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.
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.
Girls aged 3?13 may be a little young to be regularly hitting the spa, but Sassy Princess Spa believes that everyone should be pampered. Age-appropriate music and magazines float around the room as girls wait their turn for such services as mani-pedis and facials. Partiers can add on ? la carte extras to enhance the experience, from touches such as custom decorations and princess cupcakes to activities such as karaoke and a pink carpet fashion show.
A complimentary drink on the open patio is a nice prelude to the pampering clients can expect inside River Falls Salon & Spa. In the loft-like space, staffers stand at the ready to perform a slew of indulgent services, such as sugar scrubs within a semi-private pedicure area or milk and honey manicures. Natural sunlight illuminates a collection of colorful OPI polishes, behind which nail technicians get to work gussying up hands and feet with everything from spa mani-pedis to silk wraps. They can even sheath nails in a protective coat of Shellac, which helps keep fingernails intact when washing the dishes or petting steel-wooled sheep. The service menu also extends beyond the digits, offering fashion-forward salon services for the hair and waxing sessions for the body.
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.
Dermabelle Salon & Spa houses a team of experts well-versed in catering to a wide range of hair and skin concerns. In the salon, stylists deliver custom cuts and coloring, and get unruly tresses under control with conditioning treatments, instead of relying solely on duct-tape. Meanwhile, permanent makeup services help streamline morning routines or camouflage scars, while aestheticians moisturize and rejuvenate skin during facials that incorporate exfoliation, masks, and special techniques such as the application of hot and cold stones. To address discomfort deep in the muscle, therapists also perform six styles of massage, including deep-tissue and reflexology.