One visit to Eden of Ashburn, and you'll think you've entered the mystical utopia its moniker suggests. The spa and salon offers soothing confines where guests can ease into services that both pamper and refresh. During spa pedicures, feet are rewarded with a long soak and a sea-salt glow massage. Then calves are wrapped in steamed towels to stimulate circulation, and feet are dipped in warm paraffin to soften skin and soothe the senses. Hot-stone massages coax out tension from sore muscles, and microdermabrasion treatments deeply exfoliate skin and stimulate collagen growth. Permanent makeup artists help enhance brows and plump lips with professional services. Meanwhile, on the salon side, haircuts and deep-conditioning treatments revitalize locks, and highlights and blowouts add pizzazz.
At Michael Helene Salon Gallery, clients don’t just get a haircut—they are immersed into an experience. Upon arrival to the sun-soaked studio, clients embark upon a tour of the beautifying emporium, where they meet the staff and take in the luxurious accents of the space, such as ornately framed mirrors, pristine white walls, and verdant plants with retro pompadours. After they settle in, one of the amiable stylists—steeped in the salon’s foundation of education, personalization, consultation, and beautification—indulges them in their chosen treatment from a list of services including long-hair shaping, all-over color, and special-occasion updos, all referred to by the staff as hair artistry. “We see the client as our artistic medium, and the salon is actually the gallery,” explains Michael Helene, the titular owner who draws from her stints styling for the films Pirates of the Caribbean and Cold Mountain to make each of her clients feel like a star.
The stylists and nail technicians at Sun Cuts Hair Salon & Spa—including a Spanish speaker and Redken color expert—combine years of experience with keen listening skills. The team transforms hair with salon services ranging from cuts and updos to specialty color services and permanents. Staffers enhance manicures with durable Shellac or OPI soak-off gel polish, and direct patrons to a cushioned throne for each spa pedicure.
The crew performs relaxing facials in a tranquil, private treatment room decorated in shades of green reminiscent of a verdant meadow or a jealous frog. Orchids and a glistening, metallic-blue waterfall greet clients when they enter, and the veteran-owned salon offers discounts to military personnel.
With a duo of stress-relieving services, clients remove toxins and body waste simply by soaking feet in a warm foot bath for 30 to 40 minutes. During the ion-harnessing cleansing process, the body’s natural self-sweepers are activated, encouraging the release of harmful materials through the soles and into the awaiting basin. Pampered patrons may notice the water changing color over the course of the treatment, though this varies based on the individual’s health and accumulated impurities. Postsoak, bask in benefits that can include an improved sense of well-being, relieved tension, and spontaneous bouts of self-hugging.
Allure Nail Spa is the place to beautify natural nails with everything from basic mani-pedis to colorful acrylics, but its beauty services extend past what the spa's name suggests. Along with nailcare, the spa also offers therapeutic massages, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone modalities, and waxing and facial treatments. It enhances beauty further with eyelash extensions, which can be applied in flirtatious clusters or to individual lashes.