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.
Mon Sanctuaire?s all white d?cor and relaxing spa treatments restore a sense of serenity to the overworked and stressed. In the treatment rooms, white walls and white curtains surround patrons lying on soft white sheets, waiting for a massage session to release tension resulting from typing at a desk all day and hauling a mattress into the treehouse every night. Guests might also relax here while an aesthetician performs a facial using Institute Esthederm products to restore balance, tighten skin, or fade wrinkles. Body-care sessions such as reflexology or mud wraps with scalp massages further calm the senses.
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, the center's holistic esthetician, blends 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. She reads 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 also helps 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.
The stylists at Salon DNA know how important looking your best is for your confidence, but they also know the negative impact the hairstyling process and chemicals can have on the environment. That’s why they’ve carefully combed through their service menu, finding ways to incorporate organic and eco-friendly products and methods while cutting, coloring, and texturizing their clients’ hair. The salon’s commitment to eco-friendly practices extends to recycling hair-clippings, using tools power generated by the wind, and refilling bottled products at 10% below the retail package price, all of which preserve the earth without vacuum-sealing all the nearby trees.
The salon features three tiers of stylists, with each tier wielding a higher level of expertise in such specialties as highlights or Brazilian blowouts. Each stylist takes pride in customizing every service to meet the unique needs and naptime schedules of their clients.
Hair is the priority at Blown Salon. In fact, it's all they do. By not stacking his service menu with indulgent extras such as mani-pedis or facials, owner and head stylist Mason Shupe guarantees that the attention of his staff won't be needlessly diverted away from strands waiting to be shaded and sculpted into master works of hair art. Previously an education artist for Sebastian International, Shupe has made it his mission to mentor up-and-coming stylists and has arranged his team––who together comprise more than 100 years of experience––into a tier system that sees junior stylists learning from master hair artists, and master hair artists learning to hone their skills while standing atop a human pyramid. Beyond cuts, Shupe's salon offers the latest keratin-based straightening treatments and helps heads to adopt a new hue with low-ammonia hair color by Italian-based Screen.