Evie and David Cohen founded David's Beautiful People in 1973 with one goal in mind: to create a welcoming, down-to-earth space for clients to get modern haircuts. To that end, David has traveled the globe for more than 50 years, touching down in destinations such as Italy, Germany, and France, where he’s picked up talented stylists, devoured obscene amounts of Nutella, and learned the latest haircare techniques. He is a member of the prestigious Intercoiffure organization, and some of his hair handiwork—inspired by the Gilded Age of The Great Gatsby_—was featured in _Washington Life’s September 2012 Balls & Galas issue. The precision of David and his team’s cutting skills has kept some of the original clients coming back for nearly four decades. This customer loyalty earned the establishment recognition as a top vote getter in _Bethesda Magazine_’s 2011 Best of Bethesda contest.
The large, bustling salon is divided into two rooms: one for cuts and another for color services. The coloring room features an advanced ventilation system to help clients and stylists recover their breath. The crew also offers mani-pedis and silk-wrap nails.
One step into Timothy’s Salon & Spa (formerly Happy Feet), and it's immediately clear that it's a place of relaxation. Herbal fragrances fill the space and low lighting shades the minimalist decor. Soft music plays in a few different styles. It's an easy setting in which to feel relaxed and sets the stage for the reflexology treatments Timothy’s is known for.
But the massage practitioners here have talents that go well beyond toes and soles. Many of their services combine signature reflexology with other techniques, including shiatsu for the shoulders and neck. Or they can focus entirely on Swedish and deep-tissue massages or other custom kneads. Beyond providing that kind of internal bliss, aesthetics are a priority here too, with stylists who add value to any spa day with haircuts and aestheticians who apply permanent makeup and eyelash extensions.
Much in the way that veins circulate blood throughout the body, meridians facilitate the flow of the bodies' electrical energy—or chi—from organ to organ. Armed with this understanding, the specialists at Meridian & Facial Spa aim to keep meridians flowing smoothly with a variety of Chinese practices performed inside vibrantly colored treatment rooms. The team members frequently perform the spa’s signature Meridian massage, which aids in the body’s natural detoxification process by targeting chi highways and breaking up traffic jams like a siren-blaring ambulance strapped to the top of a monster truck. And as the spa's name suggests, the staff performs more than just meridian-inspired services, including facials and peels administered by cosmetologists.
Within a soothing, contemporary space with a pure white interior and dramatic black lighting, Sanam Day Spa's therapists draw upon multiple massage modalities to foster full relaxation of the body and mind. Therapists customize treatments with a blend of the soothing strokes of Swedish massage, the deep healing work of Deep Tissue techniques, and the targeted taps of Acupressure, leaving the body relaxed, rejuvenated and revived. Aestheticians can also refresh faces with a retinue of spa and clinical facials, which begin with a skin analysis to guide the facial using a custom mask, steam treatments, and extractions to fashion a spot-free, radiant complexion.
Though it’s still enjoying the fresh feeling of being a new business, Lan Foot Spa offers the thousands-year-old practices of acupressure and reflexology. Founded on principles described in a document written between 2697 BC and 2596 BC, acupressure applies targeted pressure to specific points on the body. A similar treatment, reflexology taps into specific points on the feet. Each point on the feet corresponds to specific organs in the body; tips of the toes reflect the head, the balls of the feet reflect the heart, and the arches of the feet reflect the liver, the pancreas, and all tickle spots.
The gentle whir of blow dryers fills the air at Salon Luna as stylists create everything from simple children's cuts to glamorous hairdos. New clients and salon regulars relax, sipping from mugs of coffee, and stylists shampoo, blow-dry, style, and highlight their manes. Hair-texturizing services include keratin-infused straightening treatments, relaxers, and perms—each designed to keep hair as glossy as a celebrity sporting a new coat of carnauba wax. In addition to hair services, staff members finish off new looks with pore-cleansing facials, waxing, and manicures and pedicures enhanced with paraffin dips or whirlpool baths.