When visiting the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, we couldn’t just stop at just one salon since we don’t get over that way too often. Follow along as we discover unique salons in D.C., central Maryland, and northern Virginia.
Eclips Kids is a full-service kids-only salon for clients up to the age of 15. “We have double the pressure, because we have to satisfy both the kids and their parents,” says co-owner Imra Jauhar.
Eclips Kids Salon and Spa, McClean, Va.
They Want Candy
The salon gives away the Ultimate Candy Destination nail service to underprivileged kids with cancer. It features a chocolate mask and cleanser, a vanilla and plum lotion, and a squirt of pineapple-scented fragrance. The kids are referred through the cancer unit at a children’s hospital. “Before their visit, some of these kids have never even been in a salon,” Imra says.
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Most of the salon’s clients are repeat clients, many of whom have been coming to Eclips for years. Once a year, the salon hires a local photographer to take professional client photos, then these are framed and used as salon decor (with the parents’ permission). Imra showed me one photo in which a client was five at the time of the photo; she’s now 10 and still a client of Eclips.
The Royal Treatment
A pink “Princess Bed” is a centerpiece of the salon. A hair client walks up the pink steps, then lies down at the top with her head in the shampoo bowl. “It alleviates her fears,” Imra says. Also to calm (and distract) the clients are fruit-scented products (Imra especially likes kid-focused brand Circle of Friends), and a wide array of DVDs so clients can chose what they want to watch during their service. Parents can either stay and read a magazine in the waiting area or parents of older kids can leave and run errands.
> Being one of the few kid salons/boutiques around, the owners at Eclips Kids are frequently contacted by kid-focused product manufacturers. One of the salon’s popular retail products is the Dinosaur Rain Coat by Kidorable (which rocker Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s son Kingston has been photographed wearing — though the salon stocked it even before that press mention).
> The nail tables at Eclips Kids were custom ordered to be lower than standard manicure tables. For hair chairs, the salon uses standard chairs with booster cushions.