Before Lisa Jones-Butz opened her own salon, she graduated from the University of Baltimore, studied art history in Europe, and attended styling school. She went on to become a Wella educator, training new stylists at seminars and assisting seasoned pros at national shows. When she isn't cohosting a monthly makeover segment on FOX45 or writing a beauty and style column for Harford's Heart magazine, Lisa curates artwork and crops locks at Subtle Rebellion, her boutique salon and art gallery.
Amid plain white walls, wooden floors, and modern track lighting, underexposed artists display their paintings, sculptures, and jewelry. This art inspires stylists such as Megan Little, who specializes in edgy cuts and multidimensional color, and Raphael Rocca, who often studies new hair trends with L'Oréal in New York, to turn listless locks into fashion-forward masterpieces with products by Moroccanoil, L'Oréal, and Redken. When they aren't cutting and tinting strands these hair artists smooth tendrils with keratin treatments and mold manes for photo shoots, weddings, and trips to the car wash.
Brian Bunce Barbers shears, snips, and shapes head fleece in its retro-inspired barbershop. A red-and-white checkered floor leads the way to vintage 1940s barber chairs, which, when sat in, instantly relax and improve the bench-press strength of any hairy heroes in need of mug renewal. Each barber station boasts its own plasma-screen TV framed by dark wood cabinetry.
Bella Amici Salon's stylists maintain certifications as Schwarzkopf color specialists and have expertise in Redken color chemistry, Dream Catchers hair extensions, and Bio Ionic hair retexturizing. They also cleanse and condition with products such as Bamboo by Alterna. In addition to their hairstyling services, Bella Amici's crew tends to guests with spa treatments such as body wraps, massages, nail care, and facials.
The salon resembles a friend's apartment, with its eclectic furniture, hardwood floors, and the photo that hangs above a candle-topped mantle giving it a feel that is both modern and homey.
The beautification and relaxation specialists at Domani Studio pamper clients' hair, skin, and nails with a long list of spa services. Facials freshen visages with infusions of fruit enzymes, glycolic acid, and vitamin C, and nails glint with colorful OPI polish after manicures. An onsite doctor performs Botox and laser hair-removal treatments, and spa packages beautify bridal parties before they celebrate the upcoming banns by photobombing local news broadcasts.
Posh Hair Studio’s experienced massage therapist channels a variety of massage methods to pinpoint and relieve stress and pain. After consulting with the client to determine the most suitable massage treatment, the experienced massage therapist will tease tension into oblivion with one of five massage techniques. Reflexology massages (a $59 value) prod specific reflex areas to stimulate body organs and induce good vibes, and deep-tissue treatments (a $59 value) apply firm and focused pressure to alleviate pains and turn unused body carbon into diamonds. Myofascials (a $69 value) unleash sustained force to soothe muscles hidden deep below connective tissue, and, through a heavy dose of kneading, prenatal massages (a $69 value) free mothers-to-be from pregnancy pains and, at 38 weeks of gestation, may induce labor. Although additional services are not included with today’s Groupon, customers can apply this value of this deal toward optional upgrades such as warm Prossage oil or cooling Biofreeze topical application ($6+ each or $10+ for both).
When she isn’t taking time to work with her many youth-based organizations, owner Lakiesha Jernagin leads her team of licensed cosmetologists as they help enhance the natural beauty of customers with hairstyling services, nailcare, and facials. The salon is split into two floors, providing plenty of space and privacy for customers. On the first floor, conditioning services repair hair damaged from the sun’s rays or the moon’s disapproving gaze, while cuts and colors update looks to accentuate facial features. Damaged nails regain strength on the second floor, where pedicure chairs and manicure stations reside. Inside private treatment rooms, spa services such as facials and massages ward off tension.