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.
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.
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.
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.
The Brazilian keratin process developed by Sophia La Belle Brazilian Keratin Treatment lends a flattering touch to frizz, waves, and curls. During each specialized treatment session, Sophia La Belle’s fragrance-based products replenish and condition locks, leaving them shiny and smooth for months thereafter.
Fortified in the nutrient-rich Barbicide baths of the best salons in Europe and the States, the stylists and colorists of Ipsa have the training and retractable shears necessary to take on any hair type. At the start of each appointment, amiable aestheticians provide a thorough consultation and ease you into indulgence with a relaxing scalp massage. Once in the chair, choose from Ipsa's myriad strand-centric services. Style-seeking ladies can trim their tresses and color their coifs with a women's cut ($90) and single-process color ($90). For a more dichromatic look, opt for a partial highlight with single-process color ($200).