Since graduating from the Aveda Institute in Washington, DC, Lisa Basta dreamed of opening an organic hair salon. Today, she has. At Studio L Salon, she uses her alma mater's naturally derived products in each of her salon services, helping her clients to adopt a more ecofriendly approach to beauty. As clients sink into styling chairs amid wooden floors and mint-hued walls, Lisa works to eliminate split ends, shape hair, and update color with a variety of services. Partial or full highlights add depth and dimension to natural hair color, and Rusk keratin treatments banish curls, frizz, and nesting birds for months. When not doting over clients' manes, Lisa doubles as a waxing artist, removing unwanted fuzz from brows and upper lips.
In the spa, registered massage practitioner Rebekah Allen integrates various modalities to perform custom treatments. Clients can also opt for scalp massages or hot-stone work, which may incorporate aromatherapy oils in scents such as freshly cut hair.
If you’re in dire need of relaxation, there’s no shortage of solutions at The Inn at The Colonnade. You could check in to one of the hotel’s luxury suites, or you could simply make a beeline for the spa. You’ll be in good hands should you choose the latter, thanks to a staff of massage therapists who soothe aching muscles and aestheticians who wax unwanted hair, polish nails, and extend eyelashes.
Though the hotel upstairs is home to plenty of identical rooms, the spa’s therapists take pride in crafting individual treatments that address each client’s specific needs. They dedicate a large part of their efforts to blending aromatherapy oils that relax and rejuvenate the senses. There are a total of six to choose from, all of which feature exotic ingredients such as grapefruit, rosewood, and shark pheromones.
AHAM Skin & Beauty Care's owner, Bevin Gayadeen, believes in a natural and holistic approach to beauty. That's why she and her staff hew to all-natural and Ayurvedic products during their treatments, whether it's an elemental facial or an AHAM manicure. The former utilizes natural skincare products and a detoxifying Kansa wand to remove toxins and stimulate the healing process that leads to radiant and glowing skin. This philosophy is apparent in all of their treatments, from mani-pedis to waxing, and they've even brought on Dr. Varun Suthra, an Ayurvedic doctor, to conduct body treatments that exfoliate the skin, detoxify the body, and energize the spirit.
Nail tech Jessica Winder is more than capable when it comes to performing traditional manicures and pedicures with regular polishes as well as long-lasting gels. But she also likes to have fun with her work, which is why she specializes in creating trendy designs and nail art, turning hands and toes into eye-grabbing showpieces or tributes to Picasso’s underappreciated Trim Cuticles Period. Other services available include waxing and eyelash extensions.
Zena's Spa and Salon is only a hop, skip, and a jump from the University of Baltimore, where it's been a fixture of historic Mount Vernon for more than two decades. Restoration initiatives have kept the neighborhood youthful, which is fitting, since Zena's is best known for its age-defying beauty treatments. In the elegant salon area, stylists transform tresses with cut and color services, while in the spa area, aestheticians deftly rehab skin with exfoliating facials and full-body scrubs. Guests may also retreat to a private treatment room for a relaxing Swedish massage or hot stone therapy, which improves circulation and provides ammo for throwing at glass houses.
There is no such thing as a typical treatment at Sky Lounge Skin Care. The spa’s skilled team of aestheticians makes sure of that by personalizing skin remedies to address each client’s individual needs. Comprehensive skin analyses conducted before each treatment allow staffers to modify facials and peels to better treat acne, discoloration, or frown lines from sending hundreds of unreturned letters to the North Pole. The spa also carries a full line of botanically derived Only YouRx products, which clients can stock up on to continue their skincare regimens at home. Along with skin treatments, the staff regularly holds skincare seminars and offers waxing, manicures, cosmetic treatments, and massages.