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.
After absorbing foundational and cutting-edge hairstyling techniques in both Paris and New York, Sammy Amarti brought that knowledge home to Washington, DC, and opened up the eponymous Salon Amarti. For 15 years, Sammy and the salon's stable of hairstylists and aestheticians have ushered clients into a tasteful salon space, now swathed in serene lavender and tan hues, to prepare for one of many meticulously executed salon treatments. Hairstylists and color experts use their aesthetic eyes and clients’ feedback to craft ‘dos that enhance facial features or artfully disguise regrettable full-face tattoos of Mike Tyson’s face. Pampering extends beyond the scalp during expert nail services executed by efficient and highly skilled nail technicians. Massage therapists work to reduce stress with light Swedish strokes, deep-tissue work, or the therapeutic signature massage. To tap the fountain of youth, skincare specialists perform facials to clear blemishes and slough away dullness, and they restore suppleness with a line of chemical peels.
The stylists at Salon DNA know how important looking your best is for your confidence, but they also know the negative impact the hairstyling process and chemicals can have on the environment. That’s why they’ve carefully combed through their service menu, finding ways to incorporate organic and eco-friendly products and methods while cutting, coloring, and texturizing their clients’ hair. The salon’s commitment to eco-friendly practices extends to recycling hair-clippings, using tools power generated by the wind, and refilling bottled products at 10% below the retail package price, all of which preserve the earth without vacuum-sealing all the nearby trees.
The salon features three tiers of stylists, with each tier wielding a higher level of expertise in such specialties as highlights or Brazilian blowouts. Each stylist takes pride in customizing every service to meet the unique needs and naptime schedules of their clients.
Motivated by the belief that most people in this results-driven society often just need a safe space in which they can just breathe, Mon Sanctuaire provides a cozy atmosphere where clients can do just that. In the treatment rooms, white walls and white curtains surround patrons lying on soft white sheets, waiting for a massage session to release tension resulting from typing at a desk all day and hauling a mattress into the treehouse every night. Guests might also relax here while an aesthetician performs a facial using Institute Esthederm products to restore balance, tighten skin, or fade wrinkles. Body-care sessions such as reflexology or mud wraps with scalp massages further calm the senses.
Bazzak Hair Salon's new location?a 120-plus-year-old brownstone townhouse in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria?not only oozes charm and character but has also allowed the staff to expand its service menu. The team of American- and European-trained designers and master colorists has been caring for hair for more than 30 years, and also now can soften hands with soothing paraffin mani-pedis or calm the skin with an organic white-tea facial.
For their hair services, staffers still nourish locks with the natural and eco-friendly ingredients in Ren? Furterer and Priv? products, and specialize in adding face-framing accents or ombre highlights that, like a firefly falling asleep, slowly transition from light to dark.
Like a sculptor handling a block of marble, Michelle’s Beauty Day Spa's staff expose the radiance within weary patrons via rejuvenating services for bodies, nails, and faces. They whisk patrons into the serene atmosphere of private rooms to perform treatments such as their signature express facial or a prenatal massage that eases pregnancy-centric aches such as muscle tension, leg cramps, and neck kinks caused by scanning the skies for incoming storks.