“People underestimate DC!” exclaims spa founder and master esthetician Shae Jackson, when asked about introducing a fresh new concept in beauty treatments to the nation’s capital. We are sitting next to the zen waterfall in the outdoors of the newly-opened Haven Beauty Lounge. She is the expert that everyone is trying to book, and for good reason! Having traveled around the world researching beauty treatments, Jackson has formulated her own integrated approach to skin care and wellness, combining her vision with years of experience at the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Bliss, and Blue Mercury. Now, Jackson has branched out on her own and opened Haven, a members-only beauty lounge, where she has meticulously selected the best and most effective products for her signature custom facials, nail services and waxes. Membership starts at only $30 a month and instead of going through the hassle of setting up a pedicure every few weeks or monthly facial, you can have an ongoing appointment scheduled with credit card on file, so you can literally forget your wallet!
I swung by recently to test out the facilities. My facial experience was the perfect combination of deep cleansing and soothing purification, extractions, and moisturizing. Jackson swears by the Somme Institute Vitamin-infused 5-step treatment, which she utilizes in her facials. Five highly engineered vitamins (A, B3, B5, C and E) target skin cell receptors, allowing these vitamins to go deep within the skin in their active forms at high concentrations. Once in the skin, these active vitamins treat all skin types and most skin conditions. Jackson’s facials, which are customized to each client, also utilizes other high-tech procedures such as peels, microdermabrasion, and LED light therapy to help with anti-aging. When she handed me a mirror at the end of my ultra-relaxing facial, I was astounded. Was that really my skin that looked so hydrated, young, and glowing? Jackson’s also been trained as a massage therapist as well (which you can definitely tell when you’re getting a head/neck and hand massage during your service. I was in heaven).
Ever heard of a foot-facial? Next up, I was in for another treat. I’ve never met a more talented and obsessive (I mean that in the most positive way!) nail specialist. At Haven, Jackson recruited her old colleague from Bliss Spa, nail specialist Gina, and it wasn’t long until I understood why. Gina has thought through every step in the pedicure process and researches every single product she uses. Call it ultra-luxurious, but it was my first time having facial products on my feet. Now that I’ve been spoiled (and seen the results!), it may be impossible to go back to my “regular” pedicures! Gina’s got an eye for color too — I wanted to experiment with green, and she created a color by mixing two different shades to come up with something specifically for my skin tone! Now to think of a name for my unique blend (Green with Envy? Green Grace?).
Jackson describes her typical client as a working woman who is running around and needs to have quality services done in a short amount of time. Brazilian in 15 minutes on a coffee break? Done! Going on vacay and want to start relaxing? Book deluxe treatments with the works before you hop on the plane and get your blissed-out glow on early. Don’t miss out on giving yourself the best in both treatments and service at Haven — it’s a hidden diamond for now, but once word gets out, we’re pretty sure it’s going to change the landscape of spa-treatments in DC. Jackson is a beauty genius and has just the right team assembled, so get your membership before they’re all scooped up.