Vonetta Dumas believes that good haircuts have the power to do much more than simply keep bangs out of eyes or pigtails from getting caught in the jets of low-flying airplanes—they can improve self-confidence and win the respect of others. As she writes in the book she co-authored, Executive Etiquette Power, "When you look good, you automatically feel good about yourself and exude a confidence and self-esteem that is recognized and respected." The expert image management specialist has spruced up the styles of celebrities and diplomats around town, and has been featured on Fox News and in the pages of Politics of Pretty. Vonetta brings her enthusiasm for style and more than 15 years of experience to Signature Image Salon, where she and her team of stylists perform a sweeping array of salon services.
The stylists welcome both men and women into their elegant space, where sleek black salon chairs speckle rustic hardwood floors. In addition to haircuts and coloring services, the stylists specialize in advanced smoothing treatments, including intense hydration steams, keratin conditioning, and smooth infusion re-texturing. The stylists favor products from Aveda, a company lauded for it's environmentally conscious ethics and innovative plant-based products.
The aestheticians at Skin Body Lounge, deemed Best Day Spa by the 2011 LA Hotlist, aim to even skin tones, mitigate blemishes, and evict unsightly fuzz with noninvasive skincare and hair-removal services. During full-face photo-rejuvenation, nonablative lasers emit concentrated light to target specific skin pigments—including dark spots left over from acne scarring or convincing dalmatian costumes—stimulating collagen and oxygen production to destroy unwanted bacteria and leave skin radiant. Pulsed-light hair removal, Epilar biochemical solutions, and waxing services strip wayward strands. Those looking to lose inches and smooth cellulite can enlist treatments such as detoxifying body wraps and electronic muscle stimulation. Results-oriented facials are customized to the unique needs of each visage, and microdermabrasion sloughs away dead cells to improve skin tone and texture. Airbrush tanning and makeup services get clients suited up for an evening out more effectively than wearing a cutout of the Hulk's face.
Both the CrossFit and Parkour On-Ramp intro courses emphasize general physical preparedness, a term used to describe one's ability to adapt and perform at any moment in any environment. The CrossFit fitness methodology utilizes a wide range of equipment and techniques, including anything from rowing machines to sprints to Olympic weightlifting apparatuses. In each CrossFit session, students take part in an eclectic routine under the watchful eye of an expert Primal Fitness trainer. Parkour, or the art of movement, explores the mastery of body control in the context of everyday circumstances and obstacles. During Parkour classes, students hone the fundamentals of jumping, landing, rolling, and more, all in an effort to prep for more-difficult stunting down the line.
Hairstylists tend to be great conversationalists, but it’s not often that their gift of gab elicits a job offer from a US senator. Salon owner and stylist Ury Emsellem’s knowledge impressed the client so much, the senator brought former Israeli soldier Ury on as a consultant during Israel-PLO peace-treaty negotiations. The vote of confidence isn’t surprising—Ury came to the United States to study international law but instead followed his dreams of becoming a hairstylist. Eventually he became the trusted coiffeur of Washington Post icon Katharine Graham, and over the decades he has seen his praises published in Vogue, InStyle, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Though his salon hosts its fair share of history-makers, Ury and his team keep pace with modern styling trends. They administer both Japanese and Brazilian straightening treatments and perform creative coloring techniques such as balayage. The Washingtonian also highlighted their color services, saying, “loyal clients, particularly blondes, rave about the natural looking color.” According to the magazine, the salon’s loyal clients include writers Sally Quinn and Jan Pottker, the latter of whom used the publication to swear her allegiance to Semra, the salon’s famed waxing specialist.
Flaminia Garioni, brush brandisher and owner of FYUBI Makeup & Brow Studio, idealizes natural face shapes with elegant makeup applications as well as personalized makeup lessons and expert brow shaping. The skilled makeup artist spreads sparkling droplets of beauty-oriented wisdom, elucidating the mystery of the smoky eye, tricks for evening-ready skin tone, and tips for how to put hair into a beehive without getting stung. FYUBI—an acronym for “for your unique beauty image”—describes the makeup artisan's essential mission: to foster inner confidence and beauty. Zebra-print director’s chairs, pop-art images of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, and cases full of high-end products by Nars, Laura Mercier, and Bobbi Brown tastefully adorn the bright, modern private studio.
An exclusively L’Oréal salon, Salon Anatolia's team of stylists each calls on more than 20 years of experience to craft flattering haircuts and lavish clients with relaxing spa services. Guests melt into chocolate-colored leather chairs and gaze at their transformations through wide porthole mirrors as stylists fashion traditional or celebrity-inspired coifs. The hair experts also flaunt a knowledge of salon chemistry to smooth out frizzy locks with keratin treatments, rekindle graying strands with flattering hues and reverse accidents from vacations in kindergarten activity books with color-correction services. To complete their makeovers, clients can sprawl out in a private treatment room for a facial or massage or thank their nails with a manicure and pedicure.