Parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and genetically modified ingredients don't belong in any of the skincare products used by master aesthetician Shelley Birnbaum. Driven by a passion for eco-friendly practices, as well as a dedication to providing effective spa treatments, Shelley decided to only stock and employ balms and salves made from organically derived materials. But she wasn't content to merely vend these products—she began making them herself.
Along with her ReNew Botanicals Organic & Vegan line, Shelley draws on a handful of other trusted brands to naturally treat a wide range of skincare concerns. Her facials soothe complexions and address signs of aging with such earth-loving components as grape seed oil, olive leaf powder, and odes addressed "To That Really Nice Field." Many of her treatments are vegan, ensuring any client can stop by for a refreshing pick-me-up.
The owners of Zoom Hair Studio and Day Spa believe that the spa experience should be as rewarding as the end result. That’s why they’ve carved out a relaxing space with earth-toned walls, hardwood floors, and gentle lighting, where treatments such as black Baltic mud wraps and aromatherapy facials mirror the tranquil aura of the environs.
The docket of services covers all the bases, from haircuts and coloring to French manicures and massages. Natural and organic products add another dimension of comfort and wellness to the treatments, which help align the mind and body and recalibrate the soul's GPS system.
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.
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.
The animating philosophy at The Atmosphere Day Spa is that detoxification is the key to holistic beauty. This aversion to potentially harmful chemicals is why the center's services use naturally produced creams, masks, scrubs, and lotions. The practice is particularly conspicuous in the lineup of facials, which incorporate everything from lemons and flowers to pomegranates and chocolate in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Haircare treatments, including cuts, clear gloss, and relaxers, leave locks lustrous.