Spa Bellezza has its share of inventive beauty treatments, sure. But it's something called whine therapy that stands out—clients bring a friend, munch on finger foods, sip a glass of wine, and engage in "some soul-felt girl talk." With her masters degrees in psychology and certification as a senior cosmetologist, spa owner Carla knows what she's doing when she organizes events such as these. The community-conscious grandmother earned a degree as a registered nurse and as a licensed cosmetologist as well, backgrounds she distills into organizing two-hour spa parties for girls.
Carla and her staff also focus on individual services. Vanilla, avocado, sugar, and an array of aromatherapy oils comprise the recipes for Spa Bellezza's body treatments. And, a selection of products by Essie, OPI, L.A. Colors, and more attests to the staff's discerning tastes. Facials, mani-pedis, and massages all attract clients to the spa like moths to a hot rod's flames.
C'est Trice Spa founder Patrice Fields and her team of stylists adeptly refurbish men's and women's hair and nails with a comprehensive roster of services. Equipped with quality products from brands such as OPI, Essie, Paul Mitchell, and Mixed Chicks, staff members aim to customize each of their services, which include makeup applications, hair-extension treatments, and body-waxing sessions. Inside the salon and spa's interior, striking black furniture stands out against vibrant green walls that, like a museum thief's office cubicle, boast numerous pieces of artwork.
Effective hair- and skincare requires two things: talented, well-trained beauty professionals and quality products. Elayne James Salon and Spa, named in Salon Today's list for 200 of the country’s fastest growing salons, thrives with a staff of Redken- and Wella-trained hairstylists who wield French-made herbal formulas from Privé as they cut, color, and style strands. They also lengthen short ‘dos with Italian SoCap hair extensions, block frizz with a keratin smoothing system, and scare strands straight with barks from a drill sergeant. The salon’s aestheticians use preservative-free A Natural Difference skincare products to cleanse and exfoliate skin during facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and red-light-therapy sessions. Beyond hair and skin, Elayne James’s service menu includes indulgent Swedish and deep-tissue massages, mani-pedis, and waxing.
Usha Salon & Day Spa might best be known for meticulous threading services, which twice garnered a spot on Baltimore Magazine's annual "Best Of" list. But the skills of the house stylists and aestheticians don't stop there. They can also reshape coifs with stylish cuts and add face-framing dimension with highlights services. Nearby, Usha's henna artists use traditional Indian techniques to install intricate designs that are perfect for standing apart from the crowd or blending in with a pile of tea-stained lace. Clients can also take a break from humdrum chores with soothing facials and massages.
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As the salon's name suggests, Endless Summer Salon & Tan's staff wants to help their patrons maintain a sun-kissed silhouette all year round. To achieve that look without the sun's help, guests can hop into a standup or flat UV bed, or opt for UV-free tanning. Guests can bronze their bodies with a self-operated Mystic Tan booth or a custom airbrush glow from a trained technician, who effortlessly makes the sun's work look like a cheap imitation.
In addition to beautifying their bodies in the tanning salon, guests can transform in the hair salon, which buzzes with the blow-dryers of a trio of stylists. They update manes with products from Wella and Redken along with naturally derived elixirs from Aveda and Moroccanoil. In the spa, aestheticians groom skinscapes with waxing, and nail technicians reinforce manicures with no-chip gel polish, preparing hands to finger-walk down the hand-modeling catwalk.