The Definitive It List For Health & Beauty In DC

By Michael McCarthy | January 6, 2020 | Lifestyle

We love these DC stars who deliver amazing looks and incredible vitality.


PR at Partners Downtown offers a winterize hair treatment.

Somenek + Pittman
(2440 M St. NW, 202.810.7700)

This gorgeous office houses the city’s dynamic duo of plastic surgery and luxury concierge care at its best. Dr. Michael Somenek specializes in rhinoplasty and facial rejuvenation; Dr. Troy Pittman is renowned for his work in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and body. The gorgeous medispa offers services like injectables, facials, chemical peels, microneedling and laser treatments.

Insider’s Tip New wedding-party packages boast a wedding-prep takeover of the spa. Get toxin injections, fillers, facials, IV therapy and nonsurgical body contouring.


Troy Pittman and Michael Somenek offer luxury concierge care for plastic surgery and more at Somonek & Pittman; Rumble, which has big-name celebs as clients, moves to DC.

Logan 14 Aveda Salon + Spa
(1314B 14th St. NW, 202.506.6868)

Owner Michael Hodges has created a decade of good looks for his clientele, which includes everyone on both sides of the political aisle and even international dignitaries like Australia’s first lady, Jennifer Morrison. All of the services are exceptional, including cuts, blowouts, makeup, Tulasara facials, and even reike and meditation sessions.

Insider’s Tip The Logan 14 faithful swear by the medispa, offering everything from laser hair removal to all-new rejuvenating Botox treatments.

PR at Partners Downtown
(1001 G St. NW, Ste. 100, 202.737.0909)

Expect magnificent haircuts (from $45) and colorings (from $75) in this downtown salon. Partner Jacqui Davis’ says, like fashion, hair is seasonal, and she loves more saturated and flattering tones during winter; other winter services include treatments for buildup and dry scalp, and strengthening and moisturizing follicles.

Insider’s Tip Winterize hair with The Tone Down. For blondes, a toning service adds depth and richness to hair color. For brunettes, Davis helps find deep tones to complement a client’s coloring.


Dr. Lily Talakoub of McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center

McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center
(6849 Old Dominion Drive, Ste. 450, McLean, Va., 703.356.5111)

Dr. Lily Talakoub and her coveted laser—which she says is like a magic eraser—focus on a skincare routine that will clear sun damage, brown spots and blemishes; she says it takes off 10 years of aging in 10 days. Bonus: She typically pulls off same-day consultations and treatments, and offers a customized regimen for every type of skin ($150 consultation).

Insider’s Tip Talakoub employs a new technology with platelet-rich plasma to stimulate follicle growth for men (and women) experiencing hair loss.

(1070 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, 202.944.5080)

This is the enchanted kingdom of perfect brows. Semra (yes, she goes by one name) is a legend in Georgetown, and for good reason: she’s the best for eyebrow waxing and tinting, and the Guinot lift summon facial. Clients experience the so-called brow boot camp or rehab, where the shop’s team works to create brow shapes that match a client’s face and bone structure.

Insider’s Tip Try the brand-new Yumi brow- or lash-lift (keratin treatments that create a more youthful look). For brows ($130), the treatment lasts six to eight weeks; for lashes ($200), eight to 12 weeks.

Sanctuary Cosmetic Center
(1650 Tysons Blvd., Ste. 100, McLean, Va., 703.893.3937)

Turn-back-the-clock results are the watchwords for Sanctuary, which features everything from Profound noninvasive face-lifts to CoolSculpting body contouring to eyelid, facial and body plastic surgery.

Insider’s Tip Want to duck into The Ritz-Carlton for a few days after your procedure and keep everything on the hush-hush? Sanctuary’s surgical suite boasts a VIP private entrance and exit—directly from The Ritz-Carlton—for the safety and comfort of local and international clientele.

(701 Second St. NE, 202.547.7700)

Calorie-flogging workouts reign at this Northeast mecca of fitness, where classes mimic pro-boxer training. Members meet privately with coaches in the studio to create custom workouts that complement classes ($25 for drop-ins).

Insider’s Tip Nuboxx expands to two locations in 2020, landing on U Street. The new spot features two studios, a full-size boxing ring and an open gym.

Regenerative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
(2021 K St NW, Ste. 750; 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Ste. 202; 202.681.7671)

The team at two DC offices uses ultrasound imaging to provide cutting-edge noninvasive treatments to get clients active again. Services include microfragmented adipose: The team performs liposuction to remove a client’s stem cells; from there, it injects the cells into a client’s arthritic knee or rotator-cuff tear—essentially using blood’s growth factors to heal orthopedic pain.

Insider’s Tip The medical team also employs shock wave therapy to heal tendinitis and bursitis.

(2001 M St. NW, 212.804.7918)

A-list celebs like David Beckham and Justin Bieber are clients of this boutique boxing studio that recently landed its punch in DC. The classes are wonderfully intense, but for clients who want to imitate, say, DC boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, spring for
one-on-one private sessions.

Insider’s Tip Infrared saunas are the new killer recovery for a killer workout; opt for one of the 20-minute sessions after the big sweat ($25).

Photography by: From top: PR Partners; Somenek and Pittman; McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center