When hands and feet are treated at Present Nail Spa, they aren’t just buffed and polished. They’re soaked in red wine or smothered in a watermelon, baobab, and banana mask as clients breathe in exotic or fruity scents. Of course staffers also shape and polish nails, but that's just the beginning. They also treat clients to pomegranate sea-salt scrubs to fight aging, milk and honey to soften and moisturize skin, and green- and white-tea masks to make a gingerbread man’s hands taste better. Other body parts grab the spotlight during the nail spa’s face- and body-waxing services and applications of eyelash extensions.
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
Amidst the stark white and black décor of On Hair Salon, thoughtful stylists listen closely to their clients’ hairstyle ideas before they ever lift a pair of scissors. The team then tailors each cut, color, or style to fit the individual’s face and bone structure, sculpting each hairdo into a work of art. They can tame wild strands with Japanese straightening treatments and Brazilian blowouts, and add a pop of color with highlights. Rounding out the salon’s menu of services, Thai massages soothe tense muscles, while eyebrow tattooing redraws eyebrows lost by standing next to a sneezing dragon.
Staffed by a team of professionals that deliver everything from haute new hairstyles to eyelash extensions, Yvonne's Day Spa has received particular attention from sources such as MSNBC's Today Show for its unique Fish-y-cure pedicures, which rely on tropical fish to exfoliate feet. Toothless Garra rufa, or doctor fish, hail from the freshwater world's top medical schools, but have been invited stateside for the gentle way they nibble dead skin from between the toes, as guests relax into a leather massage chair and dangle their feet in the creature's warm, watery habitat. After watching the treatment soar to popularity, and dedicating countless hours to learning to breed and care for his tiny aestheticians, co-owner John Ho franchised the idea and made it the signature of all Yvonne's locations. CBS rated the spa's manicures and pedicures as among the best in the DC area in 2011, as they extend beyond the aquarium to include OPI products and high-tech UV gel–curing methods. Stylists offer guests soda and coffee before offering scalps nourishing sips from bottles of hair care products including Goldwell, Nexxus, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell. Hot stones and glass cups gain healing powers in the hands of Yvonne's massage therapists, and ingredients including sea salt, honey, and cappuccino lotion infuse many treatments to leave skin glowing with health and ready for a snack.
Certified surgeon Dr. Anouche M. Roberts of Liquid Facelift Centers combines surgical expertise with a passion for aesthetic medicine. Her expert knowledge of the face aids her as she wards off signs of aging with liquid facelifts and laser treatments using a laser new to the industry. A restrained aesthetic style, attention to detail, and knack for all things artistic round out Dr. Roberts’ qualifications and explain her affinity for cross-stitching all of her patients’ post-op prescriptions rather than writing them. Having performed more than 5,000 injectable procedures using the micro-cannula injection technique, Dr. Roberts has mastered performing pain-free, precise injections with little to no bruising.
Friends come in handy when one needs a shoulder to cry on or a body to experiment on. Luckily, Fit to Be Tan owner Heather Boss has many. After researching non-UV-based tanning methods in 2007, she began experimenting with airbrush tanning, perfecting the combination of solution and technique after many trials on her willing friends. After word spread from her happy test subjects, Boss opened Fit to Be Tan, which focuses on airbrush tanning and healthy skincare. She uses natural, organic solutions that bronze the skin without relying on harmful rays from the sun.