The staffers at Solar Planet do more than lavish visitors with meticulously clean salons, indulgent extras, and the power to don a sun-kissed glow in less than 20 minutes. Each employee is Smart Tan certified, meaning they possess the training to design personalized tanning schedules for clients seeking an instant or lasting glow. The specialists also know every detail of Solar Planet?s fleet of tanning beds, which range from traditional beds to standup capsules, the style most conducive to tanning lawn flamingos. At some locations, custom airbrush tanning sessions enlist the help of a certified airbrush artist who highlights the body?s features with strategic strokes in a custom bronzing hue. Over its 25 years in business, Solar Planet also has sunless tanning booths, a stock of buyable bronzing lotions, and a variety of skincare services including facials and waxing.
Since graduating from Dhaka Medical College Hospital in 1972, board-certified doctor Shaukat Jahan has been honing her skills practicing medicine—with a focus on her specialty, gynecology. Certified and trained in both Britain and the U.S., Dr. Jahan is well-equipped to help her patients. In her well-appointed offices, she can assist with prenatal care and deliver newborns as safely as a stork equipped with a seatbelt and airbag. She also provides family-planning services and helms laser surgeries. For international patients’ convenience, Dr. Jahan can speak in Bengali, Hindi, Persian, Spanish, and Urdu during appointments.
Most Popular Service: Signature seven-step facial shave
Brands Used: Aveda
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: While waiting for
service, [customers] can enjoy a beverage and watch ESPN Sportscenter.
After 30 years as a barber, Joe Grondin longed to return to the time of the casual corner barbershop. Since he couldn't travel to the past, he decided to resurrect a bit of history in the present. He founded Roosters Men's Grooming Center to pair the classic vibe of a barbershop with modern technology, such as flat screen TVs with ESPN SportsCenter beamed directly to guests. His concept took off, and the barbershop spread to locations across the country. Today, many barbers and stylists follow in Joe's footsteps, giving timeless haircuts and signature seven-step hot shaves amidst a classic, masculine ambiance.
The saunas at The Hot Spot are no ordinary steam rooms. Instead of using water poured over hot rocks, these saunas use far infrared light, which penetrates the skin's surface without cloying heat. This helps visitors sweat out a higher percentage of toxins than with typical saunas, increasing the therapeutic benefit, with a deeper, more voluminous swear. One hour in the sauna helps the body detoxify at the cellular level, burning calories, improving the appearance of cellulite, and boosting the immune and cardiovascular systems. But despite the many benefits, these saunas are just as relaxing as the traditional kind?clients relax while listening to music, reading a magazine, or assigning names to each of the ceiling tiles.
At My Skin Care 007's two locations in Herndon and Alexandria, aestheticians pamper skin and help clients feel refreshed. Laser hair removal and electrolysis eliminate unwanted strands at the Alexandria office, and both spots serve as the sites for spa treatments including facials, microdermabrasion, and peels. Massages and body wraps imbue entire bodies with tranquility, and waxing services let patrons imitate dolphins, who are known for their enviably smooth and hairless thighs.
The Great Clips empire spans more than 3,000 salons across North America, where a collective of over 30,000 stylists wait, ready to tend to hairstyles. At these salons, no appointments are necessary—though an online check-in system aids those who wish to skip any potential lines by adding their names directly to the haircut queue. And to aid their new hairstyles, customers can peruse a line of gels, conditioners, pomades, and tea-tree oil shampoos and body washes.