Owner Carman Steg draws upon her expertise to transform her clients top to bottom, whether it be through makeup and waxing, or a brand new hair style. She can sculpt voluminous layers to frame the face, or highlight with autumnal hues of bronze and gold.
Usha Salon & Day Spa might best be known for meticulous threading services, which twice garnered a spot on Baltimore Magazine's annual "Best Of" list. But the skills of the house stylists and aestheticians don't stop there. They can also reshape coifs with stylish cuts and add face-framing dimension with highlights services. Nearby, Usha's henna artists use traditional Indian techniques to install intricate designs that are perfect for standing apart from the crowd or blending in with a pile of tea-stained lace. Clients can also take a break from humdrum chores with soothing facials and massages.
DK's spa services specialize in making your body feel like a newly constructed bliss temple, helping skin look its healthiest and bodies feel like the bodies of younger humans. Have your overgrown hair-garden cut and cleared of snogging teenagers ($65+ for women, $35+ for men, and $25+ for children), blow-dried ($40+), and relaxed ($85+). Otherwise, shock new life into distressed tresses with the protein-infusion treatment ($60+) or give it a custom coating of nutritious food with the banana and virgin-olive-oil mask ($35+). Neglected nail beds and compromised cuticles, meanwhile, will appreciate a spa manicure ($30+), spa pedicure ($50+), or a dip in the warm waxiness of a paraffin treatment ($35 for manicure, $55 for pedicure). A deep-cleansing facial ($100) evicts delinquent dirt and grime from your pore apartments and pairs well with an eyebrow waxing ($18), bikini waxing ($30), or sideburn waxing ($15) for the retired Elvis impersonator looking to start over. For a more full-body bliss-out, melt away muscle maladies with a 60-minute Swedish massage ($80) or prep for a day at the shore with the bronze and glow ($85)—a treatment that consists of a salt-glow body rubdown followed by an evenly applied self-tanner.
An airbrush-tan appointment at Perfect Touch begins with a ritual color selection, when you will be able to choose your desired shade of gold, bronze, or zirconium. Next, clients are escorted into the spray chamber, a tent that tanners can enter nude or clothed in the bikini or bloomers of their choice. An airbrush-wielding technician then evenly glazes the dermis with a cool mist of dye, and in less than 10 minutes the ghostly emerge embronzened. Perfect Touch's dye is quick drying (so there is no need to pat dry, wear dark clothing, or wrap oneself in a rain-shielding armor of cellophane post misting) and contains a high ratio of brown to red tones to prevent orangeing and preserve an authentically human glow.
Brandi Nuttall, the owner of Dolce Salon & Spa, must believe that you can never have too much of a good thing. Expanding upon her first and second Dolce locations, which measure in at 12,000 and 13,000 square feet, respectively, she opened the third hub in 2007, and now there is a fourth. The 30,000-square-foot behemoth built in 2007 houses 62 styling stations, 21 spa rooms, 14 pedicure thrones, a makeup counter, a brow bar, and manicure stations. All four locations boast the same services—though at different scales—as well as men’s hair and spa treatments and bridal styling. Unlike hotels that charge extra for doorknobs and oxygen, the salons have a generous streak. They provide hairstyling services to those who donate to Locks of Love, spa services to local foster children, and hair clippings to areas affected by oil spills.