The stylists at Shawn and Charles Salon cut and style manes with products from KMS and Paul Mitchell. In addition to amping up color with rich, single process hues and golden highlights, the staff also combats frizz with Anevolve hair straightening treatments and pamper hands and feet with manicures and pedicures.
An exclusively L’Oréal salon, Salon Anatolia's team of stylists each calls on more than 20 years of experience to craft flattering haircuts and lavish clients with relaxing spa services. Guests melt into chocolate-colored leather chairs and gaze at their transformations through wide porthole mirrors as stylists fashion traditional or celebrity-inspired coifs. The hair experts also flaunt a knowledge of salon chemistry to smooth out frizzy locks with keratin treatments, rekindle graying strands with flattering hues and reverse accidents from vacations in kindergarten activity books with color-correction services. To complete their makeovers, clients can sprawl out in a private treatment room for a facial or massage or thank their nails with a manicure and pedicure.
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.
This bright and airy neighborhood salon offers a nice change of pace from some of the snootier salons located down Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. Guven Salon and Spa in Glover Park is filled with personable stylists who work on both men’s and women’s tresses from the comfort of one large, open room, while guests themselves relax in seriously stylish white salon chairs. Other services that go beyond the hair on your head include Keratin treatments, a skin care consultant and a waxing bed for old-school-style waxing; they’ll wax just about everything, from the eyebrows on down. For those who are daunted by the extent of waxing services, the salon does have eyebrow threading, so if you need to lose the hair up there, that’s another option.
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.
At The Beauty Lounge, aestheticians use high-end products from around the world, including those by South African skincare brand Environ and Parisian skin experts Decléor to cater to the skincare needs of both men and women. The skilled staff administers half a dozen facials and four types of chemical peels designed to deep cleanse pores, combat acne, or lift away dark patches and spots. Men can benefit from three male-specific facials, including an express treatment that swiftly cleanses and moisturizes skin so it’s ready for its yearly trip to the mustache farm. Beyond maintaining beautiful complexions, The Beauty Lounge also smoothes clients from head to toe, using hard and liquid wax—specially designed for sensitive skin—to quickly strip hair from the face and body.