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.
Vonetta Dumas believes that good haircuts have the power to do much more than simply keep bangs out of eyes or pigtails from getting caught in the jets of low-flying airplanes—they can improve self-confidence and win the respect of others. As she writes in the book she co-authored, Executive Etiquette Power, "When you look good, you automatically feel good about yourself and exude a confidence and self-esteem that is recognized and respected." The expert image management specialist has spruced up the styles of celebrities and diplomats around town, and has been featured on Fox News and in the pages of Politics of Pretty. Vonetta brings her enthusiasm for style and more than 15 years of experience to Signature Image Salon, where she and her team of stylists perform a sweeping array of salon services.
The stylists welcome both men and women into their elegant space, where sleek black salon chairs speckle rustic hardwood floors. In addition to haircuts and coloring services, the stylists specialize in advanced smoothing treatments, including intense hydration steams, keratin conditioning, and smooth infusion re-texturing. The stylists favor products from Aveda, a company lauded for it's environmentally conscious ethics and innovative plant-based products.
Though her passion for glamour goes all the way back to her early childhood, it wasn’t until Jeanice Bouvier Davis leapt into Manhattan’s Robert Fiance Hair Academy that she began to realize her true obsession. After graduating with honors, Davis went on to train with industry leaders such as Aveda and Paul Mitchell—groups that allowed her to build a solid understanding of how to properly serve a multicultural clientele. Armed with a varied set of skills, she eventually took another bold leap by opening Bouvier International Salon in 2004. Situated directly across from the Eastern Market Metro station, the salon gives Jeanice and her diverse team of male and female stylists the chance to focus on a variety of high-end services, from artful cuts and curls to relaxers and keratin treatments.
Be forewarned: Simply Bliss Salon is not your average frou-frou, super-chic upper Northwest haircut and style salon. Located on the lower floor of a massive apartment building, some who enter might be put off by the initial aesthetics of the place, which nearly-bare walls and simple floors. But just as beauty is more than skin deep, don’t let first impressions fool you; customers who stay for a service tend to walk out the door feeling quite lovely. Cuts and color are specialties here, offered at discounted prices when compared to many of the high-end spaces that exist around the city. Stylists work primarily with organic coloring products that maintain the natural moisture and protein balance of the hair, and Brazilian keratin treatments are also available, as are waxing services.
With separate areas for cutting and coloring, the O Salon is as well-designed and sleek as the haircut you will receive from one of the stylists inside. The Georgetown salon is a designated L’Oreal Professionnel Salon, so you can rest assured that color treatments are a specialty. O was also the first salon in Washington DC to carry INOA, an ammonia-free permanent hair color. Salon stylists say INOA color lasts longer and gives hair a lot of shine, meaning less frequent trips to the salon for touch-ups and root dyes. Aside from cuts, coloring and highlights, O Salon does keratin treatments, blowouts and Balayage. For the uninitiated, the latter is an alternative to foil highlights, where color is painted on the hair to create dimension and depth.