Sassy and inspirational quotes—such as "If you are confident, you are beautiful"—adorn the pink hallways and individual rooms of Fetish Beaute Boutique. These messages lend to the fun and welcoming atmosphere the staff works to create. The collection of tanning beds and sunless-tanning options darken skin tones, and a menu of waxing services readies bodies for the beach or competitive slip 'n' slide records. Makeup artists not only beautify faces for special events, they also teach lessons in proper application and color selection. Elsewhere in the shop, shelves teem with lotions and balms to enhance the tanning experience, as well watches, jewelry, and other girly accessories.
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.
The aestheticians at SkinCareDiva's pamper clients with exfoliating facials and moisturizing body treatments. Body wraps soaked in herbal solutions detoxify skin, minimize the appearance of cellulite, and increase the chance of being mistaken for a famous sushi. The spa's signature facial is designed to treat individual skin concerns with a custom mask and an in-home treatment program that addresses issues such as acne and fine lines.
Bottles of brightly colored nail polish find themselves in high demand at My Parlor, where the team of talented nail technicians uses them to cover fingers, toes, and love letters. The staff is also experienced in hair extensions that give lackluster locks new length and body.
Baltimore native Alexander Thornton, a six-year veteran of the hairstyling industry and owner of Salon Seven, creates custom hairstyles with cut and color services and helps boost hair health with Design Essentials haircare products. Approximately 300 heads of hair enjoy Thornton’s attention; possible offerings include weekly maintenance, styling, shaping, and relaxing. Salon Seven also offers makeup artistry consultations, in which aestheticians beautify faces using subtle and natural looks that would not fly at a Kiss concert.
A few years ago, Aria, the experienced esthetician behind Divinely Beautiful Skincare and Meditation, began complimenting her understanding of the external body with an exploration of the inner-self. Since beginning the practice of mindful meditation, she found the technique helps to increase self-awareness, diminish stress, and strengthen the mind-body connection. Rather than keeping this newfound wisdom to herself, she decided to share it with others, adding meditation to her lineup of services in in 2012.
Today, she continues to help instill confidence from the inside out with skincare services, including facials and waxing sessions, and contemplative meditation practices. She offers drop-in meditation classes and one-on-one sessions, both designed to clear minds, boost energy levels, strengthen focus, and foster a whole new appreciation for Enya.