The stylists and aestheticians??some of whom are trilingual??at Via Rio Hair Salon specialize in Brazilian beauty services that render both frizzy tresses and fuzzy body parts silky smooth. In addition to Brazilian keratin treatments, they also administer cuts, color services, and perms. Body treatments go beyond the Brazilian wax to include luxurious facials and soothing massages, and nail techs primp hands and feet with mani-pedis using traditional or shellac polish.
A long row of plush, khaki-toned pedicure chairs on raised platforms lines a bright yellow interior lit by hanging lamps. The studio's service list includes waxing and facials, although the Solar pros specialize in nailcare. A warm paraffin treatment or french tips can be added to classic or Solar Deluxe mani-pedis, or clients can opt for acrylics or shellac gel polish for longer-lasting color that, like a selfless poker player, resists chips. Solar's technicians also gussy up nails with colorful patterns and intricate freehand designs.
With one swivel to the left or right, clients in Nival Salon and Spa's styling chairs might catch a glimpse of Miss Sweden, Miss France, or Miss Netherlands. In early 2012, the international beauty queens entrusted their good looks to the salon's celebrity stylists, nationally acclaimed beauty instructors, and award-winning aestheticians. Though the pageant stars only popped in for a day, Nival regularly pampers a high-profile clientele?the cast of Bravo's Real Housewives of DC has a standing alliance with the business.
Regardless of who stops by, Nival's team members harness their talents to create a personalized experience. In addition to all the basic treatments?haircuts, mani-pedis, massages, et cetera?the spa offers technology-driven services and alternative medicine. A third-generation acupuncturist calls upon more than 10 years of experience as he stimulates natural healing and makes clients look like balding porcupines. In contrast, an aesthetician prompts cell renewal with a mechanical wand that buffs the skin's surface.
The Wudang Mountains have been a hub for Chinese medicine and Taoist monasteries for centuries, so it makes sense that Dr. Lien-Jiun Lee—a 16th generation member of a lineage from the region—would be attracted to the practice of traditional oriental medicines. Armed with a two-headed master's degree—in Chinese medicine and psychology—he leads Ageless Wellness Center's team of spa therapists as they administer lymphatic-drainage massages, facials infused with pearl and silk protein, and colon hydrotherapy. The intention of these treatment methods is to restore the body's natural balance of yin and yang and to enhance the body's metabolism so that clients can digest baseball cards that didn't turn out to be worth much.
Since 1973, each of Sport&Health's 24 clubs has aimed for full fitness coverage with programs for every taste and family member. Guests can spark positive lifestyle changes with gym workouts and wellness services, or engage in a variety of sports. Each facility houses different athletic amenities for games and laps, from pristine swimming pools to squash and racquetball courts lathered in a fresh coat of peanut butter every morning. The camaraderie of group classes such as Zumba and Les Mills BodyPump barbell routines complement scores of gym equipment meant for exercising solo—or with the guidance of a certified personal trainer. The clubs also emphasize kid-friendly activities with arts and crafts, Kidz Klub childcare, and youth certification courses that teach teens the ins and outs of training. Depending on the location, spa treatments can knead tension from muscles and paint one's favorite kettlebell with a layer of Shellac.
With a skilled staff of hair designers and aestheticians, Eyma Salon and Spa's worldly co-owners apply international expertise to pamper patrons with a variety of hair and skin services. The formaldehyde-free keratin hair treatment employs a blend of keratin, amino acids, and actual nano molecules of 24K gold to boost hair's shine, health, manageability, and potential to deflect pigeon spitballs. Good for hair types long or short, conditions fair or frazzled, and species male or female, the protein marinade fortifies follicles for up to three months. The second option may be applied toward a variety of beautification sessions. Remove finicky body foliage with waxings ($15+), or style desired tresses with women's ($50+) or men's ($35+) hair design. Frontispiece refurbishers may select a facial ($55+) or doll up their digits with a manicure or pedicure ($22+). See the site for a full list of services, and call ahead to make an appointment.