Channeling the enchantment of 1800s barber parlors, Quinntessential's luxurious grooming grounds are cushioned by other sophisticated amenities, including a billiards room, putting green, cigar lounge, and coffee and espresso bar. Unwind with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, which are doled out in half-hour ($40 for Swedish, $45 for deep tissue) and hourlong doses ($75 for Swedish, $80 for deep tissue), the former concentrating on light-pressured, relaxing kneads, the latter employing more focused pressure to tackle tricky tangles and knots. Three luxurious facial treatments ($40–$100) are offered, including The Quickie, which cleanses and conditions skin in 30 minutes ($40). With a professional waxing treatment, wily whiskers can be banished from your countenance for longer than with shaving. Using high-quality Epillyss products, Quinntessential's talented team removes unwanted hairs from areas such as the upper cheeks ($10), chest ($30+), arms ($25–$35), and eyebrows ($18).
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.
The highly trained hair artists at Neal's The Hair Studio & Day Spa begin 30–60-minute salon sessions by consulting guests about their visions for a cranial utopia. A shampoo and conditioning with products from Aquage and Sebastian massages heads and prepares hair for shearing while flushing out bits of sticky tack left over from bedroom decoration. Stylists channel both traditional and modern cutting techniques, swapping out scissors, razors, and clippers to achieve the desired effect before a blow-drying directs strands to their proper places. Instructions for home styling send guests away confident in their abilities to recreate 'dos without gluing opposable thumbs onto the dog's paws.
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.