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.
AKA Studios is nestled in Baltimore's downtown Canton Square, only a short wig toss from Chesapeake Bay. While relaxed in a cozy salon chair, clients can solicit a skilled stylist to sculpt artful layers or decorate tresses with color highlights. The salon also offers an array of spa treatments such as spa mani-pedis, brow waxing, and soothing massages to ease chronic tension.
Aestheticians Melissa Jacobson and Stephanie Casey employ only organic ingredients within their candlelit beauty studio. Jacobson, a certified reiki master, and Casey, a certified aromatherapist, believe in treating the whole body and all of its manifestations in alternate universes. They excel at cultivating a sense of total peace, whether they're performing body wraps, deep-tissue massages, ear candling, or makeup applications.
You never know when a date, a job interview, or an old high-school rival might suddenly pop up, so Spa On The Square keeps its doors open seven days a week to help clients look their best no matter the occasion. A full slate of hairstyling services awaits, including cuts, updos, and highlights for both men and women. Nail technicians groom nails and soften skin during basic mani-pedis or organic nail services, which include ingredients such as milk and honey, chocolate, or herbs, and aestheticians reach for chocolate, caribbean sea salt, or seaweed during skin-softening body treatments that may be enjoyed à la carte or paired with a soothing Swedish, deep-tissue, or volcanic-stone massage. Spa On The Square extends its waxing services to men as well, manscaping fuzz on multiple areas including the stomach, neck, back, and ears. The spa even offers men's Brazilian waxes for baseball players looking to facilitate faster slides into home plate.
For more than 17 years, the staff at Sima’s Salon & Spa has made clients exemplars of high fashion with an emphasis on creativity and individualized attention. Before administering any cuts, conditioning, or color treatments, the team carefully considers various aspects of the client’s appearance and lifestyle. They assess the shape of the face, which can suggest what features are best to highlight and which would look best covered in hair. The salon's licensed aesthetician also takes an analytical approach as she customizes daily skincare routines with organic products by Éminence and uses hard wax to remove hair from brow to foot and everywhere in-between.
Stylist Adriane Beveridge works out of Fells Point Salon, where she specializes in shorter hairstyles for men, women, and children. In her nearly 20 years in haircare—which includes an appearance of her work in the INSPIRE Vol. 89 technical haircutting guide—she's learned styling short hair is just as important as cutting it. She also adds variation to new styles with Joico coloring products, and offers augmentative services such as beard trims, eyebrow waxing, and head massages.