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Self-Care During COVID: Georgetown Beauty & Wellness

Your nerves are frayed - and so is your hair.

It’s been a tough year, and self-care is important now more than ever. Our Georgetown salons, spas, and beauty and wellness centers have revamped their services and protocols to provide the safest and most comfortable experience possible during COVID – whether you’re in need of a haircut, massage, facial, manicure, acupuncture, or more.

Check out some of our featured businesses below – whether they’re offering massage specials to reduce pandemic stress, honoring healthcare workers with complimentary makeovers, or going above and beyond with outdoor services and at-home stylist visits.

Standard Safety Measures

Our salons, spas and wellness centers have rigorous safety measures in place during COVID, including: 

  • Staff and guests required to wear masks at all times, unless the service involves a client’s face
  • Temperature checks frequently required, both for staff and clients
  • Through cleaning and sanitation of work areas and stations between clients, and sanitation stations at the door
  • Reduced staff, and reduced indoor capacity
  • Plexiglass barriers between stations, and at the front desk
  • Appointment only

For specific COVID protocols and procedures, please call the salon, spa or wellness center, or visit their website.

Violet Salon

Leave looking good – and feeling good. Violet Salon (1513 Wisconsin Ave NW) is honoring our first responders by seeking nominations for someone on the front lines who is keeping us safe during the pandemic. The salon is giving away a makeover every week through Thanksgiving to these deserving men and women; go to their website or Instagram to nominate a first responder. Any nominee who doesn’t win can still receive 50% off of any one hair service when they book an appointment now through Thanksgiving and mention the First Responder Promo.

For all guests, Violet Salon is greeting every client with a bag containing a robe, smock, and sheet of plastic (to prevent direct contact with chairs) for their appointment. Some outdoor services are available for those who feel uncomfortable inside, as well as home visits with select stylists, and earlier appointment hours. Color to-go kits are available for contactless pick-up, with a video tutorial on Violet’s website.



Scarlet Oak Acupuncture

Scarlet Oak Acupuncture (1101 30th St, #500) reopened in June with additional safety measures in place to ensure everyone has access to healing and wellness during this time. In addition to the standard safety measures, air filtration was installed with HEPA filters and UV light. Sheets have always been laundered in a commercial facility. Home visits are available twice a month for patients in DC and Virginia (additional fees apply). Owner Jill Hicks is also an herbalist, and can provide clients with formulas to support your immune system and help with season allergies – important now more than ever.

Illusions of Georgetown

Illusions of Georgetown (1629 Wisconsin Ave) is offering complimentary hair treatment for the changing Fall season with any hair service (value of $40); mention while booking your hair appointment to receive the discount. The salon has developed new safety guidelines and regulations to ensure the safety of its staff and guests. Outdoor haircuts are available upon request, and those receiving a color service may be asked to wait outside (seating provided) or in their car while the treatment is processing. Early hours are available for high-risk clients, who can be seen in a private area available for one stylist and one client, upon request.

Bespoke Aesthetics

Following top-notch safety protocols adapted from the American Dental Association, skincare provider Bespoke Aesthetics (3233 P St) uses high-grade UVC lights to sanitize rooms between treatments, and each therapist is wearing an N95 mask and full face shield. Ozone generators are also used to clean the air and in the air handler. Body treatments have been added to the menu of services, during which clients may remain masked. If you’re interested in a body treatment, enter promo code AUTUMNDETOX to receive $25 off your first Brazilian Body Sculpt, Infrared Sauna Detox, or Ultrasound Melt treatment, through the end of November.

Salon ILO

Salon ILO (1637 Wisconsin Ave NW) is extending a thank you to all of its clients who have supported them during COVID with a free K water resurfacing treatment, through October 15. Extra masks are available, and guests can request a private room with windows when they book an appointment.


Georgetown Sports Massage

To help reduce pandemic stress, Georgetown Sports Massage (1070 Thomas Jefferson St) is offering 20% off to clients who come in on Tuesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays during the month of October. Each session begins with clean linens, and standard COVID safety protocols.


Georgetown Allure

Facials, medical procedures, massages – Georgetown Allure (3288 M St) does it all. Receive 20% off your first-time booking. Package deals are also available, as well as a month-to-month membership price (cancel anytime). The Spa is divided into several separate areas, with only one patient in each area at a time. Masks will be provided to clients.


Unwind Wellness Center

Destress during a very stressful time at Unwind Wellness Center (1054 Thomas Jefferson St), with their massage, waxing, eyebrow, acupuncture, body wraps and scrubs, facials, medical spa treatments, and integrative services and offerings. In addition to the other safety protocols, medical-grade and HEPA air purifiers are in all treatment rooms and common centers.



Semra (1070 Thomas Jefferson St, #202) has all your brow and lash needs covered – from waxing, to tings, extensions, and Keratin treatments. Each client has the shop to themselves, and the patio door is always open to circulate fresh air.


Salon L'eau

Salon L’eau (3240 P St) has outdoor stations available to book, with a chair and mirror on the salon’s charming patio. Enjoy a calming haircut while you’re surrounded by plants and trees.

Photo by Washingtonian 

EuroBronze Sunless Studio

Airbrush tan for the Zoom win! EuroBronze Sunless Studio (1620 Wisconsin Ave) clients have access to an outdoor waiting space, and each service is performed in a private room. All instruments are disinfected with a UV sanitizing machine after each use, and an air purifier has been installed. Evening and later hours are also available to limit client interaction. For those not yet comfortable going inside, luxury at-home tanning kits are available, plus tips on social media for ways to extend your sunless tan at home. At-home tanning products can be purchased directly from their website, and shipped.

The Skincare Studio by Claudia Duran

Our skin has been put to the test this year with stress! Give yourself some TLC at The Skincare Studio by Claudia Duran, where you can receive 20% off all skincare services through October. Guests enter a private skincare room, and ample time is built in between treatments to sanitize beds and sterilize instruments. Gloves may also be worn during a service, upon request.

Take Care Shop

Facials, waxing, and extractions are available at Take Care Shop (1338 Wisconsin Ave) – an Insta-worthy shop and spa with a truly relaxing aesthetic. On the spa side, negative air pressure systems have been installed in treatment rooms that are designed to help minimize exposure to respiratory air droplets (specifically the air you exhale) by expelling it outside. The system includes an air evacuation hood for both the client and the esthetician. A UV-C sanitation device and CDC/EPA approved cleaners are also used to sanitize all surfaces between clients. On the retail side, only two customers per team member are permitted inside at one time.

Hela Spa

Look and feel your best! Hela Medical Spa (3209 M St) has implemented rigorous medical grade safety protocols because your safety is the number one priority. Text 202.333.4445 to book and receive a bonus 20% off your first appointment!

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