The staffers at Solar Planet do more than lavish visitors with meticulously clean salons, indulgent extras, and the power to don a sun-kissed glow in less than 20 minutes. Each employee is Smart Tan certified, meaning they possess the training to design personalized tanning schedules for clients seeking an instant or lasting glow. The specialists also know every detail of Solar Planet’s fleet of tanning beds, which range from traditional beds to standup capsules, the style most conducive to tanning lawn flamingos. At some locations, custom airbrush tanning sessions enlist the help of a certified airbrush artist who highlights the body’s features with strategic strokes in a custom bronzing hue. Over its 25 years in business, Solar Planet also has sunless tanning booths, a stock of buyable bronzing lotions, and a variety of skincare services including facials and waxing.
Since graduating from Dhaka Medical College Hospital in 1972, board-certified doctor Shaukat Jahan has been honing her skills practicing medicine—with a focus on her specialty, gynecology. Certified and trained in both Britain and the U.S., Dr. Jahan is well-equipped to help her patients. In her well-appointed offices, she can assist with prenatal care and deliver newborns as safely as a stork equipped with a seatbelt and airbag. She also provides family-planning services and helms laser surgeries. For international patients’ convenience, Dr. Jahan can speak in Bengali, Hindi, Persian, Spanish, and Urdu during appointments.
The skilled staff of stylists and aestheticians at George Bacchus inject zest into lackluster carnal shells, boosting appearances from faces to follicles. Hopeful hair havers can seek mane taming with a stylist, who will shampoo strands and trim tresses before blow-drying them sleek and arranging locks into comely coifs ($70 value). A keratin treatment ($300 value) sends a smoothing platoon deep into cuticles, reducing frizz and curl and rendering hair as silky and glossy as a doll's pupil for up to five months. This treatment smoothes all types of hair, including color-treated and chemically processed tresses, allocating time previously spent styling to new hobbies, such as competitive DJing and lawn-dart removal.
The destination for those with aesthetic goals big and small, Potomac Skin Care is a welcoming space where med-spa technologies seem to rewind time. Zerona lasers make silhouettes more svelte, smoothing away cellulite as it shines on the skin. Botox and Obagi Blue Peel treatments help erase fine lines and lend more even complexions. These and other treatments are conducted with care after a consultation, during which the technician and client check out future results via time machine.
The saunas at The Hot Spot are no ordinary steam rooms. Instead of using water poured over hot rocks, these saunas use far infrared light, which penetrates the skin's surface without cloying heat. One hour in the sauna helps the body detoxify at the cellular level, burning calories, improving the appearance of cellulite, and boosting the immune and cardiovascular systems. But despite the many benefits, these saunas are just as relaxing as the traditional kind—clients relax while listening to music, reading a magazine, or assigning names to each of the ceiling tiles.