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.
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 Contura System cellulite reduction and Botox injections.
Licensed massage therapist Stephanie Porcaro uncovers the deeply embedded silver linings in achy muscles during relaxing 60-minute sessions. In the comfort of a private room, Stephanie?s nimble digits can ease tension with the long, flowing strokes of a Swedish-style kneading or employ firmer pressure for a deep-tissue massage. By focusing on the lower layers of muscles, deep-tissue bodywork can restore range of motion to struggling joints and joke timing to struggling comedians. The myofascial-release massage hones in on the pliable tissues?or fascia?that hold together muscles for improved blood circulation.
As one of the co-owners of Velvet Rose Beauty Bar, LaPonda McArthur brings 23 years of experience in cosmetology when helping clients look and feel their best. Under the care of experienced hands, clients can shed dead ends and update their ’dos with designer cuts and styles. In addition, the salon keeps appendages polished with mani-pedis, chases away tension with massages, and smoothes flyaway follicles with blow-dries.
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.
Shelley, the owner behind Salon Styles by Shelley at Dolce' Hair Salon, works to emphasize her clients' most flattering features with haircuts of all lengths and vibrant color. To do this, she balances technical pedigree with a personalized approach, drawing from the men and women who sit in her styling chair?their features, goals, amount of poisonous snakes guarding their locks?and her training with J Beverly Hills and Kevin.Murphy. As the proud owner of curly hair, Shelley also prides herself on working with spiral strands, teaching women to wear their ringlets in fun styles instead of just using them as backup wine corkscrews.