Dazzle Mi Spa & Makeup is all about the details. Lash stylists meticulously apply individual extensions to clients' own eyelashes, leaving every flutter as flirtatious as possible. Fellow beauty experts tint lashes and brows, or leave skin smooth with waxing services. Facials and makeup application services prep complexions for any wedding, formal dance, or black-tie trip to the post office.
Dermatologist Howard L. Brooks, MD has shared his skincare expertise with a litany of national media outlets, including CNN, CBS, Fox Morning News, and The Dr. Oz Show. An associate professor at the Howard University College of Medicine, Dr. Brooks edifies aspiring doctors though lectures as well as scientific and clinical articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and on napkins at late-night diners. Combining the clinical services of a physician’s office with the relaxing ambiance of a day spa, Dr. Brooks and his staff perform medical and cosmetic dermatology services and noninvasive skincare treatments for the face and body.
The Hair Lounge houses a staff of color experts who impart precision cuts, coloring, and highlighting to clients ready for transformation. The salon’s hair services are amped up by the powers of Kérastase and Wella products, and each appointment begins with a thorough stylist consultation, so tresses start out at peace with their handlers.
Balance Gym really is about balance?a balance between strength and stamina, individual and group workouts, and indoor and outdoor exercise. While some classes take place in well-appointed fitness studios, others involve running through Rock Creek Park, doing burpees at the Washington Monument, or deadlifting the Lincoln Memorial. With so many options for getting into shape, it's no wonder the gym was named DC's best by Washington City Paper. If you favor a more intense workout, check out the hugely popular CrossFit program, which blends gymnastics, Olympic lifting, and intense conditioning into a calorie-torching cocktail.
Capricornucopia hopes to help its visitors achieve greater health of body, mind, and spirit. The center takes an all-encompassing approach to healing, busting through bodily barriers that may otherwise hinder healing by way of various techniques. Those techniques include reflexology, reiki, and shiatsu, as well as some other not-so-everyday treatments, including stellar healing and magnetics. To maintain its already strong sense of community, Capricornucopia also hosts workshops, classes, and special events.
BioTec USA founder and licensed aesthetician Tanya Gospodinova has been transforming complexions for three decades. After studying medicine and dermatology in Bulgaria, Gospodinova created a day spa that would evolve into a research-based health-care and beauty haven. She wanted to develop topical products that were not only capable of fighting everyday signs of aging but also potent enough to repair skin post surgery. Her Serum Collagen HP, for example, includes active ingredients such as niacinamide, which improves elasticity, green coffee extract, which nourishes skin with polyphenols, and glycoprotein from the Antarctic sea, which moisturizes and promotes collagen production.
Gospodinova and her team employ the powerful, nature-based formulas during results-oriented facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments. At each consultation, she uses video microscopy to magnify the skin 1,000 times—enough to spot the tiniest imperfections and determine for certain whether a freckle really looks like Elvis.