After more than 10 years as a stylist, Jamal Edmonds understands the importance of listening. As a young salon apprentice, he listened to his instructors and was rewarded for his efforts with a scholarship to the prestigious Bennett Career Institute. Even after countless fashion shows and magazine spreads, he hasn’t forgotten this crucial skill. It’s why Salon Lamaj, his beauty shop in Capitol Heights, continues to thrive.
Jamal is no stranger to the salon floor, and he regularly works alongside his team of highly trained stylists, all of whom have had a say in developing a menu of customizable beauty services. Their skill is evident in the way they sew and braid extensions or finish looks with a round-brush blowout—but never without listening to their clients first. The salon’s services don’t stop at the scalp. Facials gently wipe away acne, Shavasana extensions add volume to lashes, and makeup applications ensure that you’ll get the fingerprints of any relative who unlawfully tries to pinch your cheeks.
Ama Hammah finally saw the creativity and beauty of natural hairstyling after living in Ghana, where chemical-free hair reigns. At Au Naturale, she brings her learned skills and ingrained passion to spruce up natural hair and refresh locs. To further enhance her services, Ama uses natural products from Fabulocs and other manufacturers to strengthen and care for strands the right way.
Whether they're looking for a dramatic new look or to touch-up an existing 'do, customers can count on A House of Style Beauty Salon to keep their hair looking good. Using top-of-the-line products from Design Essentials and Nairobi Salon Systems, stylists reshape strands into finger waves and spiral curls, relax them until they're rod-straight, or color them with Spectrums highlight treatments. They can also wind natural hair into single- and double-strand twists, or smooth it out with a Dominican blowout or press-and-curl treatment.
Denise Crump believes that learning to love your natural hair will boost your self-esteem to new heights. At Naturaleemee, she shares with others a skill that she's honed since the age of 6: styling locs and natural hair. Her artistic vision allows her to create new looks as well.
For more than 20 years, Hair It Iz's Deja "Dee Dee" Walker has been weaving, wrapping, and generally beautifying 'dos. Along with the boatloads of training already under her belt, she keeps up with the latest trends and techniques, specializing in short, eye-catching styles accented by spikes, tight curls, and flips. Beyond her signature specialty, her services include cuts, color treatments, and weaves.
Sacred Lox Hair Boutique’s licensed hairstylists continually lengthen their list of mastered services. They’ve most recently added for-purchase hairpieces and extensions to the salon’s boutique area, which doubles as the entryway to a salon where they cut, color, and straighten hair. The team of experienced hands behind these services includes a licensed braid-and-natural-hair cosmetologist who specializes in advanced weaving techniques. Her skills go on full display during the salon’s weaving classes, which help students learn to adhere different types of hair to scalps or jack-o-lanterns suffering from gourd-pattern baldness.