Staff members at Aqua Ice Salon and Day Spa eradicate tension and enhance skin with icy, exhilarating sensations in a range of soothing spa treatments. Visitors begin their spa day by bundling up in a fluffy robe and heading into a secluded treatment room, where a therapist swathes skin in a peppermint body wrap. Packed with detoxifying seaweed extract, the wrap claims to allay cellulite and aid in weight loss, as warmth followed by a tingling peppermint-seaweed lotion brings out goosebumps to impress any fowl nesting in the vicinity. Staff members scrub and massage feet with arctic-inspired products during the icy-cool foot massage, and corpuses receive either a warm, steamy massage or an inflammation-allaying ice-therapy massage, culminating in the application of a chilly gel to commemorate the many snowmen lost at the end of winter. After a gentle trimming, shaping, and polishing of fingers and toes, a delicious lunch—tailored to omnivores or herbivores—crowns the soothing six-hour experience. Alternately, bodies can find speedier tension-taming in a fastidious body and foot massage, including the same chilly extremity scrubbing and muscle-melting choice of aromatic steam or ice therapy.
"You are smart. You are nice. You are pretty. You are uniquely you." This is the mantra at Viva La Girls Spa & Club, where beauticians aim to increase kids' confidence and expand their brains, too. They can perform an array of treatments at their perch within Glam Spa Lounge or travel to a location of the client’s choice to doll up youngsters with nail art, facials, and glitter makeup. Spa soirees make kids feel like movie stars, princesses, or CIA agents disguised as princesses with beauty services packaged with add-ons such as a pink limo service, candy buffets, yoga lessons, and lip-gloss-making stations. Lessons in etiquette and cooking are also available, and the Viva La Girls club keeps youngsters engaged with books, field trips, and community service.
Specializing in complete hair makeovers, the stylists at Couture Hair Weaves & Stylz employ their repertoire of straightening treatments, weaves, and perms to rejuvenate uninspired coifs. Their weaves incorporate 100% virgin Remy hair, which boasts high durability and natural texture, and Keratin Complex treatments keep hair manageable and smooth.
Heels and toes deliver soothing pressure during the East Asian ashiatsu deep-tissue massages at Balanced Body Massage Group. Supported by overhead bars and assisted by the heavy hands of gravity, therapists glide their firm soles slowly over tense backs. A fusion of Swedish and compression techniques helps pump fresh blood throughout the body, iron out knots, and send stress to military reform schools. Oil infuses the uppermost layers of skin with rich moisture, and trigger-point therapy routs chronic pain from hideouts in the soft tissue. Refreshed limbs leave the table feeling as long and loose as the Man with No Name's poncho.
After more than 10 years as a stylist, Jamal Edmonds understands the importance of listening. As a young salon apprentice, he listened to his instructors and was rewarded for his efforts with a scholarship to the prestigious Bennett Career Institute. Even after countless fashion shows and magazine spreads, he hasn’t forgotten this crucial skill. It’s why Salon Lamaj, his beauty shop in Capitol Heights, continues to thrive.
Jamal is no stranger to the salon floor, and he regularly works alongside his team of highly trained stylists, all of whom have had a say in developing a menu of customizable beauty services. Their skill is evident in the way they sew and braid extensions or finish looks with a round-brush blowout—but never without listening to their clients first. The salon’s services don’t stop at the scalp. Facials gently wipe away acne, Shavasana extensions add volume to lashes, and makeup applications ensure that you’ll get the fingerprints of any relative who unlawfully tries to pinch your cheeks.