Steps away from the Shaw-Howard Metro station sits Wanda’s on Seventh (1851 Seventh St NW), a salon offering a variety of hair services for both men and women including cuts, coloring, blow outs, braiding and conditioning treatments.
Owner Wanda Henderson is a native Washingtonian who has been working in the beauty business for over 45 years. Henderson said that many of her clients have been coming to her for over 35 years. And she said that since moving to the Shaw community in 2003, people have been very welcoming.
“We have a lot of followers, repeat clientele, community members and people who come in just to say hello and we’re glad that you’re in the neighborhood,” Henderson remarked. “They love me a lot,” she added, with a smile.
Henderson emphasized the variety of services and treatments she offers, including salon services for “all ethnic groups,” in addition to servicing a vast range of ages in the salon.
“We do every age group from one year old to 100 years old,” Henderson stated. “Children, college students, elementary school students, high school students, elderly clientele; we do a mixture…and we cater to all nationalities.”
Exceptional customer service, Henderson argued, is another thing that sets Wanda’s apart. She said building personal relationships with her customers is vital.
“You always treat clients like they’re the only client you have, greet them, talk to them about their needs, and the color or cut. You sit down and talk with them, consult with them, and make them feel warm and cared for.”
Wanda’s on Seventh is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.