In the course of 35 years, Tamiko—the independent hair artist at ButtaMe_Fly Studio—has kept her shears sharp by crafting custom looks for clients of all styles. With specialties in cutting and coloring, Tamiko creates textured styles and brightens locks, encouraging clients to take on daring colors such as blond, red, blue, and cheetah. She also helps her clients to achieve healthy hair with protein treatments, moisturizers, and hydrating products by L'Oréal and Influanc
The Hole Story's owner and piercing and tattoo artist InkBoy The Don is truly a self-made professional. He started sketching in high school, teaching himself composition and shading. As his prowess with the pencil grew, he began creating logos and drawings for clients. Eventually his desire to create permanent art led him to purchase a tattoo kit and practice the trade of body art, mostly on himself. Sure enough, after getting himself to agree to be his client, his customer base grew: first, family members requested some ink, then friends, and before long, people with whom he had no prior connection.
An eventual tattoo apprenticeship and a move to begin T-shirt printing and piercing solidified his status as a professional creator, making him a one-artist army at The Hole Story. Clients can come to the shop for a new eyebrow piercing or supplement their wardrobe with items from The Don's personal clothing line. The Don, of course, also adorns clients with colorful tattoos that celebrate special memories or remind them in which pocket they keep the car keys they hide from friends.
Before setting up her holistic haven in Baltimore, Tanja Anderson operated a private medical practice in Europe, where she combined modern medicine with traditional Chinese healing methods to treat her patients. Now, as a national board-certified massage therapist with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the International Institute of Original Medicine, she blends energy-harmonizing bodywork with holistic remedies and massage techniques. Her services range from Swedish and deep-tissue massages to reiki sessions, which seek to promote relaxation in patients through channeling chi—restoring natural energy pathways in patients’ bodies and malfunctioning car batteries. Regardless of the treatment, Tanja aims to stave off injury and malady alike by activating the body’s ability to heal itself.
Arrica Ashe, current owner of Plush The Salon, bought the well-known salon with a mind to add an element of luxury to the quality hair and nail services](http://gr.pn/HVGVbH) its customers enjoyed. Indulgent details now suffuse every treatment, including deep oil conditioners and restorative masks that stylists massage into hair during cut-and-color hair sessions. The salon's smoothing services include high-quality relaxers and keratin treatments that iron out frizzed strands to achieve hair as shiny as a middle child's only soccer trophy. Behind the nail station at the salon, the technician slathers hands and feet with natural nailcare products, including the signature lemon-infused moisturizer and exfoliating sugar used in the spa pedicure, and the oil and warm-lotion baths found in the waterless manicure.
Licensed massage therapist and founder Janine Cormier Fleming designed Holistic Massage Training Institute's 600-hour program in an effort to educate aspiring massage therapists. After 9 or 12 months, the program qualifies students to sit for certification exams, which can open the door to an occupation such as licensed massage therapist or registered massage practitioner. Supplementing the standard program, community seminars show pupils how to administer couples' massages along with specialized techniques such as acupressure and reflexology. Yoga classes unwind student tensions in unison, and continuing-education courses illustrate bodywork techniques from India, Thailand, Hawaii, and Narnia.