As guests approach the check-in counter at Top Coat Nails & Beauty Lounge, they’re greeted by a receptionist standing beneath two beaded chandeliers. Then it’s on to selecting 1 of more than 300 available shades of nail polish. During application, clients snuggle into two-toned massage chairs as a technician pampers and paints their nails. In addition to mani-pedis, the intimate spot offers spa services such as permanent-makeup application, eyelash extensions, and massages.
A salon might not seem like a typical destination for a tour bus. Nevertheless, the Old Towne Trolley makes a stop at Salon Roi, where a well-known mural of Marilyn Monroe decorates the upper levels of the restored, four-story historic townhouse. Created by the artist John Bailey in 1980 for Mr. Roi Barnard’s 40th birthday, the Marilyn Monroe mural has since become an unexpected Washington landmark, and has been reproduced on postcards, T-shirts, calendars, and vice president Biden’s favorite jean jacket. More Marilyn memorabilia decorates the rest of the unisex salon and spa, where expert stylists pamper guests with haircare, facials, massages, and other spa services.
Advanced clinical treatments meet spa-like comfort at Radiance Medspa DC. Here, a team of medical doctors and registered nurses tend to clients' every aesthetic or relaxing need. The professionals focus on nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, addressing signs of aging with Botox and IPL photofacials, and fine-tuning bodies with contouring and skin-tightening sessions. They determine treatment plans using the Visia Digital Skin Analysis system, which helps them assess whether a client might benefit from a medical-grade facial peel.
The stylists at Release the Blowdry Bar understand the value of updating your appearance. They also know that that value extends to buildings as well as people. The District's most comprehensive blowdry bar recently moved to brand-new digs, moving into a location that properly reflects the swankiness of their services. Here, they revamp hairstyles with ten different services?each one appropriately named after a goddess. Whether they're adding braids with the Freya, volumizing with the Aphrodite, or harnessing the power of natural curls with the Yana, stylists work in close consultation with clients to deliver desirable results. They're also masters of regular salon services, from cuts to color and keratin smoothing treatments.
Although they claim their fame as hairstyling experts, the stylists behind Release The Blowdry Bar don't stop when the last strand is set. Their blowout bar also sports a food menu filled with decadent bites including deli sliders, cake pops, wine, and assorted teas. They also invite a female house DJ to take over the turntables on Friday nights, when women come to get a blowout and sip a signature cocktail from 5 until 8 p.m.
Release The Blowdry Bar even shows off its multifaceted charms as an event space, serving as the backdrop for any number of special events, such as birthdays, bachelorette parties, or mother-daughter get-togethers.
Hairstylists tend to be great conversationalists, but it’s not often that their gift of gab elicits a job offer from a US senator. Salon owner and stylist Ury Emsellem’s knowledge impressed the client so much, the senator brought former Israeli soldier Ury on as a consultant during Israel-PLO peace-treaty negotiations. The vote of confidence isn’t surprising—Ury came to the United States to study international law but instead followed his dreams of becoming a hairstylist. Eventually he became the trusted coiffeur of Washington Post icon Katharine Graham, and over the decades he has seen his praises published in Vogue, InStyle, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Though his salon hosts its fair share of history-makers, Ury and his team keep pace with modern styling trends. They administer both Japanese and Brazilian straightening treatments and perform creative coloring techniques such as balayage. The Washingtonian also highlighted their color services, saying, “loyal clients, particularly blondes, rave about the natural looking color.” According to the magazine, the salon’s loyal clients include writers Sally Quinn and Jan Pottker, the latter of whom used the publication to swear her allegiance to Semra, the salon’s famed waxing specialist.