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
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.
A Pivot Point–trained stylist with numerous hours of continuing-education courses, Carrie Thomas nimbly trims tresses and fashions strands into modern coiffures. Carrie lathers locks in a rich shampoo to rinse away dirt, excess oil, nesting barrettes, and tangled strands of phone cords acting as hair ties. Holstering her scissors, Carrie Thomas deftly drafts haircuts for men, women, and children to frame faces and match personal tastes before snipping manes into the desired shape. After cleansing and cutting curls, Carrie unfurls follicles under the warm breeze of a blow dryer and soothing strokes of a brush.
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.
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.
Harnessing the tempered pulses of laser technology, Genlte 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.