Softouch Permanent Makeup's steady-handed professionals subtly and safely enhance clients' natural features using the SofTap Hand Method. Unlike permanent makeup applied with a tattoo gun or water pistol loaded with borscht, the SofTap Hand Method applies pigment using small needles to gently tap color under the skin's surface, usually over the course of two visits to reduce healing time. Improve top lash batting averages with a slight dot of color between every lash ($250), or add permanent top or bottom eyeliner ($250). Fully shade a pout ($550) or fill out sparse or bare brows ($400) with natural-looking strokes that mimic the look of brow hair. Though the procedure may cause some pain, prettifying pros apply a numbing agent before application to reduce discomfort. Results can last from five to ten years, and require minimal touchups or makeout sessions with rainbows to maintain.
Lavender Retreat Wellness Club takes the word "retreat" seriously. The spa itself is a pleasant spot to retreat to, decorated with lacy curtains, cool green walls, and fresh flowers. However, the team also organizes relaxing retreats for their clients—in the literal, board-a-plane sense of the word—in peaceful, beachy locales. The club will go to unconventional lengths to give clients a break from their everyday stresses, though it stops short of entering every overworked client in the witness protection program.
Most of the time, however, the staff gives clients a break the way most spas do—with a variety of relaxing treatments. The massage therapists work in Western modalities, such as Swedish and deep-tissue, as well as Eastern ones, including cupping and acupressure. The acupuncturists, meanwhile, facilitate energy balance within the body with hairlike needles. A team of aestheticians also tends skin with facials infused with vitamin C and pure oxygen.
At Joy Nail & Spa, the road to beauty is paved with many all-natural ingredients, including herbal scrubs, essential oils, and botanical extras such as cucumber and lemongrass. There's the botanical herbal mani-pedis, with soothing spearmint, lavender, and chamomile just part of a large relaxation regimen that also includes hot-stone massages and nail grooming. And there's the green-tea body wrap, which softens skin, and the multivitamin anti-aging facial, which softens fine lines.
Joy Nail & Spa also offers hair removal using a housemade sugar-based concoction. Unlike getting a traditional wax or licking a lollipop and sticking it to your body, the all-natural sugaring method removes hair with minimal irritation to the skin.
Dermabelle Salon & Spa houses a team of experts well-versed in catering to a wide range of hair and skin concerns. In the salon, stylists deliver custom cuts and coloring, and get unruly tresses under control with conditioning treatments, instead of relying solely on duct-tape. Meanwhile, permanent makeup services help streamline morning routines or camouflage scars, while aestheticians moisturize and rejuvenate skin during facials that incorporate exfoliation, masks, and special techniques such as the application of hot and cold stones. To address discomfort deep in the muscle, therapists also perform six styles of massage, including deep-tissue and reflexology.
Mazna Nawar is the lead stylist at Mazna Hair & Skin Care Salon, where a staff of professionals offers hair, skin, and body treatments to help clients reach their personal style goals. Mazna lends her fashion savvy to every strand of hair she touches, using cuts, coloring, and keratin treatments to reinvent looks. On the spa side, hydrating and anti-aging facials coax healthy radiance from the skin and erase blemishes or signs of aging, such as wrinkles and autographs from silent-film stars. The staff also offers a slate of all-organic skin therapies as well as peels and laser hair removal.
At Potomac ENT, Drs. Alidad Arabshahi and Ramin Ipakchi provide surgical procedures, patient education, and audiology exercises for those who have problems with their ENT: ears, nose, and throat. Complementing their medical practice, the doctors are also trained and board certified in facial plastic surgery, enhancing facescapes in the comfort of their office or in a surgery center. Additionally, a medical aesthetician with more than 20 years experience provides less invasive skincare procedures, such as chemical peels.