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.
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.
Certain hairstyles look good on certain facial shapes. When a client asks for a haircut you know will be a mismatch for them, how do you handle it?
I suggest a different style that is suitable.
Fashionable hairstyles are constantly changing. How do you keep up-to-date on popular trends?
I go to hair shows, take classes, and watch YouTube.
What's the biggest mistake you see clients make when they style their hair at home?
They use too much heat.
Led by senior stylist and owner Liz Sarvinas, the expert team at Hair by Ell gives hair a fresh start with Paul Mitchell, It's a 10, and Joico 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.
At Lloyd's Beauty Salon, total transformation is possible. Sure, the stylists can perform a simple trim or cut coifs for men, but they can get imaginative with relaxers, permanent waves, a range of weave extensions. To support hair health, clients can opt for argan hot oil applications or protein treatments. Kids can update looks with cornrows or pin-ups, just in time for their first interview at the lemonade stand.