Spa Logic’s Kathy Luu discusses new ways to enjoy private and safe salon services.
Kathy Luu has always adored the beauty industry; she’s been a licensed cosmetologist for more than 20 years. In the beginning, her biggest obstacle was the stigma associated with being a nail specialist, but two decades into her career, the owner of Dupont Circle’s Spa Logic is now seen her business transform into helping others achieve their best selves.
Luu has grown her business from the ground up—literally. She initially launched a nail salon in the basement of a Dupont Circle property. Today? She offers services—from hair to nails to makeup—on all four floors of the building. Luu is a self-made woman, pushing herself through adversity and determined to make changes in the industry and not take no for an answer.
Tell us more about the VIP Rooms—where did the concept come from?
I always try to think of new ideas for the spa to benefits our client’s needs. While the salon was close due to COVID-19, we knew the beauty industry was going to change. From this, it will leave behind a legacy – new methods of working and new ways of interacting with our clients. We used this motivation to take on the challenge to create VIP rooms on all four levels covering a wide variety of services. We also wanted to provide our VIP clientele with a place where no one would run into them. Especially with political celebrities, we want to make sure we have a cozy spot for them when they visit our salon.
The private rooms are set up for individuals or couples who would like to receive spa-gel mani-pedis using essential oils and fresh fruits, makeup and hair services. Customers will also find their choice of OPI, CND, Louboutin or Chanel Nail Polish colors.
Our VIP room offers a variety of perks including coffee, tea, snacks, and soft drinks, in addition to wine or champagne. The idea was to offer complete luxury and private experience with access to neck warmers, charging station, soft music and Netflix if desired.
With clients gearing up for the fall, what are your recommendations for fall cuts and colors?
Our biggest trends sounded like something off a drink menu at Starbucks: winter hot mocha espresso. The styles for 2020 seem like they're shaping up to be easy, effortless twists on natural shades.
Natural doesn't mean boring, however: Our stylists are working overtime to come up with new techniques to keep things interesting. And, yes, the names for them are still slightly warm! After all, why ask for golden highlights when you can order hair to look like caramel mocha and a sip of honey chestnut with cinnamon on top?