The stylists at Allure Salon & Spa strive to cultivate a personable environment—they compare the salon’s atmosphere to that of the TV show Cheers, except with less beer, more shampoo, and no patronizing laugh tracks. Inside this amiable salon, each stylist boasts more than 20 years of experience in the haircare industry. They get to know their clients before dolling them up with MoroccanOil and American Crew products in order to craft elegant hairdos or glossy, manicured nails that complement each guest’s personal style. A certified keratin straightening practitioner transforms damaged or frizzy hair into a smooth waterfall of strands, skincare specialists evoke natural skin tones, and massage therapists loosen clenched backs and shoulders with calming strokes.
La Clinica is a full-service salon and spa that has been serving up bevies of beauty to Baltimore for more than 30 years. The salon's experienced stylists will start you off with a luxurious lather, before follicles get doused in a powerful Japanese conditioning potion. The Japanese serum will be massaged into the scalp to tackle tangles at the source, and then covered by a cap to give modest strands some time to saturate in solitude. After being blasted by the gentle, warm breath of a salon dryer, head noodles will emerge silky smooth, moisturized, and strong enough to be used to hang decorative hammers on walls. To complete your cranial overhaul, a skilled scissor shaman will work with you to design a 'do that fits your lifestyle and personality.
Many spas claim to focus on total-body wellness, but few go so far as to build their own full-size fitness studio. Few can argue, then, when Spa Seven touts its approach as one that caters to “skin, body, and mind”—not when the spa backs up these words with a comprehensive menu of skin and beauty services and group and private fitness classes held in an expansive, well-equipped studio.
A simple philosophy guides Spa Seven’s multifaceted approach to wellness: no two bodies are the same. The spa’s staff—a highly qualified mélange of aestheticians, massage therapists, and fitness trainers—takes these words to heart when devising custom treatments and routines. Each of the spa’s five facial peels caters to a specific skin type, and a variety of massage techniques work to relieve stress from waiting for hours in traffic or hurling stalled station wagons out of one’s path.
Similarly, the fitness studio’s group classes help guests achieve mind-body symmetry in the way that feels most right for them. On one hand, P90X boot camps sculpt muscles with a program of intense weight-training and nutritional advice; on the other, yoga classes relax the senses with energy-balancing poses and contemplative games of Twister.
Monarch Medspa is stocked with a supportive and caring staff of licensed professionals who perform thousands of cosmetic procedures each year. Laser hair removal gradually and permanently removes unwanted hair by destroying the follicle itself, like Godzilla reaching into the ground and carving away at the bedrock instead of inefficiently whacking at skyscraper tips. Treat a variety of areas, including the upper lip, chin, and back of the neck (all $183 per treatment), as well as underarms ($220 per treatment) and bikini line ($265 per treatment). Each treatment takes only minutes and is performed by licensed nurses under the supervision of medical directors. This deal also includes a plastic-surgery consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon (a $75 value).
In the setting of a white, two-story house, the staff at Colours Salon & Day Spa aims to serve clients with the same hospitality and comfort as they would expect at a friend’s abode while providing all the indulgent services of a salon and day spa. A talented cast of hairstylists, armed with products by L’Oreal, Sebastian, Paul Mitchell, and Pureology, transform drab ‘dos into chic and polished styles.
Beyond the salon area are the private spa rooms, where skin treatments, waxing sessions, and massage therapy take place. Licensed aestheticians offer five kinds of facials, such as glycolic acid treatments or a classic European session complete with cleansing and exfoliating. Massage therapists, meanwhile, assuage aches with deep-tissue and Swedish modalities, each of which provides more stress relief than throwing a lance through a wall of bubble wrap. Two- to five-hour beauty packages save clients from having to choose, offering them curated selections of massages, mani-pedis, facials, and lunch options.
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