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.
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.
Sassy and inspirational quotes—such as "If you are confident, you are beautiful"—adorn the pink hallways and individual rooms of Fetish Beaute Boutique. These messages lend to the fun and welcoming atmosphere the staff works to create. The collection of tanning beds and sunless-tanning options darken skin tones, and a menu of waxing services readies bodies for the beach or competitive slip 'n' slide records. Makeup artists not only beautify faces for special events, they also teach lessons in proper application and color selection. Elsewhere in the shop, shelves teem with lotions and balms to enhance the tanning experience, as well watches, jewelry, and other girly accessories.
When Todd Beckman named his first two tanning salons The St. Louis Tan Company in 1994, he gave them a local name because he didn’t expect such rapid success. But when the business quickly expanded outside the city and into other states, Beckman changed its name to The Tan Company to reflect its national scope. Today, the company stretches from coast to coast, helping clients achieve a golden hue in upright Mystic Tan booths and in horizontal tanning beds. The salons also stock products from top industry brands such as Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Swedish Beauty to help clients maintain their tans even after they leave the salon and return to the tunnel they’re digging to China.
As a therapist, Kelly was never content to settle on one craft. After graduating from the Baltimore School of Massage in 2000, she began practicing as a certified massage therapist. Soon, she also delved into detoxification and weight loss, became a licensed aesthetician and makeup artist, and trained in holistic techniques such as reflexology, chakra balancing, and energy work.
Today, Kelly follows her passion for making others feel beautiful inside the private rooms of her quiet Pikesville spa. To cultivate a serene atmosphere, she surrounds her clients with candlelight, aromatherapy, and soft music. Her range of skin treatments can cleanse pores, repair sun damage and acne scars, and infuse faces with nourishing herbs or vitamin C. She also coaxes out skin's natural glow and strangers' spontaneous compliments with back facials, body polishes, and spray tans.
Paradise Salon and Day Spa offers visitors a chance to take a vacation from everyday stress with a menu of full-body beautification services. Dry hair can take a permanent hiatus thanks to the salon's intense haircare treatment, which nourishes parched strands with a formula rich in plant and silk proteins. Dry skin is likewise tackled with a hydrating and brightening caviar facial or an aromatherapy body wrap that swaddles skin in cotton sheets after brushing it with soothing essential oils. If a change in scenery won't fit into your hectic schedule, change what you see in the mirror instead by booking a complete makeup makeover or sprucing up lifeless strands with luminous highlights. Waxing services provide all the fun of getting ready for the beach without the itchy sand or annoying sunshine, and mani-pedis extend sandal season year-round to show off colorful coats of regular, french-style, or shellac polish.