Master aesthetician and licensed cosmetologist Cathy Antoniou has sharpened her skills in almost every nook and cranny of the beauty world during her 20 years in the industry. Today, she works out of Masters Salons, a studio space where she performs everything from haircuts and Brazilian blowouts to waxing and laser hair removal. Like the number of dwarves Snow White had before one left for college, Cathy also brightens complexions with eight different types of facial treatments.
Beyond Studio?s lead stylists share more than just a combined 17 years of experience. The combination of experience and creative energy allows the team at Beyond Studio to turn the most disheveled hairdos into colorful portraits of elegance and beauty, customizing all services to the lifestyles of their individual clients. Though clients may be drawn to the salon for the stylists? hair-design prowess, they can also stay and indulge in a french, Shellac, or spa mani-pedi, or visit the studio's color specialist, Samira, who also threads and sculpts eyebrows. The salon, which is located in the heart of Woodbridge, also features mani-pedis exclusively for kids and stuffed tigers, as well as waxing services that yield smooth lip regions and perfectly arched eyebrows, while facades are treated to a mini-facial, galvanic spa treatment, pumpkin facial, anti-aging facial, or clarifying acne facial. Special occasion packages and seasonal promotions are also available.
Staffed by a team of professionals that deliver everything from haute new hairstyles to eyelash extensions, Yvonne's Day Spa has received particular attention from sources such as MSNBC's Today Show for its unique Fish-y-cure pedicures, which rely on tropical fish to exfoliate feet. Toothless Garra rufa, or doctor fish, hail from the freshwater world's top medical schools, but have been invited stateside for the gentle way they nibble dead skin from between the toes, as guests relax into a leather massage chair and dangle their feet in the creature's warm, watery habitat. After watching the treatment soar to popularity, and dedicating countless hours to learning to breed and care for his tiny aestheticians, co-owner John Ho franchised the idea and made it the signature of all Yvonne's locations. CBS rated the spa's manicures and pedicures as among the best in the DC area in 2011, as they extend beyond the aquarium to include OPI products and high-tech UV gel?curing methods. Stylists offer guests soda and coffee before offering scalps nourishing sips from bottles of hair care products including Goldwell, Nexxus, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell. Hot stones and glass cups gain healing powers in the hands of Yvonne's massage therapists, and ingredients including sea salt, honey, and cappuccino lotion infuse many treatments to leave skin glowing with health and ready for a snack.
Comfort and accommodations are key at LaVida Massage. For example, therapists begin every treatment with a conversation to determine the client's needs and wishes. They've also boiled down their massages to four comfort levels that allow clients to customize their massage: from level 1, which is a more gentle and relaxing massage, to level four, which entails deeper and more focused pressure. And they offer numerous modalities, such as relaxation, hot stone, and couples massage to enjoy with a partner or friend. To further ensure client comfort, LaVida staffs both male and female therapists, and is open seven days a week. With that schedule, they offer roughly 130 sessions available per day, one for each massage Napoleon demanded per day.
Potomac Mills Barber and & Hairstylist features five expert barbers to minimize wait time and accommodate pickup basketball games. The salon also insures ample relaxation by pairing each cut or coloring service with a complimentary hot-towel treatment and client's choice of cool beverage.
When Eugina started out in the beauty industry more than 30 years ago, she exclusively worked as a hairstylist. But her interest in the field grew, and she soon pursued certifications in aesthetics and nail services, eventually even running salons at the American embassies in Peru and Argentina. Today she shares her talents at Paradise Salon & Day Spa, where the menu reflects her skills with a mix of hair, skin, and body treatments. Consultations precede all hair services, which range from cuts and color to weave applications and natural hair styling. Similarly, a skin analysis helps fine-tune facials customized for blemish-prone, aging, or other complexion types. The body treatments, with their sea salts and detoxifying mud, fit right in with the tropical-themed decor: the front desk is framed in bamboo, and teal walls exactly match the hue of an ocean's mood ring.