Though her passion for glamour goes all the way back to her early childhood, it wasn’t until Jeanice Bouvier Davis leapt into Manhattan’s Robert Fiance Hair Academy that she began to realize her true obsession. After graduating with honors, Davis went on to train with industry leaders such as Aveda and Paul Mitchell—groups that allowed her to build a solid understanding of how to properly serve a multicultural clientele. Armed with a varied set of skills, she eventually took another bold leap by opening Hair Cafe in 2004. Situated directly across from the Eastern Market Metro station, the salon gives Jeanice and her diverse team of male and female stylists the chance to focus on a variety of high-end services, from artful cuts and curls to relaxers and keratin treatments.
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.
After graduated from Dudley Beauty College in 2001, Victoria Manages set up shop. Now at Le Fini, she puts the skills she mastered at Dudley and in the years that followed to good use, performing precision cuts, smoothing locks with Brazilian blowouts, applying vivid color, and lending length to hair with flowing weaves.
Treat yourself to beautification and relaxation at the renowned Andre Chreky, the salon spa. This Groupon gets you $100 worth of salon and/or spa services for half price. New Beauty Magazine named the premier salon one of the "most elegant and extraordinary beauty destinations" in the country in its Five-Star Beauty Destination program. Treat yourself and buy two Groupons: get $200 worth of services for just $100.
Roche's menu of services runs the gamut from haircuts (85+ women, $45+ men) to facials ($65–$130/hr). In the bright, minimalist setting of one of Roche's salons, you can consult with an expert stylist before issuing follicle fiats and dermis decrees. A single Groupon will cover a variety of tubular combos: a classic manicure ($20) and bikini wax ($30); a spa manicure ($35) and a feet paraffin treatment ($15); or a Brazilian wax ($50) and access to free-floating nitrogen ($0). Two Groupons will cover a French manicure ($25), a French pedicure ($50), and a brow wax ($20); or a French pedicure and any Kerastase treatment ($50). Massage services are also within your grasp; a Swedish or an aromatherapy massage clocks in at $100/hour, and a deep-tissue massage at $55 for a half-hour.