Amber light glows against the earth-toned walls of Tea Spa Wellness Center's waiting area, a tranquil cove that foreshadows the pampering services patrons are about to enjoy. Inside private treatment rooms, the spa's licensed massage therapists use essential oils, hot towels, and long, warming strokes during the spa's signature massage, or employ smooth heated rocks to unblock energy pathways and boost circulation during hot-stone massages. Tea Spa also provides a reprieve from the harshly lit outside world with custom facials that use Guinot skin-care products to deep-cleanse and tone skin or fade away signs of aging. Meanwhile, an infrared sauna helps clients sweat out toxins. All these amenities add up to Tea Spa being voted to the Washingtonian magazine's list of "Great Day Spas 2013".
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.
Katrina — the hands behind the shears at The Art Spa — has styled, extended, and colored hair for 20 years. She uses the Wella line of products, aptly called Color Charm and noted for its ability to cover gray hairs. She also remains conscientious about hair health when selecting her other products, choosing brands that are free of sulfate.
The practitioners at Razan Women's Center for Natural Healing strive to heal women's minds, bodies, and souls with a variety of holistic therapies. They apply fragrant herbs in fertility treatments and foot reflexology sessions, or brew them into pots of piping-hot tea. They also unlock tension and boost circulation with soothing massages or cupping therapy, which also uses suction to encourage lymph flow. The Center also offers a cleansing program for those looking to eat healthier for the long-term, and a holistic life-coaching program that helps clients take charge of all aspects of their lives.
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.