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.
LaTonya Thomas has dedicated the last 14 years to staying abreast of the current hairstyling trends. A graduate of Suffolk Beauty Academy, she specializes in color treatments as well as fusion and weave hair extensions. Working alongside the other stylists at Hair on You Salon and Spa, LaTonya reaches for products by Bed Head and Design Essentials as she makes over the manes of her male and female clientele, who also flock to the salon to enjoy skin-softening clay facials, full manicures and pedicures, and compliments from complete strangers.
When clients are candid about their needs, licensed massage therapist Abria Ebright can cherry-pick massage modalities that fit their preferences––and that's when best results are achieved. Abria may access lower later muscles––or fascia––with firm deep-tissue bodywork, or administer more energy-based healing with reflexology or shiatsu techniques. Abria also offers hot-stone massages to help improve clients’ range of motion, and promote blood circulation in wooden marionettes that have dreams of becoming human.
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.
Whether clients visit Christina Josephs Salon for a haircut, a wig or extension fitting, a facial, or a massage, they benefit from a team trained in a sprawling array of services. Bodies get beach ready with waxing, airbrush tanning, and dolphin-language courses. Photographers are on-hand to snap headshots, boudoir photos, and glamour pics. Products at the salon bear labels boasting brands such as Bioelements, CND Shellac, and Redken.
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.