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Semra Tanrikulu of Semra DC Knows Brows

The esthetician boasts a long list of VIP clients

Article by Marie Robey Wood

Photography by Tony Powell

Originally published in Potomac Lifestyle

Where do White House staff, famous journalists, ambassadors, and Middle Eastern princesses go to look their very best? Semra DC. Washington's elite have been flocking to award-winning esthetician, Semra, for years to get beautiful, evenly-shaped brows.

Semra arrived to the US from Turkey 32 years ago and started working in Washington first as a make-up artist and then as an esthetician, counting eyelash extensions and waxing among her specialties. For the last twenty years she has owned her own space and business – Semra DC. Most salons include eyebrow grooming with other services, but Semra decided to focus solely on eyebrows (and eyelash lifts). Her loyal clientele of 700 to 800 women attest to Semra’s ability to make their brows look their best.

Semra’s salon services focus on three aspects of eyebrow grooming: First, eyebrow shape. Semra emphasizes the art of eyebrow shaping: “I don’t go by the book,” she explains. “I work with the client’s natural shape and go from there.”

Next is eyebrow tinting, a technique used to semi-permanently color brow hairs, which can make the client’s eyebrow look fuller, and thus more youthful. Semra explains that her work is anything but routine: “Tinting is an art – you need to have an eye for it and a steady hand.”

Another service she offers is brow lamination, a very popular treatment in demand from her customers. Lamination is the process of straightening and lifting the eyebrow hairs. The result is a fuller and longer look to the brows.

The one service the salon offers for boosting eyelashes is what is known as the keratin lash lift. This procedure involves lifting the lash from its base to the tip, showing the full length of the lift. And unlike lash extensions or fake lashes, the lash lift lasts weeks longer than the other options.

Semra DC offers its clients total privacy, which is one reason why it's preferred by so many high-profile Washingtonians. Semra does not accept walk-ins – registration is online and the majority of her clients hear about her services from word of mouth. She is solidly booked from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and many of her clients have been for more than fifteen years. In addition to individual clients, she also assists with many of DC's fundraising events.

Semra DC is located at 1070 Thomas Jefferson St NW Ste 202 Washington, DC. To make an online appointment, visit and @browsbysemra on Instagram.

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