The Boulevard Salon & Spa deploys experienced stylists to deftly slice hairs from men's chins, cheeks, and heads. Guests recline in barber chairs while pre-shave oil and hot lather swaddle mugs in toasty foam, giving visages a glimpse into the brief life of a cappuccino. A keen-edged straight razor slides along the face to efficiently remove stubble. In the Executive shave, the razor doubles back for a second voyage against the grain, smoothing skin with a thoroughness comparable to double Zamboni treatments for ice rinks or double vacuumings of molting tropical birds. Frosty aftershave and an ice-cold towel seal pores and soothe sensitive dimples, and a face massage dissipates tension from overworked, skeptical eyebrows. Alternately, patrons can opt for a haircut and single shave that foregoes the razor's return visit. A consultation ensures that head bristles will be cropped to specifications using Kenra and L'Oreal professional products, and a hot towel—aided by a head-and-neck massage—steams shoulders into a relaxed slump.
With 13 years of experience, Robert Pumphrey knows a thing or two about chilling out. As a licensed massage therapist, he uses soothing strokes to help clients release stress. At Haptic Bodywork, his massage and bodywork clinic, he draws upon more than a half dozen massage modalities to target aches and anxiety. Services range from reflexology sessions, which can improve posture and reduce foot-based tension, to Hawaiian lomi-lomi massage, a series of gentle, rhythmic strokes that mimic the Pacific Ocean's waves, in that they feel great after you roam aimlessly through the desert for six weeks.
From the beige walls of Indulge Salon & Day Spa, framed pictures of Hollywood icons Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn watch over salon chairs as licensed beauty professionals make visitors feel like celebrities. Owner Wendy Zahradka and Manager Debbie McCotter lead a hospitable team that overhauls outer appearances with haircuts, perms, and coloring services for both men and women. They even keep facial hair tidy with hot lather shaves, perform relaxing massages, and create custom facials that remove dirt from pores, exfoliate skin, and erase fingerprints from when the Tooth Fairy investigates your mouth when you sleep.
This Aveda salon is supervised by Dawn Caldwell and Kristy Heron, who have more than three decades of salon- and spa-industry experience between them. Dawn specializes in hair color, much like a chameleon perched on a Sasquatch's shoulder, and Kristy is a massage therapist, who also wields a master’s in acupuncture to free up disruptive energy blockages. The duo teams up with a staff of aestheticians, nail technicians, and stylists to treat guests to facials, acupuncture, massages, and salon treatments.
At Accessible Beltway Clinics, a large team of licensed chiropractors traces chronic ailments to their sources and treats them with adjustments. Using technology such as cold-laser therapy, custom-fit orthotics, and spinal decompression, staffers work to relieve patients’ symptoms through a combination of chiropractic and physical therapy.
April Novack, a licensed cosmetologist, provides hairstyling to men, women, children, and stacks of dogs wearing a trench coat. Alongside Novack stands a staff that specializes in other beauty services, such as nailcare and makeup, to completely revamp clients’ looks.