As a photographer and stylist whose clients have appeared in Allure and Bazaar magazines, Hugo of Hugo Salon and Spa understands that his work doesn’t just involve making his clients look good when they leave his chair. His cuts, colors, and styles must have longevity so they can look just as stunning when the cameras are rolling, a service that he and his team can provide as well, including the impeccable styling and makeup. To that end, he staffs a knowledgeable team of stylists who remain on the cutting edge of beauty through continuing education. They follow Hugo’s lead in beautifying clients with sleek cuts, root and full colors, and highlights. They also provide Brazilian blowouts and Japanese thermal straightening treatments, making hair look as relaxed and shiny as Mr. Clean lounging in a sauna.
A long row of plush, khaki-toned pedicure chairs on raised platforms lines a bright yellow interior lit by hanging lamps. The studio's service list includes waxing and facials, although the Solar pros specialize in nailcare. A warm paraffin treatment or french tips can be added to classic or Solar Deluxe mani-pedis, or clients can opt for acrylics or shellac gel polish for longer-lasting color that, like a selfless poker player, resists chips. Solar's technicians also gussy up nails with colorful patterns and intricate freehand designs.
The staffers at Solar Planet do more than lavish visitors with meticulously clean salons, indulgent extras, and the power to don a sun-kissed glow in less than 20 minutes. Each employee is Smart Tan certified, meaning they possess the training to design personalized tanning schedules for clients seeking an instant or lasting glow. The specialists also know every detail of Solar Planet’s fleet of tanning beds, which range from traditional beds to standup capsules, the style most conducive to tanning lawn flamingos. At some locations, custom airbrush tanning sessions enlist the help of a certified airbrush artist who highlights the body’s features with strategic strokes in a custom bronzing hue. Over its 25 years in business, Solar Planet has also added sunless tanning booths, a stock of buyable bronzing lotions, and far-infrared massage capsules, which simultaneously massage muscles and inject them with therapeutic heat like a nap in an automatic bread maker.
To J. Michael and Mia Chreky, there’s no better business partner than your life partner, and no better philosophy than a simple one. That's why the two decided to co-own J. Michael The Salon, where they operate with a crystal-clear goal in mind: "Great hair. Always." Together, they helm a team of stylists, aestheticians, and makeup artists who provide services ranging from haircuts and highlights to mani-pedis and makeup work. In addition, complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries are available, with the helpful staff on hand to remind you not to get crumbs in your manicure.
Maisie Dunbar feels that she was born to be an artist, though the human body is her canvas and her palette is made up not of paint, but of makeup and quality skincare products. Within her artist's studio, Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge, she and her staff take a holistic, nurturing approach to everything they do—whether they are smoothing rough skin, massaging stressed muscles, or coating nails in OPI polish. Maisie’s dedication to the beauty industry has earned her numerous celebrity clients over the years as well as appearances at the Grammys and features in O, The Oprah Magazine and the Washington Post, according to the Silver Spring Patch.
Although Maisie’s toolbox contains trusted, high-end products from Essie and Moroccanoil, her continuing search for quality led her one step further than most spa owners to create her own makeup line—BluffaJo Cosmetics. These oil-free, mineral-based products allow skin to breathe normally while still managing to protect it from airborne pollutants and abrasive AM radio waves.