To step into SunBright Tanning Salon is to be splashed with brightness, from the lime-green walls and neon-orange couch in the lounge to the blue glow of the horizontal and standup Pacifica and Saturn beds. The other gleam emanates from clients who have already used the salon's services, which include a Mystic Tan automated system that coats skin with a DHA-based solution. This solution not only bronzes bodies for up to seven days but also hydrates the skin, just as pulling the fire alarm hydrates a science fair.
Specializing in eyebrow threading, Dream Spa N Salon tends to all manner of aesthetic issues with services for the hair, nails, and skin. The salon hosts styling and coloring sessions punctuated by custom hues. And on the spa side of things, team members slow down Father Time by providing four distinct facials, performing waxing and threading services, and remembering to slap every grandfather clock in the face.
The certified therapists at Heart and Hand Therapeutic Massage understand that some bodies respond to certain treatments better than others. Keeping this in mind, they offer everything from gentle Swedish techniques to firm deep-tissue strokes. They even have a specialty raindrop therapy designed to align the electrical fields of the nervous system by dripping essential oils across the spine. Heart and Hand’s services, however, extend far beyond the spine. Life coach Lori McGhee offers emotional support, career guidance, and tips on how to improve your health by sleeping better.
For more than 15 years, Mary Seyedan has helped residents of Manassas and Fairfax County look and feel beautiful. Inside her salon and day spa, stylists lighten long locks, adding shape and dimensional color with help from products by Wella and Alterna. Stressed scalps can find relief with a soothing massage or relax as deep conditioners melt into parched tresses to leave them healthy and soft, and 100% human hair extensions by Great Lengths are also available for guests looking to emulate their favorite celebrity or pose as Captain Caveman. Beyond hair, the day spa also caters to nails and curates clearer complexions with facials and body treatments that incorporate exfoliating scrubs, firming fruits, or softening paraffin wax.
For Liquid Sun owner Natalie, spray tanning is more than just a career; it’s personal. After watching her mother battle and survive skin cancer, she knew she couldn’t just watch the UV-tanning epidemic grow unchecked. She decided to open a tanning salon solely dedicated to UV-free methods, creating a space where she could help clients get the rich dark tans they desired while educating them on the risks of UV exposure.
Natalie uses two styles of organic, hypoallergenic solutions, one for classic spray tans and a darker specialty hue that she uses during weekly tanning appointments with the Washington Wizards cheerleaders. Both solutions have hydrating and skin-firming properties and are free of fragrances and ingredients that could clog pores, such as liquid cement. Her hand-applied tans stay put for 7–10 days, giving clients the perfect hues they need for big events such as weddings, vacations, and proms. Natalie uses two styles of organic, hypoallergenic solutions, one for classic spray tans and a darker specialty hue that she uses during weekly tanning appointments with the Washington Wizards cheerleaders. Both solutions have hydrating and skin-firming properties and are free of fragrances and ingredients that could clog pores, such as liquid cement. Her hand-applied tans stay put for 7–10 days, giving clients the perfect hues they need for big events such as weddings, vacations, and proms.
A complimentary drink on the open patio is a nice prelude to the pampering clients can expect inside River Falls Salon & Spa. In the loft-like space, staffers stand at the ready to perform a slew of indulgent services, such as sugar scrubs within a semi-private pedicure area or milk and honey manicures. Natural sunlight illuminates a collection of colorful OPI polishes, behind which nail technicians get to work gussying up hands and feet with everything from spa mani-pedis to silk wraps. They can even sheath nails in a protective coat of Shellac, which helps keep fingernails intact when washing the dishes or petting steel-wooled sheep. The service menu also extends beyond the digits, offering fashion-forward salon services for the hair and waxing sessions for the body.
Licensed dermatologist Jennell E. Nelson, MD of Piel Med Spa oversees a bilingual staff trained to handle ever-popular Botox injections. Clients meet with technicians for a consultation prior to the 15-minute procedure to discuss treatment goals and whether we all perceive the same color as "red." Technicians then inject the serum into subsurface muscles to reduce their mobility, decreasing evidence of fine lines and wrinkles. Common treatment areas include between the eyebrows, along the forehead, and following in the footsteps of crow's-feet. Like a caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly, Botox's full effects may take up to two weeks to materialize and elicit wolf whistles from nearby tulips. The smooth, youthful skin that results from the treatment lasts for up to four months.