We all, at one time or another, find ourselves searching for a new salon. Perhaps you have moved, your stylist has retired, or you’re just looking for something new and different. Finding the right hair salon can be very stressful and exhausting. Trust me, even though I am a stylist and salon owner, getting a haircut with a new stylist can be nerve-wracking. (I don’t have the easiest hair to cut).

Going to a new hair stylist at a new salon is very much like a first date at a new restaurant. There’s likely a bit of excitement, anticipation, and nervousness of trying something new. Will I want to come back? Will I have a good time? Will my stylist get me? Will he or she listen? Believe it or not, it’s also a first date for the stylist. We want to please you and impress you so that there will be many more dates to come. Even after cutting hair for over 25 years, I still have some of those first date feelings with each new client. You truly never get a second chance to make a first impression.

And like a first date at a new restaurant, your best bet to find a good match for your personality is to be honest about what you are seeking. For your hair stylist, are you looking for a long-term relationship or to try something new?  And for a hair salon, do you want to be spontaneous – able to go in without a reservation? If so, a salon that is primarily walk-in based might be best for you. Perhaps you’re looking for the next best deal – some salons offer introductory specials through Groupon or Living Social for your first visit.

At Michael Anthony Salon, we are all about cultivating long-term relationships. A last minute opening is always a lucky possibility, but we are often booked solid enough that advance reservations are highly recommended. We always welcome new clients and reward loyalty through our Frequent Dryer Miles.

Like all salons, we have a distinct personality and atmosphere. Consider your own personality and lifestyle. Where do your friends go? Are you looking for something close to work so you can sneak out for a long lunch – or do you want some place that is a destination on the weekend?  Do you want a quiet experience without much talking or a place where you can gossip a bit and meet new people?

I am personally honored when clients make a point of telling us how much they like the “professional AND friendly” atmosphere at Michael Anthony Salon. We work hard to give the salon a “Cheers” feel where “everybody knows your name,” while providing top-notch service. We take great pride in our work and treat our clients like we would our family and friends.

So, whatever you are searching for in a new salon, there is probably one out there that is right for you. If you think Michael Anthony Salon may be that place, please feel free to give us a call or book an appointment through our website. We’d love to show you how our talented team can meet your hair care needs. And if your personality and lifestyle leads you someplace else, we understand and wish you – and your hair – all the best.

Enjoy your hair!


Michael Anthony Salon, Best Hair Salon, BEST of DC 2015 Reader’s Choice