Staffed by a team of professionals that deliver everything from haute new hairstyles to eyelash extensions, Yvonne's Day Spa has received particular attention from sources such as MSNBC's Today Show for its unique Fish-y-cure pedicures, which rely on tropical fish to exfoliate feet. Toothless Garra rufa, or doctor fish, hail from the freshwater world's top medical schools, but have been invited stateside for the gentle way they nibble dead skin from between the toes, as guests relax into a leather massage chair and dangle their feet in the creature's warm, watery habitat. After watching the treatment soar to popularity, and dedicating countless hours to learning to breed and care for his tiny aestheticians, co-owner John Ho franchised the idea and made it the signature of all Yvonne's locations. CBS rated the spa's manicures and pedicures as among the best in the DC area in 2011, as they extend beyond the aquarium to include OPI products and high-tech UV gel?curing methods. Stylists offer guests soda and coffee before offering scalps nourishing sips from bottles of hair care products including Goldwell, Nexxus, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell. Hot stones and glass cups gain healing powers in the hands of Yvonne's massage therapists, and ingredients including sea salt, honey, and cappuccino lotion infuse many treatments to leave skin glowing with health and ready for a snack.
Certified surgeon Dr. Anouche M. Roberts of Liquid Facelift Centers combines surgical expertise with a passion for aesthetic medicine. Her expert knowledge of the face aids her as she wards off signs of aging with liquid facelifts and laser treatments using a laser new to the industry. A restrained aesthetic style, attention to detail, and knack for all things artistic round out Dr. Roberts? qualifications and explain her affinity for cross-stitching all of her patients? post-op prescriptions rather than writing them. Having performed more than 5,000 injectable procedures using the micro-cannula injection technique, Dr. Roberts has mastered performing pain-free, precise injections with little to no bruising.
At Royal Essence Skincare and Nailspa, creature comforts are a top priority. This is why the spa invested in Renalta pedicure chairs, fully sanitized with attached whirlpools and pipeless technology that make for bacteria-free footbaths and pedicures. The staff does their part too. While clients kick back on the new chairs and visualize they are the heir to a medieval throne, the staff pampers them with massages, hot towel treatments, and signature facials. In addition to mani-pedis, Royal Essence offers facials, eyelash extensions, and organic full-body waxing.
Friends come in handy when one needs a shoulder to cry on or a body to experiment on. Luckily, Fit to Be Tan owner Heather Boss has many. After researching non-UV-based tanning methods in 2007, she began experimenting with airbrush tanning, perfecting the combination of solution and technique after many trials on her willing friends. After word spread from her happy test subjects, Boss opened Fit to Be Tan, which focuses on airbrush tanning and healthy skincare. She uses all natural solutions that bronze the skin without relying on harmful rays from the sun.
A theme of indulgence runs through Casal’s De Spa and Salon’s four locations. Each pampering outpost starts guests off with a complimentary scalp treatments and mini-facials during every haircut and hair treatment. Using botanicals and Aveda skin care products, aestheticians combat acne and blemishes with a docket of facials, and warm footbaths foreshadow the relaxation induced by the spa services, including the rosemary mint awakening body treatment that comes complete with scrubbing, polishing, and exfoliation. Massage therapists conduct a chorus of warm lava stones to serenade tense muscles, and nail technicians groom fingers and toes with cleaning, shaping, and polishing. In order to maintain their high standards of beauty and spa care, the salon closes every Monday morning so that the staff can attend educational seminars and continued training.
The staff at Modern Nails believes in the importance of regular manicures and pedicures to keep nails healthy, strong, and well-groomed. Each day, clients enter the salon and are greeted by the smiling faces of skilled technicians who perform a plethora of nail-related services, from simple polish switches to avocado-rosemary manicures and luxurious European pedicures with whirlpool spas. They also apply acrylic and gel nails as well as silk wraps, which strengthen nails and provide jobs for out-of-work silkworms. Though the staffers are mostly dedicated to nail services, they also offer body waxing, threading, and eyelash extensions.