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.
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.
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.
Urban Escape by Subairi lives up to its name. The Adams Morgan storefront is a combo day spa, hair salon and skin care center. The salon’s stylists, including owner Subairi, like to be innovative, although they also give standard cuts as well. They also specialize in re-texturing hair, whether that means making frizzy hair straight via keratin treatments or making limp hair wavy and perky with a new-age perm. Day spa services include make-up applications, waxing, facials and skin care treatments for both men and women. Although the prices are upscale, the service is absolutely friendly and unpretentious, as is the industrial-style décor.
Epicures catch exclusive glimpses and tastes of the brand-new Pearl Dive Oyster Palace restaurant at Black Restaurant Group's pre-opening party, for which all proceeds go to the Washington Nationals’ Diabetes Care Complex at Children's National Medical Center to support the fight against juvenile diabetes. Patrons sample complimentary dishes from Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack as they mingle under stylish lighting and explore the restaurant's glittering new space. A cash bar balances palates with a range of beverages, including original cocktails from the Wilder Brothers, and games of bocce ball provide a classier combination of sports and cuisine than truffle-oil wrestling. To up the ante, a $40 raffle drawing lavishes one lucky winner with a vacation to Napa Valley. Although there is no formal dress code, the hosts encourage sharp ensembles and ask that all capes be floor length.
Vonetta Dumas believes that good haircuts have the power to do much more than simply keep bangs out of eyes or pigtails from getting caught in the jets of low-flying airplanes—they can improve self-confidence and win the respect of others. As she writes in the book she co-authored, Executive Etiquette Power, "When you look good, you automatically feel good about yourself and exude a confidence and self-esteem that is recognized and respected." The expert image management specialist has spruced up the styles of celebrities and diplomats around town, and has been featured on Fox News and in the pages of Politics of Pretty. Vonetta brings her enthusiasm for style and more than 15 years of experience to Signature Image Salon, where she and her team of stylists perform a sweeping array of salon services.
The stylists welcome both men and women into their elegant space, where sleek black salon chairs speckle rustic hardwood floors. In addition to haircuts and coloring services, the stylists specialize in advanced smoothing treatments, including intense hydration steams, keratin conditioning, and smooth infusion re-texturing. The stylists favor products from Aveda, a company lauded for it's environmentally conscious ethics and innovative plant-based products.