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.
Certified surgeon Dr. Anouche M. Roberts of Liquid Facelift Centers combines surgical expertise with a passion for aesthetic medicine. Her expert knowledge of the face aids her as she wards off signs of aging with liquid facelifts and laser treatments using a laser new to the industry. A restrained aesthetic style, attention to detail, and knack for all things artistic round out Dr. Roberts? qualifications and explain her affinity for cross-stitching all of her patients? post-op prescriptions rather than writing them. Having performed more than 5,000 injectable procedures using the micro-cannula injection technique, Dr. Roberts has mastered performing pain-free, precise injections with little to no bruising.
When Maureen Schantz founded Alternative Health Associates more than two decades ago, she did so with a simple concept in mind: bring together professionals who can tend to customers’ every aesthetic need. She and her staff do just that with a wide range of cosmetic services, ranging from Maureen’s specialty, electrolysis, to Botox and waxing. But their services also extend into aspects of health. Swedish and deep-tissue massages disperse aches, and a protein-oriented weight-loss program builds muscle and gets rid of fat faster than a firm handshake from a really muscular cousin.
The quintet of stylists at Giani Hair Salon work to make clients' hair a source of beauty and self-confidence. Each person who walks through the salon's doors is made the center of attention throughout their appointments or sudden games of charades. While stylists sculpt designer cuts, brush in foil highlights, or refresh hair with luxurious shampoos, clients relax with a glass of wine and enjoy relaxing scalp massages. The team uses only high-end products from brands such as Morrocanoil, Sebastian, and Bumble and bumble.
Sometimes it takes more than medication to heal. That?s why acupuncturist Linda Wentz founded Holistic Touch Center and its mission to help hasten the healing process by offering services that extend beyond the body to incorporate the needs of the mind and spirit. There, Silvy Franco and Shawn Marie Miller, the center's holistic estheticians, blend years of skin care experience with training in natural health and energy medicine to produce treatments that restore the body while rebalancing the mind and spirit. They read each client's skin like a map, plotting out appropriate treatment courses that are delivered as part of one of the center's rituals, which include components ranging from traditional facials and detoxifying peels to Vitamin C infusions and cold stone massages. In addition to performing these rituals, Silvy and Shawn also help clients adapt these treatments for use in at-home skin care regimens, keeping epidermises glowing and well-adjusted to changes in seasonal weather.
Those interested in acupuncture may enlist in Kirsten Jacob, a trained herbalist who received her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Han University of Traditional Medicine in Tucson, Az. In addition to specializing in facial-rejuvenation acupuncture treatments, she also possess a background in pediatric respiratory therapy as well as general family treatment. Her specialities include pediatric and family acupuncture, behavioral/learning issues, and stress reduction and internal medicine. Kirsten incorporates classical Chinese botanical therapy into her work, which includes tui na?or Chinese medical/therapeutic massage?cupping, and moxa. When she is not helping her clients attain inner peace through eastern healing techniques, she tends to her kids while indulging in reading, writing, and traveling.
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.