The stylists at Xtreme Hair Salon firmly believe that a good haircut translates to a good mood. They've been cheering clients for more than 12 years at their respective stations, flanked by warm, sand-colored walls and products from Wella, Sebastian and Kenra. Each of their appointments commences with a consultation, which outlines aesthetic goals before anyone reaches for the scissors. Because the staff constantly adds to their education by attending workshops and physics lectures on the pigtail constant, visitors can trust in their ever-evolving expertise.
Every stylist onsite has different specializations, including razor cuts, updos, and custom coloring. However, the salon's services aren't limited to the scalp; employees can also wax unwanted hair, apply cosmetics for special occasions, and airbrush bodies with sunless spray tans.
Signature Service: Color, cut
Brands Used: Matrix, Design Essentials, Aquage
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: No
An Aveda Concept salon and spa, EcoBliss beautifies and becalms with eco-friendly products and services that protect both clients and the environment. Each environmentally conscious service comes with a comforting cup of tea, a scalp, neck, and shoulder massage, and an unspoken invitation to Mother Earth's cocktail lounge. Refurbish frowsy frontispieces with a strand-sculpting cut snipped by an Aveda-certified Michelangelo of mops ($35), or pamper paws with an earth-minded pedicure ($55). A half-hour Elemental Nature facial ($50) will revivify visages eroded from the stress of work, weather, and multiple sprays from trick boutonnieres. EcoBliss also provides an array of coloring, waxing, and brow services to meet guests' glamorizing needs.
Back in the 1960s, beauty was so simple that some beauty parlors—like the nine traditional ones run by Robert Andrew Zupko—only had one service: roller sets. But beauty trends began to change, so Zupko changed right along with them, adding skincare and nailcare to his hairstyling business. When 1996 hit the calendars, the salon evolved into a full-fledged day spa that covered 7,000 square feet.
Zupko has since created Robert Andrew – The Salon & Spa, a 22,000-square-foot Tuscan-style getaway nestled in the giant scalene triangle that connects D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore. Inside the salon, more than 90 beauty professionals—including nail technicians, massage therapists, and stylists—shape and polish nails, snip split ends, and disentangle achy muscle knots. The salon also boasts a troupe of Yon-Ka trained aestheticians who remove dead skin cells with pumpkin enzymes and melt away frozen funny faces with hot-stone facials.
More recently, Zupko opened Robert Andrew Medical Spa, where the spotlight's on lasers, injectables, chemical peels, and other high-tech skincare services.
At John James Salon, a Paul Mitchell Salon, continuously educated nail artists brush on complexion-flattering shades during the one-hour Shellac manicure and express pedicure. After buffing and shaping nails, artists finish fingers with a no-chip topcoat and efficiently polish toes, leaving extremities as colorful as a sailor’s vocabulary. Alternatively, stylists clear stubble from an area of a client's choosing, chasing fuzz off of cheeks, underarms, or brows. Three Brazilian waxes leave bikini lines smooth and hairless for months, and three neck waxes are great for getting Cerberus ready for a date.
Led by the pedigreed Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg and Dr. Michele Shermak, the Plastic Surgery Center's three high-tech facilities focus not just on beautifying clients but also on educating them about the surgical process. Relax under their capable care with a round of frown-line fighting Dysport, which aims to imbue new vitality into the manifold folds of aging countenances. A sequence of five quick injections can reduce the wrinkles and fine lines caused by aging, stress, and artisanal cheese-tasting. While effects are not permanent, the procedure may stop the muscles that cause furrows from contracting, providing temporary forehead toning.