Baltimore native Alexander Thornton, a six-year veteran of the hairstyling industry and owner of Salon Seven, creates custom hairstyles with cut and color services and helps boost hair health with Design Essentials haircare products. Approximately 300 heads of hair enjoy Thornton’s attention; possible offerings include weekly maintenance, styling, shaping, and relaxing. Salon Seven also offers makeup artistry consultations, in which aestheticians beautify faces using subtle and natural looks that would not fly at a Kiss concert.
Paul Mitchell–certified stylists tame coifs within Lucky Three Barber Shop's rock-themed studio, decked out with vinyl records, classic album covers, and prints of throwback cinema stars. The staff keeps up with the latest in men’s and women’s hairstyles, and won’t hesitate to perform a total hair overhaul if given the go-ahead. Aestheticians are also on hand to wax eyebrows into shape and apply makeup for special occasions. For the guys, a hot beard and head shave will leave skin as silky-smooth as a newborn saxophone.
The licensed cosmetologist, weave artists, braiders, and color specialists at Diva's Palace have coifs covered. At the studio, hair specialists trim and cleanse hair before adding a touch of color or sewing in a new weave. They can also create an up-do for a special occasion or just a night spent around lots of open flames.
Brandi Nuttall, the owner of Dolce Salon & Spa, must believe that you can never have too much of a good thing. Expanding upon her first and second Dolce locations, which measure in at 12,000 and 13,000 square feet, respectively, she opened the third hub in 2007, and now there is a fourth. The 30,000-square-foot behemoth built in 2007 houses 62 styling stations, 21 spa rooms, 14 pedicure thrones, a makeup counter, a brow bar, and manicure stations. All four locations boast the same services—though at different scales—as well as men’s hair and spa treatments and bridal styling. Unlike hotels that charge extra for doorknobs and oxygen, the salons have a generous streak. They provide hairstyling services to those who donate to Locks of Love, spa services to local foster children, and hair clippings to areas affected by oil spills.
Zena's Spa and Salon is only a hop, skip, and a jump from the University of Baltimore, where it's been a fixture of historic Mount Vernon for more than two decades. Restoration initiatives have kept the neighborhood youthful, which is fitting, since Zena's is best known for its age-defying beauty treatments. In the elegant salon area, stylists transform tresses with cut and color services, while in the spa area, aestheticians deftly rehab skin with exfoliating facials and full-body scrubs. Guests may also retreat to a private treatment room for a relaxing Swedish massage or hot stone therapy, which improves circulation and provides ammo for throwing at glass houses.
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.