New Cannon Salon Aims to Beautify Capitol Hill

Posted January 12, 2010 at 3:33pm

Capitol Hill staffers and Members of Congress will soon have a new option when they need a haircut, facial or manicure. Tides Hair Salon, owned by veteran hair stylist Vince Marvaso, is slated to open in the Cannon House Office Building by the end of January and will offer a wide variety of beauty options.

The salon, located in Room 139, will replace the previous beauty shop, Capital Styles Salon, which closed early last summer. Tides will offer a lot more than just haircuts. In addition to the seven styling chairs, the salon will have two stations for manicures and pedicures. It will also offer skin-care treatments such as facials. All services will be offered to members of the public in addition to those who work in the halls of Congress. A cut, wash and dry will start at $45 for women and $25 for men, while manicures will cost $18 and facials are $65.

In order to make sure that each of these services are up to date and on par with other salons, Marvaso intends to have his staff attend cosmetology training sessions several times throughout the year.

“Ongoing education to me is the most important thing in our trade because hair and skin change as often as computers do,— he says. “What we’re doing is hopefully making a service that they’ll want because of the quality.—

Tides has a three-year contract with the House of Representatives with four two-year renewal options. Because Marvaso is renting the space from the House, the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer paid for the renovations, though the office did not release the total cost.

Marvaso says it’s important for there to be a full-service salon in the House “for the simple fact that the employees and Members here don’t have a lot of time.— He has vowed not to double-book chairs so that customers can get in and out quickly.

“By not double-booking any of our services, we hope to always have time to accommodate walk-ins,— he says.

This is not Marvaso’s first stint in a salon on Capitol Hill. He managed a previous salon in Cannon in the 1990s before leaving and cutting hair in other parts of the country. He intends to use Tides as a launching pad for a group of salons that he hopes to open all around the metropolitan area under the same name.

While the salon has yet to open its doors, Marvaso says he’s received a lot of support from those on the Hill.

“The word of mouth and the buzz around the Hill has been great. New clients are interested in when we are opening in our revamped space,— he says. “The phones are ringing. People are stopping by. It’s very exciting.—