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Welcome to our very first Beauty 38, where we're shouting out the best of the best of D.C.'s beauty scene. We've compiled our 38 favorite beauty stores, spas, salons, and more in one highly subjective rundown, mapped in order from north to south. From affordable mani-pedi spots to luxurious hair salons, click through to explore where to get gorgeous in Washington.

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1. The Emerald Door

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8311 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Emerald Door takes a green approach to beauty, with its chic and sustainable decor and toxin-free products for nail, skin, and waxing services. Try luxurious mani-pedis like the $35 Milk and Honey manicures and the $60 Japanese Jelly pedicure. [Image]

2. Bluemercury Bethesda Row

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7105 Bethesda Ln
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 986-0070
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Just try to stump the staff at Bluemercury with any beauty query. Product knowledge is the secret sauce of this home-grown national business, which boasts three stores in Washington, two in Maryland, and three in Northern Virginia. Schedule a spa treatment here or shop for high-end skincare, makeup, and beauty options from the likes of Deborah Lippman, Laura Mercier, Skinceuticals, or Bluemercury's own M-61 skincare line. [Image]

3. Bloomingdale's

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5300 Western Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
In terms of eye candy, Bloomingdale's glam first-floor makeup department is a must for beauty shopping, and it certainly doesn't hurt that Sephora and MAC are practically on the same block. [Image]

4. Envy Nails

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3700 Georgia Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20010
$10 manicures do exist in Washington, D.C. and you can find them at Envy Nails in Petworth. [Image]

5. Enchanted Nails and Spa

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2324 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 652-1151
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If gel manicures are your thing, try Enchanted Nails in AdMo, which carries gel lines from Essie, Shellac, OPI, Gelish, Artistic, Perfect Match and IBD. There's a Monday through Wednesday discount too: gel manis are discounted to $28 if you pay cash, and pay $35 in cash for a mani and a pedi. [Image]

6. Wise Owl Club

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2010 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
For a $40 cut and a straight razor shave, stylish dudes swear by the (new) old school barber shop Wise Owl Club. Bonus: DC retailer Mutiny has a mini-shop here. [Image]

7. Aura Spa

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1612 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Last year U Street saw the opening of Aura Spa, a new two-story, 5,000-square-foot luxury spa. Find the typical array of treatments (facials, waxing, body wraps, massages) and custom packages too, like the $355 Gentleman's Retreat, geared toward fellows. [Image Courtesy of Aura Spa]

8. Primp Beauty Bar

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1515 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 387-1000
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The past fall, beauty supply store Primp Beauty Bar opened on U Street, offering hair products from brands like Moroccan Oil, Keratin Complex, Miss Jessies', Shea Moisture, and more. Stop in for advice and in-store events, and they even accept payment via Bison Card for nearby Howard students. [Image]

9. Qwest Nails

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1919 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
For reasonably priced, no-fuss nails, Qwest Nails is a fixture in the Dupont Circle/AdMo area. [Image]

10. Spa Logic

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1721 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-6475
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The newish Spa Logic in Dupont Circle is garnering buzz for its cuts, and also offers manicures, pedicures, full body waxing, massage therapy, facials, eyelash extensions, and makeup application. [Image]

11. Barber Of Hell's Bottom

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818 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
Looking for a little luxury at your barber shop? Men's grooming gets an upgrade at the gorgeous Barber of Hell's Bottom, which offers top-notch services for the discerning gentleman. [Image]

12. Taylor & York

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1604 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Stylist Ashleigh B. Taylor's customers can't get enough of her new Shaw salon, Taylor & York. Find services including cut, color, relaxer treatments, conditioning treatments, and extensions priced by request. [Image]

13. Nectar Skin Bar

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1663 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-4332
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From eyelash extensions to expert brow grooming and oxygen facials, Nectar Skin Bar is a luxurious destination in Georgetown. [Image courtesy of Nectar Skin Bar]

14. Immortal Beloved

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1831 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Immortal Beloved moved to a prime location right on 14th Street this past year, where it's flying the flag for hipness in D.C. Cuts start at just $25 for junior stylists and run all the way up to $200 for a cut with a master stylist. [Image: R. Lopez]

15. David Rios Salon & Spa

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1519 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 525-2613
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You know a salon is fancy when it has its own waterfall. David Rios's Georgetown outpost offers both hair styling and services like massages, facials, nail polish and makeup applications, and more. Image]

16. Violet Salon

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1513 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
Mingle with bold-faced names at Violet Salon in Georgetown, where the clientele has included the likes of Desiree Rogers, Jenna Bush, and Savannah Guthrie. And celebrity colorist Michael Canalé visits this Washington salon once a month — a pretty big deal, since his clientele has included Heidi Klum, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz. It costs some cash to look this good: hair cuts for women start at $125. Or revamp your makeup look with the help of Violet's in-house makeup artist, Kari Slansky. [Image]

17. Fringe Hair Studio

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1425 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
For a friendly salon where everyone knows your name (and understands the exact cut you're looking for based on page torn from a magazine), head to Fringe in Georgetown. And the prices are accessible, especially for Georgetown: women's cuts start at $65. [Image]

18. Polished

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1425 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20016
Polished's go-to waxer Tammy has a huge following, thanks to her no-nonsense, efficient, and affordable services. [Image]

19. Sassoon Salon

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1855G International Dr
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 448-9884
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The Tysons outpost of Vidal Sassoon's legendary studio is a go-to for modern styles, and it's located in the appropriately glamorous Tysons Galleria. [Image]

20. Urban Style Lab

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1341 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C.
Want a cut that's on the cutting edge? No one at Dupont's Urban Style Lab is going to talk you out of a trendy undercut. The salon offers hair services without the attitude in a cool, spare space. [Image]

21. Dupont Threading

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1314 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
It's not about pampering, it's the quick and precise brow shaping for just $12 that makes this place an institution. [Image]

22. Hela Spa

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3209 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-4445
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In addition to top-notch facials, the luxurious Hela Spa offers medical treatments like laser hair removal and photorejuvenation. [Image]

23. Skin Care By Dolores

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1070 30th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
Facials by Dolores Lombardo are a many-step process of cleansing, healing, and rejuvenation with products from Sothys, Physiodermie and Renee Guinot. [Image]

24. KARMA Beauty Lounge by Erwin Gomez

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1104 24th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20037
Celeb makeup artist Erwin Gomez boasts his own makeup line, and his salon and spa is appropriately swanky. A makeup session with Erwin will set you back $200, but if you don't want to break the bank, a manicure here is $20. [Image

25. Four Seasons Hotel Spa Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
For a day of total luxury, schedule an indulgent treatment at the Four Seasons' newly renovated spa and then grab a flavored water or tea and just hang out in the steam room or the hotel's lovely pool level. [Image: R. Lopez]

26. Nusta Spa

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1129 20th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
Clock out from work a tad early for a serene and green spa day at Nusta Spa downtown. Find everything from seaweed mask pedicures to eyelash extensions. [Image]

27. Shobha DC

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1730 M Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
In 2013, NYC fav Shobha opened up a D.C. outpost, offering threading and speedy waxing sessions. [Image]

28. Cristophe Salon

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1125 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Celebrity hair stylist Cristophe's Washington salon is a sleek spot beloved of power players for cut and color, skincare, brow shaping, nails, and more. [Image]

29. Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

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4210 Fairfax Corner Ave W
Fairfax, VA 22030
Upscale shopping center Fairfax Corner draws in spa fans thanks to the rave-worthy services at its Red Door Spa outpost. [Image

30. Walgreens

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801 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
The drug store makeup experience is on a whole new level at Chinatown's fancy Walgreens, where a whole floor of beauty products (and a manicure station!) await. [Image]

31. Bang Salon

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601 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 737-2264
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Bang Salons keep multiplying in D.C., with another location headed to the new Vida Fitness complex at Navy Yard in 2014. The Chinatown/Gallery Place location is a fixture. [Image]

32. Bliss Spa At W Washington D.C.

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515 15th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
Nervous about a bikini wax? It's nothing to be afraid of, thanks to Bliss Spa's friendly aestheticians. And the calm, modern space will encourage you to book another treatment, or shop the many Bliss products. [Image]

33. Spa World

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13830 Braddock Road, Old Centreville Crossing
Centreville, VA 20121
Centerville's Spa World is a trip, literally and figuratively. Plan to spend a day enjoying all the amenities at this Korean-style spa, and don't forget to take a bibimbap lunch break onsite. [Image]

34. Modern Day Spa

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1100 S Hayes St, #1080
Arlington, VA 22202
Want to get your nails did near Pentagon City? Here's a solid option, and folks love their deep tissue massages as well. [Image]

35. Sephora Pentagon City Mall

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Yeah, there are so many Sephoras, but this one is especially fun to shop. This past year, Sephora at the Fashion Center at Pentagon City made the leap to a brand-spanking new, 4,000-square-foot space.[Image

36. Vital Body & Mind

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2201 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
For a no-fuss, professional, and totally relaxing massage, ask for Kristin Boyle at this holistic health and wellness center in Del Rey. [Image]

37. Sugar House Day Spa & Salon

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111 North Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Alexandria folks love Sugar House Day Spa for everything from cut and color to massages and eyebrow waxes. [Image]

38. Bellacara

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1000 King Street
Aexandria, VA 22314
Beauty product heaven might look a little like Bellacara's King Street location. The friendly local shop offers the brands you know and love, and they can help you find a new favorite. [Image]

1. The Emerald Door

8311 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Emerald Door takes a green approach to beauty, with its chic and sustainable decor and toxin-free products for nail, skin, and waxing services. Try luxurious mani-pedis like the $35 Milk and Honey manicures and the $60 Japanese Jelly pedicure. [Image]
8311 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910

2. Bluemercury Bethesda Row

7105 Bethesda Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Just try to stump the staff at Bluemercury with any beauty query. Product knowledge is the secret sauce of this home-grown national business, which boasts three stores in Washington, two in Maryland, and three in Northern Virginia. Schedule a spa treatment here or shop for high-end skincare, makeup, and beauty options from the likes of Deborah Lippman, Laura Mercier, Skinceuticals, or Bluemercury's own M-61 skincare line. [Image]
7105 Bethesda Ln
Bethesda, MD 20814

3. Bloomingdale's

5300 Western Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
In terms of eye candy, Bloomingdale's glam first-floor makeup department is a must for beauty shopping, and it certainly doesn't hurt that Sephora and MAC are practically on the same block. [Image]
5300 Western Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

4. Envy Nails

3700 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20010
$10 manicures do exist in Washington, D.C. and you can find them at Envy Nails in Petworth. [Image]
3700 Georgia Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20010

5. Enchanted Nails and Spa

2324 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
If gel manicures are your thing, try Enchanted Nails in AdMo, which carries gel lines from Essie, Shellac, OPI, Gelish, Artistic, Perfect Match and IBD. There's a Monday through Wednesday discount too: gel manis are discounted to $28 if you pay cash, and pay $35 in cash for a mani and a pedi. [Image]
2324 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

6. Wise Owl Club

2010 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
For a $40 cut and a straight razor shave, stylish dudes swear by the (new) old school barber shop Wise Owl Club. Bonus: DC retailer Mutiny has a mini-shop here. [Image]
2010 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

7. Aura Spa

1612 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Last year U Street saw the opening of Aura Spa, a new two-story, 5,000-square-foot luxury spa. Find the typical array of treatments (facials, waxing, body wraps, massages) and custom packages too, like the $355 Gentleman's Retreat, geared toward fellows. [Image Courtesy of Aura Spa]
1612 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

8. Primp Beauty Bar

1515 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The past fall, beauty supply store Primp Beauty Bar opened on U Street, offering hair products from brands like Moroccan Oil, Keratin Complex, Miss Jessies', Shea Moisture, and more. Stop in for advice and in-store events, and they even accept payment via Bison Card for nearby Howard students. [Image]
1515 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

9. Qwest Nails

1919 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
For reasonably priced, no-fuss nails, Qwest Nails is a fixture in the Dupont Circle/AdMo area. [Image]
1919 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

10. Spa Logic

1721 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009