Xtend Barre
Photography by Erick Gibson

Barre Workout
Xtend Barre Old Town
“I like to think we’re like the ‘Cheers’ of barre studios,” says Xtend Barre owner Natalie Strahorn. “We really get to know everyone’s name, and we are a community.” What sets this studio apart from others in the area is that their method combines cardio and strength training in a new routine each class to combat boredom. With monthly live DJ classes, Sweat & Sips (fresh-pressed juice samples) events, Babies on Board and Boys at the Barre classes, there’s something for everyone. –AB
1701 Duke St., Suite 160, Alexandria; 571-317-7005

Best Use of Lunch Break
House of Steep
Stop by this tea shop for a hand-blended pot of a variety of teas, coffee and healthy fare. Finish your lunch break with a 20-minute foot soak with Epsom salt and essential oils. If you have extra time, spring for a 30-minute foot reflexology session—your feet will thank you. –AB
3800 Lee Highway, Suite D, Arlington; 703-567-1589

Flow Blow Dry Bar
This blow dry salon is popular for its menu of hairstyles such as the FLOW, Willowy, Calypso and Blowhemian. In addition, customers can opt for a dry style, threading at the brow bar, makeup and lash application. Flow uses organic beauty products and makeup, with waxing, nails and express organic facials offered at the Ashburn location. –AB
Multiple NoVA locations

Courtesy of Charlie Archambault Photography

Cycle Studio
“What makes CycleLuv unique is that we offer a zero-impact, extremely effective, calorie-torching workout that’s safe and effective for all levels, shapes and sizes,” says owner Iris Kotmel. Each class is an hour long (warmup, workout and cool down) and can burn up to 1,000 calories in that time. Instructors are also outdoor cyclists, which helps them better understand how to conduct the cycling classes. –AB
13 Fairfax St., Leesburg; 703-431-0347

Medi-Aesthetique Spa
Medi-Aesthetique believes in cutting-edge treatments with clinically proven results and offers light-to-deep laser treatments and customized chemical peels. Medical esthetician Sandra Oulmas states that the most popular treatments among NoVA residents include the Permea laser facial and the Clear+Brilliant Permea laser facial. “Situated within a cosmetic surgery practice, the National Center for Plastic Surgery, Medi-Aesthetique is not your typical spa, as it boasts a more clinical feel and approach to skincare,” says Oulmas. –AB
7601 Lewinsville Road, Suite 400, McLean; 703-287-8277

Get a buzz after your workout
Old Bust Head Brewery
Jaimis Huff’s monthly detox/retox yoga class somehow manages to be perfectly suited for both the serious practitioner and the newbie who might have just been looking for a cold craft beer. After an hour and fifteen minutes of sweat and laughter, yogis socialize at the bar (with a glass of kombucha for some) and at tables throughout the taproom for a sweet start to Sunday Funday. –WD
7134 Lineweaver Road, Warrenton; 540-347-4777

Salon Nordine & Day Spa
Salon Nordine has quickly become the go-to salon for the fashionable folks of NoVA, which can be attributed to owner Nordine Elabassi’s commitment to delivering a quality experience and ensuring that nail technicians are trained on the latest trends. “We use the best products. We make sure that all the tools are sanitized and all the services are scheduled with extended time so we don’t rush our services,” he says. –AB
Multiple NoVA locations

Pure Aesthetica
Clients can feel good about coming to this community favorite in Alexandria because of its commitment to products with largely organic content and no chemical bases. Two of the most popular massages with Northern Virginians are the traditional deep tissue massage and the Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, a therapeutic deep-tissue technique where masseuses use their feet and body weight during the massage. Currently there are 10 different massage types available with additional treatments expected in the near future. –AB
2212 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703-664-0184

Med Spa
Medalase Aesthetic Centers
Medical director and owner Dr. Shannon Ginnan has established himself as a health care professional who goes above and beyond just delivering cosmetic procedures to understand each client that he sees. Northern Virginians head to Medalase frequently to receive laser hair removal and injectable services, among other treatments. Recently, the salon added platelet-rich plasma therapy and microcurrents to lift and tone. –AB
Multiple NoVA locations

Men’s Haircut
Salon Khouri
“Salon Khouri enthusiasts,” as co-owner Jennifer Elkhouri calls loyal clients, continue to return year after year due to the salon’s warm environment and commitment to quality. The men’s haircut includes a signature shampoo, scalp massage and hot towel service. Stylists make sure to focus on the hairline at the neck and around the ears to ensure that the proportions are correct. This summer, the salon plans to open a second location at the Dulles Landing Shopping Center. –AB
11725 Lee Highway, Fairfax; 703-273-7878

Courtesy of Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa
Beauty lovers enjoy coming to Red Door for such a personal service due to the good relationship that each provider aims to establish with the customer. The spa has its own proprietary wax blend and offers different types depending on the sensitivity level of the patron. Clients are also offered tailored product recommendations and post-treatment solutions to maintain their bikini wax at home. –AB

Most of the eyebrow technicians at Red Door Spas in NoVA are considered master aestheticians, which ensures a high level of experience and standard of service. Each client’s brows are shaped according to the specific needs of the structure of his or her face. If you are at the Tysons location, make sure to book Marcela, known as the “Picasso of eyebrows” by loyal customers. –AB
Multiple NoVA locations

Women’s Color
This boutique salon provides a variety of color services like hand-painted highlights, color correction and root touch-ups. Clients can receive complimentary color consultations with Redken-certified colorists (Organic Color Systems and Kevin Murphy products are also available) with pricing based on the level of the stylist. “We are one of the very few, if not the only, state-accredited apprenticeship salon. We have produced over 17 young female hairdressers in the last 12 years,” says co-owner Celeste Williams. –AB
775 Station St., Herndon; 703-464-5880

Women’s Haircut
Jon David Salon
Clients enjoy coming to this salon for a unique haircut from Jon David’s team of stylists. Haircuts are available from junior stylists, master stylists and hair experts with pricing that varies depending on skill level, and each location boasts a welcoming, professional staff. The most popular services with NoVA residents: ombrè and facial framing. –AB
Multiple NoVA locations

Courtesy of Spark Yoga

Yoga Studio
Spark Yoga
Spark Yoga is one of the first places in NoVA to offer aerial yoga classes along with hatha, fiery, vinyasa and weighted yoga classes, barre and pilates. The studio comes equipped with a state-of-the-art heating system, full amenity showers, complimentary towels, filtered-water filling stations and free parking. Workshops and lifestyle programs are also available monthly. –AB
Multiple NoVA locations


(June 2015)