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From the paint on the walls to the music in the lobby, everything at Escape Salon & Day Spa is chosen deliberately and in direct service of relaxation and beauty. Inside the spa, a motif of neutral colors evokes the Earth and sun, which the owners believes foster the feelings of comfort and transformation. The salon's day spa treatments give clients the opportunity to escape and transform. Swedish and hot stone massages, sugar scrub manicures, and and milk and honey pedicures help clients relax and forget everyday stresses, and salon services ranging from cuts to texturing and color treatments alter looks. Skincare workers are also on hand and offer deep cleansing facials and aromatherapy body scrubs, both which relax the client's spirits while simultaneously repairing the wrinkles, dinosaur scratches, and other signs of aging on the skin.

9427 Lorton Market St
Lorton,
VA
US

Unique U Day Spa is on a mission to provide beauty and wellness services that both relax and rejuvenate their clients, leading to favorable reviews by press outlets such as Northern Virginia Magazine. Walking into the beautiful and sunlit space, with its high ceilings and hardwood floors, clients are immediately soothed by the upscale atmosphere, and the licensed technicians on staff go the extra mile to provide unpretentious, "snob-free" service. The staff leave no grooming stone unturned by offering hair, nails, waxing, massages, and facials, and those coming in for a spa treatment can enjoy the snacks and beverages in the relaxation room for an extra bonus.

8961 Ox Rd
Lorton,
VA
US

Staffed by a team of professionals that deliver everything from haute new hairstyles to eyelash extensions, Yvonne's Day Spa has received particular attention from sources such as MSNBC's Today Show for its unique Fish-y-cure pedicures, which rely on tropical fish to exfoliate feet. Toothless Garra rufa, or doctor fish, hail from the freshwater world's top medical schools, but have been invited stateside for the gentle way they nibble dead skin from between the toes, as guests relax into a leather massage chair and dangle their feet in the creature's warm, watery habitat. After watching the treatment soar to popularity, and dedicating countless hours to learning to breed and care for his tiny aestheticians, co-owner John Ho franchised the idea and made it the signature of all Yvonne's locations. CBS rated the spa's manicures and pedicures as among the best in the DC area in 2011, as they extend beyond the aquarium to include OPI products and high-tech UV gel?curing methods. Stylists offer guests soda and coffee before offering scalps nourishing sips from bottles of hair care products including Goldwell, Nexxus, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell. Hot stones and glass cups gain healing powers in the hands of Yvonne's massage therapists, and ingredients including sea salt, honey, and cappuccino lotion infuse many treatments to leave skin glowing with health and ready for a snack.

8643 Richmond Hwy
Alexandria,
VA
US

After absorbing foundational and cutting-edge hairstyling techniques in both Paris and New York, Sammy Amarti brought that knowledge home to Washington, DC, and opened up the eponymous Salon Amarti. For 15 years, Sammy and the salon's stable of hairstylists and aestheticians have ushered clients into a tasteful salon space, now swathed in serene lavender and tan hues, to prepare for one of many meticulously executed salon treatments. Hairstylists and color experts use their aesthetic eyes and clients’ feedback to craft ‘dos that enhance facial features or artfully disguise regrettable full-face tattoos of Mike Tyson’s face. Pampering extends beyond the scalp during expert nail services executed by efficient and highly skilled nail technicians. Massage therapists work to reduce stress with light Swedish strokes, deep-tissue work, or the therapeutic signature massage. To tap the fountain of youth, skincare specialists perform facials to clear blemishes and slough away dullness, and they restore suppleness with a line of chemical peels.

1322 Prince St
Alexandria,
VA
US

At Glynn Jones Salon, experienced aestheticians and stylists bolster an array of salon, spa, and tanning services with high-quality products from brands such as Joico, Bumble and bumble, and OPI. Junior, senior, and master stylists crop coiffures and smooth tresses with the sleekening ministrations of GKhair treatments, and nail technicians treat hands and feet to mani-pedis.

To create the ideal environment for each service, Glynn Jones Salon holds a variety of different spaces. A series of private treatment rooms branch off from the salon, letting clients relax as they enjoy organic, green facials or waxing services, which enlist the powers of paraffin wax to remove extraneous hair and firmly lodged bellybutton lint. The newest addition makes smoothing keratin treatments safer and more comfortable: a custom ventilation system immediately whisks fumes out of specially designed treatment rooms to make for an odorless experience.

720 King St.
Alexandria,
VA
US

The stylists at Salon DNA know how important looking your best is for your confidence, but they also know the negative impact the hairstyling process and chemicals can have on the environment. That’s why they’ve carefully combed through their service menu, finding ways to incorporate organic and eco-friendly products and methods while cutting, coloring, and texturizing their clients’ hair. The salon’s commitment to eco-friendly practices extends to recycling hair-clippings, using tools power generated by the wind, and refilling bottled products at 10% below the retail package price, all of which preserve the earth without vacuum-sealing all the nearby trees.

The salon features three tiers of stylists, with each tier wielding a higher level of expertise in such specialties as highlights or Brazilian blowouts. Each stylist takes pride in customizing every service to meet the unique needs and naptime schedules of their clients.

1008 King Street
Alexandria,
VA
US