"You are smart. You are nice. You are pretty. You are uniquely you." This is the mantra at Viva La Girls Spa & Club, where beauticians aim to increase kids' confidence and expand their brains, too. They can perform an array of treatments at their perch within Glam Spa Lounge or travel to a location of the client’s choice to doll up youngsters with nail art, facials, and glitter makeup. Spa soirees make kids feel like movie stars, princesses, or CIA agents disguised as princesses with beauty services packaged with add-ons such as a pink limo service, candy buffets, yoga lessons, and lip-gloss-making stations. Lessons in etiquette and cooking are also available, and the Viva La Girls club keeps youngsters engaged with books, field trips, and community service.
The stylists at Xclusive Hair Design by Angelica showcase a wide range of skills that help clients express their personal styles and personalities. Beyond chic cuts, the staff masters advanced coloring and hair-management techniques to perform intricate services such as cornrows, permanent waves, and complete sets of sewn-in hair extensions. In recognition of the nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Xclusive Hair Design by Angelica offers a discount to members of the armed forces and decommissioned fighter jets.
Be forewarned: Simply Bliss Salon is not your average frou-frou, super-chic upper Northwest haircut and style salon. Located on the lower floor of a massive apartment building, some who enter might be put off by the initial aesthetics of the place, which nearly-bare walls and simple floors. But just as beauty is more than skin deep, don’t let first impressions fool you; customers who stay for a service tend to walk out the door feeling quite lovely. Cuts and color are specialties here, offered at discounted prices when compared to many of the high-end spaces that exist around the city. Stylists work primarily with organic coloring products that maintain the natural moisture and protein balance of the hair, and Brazilian keratin treatments are also available, as are waxing services.
Treat yourself to beautification and relaxation at the renowned Andre Chreky, the salon spa. This Groupon gets you $100 worth of salon and/or spa services for half price. New Beauty Magazine named the premier salon one of the "most elegant and extraordinary beauty destinations" in the country in its Five-Star Beauty Destination program. Treat yourself and buy two Groupons: get $200 worth of services for just $100.
The Watergate Salon boasts a tradition of styling state-dinner-worthy hair for the district's prominent political and social players. In the 2,200-square-foot lower-level salon space, experienced stylists from Europe, the Middle East, and South America cut and blow-dry students' ($65) and women's ($100) strands using skilled scissors and professionally trained zephyrs. Once shorn and shaped, a coiffeur maven styles locks, making them as chic as a poodle's pillbox hat.
Even before a technician has taken your hand, Vicky's Nail Boutique communicates luxury. A glimmering chandelier, a stained-glass window, and elegant Victorian-style furniture blend with the modern pedicure chairs, all beckoning clients to sit and be pampered. First, though, they'll have to peruse an extensive catalog of polish colors, and choose their treatment—the boutique offers regular and spa mani-pedis, as well as French and long-lasting gel variants. Hot towels and a hand massage put clients at ease before the painting begins. For feet, there's hot-stone therapy and heel hydration, which reverses the dryness caused by exposure to the elements and excessive moonwalking. Waxing services, meanwhile, leave legs, brows, and bikini regions bare.