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.
When Dr. Caryl Mussenden was six years old, she knew she wanted to become a doctor. After studying at Howard University's College of Medicine and holding residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, she realized this dream. Beginning as a board-certified OB/GYN, Dr. Mussenden taught young women the basics of self care, eventually transitioning into opening her own gynecological and med spa practice, Liposculpture by Design.
In 2006, Dr. Mussenden created the Medi Spa division to welcome clients looking for spa services and laser work. And today, along with her dedicated staff, Mussenden helps men and women achieve their aesthetic aspirations through customized dermal filler injections, chemical peels, laser hair removal, body wraps, and Jade therapy.
Under the guidance of Ramesh G. Patel, a board-certified doctor of internal medicine, the staff at Nivika Medspa beautifies patients with a range of advanced technologies. Technicians harness the power of specialized lasers to help to improve clients’ skin tone, reduce wrinkles, or remove unwanted hairs, and they wield multiple tools—including ultrasound devices and HCG injections—that can assist customers with weight-loss programs. Chemical peels that employ PCA Skin products join forces with FDA-approved facial injections such as Botox and Juvéderm, working to reverse the signs of aging or prolonged exposure to the sun. With a setting as groomed as its clients, Nivika Medspa features sleek, high-contrast furniture and colorful accents of modern artwork.
Signature Service: Botox / Fillers
Brands Used: Allergan
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Free consultation with plastic surgeon
Ever since Brenda Novak decided to get permanent makeup a few years ago, she's loved knowing that she always looks her best. Her makeup is perfect, no matter if she's just crawled out of bed in the morning or just finished exercising. At Forever Beauty, LLC, she helps clients gain the same self-confidence with permanent makeup tailored to their features. Using skills honed at the Academy of Cosmetic Arts and Sciences, Brenda fills out brows, enhances eyes, and makes lips look fuller with natural, permanent color. She's also certified in the art of derma-needling, a treatment that helps build collagen, repair stretch marks and scars, and diminish wrinkles.