Celebrity makeup artist, Erica Wilson is the personal makeup artist to Yolanda Adams. She also works with celebrities such as CeCe Winans, Tamela Mann, and Kim Burrell and as the key makeup artist for BET's Sunday Best. But celebrity status doesn?t faze Erica. She treats all her clients like royalty as she beautifies them with eyelash extensions, brow shaping, and makeup applications using her own line of cosmetics, which includes mini lip glosses, mineral foundations, and powder bronzer.
Style-seeking clients have relied on Salon Celine for more than 20 years. With a master colorist on staff, the studio specializes in hair hues, but stylists also snip, condition, and style with professional products. Color services constitute about 75 percent of Salon Celine's business, and sylists will work with clients to customize colors to their style and needs. Meanwhile, across the room, a dedicated brow specialist tidies eyes, and makeup artists and stylists spruce up brides with wedding-oriented beauty treatments. To pamper even the busiest of clients, the receptionist pencils in special evening and weekend appointments by request, and a retail boutique provides Moroccanoil, Pureology, Joico, Matrix, Coppola products to use at home.
Hair never stops growing, but the expert stylists at Luisa Hair Salons have been fighting the good fight for more than two decades. With shears and professional-grade shampoos as their weapons, they battle hair breakage and craft looks as diverse as their clients' personalities. If your hair isn't straight, curly, or glow-in-the-dark enough for your liking, no worries?the salon's chemical treatments are designed to make even the most difficult of styles a reality.
For Dalissa Sanchez, creating beauty is a team effort. She asks her patrons for input during services, using their guidance and her expertise as a former hair-color educator and industry speaker to create styles that naturally flatter each client's best features. As a stylist and aesthetician, she relies on vitamin-infused treatments that strengthen hair and skin; as a nail technician she hydrates limbs with paraffin and arctic algae so that clients don't have to plunge their arms in bubbling geothermal springs. During makeup applications, for which Sanchez's portfolio covers everything from formal occasions to special effects, she perfects faces with airbrush foundation and long-lasting eyelash extensions.
Hanging lamps throw flickers of amber light onto the dark walls of Tea Spa's lobby, a tranquil cove that foreshadows the pampering performed beyond the front room. Included on a list of Washingtonian magazine's "Great Day Spas 2013," the spa's licensed massage therapists use varied massage techniques, essential oils, and hot towels during bodywork treatments such as a signature massage. Clients can also use their brief reprieve from the harshly lit outside world to nourish skin with a vitamin-infused facial or to decompress in the infrared sauna and bid adieu to toxins before they have a chance to settle in and wire the body for basic cable.
Everything at Little Oasis is natural or organic—right down to the sheets and towels. That’s because Nhan Fitzpatrick has learned from her 13 years of spa experience that quality products—like those from Bioelements and Spa Technologies—make all the difference. But an all-natural focus doesn’t mean Fitzpatrick keeps Little Oasis Day Spa low-tech; she relies on state-of-the-art equipment, including a temperature-controlled treatment bed and an ultra-violent skin scanner. Fitzpatrick uses the scanner before every treatment to determine the best plan of attack for acne, rosacea, or age spots.
The spa’s treatments run the gamut from oxygen facials to Indian methods of body detoxification. Waxing services draw on natural Lycon wax, which is infused with aromatherapy oils to ward off irritation and lull follicles to sleep before they can fight back.
The trickling sounds of a koi pond provide the soundtrack to the walk through a stone-paved garden blooming with lilacs, giving clients a taste of blissful relaxation before they even step foot inside the spa. The oasis itself, a calming space flanked by sand-colored walls and sky-blue ceilings, tempers moods during each indulgent service.