Andrea Bocelli, Catherine Deneuve, Larry King, Mary Tyler Moore and myself. The thread that binds us all is that we have all at one point or another walked into Okyo Salon, stayed for a little while, and then left looking a little (or a lot) easier on the eyes. Okyo’s walls are adorned with the pictures of celebrities who have come through over the past several decades, a period during which Okyo has maintained a reputation as one of the top salons in Washington, DC and possibly the best color salon in DC.
Cost – $$$
Service – A
The quality of experience throughout the entire process is what one would expect from a top-tier salon in DC. From entrance, to wash, to cut, I had a great time. My stylist was Kay and she did a fantastic job. With just a bit of guidance she was able to abstract exactly what I wanted and deliver with razor sharp precision – definitely one of the better cuts I’ve had in a while. I spent a few minutes chatting with a very energetic and interesting stylist named Pejman, who shared some of his thoughts about Asian hair styles.
Décor – B+
The front of Okyo has a warm, classical feel created through soft lighting, thick curtains, and a row of columns that create visual separation between the work spaces. In general, it has a well construed aesthetic that serves the establishment well. I would say the one component that could be tweaked is the interior design in the back room, which is where the washing and color stations are located.
Feel – A-
I spent about an hour there and loved every minute of the experience. The staff is energetic and fun, they do fantastic work and the space is warm and inviting. Their litany of accolades and A-list clientele are evidence of the talent that resides within the building as well as the general experience they are able to create. To fully understand the quality of the venue, I’d probably have to know more about their ability to color but as far as my overall experience was concerned I have nothing but good things to say about Okyo.
Okyo Salon is located at 2309 M Street, Northwest. They can be reached at (202) 342-2675.