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Great Hair: Andre Chreky

Why Andre Chreky is not on our 2005 Top Salons list

Perhaps no other salon in Washington stirs up passions like Andre Chreky.

Many women love the downtown DC salon–and wouldn't let anyone else but Andre touch their hair. They consider him one of the best stylists–if not the best–in Washington. Until recently, Chreky cut Laura Bush's hair.

Other women can't stand the place. They e-mail us–we get more complaints about this salon than any other–to say it is "overpriced," "a cattle call," and that "they rush you through." They complain about being kept waiting, both in the salon and on the phone. Recently we've heard more complaints about coloring.

Like any salon, how you're treated can depend on who you are, who you see, and when you go. The salon seems to treat established customers very well. But a surprising number of women, especially newer clients, feel that for the price they deserve better treatment.

For this reason, although many customers remain faithful to Andre Chreky, it is not on our 2005 Top Salons list.

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Executive Editor

Sherri Dalphonse joined Washingtonian in 1986. She is the editor in charge of such consumer topics as travel, fitness, health, finance, and beauty, as well as the editor who handles such cover stories as Great Places to Work, Best of Washington, Day Trips, Hidden Gems, Top Doctors, and Great Small Towns. She lives in DC.