After proving herself a dedicated employee of Patrick's Hair Design throughout two decades of outfitting patrons with signature hairstyles, Jodie Gil purchased the salon and undertook a full renovation to amp up the atmosphere with modern amenities. Today, a 25-person staff consists of hair artists, nail techs, and skin specialists, who boast years of experience in their respective fields and knowledge of cutting-edge techniques. Along the row of flatteringly lit styling stations, clients communicate their coiffure needs to help stylists shape and color their locks, and nail techs adorn digits in OPI and Essie polish at the plush, spa-like nailcare station. Facials are customized to suit individual skin types and are available in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute versions, and massages are available in six different modalities.
Dr. Cheryl D. Bansal, a board-certified dermatologist, helms Medical & Aestheitc Dermatology, working to beautify the body’s largest organ—the skin—with a variety of treatments. Visitors can log some time in a light-therapy booth, inside which narrow-band UVB waves penetrate patients’ skin, alleviating conditions such as psoriasis and vitiligo. Instead of working over clients with a dough roller, Dr. Bansal can smoothen wrinkles with injections of Botox, Restylane, and other dermal fillers, or even remove moles.
The professional aestheticians and massage therapists at The Face Place tussle with tense spots and cleanse world-weary complexions in a soothing, Eastern-themed spa. A 15-minute aromatherapy eucalyptus steam bath permeates physiques to loosen clenching muscles and waist-clinging koala bears. Bodies can then spurn bothersome aches with one of four massage modalities, including the smooth, classic strokes of a Swedish massage or the more pressurized, pain-pummeling kneads of a deep-tissue treatment. During maternal massage, practiced knuckles gently search for baby-related back pain, and the integrative reflexology massage targets nodes in the ears, hands, and feet that correspond to distinct corporal zones or prompt noses to glow red and shout "operation!"
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.
The proprietor of The White Peacock named her salon after a unique animal that, despite its unadorned feathers, often draws more oohs and aahs than its more ostentatious kin. The animal's subtle, yet striking look embodies the salon's philosophy: "Beauty is bold in its simplest form." Here, a skilled aesthetician reveals her clients' own natural good looks through facials, artful waxing, and herbal body retexurization treatments. Add-on services fight acne and the signs of aging, and brow tweezing sculpts eyebrows into arches, tapered lines, or Morse code messages. To improve features even further, she also delivers makeup applications, lash extensions, and lash tinting.
Staffed by an expert squad of veteran body beautifiers, Columbia Medical Dermatology and Skincare zaps unwanted veins into oblivion with 15- to 30-minute noninvasive procedures. The nurse and board-certified physician use a Cutera CoolGlide laser to target and damage unsightly veins and cause the body to absorb offending vessels, clearing away the vascular landmarks freckles rely on for their hikes around the body. The laser uses a specialized cooling tip to minimize discomfort, though most patients report a mild stinging. Lasered areas usually swell slightly after treatment, though puffiness, like the satisfaction of defeating a toddler in chess, generally subsides within several hours.
In a studio praised by the Baltimore Sun for its feng shui approach to balancing inner and outer beauty, Zen Head Salon's experienced stylists revamp exteriors with personalized hair and nail services. Shellac manicures keep nails clad in fresh hues for weeks without smudging, chipping, or cracking into silhouettes of Teddy Roosevelt. Thin sheets of polish cover keratins, with UV rays speeding the curing process between coats. Alternatively, scissor-wielders collaborate with clients to design hairstyles that accommodate personal tastes and profiles before shampooing and cropping overflowing tendrils. Moroccanoil treatments restore elasticity to shorn locks, replenishing protein for stronger manes that look great when flexing in a leotard.