Little did Alicia Imani know at 14 years old that her first jobs in salons and spas would inspire a passion for the beauty industry and a future career. Now at Painted Faces, the licensed cosmetologist provides makeup services including wedding-day applications for brides and their attendants and on-set applications for photo shoots. Using cosmetics from MAC, Chanel, and Lancôme, Alicia leads classes where she teaches clients how to apply makeup properly and create looks that work best with their features.
When Dr. Caryl Mussenden was six years old, she knew she wanted to become a doctor. After studying at Howard University's College of Medicine and holding residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, she realized this dream. Beginning as a board-certified OB/GYN, Dr. Mussenden taught young women the basics of self care, eventually transitioning into opening her own gynecological and med spa practice, Your Body by Design & Medi-Spa.
In 2006, Dr. Mussenden created the Medi Spa division to welcome clients looking for spa services and laser work. And today, along with her dedicated staff, Mussenden helps men and women achieve their aesthetic aspirations through customized dermal filler injections, chemical peels, laser hair removal, body wraps, and Jade therapy.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nia Banks and her team of trained beautifiers offer an eclectic array of appearance-boosting services. Surgical options to fulfill patients’ Christmas wishes include tummy tucks, liposuction, and rhinoplasty. For a lighter touch, nonsurgical treatments include injections of Botox—the wrinkle-fading serum that tricks muscles into thinking they are bears that must fall into deep hibernation for months.
Sonya Fletcher's career started in an unlikely place: her neighbor's scalp. While growing up, Fletcher tended to the hair of neighbors and her own mother, beginning a lifelong love for styling and cosmetology that led her to open Sonya Michelle Hair Spa. Her expertise in braiding, twisting, and weaving keeps her nimble fingers in high demand, but that's not all the salon offers its clients. The service menu also includes moisturizing treatments for curly, kinky, and wavy hair that can be prone to dryness, as well as keratin treatments that imbue locks with smoothness, shine, and the ambition to audition for shampoo commercials. Clients can also come in for color services that can transform looks with vibrant hues.
Angel’s Touch Skincare and Wellness's multidisciplinary team of aestheticians rejuvenate weary bodies with a full menu of customized organic facials, massage therapies, and herbal body wraps. The aesthetic services employ organic skincare products made in small batches from handpicked fruits, vegetables, and herbs, vivifying the skin with natural nutrients. The staff also offers alternative wellness services such as reflexology, acupuncture, and ear candling, which bring repose to the mind and the insides of ears. To give newly minted auras of beauty a firmer foundation, daily Zumba dance-fitness sessions strengthen core muscles and burn calories in fun, yet intense, one-hour spurts.
Acclaimed surgeon Dr. Craig Person's skilled hands change looks and lives. Doubly board-certified in plastic and hand surgery, he specializes in transforming clients’ appearances with procedures including lifts, augmentations, and enhancements. Nonsurgical alternatives, using injections of products such as Botox and Juvéderm, work to ease the wrinkles accumulated after years of frowning at riddles. Dr. Person also partners with a skincare professional, who consults with patients and provides skin-smoothing treatments.