Led by senior stylist and owner Liz Sarvinas, the expert team at Hair by Ell gives hair a fresh start with Paul Mitchell, It's a 10, and Joico products during haircuts and deep conditionings. After a stylist seats a client before his or her own personal, triangular haircutting station, the two work together to pick a fitting style, working through options such as ombre coloring, asymmetrical bangs, or a perfect cowlick. Once hair is shed of split ends and extra weight, clients can choose to add body with extensions or depth with highlights or a perm.
Katrina — the hands behind the shears at The Art Spa — has styled, extended, and colored hair for 20 years. She uses the Wella line of products, aptly called Color Charm and noted for its ability to cover gray hairs. She also remains conscientious about hair health when selecting her other products, choosing brands that are free of sulfate.
At Aesthetic Restorations Spa, every visitor is a VIP, and aestheticians lavish attention on every guest. This high level of care is particularly impressive given the team's broad spectrum of services, which include lashes perms, lip waxes, and laser body-contouring treatments. Also on the menu are specialty services, such as manicures and pedicures specifically designed for those who are diabetic or have high blood pressure. In addition, Jade Therapy hair-restoration treatments fortify and renew locks, and reiki restores the body's energy so clients can turn on light bulbs by thinking about them.
Fela, the cosmetologist behind Hair and Nailz by Fela, keeps clients looking well groomed and stylish with signature hair and nail treatments. She cuts and colors hair, sews in weaves, and infuses strands with keratin proteins or Moroccan hot oil for a smoother, shinier texture. Signature mani-pedis keep natural, acrylic, or gel nails in mint condition, with optional trendy accents such as caviar texture or stiletto points. Fela's studio is located within Phenix Salon Suites.
Amber light glows against the earth-toned walls of Tea Spa Wellness Center's waiting area, a tranquil cove that foreshadows the pampering services patrons are about to enjoy. Inside private treatment rooms, the spa's licensed massage therapists use essential oils, hot towels, and long, warming strokes during the spa's signature massage, or employ smooth heated rocks to unblock energy pathways and boost circulation during hot-stone massages. Tea Spa also provides a reprieve from the harshly lit outside world with custom facials that use Guinot skin-care products to deep-cleanse and tone skin or fade away signs of aging. Meanwhile, an infrared sauna helps clients sweat out toxins. All these amenities add up to Tea Spa being voted to the Washingtonian magazine's list of "Great Day Spas 2013".
At The Beauty Lounge, aestheticians use high-end products from around the world, including those by South African skincare brand Environ and Parisian skin experts Decléor to cater to the skincare needs of both men and women. The skilled staff administers half a dozen facials and four types of chemical peels designed to deep cleanse pores, combat acne, or lift away dark patches and spots. Men can benefit from three male-specific facials, including an express treatment that swiftly cleanses and moisturizes skin so it’s ready for its yearly trip to the mustache farm. Beyond maintaining beautiful complexions, The Beauty Lounge also smoothes clients from head to toe, using hard and liquid wax—specially designed for sensitive skin—to quickly strip hair from the face and body.