With one swivel to the left or right, clients in Nival Salon & Spa's styling chairs might catch a glimpse of Miss Sweden, Miss France, or Miss Netherlands. In early 2012, the international beauty queens entrusted their good looks to the salon's celebrity stylists, nationally acclaimed beauty instructors, and award-winning aestheticians. Though the pageant stars only popped in for a day, Nival regularly pampers a high-profile clientele—the cast of Bravo's Real Housewives of DC has a standing alliance with the business.
Regardless of who stops by, Nival's team members harness their talents to create a personalized experience. In addition to all the basic treatments—haircuts, mani-pedis, massages, et cetera—the spa offers technology-driven services and alternative medicine. A third-generation acupuncturist calls upon more than 10 years of experience as he stimulates natural healing and makes clients look like balding porcupines. In contrast, an aesthetician prompts cell renewal with a mechanical wand that buffs the skin's surface.
With a skilled staff of hair designers and aestheticians, Eyma Salon and Spa's worldly co-owners apply international expertise to pamper patrons with a variety of hair and skin services. The formaldehyde-free keratin hair treatment employs a blend of keratin, amino acids, and actual nano molecules of 24K gold to boost hair's shine, health, manageability, and potential to deflect pigeon spitballs. Good for hair types long or short, conditions fair or frazzled, and species male or female, the protein marinade fortifies follicles for up to three months. The second option may be applied toward a variety of beautification sessions. Remove finicky body foliage with waxings ($15+), or style desired tresses with women's ($50+) or men's ($35+) hair design. Frontispiece refurbishers may select a facial ($55+) or doll up their digits with a manicure or pedicure ($22+). See the site for a full list of services, and call ahead to make an appointment.
To the skilled staff at Edens Wellness Spa, skin is somewhat of an artistic medium. Makeup artist and licensed aesthetician Tiffany Aldosari doesn't use a paintbrush or slather your face with sculptor's clay, but she does personalize each facial and skincare treatment to accommodate each client's individual skin type.
The spa also offers waxing and threading treatments to remove unwanted hair. Threading specialist Bedour Aldosari can help clean up eyebrows, upper lips, legs, and bikini lines. For full-body relaxation, the team presents spa packages. These include the couple's package—a romantic blend of facials, detoxifying massages, and back scrubs for two.
The staff at Modern Nails believes in the importance of regular manicures and pedicures to keep nails healthy, strong, and well-groomed. Each day, clients enter the salon and are greeted by the smiling faces of skilled technicians who perform a plethora of nail-related services, from simple polish switches to avocado-rosemary manicures and luxurious European pedicures with whirlpool spas. They also apply acrylic and gel nails as well as silk wraps, which strengthen nails and provide jobs for out-of-work silkworms. Though the staffers are mostly dedicated to nail services, they also offer body waxing, threading, and eyelash extensions.
21 Nail Lounge is, in a word, posh. This upscale, luxurious nail salon shines with marble floors and nail station tables, and mosaic pendant lamps softly illuminate leather massage pedicure chairs. Meanwhile, in the waiting area, a backlit shelf dramatically shows off rows upon rows of OPI nail polishes in every hue imaginable. But while it may take time to choose a color, there won't be much waiting otherwise—multiple rows of nail stations get clients into their soothing hot stone spa pedicures or refreshing lemon peel manicures without delay. Besides hand and foot pampering, 21 Nail Lounge also offering reflexology massages, eyelash extensions, and full-body waxing treatments to ensure clients leave feeling relaxed, pretty, and friction-free from head to toe.
During a signature W Nails & Spa pedicure, warmed river stones glide across legs for a treatment that’s part massage, part pedicure, and part acupressure stimulation. Other pampering pedicures use ingredients ranging from warm nectar honey balm to marine mud masks. Along with pedicures, the staff members beautify hands with manicures, remove unwanted facial and body hair with waxes, and tint eyelashes and brows for elegant yet sassy eye rolling. In the spa’s interior, yellow sconces shine upon eggshell-white walls, and pedicure thrones feature soft white leather and brown armrests. Elsewhere, rows of manicure stations are near a wall with a flat-screen TV the size of Rhode Island.