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.
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When the rest of Erika’s middle-school classmates filled the seats around her with trendy hairdos, Erika was still wearing elementary-era pigtails. Determined to transform her tresses, she tried her own hand at hairstyling and quickly found her niche. Soon, she was dispensing her talents on the heads of family and friends, which led to a job as a 14-year-old shampoo assistant—even Michael Jordan didn’t go pro that fast. Today, she’s a full-blown stylist with 16 years of experience. At Create the Beautiful, Erika spends her days taming clients’ manes with keratin straightening treatments, face-flattering haircuts, and highlights that might match the bright-yellow walls of her salon. Erika also offers other spa services such as facials designed to make the skin appear youthful and rejuvenated with deep exfoliations, massage, extractions, and deep cleansing masks.
Stylist Adriane Beveridge works out of Fells Point Salon, where she specializes in shorter hairstyles for men, women, and children. In her nearly 20 years in haircare—which includes an appearance of her work in the INSPIRE Vol. 89 technical haircutting guide—she's learned styling short hair is just as important as cutting it. She also adds variation to new styles with Joico coloring products, and offers augmentative services such as beard trims, eyebrow waxing, and head massages.
Window decals of traditional barbershop poles signal the entrance to Kisner’s Barber Salon, where licensed and certified hairstylists cut, color, and perm hair seven days a week. After sitting down for an initial consultation, men, women, and children can add new dimensions to their looks with a sleek cut and style. The salon’s services don’t stop at the scalp, however. Nourishing facials infuse skin with essential moisturizers and professional massages melt away stress with gentle strokes. Thankfully, none of that stress will come from being dissatisfied with one’s haircut; clients may return within two days for an alteration or a confidence-boosting compliment, both free of charge.