The Watergate Salon boasts a tradition of styling state-dinner-worthy hair for the district's prominent political and social players. In the 2,200-square-foot lower-level salon space, experienced stylists from Europe, the Middle East, and South America cut and blow-dry students' ($65) and women's ($100) strands using skilled scissors and professionally trained zephyrs. Once shorn and shaped, a coiffeur maven styles locks, making them as chic as a poodle's pillbox hat.
They jokingly call George at the Four Seasons the safest salon in DC, given the hotel’s high-level security clearances (yes, kings, presidents and rock stars have slept there). This high-priced Washington salon – now located near the Four Seasons – also caters to the city’s elite, offering up gentle hair treatments, more substantial snips and everything in between. It’s hardly surprising to see two Capitol Hill frenemies sitting side by side with foils in their hair at this bright, wood-floored space, and as you might expect from an expensive salon that caters to Washington’s famous heads, the service is impeccable. Aside from hair, the salon also does manicures and pedicures in a private area separated from the hair hubbub below.
What makes is great: several second-generation barbers who hail from Italy or South America; issues of Sports Illustrated and Playboy to occupy customers while they wait; a non-descript location popular among workers from nearby offices as well as George Washington University students
Ozuki is the only truly authentic Japanese-style salon in Washington, DC. Located in tony Georgetown, it’s easy to miss the spartan, high-ceilinged space, tucked away in an office complex off Thomas Jefferson Street. But the Japanese community in DC can point you in the right direction, as this is the go-to place for businesspeople, embassy staff and students living in the area. Although specializing in Asian hair textures, hairdressers here can do it all. They are experienced in precision cuts, but they can go edgy or conservative, depending on a client’s needs. And if you find yourself planning a Japanese-style wedding or another special event, this is one of the few places around offering kimono dressing. And for another nice Japanese touch, they serve tea.
Washington stylistas know all about Georgetown’s Roche Salon. From its perch in Washington Harbour, along with another outpost downtown, Roche is considered one of the top color salons in the country. The salon is large, yet light and airy, with sun streaming in through the large front windows. Especially nice are the shampoo and color areas, which are adjacent to each other near the rear of the salon; the shampoo space features extra-large sinks and comfy massage lounge chairs, while the color area is equally comfortable for lounging. In addition to hair services, there’s a facial and massage room; manicures and pedicures are also done on site.
The stylists and aestheticians at Eurospa refuse to confine themselves to just one specialty. In addition to revamping guests' 'dos, the intrepid beauty-makers add fetching color to locks, wax away unwanted hair, and apply semi-permanent makeup, which cuts down on the time clients spend getting ready and making awkward small talk with the person who lives in their bathroom mirror. Meanwhile, those looking for relaxation can also avail themselves of another of the spa's many specialties: a scalp massage, which saps away stress while nourishing hair with warm oil.