The Beauty Room's licensed aesthetician and nail technician Julie Wobbe lets clients ease into relaxation during treatments such as facials, eyelash and brow tinting, peels, microdermabrasion, airbrush tans, and waxing in her space inside of Utopia. Wobbe?s treatments are the result of years of experience: she has tested several techniques and products to find the most effective combinations.
Robin Ford tends to hands and feet at Expression Salon alongside a staff of other nail technicians and hairstylists. While she works, staff members dole out a wealth of beauty treatments—from haircuts and color services to facials, waxing, spray tans, and gel manicures. Stylists use products by Thermafuse, L'Oréal Professionnel, and Kenra. The salon's coral-colored walls and punchy green accents surround visitors, along with free WiFi and our collective unconscious.
In the sumptuous confines of Glamour! Beauty. Body. Boutique., chandeliers glimmer above pink-and-white-striped walls, plump black sofas, and rose-colored armchairs. Marie Antoinette and her courtiers would look at home amid the salon’s ornate black scrollwork and pink satin.
From the salon walls, the framed visages of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe watch deft stylists wield Paul Mitchell products as they snip and color clients’ locks to reflect classical dos or avant-garde trends. The team can also lengthen locks with hair or feather extensions and craft updos for formal occasions. In addition, the salon offers facials that use Bioelements products, waxing services, and eyelash extensions.
Andrea Nasholm?s dream as a 5-year-old to one day work in the beauty industry came to fruition when she graduated from A?Art College of Beauty in 2000. Now an experienced nail technician, Andrea files digits and covers them in regular, glitter, and Shellac polishes. Her passion is creating the perfect pedicure, which includes a mask, scrub, and two rounds of "This Little Piggy."
With many locations throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths, high-pressure tanning beds, or jars full of fireflies that can be held against the skin for a natural glow. The salons also offer six varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
If the atmosphere inside The Cat's Meow strikes first-time visitors as particularly familial, the reason may be that the salon’s proprietors share more than aesthetic expertise—all three of them are sisters. For more than 20 years, Melissa Raynak, Pixie Melton, and Meghan Mowbray—along with their team of aestheticians and nail technicians—have pampered skin and nails with treatments that range from basic facials and express pedicures to all-inclusive spa-day packages. In each of their skin-therapy treatments, the spa’s aestheticians employ professional products that eschew mineral oil, lanolin, and allergens such as gluten to ensure that skin responds positively. Armed with bottles of OPI polish and paraffin wax, they turn their attention to fingers and toes to soften calluses and fluff nail beds.