Just because the stylists at D.C. take hair very seriously doesn't mean they have to take themselves seriously. On the salon's front door is a black-and-white photo of Christopher Walken, below which reads "We Accept Walkens." Good-natured riffs such as these help clients feel at home as they seek out a haircut to fit their unique, and often quirky, personalities. D.C. CreationZ is also a proud Matrix concept salon, specializing in color techniques trending here and overseas.
Since 2001, Island Mist Tanning's well-maintained booths and beds have helped customers bronze in a relaxed environment. Licensed-and-certified technicians are on hand to help out with tanning options, which include standup booths, beds, and manually applied UV-free airbrush tans. The tanning salon also sells a variety of products from brands such as Supre and Devoted Creations.
Mellisa Rollins, owner of MelliSPA, offers private beauty treatments by appointment only. This rule allows her and her staff to focus their completely on each client during each custom organic facial, full-body waxing, or massage. Committed to using natural and organic products when possible, Mellisa employs aroma and herbal therapies that draw on ancient herbal wisdom. For example, her hair-removal services eschew artificial waxes for all-organic ingredients such as amber honey, which is the same substance that bees use to remove fuzz from their abdomens.
It would be impossible not to feel pampered at Jan's Skin & Hair Studio. First, guests take a seat in front of a mirror perched on a robin's-egg blue wall, surrounded by brightly colored bouquets and star-shaped lamps. From there, stylists go to work, cutting, styling, and conditioning strands for beautiful new looks. Stylists also add hues and highlights using ammonia-free color. Alternatively, guests indulge in skincare services, such as facials and paraffin-wax treatments. Inside the salon's private room, the staff gets rid of unwanted face and body hair with waxing sessions, which use natural products.
At MelliSpa, aesthetician Paula Bartorelli nourishes complexions naturally. Drawing from a diverse background in advanced clinical skin care treatments and natural healing, her facials use high-quality GlyMed Plus and Prima Fleur Botanicals products. Her services often change with the seasons—for instance, a pumpkin-enzyme peel in the fall—but she also performs classic facials customized for aging, acneic, and dry skin.
At Nutrapy, owner and director Jimmy Chung and his team promote internal wellness and external beauty in a tranquil, eco-friendly environment. Chung addresses physical aches and pains not only as a licensed massage therapist, but as a reiki master and certified polarity therapist, specializing in energy work designed to facilitate healing. For the well-being of their clients and the environment, he and his staff perform services using organic products wherever possible, nourishing faces with the Éminence Organic Skin Care line and pampering nails with toxin-free polish. Chung is also working on his master's degree in Chinese medicine, so it's no surprise that the center also offers Eastern-based services such as acupuncture and tai chi classes. Located in the South Shore, Nutrapy also features a raw herbal dispensary and has tested 200 medicinal herbs.
Before treatments even start, Nutrapy helps guests feel calmer and more centered as they walk into the holistic haven, which is decorated with orchids and soothing brown and blue-green earth tones. Once inside, patrons relax in pipe-less pedicure spas that resemble overstuffed recliners, or on a cushy suede couch in the candlelit relaxation room. In the corner, a small, rock-bordered pond teems with bright orange fish and features a soothing waterfall that gurgles Beatles classics.