With regard to indoor tanning, there are few things more annoying than those sunburned, itchy spots you get on your pressure points from laying directly on a tanning bed's bulbs. But with beds like Miami Escape Tanning's new Matrix L33 level 5 model, that's a thing of the past: the cylindrical bed has a transparent surface that resembles a giant-sized microscope slide, elevating bodies off the half-circle of bulbs lined up beneath. The 360-degree bed is equipped with 33 high-pressure UVA bulbs designed to tan entire bodies evenly.
In addition to the Matrix L33 and Miami Escape's other beds, there are four additional tanning levels. Clients can choose to purchase their tanning by the session, or reduce their cost per tan by opting for unlimited 7-day, 30-day, 60-day, or 90-day packages. Those who commit to club memberships receive even deeper discounts on monthly packages, as do military service personnel.
East meets West whenever licensed massage therapist Zoraida Alvarez kneads ailing muscles. A member of the american massage therapy association, she reduces swelling and supports the immune system with lymphatic-drainage therapy and uses trigger-point techniques to release tender knots that coil up in response to mental or physical stress. Zoraida often tailors her massages for cancer patients who have unique needs that require gentle and focused attention. She also helps athletes by hunting down muscle imbalances, inflammation, and any underlying sources of pain. Her Lypossage sessions aim to help weight-loss endeavors by reducing inches, cellulite, and the number of pets people keep in their pockets.
Though La'Sonia Nicole Salon and Spa is a new establishment, the center's technicians use time-tested treatments to beautify their clients. Massage therapists rely on the traditional techniques of Swedish massage, which features long, flowing strokes that ease muscle aches and release tension. During a classic European facial, aestheticians deeply cleanse skin to brighten and smooth the complexion, and a spa pedicure leaves digits more polished than a dog that’s been taught to bark with a British accent.
Tangerine walls, tangerine chairs, tangerine dividers between the hair-driers and the styling stations. Hair on You Salon and Spa harnesses the vibrancy and boldness of the citrusy fruit to mirror the personalities of owner and senior stylist Veronica Scales-Howard and her talented staff of beauty gurus. In tandem, the stylists, aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians revamp flagging exteriors, leaving clients more confident than a time traveler betting on a horserace. Hair pros reshape coifs for men and women, add color and dimension to dull shades with highlights and double-process color treatments, and retexturize strands to take them from straight to curly or back. Cassandra, the resident skin specialist, summons Dermalogica products and clay and seaweed wraps to rejuvenate the skin, whereas a massage therapist combats stress and aches with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports modalities. Nail technicians wrap up makeovers with indulgent spa mani-pedis topped off with colorful polish.
Back in the 1960s, beauty was so simple that some beauty parlors—like the nine traditional ones run by Robert Andrew Zupko—only had one service: roller sets. But beauty trends began to change, so Zupko changed right along with them, adding skincare and nailcare to his hairstyling business. When 1996 hit the calendars, the salon evolved into a full-fledged day spa that covered 7,000 square feet.
Zupko has since created Robert Andrew – The Salon & Spa, a 22,000-square-foot Tuscan-style getaway nestled in the giant scalene triangle that connects D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore. Inside the salon, more than 90 beauty professionals—including nail technicians, massage therapists, and stylists—shape and polish nails, snip split ends, and disentangle achy muscle knots. The salon also boasts a troupe of Yon-Ka trained aestheticians who remove dead skin cells with pumpkin enzymes and melt away frozen funny faces with hot-stone facials.
More recently, Zupko opened Robert Andrew Medical Spa, where the spotlight's on lasers, injectables, chemical peels, and other high-tech skincare services.
An Aveda Concept salon and spa, EcoBliss beautifies and becalms with eco-friendly products and services that protect both clients and the environment. Each environmentally conscious service comes with a comforting cup of tea, a scalp, neck, and shoulder massage, and an unspoken invitation to Mother Earth's cocktail lounge. Refurbish frowsy frontispieces with a strand-sculpting cut snipped by an Aveda-certified Michelangelo of mops ($35), or pamper paws with an earth-minded pedicure ($55). A half-hour Elemental Nature facial ($50) will revivify visages eroded from the stress of work, weather, and multiple sprays from trick boutonnieres. EcoBliss also provides an array of coloring, waxing, and brow services to meet guests' glamorizing needs.