To J. Michael and Mia Chreky, there's no better business partner than your life partner, and no better philosophy than a simple one. That's why the two decided to co-own J. Michael The Salon, where they operate with a crystal-clear goal in mind: "Great hair. Always." Together, they helm a team of stylists, aestheticians, and makeup artists who provide services ranging from haircuts and highlights to mani-pedis and makeup work. In addition, complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries are available, with the helpful staff on hand to remind you not to get crumbs in your manicure.
A long row of plush, khaki-toned pedicure chairs on raised platforms lines a bright yellow interior lit by hanging lamps. The studio's service list includes waxing and facials, although the Solar pros specialize in nailcare. A warm paraffin treatment or french tips can be added to classic or Solar Deluxe mani-pedis, or clients can opt for acrylics or shellac gel polish for longer-lasting color that, like a selfless poker player, resists chips. Solar's technicians also gussy up nails with colorful patterns and intricate freehand designs.
Evie and David Cohen founded David's Beautiful People in 1973 with one goal in mind: to create a welcoming, down-to-earth space for clients to get modern haircuts. To that end, David has traveled the globe for more than 50 years, touching down in destinations such as Italy, Germany, and France, where he’s picked up talented stylists, devoured obscene amounts of Nutella, and learned the latest haircare techniques. He is a member of the prestigious Intercoiffure organization, and some of his hair handiwork—inspired by the Gilded Age of The Great Gatsby—was featured in Washington Life’s September 2012 Balls & Galas issue. The precision of David and his team’s cutting skills has kept some of the original clients coming back for nearly four decades. This customer loyalty earned the establishment recognition as a top vote getter in Bethesda Magazine’s 2011 Best of Bethesda contest.
The large, bustling salon is divided into two rooms: one for cuts and another for color services. The coloring room features an advanced ventilation system to help clients and stylists recover their breath. The crew also offers mani-pedis and silk-wrap nails.
Inside Studio 355's contemporary salon, a team of beauty experts helps clients to showcase their best selves with a lengthy list of hair, skin, and nail services. The salon boasts a large team of stylists and master stylists, many of them educated abroad under highly regarded hair programs and well-known stylists to the stars. With Aveda products in its arsenal, the hair team uses its varied talents to give clients any look they desire, be it extensions, bridal updos, creative coloring, or straight, relaxed hair. An accomplished skin therapist helps fight the signs of aging or skin conditions such as acne with services for both men and women, and waxing treatments leave body hair wondering what it did to not deserve its own updo.
TN Nails & Spa’s staff pampers guests with the promised nail treatments, but the service menu also catalogs hair, skin, massage, and makeup services. Using the utmost hygienic procedures, nail technicians trim and shape nails and clean cuticles using sanitized nail kits. Hairstylists provide a shampoo and scalp massage before cutting hair and fashioning it into a desired look. The beauty professionals highlight facial features with permanent makeup and lash enhancements that reduce the need for mascara or gunpowder mixed with glitter as a mascara substitute. Meanwhile, aestheticians refresh faces and treat dull, flaky, or acne-prone skin with Dermalogica products.
The gentle whir of blow dryers fills the air at Salon Luna as stylists create everything from simple children's cuts to glamorous hairdos. New clients and salon regulars relax, sipping from mugs of coffee, and stylists shampoo, blow-dry, style, and highlight their manes. Hair-texturizing services include keratin-infused straightening treatments, relaxers, and perms—each designed to keep hair as glossy as a celebrity sporting a new coat of carnauba wax. In addition to hair services, staff members finish off new looks with pore-cleansing facials, waxing, and manicures and pedicures enhanced with paraffin dips or whirlpool baths.