If left unattended, hair follicles often rebel by twisting themselves into the legendary, impossible-to-untangle double braid. Squash a mane uprising with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a haircut and blow dry (up to a $150 value) and a Phyto hair-spa scalp treatment (a $90 value) at the Ted Gibson Salon & Hela Spa (up to a $240 total value) in Chevy Chase, which is the DC-counterpart to the chic New York salon of celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson.
The hairsperience begins with a 45-minute intensive hair-repair treatment using Phyto hair-spa technology. A licensed hair-care expert will scrutinize strands using a high-powered magnifying analysis scope, pinpointing problematic locks and weak scalp spots. The stylist will then whip up a custom botanical treatment to heal hair wounds before releasing head tensions with a relaxing scalp massage. Finally, settle in for a luxurious haircut from one of Ted Gibson's 20 personal protégés—in-demand stylists themselves—who will scissor sculpt an ideal style based on face shape, personal preferences, and number of owned Baby-sitter's Club novels. Clients will leave the highly professional yet unpretentious salon with a brand new 'do and a complimentary self-esteem boost.
Elle magazine named Ted Gibson Salon one of America's top 100 salons. Modern Salon named Ted Gibson one of the top 50 most influential hairdressers and he has been featured in numerous other national publications as well.
Nival Salon and Spa
With one swivel to the left or right, clients in Nival Salon and Spa's styling chairs might catch a glimpse of Miss Sweden, Miss France, or Miss Netherlands. In early 2012, the international beauty queens entrusted their good looks to the salon's celebrity stylists, nationally acclaimed beauty instructors, and award-winning aestheticians. Though the pageant stars only popped in for a day, Nival regularly pampers a high-profile clientele—the cast of Bravo's Real Housewives of DC has a standing alliance with the business.
Regardless of who stops by, Nival's team members harness their talents to create a personalized experience. In addition to all the basic treatments—haircuts, mani-pedis, massages, et cetera—the spa offers technology-driven services and alternative medicine. A third-generation acupuncturist calls upon more than 10 years of experience as he stimulates natural healing and makes clients look like balding porcupines. In contrast, an aesthetician prompts cell renewal with a mechanical wand that buffs the skin's surface.