The stylists at HiLites Hair Salon treat hair like a canvas. Sculptured shapes, unearthly colors, and even highlights that traverse the head horizontally or diagonally are within the reach of the stylists' skilled hands. Of course, the salon excels at timeless styles as well, crafting layered strands or clean spiral curls with the skill of a fashion-conscious pasta chef and smoothing out unmanageable strands with relaxers, keratin treatments, and five different strengthening packages. Once the hair has been perfected, clients can move on to more visage-centered services such as facials, waxes, and makeup applications.
After earning the 2008 S. Roger Horchow Jefferson Award for public service, Edward Jagen opened Michaela's Grotto to provide holistic interventions that help visitors take responsibility for their health and emotional well-being. Jagen's resume reads like the definition of "Renaissance man": holder of a PhD in theology, a master magician, and a former Major Crimes Special Investigator for the Washington D.C. Police. While combating organized crime against mailboxes on the force, Jagen honed his abilities to read people, a skill he combines with a mode of communication called neuro-linguistic reasoning to help his patients recognize patterns in their thoughts and actions. The center is co-owned by massage therapist and medical intuitive Sophia West, who prefers to work in conjunction with her clients' physicians to pick up where Western medicine has proved ineffective. A nutritionist and a hypnotherapist round out the staff and reinforce the center's emphasis on the interconnectedness of mental and physical health.
The heart of the center is an outdoor labyrinth built to channel a positive energy through passageways that burst forth with flowering plants and choruses of Muppets in the summer. Meditation gardens stretch out beyond the labyrinth in a loose network of tranquil pools, sunlit walks, and a gazebo overlooking the center's medieval-castle-style architecture. Inside, a 375-foot sweat lodge and a warm mineral pool soothe visitors with heat, and a shop filled with aromatherapy products and crystals enables them to take home healing tokens of their journey.
For more than 18 years, the technicians of Elegant Nails Hair and Skincare have invited customers to relax and become guests within a tranquil, soothing environment. Customers can bask in silence, peaceful music, or an orchestra of cicadas, as technicians use hot oil, paraffin wax, or gel polishes to pamper hands, toes, and nails. Facial treatments refresh faces with deep cleanses and mineral masks, and waxing and threading services remove unwanted hair. Other services available include henna art, body wraps, and ionic footbaths.
Hair is an important part of a person's appearance, so unwanted hair loss, hair thinning, and hair-texture changes can be surprising and unwelcome developments. That's where Belle Chic Studio Salon steps in. Since 1994, it has outfitted its customers with a variety of wigs and hair extensions. Skin-weft extensions that look and feel natural seamlessly add length and volume to hair. A staffer applies the extension to the scalp with tape?in a process far more effective than applying it with sticky bubblegum. For micro-ring extensions, on the other hand, a hair-loss expert uses MicroLinks to attach the extension to the client's natural hair, for results that last for up to five months. Toupees are also available; staffers can attach a toupee to as few as five existing strands of hair.
People who already have a full head of hair but want to make it longer and smoother can undergo a keratin hair-straightening process. This treatment is suitable for any ethnicity or race and works on all types of curls. Clients decide how straight they want their hair to become.
Because hair loss can be a sensitive issue, Belle Chic maintains private, off-the-street parking and private styling rooms. Women can request an image consultant, and all customers receive confidential services.
The Italian word "ciao" means both hello and goodbye, though "bella" always means beautiful. So when a stylist at Ciao Bella calls out the salon's namesake phrase, she could be greeting a returning guest, but she might also be sending off a client transformed by a cut, color, or chemical-relaxer service. The staff uses Matrix and California Smooth products to achieve these transformations amid the salon's cheery turquoise walls and wood furnishings, carved from only the most fashion-forward trees.
Fela, the cosmetologist behind Hair and Nailz by Fela, keeps clients looking well groomed and stylish with signature hair and nail treatments. She cuts and colors hair, sews in weaves, and infuses strands with keratin proteins or Moroccan hot oil for a smoother, shinier texture. Signature mani-pedis keep natural, acrylic, or gel nails in mint condition, with optional trendy accents such as caviar texture or stiletto points. Fela's studio is located within Phenix Salon Suites.