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.
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.
With today's side deal, achieve outer beauty with the stately ease of a swan perched on a cow's back. For $50, you get $100 toward any dermatological services from Dr. Lisa C. Kates at the Center for Dermatology & Skin Care of Maryland, the winner of a Vitals' Patients' Choice Award for 2008. Dr. Kates's expert procedures can make your skin bounce back like a snapped rubber band with a smooth and stunning surface. You can use multiple Groupons per visit, but only one per procedure.
At Aesthetic Restorations Spa, every visitor is a VIP, and aestheticians lavish attention on every guest. This high level of care is particularly impressive given the team's broad spectrum of services, which include lashes perms, lip waxes, and laser body-contouring treatments. Also on the menu are specialty services, such as manicures and pedicures specifically designed for those who are diabetic or have high blood pressure. In addition, Jade Therapy hair-restoration treatments fortify and renew locks, and reiki restores the body's energy so clients can turn on light bulbs by thinking about them.
The staff at That Look Hair Gallery cuts, colors, and styles hair for men, women, and children, in addition to offering nail services and massage treatments. Behind their stations, stylists modify hair with golden highlights and skillful weaves or alter follicle texture with relaxers and perms. Nail technicians coddle hands and feet with regular or chip-resistant Shellac-polish manicures and pedicures. Elsewhere, massage therapists work to ease muscle tension in necks and backs caused by wearing steel-rimmed bowler hats, employing the relaxing kneads and soft pummels of Swedish massage.
The specialists at European Beaute Concepts help clients retain youthful, healthy looks with skincare treatments, massages, and spa services. Licensed aestheticians offer a menu of 10 types of facials tailored to specific skincare needs, whether you're fighting blemishes or slowly turning to stone. The team's massage therapists ease away inner tension with eight types of massage, from soothing Swedish sessions to massages for pregnant women. A selection of retail products allows guests to replicate regimens at home, with stock including custom-blended make-up, dietary supplements, and aromatherapy candles.