Spa Bellezza has its share of inventive beauty treatments, sure. But it's something called whine therapy that stands out—clients bring a friend, munch on finger foods, sip a glass of wine, and engage in "some soul-felt girl talk." With her masters degrees in psychology and certification as a senior cosmetologist, spa owner Carla knows what she's doing when she organizes events such as these. The community-conscious grandmother earned a degree as a registered nurse and as a licensed cosmetologist as well, backgrounds she distills into organizing two-hour spa parties for girls.
Carla and her staff also focus on individual services. Vanilla, avocado, sugar, and an array of aromatherapy oils comprise the recipes for Spa Bellezza's body treatments. And, a selection of products by Essie, OPI, L.A. Colors, and more attests to the staff's discerning tastes. Facials, mani-pedis, and massages all attract clients to the spa like moths to a hot rod's flames.
Pretty Girls Rock pampers its pintsize clientele with services both grownup and age-appropriate. Amid bright-pink walls and zebra-printed accents, the salon's staff works with patrons 13 and younger, offering colored extensions, applying hair flowers, and trimming hair into chic styles. Birthday parties of up to eight girls include a party room complete with Wii Dance and Shirley Temples, and the birthday girl heads home with an 8"x10" photo to commemorate the event and prove once and for all that none of her friends are invisible.
Domani Studio's Bel Air location is an ideal place to indulge in a pleasing pedicure or hair-straightening treatment. Submerge shoe-fillers in the rose petal-covered waters of Domani's pedicure bowl; experienced specialists will clean calluses from your feet's seedy underbelly and will cosset cuticles until they're polished and respectable. Domani's Curl-Interrupted treatment manages mouthy manes with a moisturizing and strengthening serum, which strives to repair hair's damaged cortex. Molecules coat each strand of hair, softening it, straightening it, and protecting it from UV rays, smoke, and violent canasta contests. For up to six months, hair can remain smoother, softer, and more conditioned.
Back in the 1960s, beauty was so simple that some beauty parlors—like the nine traditional ones run by Robert Andrew Zupko—only had one service: roller sets. But beauty trends began to change, so Zupko changed right along with them, adding skincare and nailcare to his hairstyling business. When 1996 hit the calendars, the salon evolved into a full-fledged day spa that covered 7,000 square feet.
Zupko has since created Robert Andrew – The Salon & Spa, a 22,000-square-foot Tuscan-style getaway nestled in the giant scalene triangle that connects D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore. Inside the salon, more than 90 beauty professionals—including nail technicians, massage therapists, and stylists—shape and polish nails, snip split ends, and disentangle achy muscle knots. The salon also boasts a troupe of Yon-Ka trained aestheticians who remove dead skin cells with pumpkin enzymes and melt away frozen funny faces with hot-stone facials.
More recently, Zupko opened Robert Andrew Medical Spa, where the spotlight's on lasers, injectables, chemical peels, and other high-tech skincare services.
Bella Amici Salon's stylists maintain certifications as Schwarzkopf color specialists and have expertise in Redken color chemistry, Dream Catchers hair extensions, and Bio Ionic hair retexturizing. They also cleanse and condition with products such as Bamboo by Alterna. In addition to their hairstyling services, Bella Amici's crew tends to guests with spa treatments such as body wraps, massages, nail care, and facials.
The salon resembles a friend's apartment, with its eclectic furniture, hardwood floors, and the photo that hangs above a candle-topped mantle giving it a feel that is both modern and homey.
By transforming homes into relaxing retreats, The Pamper Perfect Mobile Spa adds even more comfort to familiarity. Their staff of certified technicians travels to clients with all of the fixings of a luxury day spa in tow, including massage tables, manicure stations, and products made from fresh botanicals. They also bring the ambiance—soft music and aromatherapy set a calming mood as candles cast flickering shadows, and custom product blends release enticing scents such as chocolate or spiced apples. For certain packages, employees even provide plush robes and a complimentary bottle of wine.
Once they've converted the room into a soothing sanctuary, they treat groups to a variety of packaged services. The Pamper Perfect Mani & Pedi Package covers a signature mani-pedi as well as a hand and foot massage for each guest. Alternatively, the Pamper Perfect Princess Package gears the experience toward a younger crowd—6- to 12-year-olds—with mini mani-pedis and pizza, rather than a massage that therapists administer around backpacks. The mobile spa scales its services so that patrons can plan most any event, from large-scale parties to romantic dates.