The aestheticians of JChelz renew façades with modern skin treatments, including the Bio-Therapeutic face-lift, which was recently featured on Oprah. During the 90-minute skin treatment, skin specialists direct low doses of electrical current that imitate the body's own electrical impulses. Gentle electricity surges through faces to stimulate and tone muscles and render faces as smooth and taut as the head of a djembe. A series of treatments may be necessary for optimal results.
With many locations throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths, high-pressure tanning beds, or jars full of fireflies that can be held against the skin for a natural glow. The salons also offer six varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
Ann Holland is fully licensed through the Everest Institute with certifications in chiropractic assistant and neuromuscular therapy to balance the nervous system. In the comfort of a private room, Ann applies Swedish strokes or soothing deep-tissue pressure. Also popular is her Thai on a table massage, which rids the body of tension while evoking the heavy rhythmic strokes of the Hulk listening to '70s music while kneading bread. Holland traces her passion for massage back to high school, and now, fully established in her career, she thoroughly enjoys helping others “find balance in their lives.”
Licensed massage therapist Janet Shelton has been giving massages “since before I can remember,” she says. At first, these were mostly casual sessions for her twin sister, who “was born asking for a massage.” But as Shelton grew up, she came to take her hobby more seriously. Coming from a family of nurses, she “always want[ed] to do something to help people,” and with its positive impacts on injury recovery, therapeutic massage seemed to fit the bill.
Since then, Shelton has supplemented her massage-therapy license with work experience in chiropractic offices and spas. Depending on a client’s needs, she can perform an active clinical massage with stretching and feedback or gently knead for a soothing, quiet experience. No matter the modality, clients can bring in their own music on an iPod and breathe in the scents of botanical oils Shelton blends by hand.
At Beauty Lounge, clients relax in the soft lighting of a neutrally toned facial room, adorned with fragrant fresh flowers and the soft strains of calming music. Inside, experienced pore purifiers cleanse, steam, and calm epidermises during each 45–60 minute facial. Faces are first double cleansed to wash away dirt, impurities, and coal-mining residue; then pores are opened with a gentle steam mist. Dull skin cells are scrubbed away with an exfoliation treatment and microscopic brillo pads. Then a mask and toner application tightens and refines pores while fighting blemishes and minor acne, and a scalp massage stimulates follicles and eases tension. The session ends with a moisturizer application to hydrate thirsty skin.