At Pleasant Nail Spa, clients don’t need to reserve a full day for pampering. Instead, the staff caters to busy bodies and packs treatments—many of which require only a lunch break’s worth of time—with relaxing extras. Hands dip into warm, moisturizing paraffin wax during manicures, and during pedicures, warm towels and hot stones gently loosen tension from sore feet and shoelaces that have been double-knotted too tightly. The nail artists don't exchange quality for convenience either: they brush on polishes from top brands such as OPI, CND, and China Glaze, and use pedicure chairs with Clean Touch Pipe Free technology, instead of traditional jet-style chairs, which can harbor bacteria.
The proprietor of The White Peacock named her salon after a unique animal that, despite its unadorned feathers, often draws more oohs and aahs than its more ostentatious kin. The animal's subtle, yet striking look embodies the salon's philosophy: "Beauty is bold in its simplest form." Here, a skilled aesthetician reveals her clients' own natural good looks through facials, artful waxing, and herbal body retexurization treatments. Add-on services fight acne and the signs of aging, and brow tweezing sculpts eyebrows into arches, tapered lines, or Morse code messages. To improve features even further, she also delivers makeup applications, lash extensions, and lash tinting.
On the second floor of a beautiful blonde brick building near the Dupont Circle lays the ultimate pampering and hairstyling space. While Blondie’s does all sorts of hair, it specializes in the golden hues, even its walls are painted blonde. Many customers have come in to get their hair touched by the golden hues. Aside from its unique expertise in blonde coloring, Blondie’s is known for its precision in cutting curly hair and for shampooers who take scalp massages to a new level. Other services include waxing, manicures and pedicures. There’s a comfortable and light waiting area where self-serve beverages are offered compliments of the house.
Although the name implies a nail salon, Polished does more than manicures and pedicures, although it handles those brilliantly as well. The Georgetown establishment is thought by many to be the best place in town to get a Brazilian wax, or any array of simple hair-removal services. This is also an equal-opportunity waxing facility, meaning men are more than welcome to come in and trim up. The staff at Polished is efficient, fast and courteous, while the ambiance remains cozy and inviting. Bargain-hunters should beware: thanks to Polished’s very reasonable prices, the place fills up during peak hours. Book in advance to avoid the fray.
Aesthetician and massage therapist Liliane Weinrob's career spans more than three decades and two countries. The French native began her career in Paris, where she became a specialist in lymphatic drainage massage––a method designed to reduce excess fluid in the tissues and bring relief to swelling and tightness. In 1981, Liliane's journey took her to Washington D.C., where she spent the next 15 years studying physical and massage therapy and working as a skin care consultant for several established beauty companies, plastic surgeons, and dermatologists. By 1996, she was ready to combine her talents into one venture and so she opened her own skin and body therapy studio, where she's been tending to her client's inner and outer well-being ever since.
Inside her cozy suite at the Van Ness Archstone Building, Liliane breathes life into dull complexions using advanced skincare services, such as microcurrent therapy and chemical peels, and European-made products by Sothys and Dr. Eckenstein. Lymphatic drainage techniques play an important role in everything from massage to facials, which incorporate the tissue-renewing movements into a regime that includes cleansing, vegetable peels, aromatherapy steam, and extractions. Once muscles are relaxed and faces have been restored to their pre-pie fight radiance, Liliane moves on to other aesthetic enhancements such as eyelash and eyebrow tinting or hair removal for both face and body.