With 129 years of combined experience in the beauty industry, the staff members at On the Edge Hair Studio really knows what they're doing. Their backgrounds—which include training at Vidal Sassoon in London and a stint as a TIGI ambassador—while varied, ensure each is equally adept at delivering on-trend haircuts, sleek highlights, and elegant bridal up-dos. The aestheticians on staff, meanwhile, are fluent in a variety of spa treatments, cleansing skin with facials, evicting unwanted hair with wax, and appeasing sore muscles with massages, and, if necessary, cupcakes.
Medical director Dr. Subash Duggirala and president and CEO Jennifer Swalwell drive Serenity Zone Med Spa ever forward, using their expertise to lead a team of physicians, aestheticians, and nailcare technicians. Dr. Duggirala—a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians—has treated patients for more than a quarter century and has taught at prestigious institutions such as Georgetown University School of Medicine. Swalwell, on the other hand, focuses on mind-body transformations as a health coach. She became versed in more than 100 dietary theories and numerous lifestyle-coaching methods at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where her studies included training with renowned health experts Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra.
Since its founding, Serenity Zone Med Spa has remained up to date on the technological front. Two Syneron lasers and a Matrix IR system perform advanced skin treatments, adding youthful vigor to lax skin with a combination of radiofrequency, infrared energy, and motivational speeches. In addition to clinical skin treatments, the crew offers relaxing massages, mani-pedis, and spa packages.
The aestheticians at Lash Cosmo call themselves artists, which is fitting, considering the manual dexterity it takes to fill in clients’ lash lines one-by-one with extensions. The team’s ultimate goal is for clients to be able to nix mascara, growth stimulator, and eyelash curlers in favor of custom sets of faux lashes that emphasize baby blues and middle-aged greens. Lashes come in three varieties—Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Diva—that vary in noticeability and oomph, giving peepers a subtle boost or a more dramatic look.
Dr. Sattar earned his DDS degree in 1990, but that doesn't mean he stopped studying. He enlists in continuing-education courses each year in order to stay up to date with advancements in the field. His self-named dental spa isn't old school, either. Alongside traditional dental care—fillings, root canals, whitening—they also provide Botox, facials, and lipotropic injections that boost energy and often facilitate weight-loss efforts.
Red Rose Beauty Center's clients can rest easy knowing that they're in the hands of a doctor who has treated patients for more than 30 years, including time spent in the high-stress arenas of internal and emergency medicine. He started off at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and in 1993, he moved to the Washington DC area, where he eventually started working in the medical aesthetics field. "This field offers [a] more relaxed and different approach to patient care," he says. "These are 100% optional/elective procedures."
At his med spa, he injects Botox and Juvéderm into faces to help smooth wrinkles and plump up fine lines. He also uses Latisse to help patients have fuller, darker eyelashes without coating them in mud.
Mirrors and earth tones adorn the inside of Avivo Salon & Day Spa, where stylists and estheticians refresh appearances and lavish guests with individualized attention. Enzymes and sea mud swaddle guests during body wraps, while herbal wraps detoxify, and special salts scrub away dead skin cells. Additionally, a variety of facials use exfoliating acids and imbue pores with intense hydration. The staff use high-quality products during all treatments, such as skincare products by Farah, to ensure lasting results. The range of treatments is diverse, and ensures that there's something to meet almost every beauty, relaxation, or relaxing mud fight desire.