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.
Stop into Scene 217’s stylish confines and transform unruly locks into prim coiffures with the help of an experienced staff of hair-taming stylists. Each Aveda gloss treatment nurtures follicles just like lip-gloss-doused hair or topsoil fertilized with fairy dust. Weathered noodle nests are moisturized with gloss for twenty minutes before an Aveda shampoo and conditioning adds lustrous sheen. A professional blow-dry imbues scalp spaghetti with a fetchingly tousled finish without placing noggins close to airplane propellers or vigorously waving hitchhike hopefuls.
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.
Historically spas have served as escapes from the stresses of everyday life. Yet at Baltimore Spa and Salon, ensconced within the Ritz-Carlton Residences on the Inner Harbor, an acute attention to detail has enabled patrons to escape all their worries, from their aches to their dissatisfaction with their style to their irrational fear of invading Mongols. The spa side is divided into therapy suites: a couples' treatment room with whirlpool, a Vichy treatment room that draws deep impurities from the body while releasing a warm radiance, and an oasis treatment room for individuals or couples to help detoxify, firm, and hydrate skin. While enjoying treatments that range from a four-handed massage to a detoxifying rinse beneath a seven-headed Vichy shower, guests take in curved glass panels and walls wrapped in damask fabric.
The salon, meanwhile, affords a similarly immersive experience with designer cuts, expert coloring, straightening, and deep-conditioning treatments. Both facets of getaway gain backup support from a boutique, which offers guests products from lines such as Red Flower, Éminence Organic Skin Care, and Bumble and bumble. With a new medical aesthetics menu and new hours, the spa salon always keeps its customers in mind.
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.
The stylists at K. Stewart the Salon strive to bring out their client’s natural beauty with natural products. That's why they eschew synthetic strands in favor of Virgin Indian Remy hair extensions, which are sourced solely from human donors. The bundles of wavy, curly, or straight strands are first cleansed and treated, ensuring the extensions are ready to immediately grace noggins or double as drapes. In addition to sealing the extensions with a heat protector to keep them shiny, they also align the hair cuticles in the same direction and reinforce the wefts to avoid tangling and shedding—which is why they can last up to 12 months. When stylists aren't arranging adding extension dimension to locks, they shape manes with salon services including haircuts, relaxers, and custom coloring, and train their fellow stylists.