When the rest of Erika’s middle-school classmates filled the seats around her with trendy hairdos, Erika was still wearing elementary-era pigtails. Determined to transform her tresses, she tried her own hand at hairstyling and quickly found her niche. Soon, she was dispensing her talents on the heads of family and friends, which led to a job as a 14-year-old shampoo assistant—even Michael Jordan didn’t go pro that fast. Today, she’s a full-blown stylist with 16 years of experience. At Create the Beautiful, Erika spends her days taming clients’ manes with keratin straightening treatments, face-flattering haircuts, and highlights that might match the bright-yellow walls of her salon. Erika also offers other spa services such as facials designed to make the skin appear youthful and rejuvenated with deep exfoliations, massage, extractions, and deep cleansing masks.
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.
In 1994, Chris Hammond traveled to Sri Lanka as a Peace Corps volunteer. That experience was so impactful that he stayed in South Asia until 2000, studying the art of meditation and yoga. Now a licensed acupuncturist and yogi, Chris helps people suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, and infertility issues at Baltimore Acupuncture Center.
A skilled staff of massage therapists and acupuncturists boosts clients' bodily morale with a slew of holistic services at The Healing Path. The repertoire of massage, acupuncture, nutritional-coaching, and counseling services work together to improve clients' total well-being. Before massage sessions, therapists interview clients to better understand their health before deciding on which of the massage modalities at their disposal will best ease physical pain and unwind mental stress. The long, flowing strokes of traditional Swedish massage form a blissful foundation for therapeutic sessions, which aim to release knotted soft tissue, dispel stress, and improve circulation. Hands carefully knead away deep aches during prenatal massage to help make mother, unborn child, and the unborn child's weekend houseguests comfortable during pregnancy.
Before acupuncture sessions, acupuncturists make a comprehensive evaluation of clients' concerns before inserting fine needles into specific points along the body to help boost the immune system and increase circulatory flow. The Healing Path also facilitates mental healing with psychotherapy sessions to help develop coping skills, work through issues, or provide a safe space to unspool stress.
Respite caters to mind, body, and spirit alike, rejuvenating and relaxing clients through massage, yoga, and energy healing. The team boasts a wide array of credentials, including reiki certifications and licenses in massage therapy and acupuncture.
Some people prefer to pamper themselves in the comfort of their own home. Others like to get out of the house and take refuge in a quiet spa. April Jones-Britt wants her clients to relax whichever way they want, so through Pamperme1st she offers massage treatments both in her spa and onsite at homes and offices. Her techniques range from the relaxing kneads of Swedish and chair massage to more intense deep-tissue or Chinese sports massages. She can also arrange couples treatments for pairs celebrating a romantic milestone or point guards preparing to defeat their opponent.