Photograph by Charles Steck
This Petworth salon is not the place to go when you’re in a hurry, but what its stylists lack in speed, they make up for in attentiveness and candor. Selam and the ladies at Le Chic clearly care about making sure your hair is as healthy as possible, inquiring about your haircare routine and offering suggestions where appropriate—not just to foist extra services on you. Did I mention that the prices are extremely reasonable? A 2014 move from their bustling location on 9th Street NW in the Shaw–U Street corridor has reverted the shop back to best-kept secret status, so beat the rush while you still can.