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.
Sapphire Nails and Tanning Salon's seasoned technicians revamp skin and nails with a finesse that has yielded a steady stream of loyal clients for more than 18 years. Staffers gussy up nails with intricate polish designs and acrylic sets, bolstering manicures and pedicures with aromatic scrubs that smell of pomegranate, papaya, and high fives. Facials and massages help rejuvenate weary muscles and complexions, and a fleet of tanning beds cocoon color seekers in low- to high-intensity UV rays. Sunlight pours into the salon's serene environs through a full wall of windows, illuminating cushy pedicure thrones, royal-blue rolling chairs, and a flat-screen TV.
When master stylist Christie Kramer decided to open a hair salon in 1998, her standards for the hair professionals she would to hire were high. Having trained in Europe and the US, she brought with her a wide perspective on hair care and selected her staff based on their specific talents. Today, the stylists at Christie & Co. are most known for their hair coloring skills, from multi-dimensional hues to rich reds and drastic color corrections. Clients can also opt for a full array of hair care services, including Japanese straightening, extensions, and Brazilian blowouts. On the spa side of things, an aesthetician creates soothing moments during facials, massages or nail care.
At Keith Harris Salon, the stylists and aestheticians boast extensive experience in their fields, and it shows in the attentive services they provide. In addition to haircuts, the salon offers a number of intensive haircare services, including demi-permanent waves, formal updos, and professional hair coloring.
The salon’s staff also performs a range of refreshing skincare treatments. The rejuvenating vitamin C facial employs antioxidants to diminish signs of aging, sun damage, and motorcycling full-speed through lush jungles, helping to restore skin to a more youthful radiance. A special gentleman’s facial includes a shoulder-and-neck massage and moisturizing mask.
The full-service beautifying hot spot boasts a staff of professional people-pamperers who fashion eye curtains and brows into aesthetically pleasing shapes within its cheery confines. Experienced aestheticians will apply a full set of NovaLash extensions to your own natural ocular whiskers, diminishing the necessity for mascara. Lashes are available in varying lengths, and a lash fill ($50) can be added at any time for a more dramatic look. The salon recommends getting a lash fill every two to three weeks to maintain the appearance of luscious peepers. Dexterous brow artists will tweeze and form expression makers during an eyebrow wax, applying a mild, warm wax ideal for shaping stray above-the-eye tresses into sleek arches of debonair face decoration.
The Italian word "ciao" means both hello and goodbye, though "bella" always means beautiful. So when a stylist at Ciao Bella calls out the salon's namesake phrase, she could be greeting a returning guest, but she might also be sending off a client transformed by a cut, color, or chemical-relaxer service. The staff uses Matrix and California Smooth products to achieve these transformations amid the salon's cheery turquoise walls and wood furnishings, carved from only the most fashion-forward trees.