treatments, uses noninvasive technology to examine the iris, which provides pointed insights into overall health and celebrity-lookalike matches.
Apothecary Wellness Spa's service menu may be long and diverse, but every treatment has one thing in common: holistic, eco-friendly products and techniques that calm the mind and reveal beauty naturally. Facials rely on formulas from Naturopathica and Ilike Organic Skincare to purify and revitalize complexions through fully personalized treatments, each of which include soothing massages and a bounty of hot towels. Custom-massage sessions benefit from the addition of individually blended essential oils, and body treatments soften the skin by imparting essences of wholesome fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Even the waxing treatments take a natural approach by using Nufree, a plant-based, hair-removal formula that's naturally antibacterial and free of waxes and sugars, resulting in less skin irritation than the hard waxes or recently-lit birthday candles used by other spas.