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.
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
Spread across two levels marked by light wooden accents and brushed metal chandeliers, Axis Salon exudes a clean, modern vibe. The stylists man chairs on the ground floor and the mezzanine, working with clients to decide on eye-catching new styles that complement their natural features and lifestyle. Sure-handed snips help tidy strands and create dynamic layers in any hairdo. For a more dramatic look, the stylists use highlights or all-over color to add depth and dimension. Axis Salon also enlists the services of a nail technician, who pampers fingers and toes with indulgent mani-pedis that leave digits trim, buffed, and coated with the client's choice of color or infrared polish.
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.
Harnessing the tempered pulses of laser technology, Yuri Salon and Gente Spa Laser Center?s technicians have removed fine and coarse hairs from skin surfaces for more than 15 years. The GentleMax laser removes follicles with minimal discomfort due to its small size and cooling system. During each treatment, a medical professional runs a handheld wand over patches of hair, applying therapeutic heat to raise each strand. A laser pulse then dislodges the hair and a pulse of cooling cryogen spray coats the area just like an unbalanced basketball coach covers the floor in maple syrup before practice.
The house laser also powers other services as well. The targeted beams can get to the root of toenail fungus problems to leave feet sandal-ready. And during skin-tightening and facial services, lasers revitalize the skin to leave it looking more youthful and minimize the appearance of age spots or birth marks.