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.
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.
Danna Salon and Spa's stylists make it their goal to keep clients' hair healthy and attractive. To that end, clients sink into chairs to receive stylists' personal attention and, like a rearview mirror while parallel parking, become the sole object of their vision and hard-earned techniques. Whether by way of classic or cutting-edge haircuts, highlights, full color, or chemical treatments, stylists transform heads of hair into works of art that turn heads. Danna Salon and Spa also offers mani-pedis and full-body waxing.
Hairstylists tend to be great conversationalists, but it’s not often that their gift of gab elicits a job offer from a US senator. Salon owner and stylist Ury Emsellem’s knowledge impressed the client so much, the senator brought former Israeli soldier Ury on as a consultant during Israel-PLO peace-treaty negotiations. The vote of confidence isn’t surprising—Ury came to the United States to study international law but instead followed his dreams of becoming a hairstylist. Eventually he became the trusted coiffeur of Washington Post icon Katharine Graham, and over the decades he has seen his praises published in Vogue, InStyle, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Though his salon hosts its fair share of history-makers, Ury and his team keep pace with modern styling trends. They administer both Japanese and Brazilian straightening treatments and perform creative coloring techniques such as balayage. The Washingtonian also highlighted their color services, saying, “loyal clients, particularly blondes, rave about the natural looking color.” According to the magazine, the salon’s loyal clients include writers Sally Quinn and Jan Pottker, the latter of whom used the publication to swear her allegiance to Semra, the salon’s famed waxing specialist.
As they craft locks into coifs, the stylists at Charmed Salon—each of whom boasts 10-plus years of haircare experience—use their expertise and skill to sculpt, color, and style hair of any texture into a look each client covets. The straightforward menu of services features unisex haircuts, deep-conditioning treatments, La-Brasiliana straightening systems, and highlights that enhance hair color more effectively than making everyone wear rose-tinted glasses in one's presence. To keep hair looking salon-fresh at home, product lines from Nioxin, Paul Mitchell, and Big Sexy Hair line the shelves, waiting to demonstrate their full potential.
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.