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.
East meets West whenever licensed massage therapist Zoraida Alvarez kneads ailing muscles. A member of the american massage therapy association, she reduces swelling and supports the immune system with lymphatic-drainage therapy and uses trigger-point techniques to release tender knots that coil up in response to mental or physical stress. Zoraida often tailors her massages for cancer patients who have unique needs that require gentle and focused attention. She also helps athletes by hunting down muscle imbalances, inflammation, and any underlying sources of pain. Her Lypossage sessions aim to help weight-loss endeavors by reducing inches, cellulite, and the number of pets people keep in their pockets.
Though La'Sonia Nicole Salon and Spa is a new establishment, the center's technicians use time-tested treatments to beautify their clients. Massage therapists rely on the traditional techniques of Swedish massage, which features long, flowing strokes that ease muscle aches and release tension. During a classic European facial, aestheticians deeply cleanse skin to brighten and smooth the complexion, and a spa pedicure leaves digits more polished than a dog that’s been taught to bark with a British accent.
At Escape Massages, an experienced and licensed massage therapist specializes in a variety of modalities. Therapeutic, relaxation massages target areas filled with tension or stress, and hot-stone massages send gentle heat into muscles. Other techniques include Swedish, prenatal, Thai, and scalp, hand, and foot massage.
Your visit to Glow begins with a deep-conditioning treatment, which soothes frazzled and frayed strands and repairs damage and follicular deterioration. Glow's expert stylists will finish taming tresses with a boosting blow dry. After your hair therapy, choose the pampering of your choice from Glow's diverse skin, nail, body, and hair services. Get life's stresses kneaded out with a 30-minute deep-tissue massage ($65), or opt for a pore-minimizing facial ($75) in preparation for unexpected appearances on JumboTrons. Soak in the soothing aroma of the French countryside of your teen years with a lavender pedicure ($65), which scrubs scruffy soles and treats them with a calming mask and massage, or add a paraffin treatment ($15) to a classic manicure ($24) and impress the prime minister with your velvety-soft handshake.
Solace Salon and Day Spa and its staff of experienced aestheticians give clients a plethora of pampering with a haircut ($55), a hair-conditioning treatment and blow-dry ($35), and a maintenance facial with AHA exfoliation ($95). The facial polishes up the pores and smoothes out scraggly epidermal regions as the AHA exfoliation stunts acne aspirations lurking just below the surface of the skin. Let Solace's accredited aestheticians and stylists bring bliss to your body with high-quality products, all while you lounge in the salon/spa's soothing and intimate interiors. The salon is currently shipping off its hair clippings so they can be made into mats to help soak up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The stress-healing hands of Lotus Therapeutic Massage's intuitive massage masters ably ease client discomfort. During an hour of measured movements, reflexologists gently compress pressure points on weary feet, hands, and heads, stimulating nerves and promoting the growth of additional brains. Working solely on extremities, therapists increase circulation and relax spastic reflexes. A doTerra essential oil of choice—such as lavender, peppermint, or citrus bliss—accentuates Lotus's calm waterfront environment, allowing patrons to simulate the carefree posture and attitude of driftwood.