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Getting an awful haircut can be an oddly traumatizing experience. When a teenaged Elizabeth Ford got an awful haircut, she used it as inspiration to work toward opening her own salon one day, where she would ensure her clients would leave happy with how they look. She eventually opened As You Like It Salon and Spa, where after 35 years she's still motivated by the idea that everyone should have a style that makes them feel beautiful. To that end, her and a team of stylists perform everything from haircuts and coloring treatments to keratin and bioionic hair-straightening services.

Over the years Elizabeth also added a spa, and now counts a certified aesthetician and massage therapist among her ranks. Resident aesthetician Gina used to be a television makeup artist, and the studio offers makeup applications as well as lash extensions and glycolic facials. Massage services include relaxation and prenatal sessions, as well as essential oil-based raindrop therapy, which is generally preferred to lightning therapy.

3270 Roscommon Dr
Glenelg,
MD
US

The owners of Farashé the Day Spa designed it with the feng shui elements of water, fire, metal, wood, and earth in mind. It makes for a fitting setting, since the treatments that take place there, like feng shui, draw from ancient Eastern healing philosophies. These Ayurvedic treatments range from scalp massages that stimulate the senses to applications of warm oils that separate clients from the lampposts to which they’ve frozen their foreheads. Aestheticians also perform Western spa treatments including facials with Dermalogica or GM Collin products. During body treatments, therapists draw from natural ingredients, such as mineral salts and sea mud, which clients then wash off with a massaging Vichy shower. Treatments take place amid the arched doorways and draped gold silk curtains that mark the spa’s Indian- and Moroccan-influenced decor.

5570 Sterrett Pl, Ste 105
Columbia,
MD
US

Under the supervision of a board-certified physician, the professional staff at Physician’s Weight Loss Centers helps clients work toward overall wellness while shedding pounds with their six specialized weight-loss programs. After a consultation with a certified staff member, each client is assigned to the program best suited to his or her goals, current health, and willingness to put up with a stack of pancake’s “I miss you!” text messages. Programs can also be augmented with regimens of supplements and vitamins, including the fat-targeting agents of vitamin B12 injections. Not merely satisfied with supplying menu plans, the staff offers behavior-guidance plans, counselors, and medical consultations to ensure clients fully embrace new, healthful behaviors.

6945 Oakland Mills Rd.
Columbia,
MD
US

Decorated with tranquil candles reaching from the walls and chocolate-brown or ivory curtains, Return to Clarity's interior sets the tone for a serene experience. Licensed massage therapists enhance relaxation through massage and reflexology work. Similarly infrared-sauna wraps and ionic foot-detox treatments send toxins from the body. Mobile services bring relaxation to the home, kitty condo, or office inside the Randallstown, Owings Mills, Gwynn Oak, Catonsville, Windsor Mill, Woodlawn, and Baltimore areas.

6314 Windsor Mill Road
Woodlawn,
MD
US

Seoul Spa introduces visitors to the healing traditions of the Korean jjimjilbang, or sauna, including stone-clad pools of cleansing warm water and soothing, herbal remedies.

The sauna detoxifies and cleanses bodies with nature-based healing services for women, or with specially constructed rooms for all visitors, such as the himalayan salt room??made with calcium-packed pink salt rock??the oxygen-rich wood-charcoal room, or the refreshing ice room. Dips in herb-infused waters make guests feel like pampered royalty, while video game sessions on PCs allow visitors to step away from the spa, unless they play a spa war game.

After sweating in the sauna or building up muscle in the fitness center, visitors can replenish themselves at the restaurant. Low tables and cushy pillows invite diners to sit cross-legged on the floor, a perfect posture for enjoying cool glasses of bubble tea and fruit smoothies or bowls of udon and ramen.

6901 Security Blvd, Ste 3058
Woodlawn,
MD
US

Paradise Salon and Day Spa offers visitors a chance to take a vacation from everyday stress with a menu of full-body beautification services. Dry hair can take a permanent hiatus thanks to the salon's intense haircare treatment, which nourishes parched strands with a formula rich in plant and silk proteins. Dry skin is likewise tackled with a hydrating and brightening caviar facial or an aromatherapy body wrap that swaddles skin in cotton sheets after brushing it with soothing essential oils. If a change in scenery won't fit into your hectic schedule, change what you see in the mirror instead by booking a complete makeup makeover or sprucing up lifeless strands with luminous highlights. Waxing services provide all the fun of getting ready for the beach without the itchy sand or annoying sunshine, and mani-pedis extend sandal season year-round to show off colorful coats of regular, french-style, or shellac polish.

1726 Reisterstown Rd
Pikesville,
MD
US