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.
Heels and toes deliver soothing pressure during the East Asian ashiatsu deep-tissue massages at Balanced Body Massage Group. Supported by overhead bars and assisted by the heavy hands of gravity, therapists glide their firm soles slowly over tense backs. A fusion of Swedish and compression techniques helps pump fresh blood throughout the body, iron out knots, and send stress to military reform schools. Oil infuses the uppermost layers of skin with rich moisture, and trigger-point therapy routs chronic pain from hideouts in the soft tissue. Refreshed limbs leave the table feeling as long and loose as the Man with No Name's poncho.
Pomegranate, green tea, and white grape; cocoa butter and avocado oil; coconut oil and mango. These may sound like ingredients for a sweet perfume, but they're also the components of refreshing massages at natUreal Spa. The healing effects of the natural ingredients prove as potent as their aroma. Though body wraps rely upon decidedly less aromatic ingredients—namely, mud—they also help soothe and heal the body, as do calming pedicures and facials.
Whether they're looking for a dramatic new look or to touch-up an existing 'do, customers can count on A House of Style Beauty Salon to keep their hair looking good. Using top-of-the-line products from Design Essentials and Nairobi Salon Systems, stylists reshape strands into finger waves and spiral curls, relax them until they're rod-straight, or color them with Spectrums highlight treatments. They can also wind natural hair into single- and double-strand twists, or smooth it out with a Dominican blowout or press-and-curl treatment.
Celebrity makeup artist, Erica Wilson is the personal makeup artist to Yolanda Adams. She also works with celebrities such as CeCe Winans, Tamela Mann, and Kim Burrell and as the key makeup artist for BET's Sunday Best. But celebrity status doesn?t faze Erica. She treats all her clients like royalty as she beautifies them with eyelash extensions, brow shaping, and makeup applications using her own line of cosmetics, which includes mini lip glosses, mineral foundations, and powder bronzer.