Tysons, VA

COVID-19 prompted restrictions on personal grooming services for two months. Now with Virginia progressing with its phased reopening plan, people can get their hair cut or nails done professionally.

Today, Fairfax County entered the second phase of the reopening plan. Personal grooming services that have reopened are still by appointment-only under the Phase Two guidelines.

Personal care services were first allowed to reopen in the county on May 29. Currently, customers and employees must wear face coverings, and the businesses are limited to 50% capacity.

Let us know in the poll below if you’ve been to a salon, barber, spa, tanning salon and/or tattoo shop since the rollback started on the COVID-19 restrictions. If you have any interesting stories about haircuts at home, let us know in the comments section.

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As businesses around Tysons reopen after being shut down for coronavirus concerns, personal care services such as nail salons are making customer and employee safety protocols their top priority.

Tysons Nail Lounge has reopened for business following Northern Virginia’s transition into Phase 1 of reopening on Friday, May 29. The nail salon located in The Boro is taking customers by appointment only. 

“We’ve been pretty impacted by the shutdown because we’re a personal-care business,” said Emily Tran, the owner of Tysons Nail Salon. “Since we opened, business has picked up a lot. Customers feel safe.”

While most of Virginia reopened on May 15, localities in Northern Virginia requested extra time “to meet the health metrics,” according to Gov. Ralph Northam. After granting the delay, Northern Virginia finally entered Phase 1 on Friday. Previously, Virginia had been under a stay-at-home order since March 30 due to the coronavirus and is now under a safer-at-home directive. 

Tysons Nail Lounge is taking precautions to make sure their customers feel safe. Customers are required to wear masks — if they don’t own one, the salon will provide disposable masks, according to Tran.

Additionally, the salon is taking customer temperatures at the door with a no-touch thermometer while also requiring their employees to take their temperature prior to each shift. Plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at each station and are designed with a slot for customers to slide their hands through. 

“Our goal is to keep customers and staff healthy with maximum sanitation and disinfection procedures. We are taking necessary precautions so customers feel safe,” said Tran. 

Tysons Nail Lounge is a relatively new business. The salon made its grand opening in January of this year after a few months of delays from their original opening that was slated for November 2019. Their services include manicure and pedicure services, waxing, massages and more, according to their website, which also provides an extensive breakdown of how they plan to keep their patrons safe. 

“We are very happy we’re open again. Customers have been in quarantine for a while and are more than joyful that we’re open,” Tran said. “We’re prepared, and we’re definitely ready to take on customer demands.”

Photo courtesy of Tysons Nail Lounge

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A nail salon in Vienna will soon move into a new home.

Cindy Nail Spa is currently located at 338 Maple Avenue W. and plans to relocate to an adjacent building that houses Burke & Herbert Bank, according to a Town of Vienna employee.

Thi Thai, the location’s owner, told Tysons Reporter that staff hopes to have the new salon up and running within two weeks.

The nail salon applied to install signs at the new location 302 Maple Avenue W., replacing Mathnasium.

The salon of nail services — from manicures to pedicures to gel fills — along with waxing for men and women, according to the salon’s website.

Image via Town of Vienna

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Tysons Nail Lounge is now open for business in The Boro after facing some delays.

The salon opened today (Friday, Jan. 10) at noon, Emily Tran, an employee, told Tysons Reporter.

Tysons Nail Lounge was originally slated to open in November at 1640 Boro Place, Suite 205.

The salon offers more than 10 types of manicure and pedicure services, gel manicures, dipping power nails, waxing, massages, facials and eyelashes extensions, Tran said.

“Customers can enjoy sipping on organic teas, coffee, or a glass of wine while getting serviced by one of our highly trained technicians,” Tran said.

Customers can a free manicure with any pedicure or get 20% off any service until Feb. 10 for the salon’s grand opening special.

Tysons Nail Lounge is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., according to its website.

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Boardroom Salon for Men plans to expand into the D.C. area with two stores — one of which will be located in the Mosaic District.

The men’s grooming company is looking to open at 2920 District Avenue, Suite 165  — next to Fair Trade Winds — in the spring, according to a press release.

“The sophisticated salon features wood paneling, a relaxing lounge with leather chairs and a great atmosphere,” the press release says.

More from the press release:

The Benchmark is the salon’s signature service, which includes: a personal consultation, tailored haircut with precision neck shave, personalized shampoo and conditioning, scalp massage, pressure point facial massage, paraffin hand dip, steamed towel and stress-relieving hand massage…

Boardroom offers clients the opportunity to purchase three-month, six-month or annual memberships, which provides members the freedom of unlimited haircut services, plus 10 percent off all products and complimentary referral Benchmarks to giveaway. Memberships are honored at all Boardroom locations nationwide, making it convenient for frequent business travelers.

The other D.C. area location plans to open in Rockville, Md. in the spring.

Once the stores open, customers can expect the them to be open from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Fridays, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The Boardroom first opened in 2004 and now has locations in Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, according to its website.

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Sechoir is moving to a new spot — but it’s not far from where its currently located near the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro station.

The medical spa and hair salon is currently located at 2674D Avenir Place. Signs say that it is moving to 2672J Avenir Place.

According to the signs, Sechoir offers facials, Botox, waxing, eyelash extensions, laser hair removal, cellulite reduction and more.

Along that street, a Fairfax County permit indicates that iFix is coming to 2674E Avenir Place.

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Several new stores took residency in Tysons Corner Center throughout the last weeks — including a holiday shop with locally sourced gifts.

Newcomers to the mall include the Creative Collective POPUP, Seletti, Terres da’ Afrique — all in BrandBox spaces on the first level — and Beauty Nail Bar upstairs.

Creative Collective reopened for the season on Friday (Nov. 15) and will remain open through Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) during mall hours from 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. daily.

The shop acts as a market for roughly 2o local vendors offering a variety of goods including hats, jewelry, leatherworks, prints and even children’s books. Shoppers also have the opportunity to meet the artists and vendors in person and ask them about their craft.

Meanwhile, Italian home goods store Seletti sells furniture, decorations, lights and other items. The Tysons Corner Center location is the company’s first physical store in the U.S.

One of their bestsellers is a $400 monkey lamp, a store representative told Tysons Reporter.

“Some people are familiar with our brand and others are just intrigued,” the spokesperson said about people who stop in for a look, adding that the company is trying to gauge interest for the brand around Tysons.

If the pop-up is successful in the next six months, the brand might decide to open up a permanent shop elsewhere in the mall, the representative said.

Terres da’ Afrique, which opened Saturday (Nov. 16), sits right next to Seletti in BrandBox and offers shoppers personal skincare products including massage and facial oil.

Located on level two of the mall near the Paul Mitchell School, beauty Nail Bar made its debut roughly two weeks ago, an employee told Tysons Reporter.

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Soleil Nail Spa is opening soon in the Town of Vienna.

The salon and spa is filling Dog World Pet Salon’s former spot at  515 W. Maple Avenue in the Village Green Shopping Center.

Soleil will offer manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, eyelash extensions and other services, according to its website.

Back in April, Tysons Reporter spotted a sign in the storefront window saying that the “organic spa” is “coming soon in July 2019.”

Soleil posted on Facebook earlier in August that the grand opening got pushed to Sunday, Sept. 1, due to a construction delay.

To celebrate the opening, the nail spa is offering a 30% off promotion.

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A Vienna native has opened a new hair studio in downtown Vienna.

Sundown and Rise Up filled the former space of the Maple Avenue Market, which closed in February after nearly 10 years in downtown Vienna.

David McCarthy, the owner and stylist, grew up in Vienna and went to George Mason University before pursuing hairstyling, according to his bio on the salon’s website.

Sundown and Rise Up offers haircuts, blow-drys, coloring, highlights and balayage services.

The website describes Sundown and Rise Up as “a truly unique, open, creative, art-centered workspace in the heart of Vienna.”

The salon’s hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Hair salons keep popping up in the Town of Vienna.

Along Maple Avenue, there are around two dozen hair salons and various types of beauty parlors offering personal care services.

While nearby Falls Church and McLean also have a plethora of salons, the ones in Vienna are concentrated mainly along Maple Avenue, with many hair salons working in close proximity to their competitors.

Along Maple Avenue by Nutley Street SW, the Village Green Shopping Center at one point housed three hair studios — Village Green Hair SalonAvivo Salon and Day Spa and Dogan and John Hair Salon. (Avivo relocated to Tysons earlier this year.)

Tysons Reporter asked Lynne Coan, the town spokesperson, what might draw the appeal for owners to open up shop in this particular area.

“I did check with our planning department, and we really don’t have an explanation for why there are so many hair salons in Vienna,” Coan said. “There are no unique or ‘encouraging’ ordinances.”

Salon O Tony (130 W. Maple Avenue) has been open for 12 years because of its customer service and good reputation, Mustafa Demir, the shop’s spokesperson, told Tysons Reporter. When asked about competition among all the various hair salons, he said salon management doesn’t think it is an issue, but didn’t expand on why.

In 2019, at least three new salons and beauty relators arrived in the area — each one of them offering a variety of hair cuts and spa treatments.

Alya Salon and Spa  (139 Park Street) and Jolie Hair Studio (121 W. Maple Avenue) both opened in February.

Hair studio Sundown and Rise Up moved into the former space of Maple Avenue Market (128 E. Maple Avenue) this summer.

These openings come at a time when the Town of Vienna said that more businesses have opened than closed recently, despite vacancies and increasing rents around town.

“It seems that, for whatever reasons, each community has a proliferation of some kind of business, be it pizza shops or nail salons or hair salons,” Coan said. For the Town of Vienna, it appears to be hair salons.

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