The staff at That Look Hair Gallery cuts, colors, and styles hair for men, women, and children, in addition to offering nail services and massage treatments. Behind their stations, stylists modify hair with golden highlights and skillful weaves or alter follicle texture with relaxers and perms. Nail technicians coddle hands and feet with regular or chip-resistant Shellac-polish manicures and pedicures. Elsewhere, massage therapists work to ease muscle tension in necks and backs caused by wearing steel-rimmed bowler hats, employing the relaxing kneads and soft pummels of Swedish massage.
Led by senior stylist and owner Liz Sarvinas, the expert team at Hair by Ell gives hair a fresh start with Paul Mitchell, It's a 10, and Joico products during haircuts and deep conditionings. After a stylist seats a client before his or her own personal, triangular haircutting station, the two work together to pick a fitting style, working through options such as ombre coloring, asymmetrical bangs, or a perfect cowlick. Once hair is shed of split ends and extra weight, clients can choose to add body with extensions or depth with highlights or a perm.
At Lloyd's Beauty Salon, total transformation is possible. Sure, the stylists can perform a simple trim or cut coifs for men, but they can get imaginative with relaxers, permanent waves, a range of weave extensions. To support hair health, clients can opt for argan hot oil applications or protein treatments. Kids can update looks with cornrows or pin-ups, just in time for their first interview at the lemonade stand.
Certain hairstyles look good on certain facial shapes. When a client asks for a haircut you know will be a mismatch for them, how do you handle it?
I suggest a different style that is suitable.
Fashionable hairstyles are constantly changing. How do you keep up-to-date on popular trends?
I go to hair shows, take classes, and watch YouTube.
What's the biggest mistake you see clients make when they style their hair at home?
They use too much heat.
Back in the 1960s, beauty was so simple that some beauty parlors—like the nine traditional ones run by Robert Andrew Zupko—only had one service: roller sets. But beauty trends began to change, so Zupko changed right along with them, adding skincare and nailcare to his hairstyling business. When 1996 hit the calendars, the salon evolved into a full-fledged day spa that covered 7,000 square feet.
Zupko has since created Robert Andrew – The Salon & Spa, a 22,000-square-foot Tuscan-style getaway nestled in the giant scalene triangle that connects D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore. Inside the salon, more than 90 beauty professionals—including nail technicians, massage therapists, and stylists—shape and polish nails, snip split ends, and disentangle achy muscle knots. The salon also boasts a troupe of Yon-Ka trained aestheticians who remove dead skin cells with pumpkin enzymes and melt away frozen funny faces with hot-stone facials.
More recently, Zupko opened Robert Andrew Medical Spa, where the spotlight's on lasers, injectables, chemical peels, and other high-tech skincare services.
An Aveda Concept salon and spa, EcoBliss beautifies and becalms with eco-friendly products and services that protect both clients and the environment. Each environmentally conscious service comes with a comforting cup of tea, a scalp, neck, and shoulder massage, and an unspoken invitation to Mother Earth's cocktail lounge. Refurbish frowsy frontispieces with a strand-sculpting cut snipped by an Aveda-certified Michelangelo of mops ($35), or pamper paws with an earth-minded pedicure ($55). A half-hour Elemental Nature facial ($50) will revivify visages eroded from the stress of work, weather, and multiple sprays from trick boutonnieres. EcoBliss also provides an array of coloring, waxing, and brow services to meet guests' glamorizing needs.