You'd never need a calendar inside DuPont Nails and Spa. Just look to the pedicure chairs that line the wall, and see what's on the fingers and toes of the smiling clientele. DuPont's nail techs often create designs perfect for the season: maybe snowflakes for Christmas, hearts for Valentine's Day, or pink blooms for spring, which would make every handshake like giving someone a bouquet of acrylic flowers. Of course, they also cover fingers and toes in solid colors and season-agnostic designs; but whatever the chosen look, the aestheticians rely on products from brands such as OPI, Gelish, and Venique.
Stylists complement the nail services with haircuts for men and women?perhaps adding chemical relaxers or a balayage effect to achieve the desired look. DuPont's full line-up of spa services also includes organic facials, waxing, and massage.
At The Beauty Lounge, aestheticians use high-end products from around the world, including those by South African skincare brand Environ and Parisian skin experts Decléor to cater to the skincare needs of both men and women. The skilled staff administers half a dozen facials and four types of chemical peels designed to deep cleanse pores, combat acne, or lift away dark patches and spots. Men can benefit from three male-specific facials, including an express treatment that swiftly cleanses and moisturizes skin so it’s ready for its yearly trip to the mustache farm. Beyond maintaining beautiful complexions, The Beauty Lounge also smoothes clients from head to toe, using hard and liquid wax—specially designed for sensitive skin—to quickly strip hair from the face and body.
While it’s not far from the Dupont Circle metro on Connecticut Avenue, you might walk right by Urban Style Lab without noticing it. That’s because it sits a half-floor below ground, at the bottom of a looming office building. But inside the salon, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a world designed for the modern industrial hipster, thanks to original exposed brick that lines the back wall, while black hair stations and industrial metal tones give the place a fashionable feel. Experienced cutters and colorists are on hand to manage your tresses, but be aware: Urban Style Lab may be one of the pricier salons in the area, especially for men’s cuts, so choose your treatment carefully. Once you’ve selected your style, let the tasteful background indie music take you away.
An exclusively L’Oréal salon, Salon Anatolia's team of stylists each calls on more than 20 years of experience to craft flattering haircuts and lavish clients with relaxing spa services. Guests melt into chocolate-colored leather chairs and gaze at their transformations through wide porthole mirrors as stylists fashion traditional or celebrity-inspired coifs. The hair experts also flaunt a knowledge of salon chemistry to smooth out frizzy locks with keratin treatments, rekindle graying strands with flattering hues and reverse accidents from vacations in kindergarten activity books with color-correction services. To complete their makeovers, clients can sprawl out in a private treatment room for a facial or massage or thank their nails with a manicure and pedicure.
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.
Diego’s Hair Salon is a throwback. Diego D’Ambrosio, an Italian immigrant who opened the shop in the 1960s, still dresses of the era. He’s such a legend in DC that the street in front of his Dupont Circle location was recently named in his honor. Many of the younger stylists also come from the old country, so there can definitely be a Little Italy vibe to the place. The salon’s walls are cluttered with photographs of famous clients (ambassadors, judges, politicians), clearly stating that Diego’s is a cut above when it comes to men’s hair. It does have the feel of an old-timey men’s barbershop, but women’s hair is cut here too.