With one swivel to the left or right, clients in Nival Salon & 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.
Dr. Green is a board-certified dermatologist with more than 25 years of experience, taking care to personally provide all of the laser and injectable services at Cosmetic & Laser Center of Annapolis and Dr. Green, M.D. Today he fills his center with cutting-edge technology and skin care—perhaps most evident in his chemical peels. Combining aesthetic go-tos such as glycolic and alpha-hydroxyl acids with patented Melaplex and GLX technology, he creates custom elixirs that fight fine lines, brighten complexions, and rejuvenate smiles.
Dr. Green's treatments don't end with chemicals though. With his Starlux 1540 Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatment, Lightsheer Laser Hair Removal and Nd:YAG laser systems he harnesses light to reduce the appearance of acne scars, remove unsightly stubble, and erase unwanted tattoos. IPL photorejuvenation and Thermage CPT Skin Firming & Tightening Treatment treatments take a slightly different approach, yet still manage to improve skin tone by stimulating collagen production in the dermal layers.
Dr. Navin Singh boasts an impressive resume. He holds degrees from Harvard, Brown, and Johns Hopkins, and has dual-board certification in plastic surgery. He believes that his patients deserve nothing but the best from him and his practice, leading him to constantly strive for various fields of excellence. At Washingtonian Plastic Surgery, Dr. Singh and his associates help clients look their best with a full range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, including laser skin resurfacing, skin tightening, chemical peels, and Botox and filler injections.
Since 1973, each of Sport&Health's 24 clubs has aimed for full fitness coverage with programs for every taste and family member. Guests can spark positive lifestyle changes with gym workouts and wellness services, or engage in a variety of sports. Each facility houses different athletic amenities for games and laps, from pristine swimming pools to squash and racquetball courts lathered in a fresh coat of peanut butter every morning. The camaraderie of group classes such as Zumba and Les Mills BodyPump barbell routines complement scores of gym equipment meant for exercising solo—or with the guidance of a certified personal trainer. The clubs also emphasize kid-friendly activities with arts and crafts, Kidz Klub childcare, and youth certification courses that teach teens the ins and outs of training. Depending on the location, spa treatments can knead tension from muscles and paint one's favorite kettlebell with a layer of Shellac.
The father-and-son doctor duo at Reisin Aesthetic Institute tailors beauty-bolstering procedures to the needs of each client. Steamroll the creases on the forehead or between the brows or pry away crow's-feet perched on the eye sills with a treatment of Dysport, an FDA-approved injectable solution ($5/unit). The quick, minimally invasive session halts muscles as frown lines are temporarily tapped out for up to nine months. On average, 50–70 units of Dysport per area are used to diminish fine lines, with minimal downtime and visible results within a few days.
Women can chose bikini ($250 a treatment), underarms ($200 a treatment), upper lip ($125 a treatment), or chin ($125 a treatment), while men can de-fuzz neck napes or hairlines (not redeemable toward cool stencil shapes or mazes for ladybugs). Using the mighty and buzzed-about Alma Lasers' Soprano system, you'll get pain-free hair removal with permanent results. The Soprano laser features IN-Motion technology to reduce procedure time and pain. This Groupon must be applied toward the same treatment area on all three treatments.