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Where to Get Gala-Ready This Season in D.C.

By Kate Oczypok | April 17, 2018 | Style & Beauty

Get glam this gala season with a visit to one of these eight D.C. salons and spas.

Bang Salon and Spa


Bang Salon was voted “Best Hair Salon in D.C.” by the Washington City Paper for four years in a row. With four different locations in hot locations like U Street and The Yards, Bang employs more than 100 employees who are experts in special occasion hair, deep conditioning treatments and relaxers to make your hair gorgeous for your next big party. Multiple Locations

One80 Salon

One80 now offers the convenience of a mani blowout bar, where patrons can have a manicure and get a blowout at the same time. The warm and modern space of One80 along K Street is the perfect place to pop into post-work, pre-gala. Ask for Fred Hawck when booking your gala look. Hawck has styled hair for celebrities like Kate Walsh, Cyndi Lauper and Mandy Moore. 1275 K St. NW #101, Washington, D.C., 202-842-9113

Violet Hair and Skin Care

End your day of Georgetown shopping for the perfect party look at Violet. The shop’s owners pride themselves on hard work and diligence creating works of art with their clients’ hair. Get a thermal straightening for a sleek look or an “evening style” for an extra glam look. 1513 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-337-3477


This ultra-feminine blow-dry bar with locations around the metro area offers champagne as you choose from one of their styles like the “Old-Fashioned,” with luscious waves, or the “Uptini,” updos with accents like spectacular braids. Watch romantic comedies as you get your hair done to relax before going out. Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Bethesda, Penn Quarter, Tysons Corner



Bliss Spa in the W Hotel is a one stop shop for all your pre-gala pampering. Their “fabgirlslim” treatment tones the body with a full body brushing, detoxing oils, a heated wrap and waist-targeting rubdown. It’s all topped off with Bliss’s signature fabgirlslim skin-firming cream. Add a “Youth as We Know It” facial to target tone, volume, fine lines and wrinkles. 515 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-661-2416

Hela Spa

The family owned and operated Hela Spa in Georgetown is perfect for busy Washingtonians with glycolic, an in and out lunchtime peel great for a quick pick-me-up before heading back to work. Those with more time can enjoy a hot stone massage before heading out to parties in the evening. 3209 M St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-333-4445

The Ritz Carlton Spa

The spa at the Ritz is now reopened after a $1.5 million renovation. The intimate space includes five treatment rooms and one couple’s room (in case you want to party prep together). Speaking of duos, the couple’s massage with stress relief add-on is incredible and so are the spa’s hair removal methods (they’re virtually painless). 1150 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-835-0500

The Four Seasons Spa

Unwind before heading out for your next social event at the Four Seasons luxurious spa. A “Weekend Political Detox,” which includes a Dead Sea salt scrub with essential oils of rosemary and citrus, will shake off all the pressures of work. Get ready for a night on the town with the “Rejuvenate Mini Facial,” which restores hydration and elasticity. 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-342-0444

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