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 20 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.
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.
At True Colours, customers are able to tame unruly manes into prim noodle nests thanks to an experienced staff of mane-managing maestros led by Kuki Morgana, who has gleaned oodles of experience from styling hair at major news networks such as CNN and ABC, as well as across Europe. Each haircut snips away stray strands and bubble-gum wads while transforming hair into striking coiffures based on either your creative vision or the expertise of the stylist. Visitors can also get vibrant highlights or an electrifying color. Additionally, patrons can soak in the salon’s soothing confines while enjoying free WiFi and shelter from territorial birds.
Using fresh, local ingredients, executive chef Susan Delbert whips up small but powerful lunch and dinner menu items, with starters such as roasted pepper soup ($6.75) and an arugula, goat cheese, and candied walnut appetizer with lemon and cilantro marinated mushrooms splashed with an herb vinaigrette ($8). As for main munchies, the NPC jumbo lump crab cakes are paired with artichokes, crispy eggplant, and Kalamata olives ($25), while the filet of beef is crowned with a bing cherry demi glace and sidekicked with chive mashed potatoes and sautéed summer squash ($19). The Fourth Estate offers a staggering array of wines, or you can exercise your constitutional right to consume raisin-bread french toast ($10.50) and steak and eggs ($17.75) with spicy Bloody Marys ($5.27) during brunch.