Whether or not they’d admit it, most women like to be pampered. And while one girl’s idea of pampering might be another one’s idea of torture, there are more than enough “spoil yourself” options in Washington to satisfy pretty much any taste. A few options:
- Natural Body Spa and Shoppe. Atlanta-based but with several locations in the DC area, these folks bill themselves as “the ultimate Green Spa”, both in their environmental conservation efforts and in the organic products they use and sell. A full-service spa with massage and facial treatments as well, NB is as committed to your emotional wellbeing as it is to your outer beauty.
- Skin Beauty Lounge. This Capitol Hill spa specializes in hair removal, and prides itself on its varied waxing services. It even offers a treatment called “bikini therapy”, which focuses on eliminating pesky waxing by-products like ingrown hair. But it also offers manicures and pedicures, microdermabrasion, self-tanning application, and brow/lash tinting. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is very chilled out. You’ll need an appointment, though – it’s always busy, and you’re not likely to score a walk-in appointment.
- Yvonne’s Hair, Nails & Tan. Are you willing to do anything for the perfect pedicure? If so, head to Yvonne’s Spa in Alexandria, a few miles outside of Old Town. As evidenced by the name, this is a full-service salon and spa; the most popular service, however, is the trademarked the “Dr. Fish” pedicure, which is only available in select states nationwide and involves submerging your feet in individual tanks full of dozens of rare Turkish carp fish. The fish proceed to “attack” your feet, nibbling off all of your dead skin and calluses. (Yes, you read that right.) It’s not painful at all, but it’s definitely not for the squeamish, and prices are a bit on the high side (starting at $50 for 15 minutes with the aforementioned fish). Still, it might just be worth it when you consider how baby-soft your feet will be when the carp are done with them.
- The Teal Center. Teal provides high quality, clinical massage therapy and acupuncture services in its Arlington location, and has recently expanded to include service offerings at nearby Virginia Hospital Center. The therapists here are certified and extensively trained, and offer a wide range of different techniques, depending on your needs – everything from Swedish and Thai massage to reflexology and services for expectant mothers. And prices are reasonable, considering the expert level of service provided.