In the 30 years she's spent in the beauty and hospitality industry, Renia Williams has learned the secret to helping people relax––eco-friendly products and a gentle touch. With a quick flick of the wrist, Renia whisks away unflattering hair from brow outskirts with wax or tweezers. Her invigorating steam facials rejuvenate complexions, and her shellac mani-pedis leave nails with chip-free armor for up to two weeks. Renia also offers services geared toward the Y chromosome, such as the manlycure, which provides gentle repair for hands and the beloved foam fingers that house them. Complimentary nibbles of wine and cheese add an air of sophistication to each specialty pedicure.
"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.
Staffed by a team of professionals that deliver everything from haute new hairstyles to eyelash extensions, Yvonne's Day Spa has received particular attention from sources such as MSNBC's Today Show for its unique Fish-y-cure pedicures, which rely on tropical fish to exfoliate feet. Toothless Garra rufa, or doctor fish, hail from the freshwater world's top medical schools, but have been invited stateside for the gentle way they nibble dead skin from between the toes, as guests relax into a leather massage chair and dangle their feet in the creature's warm, watery habitat. After watching the treatment soar to popularity, and dedicating countless hours to learning to breed and care for his tiny aestheticians, co-owner John Ho franchised the idea and made it the signature of all Yvonne's locations. CBS rated the spa's manicures and pedicures as among the best in the DC area in 2011, as they extend beyond the aquarium to include OPI products and high-tech UV gel–curing methods. Stylists offer guests soda and coffee before offering scalps nourishing sips from bottles of hair care products including Goldwell, Nexxus, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell. Hot stones and glass cups gain healing powers in the hands of Yvonne's massage therapists, and ingredients including sea salt, honey, and cappuccino lotion infuse many treatments to leave skin glowing with health and ready for a snack.
Salon deZen's skilled nail technician Tomiko pampers finger- and toe-caps with diligent filing and OPI polish in a classic manicure and pedicure service. Over the course of about an hour, files shape nail tips into graceful ovals or squares, then neatening sticks push land-grabbing cuticles back to their own domains. Feet relax with a soothing soak and scrub after parched digits soak in hydrating lotion. Finally, clients select a favored hue from the spectrum of OPI nail polishesand then watch Tomiko paint it on with Mondrian-esque exactitude.