Guests pass by the ArtIz Gallery Lounge’s walls adorned with the work of local artists before entering The Art Spa, where they benefit from the expertise of licensed aesthetician Ms. Cherie. In addition to three types of facials, she and her team expertly remove unwanted hair as painlessly as possible during more than 25 waxing treatments. To beautify blinks, she applies eyelash extensions using both flares and individual lashes.
Within Dominick's Hairstylists', clients can transform their look with the help of skilled stylists who customize haircuts to frame faces, technicians who shape and polish nails, and whip-quick aestheticians who perform nearly painless waxing. Stylists’ repertoires of full-color, highlights, or coonskin-cap-bouffant hairstyles transform 'dos, and all nail services come with a light massage. Clients can accessorize their new looks with a selection from the salon’s range of chunky and elegant jewelry made from agate, turquoise, and red coral.
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.
Beers and haircuts might seem like an unusual combination, but they go hand in hand at The Suite Barbershop. After serving guests a chilled beverage, the experienced barbers work to create unique looks. The crew specializes in dramatic, eye-catching looks for men, from throwback styles with side parts and pompadours to high-altitude mowhawks and precision fades.
The shop itself has been designed with a similar mix of the old fashioned and contemporary: the black-and-white wallpaper is dappled with colorful pictures of classic cars and modern paintings by local artists. A mock fireplace filled with candles harks back to Victorian parlors, when all fires were too polite to fully burn.
For Dalissa Sanchez, creating beauty is a team effort. She asks her patrons for input during services, using their guidance and her expertise as a former hair-color educator and industry speaker to create styles that naturally flatter each client's best features. As a stylist and aesthetician, she relies on vitamin-infused treatments that strengthen hair and skin; as a nail technician she hydrates limbs with paraffin and arctic algae so that clients don't have to plunge their arms in bubbling geothermal springs. During makeup applications, for which Sanchez's portfolio covers everything from formal occasions to special effects, she perfects faces with airbrush foundation and long-lasting eyelash extensions.
After graduated from Dudley Beauty College in 2001, Victoria Manages set up shop. Now at Le Fini, she puts the skills she mastered at Dudley and in the years that followed to good use, performing precision cuts, smoothing locks with Brazilian blowouts, applying vivid color, and lending length to hair with flowing weaves.