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.
Rather than focus purely on physical work, My BodyMoveZ Studio looks beyond the fitness bubble for other ways to improve their clients’ lifestyles by offering first-aid and CPR training sessions. Located in a renovated garage, the studio creates an energetic atmosphere with Zumba and Bokwa classes. In addition, they also host expert-led educational seminars covering topics such as nutrition and dance, which may help participants choreograph a victory boogie for the next time they skip dessert.
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.
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 three 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.
The bandage artists at Slender Spa swaddle clients from head to toe to help trim their physiques and rejuvenate their complexions. The spa's quartet of body wraps relies on a proprietary solution of minerals and electrolytes to detoxify and nourish the body's tissues. Slender Spa's facial treatments apply collagen and minerals in order to lift features and reduce wrinkles more effectively than a luchador mask made out of cold steak.
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.
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.