Always looking to learn new things, licensed massage therapist Ashley Haydel studied massage and bodywork and now wants to earn her bachelor of science in alternative health and holistic medicine. She believes massage bridges both medical and holistic disciplines, and the massages she performs help treat a wide array of issues. Pregnancy massages ease aches on moms-to-be, sports massages help athletes get back in the game, Swedish massages aid in relaxation, and chair massages are a good way to quickly relieve stress and tension.
From the beige walls of Indulge Salon & Day Spa, framed pictures of Hollywood icons Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn watch over salon chairs as licensed beauty professionals make visitors feel like celebrities. Owner Wendy Zahradka and Manager Debbie McCotter lead a hospitable team that overhauls outer appearances with haircuts, perms, and coloring services for both men and women. They even keep facial hair tidy with hot lather shaves, perform relaxing massages, and create custom facials that remove dirt from pores, exfoliate skin, and erase fingerprints from when the Tooth Fairy investigates your mouth when you sleep.
One client is getting a haircut. Another rolls up their pant legs for a pedicure. In a private treatment room, an aesthetician applies a lemon-zest facial while a massage therapist elbows a muscle knot. This is a typical day at Indulge Salon. Inside the clean, elegant space, stylists and aestheticians combine their skills to make clients look and feel their best. But before they perform any of their signature services, the team consults with clients to learn about their beauty and relaxation goals.
Parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and genetically modified ingredients don't belong in any of the skincare products used by master aesthetician Shelley Birnbaum. Driven by a passion for eco-friendly practices, as well as a dedication to providing effective spa treatments, Shelley decided to only stock and employ balms and salves made from organically derived materials. But she wasn't content to merely vend these products—she began making them herself.
Along with her ReNew Botanicals Organic & Vegan line, Shelley draws on a handful of other trusted brands to naturally treat a wide range of skincare concerns. Her facials soothe complexions and address signs of aging with such earth-loving components as grape seed oil, olive leaf powder, and odes addressed "To That Really Nice Field." Many of her treatments are vegan, ensuring any client can stop by for a refreshing pick-me-up.
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.