At Image Sun Tanning Centers, tanning beds and custom airbrush tans give skin a golden glow. To keep skins healthy and tans rich, Image Sun stocks its shelves with skincare products as well. Products include Designer Skin and Australian Gold skincare and bronzing products that prolong deep tans.
The stylists and nail technicians at Sun Cuts Hair Salon & Spa—including a Spanish speaker and Redken color expert—combine years of experience with keen listening skills. The team transforms hair with salon services ranging from cuts and updos to specialty color services and permanents. Staffers enhance manicures with durable Shellac or OPI soak-off gel polish, and direct patrons to a cushioned throne for each spa pedicure.
The crew performs relaxing facials in a tranquil, private treatment room decorated in shades of green reminiscent of a verdant meadow or a jealous frog. Orchids and a glistening, metallic-blue waterfall greet clients when they enter, and the veteran-owned salon offers discounts to military personnel.
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.
The aestheticians at Elume Medical Spa work to address skin's problems, including fine lines and blemishes, using advanced med-spa technology and meticulous traditional skincare services. The skin experts use products from brands such as Obagi and Physician’s Choice, which draw from natural botanicals to plump skin by boosting collagen production, drench skin in moisture, and close up pores with oil-busting acids and by feeding them sticky peanut butter. More advanced skincare solutions include IPL lasers and SkinTyte therapy to help minimize fine lines and eradicate signs of sun damage.
The Washingtonian declared Amir Salon one of its top 23 salons to try in 2010, particularly for those looking for low-maintenance cuts and new brunette hues. Even in the face of increased notoriety, owner Amir Gilanshah still makes each appointment personal, consulting with clients to ensure they select the right style and color before any snipping begins. Along with Amir’s hair care services, waxing and facial specialist Renee blends nature-based ingredients into relaxing masks and hair removal sessions gentle enough for sensitive skin with a propensity for yelping.
Maryam Rahimi's passion for nature—and more specifically, plants—shines through in her skincare treatments, which often incorporate vegan extracts and botanicals. The medical aesthetician and president of Lily Dermal Care uses these natural ingredients to great effect, clearing away acne, hyperpigmentation, and dried-out warpaint during facials and peels. Of course, it helps that she can draw on 15 years of experience in the beauty industry to craft her healthy, holistic remedies.
At Vitality Center, the staff melts away the strains and stresses of the day as they beautify clients with spa pedicures, deep facial cleansing, waxing, and hair styling. More than merely polishing up each patron's outer beauty, spa technicians and specialists help their clients achieve inner peace and serenity with chakra balancing, hypnotherapy, and life coaching. In addition to helping their guests look dapper and feel well through makeovers and empowering self-affirmation, Freya Day Spa’s team can relax and unwind clients’ tensed muscles with Reiki, hot stone, Swedish, and aromatherapy massages.