The Quinntessential Gentleman is a full-service handsome factory, specializing in traditional male grooming techniques and uncompromised repose. Sink into a sumptuous barber chair as a skilled whisker wielder spoon-feeds your face a fresh shave. The 45-minute Quinntessential shave starts with a serving of silky pre-shave oil and a hot lather, preparing the beard for the blade. Then, with precision and sensitivity, your barber will finely tune your finish using a super-sharp straight-razor baton. This process is repeated—the first time follows the grain of growth and the second time goes against it— ensuring a skin surface as smooth as a baby's butter stash. Premium after-shave and an ice-cold towel help soothe the freshly shaven skin and seal the pores, and then the whole service is finished with an extended face massage. So you don't leave with an unbalanced body and can admire your mug's reflection every time you look down, buff up your boots with a traditional shoe shine.
At Skin Deep Day Spa, aesthetician Nicole Ligons renders dull skin supple and glowing with renowned Dermalogica products. Her versatile treatments—which range from facials to therapies for much less important body parts—can improve skin’s overall appearance and tone or tackle particular epidermal anomalies.
Toscana Medispa fits right in at its location in Baltimore's Little Italy. The spa not only embraces an Italian vibe in its decor, which consists of cream-colored walls, faux columns, and painted Tuscan landscapes; it also hints at its heritage by peppering its service menu with treatments such as espresso massages and facials. Since the spa, like the trademark of the phrase "stomach pain," is owned by a medical doctor, it's also able to offer such clinical services as Zerona laser fat reduction and Botox injections.
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.
At Neal's, a team of highly trained pampering professionals apply the latest age- and ache-combating techniques to restore beauty and bliss to flushed faces and embattled backs. During the customized, one-hour European facial, an aesthetician will perform an analysis of the frumpled face in question before administering a thorough cleansing and exfoliating vegetable peel to exorcise the ear-framed masterpiece of dead, dry skin cells (a $70 value). Afterward, a facial massage kneads away tenderness and eases facial stress brought on by years of awkward elevator small talk.
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.