Even when they're not at the salon, Cahra owners Jhonny Davila and Teresa Reed are changing the hair game. The stylists have led seminars at various hair events, including demos of Inoar keratin blowouts. By staying so connected to the industry, they can continue to upgrade their treatments back at Cahra, where they and their team perform customized services such as precision cuts, coloring, extensions, and updos, and provide custom treatments using K?rastase and Bumble and bumble products.
Hair is just one area of the Cahra staff's expertise, however. In the spa, aestheticians cleanse skin with more than a dozen types of treatments, featuring skincare products by G.M. Collin and Caudalie, including glycolic peels and four-layer facials. Massage therapists can dissolve tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, or prenatal massage, while nail technicians soothe hands and feet with traditional and spa mani-pedis. Recently, they introduced In the Mood polishes that change hue throughout the day, or whenever the wearer puts their fingers in a glass of milk.
Seven days a week, the technicians at Ace Foot Spa One bring balance back to bodies thrown off course by stress, injuries, and fatigue. The methods they use fit squarely in the category of Eastern alternative medicine. Sessions of reflexology, an ancient treatment based on the idea that pressure points on the feet are directly connected to specific areas across the body, helps increase clients' energy levels. Chinese acupressure relies on methods similar to those of reflexology, except the practitioner applies pressure to the body, not the feet. The purpose is to alleviate tension and unblock energy that has been trapped in the limbs or stalled in a traffic jam on its way back from a Bon Jovi concert in the spleen.
In a massage room awash in shades of plum, one of Serenity Spa Wellness Center's licensed therapists plunges deft fingers into muscular structures to weed out pesky pain points and break up congregations of tension. Increasingly relaxed breaths drift out of the private room, past cedar-colored planks, and toward the far-infrared sauna, which uses dry heat in an effort to draw toxins from the body or elicit confessions from ice-cream smugglers. Aestheticians blend ingredients for facial treatments and combine fragrant swirls of essential oils, catering to individual skin and health issues. In the reception area, hands warm around mugs from a coffee bar, and floral-patterned or zebra-print chairs cradle guests.
Their specialty might be chiropractic care and physical medicine, but the doctors at Rockville Medical and Disc Center LLC aim to heal more than just the spine. Their noninvasive techniques can help patients move past concerns such as carpal tunnel syndrome or knee pain, while acupuncture services provide another GPS-free route to whole-body wellness. The specialists can also help clients seeking lasting weight-loss solutions, either through contouring laser lipo treatments and calorie-burning whole-body vibration, or with nutrition services. A team of massage therapists and Reiki practitioners are also on hand, ensuring muscles stay relaxed and free from square knots.
Beneath the pendant lamps casting a warm glow over the salon, stylists at Profiles Hair Studio and Spa pamper clients with hair services, waxing, and nail treatments. Stylists cut men's, women's, and children's hair in addition to keratin treatments and permanent waves. Meanwhile, nail technicians coat fingers and toe tips with glossy polish, long-lasting Shellac, or full sets of gel or acrylic-gel nails during regular manicures or soothing reflexology pedicures. Additionally, a full menu of threading and waxing services keeps brows arched and skin smooth for swimsuit season.
Hanging lamps throw flickers of amber light onto the dark walls of Tea Spa's lobby, a tranquil cove that foreshadows the pampering performed beyond the front room. Included on a list of Washingtonian magazine's "Great Day Spas 2013," the spa's licensed massage therapists use varied massage techniques, essential oils, and hot towels during bodywork treatments such as a signature massage. Clients can also use their brief reprieve from the harshly lit outside world to nourish skin with a vitamin-infused facial or to decompress in the infrared sauna and bid adieu to toxins before they have a chance to settle in and wire the body for basic cable.