Even without opening your makeup bag, there are several different ways to enhance your lids. Learn the difference between some of the most popular with Groupon?s guide.
Strip lashes: Often referred to as false lashes, strip lashes are the most temporary of all lash enhancements. Composed of synthetic, lash-like threads that are attached to one curved strip, these are adhered to the edge of the eye-line and must be reapplied daily or after every time you run through a sprinkler. Though they?re easy to apply, they can feel heavy, and they?re often noticeably fake when viewed up close, making them a better fit for special occasions than for everyday wear.
Cluster lashes: These semipermanent beauties are glued to the natural lashes in v-shaped clusters. They sometimes have small knots at the tip to provide more space for the adhesive, though many choose to eschew the slight visibility of the knots in favor of more natural looking, albeit more temporary, clusters. With knots, these accent pieces may last up to a week and can survive gentle activity and showers.
Individual extensions: Called permanent because they fall off only when the natural lashes are shed, individual extensions are adhered one by one to lashes across the lid. Materials vary widely?sanitized human hair, mink fur, fox hair, and synthetic lashes are all popular, and all have tradeoffs in weight, cost, and verisimilitude?but it?s the adhesive that gives them their longer life span. A full set usually takes one to three hours to apply and requires touch-ups to account for the different growth cycles of individual natural lashes. Since several extensions may be applied to each natural lash, looks can be created ranging from a subtle mascara effect to Bambi-begging-for-a-saltlick.
Lash transplant: The only truly permanent form of lash enhancement is transplantation via a surgical procedure. It?s an expensive route that?s typically recommended for those who cannot medically grow natural lashes. During the procedure, entire follicles are excised from the back of the head and grafted onto the lash line?and because they continue to produce scalp hairs in their new home, the ?lashes? they produce will need to be trimmed for the rest of the patient?s life and, if the patient has straight hair, curled daily.
Massage for the masses. That's the mission for the team at M3 Massage, who perform massages that work for a variety of skeletomuscular issues. They use deep-tissue techniques for chronic tension, Swedish massage for general relaxation, and prenatal massage for pregnant clients in need of a soothing session. And their efforts have certainly paid off: in 2013, readers of Washington City Paper named M3 Massage Best Spa. In private treatment rooms, aestheticians can also wax clients from head to toe or administer medspa treatments such as Lipomassage, which targets fat deposits and promotes lymphatic circulation.
Even the decor puts visitors at ease. Stepping into the M3 Massage lobby is like entering the living room of a friend, the one who decided to install a reception desk. Comfy couches, a coffee table stacked with ample reading materials, and a few other well-placed decor items set an easy and casual tone.
Over-tweezing makes a person look permanently surprised. Under-tweezing makes a person look jungly. A D'Brows tweezing makes a person look astonishingly attractive for at least a couple weeks. This Groupon gets you your choice of four eyebrow waxes or threadings or two Brazilian waxes at D'Brows, the U Street hair-removal specialist.
The stylists at Release the Blowdry Bar understand the value of updating your appearance. They also know that that value extends to buildings as well as people. The District's most comprehensive blowdry bar recently moved to brand-new digs, moving into a location that properly reflects the swankiness of their services. Here, they revamp hairstyles with ten different services?each one appropriately named after a goddess. Whether they're adding braids with the Freya, volumizing with the Aphrodite, or harnessing the power of natural curls with the Yana, stylists work in close consultation with clients to deliver desirable results. They're also masters of regular salon services, from cuts to color and keratin smoothing treatments.
Although they claim their fame as hairstyling experts, the stylists behind Release The Blowdry Bar don't stop when the last strand is set. Their blowout bar also sports a food menu filled with decadent bites including deli sliders, cake pops, wine, and assorted teas. They also invite a female house DJ to take over the turntables on Friday nights, when women come to get a blowout and sip a signature cocktail from 5 until 8 p.m.
Release The Blowdry Bar even shows off its multifaceted charms as an event space, serving as the backdrop for any number of special events, such as birthdays, bachelorette parties, or mother-daughter get-togethers.
Owner Jenny anchors her beauty services in more than two decades of experience. She specializes in permanent makeup, dabbing eternal color onto lips or around eyes to shave minutes off of morning or post-waterslide beauty routines. Jenny also unearths fresh faces with skincare treatments that range from traditional European facials to microdermabrasion, a mechanical method of quickly buffing away lines, age spots, acne, and other blemishes. Jenny gussies up exteriors for weddings or special events by swiftly affixing eyelash extensions or vanquishes moles and dark marks with the wave of a laser beam
At Royal Essence Skincare and Nailspa, creature comforts are a top priority. This is why the spa invested in Renalta pedicure chairs, fully sanitized with attached whirlpools and pipeless technology that make for bacteria-free footbaths and pedicures. The staff does their part too. While clients kick back on the new chairs and visualize they are the heir to a medieval throne, the staff pampers them with massages, hot towel treatments, and signature facials. In addition to mani-pedis, Royal Essence offers facials, eyelash extensions, and organic full-body waxing.