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The aestheticians at Lash Cosmo call themselves artists, which is fitting, considering the manual dexterity it takes to fill in clients’ lash lines one-by-one with extensions. The team’s ultimate goal is for clients to be able to nix mascara, growth stimulator, and eyelash curlers in favor of custom sets of faux lashes that emphasize baby blues and middle-aged greens. Lashes come in three varieties—Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Diva—that vary in noticeability and oomph, giving peepers a subtle boost or a more dramatic look.

9702 Armistead Road
Silver Spring,
MD
US

Medical director Dr. Subash Duggirala and president and CEO Jennifer Swalwell drive Serenity Zone Med Spa ever forward, using their expertise to lead a team of physicians, aestheticians, and nailcare technicians. Dr. Duggirala?a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians?has treated patients for more than a quarter century and has taught at prestigious institutions such as Georgetown University School of Medicine. Swalwell, on the other hand, focuses on mind-body transformations as a health coach. She became versed in more than 100 dietary theories and numerous lifestyle-coaching methods at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where her studies included training with renowned health experts Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra.

Since its founding, Serenity Zone Med Spa has remained up to date on the technological front. Two Syneron lasers and a Matrix IR system perform advanced skin treatments, adding youthful vigor to lax skin with a combination of radiofrequency, infrared energy, and motivational speeches. In addition to clinical skin treatments, the crew offers relaxing massages, mani-pedis, and spa packages.

3225 Spartan Rd.
Olney,
MD
US

With 129 years of combined experience in the beauty industry, the staff members at On the Edge Hair Studio really knows what they're doing. Their backgrounds?which include training at Vidal Sassoon in London and a stint as a TIGI ambassador?while varied, ensure each is equally adept at delivering on-trend haircuts, sleek highlights, and elegant bridal up-dos. The aestheticians on staff, meanwhile, are fluent in a variety of spa treatments, cleansing skin with facials, evicting unwanted hair with wax, and appeasing sore muscles with massages, and, if necessary, cupcakes.

16531 S Frederick Ave.
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

Laser Essential's specialized aesthetic procedures begin and end with the staff: board-certified MDs and certified laser technicians, who have been trained in both skincare and laser technology. They get help, however, from technology, using Candela and Syneron equipment to address a wide range of skin issues. They slay unwanted body hair with laser hair reduction, and work to improve complexions with treatments that combat acne and diminish the signs of aging, such as sagging skin, age spots, and wrinkles. To address these types of blemishes, the techs use laser facial peels, photofacials, and laser skin tightening, to name a few. They also offer Botox and other dermal fillers, which can minimize the appearance of wrinkles, ensuring clients will never be confused for a shar-pei.

8145 Baltimore Ave.
College Park,
MD
US

Massage for the masses. That's the mission for the team at M3 Massage, who perform massages that work for a variety of skeletomuscular issues. They use deep-tissue techniques for chronic tension, Swedish massage for general relaxation, and prenatal massage for pregnant clients in need of a soothing session. And their efforts have certainly paid off: in 2013, readers of Washington City Paper named M3 Massage Best Spa. In private treatment rooms, aestheticians can also wax clients from head to toe or administer medspa treatments such as Lipomassage, which targets fat deposits and promotes lymphatic circulation.

Even the decor puts visitors at ease. Stepping into the M3 Massage lobby is like entering the living room of a friend, the one who decided to install a reception desk. Comfy couches, a coffee table stacked with ample reading materials, and a few other well-placed decor items set an easy and casual tone.

3070 M St. NW
Washington,
DC
US

Over-tweezing makes a person look permanently surprised. Under-tweezing makes a person look jungly. A D'Brows tweezing makes a person look astonishingly attractive for at least a couple weeks. This Groupon gets you your choice of four eyebrow waxes or threadings or two Brazilian waxes at D'Brows, the U Street hair-removal specialist.

5332 Georgia Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US