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.
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.
A salon might not seem like a typical destination for a tour bus. Nevertheless, the Old Towne Trolley makes a stop at Salon Roi, where a well-known mural of Marilyn Monroe decorates the upper levels of the restored, four-story historic townhouse. Created by the artist John Bailey in 1980 for Mr. Roi Barnard’s 40th birthday, the Marilyn Monroe mural has since become an unexpected Washington landmark, and has been reproduced on postcards, T-shirts, calendars, and vice president Biden’s favorite jean jacket. More Marilyn memorabilia decorates the rest of the unisex salon and spa, where expert stylists pamper guests with haircare, facials, massages, and other spa services.
The front doors of Skin Spa Austin Lounge open to a studio with an industrial yet comforting aesthetic, where sunlight spills in through the broad windows and warms the exposed-brick walls and bronze-colored floor. Within this space that both celebrates and seals out the savage urban jungle, aestheticians and massage therapists tend to guests with à la carte and packaged spa services that span facials, massage, waxing, and even LED teeth whitening. Skin Spa's staff prefers organic and pharmaceutical-grade products, stocking lines such as HydroPeptide that teem with active enzymes and botanical extracts.
Urban Escape by Subairi lives up to its name. The Adams Morgan storefront is a combo day spa, hair salon and skin care center. The salon’s stylists, including owner Subairi, like to be innovative, although they also give standard cuts as well. They also specialize in re-texturing hair, whether that means making frizzy hair straight via keratin treatments or making limp hair wavy and perky with a new-age perm. Day spa services include make-up applications, waxing, facials and skin care treatments for both men and women. Although the prices are upscale, the service is absolutely friendly and unpretentious, as is the industrial-style décor.
As they craft locks into coifs, the stylists at Charmed Salon—each of whom boasts 10-plus years of haircare experience—use their expertise and skill to sculpt, color, and style hair of any texture into a look each client covets. The straightforward menu of services features unisex haircuts, deep-conditioning treatments, La-Brasiliana straightening systems, and highlights that enhance hair color more effectively than making everyone wear rose-tinted glasses in one's presence. To keep hair looking salon-fresh at home, product lines from Nioxin, Paul Mitchell, and Big Sexy Hair line the shelves, waiting to demonstrate their full potential.