Roche's menu of services runs the gamut from haircuts (85+ women, $45+ men) to facials ($65–$130/hr). In the bright, minimalist setting of one of Roche's salons, you can consult with an expert stylist before issuing follicle fiats and dermis decrees. A single Groupon will cover a variety of tubular combos: a classic manicure ($20) and bikini wax ($30); a spa manicure ($35) and a feet paraffin treatment ($15); or a Brazilian wax ($50) and access to free-floating nitrogen ($0). Two Groupons will cover a French manicure ($25), a French pedicure ($50), and a brow wax ($20); or a French pedicure and any Kerastase treatment ($50). Massage services are also within your grasp; a Swedish or an aromatherapy massage clocks in at $100/hour, and a deep-tissue massage at $55 for a half-hour.
A hint of Mint is in the air at this spacious, limited membership gym and health club in downtown Washington DC. The light-filled facility offers up the whole nine yards of gym options, from free weights to Life Fitness cardio equipment to Cybex machines. Classes range from Pilates to yoga to spinning, but what sets Mint apart is its emphasis on overall wellness. The upscale workout spot offers nutrition counseling, and there’s an on-site spa featuring massage treatments. The spa is open to non-members, but if you want to be a short-term member, day and multi-day passes that don’t cost a mint are available.
The floor-to-ceiling glass windows that line the front of Relaxed Spa serve two purposes: to funnel natural light inside and act as an invisible barrier to stress. Owner Solmaz Celik and her staff of certified salon and spa technicians preach relaxation as they pamper visitors during services such as sugar and hard waxing, facial treatments, and massage therapy. Using a classic, Shellac, or french style mani-pedi, they also clean up fingernails and toenails.
Though two hands and a back are the basic ingredients for most massages, the staff at Healthy Self Therapy & Wellness Center doesn't shy away from mixing in additional flavor—such as another pair of hands. The four-hands massage treats physiques to the simultaneous expertise of two seasoned therapists, who mirror each other's movements for full-body coverage. The team's many modalities also call upon cups for creating vacuum seals on the skin, hot stones for unwinding knots, and paraffin wax for softening hands and feet. Even when massages don't call for any outside help, the muscle gurus alter their styles based on assessments of each client's condition.
This custom approach can lead to both classic and obscure disciplines. For example, a relaxing therapeutic massage can quell surface aches, whereas a cellulite-therapeutic massage strives to tighten the skin without simply clothespinning it back at the spine. Whether patrons hope to dispel mental anxiety or chronic pain, the therapists tackle their ailments with long-term relief in mind. However, five-minute chair massages are also available for those who need a brief but focused moment of muscular meditation.
Downtown’s Grooming Lounge combines the comfort of a classic barber shop with the services of a modern manscaping salon. Yes, you can get the standard haircut and hot lather shave here, but you can also lose the unibrow, sit in for a more substantial wax or enjoy a massage, manicure or pedicure. Don’t worry, the shop’s masculine atmosphere will make sure you can still keep your man card, even as you’re being waxed, plucked and rubbed, you will still feel manly, given the guy-friendly atmosphere and professional aestheticians on hand. The store also stocks a wide range of grooming products, from hair gels to skin scrubs. Beauty doesn’t come cheap at The Grooming Lounge, but that’s the price you pay for looking good.
The stylists and aestheticians at Eurospa refuse to confine themselves to just one specialty. In addition to revamping guests' 'dos, the intrepid beauty-makers add fetching color to locks, wax away unwanted hair, and apply semi-permanent makeup, which cuts down on the time clients spend getting ready and making awkward small talk with the person who lives in their bathroom mirror. Meanwhile, those looking for relaxation can also avail themselves of another of the spa's many specialties: a scalp massage, which saps away stress while nourishing hair with warm oil.