by February 26, 2013 at 9:00 am 0


Your hair deserves an affair. (Melanie Hudson)

From Melanie Hudson. Follow her at @champagne_me or Email her at melanie[AT] 

We like to think of ourselves as monogamous. Loyal. Committed. Once we find The One, we never so much as let our eyes wander. We invest a lot of hours into nurturing this relationship, and we wouldn’t think of messing it up with a cheap fling. We follow him as he bounces from place to place, as he becomes less available, as he demands more time and money, because we are devoted. He gets me, we think. He makes me feel gorgeous. He’s got such strong hands. He’s met my mother.

Ladies, forget about it. For a good time, you may need to cheat on your once-in-a-lifetime relationship and call someone new – someone who specializes in the kind of quickie you’re looking for: a really good blow out.

Why pay someone to wash, dry and flat iron or curl your hair, when it’s not time for a trim or color? Because they do it better than you do. Because you have somewhere important to be and you want to rock it. Because with someone new, you can experiment and try something totally different. Because they give you a mini scalp massage. Because it’s only a small indulgence, but it feels like a big one. Because you leave the salon feeling super gorgeous and confident. Isn’t that the point?

If you’re worried you might get caught, leave Borderstan and try Drybar (1825 Wisconsin Avenue NW; $40), the three-month-old Georgetown outpost of the trendy yellow-accented hair salon chain that focuses entirely on blow outs, up dos and styling. No cuts. No nails. No drama. Just a quick(ish), cheap(ish) hair fix in a very stylish space with really friendly people. This just feels better.

The stylists at Drybar have clearly spent a lot of hours perfecting the hair-dry experience, and it shows. You can choose your style from a photo album of cutsey-named options such as Mai Tai and Cosmo. You can order a drink and snack and watch Sex and the City in the background. You can throw a birthday party or bridal shower and buy a monthly package in advance. Best of all, there is one price no matter what kind of hair you have – no extra charge for thick, long or curly hair as other salons routinely do. It’s also easy – online booking! – and open as early as 7 am and as late as 9 pm on many days.

Local Salons

If the mixed reviews on Yelp (mostly about the longer-than-advertised 35 minute appointment time) leave you suspicious, try a blow out at a traditional salon in the neighborhood. Most are more expensive than Drybar, however. Here’s a short list of popular salons in Borderstan:

  • Blondie’s Hair Studio: $40 and up (depending on hair thickness and length), 1910 18th Street NW.
  • Cristophe: $40-65 (Charming stylist Phillipe is offering a $40 special; others are $65), 1125 18th Street NW.
  • Immortal Beloved: $50, 1457 Church St NW.
  • Mimosa: $40, 1706 Connecticut Ave NW.
  • Salon Blu: $45 and up, 1339 14th Street NW.

Now, resolve to have an affair – just a little one – with a new stylist who works wonders with a high-quality blow dryer, curling iron, flat iron and styling stick, and at sometimes half the price of your regular haircut. Marvel at the patience it takes to methodically separate your hair into sections, drying each piece so deliberately. Sit in awe as even your frizzy mane turns silky smooth. Smile. Then, see how long you can wait before you go back for more – probably not long.

There’s no need to break up with your longtime love. Just find yourself a hair salon paramour. No matter what, you won’t be complaining about the blow out – it’s totally worth the cheat.

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by November 9, 2009 at 7:00 am 2,971 4 Comments

The party at Immortal Beloved Salon was winding down around 10 p.m. last night. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The salon floor at Immortal Beloved last night as the party was winding down around 10. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Was I the only person in the Logan Circle area not invited? I am sure our invitation was in the mail. Or something.

While walking Lupe last night I happened upon a party at the recently opened Immortal Beloved Salon at 1457 Church Street NW. Young and fashionable hipsters filled the space and sidewalk on the warm Sunday evening. We walked home, got Luis, and he snapped some pics of the “stylistas” as the party as it was winding down.

Kelly Gorsuch is “founder and head designer” at Immortal Beloved, and reviews are already up at Yelp. Readyset DC reported on the salon’s soft opening on September 19.

I remember about a decade ago when Church Street was full of auto body shops before transforming into loft apartments and condos (it’s an attractive metamorphosis).

Next door to the west, the renovated parking lot with the nice new iron fence was a junkyard complete with a very large Rottweiler who lived on site.


One wall of stylistas’ chairs at Immortal Beloved Salon, 1457 Church Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Immortal Beloved joins Nimbus Hair Salon next door to the east at 1455 Church, which opened a few years back.

From Immortal Beloved’s landing page:

Immortal Beloved is a hair salon in the 14th st. neighborhood catering to the stylistas of Washingtonian life. Founder and head designer, Kelly Gorsuch, has created a unique space with a gritty romantic feeling. This space houses the elite stylists of the DC market. The handwork of Immortal Beloved is distinguished by it’s dry-cutting techniques and dimensional color.


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