House of Ebbitt’s attentive beauty mavens burnish bodies with a slew of waxing services and augment hair hue with coloring treatments. Exterminate vagrant leg hairs with a full-leg waxing, or sculpt and smoothen the face with a preening of the chin, upper lip, and eyebrows. During a Brazilian wax, one of these seasoned staffers shellacs follicular mongrels with Lycon blue hard wax, a comfortable alternative to the common hair-expunging materials of duct tape and piranhas. Those attending to head tresses undergo a personalized consultation and receive topographical maps of hair growth before clippings commence. Based on personal cosmetic desires and the advice of artisan shear-smiths, styling takes place after privileged locks are treated to a partial highlighting.
The full-service beautifying hot spot boasts a staff of professional people-pamperers who fashion eye curtains and brows into aesthetically pleasing shapes within its cheery confines. Experienced aestheticians will apply a full set of NovaLash extensions to your own natural ocular whiskers, diminishing the necessity for mascara. Lashes are available in varying lengths, and a lash fill ($50) can be added at any time for a more dramatic look. The salon recommends getting a lash fill every two to three weeks to maintain the appearance of luscious peepers. Dexterous brow artists will tweeze and form expression makers during an eyebrow wax, applying a mild, warm wax ideal for shaping stray above-the-eye tresses into sleek arches of debonair face decoration.
Back in the 1960s, beauty was so simple that some beauty parlors—like the nine traditional ones run by Robert Andrew Zupko—only had one service: roller sets. But beauty trends began to change, so Zupko changed right along with them, adding skincare and nailcare to his hairstyling business. When 1996 hit the calendars, the salon evolved into a full-fledged day spa that covered 7,000 square feet.
Zupko has since created Robert Andrew – The Salon & Spa, a 22,000-square-foot Tuscan-style getaway nestled in the giant scalene triangle that connects D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore. Inside the salon, more than 90 beauty professionals—including nail technicians, massage therapists, and stylists—shape and polish nails, snip split ends, and disentangle achy muscle knots. The salon also boasts a troupe of Yon-Ka trained aestheticians who remove dead skin cells with pumpkin enzymes and melt away frozen funny faces with hot-stone facials.
More recently, Zupko opened Robert Andrew Medical Spa, where the spotlight's on lasers, injectables, chemical peels, and other high-tech skincare services.
Guided by family traditions of holistic medicine and respect for nature, Pamela Reynolds helps restore her client's health at Inspired Thru Nature, a natural health center that specializes in colon hydrotherapy. A family history of digestive disorders informs Pamela's practice, and many of her treatments aim to detox the digestive tract and return the body to its natural, healthy state through methods such as ionic footbaths, infrared-sauna sessions, body wraps, and ear candling. Irodology, one of Pamela's signature treatments, uses noninvasive technology to examine the iris, which provides pointed insights into overall health and celebrity-lookalike matches.
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.
Staff members at Aqua Ice Salon and Day Spa eradicate tension and enhance skin with icy, exhilarating sensations in a range of soothing spa treatments. Visitors begin their spa day by bundling up in a fluffy robe and heading into a secluded treatment room, where a therapist swathes skin in a peppermint body wrap. Packed with detoxifying seaweed extract, the wrap claims to allay cellulite and aid in weight loss, as warmth followed by a tingling peppermint-seaweed lotion brings out goosebumps to impress any fowl nesting in the vicinity. Staff members scrub and massage feet with arctic-inspired products during the icy-cool foot massage, and corpuses receive either a warm, steamy massage or an inflammation-allaying ice-therapy massage, culminating in the application of a chilly gel to commemorate the many snowmen lost at the end of winter. After a gentle trimming, shaping, and polishing of fingers and toes, a delicious lunch—tailored to omnivores or herbivores—crowns the soothing six-hour experience. Alternately, bodies can find speedier tension-taming in a fastidious body and foot massage, including the same chilly extremity scrubbing and muscle-melting choice of aromatic steam or ice therapy.