by Lisa Horten | September 1, 2010 | Lifestyle
8020 Towers Crescent Dr., Vienna, 703-761-3135; dessangetysons.com
Dessange Tysons’ high-speed Internet keeps clients happy, plugged in and on time for their other appointments while they’re being perfectly coiffed. Senior stylists Sebastien and Eric have expert cutting skills and a chic French edge, and if discretion is a priority, opt to have your entire treatment done in Dessange’s exclusive private suite. Online booking for regular clients and on-location services are also available.
GEORGE’S SALON AT THE FOUR SEASONS
2828 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-342-1942; fourseasons.com
With a devoted following and a prime location in the courtyard of one of DC’s swankiest hotels, George’s Salon at the Four Seasons has been a local staple for more than 20 years. The no-nonsense salon staffs about 15 expert hairstylists and offers a full-service menu of cutting, styling and texturizing services, including Japanese and Brazilian straightening. Ask for Ismail or Onder when booking your updo or blowout; they’re two of the best in the business.
TED GIBSON SALON
The Collection at Chevy Chase, 301-951-4445; tedgibsonbeauty.com
Cap off a day of pre-gala shopping at The Collection at Chevy Chase with a color treatment at Ted Gibson’s second-story salon. Gibson, who joined TLC’s What Not to Wear team last year, is internationally renowned for his styling skills and roster of celebrity clients.
1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-6550; bogartsalon.com
Be sure that your “day of” event agenda includes a visit to Bogart’s makeup artist and aesthetician, Simone. With more than 16 years of experience in the beauty industry, Simone knows what works and what doesn’t. Bogart’s low-key vibe and relaxed ambience make for a welcome break from a busy day.
George’s Salon at the Four Seasons, 2828 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202- 342-1942; carlraymakeupartist.com
The resident makeup artist at the Four Seasons for 15 years, Carl Ray has a client roster that includes Hollywood celebrities, politicos, a president (Clinton) and international royalty. His work appears on a number of magazine covers and fashion spreads, and he’s no stranger to the catwalk, having done makeup for Gucci, Escada and Vera Wang runway shows, to name a few. Book Ray for yourself or for a group.
ERWIN GOMEZ SALON & SPA
1519 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-7290; erwingomezsalon.com
Beauty guru Erwin Gomez has gained national attention for his work as a makeup artist, and in recent years he’s become known far and wide as “The Eyebrow King.” Visit his globally inspired Wisconsin Avenue salon to see Gomez himself or the talented Kari Slansky.
TOKA SALON & DAY SPA
3251 Prospect St. NW, 202-333-5133; tokasalon.com
Perhaps best known for receiving frequent visits from former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna, Toka has been one of DC’s top full-service salons for 14 years. Visit makeup artist Bill Whited at Toka’s Georgetown location for basic makeup application or a one-hour lesson.
3059 M St. NW, 202-965-1300; bluemercury.com
Bluemercury’s well-stocked Georgetown retail boutique also features an exclusive spa. The Modern Facial includes a basic cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, treatment mask and oxygen therapy. Customize your facial with a variety of options, including a vitamin C treatment, microdermabrasion or a glycolic peel.
3209 M St. NW, 202-333-4445; The Collection at Chevy Chase, 301-951-4445; helaspa.com
A Swedish oasis with locations in Georgetown and Chevy Chase, Hela places emphasis on the holistic experience. Treat a friend to a relaxing spa day (just be sure to do it a few days before your soirée) with Hela’s “For Two” package, which includes the 60-minute Stockholm Massage, Greta Garbo Facial and an eye-contour mask for extra rejuvenation. Champagne and strawberries optional (really!).
Lorien Hotel and Spa, 1600 King St., Alexandria, 703-894-3434; lorienhotelandspa.com
Located in the heart of quaint Old Town Alexandria, Kimpton’s Lorien Hotel is home to the posh Vicente Wolf-designed Lorien Spa. If you can find 80 minutes in your day, the Rejuvenating Caviar Dream Crème Facial is one of the best ways we can think of to spend them. The decadent treatment firms, tones and hydrates the skin with protein-rich caviar and antioxidants, leaving skin luminous and supple.
BLU WATER DAY SPA
White Flint Plaza, 301-984-6245; bluwaterdayspa.com
Tucked away in White Flint Plaza, Blu Water Day Spa is 4,500 square feet of sheer tranquility, complete with a waterfall and meditation room. Visit CEO Julie Nguyen for expert eyebrow shaping or a custom hairremoval treatment.
W Hotel, 515 15th St. NW, 877-862-5477; blissworld.com
For the most euphoric experience you’re likely to have with salt, check out the Hot Salt Scrub at the Bliss Spa at the W Hotel. Described as a rub-down with Bliss’ self-heating rosemary and eucalyptus oil dissolving sea-salt scrub blend, it’s a welcome comfort for dry, scaly skin. Follow it up at home with a DIY application of the moisturizing Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Butter. You’ll probably be a puddle by the time it’s over, but it’s totally worth it.
THE BOUTIQUE SPA AT THE RITZ-CARLTON GEORGETOWN
3100 South St. NW, 202-912-4100; ritzcarlton.com
The intimate Ritz-Carlton Georgetown is home to The Boutique Spa, a tiny jewel box of a destination with luxe amenities and indulgent treatment options. The Cucumber Organic Scrub/Wrap will have you party-ready in about an hour. A combination body exfoliation and wrap with cucumbers, peppermint and herbs infuses the skin with vitamins and nutrients to tone and tighten.
THE SPA AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL
1330 Maryland Ave. SW, 202-787-6100; mandarinoriental.com/washington/spa
Craving sheer indulgence but don’t have the time to spend the entire day at the spa? From Monday through Friday, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental offers nine unique Taste of Spa treatments that will have you in and out in under an hour. Our pick for gala-goers in a hurry? Back to Basics features a back exfoliation followed by a back, neck and shoulder massage.
RED DOOR SPA
Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-942-2700; reddoorspas.com
The menu of tantalizing pedicure options at the Willard Inter- Continental’s Red Door Spa is hard to beat. From the speedy Time Saver Pedicure to the Red Door Signature Pedicure (complete with cream-and-sugar exfoliation and a reflexology-inspired massage), there’s something for everyone. Choose the Olive Oil Pedicure for rejuvenation, or the Citra Spa option for invigoration. Your feet will thank you, especially if you plan to wear strappy sandals to the big shindig.
3000 K St. NW, 202-775-0775 or 1624 I St. NW, 202-887-8150; rochesalon.com
While owner Dennis Roche has gained national acclaim for excellence in hair color and styling, top-notch nail services are a hidden gem in both his Washington Harbour and Eye Street locations. Irma Contreras is great with cuticles and helpful with color selection, and her manicures and pedicures leave nails flawless and chip-free for days.