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.
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.
In the heart of Dupont Circle, Body Rays Tanning's high-end technology browns a clientele, which includes news anchors and professional dancers, with four styles of bed and organic spray tans. During consultations, technicians recommend appropriate exposure times and bed technology for clients’ bronzing goals, which may range from a subtle glow to fitting in with their penny collections. Alternatively, Mystic tans and organic airbrush tans speedily spray physiques, leaving behind sunlessly bronzed skin. The sun-kissed yellow walls evoke days at the beach, and the salon stays open seven days a week for maximum convenience.
Pretty Nails & Spa's spa mani-pedi incorporates the classic regimen of buffing, filing, and polishing nails into retractable tools. Stress melts away under the ministrations of a reflexology massage, which targets tense points on hands and feet that correspond to bodily aches and pains. Nail technicians also apply an exfoliating scrub and therapeutic marine mud mask to appendages, covering digits with a healing mixture of marine minerals and essential oils. Rejuvenated hands and feet cartwheel out the door prepared to flaunt sandals and high-five ziplining secret agents.
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With a skilled staff of hair designers and aestheticians, Eyma Salon and Spa's worldly co-owners apply international expertise to pamper patrons with a variety of hair and skin services. The formaldehyde-free keratin hair treatment employs a blend of keratin, amino acids, and actual nano molecules of 24K gold to boost hair's shine, health, manageability, and potential to deflect pigeon spitballs. Good for hair types long or short, conditions fair or frazzled, and species male or female, the protein marinade fortifies follicles for up to three months. The second option may be applied toward a variety of beautification sessions. Remove finicky body foliage with waxings ($15+), or style desired tresses with women's ($50+) or men's ($35+) hair design. Frontispiece refurbishers may select a facial ($55+) or doll up their digits with a manicure or pedicure ($22+). See the site for a full list of services, and call ahead to make an appointment.