In a massage room awash in shades of plum, one of Serenity Spa Wellness Center's licensed therapists plunges deft fingers into muscular structures to weed out pesky pain points and break up congregations of tension. Increasingly relaxed breaths drift out of the private room, past cedar-colored planks, and toward the far-infrared sauna, which uses dry heat in an effort to draw toxins from the body or elicit confessions from ice-cream smugglers. Aestheticians blend ingredients for facial treatments and combine fragrant swirls of essential oils, catering to individual skin and health issues. In the reception area, hands warm around mugs from a coffee bar, and floral-patterned or zebra-print chairs cradle guests.
Beneath the pendant lamps casting a warm glow over the salon, stylists at Profiles Hair Studio and Spa pamper clients with hair services, waxing, and nail treatments. Stylists cut men's, women's, and children's hair in addition to keratin treatments and permanent waves. Meanwhile, nail technicians coat fingers and toe tips with glossy polish, long-lasting Shellac, or full sets of gel or acrylic-gel nails during regular manicures or soothing reflexology pedicures. Additionally, a full menu of threading and waxing services keeps brows arched and skin smooth for swimsuit season.
Inside Color and Hair Connection's light, eggshell-hued walls dotted with eastern calligraphy, Brenda A. Vernon calms rebellious follicles with relaxing blowout treatments. During each of four doting sessions, stylists begin whipping hair into shape with a lathering, restorative shampoo and a demand that each follicle do a single pull-up. Then heads heat up under the soft hum of a blow-dryer, where manes shed their moisture and gain a luxurious shine. Finally, hair tamers transform unruly locks into well-mannered coifs, styling elegant 'dos for upcoming dates, evenings on the town, or parties to celebrate a pet's promotion to honorary child.
Revitacell's friendly, knowledgeable staff presents customers with an array of noninvasive skin-sprucing services. Partakers of red-light phototherapy will get to immerse their faces in warm crimson glow three times a week for two months, emerging with visages less riddled with fine lines and discoloration. The system reverses the signs of aging by engaging the skin's own natural healing abilities and can also boost elasticity, moisture, and a client's youthful desire to wage magnifying-glass war on backyard ants.
Seven days a week, Reem executes precise men's and kids' haircuts at Platinum Barber Shop. He offers clients a range of popular styles, including fades, mohawks, and tapers. He also shaves heads bald and carefully sculpts hair into eye-catching designs, such as stars and city skylines.
Amber light glows against the earth-toned walls of Tea Spa Wellness Center's waiting area, a tranquil cove that foreshadows the pampering services patrons are about to enjoy. Inside private treatment rooms, the spa's licensed massage therapists use essential oils, hot towels, and long, warming strokes during the spa's signature massage, or employ smooth heated rocks to unblock energy pathways and boost circulation during hot-stone massages. Tea Spa also provides a reprieve from the harshly lit outside world with custom facials that use Guinot skin-care products to deep-cleanse and tone skin or fade away signs of aging. Meanwhile, an infrared sauna helps clients sweat out toxins. All these amenities add up to Tea Spa being voted to the Washingtonian magazine's list of "Great Day Spas 2013".