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.
Owner of A New Image by ACIA, Acia is something of a Renaissance woman. Not only has she earner herself cosmetology and instructor certifications from The Bennet Career Institute, she went on to earn a Bachelors from the National Institute of Cosmetology. Those degrees nuzzle up against a veritable bushel of other achievements, including a certification as a Pravana color specialist, and boatloads of Paul Mitchell, Clairol, and Farouk classes.
But certifications are only as good as the paper they're printed on unless you put them to work. Inside her salon, Acia specializes in keratin treatments, color services, and weaves, choosing techniques that draw out a clients' new style. When not in a salon, she wields shears and buzzers competing for awards and lending her services to outfits like the C. Alan Morning Show.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Color & Cuts
Brands Used: Chi, Pravana,
& Paul Mitchell
The blowouts at Release The Blowdry Bar are named after goddesses?specifically, the goddesses clients resemble when they leave the salon. The Aphrodite, for instance, is all body and spiraling curls, whereas The Venus leaves locks stick straight. Regardless of the deity they're inspired by, all the blowouts start with a luxurious shampoo, a scalp massage, and optional extras, ranging from a custom cut to one of five nourishing ReTreat hair treatments.
Release further glamorizes patrons with makeup applied by published, award-winning makeup artists and lash extensions applied by experts over at the chic lash bar. On Friday nights, Release becomes part club, where guests can get a blowout while sipping signature cocktails and listening to the latest tunes spun by a female DJ.
Replacing frizz with straight, shiny hair is the goal of many salon-goers. At Naturaganic Brazilian Keratin Treatment, the stylists pair haircuts with their titular specialty, a proprietary method that helps to fill gaps in the hair cuticle with a French-designed combination of ingredients. The Naturaganic solution combines collagen, Argan oil, and amino acids to shore up strength and luster, and in the hands of a specially trained stylist, it leaves locks straight.
Wall-to-wall mirrors, sleek black and white styling chairs, and track lighting give Bravo Salon/Spa a chic feel, which the staff amplifies with its beautifying services. This full-service salon features numerous treatments to get clients looking and feeling good, such as haircuts for men and women and conditioning treatments.