Evie and David Cohen founded David's Beautiful People in 1973 with one goal in mind: to create a welcoming, down-to-earth space for clients to get modern haircuts. To that end, David has traveled the globe for more than 50 years, touching down in destinations such as Italy, Germany, and France, where he’s picked up talented stylists, devoured obscene amounts of Nutella, and learned the latest haircare techniques. He is a member of the prestigious Intercoiffure organization, and some of his hair handiwork—inspired by the Gilded Age of The Great Gatsby—was featured in Washington Life’s September 2012 Balls & Galas issue. The precision of David and his team’s cutting skills has kept some of the original clients coming back for nearly four decades. This customer loyalty earned the establishment recognition as a top vote getter in Bethesda Magazine’s 2011 Best of Bethesda contest.
The large, bustling salon is divided into two rooms: one for cuts and another for color services. The coloring room features an advanced ventilation system to help clients and stylists recover their breath. The crew also offers mani-pedis and silk-wrap nails.
London-trained and previous artistic director of 23-salon chain, Rick Gesumaria doesn't subscribe to the one-size-fits-all approach to hair design. Every haircut he administers is customized to meet that client's features, such as the texture of their hair, the shape of their face, and the height of their ceilings. Through a specialized computer program, he can even show clients how they'd look in hundreds of hairstyles and color treatments before they decide on their favorite. A 30-year veteran of hair design, Rick works out of David's Beautiful People, offering keratin treatments, Japanese straighteners, and extensions, all with a creative eye and desire to craft a style that gels with and emphasizes the client's look.
The massage therapists at Spa Therapeutic Massage treat the body as a whole, using holistic methods to promote healing and a positive sense of well being. Their fingers are trained in a variety of party dances and massage modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, hot-stone therapy, and acupressure. They also specialize in cupping therapy to helps promote circulation and relieve pain. Giving clients an extra bit of luxury during their sessions, all massages are performed using blends of organic oils and herbs to soothe skin and promote relaxation.