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.
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.
An airbrush-tan appointment at Perfect Touch begins with a ritual color selection, when you will be able to choose your desired shade of gold, bronze, or zirconium. Next, clients are escorted into the spray chamber, a tent that tanners can enter nude or clothed in the bikini or bloomers of their choice. An airbrush-wielding technician then evenly glazes the dermis with a cool mist of dye, and in less than 10 minutes the ghostly emerge embronzened. Perfect Touch's dye is quick drying (so there is no need to pat dry, wear dark clothing, or wrap oneself in a rain-shielding armor of cellophane post misting) and contains a high ratio of brown to red tones to prevent orangeing and preserve an authentically human glow.
Located on the lower level of residential tour de force Silo Point in the Locust Point neighborhood, Privé Salon & Spa is an urban oasis devoted to aesthetics. Chandeliers that look like they belong on the top of a Greek goddess's Christmas tree dangle provocatively from the ceiling, flanked by exposed beams and well-stocked shelves. Owners Johnna Sychuk and Jennifer Beck both trained with legendary mane man Chas before creating their own state-of-the-art palace of pampering. Glance over their salon services card; lady snips average $40–$75, and guy's cuts are $30–$50. Privé also offers coloring services including retouching ($60–$80), full highlights ($90 to upward of $130), and lowlights (starting at $10).
Serenity and tranquility for each client: that's the goal of licensed massage therapist Terell Spencer, so it's no surprise she named her massage therapy business Serenity's Oasis. Massage services help reduce clients' stress and muscle tension and also boost circulation.