Be forewarned: Simply Bliss Salon is not your average frou-frou, super-chic upper Northwest haircut and style salon. Located on the lower floor of a massive apartment building, some who enter might be put off by the initial aesthetics of the place, which nearly-bare walls and simple floors. But just as beauty is more than skin deep, don’t let first impressions fool you; customers who stay for a service tend to walk out the door feeling quite lovely. Cuts and color are specialties here, offered at discounted prices when compared to many of the high-end spaces that exist around the city. Stylists work primarily with organic coloring products that maintain the natural moisture and protein balance of the hair, and Brazilian keratin treatments are also available, as are waxing services.
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.
The stylists at Shawn and Charles Salon cut and style manes with products from KMS and Paul Mitchell. In addition to amping up color with rich, single process hues and golden highlights, the staff also combats frizz with Anevolve hair straightening treatments and pamper hands and feet with manicures and pedicures.
Camillo’s Barber Shop is a neighborhood institution in Washington’s Tenleytown area. The diminutive shop been around for more than 50 years, and is still the place to find a traditional shave and haircut; nothing too fancy edge here. But the service is as solid as ever, the prices are right and the atmosphere is classic barbershop, . Each barber is a character themselves, known for their good-natured attitude and serious skill. Camillo’s does a brisk business for the whole neighborhood, from local celebrities to kids who live nearby. Just be sure to bring along some cash – they don’t take credit cards.
This bright and airy neighborhood salon offers a nice change of pace from some of the snootier salons located down Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. Guven Salon and Spa in Glover Park is filled with personable stylists who work on both men’s and women’s tresses from the comfort of one large, open room, while guests themselves relax in seriously stylish white salon chairs. Other services that go beyond the hair on your head include Keratin treatments, a skin care consultant and a waxing bed for old-school-style waxing; they’ll wax just about everything, from the eyebrows on down. For those who are daunted by the extent of waxing services, the salon does have eyebrow threading, so if you need to lose the hair up there, that’s another option.
Even before a technician has taken your hand, Vicky's Nail Boutique communicates luxury. A glimmering chandelier, a stained-glass window, and elegant Victorian-style furniture blend with the modern pedicure chairs, all beckoning clients to sit and be pampered. First, though, they'll have to peruse an extensive catalog of polish colors, and choose their treatment?the boutique offers regular and spa mani-pedis, as well as French and long-lasting gel variants. Hot towels and a hand massage put clients at ease before the painting begins. For feet, there's hot-stone therapy and heel hydration, which reverses the dryness caused by exposure to the elements and excessive moonwalking. Waxing services, meanwhile, leave legs, brows, and bikini regions bare.