At Kissed by the Sun Spa, relaxation is key. Treatment rooms are surrounded by candles to help create a calm atmosphere as soon as customers walk in the door. The spa’s pampering treatments help clients further unwind, and include custom facials, relaxing massage or lomilomi massages, luxurious scrubs with bourbon and brown sugar, or a facial mask made with natural ingredients such as green tea or oat milk. Resurfacing Solutions facials tackle fine lines and wrinkles, and are tailored for each individual's unique skin type.
At Elijah Blue Salon & Retreat, licensed massage therapist Katrina Adams complements the five flowing strokes of Swedish massage with therapy for eyes, nose, and skin. Adams begins by lighting candles and diffusing aromatherapeutic oils into the air, easing active minds into a state of blissful detachment ideal for firing your ventriloquist dummy. Dipping into a jar of Farmhouse Fresh shea butter, her hands relax soft tissue with gliding effleurage strokes and roll into kneading or deep circular movements that send oxygenated blood to weary limbs. Visitors may relax in the warm, taupe chamber after their session to soak up the velvety shea butter before slipping back into their garments behind an illustrated folding screen.
At Sweetpea Spa & Gifts, staff members analyze clients' skin types and gauge their degrees of muscle woe so they can design services that best suit visitors' needs. Botanically based medical-grade products rain down on kissers during the custom facial's exfoliation treatment, which scrubs away dead skin cells and velcro earrings. The facial cleanse then reduces fine lines and hydrates skin to create polished complexions. During the massage, Swedish-style strokes team with deep-tissue techniques to assuage muscle tension. Gliding effleurage strokes stimulate circulation and prepare muscles for deeper pressure designed to overthrow tyrannical muscle knots. The massage loosens up muscles to help to prevent injury and forestall muscular discomfort caused by playing an accordion with one's shoulder blades. The spa's adjoining gift shop collects products that can be used to summon tranquility during luxurious moments alone.
House of Ebbitt’s attentive beauty mavens burnish bodies with a slew of waxing services and augment hair hue with coloring treatments. Exterminate vagrant leg hairs with a full-leg waxing, or sculpt and smoothen the face with a preening of the chin, upper lip, and eyebrows. During a Brazilian wax, one of these seasoned staffers shellacs follicular mongrels with Lycon blue hard wax, a comfortable alternative to the common hair-expunging materials of duct tape and piranhas. Those attending to head tresses undergo a personalized consultation and receive topographical maps of hair growth before clippings commence. Based on personal cosmetic desires and the advice of artisan shear-smiths, styling takes place after privileged locks are treated to a partial highlighting.
Joan Elias began her career as a shampoo girl at the age of 15 and quickly accomplished her goal of becoming a stylist. Today, she owns Annapolis Boutique Spa and oversees a staff of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians. Drawing upon her more than 30 years of experience, Joan helps her team cater to their clients’ aesthetic concerns while attempting to promote their physical well-being. Skincare treatments revitalize dermal layers with potent blends of essential oils instead of buzzword-heavy pep talks, and bodywork sessions promote the body's natural healing process with therapeutic massage modalities and holistic energy-balancing treatments. The treatment menu also includes a variety of hair and nail services and spa packages.
Since 2007, the walls at Hudson & Fouquet Salon have been filling up with accolades, from Best of Annapolis and Best of Baltimore. The salon's minimalistic, spacious interior is punctuated by black leather chairs, where clients recline before appointments with a talented team who make hair their sole focus. Their cuts, color, and styling treatments overhaul heads, forming freshly clipped strands into new frames to complement faces.