BEAUTY CORNER DC Scene Hair Care MAKEUP — 12 October 2012

The first Saturday morning of October, at 8:30, I went to Turkish native Nuri Yurt’s Toka Salon in Georgetown.  He owns four salons, two in D.C. (Georgetown and Penn Quarter), one in Alexandria, VA (Cameron Station) and one in NYC (Madison Ave).  Dreams do come true in America!

Nuri is a man of boundless energy who constantly smiles and likes to call clients endearingly “baby.”  He is passionate about hair and it shows.  He had me sit straight and uncross my legs so that my shoulders are even when he cut my hair.  It is almost like visiting aHair by Nuri Yurt of Toka Salon family, the people at Toka are so warm and kind.  I also love the lady that washes my hair, Rose.  She massages your head into heavenly bliss… seriously.

According to Toka’s website “the word Toka means, both a noun and a verb in Turkish, that which connects or the act of connecting, in the abstract, as well as a tool for holding things together, a bobby pin or clip for stray wisps of hair, in particular.”

This was my third visit to Toka.  The first visit was to their salon in Alexandria and the second one was to Georgetown.  The two salons I visited are warm and inviting with white hues. Besides transforming hair with cuts and highlights, they also offer full day spa services.  Spa services include:  manicure & pedicure, facial treatment, body treatment, waxing, electrolysis, makeup, and wedding services.  New at Toka is:  Green Peel Facial Treatments, Oxygen Facials, Brazilian Blowout, Hamman-inspired Vicchy Shower Body Treatments (Cameron Station only), and Botox and Dermal Fillers (Cameron Station only).

I first became aware of Nuri and Toka Salon because of my participation on the board of the Fashion for Paws fundraiser for the Washington Human Society.  Nuri and his staff did all the hair for all the models walking the runway.  A huge undertaking.

Nuri Yurt, has been focused on hair since the age of 12.  He bravely left his native Istanbul for the U.S. in 1990, with the concepts, elements and techniques of hair design well in hand. He opened his flagship Toka Salon in Washington, D.C. in 1997. He has refined his distinctive approach to proportion, texture, color and form. His credo is no detail is too small: not in the modern palette of his salons dramatically setting off the serene absence of color against the intense excitement of its presence, nor in his disciplined manner of understanding his clients’ objectives and visualizing outcomes to create the hair concept most attuned to his clients.

There is a reason Toka is highly esteemed.  The ladies from the famous Georgetown Cupcake store and TLC’s Cupcake Sister also go to Toka for their beautiful locks among many other D.C. and NYC notables.

As for me, I went from bright blonde highlights to a shorter do with darker blonde tones to accommodate the change of the seasons.  I took some inches off my locks.  My hair looks fantastic!

To schedule an appointment:

Toka in Georgetown Court

3251 Prospect Street – Suites 19 & 20

NW Washington D.C. 20007

Tel: (202) 333-5133

Fax: (202) 333-5116

Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

 

Toka at Penn Quarter

801 Pennsylvania Avenue

NW Washington, D.C. 20004

Tel: (202) 628-5133

Fax: (202) 628-5653

Hours:

Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

 

Toka at Madison Ave

768 Madison Avenue

New York, New York, 10065

Tel: (212) 517-5133

Hours:

Monday through Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

Toka at Cameron Station

4907 Brenman Park Drive

Alexandria, VA 22304

Tel. (703) 370-5133

Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Marlene Hall

Marlene Hall grew up an army brat and has lived all over the world and in Washington, D.C. Since an early age, she has played sports including soccer, basketball, and swimming; receiving three letters in high school for sports participation. Marlene graduated from the University of Virginia where she wrote for the Cavalier Daily and interviewed popular 90s bands including No Doubt and the Goo Goo Dolls. Commissioned an Air Force officer, she served in Korea, Germany, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Marlene earned two masters degrees while in the Air Force in Management and IO Psych. After leaving active duty, she has worked as a government contractor, freelance writer and public relations executive. Marlene dabbles in improvisational comedy and has taken classes at the famed iO Theater in Chicago. She is very active in the D.C. charity and social scene and contributes her time to D.C. Humane Society's Fashion for Paws. She also was a supernumerary in the Washington National Opera's Carmen with opera singer Denyce Graves. She recently interviewed INXS, Tears for Fears, Comedian Tom Green, and tennis great Jim Courier.

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