At Shawntay's Creative Nail Boutique, Shawntway Johnson brings more than 15 years of experience as a licensed nail technician to pamper clients with creative nail designs, all within a relaxing spa environment. Over the years, she's trained with OPI, Creative Nail Design, and Ardell, learning how to professionally style nails, apply eyelash extensions, and even make frogs handsome without having to kiss them. Spa packages treat clients to long-lasting Shellac mani-pedis and flat-iron hair-straightening treatments over glasses of champagne.
Guests pull up a plush leather chair to the counter at The Nail Bar at Salontra, where technicians tend to hands beneath the glow of dangling purple lights. Long-lasting Zoya natural polishes coat digits in bright hues as clients take in the nail bar's vivid turquoise walls and colorful portraits. Nestled inside Salontra Select Suites, The Nail Bar is one of many independently owned salons situated at one location.
Salon owner and NIC nail technician Katinna Hill never considers her job to be done. She enjoys watching her clients leave Pampered & Polished beaming with pride while toting gleaming nails, but she also continues to fine-tune her techniques through educational classes and workshops. Though trained by Young Nails, OPI, and Creative Nail Design at times throughout her more than 20-year career, Katinna still seeks out the latest industry trends and the legendary nail guide penned by Mona Lisa's beautician.
An Aveda-concept salon, Visual Changes caters to guests' individual needs by providing personalized pampering experiences. The style-boosting Aveda hair spa treatment, which includes a blowdry and style, will keep your follicles feeling loved and your loved ones feeling your follicles until you feel justified charging them a petting fee. The Caribbean therapy manicure pampers skin cells and nerve endings and the special occasion makeup application decorates newly brightened mugs with botanically based pigments, giving faces a cheerful change from clown paint.
At Neal's, a team of highly trained pampering professionals apply the latest age- and ache-combating techniques to restore beauty and bliss to flushed faces and embattled backs. During the customized, one-hour European facial, an aesthetician will perform an analysis of the frumpled face in question before administering a thorough cleansing and exfoliating vegetable peel to exorcise the ear-framed masterpiece of dead, dry skin cells (a $70 value). Afterward, a facial massage kneads away tenderness and eases facial stress brought on by years of awkward elevator small talk.
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.