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Heard on the Hill: Color Me Political

HOH isn’t usually in the business of coupon clipping, but we simply couldn’t let this deal slip by without alerting our readers.

The fancy new salon in the basement of the Cannon House Office Building had us at the mere mention of “free mini facials.” The brand-spanking-new facility, Tides Salon, is celebrating its grand opening this week by offering free services, like the aforementioned facial treatments (that’s today’s special deal). On Wednesday, the salon will give out free shampoos and blowouts, and on Friday, visitors can score a free nail-polish change. (Psst, here’s some advice to deal-seekers: You have to call ahead for the freebies.)

Tides goes beyond the usual just-a-trim basics, offering a menu of services that you wouldn’t expect to find in a government building, like a vitamin C facial, Brazilian waxing and a lunchtime facial peel.

And while the services look like those at any posh salon, there’s one on the online menu that would only be in official Washington: For $25, Members of Congress can get a Press Touch-Up, a fast hair-and-makeup fix to make them camera-ready.

And in another only-in-Washington development, Tides proprietor Vincent Marvaso says he’s actually waiting for permission to offer the service, which he says isn’t exclusively for Members, but rather anyone who has to face the media.

Marvaso says he’s catering to the busy lives of Members and staff, noting that they can even conduct the people’s business while prettifying themselves. “If a Member of Congress comes in for a pedicure and their staffer comes in for a manicure, they can continue talking business,” he says. Now that help is so close at hand, there’s no blaming one’s ragged cuticles or shaggy ’do on the late nights and long meetings that keep staffers and Members confined to the Capitol complex.

An Unusual Running Man. HOH loves regaling our readers with stories of the dumb criminals arrested by the Capitol Police. But one recent arrest story is just plain bizarre.

A Capitol Police officer parked his cruiser on the 800 block of South Capitol Street Southwest shortly after midnight on March 5. Another vehicle then parked behind the officer. What happened next is just odd.

The driver exited “and began running circles around his own vehicle,” a Capitol Police report reads. So the officer got out of his cruiser and approached, detecting “an odor of alcohol” on the man’s breath.

Several field sobriety tests were conducted, and “due to numerous signs of impairment” (um, obvi), the man was arrested. Later identified by a Capitol Police spokeswoman as 49-year-old Troy Souder of Washington, D.C., the man was booked for a DUI.

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