The nail artisans at Southern Style Salon treat fingers and toes to a mani-pedi that both relaxes and beautifies. During the one-hour treatment, caretakers soak and soften all 20 nails and cuticles before trimming and tidying them. As they buff away calluses from soles, nail nurses massage thumbs left tense from hitchhiking to the Arctic Circle and ankles sore from playing footsie with a peg-legged pirate. A fresh coat of lacquer colors nails with a new shade, signifying the arrival of fall or the election of a new county controller.
At Metamorphosis Nails & Spa, nail techs employ a line of organic and vegan products to make digits dazzling. In addition to standard and signature mani-pedis, staff members affix long-lasting gel polish onto nails or apply artfully designed acrylics. Aestheticians pamper the rest of the body with mud wraps, detox wraps, and sugar scrubs that help clients camouflage themselves atop wedding cakes. Guests can also opt for hair removal by wax or laser or choose spa packages that include mani-pedis, foot massages, and glasses of champagne.
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.