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IPSA: Home for Your Hair

January 23, 2012

“We do hair. And hair only.” That’s the IPSA for Hair motto and one they’ve been dedicated to for 15 years.  By the way, if you’re wondering what IPSA means, it’s Latin for ”the thing speaks for itself.” In this case, the legions of loyal clients and dedicated stylists (many of whom have been also been there since it opened) speak for IPSA.  

One of the newest members of the team is Caroline Welch. Born and raised in Arlington, VA., Caroline majored in psychology at Georgetown University before starting a career in construction management. After six years, her then boyfriend (now husband) encouraged her to go to school for hair. “I’ve always loved it as a child. I’d put streaks in my own hair with a topical ointment (luckily it worked) and practiced on friends.” Caroline said. With a little encouragement, it was off to Graham Webb Academy, where she assisted at IPSA. Hooked from the beginning, as soon as she graduated, she came straight to IPSA two years ago.

Highlights by Caroline on Shinechuu Bumuutseren (Photo by: Caroline Welch) Highlights by Caroline on Shinechuu Bumuutseren

“The new trend is Keratin treatments, lots of shiny healthy hair, the natural look,” Caroline explained. A stylists and a colorist, Caroline loves the whole process from start to finish. “Highlight-wise, I like the sun-kissed look. That’s my technique. Graceful grow out instead of a stark line of roots. “I do everything: color, color correction, styling, bangin’ blowouts.”

“I love IPSA because it’s small and like a family.”  Caroline lives in Falls Church with her husband and two bulldogs, Hamilton and Murphy.

Brian Winter cutting hair (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Brian Winter cutting hair

One of the “old-timers, “Brian Winter also considers IPSA home. Originally from Pennsylvania, he’s been cutting hair here in Washington for over 20 years, and the last 15 at IPSA.  While he can do any style, he’s often considered a men’s specialist. “When I was first into hair in the 80’s, it was wild colors and cuts. “ As many note, Washington is a conservative town, and short and trim is trending now for men.  As Brian explained,” We stick to hair. It’s nice for cutters not to be distracted you can concentrate on the hair.”

Caroline and Brian at (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Caroline and Brian at

 IPSA for Hair is at 1629 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.338.4100


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Permit Needed to Resume Work on Damaged Wisconsin Avenue Buildings

January 18, 2012

As we reported last Thursday, work at 1424 Wisconsin Avenue has been halted. On January 5, D.C.'s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) issued a stop work order because work was being performed without a building permit.

On January 9, inspectors from the D.C. Historic Preservation Office issued their own cease work order when it appeared structural work to the building's façade had also been attempted. That was proven not to be the case, and the DCPL stop work order has since been rescinded. The building collapsed on Thanksgiving Day.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

"The initial assessment is that over-excavation of footings at 1424 Wisconsin caused them to give way, and the structural wall came down. There's a need to abate the structural damage." This, according to Helder Gil, DCRA spokesperson and legislative affairs specialist.

Both adjoining buildings (1422 and 1426) have also suffered structural damage. Work will resume when the owners comes forward, and a valid building permit can be issued.

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This is Georgetown too

January 16, 2012

When the weather changes, heating grates and sides of buildings provide a buffer from the elements. I often go to my bank early on weekends when there's less traffic, before thinking about what to cover for The Georgetown Dish in the coming week.

Near the corner of Wisconsin and M Streets (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Near the corner of Wisconsin and M Streets

In fact, I was on my way up Wisconsin Avenue to see if there was any change in the cease work order issued last week at the collapsed building (nope, still boarded up). I had driven past the trolley tracks and water pipe replacement projects near 33rd and O Streets, and snapped a few photos. 

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

And then I thought ... it's easy to walk by, but good to remember that in this beautiful, historically unique corner of our capital, politics and commerce and shelter and recreation mean different things to different people.

Reading the Sunday paper (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Reading the Sunday paper


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