It all started when founders Myriam Zaoui and Eric Malca sought a solution for abrasions Malca suffered while shaving. After developing a miracle pre-shave oil, the duo sold their car and used the money to open the first Art of Shaving store, on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan in 1996. Now they have a book deal and more than 66 retail outlets under their belts, including the D.C. branch. It’s a hit among Washington’s hirsute for barber services that include straight-razor shaves, beard trims and head shaves.
Haircut: Bang Salon
Whether you walk into Bang Salon with a picture you ripped out of a magazine or just an idea of what your ideal haircut looks like, you’re bound to walk out with exactly what you wanted. The full-service salon, with three District locations, has a staff that listens intently to clientele and dishes out hip haircuts, updos, colors and spa treatments with a side of pleasant chitchat. The only thing better than the cuts are the prices: Trims and styling range between $34 and $39 with a junior stylist.
Mani-pedi: Mimosa Salon
Few things bring more joy to a woman than hearing “Go pick out a nail polish color,” especially when it’s uttered at Mimosa Salon. Manis and pedis are small indulgences that have been bringing big smiles at this D.C. favorite since 1987. Why is Mimosa Salon so popular? “We pay more attention to client service and we make sure to build good relationships,” manager James Thai says. “It’s what keeps people coming back.” That, and the free champagne, wine and soda, plus the unlimited mimosas on Sunday.
1st: Mimosa Salon,1706 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-232-6900. (Dupont Circle)
2nd: Bliss Spa, 515 15th St. NW; 202-661-2416. (Metro Center)
3rd: Capitol Nail Salon, 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE; 202-543-0989. (Union Station)
Spa: Spa World
Imagine the most out-of-this-world spa you’ve ever been to. Now multiply that by infinity and you might have an idea what Spa World is like. This over-the-top relaxation mecca spans more than 50,000 square feet. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, though you’ll need more than one all-day pass (a mere $35) to sample all the services. We recommend a refreshing visit to the ice room.
1st: Spa World, 13830-A10 Braddock Road, Centreville, Va.; 703-815-8959.
2nd: Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, multiple locations.
3rd: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW; 202-554-8588. (Smithsonian)
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Winner: Immortal Beloved, 1457 Church St. NW; 202-588-5555.