Tired of your hair? Looking for a new stylist or colorist? Pick up the September issue of The Washingtonian to read about 23 great salons. Below are others also worth a try. Please check back often—we’ll be reviewing salons and stylists and adding to this list on a continuing basis.
Bubbles, 2020 K St., NW; 202-659-5005. Ana Santanello wins praise from women with all sorts of hair—from straight to bobbed to curly. Her cuts are $30 and up.
Hair Cuttery, 3307 Lee Hwy., Arlington; 703-527-9669. In Arlington, Dee Bui is beloved by her clients, who include men, women, and kids. Cut: $16 and up. Color: $49 and up. Foil highlights: $70 and up.
PR at Partners. This bustling local chain, with multiple locations in DC and Virginia, is known for reasonable prices. In Old Town, ask for David Douglas for cuts and Connie Yun for color; in McLean, check out Sarah Dufrane for cuts and color; at DC’s Metro Center shop, Jacqui Davis is great at cut and color; and at the Mazza Gallerie branch, James Cornwell excels not only with cut and color but also with makeup. Cut: $35 and up for men, $45 and up for women. Color: $60 and up. Highlights: $85 and up.
VSL Hair Design, 1607 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-332-3757. This is a big salon—there are 30 hairdressers—and at times it can be crowded and overwhelming. But it’s fairly efficient and it’s inexpensive—cuts start at $30.
Dessange Paris of Tysons Corner, 8020 Towers Crescent Dr., Vienna; 703-761-3135. Think the French are masters at all things beauty? Then you’ll like this salon: Artistic director Claude Courtet and many of his stylists hail from France. Claude—who has styled everyone from Elizabeth Dole to Carla Bruni to Johnny Depp—can give a middle-aged but young-at-heart woman a cute, youthful bob. Cut: $70 and up. Color: $80 and up.
Potomac Hair Design, 10111 River Rd., Potomac; 301-299-9575. Philip Mazzarino is the stylist to see for well-cut bobs. Cuts: $30 and up for men, $70 and up for women. Color: $70 and up. Highlights: $100 and up.
Salon Cielo, 1741 Connecticut Ave., NW, 202-518-9620. Stylist Jamie Simon at this Dupont Circle salon gives men and women nice professional cuts that grow out well. Cuts: $55 and up, $65 for Simon. Color: $55 and up. Highlights: $95 and up.
Sassoon Salon, Tysons Galleria, McLean; 703-448-9884. A massive glass wall separates clients from mall crowds at the Tysons outpost of this London-based chain. Coffee and green tea—steeped tea leaves, not bags—are offered when you arrive. For a great cut, try the amusing Dusan Grant or Allison Lyle, each of whom turns out shiny, bouncy styles. Alvina Macrall is the go-to colorist. Cut: $80 and up for men and women. Color: $75 and up. Highlights: $145 and up.
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Roche Salon, 3000 K St., NW; 202-775-0775. A trendy, open-air space on the Georgetown waterfront, Dennis Roche’s tech-savvy salon caters to the upscale professional. The shampoo service—complete with massaging chair and complimentary beverage—is top-notch, and veteran stylist Claire Burnham, formerly of Georgetown’s Ilo Salon & Day Spa, has an intelligent approach to cuts that allows them to grow out gracefully. Hoping to get styled by the owner? Prepare to be on display—Dennis Roche’s chair sits on an elevated platform in the front window. Cut: $55 and up for men, $90 and up for women. Color: $95 and up. Highlights: $140 and up.