At Glynn Jones Salon, experienced aestheticians and stylists bolster an array of salon, spa, and tanning services with high-quality products from brands such as Joico, Bumble and bumble, and OPI. Junior, senior, and master stylists crop coiffures and smooth tresses with the sleekening ministrations of GKhair treatments, and nail technicians treat hands and feet to mani-pedis.
To create the ideal environment for each service, Glynn Jones Salon holds a variety of different spaces. A series of private treatment rooms branch off from the salon, letting clients relax as they enjoy organic, green facials or waxing services, which enlist the powers of paraffin wax to remove extraneous hair and firmly lodged bellybutton lint. The newest addition makes smoothing keratin treatments safer and more comfortable: a custom ventilation system immediately whisks fumes out of specially designed treatment rooms to make for an odorless experience.
Harnessing the tempered pulses of laser technology, Gente Spa Laser Center’s technicians have removed fine and coarse hairs from skin surfaces for more than 15 years. The GentleMax laser removes follicles with minimal discomfort due to its small size and cooling system. During each treatment, a medical professional runs a handheld wand over patches of hair, applying therapeutic heat to raise each strand. A laser pulse then dislodges the hair and a pulse of cooling cryogen spray coats the area just like an unbalanced basketball coach covers the floor in maple syrup before practice.
The house laser also powers other services as well. The targeted beams can get to the root of toenail fungus problems to leave feet sandal-ready. And during skin-tightening and facial services, lasers revitalize the skin to leave it looking more youthful and minimize the appearance of age spots or birth marks.
Though her passion for glamour goes all the way back to her early childhood, it wasn’t until Jeanice Bouvier Davis leapt into Manhattan’s Robert Fiance Hair Academy that she began to realize her true obsession. After graduating with honors, Davis went on to train with industry leaders such as Aveda and Paul Mitchell—groups that allowed her to build a solid understanding of how to properly serve a multicultural clientele. Armed with a varied set of skills, she eventually took another bold leap by opening Hair Cafe in 2004. Situated directly across from the Eastern Market Metro station, the salon gives Jeanice and her diverse team of male and female stylists the chance to focus on a variety of high-end services, from artful cuts and curls to relaxers and keratin treatments.
With separate areas for cutting and coloring, the O Salon is as well-designed and sleek as the haircut you will receive from one of the stylists inside. The Georgetown salon is a designated L’Oreal Professionnel Salon, so you can rest assured that color treatments are a specialty. O was also the first salon in Washington DC to carry INOA, an ammonia-free permanent hair color. Salon stylists say INOA color lasts longer and gives hair a lot of shine, meaning less frequent trips to the salon for touch-ups and root dyes. Aside from cuts, coloring and highlights, O Salon does keratin treatments, blowouts and Balayage. For the uninitiated, the latter is an alternative to foil highlights, where color is painted on the hair to create dimension and depth.
Dupont Market plays a variety of different parts for its surrounding community. It’s a convenient store combined with a gourmet deli. It carries an assorted variety of condiments from mustards, syrups and sauces, but oddly enough carries some household items while offering a selection of wine, beer, chocolate, and snacks for last minute gatherings. Dupont Market also serves up bagels and breakfast sandwiches, cold deli sandwiches and hot dishes made to order on the small grill they have in the store. It’s all contained within a shoebox of a shop located on a residential street in Dupont Circle. There’s no room to eat inside, but there is a large sidewalk patio with plenty of tables for chowing down your burrito or your sandwich on delicious ciabatta bread.
Diego’s Hair Salon is a throwback. Diego D’Ambrosio, an Italian immigrant who opened the shop in the 1960s, still dresses of the era. He’s such a legend in DC that the street in front of his Dupont Circle location was recently named in his honor. Many of the younger stylists also come from the old country, so there can definitely be a Little Italy vibe to the place. The salon’s walls are cluttered with photographs of famous clients (ambassadors, judges, politicians), clearly stating that Diego’s is a cut above when it comes to men’s hair. It does have the feel of an old-timey men’s barbershop, but women’s hair is cut here too.