Window decals of traditional barbershop poles signal the entrance to Kisner’s Barber Salon, where licensed and certified hairstylists cut, color, and perm hair seven days a week. After sitting down for an initial consultation, men, women, and children can add new dimensions to their looks with a sleek cut and style. The salon’s services don’t stop at the scalp, however. Nourishing facials infuse skin with essential moisturizers and professional massages melt away stress with gentle strokes. Thankfully, none of that stress will come from being dissatisfied with one’s haircut; clients may return within two days for an alteration or a confidence-boosting compliment, both free of charge.
Massage therapist Ruth's clients refer to her as "Dr. Ruth"—a loving testament to her effect on their physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. Ruth carefully tailors massage work to the unique needs of each client, coupling Swedish and deep-tissue strokes with soft music and soothing oils. Clients can also request Ruth's specialty hot-stone massage to boost blood circulation and drain the lymph nodes.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend human rights" and "Protect our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to a UK-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
When master stylist Christie Kramer decided to open a hair salon in 1998, her standards for the hair professionals she would to hire were high. Having trained in Europe and the US, she brought with her a wide perspective on hair care and selected her staff based on their specific talents. Today, the stylists at Christie & Co. are most known for their hair coloring skills, from multi-dimensional hues to rich reds and drastic color corrections. Clients can also opt for a full array of hair care services, including Japanese straightening, extensions, and Brazilian blowouts. On the spa side of things, an aesthetician creates soothing moments during facials, massages or nail care.
The crew at My Lil’ Princess Day Spa shuttles itself about the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area and administers kid-friendly spa treatments to make girls feel like royalty. With an eye toward glamorizing get-togethers, the entertaining experts oversee birthday parties, administer mini mani-pedis, and apply nail-art designs ranging from hearts to zebra prints.
With more than two decades of experience—refining his skills working on infomercials, fashion shows, and photo shoots—Ricky at Salon De Beleza sets his sights on drab 'dos. He uses his wealth of knowledge to cut, condition, and blow-dry strands into elegant styles. Ricky can also lengthen hair with fusion hair extensions, and his training as a certified color specialist allows him to add pop to locks.