Staffed by a team of professionals that deliver everything from haute new hairstyles to eyelash extensions, Yvonne's Day Spa has received particular attention from sources such as MSNBC's Today Show for its unique Fish-y-cure pedicures, which rely on tropical fish to exfoliate feet. Toothless Garra rufa, or doctor fish, hail from the freshwater world's top medical schools, but have been invited stateside for the gentle way they nibble dead skin from between the toes, as guests relax into a leather massage chair and dangle their feet in the creature's warm, watery habitat. After watching the treatment soar to popularity, and dedicating countless hours to learning to breed and care for his tiny aestheticians, co-owner John Ho franchised the idea and made it the signature of all Yvonne's locations. CBS rated the spa's manicures and pedicures as among the best in the DC area in 2011, as they extend beyond the aquarium to include OPI products and high-tech UV gel?curing methods. Stylists offer guests soda and coffee before offering scalps nourishing sips from bottles of hair care products including Goldwell, Nexxus, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell. Hot stones and glass cups gain healing powers in the hands of Yvonne's massage therapists, and ingredients including sea salt, honey, and cappuccino lotion infuse many treatments to leave skin glowing with health and ready for a snack.
No style challenge is too difficult for the artists at Salon Ambience. Using products by Redken, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell, they create classic waves, multidimensional layers, and custom colors in clients' hair. Elsewhere on the floor, nail techs perform relaxing mani-pedis, while aestheticians administer facials and swift waxing treatments. The salon also offers private bodywork sessions, helping clients to loosen up after hunching at work or running marathons where they forgot to take off their backpack.
As guests approach the check-in counter at Top Coat Nails & Beauty Lounge, they’re greeted by a receptionist standing beneath two beaded chandeliers. Then it’s on to selecting 1 of more than 300 available shades of nail polish. During application, clients snuggle into two-toned massage chairs as a technician pampers and paints their nails. In addition to mani-pedis, the intimate spot offers spa services such as permanent-makeup application, eyelash extensions, and massages.
Del Ray Nails & Spa’s white arched entryway, framed by tiled columns, leads to a row of plush pedicure recliners and private treatment rooms. These relaxing environs perfectly compliment the roster of indulgent services, from spa mani-pedis with OPI and Essie polishes to sea-salt scrubs and hot-stone massages. But the spa embraces high-tech treatments, too, including micro-current facials and laser treatments that combat unwanted hair, acne, and spider veins.
The stylists at Xclusive Hair Design by Angelica showcase a wide range of skills that help clients express their personal styles and personalities. Beyond chic cuts, the staff masters advanced coloring and hair-management techniques to perform intricate services such as cornrows, permanent waves, and complete sets of sewn-in hair extensions. In recognition of the nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Xclusive Hair Design by Angelica offers a discount to members of the armed forces and decommissioned fighter jets.
Be forewarned: Simply Bliss Salon is not your average frou-frou, super-chic upper Northwest haircut and style salon. Located on the lower floor of a massive apartment building, some who enter might be put off by the initial aesthetics of the place, which nearly-bare walls and simple floors. But just as beauty is more than skin deep, don’t let first impressions fool you; customers who stay for a service tend to walk out the door feeling quite lovely. Cuts and color are specialties here, offered at discounted prices when compared to many of the high-end spaces that exist around the city. Stylists work primarily with organic coloring products that maintain the natural moisture and protein balance of the hair, and Brazilian keratin treatments are also available, as are waxing services.