Long, Layered Cuts
Immortal Beloved: With the feel of a SoHo loft—there’s a tree growing in a clawfoot bathtub—this Logan Circle salon has “it” girls in its sway with stylish, long-layered cuts. Fans also love the fabulous scented Oribe products used to wash and condition. Mimi Lockard and Tyler Larish give skillful cuts; for color, Kerry Durbin is the name to ask for. Johnny Wright does First Lady Michelle Obama’s hair. Cut: $60 and up for men, $75 and up for women. Color: $75 and up.
High Profile, High Minded
Salon Daniel: Owner Daniel Bechara has styled the hair of such celebs as actress Liv Tyler and her rocker dad, Steven. The salon is community-minded, gathering hair clippings for the BP oil spill and offering free haircuts to soldiers on Flag Day. High-profile clients take advantage of off-hour appointments, and wine and other beverages are offered to all. Bechara gets high marks for cuts and color, Tom Tieu for highlights, and Karina Costantino for Brazilian Keratin treatments. Cut: $35 and up for men, $70 and up for women. Color: $70 and up.
Cool Cuts for All Ages
Chaos Salon: An eclectic indie playlist and stylists who are hip but not pretentious make this garage-chic salon a destination for Generation Y-ers along with their parents and younger siblings. Scissor whizzes are co-owner Mike Cao, known for his face-framing layers and updos, and Gerard Pelayo, who has earned fans for precise fall-into-place cuts. Co-owner Tom Cao and Mandy Lo are the names for color. Footstools make for an ultra-comfy hair wash, and the scalp massage is fabulous. Cut: $40 for men, $65 for women, $25 for ages ten and younger. Color: $60.
Le Shoppe: In Reston Town Center for 19-plus years, this inviting salon takes care of parents as well as teens, and stylists go the extra step to ensure customer satisfaction. Women with short cuts will want to see Nadine Womack, known for precision and attention to detail, while those ready for a new look might ask for friendly Dina Hyman, who listens carefully. Cut: $40 to $60 for men, $50 to $70 for women. Color: $65 and up.
Corte Salon: You could easily walk by this salon’s unassuming door, but once you’re inside, the mood turns all urban elegance with warm wood floors, pale gray couches, and carved-wood mirrors. All the stylists get high marks. Paola Camacho is known for her Brazilian blowouts. Bonus: A platter of cookies is usually out for nibbling. Cut: $50 and up for men, $85 for women. Color: $85 and up.
Urban Style Lab: Exposed-brick walls, an indie soundtrack, and minimal decor give the space an edgy feel; the Bumble and Bumble products and friendly staff make for a great hair experience. The Phillips sisters—Liana does cuts, Jen does color—and colorist Sertac Ozturk come recommended. Cut: $55 and up for men, $75 and up for women. Color: $80 and up.
Good for Brunettes
Amir Salon, 245 Maple Ave. W., Suite 203, Vienna; 703-319-9420: The vibe is warm and personal, and the salon has a reputation for low-maintenance cuts and color—especially brunette shades. Owner Amir Gilanshah consults with clients—sometimes for as long as 30 minutes—to choose the right style and color for skin tone, hair texture, and face shape; he also asks lifestyle questions before snipping. Cut: $60 to $75 for men, $75 and up for women. Color: $135 and up. Free consultations by appointment.
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