Massage for the masses. That's the mission for the team at M3 Massage, who perform massages that work for a variety of skeletomuscular issues. They use deep-tissue techniques for chronic tension, Swedish massage for general relaxation, and prenatal massage for pregnant clients in need of a soothing session. And their efforts have certainly paid off: in 2013, readers of Washington City Paper named M3 Massage Best Spa. In private treatment rooms, aestheticians can also wax clients from head to toe or administer medspa treatments such as Lipomassage, which targets fat deposits and promotes lymphatic circulation.
Even the decor puts visitors at ease. Stepping into the M3 Massage lobby is like entering the living room of a friend, the one who decided to install a reception desk. Comfy couches, a coffee table stacked with ample reading materials, and a few other well-placed decor items set an easy and casual tone.
Over-tweezing makes a person look permanently surprised. Under-tweezing makes a person look jungly. A D'Brows tweezing makes a person look astonishingly attractive for at least a couple weeks. This Groupon gets you your choice of four eyebrow waxes or threadings or two Brazilian waxes at D'Brows, the U Street hair-removal specialist.
The stylists at Release the Blowdry Bar understand the value of updating your appearance. They also know that that value extends to buildings as well as people. The District's most comprehensive blowdry bar recently moved to brand-new digs, moving into a location that properly reflects the swankiness of their services. Here, they revamp hairstyles with ten different services—each one appropriately named after a goddess. Whether they're adding braids with the Freya, volumizing with the Aphrodite, or harnessing the power of natural curls with the Yana, stylists work in close consultation with clients to deliver desirable results. They're also masters of regular salon services, from cuts to color and keratin smoothing treatments.
Although they claim their fame as hairstyling experts, the stylists behind Release The Blowdry Bar don't stop when the last strand is set. Their blowout bar also sports a food menu filled with decadent bites including deli sliders, cake pops, wine, and assorted teas. They also invite a female house DJ to take over the turntables on Friday nights, when women come to get a blowout and sip a signature cocktail from 5 until 8 p.m.
Release The Blowdry Bar even shows off its multifaceted charms as an event space, serving as the backdrop for any number of special events, such as birthdays, bachelorette parties, or mother-daughter get-togethers.
The aestheticians at Lash Cosmo call themselves artists, which is fitting, considering the manual dexterity it takes to fill in clients’ lash lines one-by-one with extensions. The team’s ultimate goal is for clients to be able to nix mascara, growth stimulator, and eyelash curlers in favor of custom sets of faux lashes that emphasize baby blues and middle-aged greens. Lashes come in three varieties—Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Diva—that vary in noticeability and oomph, giving peepers a subtle boost or a more dramatic look.
Owner Jenny anchors her beauty services in more than two decades of experience. She specializes in permanent makeup, dabbing eternal color onto lips or around eyes to shave minutes off of morning or post-waterslide beauty routines. Jenny also unearths fresh faces with skincare treatments that range from traditional European facials to microdermabrasion, a mechanical method of quickly buffing away lines, age spots, acne, and other blemishes. Jenny gussies up exteriors for weddings or special events by swiftly affixing eyelash extensions or vanquishes moles and dark marks with the wave of a laser beam
Under the guidance of Ramesh G. Patel, a board-certified doctor of internal medicine, the staff at Nivika Medspa beautifies patients with a range of advanced technologies. Technicians harness the power of specialized lasers to help to improve clients’ skin tone, reduce wrinkles, or remove unwanted hairs, and they wield multiple tools—including ultrasound devices and HCG injections—that can assist customers with weight-loss programs. Chemical peels that employ PCA Skin products join forces with FDA-approved facial injections such as Botox and Juvéderm, working to reverse the signs of aging or prolonged exposure to the sun. With a setting as groomed as its clients, Nivika Medspa features sleek, high-contrast furniture and colorful accents of modern artwork.