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.
Led by senior stylist and owner Liz Sarvinas, the expert team at Hair by Ell gives hair a fresh start with Paul Mitchell and Bed Head products during haircuts and deep conditionings. After a stylist seats a client before his or her own personal, triangular haircutting station, the two work together to pick a fitting style, working through options such as ombre coloring, asymmetrical bangs, or a perfect cowlick. Once hair is shed of split ends and extra weight, clients can choose to add body with extensions or depth with highlights or a perm.
The staff at That Look Hair Gallery cuts, colors, and styles hair for men, women, and children, in addition to offering nail services and massage treatments. Behind their stations, stylists modify hair with golden highlights and skillful weaves or alter follicle texture with relaxers and perms. Nail technicians coddle hands and feet with regular or chip-resistant Shellac-polish manicures and pedicures. Elsewhere, massage therapists work to ease muscle tension in necks and backs caused by wearing steel-rimmed bowler hats, employing the relaxing kneads and soft pummels of Swedish massage.
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.
The stylists at Xtreme Hair Salon firmly believe that a good haircut translates to a good mood. They've been cheering clients for more than 12 years at their respective stations, flanked by warm, sand-colored walls and products from Wella, Sebastian and Kenra. Each of their appointments commences with a consultation, which outlines aesthetic goals before anyone reaches for the scissors. Because the staff constantly adds to their education by attending workshops and physics lectures on the pigtail constant, visitors can trust in their ever-evolving expertise.
Every stylist onsite has different specializations, including razor cuts, updos, and custom coloring. However, the salon's services aren't limited to the scalp; employees can also wax unwanted hair, apply cosmetics for special occasions, and airbrush bodies with sunless spray tans.