Despite Lisa Anderson busy life as a stylist, she still manages to have a great head of hair. In her private studio, she can chisel out voluminous layers or gild strands with bold highlights customized to the client's skin tone. Clients may also ramp up eye appeal with the salon's signature lash extensions, which offer a more voluminous look without messy mascara.
Wielding portable and truck-mounted rotary brushes, high-powered air-pressure machines, and vacuums, the technicians at RC Duct Cleaning clean air ducts, filters, dryer vents, and carpets. Since these services remove bacteria, fungi, pollen, and other allergens and irritants, they make the air in clients' homes safe to breathe even without a snorkel.
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.
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.
Situated at the corner of a historic building in Old Town Alexandria, Penelope's Vanity looks as though it’s always been there. During the salon’s 18-year history, visitors have come to consider the salon a stress-free hub where they can leave their anxieties at the door and indulge in hours of time dedicated to themselves. The stylists’ ever-present hospitality is nowhere better exemplified than through the number of clients who stop in to chat or treat their hair to visiting hours with stylists on days they don’t have an appointment. After 5 p.m., the staff opens bottles of wine and champagne for clients to sip as they complete hair and skin treatments.
But the salon isn't only smiles and champagne. Under its neighborly exterior pulses a client-care philosophy rooted in providing superior haircare and skincare. The lead stylist helms the team with training from London's Vidal Sassoon school and excels at matching colors and cuts with guests’ lifestyles. With 18 years of experience in correcting complexions, the salon’s aesthetician is able to help clients overcome skin woes or indulge in an afternoon of pampering. During each shampoo, retexturing, and color service, the team treats hair with Aveda's organic, plant-based, eco-friendly products.
Sue, the eponymous owner of Sunrise Hair Studio & Sue's Skin Care Center, brings 15 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.