Mimosa Salon And Spa
There’s something to be said for places that hold true to their names, like Mimosa, which pours its namesake freely on Sundays. The unpretentious grooming haven may be Dupont’s worst-kept secret, if back-to-back Best Of wins are any sign. Manis start at $14 and pedis at $28, and the champagne and wine are always on the house. Now cross your manicured fingers for a sister spa called, say, Tequila. M.S.
1706 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-232-6900, mimosadc.com. (Dupont Circle)
2nd: Enchanted Nails & Spa, 2324 18th St. NW; 202-652-1151.
3rd: Grooming Lounge, 1745 L St. NW; 202-466-8900 (Farragut North) and Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive, McLean, Va.; 703-288-0355, groominglounge.com.
Clothes make the man, they proclaim. But not if scraggly facial hair makes him look like a mancave-dweller. For him, there’s Grooming Lounge, where experts trim, shave, pluck, wax, massage and buff guys into suave gentlemen, while leaving their man cards intact. The salon’s product line encourages upkeep, and its gurus dispense wisdom online, gentle reminders that you aren’t always as good-looking as you think, boys. M.S.
1745 L St. NW; 202-466-8900 (Farragut North) and Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive, McLean, Va.; 703-288-0355, groominglounge.com.
2nd: The Art of Shaving, multiple locations; theartofshaving.com.
3rd: Diego’s Hair Salon, 1901 Q St. NW; 202-234-4572. (Dupont Circle)
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa
Since 1910, spa-goers have entered the Red Door. The Washington area boasts nine such spas, where you can pamper yourself from head (massage) to toe (pedicure). Try a Desert Hot Stone Massage, Milk and Honey Nourishing Body Treatment or a Warm Cream Pedicure. Relaxation of this caliber doesn’t come cheap. The Signature Stress Melter Ritual will set you back $255. Sounds like the perfect indulgence after finishing a big project at work … like editing the Best of 2013 issue. T.K.
Multiple locations; reddoorspas.com.
2nd: Bliss Spa, 515 15th St. NW; 202-661-2416, blissworld.com. (Metro Center)
3rd: Spa World, 13830-A10 Braddock Road, Centreville, Va.; 703-815-8959, spaworldusa.com.
Written by Morgan Schneider (Express) and Tracy Krulik (For Express)