Good for Long Hair
Studio 355 Hair & Day Spa: Gleaming wood and metal with black accents make for a sleek, hard-edged look, but the salon has its warm and fuzzy side, too. Stylists are friendly and respect hair—especially long hair—and the massage chair at the hair-wash station is dubbed divine by fans. Paul Lochard is a talented snipper and colorist, Nami Cho and Mojdeh Shadab are good for complex cuts, and Victor Roa is a master of hair extensions and Keratin straightening. Cut: $45 and up for men, $70 and up for women. Color: $70 and up.
Under the Radar
Paul Bosserman, 3214 N St., NW; 202-337-0020: Intimate and unassuming, this snug boutique salon has a loyal following—many people have been clients for decades. Owner Bosserman has a reputation for modern precision cuts that still look great weeks later. Bach Lam gets kudos for highlights and color. This is a small operation, so call two weeks in advance for an appointment. Cut: $65 and up for men, $85 and up for women. Color: $85 and up.
George at the Four Seasons Salon: Chaffeured SUVs have been known to line up in front of the Georgetown Four Seasons Hotel waiting for clients to come out of this longtime favorite of the power crowd. Judy Woodruff, Maureen Dowd, and Chris Matthews have all been clients, and Nancy Pelosi is there most weekday mornings for a blowout en route to the Capitol. Stylists and colorists are all top-notch. Cut: $45 for men, $100 for women. Color: $100.
Ilo Salon & Day Spa: Stylists at this bright-white salon in a former 19th-century rowhouse are Edward Scissorhands quick, and the results are impressive. Laurent Chauvet and Patricia Melgares have a knack with curly hair and layered cuts—Laurent does great blowouts, too. Even the coffee gets raves. Cut: $60 and up for men, $90 and up for women. Color: $131 and up.
Salon L’eau: Looking less like a salon than a chic friend’s home, L’eau has served loyal clients for five years—formerly, it was Jean-Luc Salon. A team of stylists is adept at cutting and color and, regulars say, can help a client find a style that suits his or her lifestyle and face shape. Stylists never seem to get “scissor happy,” either, so don’t worry about going in with long locks and coming out with a bob—unless you ask for it. Cut: $55 and up for men, $85 and up for women. Color: $85 and up.
Toka Salon & Day Spa: Owner Nuri Yurt divides his time between his New York outpost and his original Georgetown shop, so appointments with the color-and-cut whiz are hard to get—call at least a week in advance for a weekday appointment, longer for coveted weekends. Other good stylists are Marc Ricciardelli at the Penn Quarter location—a dead ringer for fashion designer Marc Jacobs—for color, cuts, and blowouts, and Neci Gunes for blond shades and long-hair shaping, also at Penn Quarter. Cut: $45 and up for men, $90 and up for women. Color: $80 and up.
Ted Gibson: This salon has made headlines for its celebrity clients, including Angelina Jolie, Renée Zellweger, and Anne Hathaway. The mod, white-on-white salon looks celebrity-worthy, but Gibson and partner colorist Jason Backe’s once-every-six-weeks appearances as well as their exorbitant prices ($950 for Gibson, $500 and up for Backe) make building rapport hard. You can get similar results for less with Neven Radovic, a stylist known for his detail-oriented cuts and personable demeanor. His hair-washing skills are tops, too—Radovic likes to do the shampoo himself to get a feel for a client’s hair. Jessica Dunaway is a choice for natural highlights and color. Cut: $60 and up for men, $90 and up for women. Color: $95 and up.
Erwin Gomez Salon & Spa: This glam salon feels like a nightclub, with house music on a loop. Gomez, who dresses like a rock star and whom many consider the “eyebrow guru,” has a long list of TV appearances, including one on Oprah. So it’s not surprising that the flamboyant Luigi Parasmo, who developed a following for his cuts and highlights at the Watergate Salon, has landed here. Another to seek out is Jean Jekal for cuts and color. Cut: $55 for men, $90 and up for women. Color: $90 and up.
Sherri Dalphonse, Sophie Gilbert, Gwendolyn Purdom, and Sarah Zlotnick contributed to this article.
This article was published in the September 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.