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.
When Kemeitria Howard was a child, she watched her mother, Kimberly, work hard for a living. But when the work day was done, Kimberly would always find time to unwind with her friends at the local salon. Seeing this had a big impact on Kemeitria, who has always associated salons with relaxation, group support, and a full life. That's why she set out to create her own salon, Kimberly's Retreat, LLC, where other women could have the luxury of being both pampered and treated like family.
When clients come in for a service, whether it is a haircut, relaxing treatment, or color work, they are immediately offered a complimentary beverage. They are then lead to the wash stations, where stylists deepen the relaxing element of their services with a complementary facial massage. This stimulates flow of blood for a glowing complexion before treatments. Staff specialize in working with braids and natural hair setting to numerous styles of extensions. These can be as permanent or temporary as desired, much like that full-size tattoo you got inked of your favorite sweater.
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.