Affirmations, crystals and positive energy are all part of the elevated wellness experience at District Hair Lounge, 704 O St. NW. In addition to a variety of classic hair color and styling services, the salon provides an eclectic assortment of extras sure to leave patrons feeling their best.
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, owner and stylist Jasmine Washington found “purpose and identity” in the District during professional salon training. After several years of offering her services from a rented chair in a salon, she wanted to do more than just style hair. Washington dreamed of providing a holistic wellness experience. That dream started with a new space.
“It’s so much more than just hair,” the salon owner explained about her Shaw salon, which celebrated its first anniversary in September. “It’s how you feel, what is your life’s purpose, what is your energy. I really wanted the space to embody that.”
Soft tones of green and beige are accented by wall plants and mementos from across the world. “It’s just little things to embody what DC really is, as well as our multicultural clientele, which is a mix of everything and everyone,” she clarified.
Beyond a relaxing environment, Washington creates a positive retreat for her clients with a particular focus on mental health. Mindful message cards, crystals and incense like palo santo are just some of the experiences she adds to help connect with her clients.
Her patrons have noticed. “Jasmine is my Jesus,” one wrote, praising her skills and demeanor. Other clients describe Washington as adventurous.
“I eat, sleep and breathe style,” Washington said laughing. “I’ve always been obsessed with beauty and hair but I also really focus on your lifestyle.” By taking a holistic approach, she is able to serve as an advisor for clients unsure about how to change their typical style in a way that fits both their aesthetic and lifestyle goals.
If you’re looking to build your own styling skills, Washington also teaches classes. As a former educator for L’Oreal Professional, she not only teaches professionals but the general public as well. Whether you’re looking to master a specific hair technique, experiment with different looks going from the gym to the office or learning how to style your children’s hair, Washington offers it all.
District Hair Lounge is open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit http://www.thedistricthairlounge.com to learn more and book classes and appointments.
Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at email@example.com.