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.
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.
At Joy Nail & Spa, the road to beauty is paved with many all-natural ingredients, including herbal scrubs, essential oils, and botanical extras such as cucumber and lemongrass. There's the botanical herbal mani-pedis, with soothing spearmint, lavender, and chamomile just part of a large relaxation regimen that also includes hot-stone massages and nail grooming. And there's the green-tea body wrap, which softens skin, and the multivitamin anti-aging facial, which softens fine lines.
Joy Nail & Spa also offers hair removal using a housemade sugar-based concoction. Unlike getting a traditional wax or licking a lollipop and sticking it to your body, the all-natural sugaring method removes hair with minimal irritation to the skin.
Mazna Nawar is the lead stylist at Mazna Hair & Skin Care Salon, where a staff of professionals offers hair, skin, and body treatments to help clients reach their personal style goals. Mazna lends her fashion savvy to every strand of hair she touches, using cuts, coloring, and keratin treatments to reinvent looks. On the spa side, hydrating and anti-aging facials coax healthy radiance from the skin and erase blemishes or signs of aging, such as wrinkles and autographs from silent-film stars. The staff also offers a slate of all-organic skin therapies as well as peels and laser hair removal.
Owner Kim Hunter and her team of stylists have more than a few tricks up their sleeves to create new ’dos. They crimp, spiral, and curl hair, and cover heads in foil highlights for better TV reception. Sew-in weaves add length to locks, and a pair of scissors removes overgrown and unwanted strands. They also tackle facial fuzz with wax and complete new looks with eyelash extensions.
Certified surgeon Dr. Anouche M. Roberts of Liquid Facelift Centers combines surgical expertise with a passion for aesthetic medicine. Her expert knowledge of the face aids her as she wards off signs of aging with liquid facelifts and laser treatments using a laser new to the industry. A restrained aesthetic style, attention to detail, and knack for all things artistic round out Dr. Roberts? qualifications and explain her affinity for cross-stitching all of her patients? post-op prescriptions rather than writing them. Having performed more than 5,000 injectable procedures using the micro-cannula injection technique, Dr. Roberts has mastered performing pain-free, precise injections with little to no bruising.