Michael Nunez-Mattovich's journey towards becoming an established hair stylist has been anything but easy. The Lima, Peru native first discovered his passion for hair cutting, color, and design while studying psychology, inspiring a career change that took his parents some time to understand. After training with a well-known stylist in Peru, Michael worked up the courage to move to the United States and pursue a dream of opening his own salon. Once here, he found himself faced with several obstacles, including a language barrier, financial difficulties, and a need to prove himself within the industry. Determined to succeed, Michael worked a number of odd jobs to keep himself afloat as he worked his way through beauty school. He did office work, was a waiter for a catering company, and even trimmed lawns using nothing more than a pair of thinning shears. The hard work paid off though, as Michael was finally able to obtain his styling license and was given the opportunity to hone his skills at a number of iconic salons and institutions, including Vidal Sassoon.
Today, at M Studio, Michael remembers how far he's come, and continues to educate himself on the latest industry trends. He studied with renowned stylist Sam Brocato in New York, and is certified in advanced Schwarzkopf color techniques. Michael is also certified to perform a variety of keratin treatments, ranging from the frizz- or wave-taming Anevolve system to GKhair formulas that last for up to five months.
With one swivel to the left or right, clients in Nival Salon and Spa's styling chairs might catch a glimpse of Miss Sweden, Miss France, or Miss Netherlands. In early 2012, the international beauty queens entrusted their good looks to the salon's celebrity stylists, nationally acclaimed beauty instructors, and award-winning aestheticians. Though the pageant stars only popped in for a day, Nival regularly pampers a high-profile clientele?the cast of Bravo's Real Housewives of DC has a standing alliance with the business.
Regardless of who stops by, Nival's team members harness their talents to create a personalized experience. In addition to all the basic treatments?haircuts, mani-pedis, massages, et cetera?the spa offers technology-driven services and alternative medicine. A third-generation acupuncturist calls upon more than 10 years of experience as he stimulates natural healing and makes clients look like balding porcupines. In contrast, an aesthetician prompts cell renewal with a mechanical wand that buffs the skin's surface.
Helmed by experienced physicians and medical practitioners, Medi-Spa Services LLC conspires to restore skin to youthful vim and vigor via services such as skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, acne resurfacing, and cellulite reduction. Additionally, special lasers blast unwanted hair from their abodes and evict fungus from toenails. Their wrinkle-smoothing Botox treatments last usually for up to four months, ensuring skin as unfurrowed as the Secret Garden's even more-secret cabbage patch. In addition to their in-house treatments, the knowledgeable staff also helps partnering practices to launch into the Non-Invasive Cosmetic Enhancement (NICE) business by supplying them with state-of-the-art technology, custom marketing material, and training.
At The Shop Salon, stylists shear and color locks with Bumble and bumble products, nourish damaged hair with masks and creams, and banish frizz with a nano-keratin relaxer. While transforming manes, the hair experts draw on techniques they glean in ongoing-education seminars, and afterward, they impart the necessary skills to help clients maintain their new styles at home. They also craft elaborate chignons and curls to ready brides-to-be for their wedding or for evenings spent recreating their wedding with wig-wearing teddy bears. While undergoing their makeover, clients lounge in a space that could double as a dance studio—a wall of mirrors reflects light from a wall of windows, illuminating dark wood floors, glowing cube lights, leather couches, and potted fronds.
The massage therapists of B-CC Total Body Beauty Salon and Spa, formerly known as Mosaic Total Body Salon, have mastered the art of the neck and shoulder massage skillfully enough to warrant the attention of Washingtonian magazine in 2008. And this speedy service is just one of their 20- to 30-minute quick fixes, which also include reflexology treatments and hand-saver massages to rejuvenate clients on the go, such as businessmen or roadrunners. The spa’s team also pampers guests with more comprehensive services that range from skincare to precision haircuts, including luxurious facials featuring Murad skincare products.
The Wudang Mountains have been a hub for Chinese medicine and Taoist monasteries for centuries, so it makes sense that Dr. Lien-Jiun Lee—a 16th generation member of a lineage from the region—would be attracted to the practice of traditional oriental medicines. Armed with a two-headed master's degree—in Chinese medicine and psychology—he leads Ageless Wellness Center's team of spa therapists as they administer lymphatic-drainage massages, facials infused with pearl and silk protein, and colon hydrotherapy. The intention of these treatment methods is to restore the body's natural balance of yin and yang and to enhance the body's metabolism so that clients can digest baseball cards that didn't turn out to be worth much.