Capistrano Barbershop's founder and namesake, Faraj, conjures the feeling of an old-fashioned barbershop by accenting his business's façade with a spiraling barber's pole and trimming men's hair with a straight razor. During haircuts, coifs are clipped into traditional, contemporary, and neoclassic styles, and a hot-lather shave cleans up ears and sideburns. If needed, Faraj also trims rogue strands making a break from the conformity of eyebrows, noses, and ears. Straight-razor edgings kick off with a hot lather before straight razors graze facial planes, hone neck and beard lines, and leave cheeks as smooth as Prince talking himself out of a moving violation.
Joan Elias began her career as a shampoo girl at the age of 15 and quickly accomplished her goal of becoming a stylist. Today, she owns Annapolis Boutique Spa and oversees a staff of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians. Drawing upon her more than 30 years of experience, Joan helps her team cater to their clients’ aesthetic concerns while attempting to promote their physical well-being. Skincare treatments revitalize dermal layers with potent blends of essential oils instead of buzzword-heavy pep talks, and bodywork sessions promote the body's natural healing process with therapeutic massage modalities and holistic energy-balancing treatments. The treatment menu also includes a variety of hair and nail services and spa packages.
Since 2007, the walls at Hudson & Fouquet Salon have been filling up with accolades, from Best of Annapolis and Best of Baltimore. The salon's minimalistic, spacious interior is punctuated by black leather chairs, where clients recline before appointments with a talented team who make hair their sole focus. Their cuts, color, and styling treatments overhaul heads, forming freshly clipped strands into new frames to complement faces.
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.
After more than 25 years spent promoting and practicing wellness, Jandel Benjamin can untie nearly any knot a muscle can get itself into. The nutritionist and massage therapist draws on a wealth of knowledge to relieve pain and improve circulation during Swedish and deep-tissue massages. Benjamin’s talents stretch far beyond these traditional modalities, encompassing specialty techniques such as lymphatic drainage, reflexology, and hot-stone therapy. There’s even a modality tailored specifically to expectant mothers. This pregnancy massage combines strokes and kneads to relieve back pain and tap out lullabies in Morse code.