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.
The owners of Zoom Hair Studio and Day Spa believe that the spa experience should be as rewarding as the end result. That’s why they’ve carved out a relaxing space with earth-toned walls, hardwood floors, and gentle lighting, where treatments such as black Baltic mud wraps and aromatherapy facials mirror the tranquil aura of the environs.
The docket of services covers all the bases, from haircuts and coloring to French manicures and massages. Natural and organic products add another dimension of comfort and wellness to the treatments, which help align the mind and body and recalibrate the soul's GPS system.
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.
Inside these sister salons, skilled professionals revamp bodies, heads, hands, and feet with a full menu of glamorizing services. Stylists at both the Little Italy and Mt. Washington salons perform custom haircuts for both women and men and specialize in color services, doling out single-process shades, corrective color, partial highlights, or thought-illuminating skylights. They can also make permanent waves with chemical treatments or scare hair straight with japanese hair smoothing, and those looking for full-body pampering will find massages, rejuvenating facials, and nail treatments.
In the course of 35 years, Tamiko—the independent hair artist at ButtaMe_Fly Studio—has kept her shears sharp by crafting custom looks for clients of all styles. With specialties in cutting and coloring, Tamiko creates textured styles and brightens locks, encouraging clients to take on daring colors such as blond, red, blue, and cheetah. She also helps her clients to achieve healthy hair with protein treatments, moisturizers, and hydrating products by L'Oréal and Influanc
Flexibility is the only thing separating us from the animals, with the possible exception of the octopus, which can squeeze itself through an opening the size of its own eye, but still can't be bothered to get a job. With today's Groupon to Inline Private Training, $40 gets you three Pilates mat classes and one private 30-minute Pilates equipment lesson (a $92 total value). If you already have a regular Pilates class, you can apply this Groupon towards Inline's Wednesday night yoga classes. Inline offers Pilates mat classes Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:10 a.m. Yoga classes are offered on Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. Email Inline to reserve a spot in classes and schedule your private training session, and check out their schedule for changes or updates. Mats and equipment are provided, so you can take a break from latch-hooking your NASCAR-themed Pilates rug.