Sheila Shadmad, early thirties,
Lawyer, Jones Day
Stylist/salon she swears by: Adil Karkas for cut and Linda Mahboub for color at Andre Chreky the Salon Spa on K Street in downtown DC.
Products she likes: Kérastase Oleo-Relax, an antifrizz product.
How she styles: Shadmand washes her hair every other night and puts it in pillow rollers: “They’re soft, like little sponges.”
When parting was sweet, not sorrowful: “I once had a boyfriend who told me that he’d dump me if I ever cut my hair. When I got bored with him, I went to the salon and asked for a bob. That was the easiest breakup I’ve ever had to go through.”
Chris Andrews, 29,
Communications-firm senior associate
Stylist/salon he swears by: Andrews has been a longtime devotee of Chris Keller’s, who recently opened his own salon, Parlour, on U Street in DC.
Why he loves his stylist: “As a guy, I don’t like to explain too much. I want to pick something out and know he can just do it.”
Products he likes: Kérastase shampoos and conditioners, Bumble and Bumble’s SumoTech pomade for hold, Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom for moisture, and Oscar Blandi Jasmine Oil Hair Serum for Shine. “Anything that says it makes my hair shiny gets me,” he says.
His ideal look: “The best compliment I’ve gotten is when someone said I look like Rock Hudson. That’s my ultimate goal: modern pompadour.”
Alishia Frey, 35,
Partner, Coqui Marketing
Stylist/salon she swears by: Nicole Lueschow Parlour on U Street.
What she loves about her stylist: Nicole cuts Frey’s hair while it’s dry, so the shape follows the hair’s naturally curly texture. “Not till my thirties did I stop fighting my hair’s texture,” Frey says. “So now I seek out people who know how to cut it.”
Products she likes: She uses DevaCurl One Condition for a conditioner and switches between Bumble and Bumble’s Gentle Shampoo and DevaCurl’s Low-Poo shampoo. For hold, she uses either DevaCurl AnGell Conditioning Gel or Bumble and Bumble Styling Creme. She often finishes with a spritz of Frédéric Fekkai Glossing Sheer Shine Mist.
On her grade-school style: “Looking back, I would have to say as a kid my goal was to shock. I emulated the likes of Nancy Spungen, Siouxsie Sioux, and Cyndi Lauper—hair color only.”