Sue, the owner of Sunrise Hair Studio, brings 18 years of experience as an aesthetician to the treatment table. Along with a team of stylists and aestheticians, Sue delivers image-transforming services for every inch of skin and hair. In the salon, stylists whip up custom cuts and colors and employ the follicle-smoothing powers of Global Keratin’s formaldehyde-free hair-straightening treatment. Aestheticians use skin-friendly sugar and traditional waxes and nail techs pamper hands during chair-side manicures. Relaxing clients indulge in the beauty haven's charming garden area, a tranquil retreat where guests can enjoy refreshments while catching up on the latest celebrity gossip with the area's resident gnomes and traveling pack of pink flamingos.
When Maureen Schantz founded Alternative Health Associates more than two decades ago, she did so with a simple concept in mind: bring together professionals who can tend to customers’ every aesthetic need. She and her staff do just that with a wide range of cosmetic services, ranging from Maureen’s specialty, electrolysis, to Botox and waxing. But their services also extend into aspects of health. Swedish and deep-tissue massages disperse aches, and a protein-oriented weight-loss program builds muscle and gets rid of fat faster than a firm handshake from a really muscular cousin.
Master aesthetician Maria Conde rarely encounters a pair of legs that she can't make as smooth as silk, or a pair of eyebrows that she can't shape into elegant arches. The hair-removal expert specializes in swift waxing and sugaring treatments for women as well as for men. But that's not all she offers at Maria Body Image Studio. Conde also cleanses pores with exfoliating facials and promotes detoxification with mineral body wraps. Her eyelash extensions add length and volume for weeks on end, staying in place until they fall out naturally or are plucked for an emergency wish.
The licensed aestheticians at Sugar Baby Wax call their method of hair removal "hydration waxing." This is meant to differ from regular waxing—which they deem too irritating—and its secret lies in hydrating skin with a special pre-waxing "sauce" prior to treatment. Next comes Sugar Baby Wax's signature "Candy Paste Wax," which actually contains many of the same ingredients found in all-natural candy. This formula is applied to the skin, and hair is lifted from the treatment area with less pain and stress than traditional waxing. A moisturizing anti-bacterial treatment rounds out the appointment, which is always carried out in conditions of extreme sanitation. The aestheticians never double-dip or use old waxes, whether they're removing hair from brows, bikini areas, legs, or bottoms of feet.
Del Ray Nails & Spa’s white arched entryway, framed by tiled columns, leads to a row of plush pedicure recliners and private treatment rooms. These relaxing environs perfectly compliment the roster of indulgent services, from spa mani-pedis with OPI and Essie polishes to sea-salt scrubs and hot-stone massages. But the spa embraces high-tech treatments, too, including micro-current facials and laser treatments that combat unwanted hair, acne, and spider veins.
Aesthetician and massage therapist Liliane Weinrob's career spans more than three decades and two countries. The French native began her career in Paris, where she became a specialist in lymphatic drainage massage––a method designed to reduce excess fluid in the tissues and bring relief to swelling and tightness. In 1981, Liliane's journey took her to Washington D.C., where she spent the next 15 years studying physical and massage therapy and working as a skin care consultant for several established beauty companies, plastic surgeons, and dermatologists. By 1996, she was ready to combine her talents into one venture and so she opened her own skin and body therapy studio, where she's been tending to her client's inner and outer well-being ever since.
Inside her cozy suite at the Van Ness Archstone Building, Liliane breathes life into dull complexions using advanced skincare services, such as microcurrent therapy and chemical peels, and European-made products by Sothys and Dr. Eckenstein. Lymphatic drainage techniques play an important role in everything from massage to facials, which incorporate the tissue-renewing movements into a regime that includes cleansing, vegetable peels, aromatherapy steam, and extractions. Once muscles are relaxed and faces have been restored to their pre-pie fight radiance, Liliane moves on to other aesthetic enhancements such as eyelash and eyebrow tinting or hair removal for both face and body.