The physicians and certified medical practitioners at Physicians' Laser Center educate their patients on the gospel of lasers with a broad menu of cosmetic laser services. Under the supervision of physicians, the practitioners calibrate FDA-approved lasers to each patient's hair color and skin type. They bend the beams to zap body hair, smooth wrinkles, heal scars, kill nail fungus, fade tattoos, and blind a passing cyclops. Physicians' Laser Center distributes its ace doctors and versatile lasers among five locations in the DC area.
At John James Salon, a Paul Mitchell Salon, continuously educated nail artists brush on complexion-flattering shades during the one-hour Shellac manicure and express pedicure. After buffing and shaping nails, artists finish fingers with a no-chip topcoat and efficiently polish toes, leaving extremities as colorful as a sailor’s vocabulary. Alternatively, stylists clear stubble from an area of a client's choosing, chasing fuzz off of cheeks, underarms, or brows. Three Brazilian waxes leave bikini lines smooth and hairless for months, and three neck waxes are great for getting Cerberus ready for a date.
Dr. Sheri Rowen has staked out a solid position at the forefront of her field. She was among the first in the nation to offer "instant vision" cataract surgery and served on a 10-person team investigating the use of implantable contact lenses. Persistent study and adoption of new technologies has been a hallmark of her ophthalmologic practice, which nowadays employs the 3-D eye mapping in custom LASIK surgery, a wide range of lens implants, and treatments that make it possible to read people’s auras. Beyond her expertise in eye care, Dr. Rowen extends her services to the rest of the face and body with cosmetic skincare, such as laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and scelrotherapy for spider veins.
Aestheticians Melissa Jacobson and Stephanie Casey employ only organic ingredients within their candlelit beauty studio. Jacobson, a certified reiki master, and Casey, a certified aromatherapist, believe in treating the whole body and all of its manifestations in alternate universes. They excel at cultivating a sense of total peace, whether they're performing body wraps, deep-tissue massages, ear candling, or makeup applications.
Chock full of environmentally conscious practices and comfy armchairs, Juste B's comfortable salon soothes fingers and toes with a slew of doting manicure and pedicure services. During the Quench My Hands manicure, frantic fingers unwind and compete to hold their breath the longest in an organic soak infused with eucalyptus and lavender, before shedding exoskeletons with an exfoliating acai-and-peppermint scrub. Not to be overshadowed, floor-based digits receive the same treatment before aestheticians smother them in a honey-almond treatment, a deep hydration that sinks softly into skin with a hot-towel wrap. For long-lasting, healthy bone coverings, hands and feet also absorb a protective coating of natural sunscreen. Finally, tendons stretch and strengthen under the invigorating attention of a capable masseuse before finger and toe tips don expressive pigmentation with a water-based polish, colored to match outfits or express a complicated admiration for Pollock.
While working at other peoples' salons, Shelly Spann yearned for something of her own. "I wanted to get my name out there," she says. One day, while watching reality TV, Shelly was struck by an idea. All of the shows were "centered around women and hanging out together, so I thought, 'Oh my God, how awesome would it be if we did that?'" Shelly masterminded a business that beautifies brows on location at get-togethers as partygoers sip champagne and wine. "It takes a little bit of the edge off of waxing," she says with a laugh.
Now Shelly divides her hours between mobile services and time at her full-body-waxing headquarters. She uses Nufree Nudesse, a sugar-free wax alternative that removes hair with less pain, irritation, and grumbling from cranky candles. Clients can also request numbing creams to keep procedures even less uncomfortable.
Waxing and brow sculpting aren’t Shelly’s only specialties, though. The fully licensed aesthetician also beautifies her clients’ complexions with a selection of exfoliating and hydrating facials. Her treatments range from mini and teen versions of her signature facial to custom European facials that take their cues from individual skin types.