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.
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.
On the second floor of a beautiful blonde brick building near the Dupont Circle lays the ultimate pampering and hairstyling space. While Blondie’s does all sorts of hair, it specializes in the golden hues, even its walls are painted blonde. Many customers have come in to get their hair touched by the golden hues. Aside from its unique expertise in blonde coloring, Blondie’s is known for its precision in cutting curly hair and for shampooers who take scalp massages to a new level. Other services include waxing, manicures and pedicures. There’s a comfortable and light waiting area where self-serve beverages are offered compliments of the house.
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.
A stroll through La Rouge Spalon & Boutique is a promenade back in time. In the waiting room, a cherry-red leather sofa and black shelves inspire modernity; in another room, the proprietors channel the 1950s with striped walls and checkered floors. In a separate makeup room, six round palettes of foundation and eye shadow rise up from a table like the drum set of a 1980s hair band from the stage. This diverse variety of styles characterizes La Rouge Spalon, which embraces the changing times with sleek cuts and bold color highlights tailored to client preference. Healing wraps and infrared sauna sessions help detoxify the body while promoting relaxation and weight loss. Clients may also solicit La Rouge for a chip-resistant Shellac manicure, or nix unwanted hair from upper lips with a private waxing session.
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