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.
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.
The aestheticians at Lash Cosmo call themselves artists, which is fitting, considering the manual dexterity it takes to fill in clients’ lash lines one-by-one with extensions. The team’s ultimate goal is for clients to be able to nix mascara, growth stimulator, and eyelash curlers in favor of custom sets of faux lashes that emphasize baby blues and middle-aged greens. Lashes come in three varieties—Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Diva—that vary in noticeability and oomph, giving peepers a subtle boost or a more dramatic look.
Laser Essential's specialized aesthetic procedures begin and end with the staff: board-certified MDs and certified laser technicians, who have been trained in both skincare and laser technology. They get help, however, from technology, using Candela and Syneron equipment to address a wide range of skin issues. They slay unwanted body hair with laser hair reduction, and work to improve complexions with treatments that combat acne and diminish the signs of aging, such as sagging skin, age spots, and wrinkles. To address these types of blemishes, the techs use laser facial peels, photofacials, and laser skin tightening, to name a few. They also offer Botox and other dermal fillers, which can minimize the appearance of wrinkles, ensuring clients will never be confused for a shar-pei.